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November/December 2013

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Bishop's Christmas Offering to benefit children worldwide

INDIANAPOLIS – In a recent letter to Indiana’s more than 1,100 United Methodist congregations, Bishop Mike Coyner wrote, “Thank you for your participation in the Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children. This past year, we received more than $125,000 for children’s ministries here in ...

From the Bishop

"Use It or Lose It"

Does your church have a vision statement? Do you use it? If you don’t really use it, you may just “lose it” – or at least lose its power and effectiveness. Our Indiana Conference has a newly-adopted statement of our “Vision and Values,” which you can find on our website (www.inumc.org) by ...

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Celebrate the contributions of Native Americans

This is a great time to celebrate the legacy of Native American traditions and gifts to our present culture and country. The United Methodist Women, in their reading program, have suggested a valuable resource: A Native American Thought of It: Amazing Inventions & Innovations by Rocky ...

Indiana

Africa University Campaign Rallies continues across state

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner continues to lead Africa University Campaign Rallies across Indiana to raise awareness of Africa University and the Indiana Conference’s pledge to raise $1.6 million for AU during the next three years. All are invited to the rally to learn more ...

Benefits manager resigns from Indiana Conference Center staff

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Conference Benefits Manager Sherry Austin left the Indiana Conference Center staff Oct. 31 to find employment closer to home. She has served the conference at the center since it opened in January 2010. Austin said she would like to find employment closer to home in...

Bishop's Christmas Offering thank yous

Here are excerpts from letters Bishop Coyner has received thanking the conference for funds given from this offering. The Julian Center in Indianapolis Thank you for your thoughtful contribution of $2,000 to The Julian Center. As you might know, most of our women flee to us in the middle ...

Duke professor says church needs to pay attention to shifting culture

GREENCASTLE, Ind. – When it comes to American culture, “We don’t know where we are going, but we are doing it at warp speed,” the Rev. Dr. L. Gregory Jones, a theology professor at United Methodist-related Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C., told more than 60 people, who attended the ...

Early Response Team volunteers needed across Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Conference hired Tony Pagano this past summer as the Indiana United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Disaster Response Plan Facilitator. He is actively recruiting at least ten volunteers from each district to join Early Response Teams (ERTs) from across the...

Harrison County church reaches out to Red Bird Mission near Beverly, Ky.

HARRISON COUNTY, Ind. – “God is good all the time; all the time God is good; and we shall be witnesses.” This mission statement encourages the small congregation of Perseverance Chapel United Methodist Church in rural Harrison County to continue its outreach ministry to those who ...

Indiana pastors experience reality of Mission Guatemala

SAN ANDRES, Semetabaj, Guatemala – When the Rev. Tom Heaton and David Burns started Mission Guatemala in September 2010, neither could envision what the mission would ultimately become – a ministry with a medical and dental clinic, a program that feeds 170 children each week and a base ...

Indy UMs partner with single mom to build new home in Brightwood area

INDIANAPOLIS – Thanks to Central Indiana United Methodist Churches, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis finished the Hickenbottom home and blessed it Oct. 26. It was a special morning that could not have been possible without the pastors, members and friends of 23 Greater ...

Metro Ministries celebrates 90 years with music, mission fair

INDIANAPOLIS – More than 300 United Methodists and friends, celebrated the 90th anniversary of the United Methodist Metro Ministries in two mid-October events in Indianapolis. On Saturday, Oct. 19, hundreds joined Metro Ministries Celebration in Music at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church ...

Southeast Indiana church moving forward through the FCJ process

MADISON, Ind. – Lay leaders of Trinity United Methodist Church in Madison recently met to discuss the progress of their Faithful Congregation Journey project after 15 months and a busy summer. They discussed words to describe the church today, how leaders are responding, the prescriptions,...

Southwest District welcomes new Associate DS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Southwest District Superintendent George Purnell announced Oct. 23 that the Rev. Paula Young Mayberry has joined the district team as an Associate District Superintendent, effective Oct. 1. Young Mayberry presently serves as pastor at Huntingburg United Methodist ...

Spousal abuse in the church highlighted during Indianapolis conference

INDIANAPOLIS – “Domestic abuse is one of the ugliest crimes I can think of. This is all about sin. Victims of abuse stay in their corner crying out for hope,” Dountonia Slack of Anderson, Ind., a victim of spousal abuse told 24 advocates for survivors of spousal abuse during a three-day ...

Statement of our Mission, Vision, Core Process and Values

Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church Statement of our Mission, Vision, Core Process and Values November 2013 OUR MISSION The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church will make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. VISION We will be a ...

V-ROC celebrates 14th house build in Southern Indiana

MARYSVILLE, Ind. – More than 50 volunteers, faith leaders, builders from across Indiana, plus homeowners and neighbors jammed into the new home of Joe and Jamie Stewart Oct. 9, in Marysville to dedicate their house. The faith-based volunteer partnership known as Volunteers Rebuilding Our ...

Global and Missions

Syrian Americans paint dismal picture of life in Syria during solidarity dinner at Broad Ripple church

INDIANAPOLIS – According to Kenan Rahmani, a national board member of the Syrian American Council based in Washington, D.C., the Syrian government has destroyed many mosques and churches in Syria during the past four months and killed thousands of its own citizens since March 2011, ...

UM mission agency #GivingTuesday matched-dollars campaign to benefit Advance project worldwide

NEW YORK – United Methodists are invited to participate in #GivingTuesday, December 3, an online giving campaign that gained popularity in the U.S. this past year following the Thanksgiving holiday. United Methodist Global Ministries is participating in UMC #GivingTuesday December 3, by ...

UMW plans to show world how faith, hope, love in action can bring change

NEW YORK –Women from around the country and mission partners from across the globe are called to the 19th Quadrennial Assembly of United Methodist Women April 25 -27, 2014, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. “Make It Happen” is the theme for the ...

We Make It Happen: A Living Timeline honoring UMW members

NEW YORK (UMS) – The United Methodist Women national office launched Tuesday, Oct. 1, a mixed-media engagement project – We Make It Happen: A Living Timeline. The ongoing submissions will be posted on Facebook and Pinterest. Through various means of written and artistic expression, this ...

Viewpoints

Bishop meets with pastors to affirm covenant

INDIANAPOLIS – More than 800 active and retired Indiana pastors converged Tuesday, Nov. 5, on St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis for a day-long “Gathering of All Clergy,” to consider their clergy covenant and to hear about the relationship between the Affordable Care Act ...

Musings: On Retirement

Each fall, Rejuvenate hosts a Pre-Retirement Seminar for clergy and spouses. The seminar is designed to help participants learn about the benefits offered through the General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits. Lynette Rice, GBOPHB staff, provides helpful information for clergy and ...

What's new for Christmas?

Ask any pastor about the Advent and Christmas season and most will tell you that 90 percent of December is tradition. Christmas Eve worship services involve a great deal of planning, preparation and energy, but run on the fumes of history. We know the story – and there are only so many ...

Chronicles

Advisor says reimbursements on individual health plan premiums going away in 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – Beginning in 2014, churches will no longer be able to reimburse Individual Health Plan premiums via Section 125 or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) arrangements. According to Katy Stowers, Advisor and General Counsel for First Person Benefit Advisors, “Recent IRS guidance ...

Archives and History appoints Stowe as Conference Historian

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Conference Commission on Archives and History announced the appointment of Dr. Richard A. Stowe of Muncie as the Conference Historian during the commission’s fall meeting Oct.9 at the Indiana Conference Center. This is the first appointment of a historian since ...

Cataldo to join GBOD as Director of Laity in Leadership

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Jodi L. Cataldo, director of Leadership Development for the Dakotas Conference, will become the Director of Laity in Leadership at the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) Dec. 1. Cataldo, who has served on the conference staff since 2010, previously served both on ...

Discipleship agency board elects new top executive

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (GBOD) – The board of directors of The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) Thursday, Oct. 19, elected the Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Bias, senior pastor of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, to be the agency’s new General Secretary (top executive). ...

The Christmas Candle emphasizes the meaning of Advent

EchoLight Studios presents, The Christmas Candle, a timeless holiday film for the entire family with a Christ-centered message. Based on a book by one of America’s most inspiring authors, Max Lucado, The Christmas Candle introduces the acting debut of British singing sensation Susan Boyle,...