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July/August 2014

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'100 New Points of Light' launched

'100 New Points of Light' launched

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Conference launched “100 New Points of Light” during the Friday morning, May 30, session of annual conference. Bishop Mike Coyner hoped 100 congregations would accept his invitation. He asked each to get involved in starting a worship service, Bible study or ...

From the Bishop

What unites us

Many people and caucus groups in our United Methodist Church these days are talking about words like “schism” and “amicable separation” and other ways of dividing our denomination. Why? Because, we have deep differences over issues like human sexuality, the authority and interpretation of ...

Conversations

Engaging your mission field

Perhaps there was a time when inspiring worship and great music brought people to church. Today, however, in an increasing number of places, the quality of what is happening within the church is not enough to reach those outside the church. Those outside the church, including the growing ...

Letters to the Editor

Hillary Clinton My, my, doesn’t every event have two sides! Together was so proud to flaunt “Saint” Hillary as the daughter of the church and UMW. And the women applauded and cheered when she declined to receive an honorarium. The Methodist Church and UMW are about as far north of the ...

Questions matter

At the recent Indiana Annual Conference Session, I was struck by the importance placed on asking the right questions. I don’t know if anyone else overheard it, but I appreciated how Archbishop Joseph Tobin at the Prayer Breakfast spoke about getting the questions right. The Archbishop ...

Annual Conference

Baptisms at Annual Conference

Baptisms at Annual Conference

As is his custom, Bishop Coyner baptized three children of clergy: Micah Thomas Cassiday, child of Benjamin and Eva Cassiday; Elijah Yougsuh Cho, child of Daniel Seunghyun and Hyemin Na Cho; and Amara Rose Ellis, child of Benjamin and Sarah Ellisp as part of the Ordination-Commissioning ...

63 clergy begin retirement in 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – A record number of retirees were honored the afternoon of May 30 during the Indiana Annual Conference Session at the Indiana Convention Center. The names of retirees and years of service include: John D. Abbott, Jr., 20; Philip Amerson, 46; Paul Arnold, 42; Daniel Baney, 36;...

Address reminds us of the role of the laity

Address reminds us of the role of the laity

INDIANAPOLIS – Although there’s no reference to a “lay leader” in the Bible, Conference Lay Leaders Kayc Mykrantz and Ike Williams assured those attending the Indiana Conference Session that laity are vital to United Methodist congregations. Williams stated, “The world out there needs some...

Africa University Campaign begins public phase

Africa University Campaign begins public phase

The Indiana Conference Session launched the public phase of raising our goal of $1.6 million for Africa University in Zimbabwe, and received a special “offering” where each congregation was invited to dance their way forward to give money, a pledge or a commitment card to be a part of this...

Archbishop encourages us to be unified as one

Archbishop encourages us to be unified as one

INDIANAPOLIS – Archbishop Joseph Tobin of the Indianapolis Roman Catholic Archdiocese joined the Indiana Conference during Saturday’s prayer breakfast at the Indiana Convention Center to discuss being unified as one ecumenically. Before Tobin delivered his remarks, the Rev. Matthew Landry ...

Bishop shares what it means to be 'Poured out in Ministry'

Bishop shares what it means to be 'Poured out in Ministry'

INDIANAPOLIS – Using 2 Timothy 4:1-6, 8 as his text, Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner shared with the conference members, guests and especially those being ordained or commissioned, his views of what it means to be “poured out in ministry.” Coyner shared these ideas in his sermon during the ...

Christian Conferencing approved for 2015 delegate elections

INDIANAPOLIS – During the Friday afternoon session, May 30, the Indiana Annual Conference approved the General and Jurisdictional Conference procedures sections of the Christian Conferencing Task Force report to replace the current comparable sections in the 2013 Rules and Structure ...

Church Development reports gains in growth, hope to establish 30 new congregations in Indiana by 2020

Church Development reports gains in growth, hope to establish 30 new congregations in Indiana by 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – Senior Associate Director Steve Clouse began the Church Development Team report by presenting a video about the Fruitful Congregation Journey (FCJ), a growth program for congregations. Building new generations within current churches is the adjustment we need to make. FCJ is...

Church development specialist encourages going back to roots

Church development specialist encourages going back to roots

INDIANAPOLIS – The Rev. Bob Farr’s Friday, May 30, teaching session encouraged Indiana Conference members to turn back to their early Methodist roots. Farr, who is Missouri Conference Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence, believes the modern United Methodist congregation is...

Class of 2014

Those who were ordainded as Elders: Front row (l-r) Donna Lynn Ward, Jungbum Kim. Back row (l-r) Daniel Lee Payton, Samuel Leon Padgett and James William Clark. Those commissioned Provisional Members and other Provisional Members include: Front row (l-r) Lois Kay Cannon, Crystal Ann ...

Conference approves landmark advocacy, finances, benefits

INDIANAPOLIS – Bishop Mike Coyner called the 2014 Indiana Annual Conference into session May 29. He introduced Carolyn Johnson, Secretary of the Annual Conference; Cindy Reynolds, Executive Assistant to the Bishop and Becky Huff-Cook, assistant to the secretary. The following actions were ...

Conference cane goes to 99-year-old

Conference cane goes to 99-year-old

INDIANAPOLIS – The 2014 Indiana Annual Conference Session presented the Conference Cane Friday morning, May 30, to the Rev. Glenn Harold Kaetzel, 99, of Wadesville, Ind. The cane is presented to the oldest-known living Elder of the conference. The cane was previously held by the Rev. ...

Conference elects new Indiana Conference Lay Leader

Conference elects new Indiana Conference Lay Leader

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Annual Conference Session elected Doris Clark of Indianapolis as the new Lay Leader of the Indiana Conference, effective June 1. Clark has served as one of the conference’s Associate Lay Leaders, Central District Lay Leader and also participates as a member of ...

Conference remembers deceased during memorial service

Conference remembers deceased during memorial service

INDIANAPOLIS – Deceased clergy and deceased clergy spouses who have died since the last Annual Conference Session were remembered Friday, May 30, during a time of prayer, Scripture reading and Holy Communion during the Indiana Annual Conference Session. Bishop Mike Coyner was the ...

Did you know?

Pastor John Wolf of Valparasio is the last living military chaplain of the 88 Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren chaplains who served in World War II from 1941-1945.

Farr says churches must renovate, not just decorate -- or die

In case you missed the Rev. Bob Farr’s two-hour presentation at the recent Indiana Annual Conference Session in Indianapolis, you can catch a glimpse of his urgency for the church, your church, in his book Renovate or Die: Ten Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission from Abingdon Press ...

Indiana Denman Awards to laity, youth, pastor

The 2014 Denman Evangelism Award recipients in Indiana are: Laity Award to Lori Brown Bierhaus of Westport; Youth Award to Emma Hawn of Sheridan; and Clergy Award to the Rev. Tim Johnson, pastor of Pfrimmers Chapel UMC in Corydon.

Missionary commissioned during Annual Conference Session

Missionary commissioned during Annual Conference Session

INDIANAPOLIS – A native of California with family roots in the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Sara Cook was commissioned as a missionary during the Ordination-Commissioning Service Saturday morning. This was a new addition to the service. Previously, missionaries were commissioned ...

Retiree health insurance plan funding subsidy approved

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 meeting to review the concerns of the conference and make a ...

United Methodists worship in the streets of Indianapolis

United Methodists worship in the streets of Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS – Georgia Street had a United Methodist fair Friday, May 30. As part of being the Outwardly Focused Church, the Indiana Conference hosted Community Day on Georgia Street for the city of Indianapolis. Amy Cox kicked off the event, sharing her music with the lunch-time crowd. ...

Visiting bishop challenges Hoosiers to repent, walk in new direction

Visiting bishop challenges Hoosiers to repent, walk in new direction

INDIANAPOLIS – During the opening moments of the 2014 Indiana Conference Session May 29, Bishop Mike Coyner introduced Bishop Gregory Palmer, Resident Bishop of the West Ohio Area of The United Methodist Church based in Worthington, Ohio. He preached during a service of “Confession, ...

Year-end 2013 statistics

These statistics are for the Indiana Conference year-end 2013. Membership stands at 194,967 down 1,597 from the previous year. Worship attendance, 107,231, down 4,121 Church school (children and youth), 38,099, down 1,762 Professions of faith, 3,702, down 535 Baptisms, 3,286, down 226

Indiana

Congregations can save their dollars for ministry using Cost Stewardship

INDIANAPOLIS – Many congregations don’t realize they are taxed on their electric and other utility bills even though they are a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization. Why? Mostly because no one has told them, according to Monte Chamberlin, founder and owner of Cost Stewardship, an ...

Festival of Young Preachers important to Indiana Conference

Festival of Young Preachers important to Indiana Conference

INDIANAPOLIS – According to Tyler Best, 21, “The Indiana Conference Festival of Young Preachers is important because it provides an opportunity for people my age to grow and network with others with similar calls to ministry. These experiences serve as a catalyst for the Holy Spirit to ...

Frankfort church partners with Hispanic Cosecha Latina UMC praying for immigration reform in the United States

FRANKFORT, Ind. – The St. Matthew United Methodist Church Mission Committee recently became aware that Cosecha Latina Pastor Miguel Garza was an undocumented immigrant, even though he has been in the United States for more than 20 years and has been applying for a green card for 10 years. ...

Helenor Davisson cluster to become UM Heritage Landmark

Helenor Davisson cluster to become UM Heritage Landmark

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Annual Conference meeting in Indianapolis May 29-31 endorsed a new Historic Landmark in Indiana to recognize the “Helenor M. Alter Davisson Cluster” of sites. In 1866, the Rev. Helenor Alter Davisson became the first woman to be ordained a deacon in any branch of...

Huntington pastor appointed to Conference Associate Director of Leadership Development -- Clergy

Huntington pastor appointed to Conference Associate Director of Leadership Development -- Clergy

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announced May 19 the appointment of the Rev. Samuel L. Padgett, pastor of Mt. Etna United Methodist Church in Huntington, Ind., as the new Indiana Conference Associate Director Leadership Development – Clergy effective July 1. He succeeds the Rev. ...

Light in Darkness ministers to strip club dancers in Kokomo

Light in Darkness ministers to strip club dancers in Kokomo

KOKOMO, Ind. – To most people, rescuing women who dance in gentlemen’s strip clubs from a pejorative lifestyle probably seems an impossible task. But 12 women living in or near Kokomo have taken on the task to show God’s love as they proclaim the Gospel to this unique audience. It’s been a...

Music-driven film inspired by Song of Solomon to be released Sept. 26

Music-driven film inspired by Song of Solomon to be released Sept. 26

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to City on a Hill Studio’s music-driven love story, “The Song.” The film stars Alan Powell (lead-singer for “Anthem Lights”), Caitlin Nicol-Thomas (“Nashville”) and Ali Faulkner (Twilight: Breaking Dawn), and features ten ...

Volunteers pack 43,200 meals for hungry people

Volunteers pack 43,200 meals for hungry people

INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier United Methodists gathered Saturday afternoon, May 31, at the Indiana Convention Center to pack meals for Kids Against Hunger, a national not-for-profit hunger agency. Volunteers and staff numbering 160 people were on-hand to supply, measure, funnel, weigh, seal and ...

National

Arkansas bishop thankful for Hoosier gift to tornado relief

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner received a thank you letter today, May 12, from Arkansas Bishop Gary Mueller. Mueller wrote: “It is with the deepest possible gratitude that I thank you and the wonderful people of the Indiana Conference Disaster Response Committee for your ...

Bishop Brown takes office as Council of Bishops president

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (UMNS) – San Francisco area Bishop Warner Brown has begun his term as president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops. Bishop Rosemarie Wenner of the Germany Episcopal Area has served as president of the Council since April 2012. Her two-year term ended at the ...

Missions

Brazil United Methodists team with others for hunger relief

Brazil United Methodists team with others for hunger relief

BRAZIL, Ind. – The Center Point/Ashboro Charge of The United Methodist Church, under the direction of Pastor Bob Kumpf, first met two years ago with Pastor Gary Scroggins of the Brazil First Presbyterian Church and Father John Hollowell of Brazil Annunciation Catholic Church. They began ...

Indiana Scouts commissioned for trip to DRC

Indiana Scouts commissioned for trip to DRC

Pictured left to right are: Art Collins (team leader), Nikki Gainey, Phred Cain, Mitch Prather, Bob Walters (Friendly Planet Missiology) Ken Hudgens (standing in for Annual Conference Scout Coordinator) John Dockery not pictured.) INDIANAPOLIS – Five Eagle Scouts were commission for a ...

Mission guest house dedicated in memory of Hoosier pastor in Tanzania

Mission guest house dedicated in memory of Hoosier pastor in Tanzania

KIGOMA, Tanzania – The Glen and Myrna Beck Guest House was dedicated May 4 in Kigoma, Tanzania. The guest house was built in memory of Glen Beck’s ministry (aided by his wife Myrna’s faithful support) in the area of missions spanning five decades prior to his death in December 2010. During...

Mission team recruiting volunteers for 2015 trips

Sierra Leone Partners (Health and Education) is recruiting individuals for teams this coming January and February to work with United Methodist Church health and education leaders in Sierra Leone, West Africa, as they grapple with life issues in delivery of health care or primary ...

Viewpoints

It's moving time for many pastors

Many United Methodist pastors across Indiana have just moved into their new appointments. Pastors and congregations are now saying their hellos, having just said their good-byes a few weeks ago in previous appointments. This annual ritual provides an opportunity for congregations and ...

Madison youth reach out to community

Madison youth reach out to community

MADISON, Ind. – Twelve churches and more than 90 youth gathered June 16-22 to make a difference in their community for Madison Mission Week. The event is in its second year and began with one young person, Macky Hecox, who thought there was something missing when her youth group worked in ...

Passwords

Even though we live in a digital age, where online identify theft and piracy is commonplace, passwords have become my new nemesis. I cannot remember them. Yes, I record all of my passwords in a small black book that I store in a safe, but I forgot the combination to the safe recently and ...

Chronicles

Indiana Conference announces 'First Monday' program for clergy, laity

The First Monday training program is an opportunity for participants to both grow in knowledge and train towards recognition in the area of pastoral care and counseling. Usually held on the first Monday of each month, mornings will be a theory seminar and afternoons will be both a ...

Parish Nurses to sponsor health seminar at Speedway Oct. 10

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – The Indiana Conference Health Ministries/Parish Nursing Ministries will sponsor a daylong seminar on Friday, Oct. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Speedway United Methodist Church, 5065 W. 16th Street in Speedway. The seminar is titled “Renewing Our Minds Mental ...

UIndy breaks ground on Health Pavilion

UIndy breaks ground on Health Pavilion

INDIANAPOLIS (UIndy) – The United Methodist-related University of Indianapolis broke ground June 19 on a four-story, $28 million Health Pavilion that will house UIndy’s healthcare and wellness-related academic programs, as well as industry partners and clinical facilities to serve the ...