Together

November/December 2014

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Sharing the Gospel

Paula Shrock

Sharing the Gospel

KOKOMO, Ind. – Humbled. That is how I felt as I prayed for and with a few hundred people during a recent mission trip to Asia. I prayed individually and corporately for the participants, as well as the facilitators during five training sessions in South Asia and Singapore September 21 ...

From the Bishop

“The Crisis of Abundance”

Bishop Mike Coyner

“The Crisis of Abundance”

About seven centuries before Jesus, the Israelites under King Josiah were remodeling and refurbishing the Temple in Jerusalem. Workers overturned one of the stones in the floor of the Temple and found an ancient scroll - which scholars believe was the lost book of Deuteronomy. Excitedly ...

Conversations

Finding Hope at the Table: Conversation and Holy Communion

Matt Landry

Finding Hope at the Table: Conversation and Holy Communion

WINAMAC, Ind. – There is so much hope in our congregations and our denomination. It’s true! It’s really there! Too often though, the dominant conversations in church centers on the decline of Christianity and the United Methodist Church, the fear of our future as a denomination, and the ...

Letters to the Editor

In response to – I believe in the Word of God (Hoosier United Methodist Together) September/October 2014 With all due respect…this is the core issue that is fragmenting our denomination: Is the Bible, in itself the Word of God, or does it only ‘contain’ God’s Word as some maintain? No, the...

Welcome

Skyler Nimmons

Welcome

Greetings! I am richly blessed to be in ministry with each of you here in the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. I come to you from the Carolinas with a variety of experience in communications, marketing, and public relations, but I also have a deep background and love for ...

Indiana

5 United Methodists travel to South Africa on study tour

Matthew Stultz

5 United Methodists travel to South Africa on study tour

MADISON, Ind. – Libby Manning, Associate Director of the Program said, “This trip has tied together so many of the community issues we have been studying with the pastors. We’re learning about the ways that education, conflict resolution, economics and immigration play into the health and ...

Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children

Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children

Thank you for your past participation in the Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children. This last year, we awarded more than $140,000 for children’s ministries here in Indiana, across the United States and throughout the world. The Bishop’s Christmas offering funds will be allocated by ...

Clergy connect and share in covenant

Aleze Fulbright

Clergy connect and share in covenant

Now, what exactly did clergy accomplish Tuesday, Nov. 11? For many this question may have entered their minds as they exited the 2014 Covenant Day. For those who are “doers” and like to see action, it may have been a wasted day because there was no business or “hot-button” topics discussed...

CONNECTing: Family Ministry

CONNECTing: Family Ministry

“Family Ministry” has recently become a very popular term in the realm of the Church, with definitions that range from one extreme to the other. In some settings it is defined as age-level ministries for children, youth and their parents/guardians, or equipping parents to tackle their role...

Country pastor receives Denman Award for Evangelism

Jim Bushfield

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 ...

Creative ideas developed as 100 New Points of Light projects

Creative ideas developed as 100 New Points of Light projects

Valparaiso church reaches out to “Modern MOMS” First United Methodist Church organized M.O.M.s (Moms Offering Moms Support) eight years ago to help mothers learn, grow and become greater disciples for Christ. Now, they’ve reorganized into “Modern MOMS” with an eye on meeting moms where ...

Developing Fruitful Leaders!

Aleze Fulbright

Developing Fruitful Leaders!

The last 120 days has been exciting seeing and experiencing the various forms of ministry throughout the Indiana Conference. Traveling around the State of Indiana and interacting with so many leaders has provided a great opportunity to see how the vision of Discovering, Developing, and ...

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in these Special Sundays

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in these Special Sundays

The United Methodist Church designates a number of Sundays throughout the year as opportunities for recognizing and supporting particular ministries. These are referred to as Special Sundays and most include an offering used to fund the work of these programs. United Methodist Student Day:...

Indiana Peace With Justice Grants awarded

Allison Curts

Indiana Peace With Justice Grants awarded

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Conference Social Advocacy Team is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Peace With Justice Grants. A total of $5,000 in grants is being awarded this year from your generous gifts in 2013 and 2012. Four ministries in Indiana have been chosen for their ...

Indiana UMF taps Jacobs, Foster as new staff

Jacobs Foster FISHERS, Ind. – The IN U.M. Loan & Savings Ministry and United Methodist Foundation of Indiana are pleased to announce changes in their staff. Chris Jacobs, who served as the operations officer of the Loan & Savings Ministry, has been promoted to the controller of both ...

Judicial Council decisions impact Indiana Conference

INDIANAPOLIS – The Judicial Council which is the highest judicial body or “court” of our United Methodist Church gathered, October 22-25, 2014, for its fall meeting in Memphis, Tenn., and has released a series of decisions. Two of these decisions directly impact our Indiana Conference. ...

Native American ministry establishes new fellowship during Indianapolis conference

Native American ministry establishes new fellowship during Indianapolis conference

INDIANAPOLIS – The beat of a tribal drum punctuated a long weekend for more than 50 United Methodist Native American leaders from 17 states to expand their ministry across the United States. They learned and celebrated Oct. 9-12 at a hotel near the Indianapolis International Airport and at...

United Methodist Women celebrate mission involvement

Carolyn Maxey

United Methodist Women celebrate mission involvement

INDIANAPOLIS – The Sixth Annual Meeting Celebration of United Methodist Women of Indiana was October 10-11 at Lawrence UMC in Indianapolis. The celebration of the organization’s legacy of mission began Friday evening with a Passport to Mission tour that highlighted ten national and ...

Global and Missions

Ebola drives United Methodists to church in West Africa

United Methodist News Service

Ebola drives United Methodists to church in West Africa

By Kathy L. Gilbert and Phileas Jusu June 8 was a bright and happy Sunday at the dedication and opening of Valunia United Methodist Church in the village of Monghere. Sierra Leone Bishop John K. Yambasu was among the distinguished guests, who also included the Paramount Chief James B.N. ...

Mission Agency will match $1 million on UMC #GivingTuesday

Mission Agency will match $1 million on UMC #GivingTuesday

You can extend the spirit of giving thanks into the Advent season by participating in UMC #GivingTuesday. Every gift made online through The Advance at www.umcmission.org/give on Dec. 2 will be matched up to $1 million. Global Ministries will allocate the matching funds dollar for dollar ...

Viewpoints

Bishops call United Methodists to prayer in human sexuality statement

Bishops call United Methodists to prayer in human sexuality statement

From Bishop Coyner: “Our Council of Bishops is a gathering of all the United Methodist bishops from around the world. We have had a week of meetings and meaningful prayer and discussion about the issues facing our United Methodist Church. In particular we have engaged in prayerful ...

Choosing less, living more

Mary Ann Moman

Choosing less, living more

There are so many options in our lives. We can choose to get news from many different sources. We can choose from multiple options for the way we spend our leisure time, what movie to see, which books to read. We are given many opportunities for volunteering our time each week. Our lives ...

The Christmas Orange

Todd Outcalt

The Christmas Orange

This past summer, my wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary … which means we’ve had about 27 ½ years of wedded bliss. Over these years we’ve discovered that we’ve had to blend our varied ideas and approaches about a great many things. My wife, for example, has had to acquiesce ...

Chronicles

John Stewart Settlement House

Richard Stowe

John Stewart Settlement House

GARY, Ind. – The “perfect storm” which wracked Gary, Indiana, on October 31 almost undid the dedication of the latest monument at a major Indiana United Methodist historic site. Prompted by forty-mile-an-hour winds and stinging snow, the organizers conducted a hasty unveiling of the blue ...

Our Life Together 2015

Our Life Together 2015

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Reed is recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award

Reed is recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award

Methodist Health Foundation, the fundraising arm of one of Indiana’s oldest hospitals, Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, has recognized Kenneth E. Reed, Ph.D., with the Beacon Lifetime Achievement Award in Religion. The hospital is a descendant of the early Methodist Hospital, ...