West District

From the Superintendent: July 2024

Happy Annual Conference New Year! For those who are unaware, the Annual Conference New Year begins on July 1 of each year. It is when some congregations receive new pastoral appointments, and others make recommitments to further the ongoing ministry in the current...

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From the Superintendent: June 2024

We have just concluded the 2024 Indiana Annual Conference Session, with appointments being fixed for clergy and recommitments made by congregations to continue advancing the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. In many...

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From the Superintendent: May 2024

In 2001 The United Methodist Church began its “Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.” welcoming and advertising campaign. The purpose of the campaign was to increase awareness and recognition of The United Methodist Church’s basic beliefs. Since 2001, this has been...

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From the Superintendent: April 2024

"You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before...

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From the Superintendent: March 2024

On March 10, 2024, the annual ritual of observing Daylight Savings Time will come again. It is during this time our minds and bodies must get readjusted to “losing an hour” of our day, while also appreciating the extended hours of daylight. I must admit, as I season...

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From the Superintendent: January 2024

God has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. God has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet humanity cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what...

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Joy to the World 2023

“Let us with a joyful mind; praise our God forever kind, rich with mercies that endure, ever faithful, ever sure.” - Refrain from Let Us With a Joyful Mind Advent Greetings, We are days into this Season of Advent, as we wait with anticipation and expectation the birth...

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Remembering to Say Thanks

“When Jesus saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” As they left, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw that he had been healed, returned and praised God with a loud voice. He fell on his face at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. He was a...

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Encourage the Call: October 2023

As we enter the month of October, it is evident the seasons are changing with the colors on the trees. October is also a month of celebration throughout the life and ministry of our United Methodist congregations, with many homecoming and church anniversary...

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Let the Children Come to Me: Elwood’s Safe Haven Baby Box

On July 26, 2022, a Safe Haven Baby Box in Elwood was prayed over and blessed, becoming the 86th baby box in Indiana. This life-saving refuge was championed by the congregation of Elwood First UMC. In Fall 2019, Elwood First UMC's outreach teambrainstormed installing...

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Grace Gala: The Best Party Ever!

Kings and queens donning suits and sparkles were met with applause and photographers as they walked on the red carpet at the Grace Gala at Mount Pleasant UMC in Terre Haute. The two-day affair (April 14 and 15, 2023) was the 7th annual prom-like event the church has...

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From the Superintendent: August 2023

“Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ Gentiles long for all these things. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s...

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From the Superintendent: July 2023

Happy Annual Conference New Year! We are at the beginning of a new Annual Conference year, as many of our clergy were re-appointed back to their places of service, while we miss the connection of many who have decided to be in ministry differently in the West...

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A Message from the Superintendent: May 2023

“I need you, you need meWe’re all a part of God’s bodyStand with me, agree with meWe’re all a part of God’s bodyIt is God’s will that every need be suppliedYou are important to me, I need you to surviveYou are important to me, I need you to survive”I Need You to...

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A Message from the Superintendent: February 2023

A few weeks ago, I invited all to join me, beginning January 1in the 28-day Prayer Experiment from the resource Dynamite Prayer (). One of the many insights from the twenty-eight days was the opportunity to have an intentional daily prayer focus. And it was not simply...

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A Message from the Superintendent: January 2023

“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the...

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A Message From the Superintendent

As the familiar song of this season goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year;With the kids jingle belling; And everyone telling you be of good cheer; It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” I would have to say many people (and companies) have been waiting...

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