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May/June 2013

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OC celebrates 25 years of mission

INDIANAPOLIS – “Your donations made me what I am today,” said Edward Kawa, Second Secretary of the Sierra Leone Embassy in Washington, D.C., to more than 120 supporters, during a commemorative dinner April 28 for Operation Classroom and marking 25 years of service to Sierra Leone and ...

From the Bishop

Missions and the mission of the church

Sunday, April 28 was a busy one for me. After Sunday morning worship with my wife, I drove up to Epworth Forest to participate in the dedication of the new entrance and road into that camp and conference center. Then I rushed back to Indianapolis to participate in the banquet celebrating ...

Letters to the Editor

Concerned clergy

The undersigned clergy are responding with concern about the proposal to be presented at the Indiana Annual Conference session this June eliminating the health insurance benefit for clergy retiring after July l, 2013, and their spouses. We believe it will injure the spiritual and emotional...

Health care reform

I am writing to express my concern over the church’s support of the federal Affordable Care Act. While I believe initial intentions of the United Methodist, Episcopal, Lutheran and Christian Church clergy were to support a mechanism that provides quality health care to the residents of ...

Conversations

Bishop hears Hoosiers speak out about future four years

INDIANAPOLIS – This past fall, Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner visited all 10 districts across Indiana for “District Days,” which included a welcome-back reception for him sponsored by the Committee on Episcopacy. During those receptions, Coyner shared his hopes for these next four years and ...

Annual Conference

Agenda, copies of Information Booklet now available online

The agenda for this year’s Indiana Annual Conference Session is available online at www.inumc.org/ac13agenda. The information booklet sent to clergy and lay members of Annual Conference also is available online at www.inumc.org/ac13booklet. Please note the contact change for the United ...

Art Fair 'Changing the World with the Gift of Art' new to annual conference

God has blessed us all with our own unique gifts, talents and passions. How do we use these gifts to change the world? We may feel that art is not our “gift,” but we all have the passion to share this amazing gift with many. A group of Indiana artists will come together to share how they ...

Chamber group of AU Choir coming to Annual Conference Session in June

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The chamber group pictured here and comprised of 15 members of the Africa University Choir and choir director from Mutare, Zimbabwe, will be in the United States from May 25 to June 17. The choir’s 2013 tour schedule includes itineration in local churches, as well as ...

Clergy, lay member portraits to be taken during conference session

Lifetouch Church Services will be taking individual clergy and lay member portrait pictures this year at the Indiana Annual Conference Session. Each member having his or her picture taken will receive a complimentary 8x10 inch photo and a printed Indiana Conference Directory. The Lifetouch...

Community Prayer Breakfast to feature Senator Lugar

All 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,...

Festival of Young Preachers to be featured Thursday morning

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. Conference session attendees are invited to attend the Thursday morning sessions June 6, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in one of the Indiana...

Indiana Conference board recommends changes to retiree health funding

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits has received the report of the conference’s Retiree Health Funding Task Force and will be making related recommendations to the 2013 Indiana Annual Conference Session meeting June 6-8 in Indianapolis. The task force...

Plan for Power, Praise Night out with Indiana Fever

INDIANAPOLIS – 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 and number one draft pick Brittany Griner. The Africa University Choir will sing immediately following the game. Tickets...

Who is Tendekai Kuture?

Tendekai Kuture is head of the music department, and choir director at United Methodist-related Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe. He joined AU in 2008, and he describes the Africa University Choir as one of the choral wonders of the world. Kuture’s music career and experience spans 40...

Worship Leaders Day workshop open for registration

INDIANAPOLIS – Worship Leaders Day is a workshop that is designed to celebrate, educate and motivate worship leaders, music directors and worship musicians throughout the state of Indiana. It will be held Friday, June 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 South Capitol ...

Connecting Your Congregation and Your Conference

Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016 now available for Lay Leader/Lay Member The Lay Leader and Lay Member to annual conference are key roles in linking the vision and plan of the congregation with the ministry of the annual conference and in nurturing cooperation and ...

Indiana

Archives & History announces two Historians of the Year

The Indiana United Methodist Conference Commission on Archives and History announces two individuals have been selected for recognition as a local church Historian of the Year. Edith Smith has been the church historian for Wayside United Methodist Church in Clinton, Ind., for many years, ...

Bishop appoints Anderson as transitional senior pastor to Fort Wayne church

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announced April 19 the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Doug Anderson to serve as the Transitional Senior Pastor of Sonrise United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne, effective July 1. The title “Transitional Senior Pastor” reflects a unique design for ...

Bishop dedicates new entrance to Epworth Forest

NORTH WEBSTER, Ind. – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner dedicated the new entrance to the Epworth Forest Conference Center Sunday, April 28. Participants literally moved through history as they entered the conference grounds through the former entrance and left through the new entrance. In the ...

Community Outreach expanding before Indiana annual conference session

INDIANAPOLIS – United Methodist Metro Ministries will again take the lead for the Wednesday, June 5, Community Outreach the day before the Indiana Annual Conference Session in Indianapolis. Fletcher Place Community Center has been added as a new outreach during annual conference. Other ...

Eleven graduate from 2013 License to Preach School

Gathered from throughout Indiana, eleven United Methodist certified ministerial candidates met to attend License to Preach School this past spring. The candidates traveled to Springville for classes from across the state. This License to Preach School met for four weekends in February, ...

Professor speaks at Showers Lectures about God's mission

INDIANAPOLIS – “It’s not that churches and schools have missions on behalf of God, but God is the one who has a mission,” said alumnus and former Professor of Religion at the University of Indianapolis, the Rev. Dr. Steven O’Malley. He continued, “And sometimes God uses schools as vehicles...

Reed appointed to GBGM position

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner has announced the appointment of the Rev. LeKisha Reed to the staff of the New York City-based United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, effective May 1. She now serves as Executive Secretary of Networks and Constituencies for the ...

University of Evansville receives largest gift in its history

The late Dr. William L. Ridgway has left $39 million to the University of Evansville, establishing the largest single gift ever made to UE from an individual or corporation. The lifetime trustee and retired ophthalmologist now is the largest donor in UE’s 159-year history, with a total of ...

Warsaw church re-enacts Holy Week in drive-through drama

WARSAW, Ind. – Pastor Cindy Gackenheimer of Celebration United Methodist Church in Warsaw, Ind., shares this Glory Sighting. She writes: I want to tell you about an exciting event that we, at Celebration UMC, offered this past Maundy Thursday. The congregation created a drive-through ...

Wesley Heritage and Jerusalem tours planned for 2014

Indiana Educational Opportunities representative Norm Nellis promotes two EO tours coming next year, 2014. The first is an invitation to travel with Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner for a 9-day Wesley Heritage Tour to England. The dates are July 23-31, 2014, and the all-inclusive price from ...

Wesley Village holds commitment promotion through May 31

FRANKFORT, Ind. – UM-related Wesley Manor is running a commitment promotion now through May 31 as a bonus for those who want to move into a Wesley Village home. In order to make retirement living more affordable, vacant Village homes have a new reduced entrance fee with reductions ranging ...

Global and Missions

Mission u announces the school's Hands On Project

Here’s a question for United Methodist Women across Indiana. Do you need a program idea for your unit or circle? You might consider having a sew-in to make the Hands-on Project for 2013 Mission u of the United Methodist Women of Indiana. Mission u will be held at DePauw University in ...

South Bend congregation brings clean water to African villages

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – In 2009, Clay Church, A United Methodist Community of God’s Love, identified “clean water for the world” as one of our goals for the annual Christmas Eve “Love Offering for a World in Need,” designed to meet the requirements of Matthew 25. One of those goals was to ...

Successful mission camp in Alabama for Hagerstown and other churches

HAGERSTOWN, Ind. – Earlier this year, 23 men and 14 women travelled to Sand Mountain in northeast Alabama to help repair homes destroyed or damaged by the 2011 tornado. This was the eighth consecutive year First United Methodist Church of Hagerstown has organized a mission work team to ...

Viewpoints

Celebrate Older Adult Ministries 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 Ministries Month in The United ...

Modeling Jesus' love

Your Peace with Justice gifts Sunday, May 26 (or another day during the year), change lives in places where the joy of knowing Christ is mixed with the tragedy of violence. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bishop Nkulu Ntanda Ntambo assumed his post as a brutal civil war began in ...

The pastor as a person

Parson – from Latin persona, meaning “person” Parsonage – from Latin, a house where a “person” lives For a pastor, the deepest levels of satisfaction and intimacy in a parish occur when others realize the pastor is a person, and this person (parson) is not immune from personal tragedies, ...

Thoughts on Living Faithfully, #3 Our Mission is Change

Our lives are filled with change. The mission statement of The United Methodist Church expects change. Our mission is to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” The purpose of Rejuvenate Ministry is to strengthen clergy excellence and enhance the viability of ...

Chronicles

Anoka church celebrates its centennial

ANOKA, Ind. – In 1910, Mrs. Lottie Turnpaugh recognized a need in the small community of Anoka, southeast of Logansport on U.S. Highway 31. She responded to that need by organizing a Sunday school program for area children. Three years later her actions led to the birth of the Anoka United...

Conference seeks creative social media communicator for mission, social advocacy

INDIANAPOLIS – Wanted – A creative social media communicator with artistic skills who is passionate about Christians living a life engaged in mission and social advocacy causes. The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church has an opening for an Associate Director of Missions and ...

Hunger ministry presents VBS Mission Program for churches

“Superheroes of the Faith,” the Society of St. Andrew’s Vacation Bible School Mission Program is designed to be used either as a stand-alone program or as a mission emphasis to compliment your church’s Vacation Bible School program. Free download and all details can be found at www.endhung...

New Christopher book navigates from finances to faithfulness

We are living in a shift. With cultural changes in the U.S. and our global financial situation in turmoil, it is important that the work of the church expands to talk about every aspect of discipleship, including church finances. In Rich Church, Poor Church, Arkansas’ J. Clif Christopher ...

United Methodists mourn death of Bob Edgar, 69

WASHINGTON – The Rev. Bob Edgar, 69, a United Methodist pastor and a “tireless defender of the poor and an advocate for justice,” died unexpectedly April 23 of a heart attack at his home in the Washington area. Edgar, who was top executive of Common Cause, also was the former executive of ...