Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people. I am grateful for all of them. I am certainly grateful for those who affirmed my work and helped me build confidence to do the work of ministry in so many different places. I am equally grateful for colleagues and parishioners alike, who challenged me and thus helped me clarify my thoughts and actions.

Often it only takes one person who can ask the unexpected question or offers the uncommon response that has helped me see a new way forward. One such friend reminded me that all of us are more likely to act our way into a new way of thinking than to think our way into a new way of acting.

Rejuvenate Ministry has helped many people act in ways that have helped them think differently about their money and the stewardship of that money. I have heard stories of dramatic changes in the lives of clergy and laity as they have practiced the financial principles learned through Financial Peace University or Good $ense Ministry.

“I don’t have any more money but I feel at peace.”

“I am controlling my financial life. It doesn’t control me.”

Through the educational programs the participants have discovered they are capable of making good financial decisions. Lives are being changed.

Since I began working with Rejuvenate in July I have received thank you notes from people who have received grants or participated in educational programs. These notes have made me smile. As I read them I know that this ministry is making a difference in peoples’ lives.

They are reminders of our connection. One healthier pastor or church makes the whole connection stronger. To paraphrase a familiar saying: It takes the connection to support a pastor and church. I am grateful for churches and pastors who are working together to build healthy communities.

Through the generous grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., Rejuvenate continues to help clergy and congregations discover new life through generosity of spirit and resources.

Thank you to Conference leaders who supported the ministry from its inception.

Thank you to the Rev. Michelle Cobb and the first teams that took the grant proposal and built a ministry.

Thank you to the United Methodist Foundation for its vision to grow this ministry beyond the life of the grant.

Thank you to the many clergy and lay persons who have participated in the educational programs. And to all who have made a financial gift to this ministry, thank you.

The Indiana Conference Council on Finance and Administration has approved a special offering for Rejuvenate in April. I hope that each church in the Indiana Conference will not only receive an offering, but also will share the story of Rejuvenate Ministry.

The money given on that Sunday will be credited toward matching the $3 million grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc. We need to raise about $1.7 million to complete the match. Materials about Rejuvenate and information about the offering will be sent to each congregation.

I invite you to support Rejuvenate Ministry through your prayers and gifts. For more information about the ministry, visit our web site: www.rejuvenateindiana.org. Thank you.

Mary Ann Moman serves as executive director of Rejuvenate Ministry. For more information, visit www.inumc.org/rejuvenate

Thank you to Conference leaders who supported the ministry from its inception.

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