Optional Sponsored Meals

CHANGE IN POLICY

All meal reservations must be made by May 24. Extra meal tickets will NOT be sold at Annual Conference.

THURSDAY, JUNE 7

Luncheons

  • Asbury Theological Seminary: Please plan to join us for lunch at 11:30 a.m. right before Annual Conference begins. Our luncheon will be held at the NCAA National Headquarters located at 700 West Washington Street, which is just a couple of blocks west of the Convention Center. Your lunch admission also entitles you to tour the NCAA Hall of Champions museum – you can come as early as 10 a.m. and enjoy this benefit if you like. IMPORTANT: Regardless of the time you arrive, you must check in at the front desk of the NCAA Headquarters where you will receive an official identification nametag. Parking is available onsite in their underground garage and you will receive a voucher at the luncheon for a reduced rate of approximately $3, which you pay upon exiting.
  • District Superintendents, Past and Present, and Spouses: Convention Center, Room 136
  • Laity Luncheon: Laity will have an opportunity to get to know one another better at the laity luncheon at 11 a.m., in the Convention Center’s Sagamore Ballroom. During the luncheon, one of the two laity manuscript winners will share their thoughts on the theme, “Making Room,” and folks will have an opportunity for table discussion around topics chosen because of their importance to the laity.
  • Retired Pastors, Diaconals & Spouses: Convention Center, Rooms 133-134 The United Methodist Foundation of Indiana will sponsor a luncheon for retired clergy and their spouses for a reduced cost of $7.50 per person.
  • Seminarians, with Bishop Coyner: Convention Center, Room 131

Dinners

  • Extension Ministries: Convention Center, Room 135 All pastors who work in extension ministries are invited to join us in this special time of fellowship.
  • Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Alumni: Convention Center, Room 136 Join Garrett-Evangelical alums and friends for fellowship, school news and conversation.
  • Guatemala Missions with Tom Heaton: 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.
  • Young Adults and Campus Ministries: Come and connect with campus ministries and ministries with young adults at the Old Spaghetti Factory, only a short walk from the Convention Center at 210 South Meridian Street.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8

Breakfasts

  • Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary Alumni: Convention Center, Room 136
  • Friends of Africa University: Convention Center, Room 131 Hear personal stories from the Indiana Conference group who recently visited the Africa University campus and get acquainted with students and faculty there.
  • Seminarians Students, hosted by Rejuvenate, Convention Center, Room 135
  • Commission on Status and Role of Women (COSROW): Convention Center, Rooms 133-134 The breakfast will focus on clergy women but is open to all interested in the work of the Commission on the Status and Role of Women and issues related to women in ministry.

Lunches

  • Pastors Serving Large Churches: Clergy from our largest churches will be invited to join Bishop Coyner for lunch at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Conrail Room.
  • United Theological Seminary Alumni: Join alumni from the United Theological Seminary for lunch at 11:45 a.m. at the Ram Restaurant just a block east of the Convention Center, 140 South Illinois Street.
  • What’s Working - Spiritual Practices in the Local Church Luncheon Workshops: Convention Center, Rooms 130-137 While sharing a boxed lunch, hear what’s working in local churches around the conference on a topic of your choice “Children & Families,” “Youth and Families,” “Reaching Your Neighbors,” “Traditional Worship,” “Spiritual Practices,” “Social Media.” Full workshop descriptions are listed in the Workshop section of this booklet.

Dinners

  • BMCR & BUMP (Black Methodists for Church Renewal and Black United Methodist Pastors): United Methodists who support, and are advocates for, the mission and ministry in African American and urban communities in Indiana are invited to dine together at a location to be announced.
  • Confessing Movement/Evangelical Fellowship Dinner: This dinner will be held in the Sheraton Circle Center Ballroom, 31 West Ohio Street. The Rev. Kim Reisman, Indiana Conference Evangelist, will be our speaker. In all her work, she seeks to equip Christ followers to share their faith with greater love and boldness. She is a powerful preacher and a popular speaker at national and international training events. Kim serves on the World Methodist Council Executive Committee and has twice served as a UMC General Conference Delegate. She has a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and is a Harry Denman Fellow currently working on her PhD in the theology of evangelism at Durham University in the United Kingdom. Kim’s message will be: “UMC – Mirror or Window?”
  • Native American Ministries: Convention Center, Room 131 Join us in welcoming the Rev. Fred Shaw (Shawnee) of the Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, as well as on the leadership Team of North Central Jurisdictional Committee on Native American Ministries. He also will entertain us with traditional Native American storytelling.
  • Ordinands, with Bishop Coyner: Convention Center, Rooms 133-134

SATURDAY, JUNE 9

Breakfast

  • Indiana Conference and Community Prayer Breakfast: Convention Center, Rooms 133-137 Led by Bishop Coyner with state and community leaders. Governor Mitch Daniels will be speaking.