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March/April 2013

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Africa University Choir to headline 'Be a World Changer' theme

INDIANAPOLIS – The theme of this year’s Indiana Annual Conference Session, “Be a World Changer,” will come to life with the presence of the Africa University Choir. The 16-member traveling choir will be a highlight of the Fifth Indiana Annual Conference Session at the Indiana Convention ...

From the Bishop

Loving, Learning and Leading

Our Indiana Conference leadership team is in the midst of transitions. This year we have three District Superintendents who are rotating off the Cabinet, David V.W. Owen is retiring from his role as Executive Assistant to the Bishop, and Mark Gough retired from serving as Director of ...

Editorial

Faith leaders ask legislators, governor to consider Medicaid expansion

Each day, more than 800,000 Hoosiers under the age of 65 wake up without health insurance coverage. Many of them live without treatment until their condition becomes more severe and more costly to diagnose and cure. Too often when they do seek treatment, it is in the most expensive way – ...

Editorial

Faith leaders ask legislators, governor to consider Medicaid expansion

Each day, more than 800,000 Hoosiers under the age of 65 wake up without health insurance coverage. Many of them live without treatment until their condition becomes more severe and more costly to diagnose and cure. Too often when they do seek treatment, it is in the most expensive way – ...

Conversations

The church and convicted sex offenders

A few months ago, I read an article in one of our district newsletters where the writer was suggesting that local pastors and their congregations might be facing people attending their congregations who are convicted sex offenders. Due to all the possible ramifications, he thought it ...

Annual Conference

2013 Annual Conference workshops open to all and expanding

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Annual Conference Session continues to expand the number of workshop opportunities that will be available during the 2013 Indiana Annual Conference Session at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis Thursday and Friday, June 6 and June 7. These ...

2013 Indiana Conference Laity Manuscript Contest now open

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana United Methodist Conference’s Lay Leadership Team is again offering the opportunity to express thanks and praise God by submitting an original sermon manuscript for judging. This contest is open to all lay people in the Conference. Following the theme of Indiana’...

Conference seeks Denman Evangelism Award nominations

The award is named for the founder of The Foundation for Evangelism. The Indiana Annual Conference is now accepting nominations for the Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy, Laity and Youth. The Harry Denman Evangelism Award recognizes a person whose life and ministry exemplifies the ...

Indiana

Bishop announces appointment of Chesterton pastor as Northwest DS

    Newman-Jacobs   LaSuer INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announced Jan. 28 the appointment of the Rev. Christine K. (Chris) Newman-Jacobs as superintendent of the Northwest District. Currently she serves as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in ...

Bishop announces change in leadership of Southeast District

    White   Perry INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana United Methodist Bishop Mike Coyner announced March 4 the appointment of Southeast District Superintendent Brian White to lead pastor of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Carmel, Ind., effective July 1. St. Mark’s current lead ...

Bishop shares life with 650+ confirmands during rally

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner shared his life experiences with more than 650 confirmands from across Indiana during an all-day Youth Rally at First United Methodist Church in Noblesville March 9. The rally, titled “Shinin’ So Bright We Gotta Wear Shades” was based on Jesus...

Children's home leads way in Indiana with Teaching Family Model

LEBANON, Ind. – The Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home Board of Trustees made the commitment to implement a new and innovative way of caring for youth called the Teaching Family Model. The model is evidence-based and teaches youth social, academic and independent living skills. ...

Church not about us, but about others

INDIANAPOLIS – Church is not about us, as much it’s about others said Mark Waltz, relational connections leader at Granger (Ind.) Community (United Methodist ) Church to more than 250 United Methodists and others from across the state Jan. 26. During the six-hour “First Impressions: ...

Entrance Road Project to be dedicated at Epworth Forest Conference Center, April 28

NORTH WEBSTER, Ind. – There will be a celebratory Entrance Road Dedication Ceremony at Epworth Forest Conference Center on Sunday, April 28 at 4 p.m. Please, be our guest at this wonderful milestone in the continued progress and improvements for our camping ministry. Epworth Forest ...

Indiana Conference celebrates a very good year financially

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Conference Treasurer Jennifer Gallagher reported recently that our Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church had a very good year financially in 2012. She said, “We finished in the black, paid all bills and paid 100 percent of the Episcopal Fund ...

Indiana UM Historical Society to hold annual meeting at DePauw

GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The local history of our churches in Indiana will be the focus of the annual meeting of the Indiana United Methodist Historical Society from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27. DePauw University will host the event as part of its 175th anniversary observance, having...

Lion & Lamb Festival coming to Fort Wayne, Aug. 31-Sept. 1

An exciting new ministry event, and you are invited. The Lion and Lamb Festival is a community of hope gathering to share gifts, inspire authentic conversation, and passionately follow God in the world. It will gather August 31-September 1, 2013, at Praise Park, a property of Saint Joseph ...

Perseverance Chapel mission project provides services, supplies to Crow Creek

The small congregation of Perseverance Chapel United Methodist Church, in Corydon, Ind., continues its ongoing mission efforts to provide services and supplies for Crow Creek Indian Reservation in Fort Thompson, S.D. The United Methodist Women and other church members recently made warm ...

Focus

About Dr. Robert Manuel

Robert Manuel came to the University of Indianapolis in July 2012 from Georgetown University, where he was associate provost and dean of the School of Continuing Studies. As a higher education administrator, first at New York University and then at Georgetown, he was recognized for his ...

Interested in learning more about UIndy?

Contact us at The University of Indianapolis, 1400 East Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46227, 317-788-3368 or 800-232-8634, www.uindy.edu.  

UIndy ministry supports faith-based activities on campus

We, at the University of Indianapolis, take seriously our role as your United Methodist Church-related institution of higher education in the metropolitan Indianapolis area. Our campus is located on the south side of Indy, easily accessible by way of Interstates 65 and 465. We hope you ...

UIndy student at Operation Classroom

UIndy students play with local children during an Indiana Conference Operation Classroom Spring Term trip to Sierra Leone.

United Methodist Youth Leader Scholars part of campus ministry

Our office oversees the UMYL Scholarship Program, a “working scholarship” that rewards the involvement and leadership of UMC students while in high school, and encourages and involves them in leadership development in our Christian campus ministry while at UIndy. Every year, up to 16 ...

University of Indianapolis embraces new leader, new plans

  UIndy President Robert Manuel talks with parents at a Vision 2030 session. The strategic planning process has gathered input from more than 1,600 students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff. INDIANAPOLIS – As the University of Indianapolis prepares to inaugurate its ninth ...

University of Indianapolis offers world of opportunities

  UIndy’s annual Celebration of the Flags honors each country from which a current UIndy student, staff or faculty member hails. INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis, popularly known as UIndy, is a private, comprehensive and diverse institution of more than 5,400 ...

Operation Classroom

OCI dedicated to education, health in Sierra Leone, Liberia

Beginning Operation Classroom, Inc. (OCI), has its roots in Indiana. The program began in 1987 over a cup of coffee and was led by John Shettle of Orestes and Bob Bowman of New Castle, newly-elected lay leaders of the North and South Indiana Conferences, as a plan to upgrade secondary ...

Operation Classroom's 25th Anniversary Program, Dinner

Celebrating 25 years of Ministry in Liberia, Sierra Leone Hoosier United Methodists are invited to Celebrate a Global Partnership: 25 years of Ministry with Liberia and aSierra Leone through Operation Classroom. This special Operation Classroom 25th Anniversary Dinner will be held Sunday, ...

Global and Missions

A gorgeous tree and a broken window

MATANZAS, Cuba – The tree was a gorgeous tree, gnarled with intertwined branches. It invited me to climb up and take a better look at the Caribbean bay below. I and 15 other students from Methodist Theological Seminary were visiting a Presbyterian Seminary in Cuba as part of a cultural ...

Greenwood congregation welcomes Malaysian Methodist refugees

GREENWOOD, Ind. – December 23rd was a historic day for the members of Greenwood United Methodist Church just south of Indianapolis. The congregation opened its doors and hearts to welcome a Mizo Congregation to worship. There were about 40 Mizo people (Upper Myannmar Methodist Refugees ...

Hoosiers top list of givers to Society of St. Andrew

NASHVILLE, Tenn.(UMM) – In 2012, United Methodist Men gave $179,800 to Meals for Millions, a program of the Society of Saint Andrew to feed the hungry. Wade Mays, national director of Meals for Millions, honored Indiana Conference UM Men for giving the highest amount of money to the ...

School of Christian Mission changes name to Mission u

The School of Christian Mission has changed its name to Mission u 2013: Learning Together for the Transformation of the World. The dates for Mission u are: Weekday session: Tuesday, July 23 through Friday, July 26 Saturday Sampler: Saturday, July 27 Mission u is the primary mission ...

UMC youth, young adults to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (GBOD) – A two-year effort called the Restoration Generation initiative soon will begin enlisting United Methodist youth and young adults to help rebuild the homes, lives and spirits of people in areas left ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. Beginning this summer, thousands of ...

Volunteers to change world in 1,500 places, May 18-19 weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Change the World is now in its fourth year of bringing United Methodists together to make a global impact on one weekend. This year’s dates are the weekend of May 18-19. This past year, United Methodists completed world-changing projects in more than 1,500 locations ...

Viewpoints

Thoughts on Living Faithfully #2: Saying Thank you

Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people. I am grateful for all of them. I am certainly grateful for those who affirmed my work and helped me build confidence to do the work of ministry in so many different places. I am equally grateful for colleagues and ...

Why Easter floats

Unlike other major Christian holy-days like Christmas, Epiphany and Annual Conference, Easter has a wide berth on the calendar and can arrive in the preliminary days of bone-chilling spring or much later to the fanfare of scorching heat. There are, of course, reasons for this floating ...

Chronicles

2012 health care refund expires soon

Did you know the U.S. Government writes checks to churches and small businesses to help pay for health care? This is the third year of four that the 25 percent credit is available ... thousands of dollars refunded for each INUMC or other healthcare plan paid for on behalf of your pastor, ...

Educational Opportunities invites Hoosiers on 40th Anniversary Cruise to Caribbean

United Methodist-related Educational Opportunities is offering a 40th Anniversary Cruise with ports of call at Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico. This is an eight-day cruise from Jan. 4-9, 2014, celebrating 40 years of travel ministry. Travelers will be aboard the ...

Heritage Sunday to be celebrated May 19

The theme for 2013 Heritage Sunday, as set by the General Commission on Archives and History, is “The Power of Place: The Contemporary Mission of Heritage Landmarks and Historic Sites.” The date is Aldersgate Day or the Sunday preceding that day, this year May 19. A local church is free to...

Marcia McFee to bring 'worship design studio' planning retreat to Lake Buffalo

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – “How do we create vital and passionate worship consistently without getting burned out while still caring for all the other duties of the ministry?” Dr. Marcia McFee, a national worship leader and educator will address this common question at a retreat for worship ...

Plan now to celebrate Older Adult Month in May

As we read Acts 2:17, we can see God’s plan for the Family of God: “In the last days, God Says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your Sons and Daughters will prophesy. Your young will see visions. Your elders will dream dreams.” May is Older Adult Month, in The United Methodist ...

Seasoned writer to hold seminar May 9 at INUMC Conference Center

INDIANAPOLIS – Writing is a task all pastors and laity in ministry do constantly from sermons to letters to newsletter articles. However as a church professional, pastors may have had a yearning for something bigger – like publications. Love to… but. The Rev. Todd Outcalt, senior pastor of...

Small Church Initiative to feature Kibbey at leadership event

The Fruitful Congregation Journey Small Church Initiative presents the Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey, author of Ultimately Responsible: When You Are in Charge of Igniting a Ministry. Kibbey will be the keynote speaker for Stepping Into Leadership, Saturday, April 20 From 5 to 8 p.m. at Silver ...