The Indiana Annual Conference Session begins in 29 days

Annual Conference Session reports now online

The 2013 Indiana Annual Conference Session reports are now on the conference website and being mailed in CD form to clergy and lay members of the Annual Conference.

Plenty of hotel rooms still available, discounted rates close next Wednesday, May 15

The Annual Conference housing reservation site closes a week from today, Wednesday, May 15. There are plenty of hotel rooms at our Annual Conference discounted rates. To reserve your room, click here.

Taste of African Dinner scheduled for Thursday during Annual Conference Session has been cancelled

Operation Classroom, Inc. has cancelled its Taste of Africa Dinner, which was scheduled to be held during the Annual Conference Session Thursday evening, June 6. Refunds will be mailed to those who have registered.

Two workshops already filled

  • The workshop scheduled for Thursday, June 6 and titled “Living Sermon Illustrations” is filled and closed to further participants.
  • The workshop scheduled for Friday, June 7 and titled “Being Transformed Through Personal Prayer” is filled and closed to further participants.

Member, guests for the 2013 Annual Conference Session encouraged to register soon

The 2013 Annual Conference Session is coming soon, June 6-8. If you haven’t registered, please take time at your earliest convenience to go online and register at Workshops and meals are beginning to reach their limits and some are already sold out. Remember, tickets will only be available through pre-registration. No workshop or meal tickets will be available at the Annual Conference Session. Workshop and meal tickets will not be mailed. Registered members and guests will pick them up when during check-in at the Indiana Convention Center. Online registration will be available until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 23.

The Ten Days of Prayer for the Indiana Annual Conference Session is now online at

Print it off and share it with your congregation. Click here.

Greeters needed during Annual Conference Session in Indianapolis

United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men have been asked to be greeters during the Annual Conference Session being held June 6-8 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. UMW are greeting inside the Convention Center and the UMM are greeting outside along the sidewalks in front of the Convention Center. United Methodist Women please contact Jeanie Park, for more information. United Methodist Men please contact Dave Martin at for more information.

Churches invited to provide activities at Family Fun Night on Monument Circle, June 7

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Conference Session planning team is seeking the assistance of Indiana United Methodist churches to host kid games, crafts, entertainment and/or provide food for our Second Annual Family Fun Night on Monument Circle. Set up for the event will be Friday, June 7, beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Family Fun Night at Monument Circle will run from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, answers to your questions or to explore an idea, contact Helene Foust, Associate Director of Student Ministries, at the Indiana Conference Center at 317-564-3253 or by email at

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

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.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS place conference members, guests in connection with Indianapolis community

WEDNESDAY, June 5 - Community Outreach 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

(Hours may vary depending on the needs of each project.) Come early to participate in the Annual Conference Outreach Day. There’s something for everyone.

$20 registration fee includes lunch and T-shirt. Conference guests are welcome to participate and can register online as a guest. Project coordinator will contact registrants with details on work hours, directions, equipment to bring, etc.

  • Habitat for Humanity: Work will be mostly framing a new house.
  • Neighbor to Neighbor: A project of Meridian Street UMC, repair two homes of elderly residents in the Martindale/Brightwood area.
  • Brightwood Community Center Playground: Repair fence around playground and paint; clean up and paint Fellowship Hall; set up for evening family celebration.
  • Robert’s Park United Methodist Church: Prepare a noon meal for homeless or families in need of support; pack sack lunches to hand out; sign thank you cards and knit preemie hats and blankets for Riley Hospital for Children.
  • Fletcher Place Community Center: Sort thrift store items; pack groceries for food pantry; painting; gardening; prepare and serve evening meal for families in need.

THURSDAY, June 6 - Campus Ministry Fun Run/Walk/Stroll

Walk, run, stroll, etc., and have Thursday morning fun to benefit Indiana United Methodist Campus Ministries. Bring a team or come solo. Show your school or church by wearing your favorite school/church T-shirt. Cost: $20, includes Campus Ministry Swag Bag (bag full of campus ministry goodies). Location: White River State Park at the Old Washington Street Bridge over the White River and just west of the NCAA Hall of Champions. Park at the White River State Parking lots off West Washington Street just west of West Street. For more info: www.inumcconnect or contact

THURSDAY, June 6 - Lucille Raines Residence Tour

Take advantage of your time in Indianapolis on Thursday morning and take a free tour of the Lucille Raines Residence at 947 N. Pennsylvania Street. Free shuttles will run from the North side of the Convention Center at the Maryland Street entrance beginning Thursday morning at 9 a.m. and ending at 11 a.m. Lucille Raines Residence is a facility owned and operated by the United Methodist Women of Indiana. The men and women residents are actively engaged in rebuilding their lives from substance abuse. They all share in learning to function independently and as whole people in life. Many are finding Christ to be the source of successful recovery.

THURSDAY, June 6 - Tour of IU Health Methodist Hospital

How Congregations can join with Hospitals and have an Impact!

Parish Nursing Health Ministries Committee of IUMC will be sponsoring a short tour of IU Health Methodist Hospital, along with information from the Community Outreach Team on “How Parish Nurses, Health Ministers, Pastors, and Laity can be involved in their Community & Congregational Health.” Cost is $10 and lunch will be included. There will be walking involved, so please plan appropriately. Church buses will be available to transport to and from Methodist Hospital. Buses will leave from the North side of the Convention Center (Maryland Street) at 8:45 a.m. and will leave the Main Entrance of the Hospital on Senate Ave to return to the Convention Center at 12:15 pm. For those who would like to drive you must park in Garage 1, on the South end of the Hospital and enter Main Entrance A on Senate Ave. Please inform when registering if you will be providing your own transportation. (Limit 50)

FRIDAY, June 7 - Late Night at Annual Conference featuring Amy Cox

Join the Young Adult Ministries Team at Hard Rock Café at 9:30 p.m. for great fellowship and music! Also, get a sneak peek at the Lion and Lamb Festival, coming to Indiana, Labor Day weekend 2013. Food is on your own. Music will feature last year’s Friday night worship leader, Amy Cox. For more information, contact Jennifer Huff at or call 630-696-6437.

SATURDAY, June 8 - Power and Praise Night Out with the Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball Team

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 in the fieldhouse lobby following the game. Tickets are $20 each and include:

Indiana Fever vs. Phoenix Mercury game,

  • 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.

SATURDAY, June 8 - Indianapolis Indians Baseball Game

Join fellow United Methodists at Victory Field for a 7 p.m. game on Saturday. Tickets are $7 each and can be ordered online when registering for the Annual Conference Session.