An electronic newsletter of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church
Friday, May 24, 2013 -- Sunday is Trinity Sunday/First Sunday after Pentecost/Peace with Justice Sunday (white)
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, as well as Older Adult Ministries Month
This newsletter is paid for through your annual conference tithe. Thank you.
Edited by Dan Gangler, email@example.com, Indiana Conference director of communication
In the words of the Apostle Paul, "Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us."
-- Romans 5:1-5
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Oh, God, we feel weighed down with sadness for the people in Moore, Oklahoma, whose lives will never be the same because of the tornado that destroyed their town this past Monday. We cry out to you on their behalf! Send your Holy Spirit to comfort their broken hearts and to heal their broken bodies. Pour out your strength and comfort to the first responders who rushed in to help rescue the victims of this devastating tragedy. Bless UMCOR and other groups who have moved in to supply much needed disaster relief. To all people experiencing shock, despair and overwhelming grief, please send your hope and peace. In Jesus Name. Amen.
-- Shared by Indiana Conference Prayer Coordinator Shirley Saddler
INDIANAPOLIS -- During a scheduled meeting of the Indiana Disaster Response Team meeting May 22 at the Indiana Conference Center, team members approved a $60,000 grant to Kokomo Urban Outreach to assist Kokomo area residents in flood recovery efforts. Kokomo Urban Outreach is a ministry under the guidance of the Rev. Jeff Newton, a United Methodist clergy person. The funds will go to homeowners through the assistance of Kokomo Urban Outreach. More than 200 homes in the Kokomo Tipton areas were inundated by flood waters earlier in the month.
The team also approved two $2,000 grants to the Oklahoma and Central Texas Conferences for immediate disaster relief efforts. Bishop Mike Coyner sent the checks to the Oklahoma and Central Texas bishops with a letter expressing the conference’s financial and prayer support for their relief efforts.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Stephanie Eppert was just months away from getting the home her family wanted. With United Methodist volunteers from several churches in the Indianapolis area preparing to break ground on her Habitat for Humanity home July 30, she would have been able to move out of her rented condominium on the city’s east side and into a home specially built for her three children who have autism. But a deadly fire in her condo early Monday, May 20, cut that dream short. Two of Eppert’s children, Forrest and Genesis Eppert, 8 and 9 years old, were killed in the two-alarm fire that ravaged the unit. Eppert was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital in critical condition, as was a 19-year-old man in the home. Two others, another 19-year-old man and an 11-year-old boy, were taken to Methodist Hospital. Last press reports indicated that the two men and the boy are in stable condition. Stephanine Eppert, remains in critical condition in the burn unit at Wishard Memorial Hospital. Lisa Morris, executive director of United Methodist Metro Ministries and one of the UMC build leaders, asked prayers for the Eppert family in the midst of this tragedy. -- Parts of this report came from IndyStar.com.
MOORE, Okla. (UMNS) -- The Rev. Tish Malloy, pastor of First United Methodist Church, said the last two days have been "pretty painful" as residents of a town blown apart by a tornado start to pick up the pieces. Read story and post a comment.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) -- The United Methodist Church is well situated to respond to disasters, because of its churches in almost every county and community across the United States and the worldwide Methodist connection with annual conferences, central conferences and autonomous partner churches on five continents. -- Here is how giving works. -- Cash donations encouraged over clothing, other items. -- Volunteers urged to be patient.
OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) -- "What I would like to say to the United Methodist community and beyond is that we grieve with those who have lost life and property, not only in Moore and Newcastle, but also on Sunday in Shawnee," Oklahoma Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Jr., told United Methodist News Service. "These storms have devastated our state and have inflicted tremendous loss on our people … and just affected lives in ways we can only imagine." Read story and post a comment. -- Prayers from Bishop Rosemarie Wenner.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (UMNS) -- Messages of encouragement and promises of prayers are coming to Moore, Okla., from around the world and the Rev. Tish Malloy, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Moore, said "it means so much to us." Read the message from Arkansas Bishop Gary Mueller.
OKLAHOMA CITY (UMNS) -- Think of United Methodist Church of the Servant as Oklahoma City’s answer to Noah’s Ark. Since at least 2006, the church has sheltered people and their pets in its 40,000-square-foot basement whenever dangerous storms draw near. "It’s just cleanup on aisle 3 when it’s all over," said the Rev. Randy Schrauner, the congregation’s executive minister. "We just want to provide good care to our people and good care to our community. So (we take) all comers in a storm. We aren’t going to hold anyone back." Read story and post a comment.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) -- The United Methodist Church established 3,175 new places for new people to worship God around the world during the past quadrennium, according to a new report. The Worldwide Church Plant Update includes 684 new churches started by annual conferences in the United States, 574 new churches and cell groups initiated by Global Mission Initiatives, and 1,917 new missions, churches, circuits and preaching points in the Central Conferences. The report listed 10 new church plants in Indiana from 2008 to April 30, 2013. Read more.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) -- When it comes to improving the quality of life by caring for the environment, United Methodist colleges are receiving high ratings and the growing respect of the "green" community. The Princeton Review included 17 United Methodist-related colleges in its recently released publication, "The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition." No Indiana United Methodist-related universities made the list. Read story. -- Green for Life.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary recently announced that Kara Bussabarger, of Corydon, Ind., was awarded the Master of Divinity degree at the 160th Commencement of Louisville Seminary and also received the Melanie Lane Preaching Award, which is granted each year to an outstanding female preacher. Bussabarger currently serves as director of outreach ministries at Pfrimmer’s Chapel United Methodist Church and as lead pastor at Laconia United Methodist Church and Depauw United Methodist Church in Elizabeth, Ind.
EVANSTON, Ill. (UMNS) -- The Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Board of Trustees selected Lallene J. Rector to be the next president of Garrett-Evangelical. Now the seminary’s vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, Rector will succeed Philip A. Amerson, who will retire on Dec. 31 after nearly eight years as president. Read story.
DENVER (UMNS) -- The Rev. Thomas V. Wolfe, senior vice president and dean of the Division of Student Affairs at United Methodist-related Syracuse University, has been named the 14th president of the United Methodist Iliff School of Theology. He is an ordained elder in the Upper New York Annual (regional) Conference. He begins his new position on Aug. 1. Read news release.
CLAREMONT, Calif. (UMNS) -- The board of United Methodist Claremont School of Theology announced Wednesday, May 22, that the Rev. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan will be the school’s seventh president. Kuan will succeed Jerry D. Campbell, who was president for seven years. Kuan has served as dean of Drew University’s United Methodist Theological School since 2011. Read news release.
DELAWARE, Ohio (MTSO) -- Graduating seminary student, Melissa Zimmerman, from the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church was honored May 7 at the Closing Convocation of Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Zimmerman, appointed to Elkhart Faith United Methodist Church, was one of five students to receive the Interpretation Journal Award. The award is presented to graduates who are identified by faculty as having distinguished themselves in Biblical and theological studies and who intend to pursue careers in parish ministry. For more information, visit www.mtso.edu.
MADISON, N.J. (UMNS) -- You might call this place the Smithsonian of United Methodism. The Rev. Robert Williams, the top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, says, "You are in the richest collection of Methodism of a global scope anywhere in the world." The 300 years of The United Methodist Church’s heritage comes to life in a collection found at Drew University. Take a tour.
For a complete and up-to-date listing of news about the 2013 Indiana Annual Conference Session, visit www.inumc.org/ac13.
United Methodist conferences around the globe will be voting on four amendments to the United Methodist Church’s constitution during annual sessions this year. The vote on these amendments will come to the Indiana Annual Conference Session Friday, mid-afternoon, June 7. Here is what is before the annual conference:
The full text of the four amendments will be in the 2013 Indiana Annual Conference Session packet to be distributed at check-in for annual conference members. Click here for the amendments.
In light of the tragedies that have directly affected the lives of hundreds in Newtown and Sandy Hook, Conn., Granbury, Texas and Moore, Okla., the Indiana Annual Conference Session Implementation Team requests members and guests of the upcoming session to bring signed greeting cards from churches, Sunday schools classes and other groups in the church to be given to survivors of these disasters letting them know we are thinking about and praying for them in their recovery. On the face of each envelope, write either:
so our team knows where to send each card. Annual Conference members and guests are requested to bring the cards to the Prayer Room at the Annual Conference Session in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. There will be three baskets designated with the names of these three places for those bringing the cards.
The team also will have materials available for people to make greeting cards to send to hurting people in these communities in the Prayer Room and at the Connect Student Ministries booth in the exhibits area of Hall J.
The Rev. Karen Powell, Indiana Annual Conference Sessions Committee chair, will hand deliver the cards to the people of Newtown UMC in Sandy Hook, Conn., later this summer. Cards to Granbury, Texas and Moore, Okla. will be sent to disaster response volunteers in those two conferences. This is one way we can show our love, care and support for the survivors of these tragedies.
If cards aren’t your thing, greet by Facebook.com to Newtown United Methodist Church, Granbury First United Methodist Church and Moore First United Methodist Church.
Thursday, June 6, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis
The INUMC Festival of Young Preachers will showcase and encourage young people (14-28 years old) who aspire to be preachers of the Gospel. In partnership with the Academy of Preachers, which hosts the National Festival of Young Preachers every year, and coordinated by college student Tyler Best from the University of Evansville, the Indiana Annual Conference is launching this new opportunity to celebrate, be inspired, and encourage the art of preaching. In this inaugural year, the festival will feature 18 young preachers from around Indiana. Be sure to register for this event as part of your Annual Conference registration. Deadline is May 23.
Please note: Online registration will close on Thursday, May 23 at 11:59 p.m. All changes and cancellations must be received by email on Thursday by 11:59 p.m. There is a $5 cancellation fee at that time. After that date the entire fee is due. There will be no refunds for meal tickets after Thursday, May 23 at 11:59 p.m.
GARY, Ind. -- Marquette Park United Methodist Church in the Miller Beach section of Gary is serving as a site for the Gary Police Department’s Gun Buy Back Program May 25. This is the third time Marquette Park UMC has hosted officers for the buy-back program. Residents are invited to surrender firearms of any type to the Gary Police Department on a "no questions asked" basis in exchange for Walmart gift cards. Since Marquette Park Church’s involvement in the program, more than 100 guns have been surrendered at the church. In total, more than 500 guns have been taken off the streets in the past year. -- From Marquette Park United Methodist Church
British Methodist pastor and hymn writer Andrew Pratt composed this poignant, yet hopeful text in the aftermath of the devastating tornado in Oklahoma City on May 20, 2013. It recognizes the destruction and loss of human life that so often results from such natural disasters and asks, "And where is God when random death walks in…?" View music download.
The Indiana Cabinet and the Indiana Conference Board of Ordained Ministry have set the dates of the Diversity and Professional Boundaries Training. This training is required for all appointed pastors in and beyond the local church at least once each quadrennium. This year all of the classes will be in one all-day workshop. Lunch will be provided. Please choose the date that is most convenient for you. The registration fee for this event is $35. Clergy continuing education grants are available for this training. Go to www.inumc.org/cegrants for the application. The Boundaries and Diversity training will count towards fulfilling pastors’ annual Continuing Education requirement. To view training dates and register, please visit www.inumc.org/diversityandboundaries. Each registration deadline is one week prior to the event. All sessions are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time.
FIND-A-CHURCH -- An online directory of United Methodist churches and their ministries.
Find-A-Church brings in more than 400,000 page views per month. More Web visitors are on the way. They could be looking for a church in your area. If you have not updated your church’s profile recently, you may be missing an opportunity to present your church and its ministries fully.
More often than not, potential visitors are using the Internet to search for a congregation. Your church’s Find-A-Church profile is often the first door a visitor will enter.
How to update -- To make it easy, please search your church by ZIP code here and add your ministries.
Click here to see a tutorial.
If you have questions or need assistance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-251-8140.
Click here for a great example of an updated FAC profile.
The Indiana Conference UM Media Resource Center video library is located at Sunnycrest UMC, 1921 W. Bradford Street, Marion, IN 46952. If you have any questions about the Media Center, please call toll-free at 877-781-6706 or direct at 765-662-9220 or email the Media Center Director, Gail Haglund (email@example.com). Office hours are Monday through Friday from 1-5 p.m. and email replies are returned within 24 hours. Click here to go to the Indiana Conference UM Media Resource Center.
BEVERLY ANN (BRYANT) COAHRAN, 75, widow of the late Rev. John Alan Coahran, deceased clergy member of the Indiana Conference, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013. She was a member of Silver Street United Methodist Church in New Albany. A memorial service will be held at a later date with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon, Ind. Survivors include: her sons, Brian L. Coahran (Carla), David A. Coahran (Tracy); and three grandchildren. To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit www.newcomerindiana.com.
CINDY MARTIN of Hendricksville, Ind., 53, wife of Randy Martin, Facility Manager at Camp Indi-Co-So near Springville, Ind., died Thursday, May 16, 2013. There will be a celebration of Cindy’s life at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25 at the Solsberry Christian Church, 10825 E. Christian Church Road in Solsberry, Ind. with visitation prior to the service from 2 to 4 p.m. Survivors include: husband, Randy Martin; and their children and grandchildren, Johnny and Leesa Fleener, their children, Kelsey and JB; Heather Martin, Travis Martin, Meghan Martin, Taylor Martin and Brayden Martin; Rebecca and Robb Decker and sons, Frankie and Henry Decker; her parents, Phillip and Janice Davis; her brothers and their families, Scott and Melinda Davis, and Mark Davis and Elizabeth Topliffe-Davis and their daughter, Harper Davis. Memorial contributions can be given to I.U. Health, Bloomington Hospice, PO Box 1149, Bloomington, IN 47402 or to the ALS Association Indiana Chapter, 6525 E. 82nd Street, Suite 115, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Online condolences can be given at www.DayFuneralServices.com. Condolence can be sent to Randy Martin, 8115 N. State Road 43, Solsberry, IN 47459.
WANDA M. THAYER formerly of East Liverpool, Ohio, 86, mother-in-law of the Rev. Carl Fannin, pastor of Otterbein United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, died Friday, May 17, 2013. A memorial service was held Monday, May 20 in East Liverpool, Ohio with the Rev. Rick Dawson of Boyce United Methodist Church of East Liverpool, and the Rev. Doug George of the First United Methodist Church of Salem, Ohio officiating. Burial was in Calcutta United Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Survivors include: two daughters, Barbara (Dr. Robert) Keeley of Roanoke, Va. and Janet (Rev. Carl) Fannin of Greenfield, Ind.; two sons, Robert C. (Linda) Thayer, of Wellington, Ohio and Thomas G. Thayer of Hiram, Ga. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. & Mrs. Carl (and Janet) Fannin, 2806 W. 400 South, Greenfield, IN 46140.
Bishop Michael J. Coyner has announced the following changes within the Indiana Conference. These appointments are based on Cabinet reports received by e-HUM by May 22, 2013.
This is a partial list; for the complete list, see our website: www.hebronumcnews.com or call the office at 219-996-7161.
The following qualities for director are being sought a degree in music is preferred; working knowledge and love of music; must exhibit a Christian attitude, lifestyle, and character; and have experience in conducting.
Responsibilities include performances twice a month; practices weekly August through May; and work with Pastor and Worship Committee in planning.
Send letter of interest, resume, and references to Hebron United Methodist Church, PO Box 96, Hebron, IN 46341; email letter of interest, resume, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax letter of interest, resume and references to 219-996-7163.
Mount Auburn (Ind.) United Methodist Church is currently seeking a business administrator. We are looking for a person with a strong commitment to Jesus Christ who would be responsible for the preparation, supervision, report generation and control of the general accounting and business function of both the church and the Mount Auburn daycare. A bachelor’s degree in business is required and experience in a similar role is preferred. The person must be team-oriented and committed to the mission of Mount Auburn UMC. Please click link for full job description. Resumes with cover letters can be emailed to Tom Overton at email@example.com or mailed to Mount Auburn UMC, Attn. SPC 3100 West Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood, IN 46143.
St. Mark’s United Methodist Church has an opening for an accompanist for our worship services and choir practice. Applicant must be an accomplished piano accompanist for choir and vocals (soloist, ensemble), be able to fill in on organ if needed, have a musical background and understand and demonstrate the importance music plays in creating a meaningful worship experience. Estimated work hours are 7-10 hours per week. A complete job description is available by going online to our church website at http://www.stmarkscarmel.org/jobs. Applicants should apply by June 1, 2013.
North Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indianapolis on Coldwater near Washington Center seeks a choir director to begin in August. This is an excellent position for a skilled musician who is just starting out and would like to build his or her resume. For more information, contact the Rev. Kate Terlep, senior pastor, North Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Indianapolis at firstname.lastname@example.org or cell phone 260-443-1093.
A northside Indianapolis 800-member church seeks a qualified applicant for 28-40 hours-per-week Communications Secretary position. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Publisher, etc.) and have some knowledge of church protocol along with competent computer skills. Hours and salary commensurate with experience. Please send resume to email@example.com.
Other employment opportunities previously listed can be found at www.inumc.org/classifieds.