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January/February 2013

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UIndy, senator announce new Lugar Academy

INDIANAPOLIS (UIndy) – U.S. Senator Richard Lugar will rejoin the faculty of the United Methodist-related University of Indianapolis in January and help UIndy launch a high-level Washington, D.C. internship and study program for students from Indiana and across the nation. Lugar, a member ...

From the Bishop

Spiritual Leaders: More than a resolution

It’s more than just a New Year’s resolution. Our Indiana Conference leadership is committed to becoming better spiritual leaders, and we have begun a process with a professional consultant group called Spiritual Leadership, Inc. (SLI). SLI was formed and is led by two lay people who have ...

Editorial

Operation Classroom gives leadership to Coolmans as Wagners retire

CARMEL, Ind. – Mark Eutsler, board chair of the United Methodist-related Operation Classroom, Inc., announced the appointment of the Rev. Robert V. (Bob) Coolman of Valparaiso, Ind., as its President-CEO during the organization’s regular meeting Dec. 18 at St. Mark’s United Methodist ...

United Methodists asked to support Medicaid Expansion for Indiana

One of the issues to be debated in the Indiana General Assembly this session will be the Medicaid Expansion to help insure a vast majority of our Indiana population who have no health care insurance. Under a provision in the Affordable Care Act, the federal government will pay for 93 ...

Editorial

Operation Classroom gives leadership to Coolmans as Wagners retire

CARMEL, Ind. – Mark Eutsler, board chair of the United Methodist-related Operation Classroom, Inc., announced the appointment of the Rev. Robert V. (Bob) Coolman of Valparaiso, Ind., as its President-CEO during the organization’s regular meeting Dec. 18 at St. Mark’s United Methodist ...

United Methodists asked to support Medicaid Expansion for Indiana

One of the issues to be debated in the Indiana General Assembly this session will be the Medicaid Expansion to help insure a vast majority of our Indiana population who have no health care insurance. Under a provision in the Affordable Care Act, the federal government will pay for 93 ...

Indiana

Bishop announces appointment of Mishawaka pastor to Cabinet

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announced on Jan. 9 the appointment of the Rev. Larry K. Whitehead as the new North District Superintendent effective July 1, 2013. Whitehead currently serves as lead pastor of First United Methodist Church at Mishawaka, Ind. Upon this ...

Bishop invites pastors to join him on the yellow bench

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner and the 20-member Our Life Together (OLT) planning team invite the pastors of the Indiana Conference to the Our Life Together conference-wide pastors retreat to be held from 9 a.m., Monday, Feb. 25 to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26 at St. Luke’s United ...

Book about leadership principles of Butler coach now in print from Cokesbury

INDIANAPOLIS – In 2011, Butler University made history as the first team to make it to two consecutive finals of the NCAA basketball tournament without being seeded #1 or #2. As the smallest school to play in the championship game in the 40-year history of the tournament, Butler became ...

Gift Card Project continues to bless, gift veterans

REDKEY, Ind. – The Rev. Randy Davis, pastor of the Redkey and Dunkirk Mt. Tabor United Methodist churches, actively distributed five-dollar McDonald’s gift cards with the Veterans’ Gift Card Project (VGCP) this past Advent and Christmas. He exceeded his goal. By Dec. 17 he had received ...

Gleaning organization provides more than 370,000 pounds of potatoes to Hoosiers

CARMEL, Ind. – The Society of St. Andrew partnering with United Methodist Men of Indiana made its last Indiana potato distribution of the year, Dec. 8, in the parking lot of St. Mark’s UMC in Carmel. Dave Martin of Noblesville, coordinator of the drop, told Together, “The drop of 42,000 ...

Group dedicates first volunteer-built home in Henryville

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WISH-TV) – An organization dedicated its first volunteer-built home for victims of the Henryville tornadoes Saturday, Nov. 17. March2Recovery (which was supported in part by the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church) celebrated the dedication of its first ...

One Great Hour of Sharing to be celebrated March 10

One Great Hour of Sharing is just weeks away on Sunday, March 10. Now is the time to order your church’s free resources for this offering (umcgiving.org) that supports the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) so that it may respond immediately and effectively to emergencies around ...

Plans developing for Annual Conference Session in June

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Annual Conference Session Implementation Team continues to work on plans for the next session of the Indiana Annual Conference June 6-8 at the Indiana Convention Center in Downtown Indianapolis. Here is important information related to the session: Hotels Hotel ...

Regional Finance and Administration training events to begin Feb. 9

The Indiana Conference will hold five Regional Finance and Administration training events beginning Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET at the Paoli United Methodist Church, 749 East State Road 56 in Paoli. This training event will be repeated on Saturdays, March 23 at Terre ...

Seminary professor to speak about historical roots during Showers Lectures at UIndy

INDIANAPOLIS – Dr. Steven O’Malley, a former UIndy graduate (class of 1964) and now the J. T. Seamands Professor of Wesleyan Holiness History at Asbury Theological Seminary, will be this year’s Showers Lectures speaker. O’Malley is the author of several books, including Pilgrimage of ...

United Methodists, others make new homes possible for tornado survivors in Henryville and surrounding area

HENRYVILLE, Ind. – Bishop Mike Coyner and Indiana Conference VIM coordinator Beth McDaniel were on hand Saturday, Dec. 15, as Habitat for Humanity of Indiana (habitatindiana.org) dedicated ten new homes completed during a two-month Blitz Build in the Twin Oaks subdivision of Henryville. ...

Wesleyan theologian says important question is 'What is God's mission?'

INDIANAPOLIS – “What is God’s mission?” This was the important question the Rev. Dr. Paul Chilcote, Professor of Wesley Studies and Mission at Ashland Theological Seminary and a member of the Indiana Conference, put before two-dozen participants several times during the latest Wesleyan ...

Global and Missions

45 United Methodists in diverse U.S. Congress, none from Indiana

WASHINGTON (UMNS) – Forty-five United Methodists will serve in the 113th United States Congress, three fewer than in the 112th. The new Congress, which convened Jan. 3, is the most religiously diverse in the nation’s history with the first Hindu in either chamber, the first Buddhist in ...

Cluster builds relations at home, abroad through mission to Costa Rica

Several years ago, when our Indiana Conference churches were asked to come together in clusters for the purpose of mutual encouragement and shared ministry, we were asked to consider the question, “What can you do better together than you can do alone?” Each time I considered this ...

Community health workers bring healing in Liberia

GANTA, Liberia (UMNS) – On a dreary, rainy Monday, Dorothy Payetee starts singing a hymn. Soon others join in and slowly begin to file into the small cinderblock building that serves as the village’s gathering place. Today it is mostly mothers and children, because many of the villagers ...

Hoosier United Methodists collect 283 cleanup kits for Sandy survivors

INDIANAPOLIS – Jack Haefling, a member of North UMC and Central District Disaster Response coordinator, helped collect 283 cleanup bucket kits at the Marion County Fairgrounds since Thanksgiving. This collection point ceased operation on Dec. 12. These kits were sent to UMCOR outlets in ...

Indiana MMDC board directors deliver cleaning buckets

CHATHAM, Ill. – The Rev. Dan Stone, a retired pastor, and a member of Plainfield UMC and the Rev. David Powell, pastor of Danville UMC, both members from Indiana of the Board of Directors for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, took a truck load of cleaning buckets to the ...

Indiana supports many students at Africa University

One of the outstanding ministries of the United Methodist Church in recent years is the establishment of Africa University. The Indiana Conference has supported its development, as well as its students with apportionment payments, the building of four dormitories, and scholarship funding. ...

Indiana VIM trip scheduled for Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, June 23-29

St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis is offering a Family Mission Team Trip to the Rosebud Indian Reservation Mission in South Dakota, Sunday-Saturday, June 23-29, 2013. The total cost is $350 per person plus transportation. Of that amount, Tree of Life Ministries uses $250 to purchase ...

Malaria fighters knock at Capitol Hill doors

WASHINGTON (UMNS) – More than 100 Imagine No Malaria (INM) advocates from across the connection pounded the pavement and doors of Capitol Hill Dec. 4 to rally support among members of Congress for continued global health funding. The Rev. Matthew Stultz, team leader of Indiana Conference ...

Restored portrait of Bishop Roberts returns to DePauw

GREENCASTLE, Ind. – During a brief ceremony prior to the Oct. 5 annual meeting of the Joint Archives Committee of Indiana United Methodism and DePauw University, the two organizations viewed the restored portrait of Bishop Robert R. Roberts now displayed (to the left of the door) in ...

Viewpoints

Removing Christmas

Every year there are voices that decry the removal of Christ from Christmas, reminding us that “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” or that we need to “Keep Christ in Christmas.” But come January, we always put Jesus back in the box. Well, we do at my house, anyway. The same Jesus that ...

Thoughts on living faithfully 1: Giving up 'Not Enough'

I was having coffee with a friend a few weeks ago. In the middle of the conversation, what seemed to me from out of nowhere, she shouted, “I don’t have enough time to get everything done that people expect me to do!” Tears started rolling down her cheeks. I dug into my purse for a tissue. ...

Chronicles

Abingdon releases Hamilton's newest book, The Way

In his newest book The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus, the Rev. Adam Hamilton takes readers to the Holy Land to explore the life and ministry of Jesus. Hamilton goes to the places where Jesus walked, to see the places that Jesus saw and to reflect upon the key events in the life ...

Fort Wayne church sanctuary gutted by fire

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Fire crews were on the scene of a fire at Taylor Chapel United Methodist Church on Maysville Road for several hours early Monday morning, Dec. 31. The first firefighters on the scene found heavy smoke coming from the church. Fire officials then called for a second alarm....

Habitat for Humanity grants 'Power of One' award to United Methodists

INDIANAPOLIS – Amy Donhardt, partnership and events coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis, presented the organization’s The Power of One Award to The United Methodist Church, Nov. 10, during the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Habitat for Humanity of Greater ...

Lilly Endowment announces leadership changes in religion

INDIANAPOLIS – The Board of Directors of Lilly Endowment, Inc., has elected Christopher Coble vice president for religion. He succeeds Craig Dykstra, who retired at the end of July 2012 after serving 23 years in the position. Dykstra was elected to serve as a member of the Endowment’s ...

Lockerbie Central closing, building likely will be sold

INDIANAPOLIS (IndyStar.com) – The historic downtown church building that housed a small congregation of United Methodists and also the Earth House Collective is closing and will likely be sold. “The building was just too costly,” said the Rev. Brenda Freije, pastor of Lockerbie Central ...

Metro Ministries names Missioner of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis United Methodist Metro Ministries granted Dave Withey, a member of Meridian Street UMC, their 2012 Missioner of the Year Award during the mission outreach organization’s annual celebration Sunday, Nov. 11, at North UMC. Withey was recognized for his volunteer ...

Milner named UE's Exemplary Teacher for 2012

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (UE) – The University of Evansville recently announced that Wesley Milner received the 2012 Exemplary Teacher Award. He currently serves as director of the University’s international studies program, chair of the Department of Law, Politics and Society, and the Austin S. ...