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Indiana Annual Conference Session registration is approaching

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 www.inumc.org/ac13. 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. next Thursday, May 23.

These workshops are filled and unavailable to those who have not yet registered:

  • Thursday: Cost Stewardship, Living Sermon Illustration, Faith and Creation Care
  • Friday: Being Transformed Through Prayer, Culturally Relevant Ministry, Changing the World through Social Media

Remember, “The 5 Essentials of TEAM” workshop by Mark Beeson of Granger Community UMC has no limit since it will be held in the Worship Center.


Upper Room Ministries editor-publisher to offer World Changing Prayer workshop

WilkeSarah Wilke, world editor and publisher of Upper Room Ministries (an ecumenical organization and ministry of the General Board of Discipleship), will return to the Indiana Annual Conference this year. This time she will offer a workshop not yet listed titled “World Changing Prayer.” The Upper Room devotional guide is published in 44 languages. Each month there are more than 30,000 prayer calls to the Upper Room Prayer line. This workshop will tell the stories of world changing prayer and ministry. Upper Room is currently celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Spanish language edition with a brief video of how Anglo churches are using the Upper Room Spanish language edition to reach out to their neighbors. The workshop will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Friday, June 7 in the Indiana Convention Center. The Upper Room devotional guide is published in 44 languages. Each month there are over 30,000 prayer calls to the Upper Room Prayer line. Upper Room is currently celebrating the 75th Anniversary of its Spanish language edition with a brief video of how Anglo churches are using the Upper Room Spanish language edition to reach out to their neighbors.

Indiana Conference and Community Prayer Breakfast on Saturday to feature Senator Lugar

LugarAll Hoosier United Methodists and guests are invited to the Indiana Conference and Community Prayer Breakfast Saturday, June 8 from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 South Capitol at Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis. Following the theme of the 2013 Annual Conference, “Be a World Changer,” the prayer breakfast will focus on how changing the world begins with prayer. Bishop Mike Coyner will welcome former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar as the keynote speaker. Lugar will speak about how we, as Indiana United Methodists, can be in prayer for the world. We will pray for the needs of our communities, state, nation, and world that through our prayers and actions we may change the world. Register for the Indiana Conference and Community Prayer Breakfast when you register for the Annual Conference session. If you are a guest of the Annual Conference and wish to attend this breakfast, you may register online as a guest and then make your reservation for the Prayer Breakfast. Registration is available here. For more information, contact Pastor Matt Landry at matt.landry@inumc.org.

Warm welcome from children of Indiana to greet Annual Conference members

INDIANAPOLIS – One of a kind, picture greeting cards will welcome Indiana Annual Conference members. The cards come from children of United Methodist churches across the state and will be placed in the annual conference packets that will be distributed during member check in at the Indiana Convention Center. The Indiana Conference Implementation Team thanks both the children and the volunteers from United Methodist churches statewide who sent the cards for distribution.

Worship Leaders Day to be held Friday afternoon during Annual Conference

SantistevanINDIANAPOLIS – A unique Worship Leaders Day is being planned to be held during the Indiana Annual Conference Session on Friday, June 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Indiana Convention Center Breakout Rooms just beyond the east entrance on South Capitol Avenue at Georgia Street in downtown Indianapolis. The workshop will be limited to 100 participants. This workshop session will be held during the Friday afternoon plenary session across the hall. The Worship Leaders Day is a workshop designed to celebrate, educate and motivate worship leaders, music directors and worship musicians throughout the state of Indiana, that are not members of the annual conference session. David Santistevan will lead the workshop hosted by the Indiana Annual Conference Worship Design Team, Marion Miller, along with Greg Graham and Brian Frame. Invite your worship leaders and music directors, musicians to include Keyboardists, drummers and guitarist and other key audiences such as lead vocalists. The registration fee is $50. Registration is through the Indiana Annual Conference Session registration at www.inumc.org/ac13.

Friends of Africa University to feature choir member at annual conference breakfast

AU logoWhile the Africa University Choir is in Indiana for Annual Conference this year, they will be participating in the Friends of Africa University breakfast on Friday morning, June 7 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. One of their members will speak about his/her experiences on campus and the education being received there. If you have not yet signed up for a ticket for that event, you can do it on the conference web site at www.inumc.org/ac13. If you need more information, contact Ruth Ellen Stone at ruthellen1@juno.com. The Friends of Africa University breakfast will be an inspirational time and one you will want to include.

Credit Union to gather for annual meeting, lunch during annual conference session

Credit UnionINDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana United Methodist Federal Credit Union (www.iumfcu.org) will hold its annual meeting Thursday, June 6 at noon at the RAM Restaurant, 40 S. Illinois Street in downtown Indianapolis, one block east of the Indiana Convention Center Georgia Street entrance (www.theram.com). The meeting usually lasts from 60 to 90 minutes. IUMFCU chose this meeting time for the convenience of those attending annual conference. Anyone who is a member or interested in being a member of the Credit Union is invited to the IUMFCU Annual Meeting. The only cost the meal, which will be selected from the restaurant’s menu. Reservations need to be called in to Marla Geiger at 765-864-9000. The IUMFCU is located at 4047 S. Webster Street in Kokomo.

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

FeverINDIANAPOLIS – The WNBA champion Indiana Fever are playing Saturday, June 8 at 3:30 p.m. at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis against the Phoenix Mercury. The Africa University choir plans to sing in the fieldhouse lobby 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.

UMC Youth Workers will have a presence at the Annual Conference Session

CONNECTINDIANAPOLIS – UMC youth workers from across Indiana will have a noted presence along with youth at the upcoming 2013 Indiana Annual Conference Session at the Indiana Convention Center. To see what’s being offered and when, connect with the UMC youth workers on Facebook.com at Indiana UMC Youth Workers. Join the 500 youth workers that have already “liked” the site and on the Web at www.inumcconnect.org  Follow on Twitter @INUMCyouth.

Partnering with TRANSFORMission event, UMW in need of snack foods for VBS groups

United Methodist Women of Indiana are partnering with youth around Indiana for their conference-wide TRANSFORMission event July 7-14 when 500 youth will be involved in mission in the Indianapolis area projects for kids. One of the many activities planned is Vacation Bible School in area parks where 100 kids will participate daily. UMW members are asked to donate healthy snacks for VBS. Will you, your local unit, and/or church please help make this a reality? Individually wrapped snacks may be brought to the United Methodist Women of Indiana display during Annual Conference. Suggested items include:

  • Granola Bars
  • Fruit Roll-Ups
  • Individually packed snack crackers
  • Individually packed goldfish
  • Individually packed trail mix

Learn more about this exciting youth event and other ways in which you may believe God calling you to personally help Indiana youth in their mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ among their peers. Please contact the Associate Director of Youth Ministries, Helene Foust at her office in the Conference Center at 317- 564-3253, cell/text 317-670-8196, or by email to offer your help.

Free portraits being taken during the annual conference session

Lifetouch Directories will be taking portraits for the new Lay Member and Clergy directory during Annual Conference in Room 232. Each person having an individual portrait taken will receive a complimentary 8 x 10 inch print and a copy of the directory.

Courtesy cart drivers

All time slots for volunteer cart drivers are filled. If you would be willing to be on call as a replacement driver, please contact the Rev. Mindy Huffman at the Linden UMC, 521 E. South Street, Linden IN 47955 or by email at mhuffman730@gmail.com.

Greeters needed during Annual Conference Session in Indianapolis

United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men have been asked to be greeters during the are Indiana 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, jpark@embarqmail.com for more information. United Methodist Men please contact Dave Marty at davemarty54@gmail.com for more information.

Communion servers needed for Thursday Night Remembrance Service at Annual Conference

We are still in need of communion servers for the Remembrance Service, being held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night, June 6, during the Indiana Annual Conference Session. If you are available and interested in this opportunity, please contact Jill Howard by email at jillmoffhoward@gmail.com. You may also find the event on Facebook and RSVP “YES” to be a server. Thank you.

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

The Indiana Conference Session planning team seeks assistance from Indiana United Methodist churches to host kid games, crafts, entertainment and/or provide food for our Second Annual Family Fun Night on Monument Circle (at Meridian and Market Streets) in downtown Indianapolis. 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 helene.foust@inumc.org. Thank you.