The Indiana Annual Conference Session will begin in 14 days at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis

ANNUAL CONFERENCE SESSION ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES THIS THURSDAY, MAY 23 AT 11:59 PM

There will be limited registration at the Annual Conference Session June 6-8 in Indianapolis; however, there will be no availability to conference event meals and workshops. Those require online registration. Click here to register online.

Please note: Online registration will close on Thursday, May 23, at 11:59 p.m. All changes and cancellations must be received by email on Thursday by 11:59 p.m. There is a $5 cancellation fee at that time. After that date the entire fee is due. There will be no refunds for meal tickets after Thursday, May 23, at 11:59 pm.

AU Choir

Africa University Choir performing across Indiana in concert

The Africa University Choir, soon touring the United States, will be performing concerts across Indiana. The following concerts are free and open to the public. Come enjoy.

  • Friday, June 7 at Indiana Annual Conference Session in the Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Avenue at Georgia Street in downtown Indiana at 7 p.m. EDT.
  • Sunday, June 9 at St. Luke’s UMC, 100 West 86th Street, Indianapolis during the three morning worship services at 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m. EDT;
  • Sunday, June 9 at First UMC, 1700 W State Street in West Lafayette at 7 p.m. EDT;
  • Monday, June 10 at Methodist Temple UMC, 2109 Lincoln Avenue in Evansville at 7 p.m. CDT;
  • Tuesday, June 11 at Wesley UMC, 1201 Locust Street in Jeffersonville at 7 p.m. EDT;
  • Wednesday, June 12 at First UMC, 219 East 4th Street in Bloomington at 7 p.m. EDT; and
  • Thursday, June 13 at St. Mark’s UMC, 4780 East 126th Street in Carmel at 7 p.m. EDT.

The touring choir features students from various African countries, all with a passion for music ministry. Its repertoire is drawn from the African praise and worship tradition and features songs in more than 18 languages, including English, French, Portuguese, Swahili (East and Central Africa); Shona and Ndebele (Zimbabwe); Zulu (South Africa); and Lingala (Democratic Republic of Congo). These songs speak of abiding faith in the face of trials and celebrate the fullness of God’s love. They inspire movement and are often joyful expressions of gratitude and hope in Almighty God.

The director of the Africa University Choir, Mr. Tendekai Kuture, is a distinguished Zimbabwean choral conductor. He is head of the Department of Music in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Africa University.

We welcome our fellow United Methodists from AU to Indiana. For more information about AU, visit www.africau.edu.

Biographical information and photos of each choir member are available here.

Annual Conference Sessions to consider constitutional amendments

United Methodist conferences around the globe will be voting on four amendments to the United Methodist Church’s constitution during annual sessions this year. The vote on these amendments will come to the Indiana Annual Conference Session Friday, mid-afternoon, June 7. Here is what is before the annual conference:

  1. Proposed Amendment I would change Division One, Article VI of the constitution to add the word “pray” to the list of actions the denomination will take in relationship to other Methodist and non-Methodist denominations around the world in its ecumenical efforts.
  2. Proposed Amendment II would change Division Two, Section II, Article II to remove April and May as the specific months when the General Conference will be convened. An additional sentence was added making the change effective at the close of the 2016 General Conference.
  3. Proposed Amendment III would change Division Two, Section VI, Article I. The amendment removes references to the director of Lay Speaking Ministries and changes it to the director of Lay Servant Ministries in keeping with other changes adopted during the General Conference that changed Lay Speaking Ministries to Lay Servant Ministries to reflect the broader nature of lay ministry within the church.
  4. Proposed Amendment IV would change Division Two, Section VII, Article I in the constitution. The amendment deals with the authority of the jurisdictional and central conferences to establish the number, names and boundaries of the annual conferences and episcopal areas and the authority of the College of Bishops to arrange a plan of episcopal supervision.

The full text of the four amendments will be in the 2013 Indiana Annual Conference Session packet to be distributed at check in for annual conference members.

Cards of caring campaign requested by conference Implementation Team

In light of the tragedies that have directly affected the lives of hundreds in Newtown and Sandy Hook, Conn., Granbury, Texas and Moore, Okla., the Indiana Annual Conference Session Implementation Team requests members and guests of the upcoming session to bring signed greeting cards from churches, Sunday schools classes and other groups in the church to be given to survivors of these disasters letting them know we are thinking about and praying for them in their recovery. On the face of each envelope, write either:

  • To the People of Newtown UMC in Sandy Hook, Conn.,
  • To the People of Granbury, Texas or
  • To the People of Moore, Oklahoma,

so our team knows where to send each card. Annual Conference members and guests are requested to bring the cards to the Prayer Room at the Annual Conference Session in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Three baskets designated with the names of these three places for those bringing the cards to place the cards.

The team also will have materials available for people to make greeting cards to send to hurting people in these communities in the Prayer Room and at the Connect Student Ministries booth in the exhibits area of Hall J.

The Rev. Karen Powell, Indiana Annual Conference Sessions Committee chair, will hand deliver the cards to the people of Newtown UMC in Sandy Hook, Conn. later this summer. Cards to Granbury, Texas and Moore, Okla. will be sent to disaster response volunteers in those two conferences. This is one way we can show our love, care and support for the survivors of these tragedies.

If cards aren’t your thing, greet by Facebook.com to Newtown United Methodist Church, Granbury First United Methodist Church and Moore First United Methodist Church.

INUMC Festival of Young Preachers will showcase young people preaching

Thursday, June 6, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis

The INUMC Festival of Young Preachers will showcase and encourage young people (14-28 years old) who aspire to be preachers of the Gospel. In partnership with the Academy of Preachers, which hosts the National Festival of Young Preachers every year, and coordinated by college student Tyler Best from the University of Evansville, the Indiana Annual Conference is launching this new opportunity to celebrate, be inspired, and encourage the art of preaching. In this inaugural year, the festival will feature 18 young preachers from around Indiana. For more information about the Festival, visit www.inumcfyp.org. For more information on the Academy of Preachers and the National Festival, also in Indianapolis, visit www.academyofpreachers.net.

These events, workshops are full and unavailable to those not yet registered

  • Wednesday, June 5, Community Outreach: Brightwood Community Center, Neighbor-to-Neighbor and Fletcher Place Community Center are full. Spaces are still available for projects at Roberts Park UMC downtown Indianapolis.
  • Thursday, June 6, workshops filled include: Cost Stewardship, Decision Makers, Living Sermon Illustrations. The Faith & Creation workshop has reopened up with one spot. The rest of the Thursday workshops are still open.
  • Friday, June 7, workshops filled include: Being Transformed, Changing the World through Social Media, Changing the World Together, Culturally Relevant Ministry

Meals:

  • Thursday, June 6, Eat, Preach Praise Dinner at Crowne Plaza is filled.
  • Friday, June 7, Missions Luncheon is filled.

Please note: Online registration will close on Thursday, Mat 23 at 11:59 p.m. All changes and cancellations must be received by email on Thursday by 11:59 p.m. There is a $5 cancellation fee at that time. After that date the entire fee is due. There will be no refunds for meal tickets after Thursday, May 23 at 11:59 p.m.