Plan now for the Power and Praise Night Out with the Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball Team (updated)

INDIANAPOLIS – The WNBA Champions Indiana Fever are playing Saturday, June 8 at 3:30 p.m. at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis against the Phoenix Mercury and first-round draft pick Brittany Griner. The Africa University choir plans to sing at the Fieldhouse following the game. Tickets to the game are $20 each and include:

  • A free T-shirt,
  • Hot dog, chips, soda, plus the
  • Power and Praise concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. featuring: the Judah Band, Patrick Dopson, the New Life Worship Center Praise with a Purpose and Mali Music

Register here for this event through your Indiana Annual Conference Session registration.

May 6 deadline approaching for Laity Manuscript Contest

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Children’s greeting cards needed for annual conference session, deadline to Conference Center is May 10

The 2013 Indiana Annual Conference Session Implementation Team invites children to be involved in each of our districts across the state by having them create greeting cards to welcome each member to the Indiana Annual Conference Session, June 6-8. This card project is also a way to teach our children about this important annual event in our conference and to hear their thoughts on our theme for this year – “Transform the World: Be A World Changer.”

The Implementation Team asks your cluster to help children in your churches create cards to welcome and to thank those who attend the session for their service for the church of Jesus Christ in Indiana. Their cards can reflect through their drawings and words their understanding of what it means to transform and change the world so that it will be a better place for people to live in God’s eyes.

The greeting cards will be placed in the registration packets of those attending the conference session. Any extra cards will be distributed at events during the annual conference session. Annual Conference members were really touched by the cards they received last year.

To make the cards, please use these guidelines:

  • Use full or half sheets of 8½” x 11” card stock paper (any color).
  • Drawings and words on the outside and inside would reflect the theme “Transform the World: Be A World Changer.”
  • On the front: Welcome to the 2013 Indiana Annual Conference Session.
  • On the inside: Thank you for serving plus any other messages that may be appropriate for the theme.
  • Sign with first name only, name of church and city.

Please mail or deliver the cards by Friday, May 10, to:

Ruth Ellen Needler
Indiana Conference Center UMC
301 Pennsylvania Parkway, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46280

Thank you for your ministry with God’s children and for helping to make the people who give their time to participate in this annual conference session feel extra special and loved by others in the church. If you have questions, please contact

Decision Makers Seminar to discuss issues coming to Indiana Annual Conference Session

Issues coming before the 2013 Indiana Annual Conference Session requiring a vote of conference members will be discussed during a 90-minute Decision Makers Seminar to be held Thursday, June 5 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in one of the breakout rooms just inside the Georgia Street (East) entrance of the Indiana Convention Center at Capitol Avenue and Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis. A short five-to-ten minute description of each issue coming to the floor of the Annual Conference Session will be given then the presenter will be open to receive questions about that particular issue.

Food and fellowship are important to Annual Conference Dinners, plan now

Eating together is part of the Annual Conference celebration experience. During such meals, ideas are shared, projects are promoted and strategies for action are formed and all have a good time over good food. This year is no different. Here is a lineup of conference dinners during Thursday and Friday evenings. Each has its own cost. Reservations are required and conference members and guests can register to attend these meals and pay on the Indiana Annual Conference registration form here. All meals have availability at this time.

Thursday, June 6 Dinners – 5:45 to 7:30 p.m.

Eat, Preach & Praise Dinner: Crowne Plaza Hotel

Want to be inspired? Hear great preaching? See present and future church leaders sharing word and music? Sign up for the Eat, Preach & Praise Dinner! This program will feature music from Amy Cox, last year’s Annual Conference Friday night worship leader, and messages from a variety of young voices from around the state. Come and enjoy a fantastic program and a great dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, across from the Convention Center.

Extension Ministries: Convention Center

All clergy serving appointments beyond the local church are invited to join us in this special time of fellowship.

Guatemala Missions with Tom Heaton: Roberts Park UMC

Enjoy the Mission Guatemala dinner and learn more about how this Indiana-based ministry is meeting critical needs in the second poorest country in this hemisphere. Mission Guatemala currently operates a medical clinic, dental clinic, preschool nutrition program and school feeding program in the highlands of Guatemala. The dinner will be at Roberts Park UMC, 401 North Delaware Street, with the meal provided by The Promise UMC. Transportation will be provided courtesy of Brownsburg Calvary UMC. A free will offering will be received at the dinner.

TASTE OF AFRICA: Convention Center

Wondering who in Indiana IS a World Changer? Looking to BE a World Changer? Join us Thursday evening for dinner at 5:30 p.m. and enjoy “Taste of Africa” – both in the food we eat, and in encountering all the churches, agencies, and mission groups from Indiana that are involved in ministry in Africa. From Senegal to the Congo, from Sierra Leone to Zimbabwe, from the Sudan to Malawi – the people of the Indiana United Methodist Church are partnering in ministry in Africa. Learn what we, collectively, are doing in Africa; network with friends, new and old; connect so that you can get involved. (Note: This is an “informal” affair, not a sit-down dinner – although there will be food and tables.)

Friday, June 7 Dinners – 5:45 to 7:30 p.m.

Confessing Movement/Evangelical Fellowship Dinner: Sheraton City Centre Hotel (Shuttle bus available.)

This dinner will be held in Meridian Ball Room at the Sheraton City Centre Hotel, 31 West Ohio Street. The speaker will be the Rev H. Eddie Fox, Director of Evangelism for the World Methodist Council. In that role, he has preached and taught in over 65 countries and will be sharing testimonies of how God is moving in the global church.

Hispanic/Latino Ministries: Convention Center

This is the first annual get-together for pastors, lay missioners and friends of Hispanic ministries. Pastor Janie Reyes will speak on their recent mission trip to visit the Methodist Church in Cuba. Each ministry in Indiana will have time to share and there will be ample opportunity for fellowship and visiting. Scholarships are available to this luncheon; please contact Beverly Biehr at or Janie Reyes for more information.

Native American Ministries: Convention Center

Join the Committee on Native American History for a Native American meal. Entertainment will be the Heart Wind Band, which is a Native American Style Flute group with world music fusion elements that celebrates the culture and traditions of Native America and other cultures around the world into one sound. The group is a trio consisting of Jeff Gegner, Richard Brooner and Adam Riviere. The trio has been performing together for four years and is honored to be invited to share their love of music, history and storytelling of the Native American flute.

Reconciling Ministries: North United Methodist Church

Please come to our sixth Annual Conference Dinner at Indianapolis North UMC, 3808 North Meridian Street. We have a full dinner and speaker, yet to be determined, who will talk about full inclusion within the church and society. There will be a short meeting after the presentation to nominate and elect officers for 2013.