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May/June 2014

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Former First Lady shares faith with UM Women

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (UMNS) – Hillary Clinton shared her love and gratitude to all the United Methodist women in her life and then challenged the more than 6,500 United Methodist women before her to go out and “make it happen.” Clinton spoke for 35 minutes at the Saturday, April 26, morning ...

From the Bishop

Let Your Light Shine

I write these words in the context of also preparing for the funeral service for my father, Jake Coyner, who died on April 24th about a month after he reached the age of 90. One of my strong memories of Dad is how much he loved his church and how much he wanted the lights in the church ...

Annual Conference

An invitation and story behind Georgia Street worship event

INDIANAPOLIS – Last year during the Indiana Annual Conference session, a homeless man approached me, so excited because he heard “the Methodists were in town.” He was looking for a “revival,” a place to meet Jesus and encounter the Spirit in the midst of one of the lowest points of his ...

Friends of Africa University invite you to breakfast

INDIANAPOLIS – Friends of Africa University will hold a breakfast during the 2014 Indiana Annual Conference Session Friday, May 30 at 7 a.m. in the Indiana Convention Center. All are invited to attend. Reservations, which must be purchased in advance by May 14, can be made on the Indiana ...

Several mission events coming during annual conference session

INDIANAPOLIS – In keeping with the mission spirit of Hoosier United Methodists, several mission events will take place during the upcoming 2014 Indiana Annual Conference Session in downtown Indianapolis May 28-31. Here is a short list of some of those events: Volunteer In Mission Training,...

Indiana

250 volunteers needed for Annual Conference outreach ministry

INDIANAPOLIS – The 2014 Indiana Annual Conference Session mission opportunity will immediately follow the Ordination and Commissioning Service Saturday, May 31. At noon, some 250 volunteers will begin packing meals with Kids Against Hunger in the exhibit hall area of the Indiana Convention...

Bishop nominates new Indiana Conference Lay Leader

Bishop nominates new Indiana Conference Lay Leader

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner has nominated Doris Clark of Indianapolis as the new incoming Lay Leader of the Indiana Conference, effective June 1. Clark’s nomination will be brought to the upcoming session of the Indiana Annual Conference for formal election. If elected, she ...

Conference board recommends changes to retiree medical subsidy effective Jan. 1

INDIANAPOLIS – In response to the discussion of the Retiree Medicare premium subsidy at the 2013 Annual Conference Session, Bishop Mike Coyner asked the members of the Retiree Health Insurance Funding Task Force to continue to meet to review the concerns of the conference and make a ...

East Central Indiana UMs in mission make a difference in Miss.

SUNFLOWER, Miss. – With the goal of “to make a difference,” 22 men and 14 women, mostly United Methodists of East Central Indiana spent March 2-8 working out of the Delta Grace Mission hub located in Sunflower. Sunflower is a small town located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, one of...

First Christian of new Indiana Conference confirmed

NEW PARIS, Ind. – Sunday, March 30, was a special Sunday for our Indiana Conference. The first person to become a Christian after the new Indiana Conference was formed was confirmed. How can I say the “first person to become a Christian” with such boldness? Let me tell you her story. It ...

Indiana Conference Church Development hires congregational consultant, coach as new Associate Director

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana United Methodist Conference Director of Church Development, the Rev. David Neckers, announced April 15 the hiring of Indiana native Ann A. Handschu of Terre Haute as the new Indiana Conference Associate Director of Church Development assigned to the Southwest and ...

Leadership Development opens preaching, exploring ministry events

INDIANAPOLIS – In ongoing efforts to support, equip, network and inspire future leaders for its churches, the conference Leadership Development team has two invitations for conference members and guests. Eat, Preach, and Praise Dinner, Thursday, May 29 at 5:15 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza ...

More than 600 youth listen to Bishop talk about life during Love Rocks! Rally in March

INDIANAPOLIS – More than 600 youth and 70 adult volunteers participated in the 2014 Love Rocks Bishop’s Youth Rally, Saturday, March 8 at First United Methodist Church in Noblesville. Featured artists included Gracie Schram, 737, Matt McCoy and Moriah Peters. As usual, Indiana Bishop Mike ...

National scouters group loses United Methodist affiliation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – After years of tension, a scouting organization has lost its affiliation with the Commission on United Methodist Men and other United Methodist organizations. The National Association of United Methodist Scouters is no longer affiliated with the commission, the ...

North Texas leadership development specialist coming to Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Michael J. Coyner announced April 11 the appointment of the Rev. Aleze Michelle Fulbright as the first Director of Leadership Development for the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church effective July 1. Fulbright, who lives in Allen, Texas, ...

Record allocation of Bishop's Christmas Offering for Children being distributed worldwide this spring

Record allocation of Bishop's Christmas Offering for Children being distributed worldwide this spring

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children Committee allocated on March 26 a record $140,000 to children and youth ministries in Indiana and around the world most of which was given during Christmas 2013 ($120,000). Whether assisting with a children’s day camps in ...

Syracuse kids with big hearts, give little gifts to kids in Haiti

Photo by Ray Balogh and courtesy of The Mail Journal of Syracuse, Ind. SYRACUSE, Ind. – More than 30 children took the lead of Carol Elder at Calvary United Methodist Church of Syracuse in making more than 590 rubberband bracelets for kids they will never meet. During a three-week period ...

UM Men give $191,000 to Meals for Millions

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – United Methodist Men have increased their giving each of the last four years to a total of $191,000, an amount that provided 8.9 million servings of food in 2013. In 2010, UM Men gave $168,196 to Meals for Millions; they increased giving in 2011 to $171,223, and in 2012,...

What will be the response if you have a disaster?

Since Henryville, Indiana, nearly went missing with a severe tornado March 2, 2012, Hoosiers have thought more seriously about the possibility of damage to our homes from tornados. But not many of us apply this thinking to our church records and irreplaceable memorabilia. Here’s the point:...

Global and Missions

Bishop Coyner ordains Elders during Sierra Leone Annual Conference Session

Bishop Coyner ordains new pastors in Sierra Leone. FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner ordained several new Elders in Freetown Sunday, March 2, as a guest bishop during the ordination service at the Sierra Leone Annual Conference Session. He was accompanied by retired ...

Sierra Leone launches new United Methodist university

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (UMNS) – Pledges of $21,600 launched the official unveiling of the United Methodist University at the 2014 Sierra Leone Annual Conference in Freetown Feb. 28. While much work has been going on in the background for several years, this was the introduction to the ...

United Methodists remember missionary's legacy

NEW YORK (UMNS) – From the time he was a youth, Tshala Mwengo had a dual mission: to bring people to Christ and to better the lives of those in his community, his country and the continent of Africa. As a student at Africa University, he studied agriculture so he could teach others to grow...

Viewpoints

Practicing principles of Aikido for change

Several years ago, I practiced Aikido. It was recommended by a friend who told me the practice would help me be more intentional in my work and in my daily living. I was in the midst of lots of change and anything that could help me gain control seemed like a good pursuit. So I signed up ...

The Traveler's Guide to Annual Conference

Having written many travel articles over the years – tips for those vacationing in Hawaii, California or New York, for example – I feel obligated to offer this travel guide to Annual Conference. My hope is that this guide will be especially useful to those first time attendees or to those ...

Why I protested deportations in Chicago

A few years ago, as I sat in my office on a sunny afternoon, my day was interrupted by a knock on the door. I went to the door and greeted a tired-looking man. He began to share his story with me, how he was a migrant worker travelling through my town, trying his best to provide for his ...

Chronicles

2014 Blueprint for Wellness Screening now through July 31

INDIANAPOLIS – United Methodist HealthFlex recently announced to pastors, spouses and church employees, in the HealthFlex health care insurance plan from the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, the 2014 Blueprint for Wellness Screening now through July 31. Those insured need to ...

Conference for Christian Educators to be held in Nashville Oct. 17-20

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Christians Engaged in Faith Formation is hosting “CEF2014: May the Circle be Unbroken,” Friday-Monday, Oct.17-20, in Nashville. This is the premier conference for United Methodist Christian Educators and leaders in faith formation from other denominations. The four-day ...

Financial Services announces changes at the Indiana Conference Center

Jonathan Gerber Ruth Cooper INDIANAPOLIS – Jennifer Gallagher, director of Financial Services, announces two changes in the Indiana Conference Center Financial Services staff. Diana Barnett, accounting clerk, who also served many years in the Indiana Area Office, retired March 28. ...

Ginghamsburg UMC to host conference about Palestine

TIPP CITY, Ohio – United Methodists are invited to “walk with Palestinian Christians…for holy justice and peace” at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church at Tipp City, Ohio, Thursday-Friday, August 7-8. The conference is sponsored by the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries ...

Missouri Bishop proposes 'Seven Levers' of positive change

Seven Levers: Missional Strategies for Conferences by Bishop Robert Schnase will be an important book for our denomination. The judicatory system is one of The United Methodist Church’s most unique and distinctive characteristics. Our conferences form a vital role in that connection, and ...

Resident theologian shares three simple truths in new book

INDIANAPOLIS – The Rev. Dr. Adolf Hansen, resident theologian of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis and retired clergy member of the Indiana Conference, recently told the Indiana Conference Center staff during Tuesday devotions that his new book Three Simple Truths: ...