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September/October 2013

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Bishop kicks off Africa University Campaign

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner kicked off a ten-city campaign in support of United Methodist-related Africa University Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, at the Columbia City United Methodist Church. All the rallies will be held on Sunday afternoons. Other cities where the rallies will...

From the Bishop

'Three Simple Lessons'

Did you see the news coverage of Diana Nyad’s amazing 110-mile swim from Cuba to Key West, Florida? She finally completed that 53-hour swim on her fifth try – the first time she tried was 35 years ago. When she finally finished the journey, she offered these words of wisdom: (1) never give...

Indiana

Africa University Campaign Rallies

All rallies will be held on Sundays, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. local time. Sept. 15 – Columbia City UMC, 605 Forest Parkway, Columbia City Sept. 29 – Linden UMC, 609 South Main Street, Linden Oct. 13 – First UMC, 1225 Michigan Avenue, LaPorte Oct. 20 – First UMC, 301 North Broadway, Greensburg...

Army Chaplain's ordination: A 'BUT GOD' moment

Story and photos by Daniel R. Gangler INDIANAPOLIS – Ordaining a minister outside of an annual conference session is a rare event in the corporate life of The United Methodist Church. Such an ordination Tuesday night, July 16, was unique and so is Chaplain Anthony Hunley of the United ...

Bristol church ministers to deaf member and his family

BRISTOL, Ind. –In many ways, the Bristol United Methodist Church, just northeast of Elkhart, has adopted Jason and Melanie Owens. Jason has a rare disease, which causes non-malignant brain tumors. Through recent years, Jason has lost his career, his hearing and his mobility. Melanie, a ...

Conference hires part-time employee to work with Disaster Response Team

INDIANAPOLIS – The Rev. Jim Bushfield, director of Indiana Conference Connectional Ministries, announces the employment of Tony Pagano as the new part-time Conference Disaster Response Plan Facilitator for the Conference’s Disaster Response Team effective Aug. 1. Pagano will work with the ...

Dream of Lion & Lamb Festival becomes reality

Story and photo By Candace Buell Landry FORT WAYNE, Ind. – For nearly a year, the Lion & Lamb team has been dreaming, praying and planning for the community that would gather at the Lion & Lamb Festival at Praise Park in Fort Wayne, during the Labor Day weekend. On the last weekend in ...

Funds from Bishop's Christmas Offering for Children distributed worldwide

INDIANAPOLIS – For the second year in a row, the Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children has received more than $125,000 for children and youth ministries. Whether helping teen moms with their children in Elkhart, assisting AIDS orphans in Tanzania or providing camp scholarships for ...

Holland church helps Oklahoma residents rebuild after wildfires destroy homes

Photo courtesy of Darren Trummel. HOLLAND, Ind. – Fifteen members and friends of the Zoar United Methodist Church in Holland (SW Indiana) spent four days at the end of June in Oklahoma helping residents recover from a disaster caused by wildfires earlier this year. During this ...

Hoosier leads new online church communications training

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mark Eutsler, PhD, a member of the Linden UMC and member of the Indiana Conference Communication Team, will facilitate “Communicating Faith in the 21st Century,” a new online course offered by United Methodist Communications of Nashville. The course’s four sections ...

Indiana Conference sets 2014 rates for health programs

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits has set the 2014 Rates for its Health Programs to clergy and lay participants. These rates can be found on the Indiana Conference website at www.inumc.org under Administration, click on the Benefits page. The rates ...

Indiana pastor named Distinguished Evangelist

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – The Foundation for Evangelism recently announced the selection of the Rev. Dr. R Mark Beeson, Senior/Founding Pastor of Granger Community Church (GCC), a United Methodist Church in Granger, Indiana, as the 2013 Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church....

Key upcoming events in the Indiana Conference

District Rallies for the Africa University Campaign – Sept.15 was the first of 10 District Rallies to garner support for the Africa University Campaign approved at this past Indiana Annual Conference Session. The whole list is found on the Conference website (www.inumc.org.AU). Bishop Mike...

Mission, advocacy associate director would like to meet for coffee

Do you have a heart for serving others? Do you long to see justice and peace in the world? Connect with others who share your passion over a cup of coffee. Share stories, experiences and ideas as we grow into fulfilling God’s mission for us in our communities and world. Find ways to get ...

Missouri church growth leader to be keynote speaker at 2014 Annual Conference Session

  INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announced earlier this summer the 2014 Indiana Annual Conference Session keynote speaker will be the Rev. Robert (Bob) Farr, director of congregational excellence for the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church. Farr leads ...

Trafalgar Green Team reaps first produce crop with help of community grant

Photos courtesy of Trafalgar UMC Green team (left to right) Pat Griswold, Betty Roose, Toni Flowers, Ed Kuonen and Ryllis Blackwell TRAFALGAR, Ind. – The Green Team of Trafalgar United Methodist Church won a $3,500 grant this past year through the Johnson County Community Foundation. The ...

United Methodist-Habitat build begins in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS – The 2013 United Methodist-Habitat for Humanity partnered build began Sept. 4, in the Brightwood neighborhood on Indy’s eastside. The team, made up of volunteers from 22 Indianapolis area United Methodist churches and UM-related Metro Ministries, are working with future ...

West Ohio Bishop to preach at opening session of 2014 Annual Conference Session

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announces that Bishop Gregory Palmer, Resident Bishop of the West Ohio Area of The United Methodist Church based in Worthington, Ohio, will be the 2014 Indiana Annual Conference preacher for opening worship Thursday, May 29. According to Coyner, “...

National

At National Gathering of United Methodist Men urged to become mighty

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — A United Methodist pastor urged some 800 attendees of the National Gathering of United Methodist Men to become like the mighty men of David. The Rev. Shane Bishop, pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Fairview Heights, Ill, told the July 12-14 quadrennial ...

Bishop speaks to partnership between UTS, Sierra Leone

DAYTON, Ohio – Sierra Leone United Methodist Bishop John Yambasu recently visited United Theological Seminary as part of a recently established partnership between United (UTS) and The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone. Yambasu plans on opening a United Methodist theological school ...

UM Student Movement NEXT Conference to be held at Denver, Nov. 7-9

The United Methodist Student Movement is a grassroots connection of Methodist-affiliated college students who seek to creatively and faithfully pursue God’s dream for the world. After all, as college students, we need a dream that is bigger than ourselves or our individual schools, that ...

Wallis, Slaughter, to headline 2014 pastor's retreat

INDIANAPOLIS – The Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners based in Washington, D.C. and the Rev. Mike Slaughter of Ginghamsburg Church (United Methodist) in Tipp City, Ohio, are scheduled to be the featured speakers at the 2014 Our Life Together Pastor’s Retreat, Feb. 24-25, at St. Luke’s United ...

Missions

Health Partners plan medical, educational teams to Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone Health Partners team seeks volunteers willing to stand as a partner in a developing world setting, help a peer solve problems, share themselves and live their faith in a new environment. This may be a life-giving and life-changing experience. Medical Teams Sierra Leone ...

Martinsville young adult appointed to US-2 service in Dallas

NEW YORK – Hayley Terrell of Martinsville, Ind, and a member of the Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Wilbur, was commissioned Aug. 12 in New York City as a US-2 missionary by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries. She will serve at the Dallas (Texas) Leadership ...

Trees for Tanzania set goal of one-million tree seedlings by 2015

ATTICA, Ind. – Five years ago, Mary Schott, director of Trees for Tanzania, with other members of First United Methodist Church in Attica, founded a mission project called Trees for Tanzania. Trees for Tanzania (www.treesfortanzania.com) has produced and given away more than 100,000 tree ...

UM Women mission money at work worldwide

This year, the new global United Methodist Women’s 25-member board of directors approved $62,900 in grants to seven programs from its emerging programs, disaster and emergency budget. Programs receiving funding include: Agricultural Mission, Phase III of Revitalization of Haitian ...

Viewpoints

I'm a breast cancer husband

My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2001. And now, 12 years later, we give thanks each day for her recovery and healing and the fact that she was recently released from a decade-long, clinical-trial study. I, during these past 12 years, have written a great deal about ...

Preparing the next generation of clergy leaders

  Moman Holderly Each Sunday in United Methodist churches across Indiana, members and friends gather for worship, study and fellowship. Church members expect that there will be a well-educated, qualified pastor to preach, teach and counsel in their congregation and community. ...

United Methodist chaplains noted, honored for Johnson County service

  Burcham Owens FRANKLIN, Ind. – Two chaplains related to the United Methodist Community in Franklin have been noted for their years of service to Johnson County. The Rev. Dr. Ken Burcham, a retired Elder of the Indiana Conference, has been involved in chaplaincy for years. In ...

Chronicles

Financial initiative benefits local church members

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) Office of Corporate Partnership recently announced a new program. UMCmarket that will allow members of The United Methodist Church the opportunity to shop online at some of their favorite places while generating a ...

Five openings still available for Trail Walk in the Holy Land

The Indiana Conference-sponsored Jerusalem and Jesus Trail Walk with Educational Opportunities now has limited openings for a very unique trip to the Holy Land. Led by Norm Nellis, this group will be spending three days of the ten-day trip walking trails in the Galilee and four days ...

Rector to become next G-ETS president as Amerson retires

EVANSTON, Ill. (G-ETS) – The Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Board of Trustees unanimously earlier this year elected Dr. Lallene J. Rector to be the next president of Garrett-Evangelical. Currently serving as the seminary’s vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, ...

The Martyrs Project releases new CD

The Martyrs Project stands behind a new CD release, Martyrs Prayers, featuring the talents of some noted names in Christian music, including Phil Keaggy, Randy Stonehill, Glenn Kaiser, Kemper Crabb and more. The primary artist, however, is Michael Glen Bell, an ordained United Methodist ...

UE Partners with Habitat for Humanity of Evansville to build new home

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (UE) – To promote social responsibility and demonstrate how college students can make an impact in the community, the University of Evansville joined Habitat for Humanity of Evansville and broke ground this week on a new home. The ceremony took place at the building site, ...