During this Holy Week we remember that Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, the price of a human slave in those days. Even though Judas betrayed the location of Jesus and his disciples so that the authorities could arrest Jesus at night, Judas was certainly not the only betrayer. Simon Peter denied three times that he even knew Jesus. And right there in the middle of the story of Jesus' arrest it says, "then all of the disciples forsook Jesus and fled." --More--
INDIANAPOLIS – The Rev. David Neckers, Indiana United Methodist Conference Director of Church Development, announces the hiring of Indiana native Ann A. Handschu of Terre Haute as the new Indiana Conference Associate Director of Church Development assigned to the Southwest and West Districts. She began serving in this position from her home beginning April 15. Read more.
MILROY, Ind. – One Sunday in March, two of the three youth of the Milroy United Methodist Church (in Southeast District) who attended the Bishop’s Youth Rally Saturday, March 8, shared their stories of what they learned from their experiences. Both young women were – naturally – impressed with the message shared by Gracie Schram (www.gracieschram.com), a young vocalist from Leawood, Kan. Both youth also took away that anyone could make a difference, no matter what age they are. The congregation was delighted with their testimonies. Afterwards, members prayed over them, thanking God for their presence in our midst, and asking God to light their ways as they continue along their paths. Editor’s note: More than 600 youth and 70 adult volunteers from across Indiana attended the rally held at Noblesville, First UMC.
NEW PARIS, Ind. – Sunday, March 30, was a special Sunday for our Indiana Conference. The first person to become a Christian after the new Indiana Conference was formed was confirmed. How can I say the “first person to become a Christian” with such boldness? Let me tell you her story. It happened October 4, 2008, the day the two former Indiana United Methodist conferences held a special uniting session in Indianapolis, which formed the new Indiana Conference. On that day, I rendezvoused with my family on the way home. My daughter, Elizabeth, was with me in my truck. We started to talk about the new conference, faith and Jesus. I asked her if she wanted to pray, to confess her sin and accept Jesus as her savior. She said “yes,” so I pulled safely over and lead my daughter in a prayer of salvation. So, while I cannot prove she is the first Christian of the new Indiana Conference, she certainly has to be one of the first. The seeds of her faith were publicly celebrated on March 30, when she and her confirmation classmates were “Confirmed in Christ.” Christ is working among us. The Gospel is being proclaimed, verbally and visibly. Another generation begins its work and play for the Gospel of Jesus the Christ. From my perspective, the church is in good hands for yet another generation. Shalom.
– Submitted by The Rev. Rob Nelson, pastor of New Paris Grace and Milford United Methodist churches