Together

September/October 2014

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EBOLA – What can we do?

EBOLA –  What can we do?

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana United Methodists have had a special relationship with the West African countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone. Through such organizations as Operation Classroom, Sierra Leone Health Partners and others, many churches and many individuals in Indiana have a personal ...

From the Bishop

I Believe in the Word of God

One of the affirmations of faith in our United Methodist Book of Worship (#884 in our Hymnal) is “A Statement of Faith of the Korean Methodist Church.” It contains this important affirmation: We believe in the Word of God contained in the Old and New Testaments as the sufficient rule both ...

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome

Welcome to my final issue of the Hoosier United Methodist Together conference newspaper. I began my responsibilities as editor and director of communication of the Indiana Area in February 2003. I thank you for your support, encouragement and stories during the past eleven years. This not ...

Letters to the Editor

‘Far north’

A writer in the July/August issue of Together claims that The United Methodist Church is “far north” of the Bible, and refers to “anti-Bible vocalists.” But it is the Bible that tells us to love our enemies and work for peace; to be suspicious of the rich and powerful and sympathetic to ...

Indiana

Bicknell churches share VBS, celebrate in local park

Bicknell churches share VBS, celebrate in local park

BICKNELL, Ind. – The Bicknell and Asbury Chapel United Methodist churches, both located at Bicknell in the Southwest District, came together this summer with a unified Vacation Bible School, which included 54 children. A crew of more than 30 volunteers from the two congregations made the ...

Carolinian to lead Indiana Conference communication ministry

Carolinian to lead Indiana Conference communication ministry

INDIANAPOLIS – The Rev. Dr. Cindy Reynolds, executive assistant to Bishop Mike Coyner, announces the employment of Skyler E. Nimmons of Columbia, S.C., as the next Indiana Conference Communication Director effective Sept. 1. Nimmons, 30, an active layperson in the South Carolina Conference...

Clergy Covenant Day to be held in November

Clergy Covenant Day to be held in November

Attention: all clergy – Active, Retired, Elders, Deacons, Local Pastors, Extension Ministries Bishop Mike Coyner, Leadership Development, and the Board of Ordained Ministry and Chairs of the Indiana Conference Clergy Orders call for a gathering of all clergy to cultivate our clergy ...

Conference releases election process for 2016 delegates to General, Jurisdictional conferences

During the past Indiana Annual Conference Session, the legislative body passed a new procedure for the election of General and Jurisdictional conference delegates. While delegates will be selected during the 2015 Annual Conference Session, a process whereby individuals from each district ...

Davisson Cluster dedicated as UM Historic Site

Davisson Cluster dedicated as UM Historic Site

RENSSELAER, Ind. – More than 125 people interested in the history of the Indiana Conference participated Sunday afternoon, Aug. 24, in the dedication of a United Methodist Historic Site near Rensselaer to commemorate the 148th anniversary of the first woman ordained in the American ...

Good news numbers for Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner recently released statistical numbers about Indiana United Methodist vitality in one of his E-pistles dated Aug. 18. He said according to a Spiritual Leadership, Inc., report about Indiana United Methodist churches, the numbers include good news: ...

Leadership Development director reveals plans

Leadership Development director reveals plans

INDIANAPOLIS – Together sat down with the Rev. Aleze Fulbright, the new Indiana Conference Director of Leadership Development, to hear from her what she is thinking about as she serves the tasks of developing new leaders, both lay and clergy, and in strengthening current lay and clergy ...

Lion & Lamb Festival draws 425 for music, discussion, worship

Lion & Lamb Festival draws 425 for music, discussion, worship

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Indiana Conference Lion & Lamb Festival at Peace Park in Fort Wayne attracted more than 425 participants during the Friday-Sunday, Aug. 8-10 weekend. Participants experienced seven musical groups, American Indian drummers, two dozen speakers and discussion panels, ...

National convention of musicians, worship leaders coming to Indy

INDIANAPOLIS – The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, a national organization embracing God’s artistic gifts to create world-transforming worship, is coming to Indianapolis next July 20-23. Pathways 2015, the biennial convocation of “The Fellowship,” offers ...

United Methodist church vitality increases in U.S.

United Methodist church vitality increases in U.S.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) – Bryan Burroughs hadn’t darkened a church door in years when his work first brought him to McKendree United Methodist Church to help the congregation refinance its building. He found a warm welcome from the pastors and visited again, this time with his wife and two...

Youth spend missional week in Indy

Youth spend missional week in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 100 youth and their counselors from across Indiana spent the week of July 20-26 in Indianapolis participating in TransforMission, an annual mission outreach sponsored by the Indiana Conference. They were based at Butler University Sunday through Saturday and worked at...

Global and Missions

25 CROP Hunger Walks to be held across Indiana this fall

25 CROP Hunger Walks to be held across Indiana this fall

INDIANAPOLIS – Some 25 CROP Hunger Walks will be held across Indiana this fall from Sept. 14 through Nov. 8, beginning in Lake County and Muncie and ending in Evansville. Numerous United Methodist congregations across the state participate in this Church World Service sponsored activity. A...

Global Young People’s Gathering, Typhoon Glenda and service

Global Young People’s Gathering, Typhoon Glenda and service

MANILA, Philippines – It was such a great blessing for me to travel to the Philippines in July after a wonderful week of serving with our mission team from First United Methodist Church of Winamac in Guatemala. I had the opportunity to travel to the Philippines to represent the Indiana ...

Indiana Scouts spend July at Tenke Scout Jamboree in DRC

Indiana Scouts spend July at Tenke Scout Jamboree in DRC

TENKE, Democratic Republic of the Congo – Five Scouters from the Indiana United Methodist Conference traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the invitation of United Methodist Bishop Ntambo Nkulu to lead a Jamboree for the Scouts of the North Katanga Episcopal Area. The ...

Indiana women partner with Congolese women to build women’s training center in North Katanga DRC

Ruth Ellen Stone

Indiana women partner with Congolese women to build women’s training center in North Katanga DRC

When the Mission Discovery selected Friendly Planet Missiology for a 2014 mission experience for young adults, it seemed right for Mission Discovery to join forces with United Methodist Women of Indiana, since the mission project was to build a women’s training center in the Democratic ...

Mission Discovery team hears needs of DRC women

Mission Discovery team hears needs of  DRC women

With hope in their hearts for a better tomorrow, the women of Mulongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo made bricks sometime in 2012 to build a much-needed women’s center, which they call a “foyer” with a French pronunciation. The women came before the Mulongo District of The United ...

Viewpoints

Contentment

Contentment

The title of Adam Hamilton’s book Enough names the central theme of the book. Defining what is enough in our “want-it-now,” “need-it” culture is a dilemma that we all face. His chapter on contentment contained simple truths and helpful suggestions for living our lives with less ...

Meeting Mr. Wesley

My wife and I recently celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in Europe – a portion of this trip being spent in London. Honestly, I enjoyed these weeks abroad and had intended to find my inspiration in writing romantic poetry and enjoying the cuisine, the sights, the people, but purely by...

Chronicles

AU Campaign in local church commitment phase

AU Campaign in local church commitment phase

The Indiana Africa University Campaign efforts to raise $1.6 million for an endowed chair in Agriculture and Natural Resources and endowed student scholarships at United Methodist-related Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, is now in its local church commitment phase. Each local church ...

Bishop to lead mission trip to Africa University in Zimbabwe next year

Bishop to lead mission trip to Africa University in Zimbabwe next year

INDIANAPOLIS – Join Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner on a special mission trip next year to Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, March 17-27. Coyner with participants plan to present the Indiana gifts of an endowed Chair of Agriculture and Natural Resources, plus several endowed student ...

Country pastor receives Denman Award for Evangelism

Country pastor receives Denman Award for Evangelism

CORYDON, Ind. – The Indiana Conference presented the 2014 Denman Award for Evangelism’s clergy award to the Rev. Tim Johnson, pastor of Pfrimmer’s Chapel United Methodist Church located in the country five miles east of Corydon. The Rev. Jim Bushfield, Conference Director of Connectional ...

Hoosier named World Director of World Methodist Evangelism

Hoosier named World Director of World Methodist Evangelism

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – World Methodist Evangelism announced July 10 the selection of the Rev. Dr. Kimberly Reisman of West Lafayette, Ind., as the new World Director. She began her new responsibilities Sept. 1. She is an ordained elder in the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist ...

Let’s make World Communion Sunday 2014 the best ever

Let’s make World Communion Sunday 2014 the best ever

In his letter to the church at Philippi, the Apostle Paul writes, “Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:13b-14, NRSV). As United Methodists, we will follow ...

Pastor invites participation in VIM trip to Tanzanian mission

STENDAL, Ind. – The 2015 Ilula Orphan Program (IOP) Volunteers In Mission trip to Ilula, Tanzania, will take place Dec. 29-Jan. 18, 2015. An extra week/s option is/are available for those who want to remain on the mission field longer or just to experience more of beautiful Tanzania. ...