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July/August 2013

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350+ youth serve those in need

INDIANAPOLIS – More than 350 youth and sponsors from across Indiana spent July 7-14 in helping those in need at 25 sites across the City of Indianapolis. Their TRANSFORMISSION service opportunities included home repairs, community building repairs, wheel chair ramp building and ...

From the Bishop

Annual Conference -- Continued

Sometimes it seems we think of “Annual Conference” like the musical “Brigadoon” about a mythical village which appeared once a year out of the mist to exist for only one day. Sometimes I hear “Annual Conference” used to describe our Annual Session in a way which misses the truth that our ...

Welcome

Be a World Changer

“Transform the World: Be a World Changer” was the theme of our most recent Indiana Annual Conference Session in Indianapolis June 6-8. Being a World Changer becomes a tall order for anyone, especially as Christians in a greater society that seems to becoming more secular year-by-year. ...

Indiana

Army chaplain scheduled to be ordained July 16

Hunley is pictured here with Central District Superintendent Bert Kite (left) and Bishop Mike Coyner (right). INDIANAPOLIS – Chaplain Anthony Hunley (center) of the United States Army was serving in Kuwait during the Annual Conference Session and was unable to attend the ordination ...

Curts hired as new Associate Director of Missions and Advocacy

INDIANAPOLIS – The Rev. Dr. Jim Bushfield, director of Connectional Ministries for the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, announces the employment of Allison Curts of New Albany, Ind., as the new Associate Director of Mission and Social Advocacy, effective July 1. According...

Dayton church severs Scout ties over gay membership issue

DAYTON, Ind. – The Dayton United Methodist Church has severed ties with the Boy Scouts of America, becoming the only church in The Indiana Conference with a charter partnership to do so to-date. On June 11, the church’s administrative council voted unanimously not to renew the charter for ...

Early Response Team training coming to Sullivan Aug. 3

This day-long ERT training will be hosted by the United Methodist Men of Sullivan County Saturday, Aug. 3. The training location will be at the Sullivan First United Methodist Church located at 105 N. Broad Street in Sullivan, IN 47882. The mission of an Early Response Team (ERT) is to ...

Elliot to be featured at Clergy Spouse Retreat in September

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Conference Clergy Spouse Retreat will be held the weekend of Sept. 20-22 at the Holiday Inn Indianapolis North (just west of the Indiana Conference Center on Pennsylvania Parkway north of the I-465 at the Meridian Street Exit 31). The theme is “Recovering Joy.” ...

Feds release first guidelines for confronting a church shooter

WASHINGTON (RNS) – For the first time, the federal government has issued written guidelines for houses of worship that are confronted with a homicidal gunman. Vice President Joe Biden released the new rules June 18, six months after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 dead,...

First Responder Conference for substance, gambling problems to be held Sept. 13

INDIANAPOLIS – A First Responder Conference for those helping people with substance and gambling problems will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 13 at the Indiana Conference Center in the Meridian Corporate Plaza Two Buidling (MCP2), First Floor Conference Room at 301 ...

Madison churches hold cooperative Youth Mission Project

MADISON, Ind. – Youth of Madison churches undertook a cooperative effort to lend aid to local residents the week of June 23-28. They combined their efforts and performed minor home repairs for those in need of assistance. The project, called Madison Mission Week, invited all local churches...

NCJ Disaster Response Academy to be held in September

The two Ohio Conferences and the Indiana Conference will jointly host a North Central Jurisdictional Disaster Response Academy. It will be held Wednesday through Saturday, September 25-28 at Camp Asbury, 10776 Asbury Road, Hiram, OH 44234 (east of Cleveland). The Academy will exhibit the ...

Neckers chosen as new Director of Church Development, Clouse promoted to Senior Associate

  Neckers Clouse INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner appointed the Rev. David Neckers as the new Director of Church Development for the Indiana Conference effective July 1. Neckers had been serving half-time as the Associate District Superintendent of the East District and ...

New executive assistant, director, district superintendents begin new responsibilities

Reynolds Newman-Jacobs Perry Whitehead INDIANAPOLIS – In addition to the hundreds of new pastors who began new appointments in the Indiana Conference UMC July 1, the Rev. Dr. Cindy Reynolds, former Superintendent of the North District, began her responsibilities as Executive ...

Retired clergywoman writes books about clergywomen

  The Rev. Doris Aldrich Smith, a retired clergywoman of the Indiana Conference, has released her second book this year about clergywomen. This one is titled Road Trip Trio and is a about a retired clergywoman, who goes on a road trip with two of her friends and includes the ...

Still Waters Adult Day Center Background

Still Waters Adult Day Center opened in February, 2011 as a ministry of Castleton United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. The Center’s creation was largely the vision of Deb McCloud, a church member whose elderly father used Adult Day Services at a United Methodist Church in Elkhart, Ind....

Still Waters, example of coming trend in church ministry

INDIANAPOLIS – There is an incredible rise in older adult population everywhere in America and the church is behind the curve to meet the needs of this growing type of ministry. This is the critique of Kathy Pellman, executive director of Still Waters Adult Day Center at Castleton United ...

Two-day Christian festival to be held in Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The first annual Lion & Lamb Festival will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Praise Park in Fort Wayne, Ind. The planners of the Lion & Lamb Festival promise two jam-packed days of engaging speakers, lively music and conversation joining at the intersections of justice, hope ...

Focus

56 retirees recognized

Photo by Enid Gangler Retiring clergy the Rev. Michael Biggs (left) of the Indiana Conference passes the light to newly ordained minister The Rev. Matthew Landry during a worship service recognizing their 1,407 collective years of service. During the Retiree Recognition June 6, 56 ...

Bishop reminds us that God is the final answer

During his sermon titled, “BUT GOD,” based on Ephesians 2:1-10 and delivered during the Saturday morning, June 8 Celebration of Ministry: Commissioning and Ordination, at the Annual Conference Session, Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner began with an apology to his high school English teacher, ...

Bishop's Report to the 2013 Session of the Indiana Conference

I was pleased last summer when the North Central Jurisdiction assigned me back to Indiana to serve my final quadrennium as your Bishop. This past fall in District Days in all ten districts, I shared my hopes for these years and my prayer that I might “finish strong.” During those District ...

Business session Friday featured discussion about investments, health care, church development

The second plenary business session of the Fifth Annual Conference met on Friday afternoon, June 7, to hear reports and approve actions. The trustees reported that the proceeds of the sale from both annual conference centers in Bloomington and Marion would help fund the lease on the ...

Classes of 2013

Candidates who were commissioned as provisional ministers Standing (l-r) Rebecca Lynn Smith of Arcadia (Orders recognized), Thomas Leo Hoffmeyer of Charlestown, Scott Alan Taylor of Corydon, Matthew Robert Lipan of Indianapolis, Jim Robert Tormey of Roanoke Sitting (l-r) Melissa Gail ...

Conference focuses on Africa University during Friday night concert

The Africa University U.S. Touring Choir was featured during the Friday evening session, which punctuated the beginning of an Indiana Conference campaign to raise funds for the sustainability of this United Methodist-related university located in Mutare, Zimbabwe. Bishop Mike Coyner ...

Four amendments to UMC constitution approved by Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – The four proposed amendments to the Constitution of The United Methodist Church voted on during the Indiana Annual Conference session in Indianapolis June 5 were all approved and will be submitted to the General Church to be tallied with the votes from the other annual ...

Fuquays lead Indiana Conference through Nehemiah in Bible study

The Rev. Rob Fuquay, senior pastor of St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis, and his wife, Susan Fuquay delivered the message –“Vision for a Life and World-Changing Community” – during the Friday morning, June 7 Bible Study focused on the book of Nehemiah. Rob stated that a vision begins with a ...

Granger pastor outlined five essentials of a successful team

Before putting the essentials of team leadership into action one has to determine if one has a team, according to Granger Community UMC Lead Pastor Mark Beeson. He said unlike teams, groups contain people who live parallel to each other with little interaction, such as a group taking a ...

Laity session filled with worship and inspiration

Those in attendance at the Laity Session Thursday afternoon were welcomed with a surprise – small, flashlight. From the get-go, the laity knew that this was going to be a unique session. Once seated, the Board of Laity promised they had listened to lay leaders and this session would have a...

Medicare subsidy for retirees to remain unchanged in 2014

INDIANAPOLIS – Probably the thorniest issue at the Indiana Annual Conference Session this spring in Indianapolis was the continuation of the Conference’s existing Medicare Subsidy Programs for retired clergy and retired clergy spouses of the Indiana Conference. Following the recommendation...

More than $9,000 received during two conference offerings

The Indiana Annual Conference Session received two offerings during the June 2013 Indianapolis session. Africa University received $6,721 Friday evening during the Africa University Choir concert service. The Rejuvenate program received $2,838 Saturday morning during the Ministry ...

Reynolds encourages all to remember Easter greeting each day

The Rev. Dr. Cindy Reynolds encouraged worshippers during the Service of Remembrance and Celebration of Life June 6 to remember the greeting from the beginning church: “Christ is risen; Christ is risen indeed.” Reynolds stressed that this is not just an Easter greeting, but the principle ...

Three Hoosiers granted Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy, Lay, Youth

  Miller The Harry Denman Evangelism Award recognizes a person whose life and ministry exemplifies the teaching of Christ and the Great Commission. Recipients of this award were nominated by individuals, churches or districts and were selected by the Indiana Annual Conference Denman...

Young people inspire at the Festival of Young Preachers

INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) – On Thursday, June 6, an inspiring group of 18 young people took to the mic to preach the Gospel at the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church’s Festival of Young Preachers in Indianapolis, Ind. The Festival of Young Preachers, a one-of-a-kind event designed...

Global and Missions

Heifer International launches online resource for United Methodists

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Heifer International, a global nonprofit leader of sustainable agricultural development for smallholder farmers, is strengthening its connection with United Methodist congregations by rolling out new online resources available at www.heifer.org/umc. Church leaders and ...

Hoosier young adult now serving as volunteer in Zambia

Editors Note: When I saw that Emily Padilla, a young adult of Rochester, Indiana, was going to live with Sandy Groves as a United Methodist Global Ministries individual volunteer in Kitwe, Zambia, Together asked her to write to Hoosier United Methodists about her experience as a volunteer ...

Teachers to Teachers helps establish libraries in Sierra Leone

The mission of the Sierra Leone Primary Education Team (Teachers to Teachers) is to provide access to age-appropriate books for primary school children in Sierra Leone, West Africa, to enhance their ability to read, provide opportunity to experience the joy of reading, enlarge their ...

Viewpoints

The dog days of summer

In thirty years of pastoral ministry, I’ve noticed that certain theological questions surface more often than others. Older adults ask questions about heating and cooling like“Why is it so hot in the sanctuary?” Younger adults ponder the nature of time like “How can I teach at Vacation ...

Thoughts on Living Faithfully 4 -- Holy Friendships

I finished reading a book this week. When I flipped the pages of the book one last time I landed in “Acknowledgments.” I will confess that I don’t always read the acknowledgments section of books. If I think I will know someone who is mentioned, I might scan the section. I read the first ...

Chronicles

Foundation welcomes new office assistant

FISHERS, Ind. – The United Methodist Foundation of Indiana is pleased to welcome Susan Stach as the new Office Assistant. Stach moved to Indianapolis a few years ago from North Carolina to be closer to her family. The pleasant voice and outgoing personality that will greet you when calling...

Garrett-Evangelical fills chair of Spiritual Formation named for Bishop Job

EVANSTON, Ill. (G-ETS) – Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt will join the faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary as the Rueben P. Job Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation effective July 1, 2013. Schmidt is the first to hold the newly endowed Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual ...

Health Ministries to hold one-day seminar for those in parish nursing, health ministries

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Conference Health Ministries/Parish Nurse (FCN) Ministries Team will hold a one-day seminar titled “Religion & Health – How to Pull Together” Friday, Oct. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Old Bethel United Methodist Church, 7995 E. 21st Street in Indianapolis. ...

New Cokesbury representative for most of Indiana now in place

INDIANAPOLIS – Eric Steele, the new Community Resource Consultant for Cokesbury based in Indianapolis is now in place to represent Cokesbury, the resource arm of The United Methodist Publishing House. According to its promotional materials, Cokesbury remains committed to meeting the needs ...