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UMVIM travel to Sierra Leone suspended due to Ebola outbreak

6/20/2014
UMVIM travel to Sierra Leone suspended due to Ebola outbreak INDIANAPOLIS – Travel to Sierra Leone has been suspended at the recommendation of health professionals in country. This information is shared by United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries missionaries on site effectively withdrawing the “invitation to serve” until September at this point. There is an Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the country, which continues to worsen. The United States... -- more --

Annual Interviews & Evaluations

5/6/2014
  It's that time again! All appointed clergy serving in the West District must meet with either John Groves or John Davis for annual supervisory interviews. John and John will be conducting these meetings around the district at the following Virtual Office locations:   DAY DATE LOCATION CLUSTER(S) Monday June 9 Bloomfield UMC Greene County ... -- more --

Indiana Conference Church Development hires congregational consultant, coach as new Associate Director

4/16/2014
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. Upon her hiring, Neckers said, “Ann has been a valuable asset to the Indiana Conference as a coach, seminar... -- more --

North Texas leadership development specialist coming to Indiana Conference staff

4/11/2014
Fulbright   INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana United Methodist Bishop Michael J. Coyner announces the appointment of the Rev. Aleze Michelle Fulbright as the first Director of Leadership Development for the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church effective July 1. Fulbright, who lives in Allen, Texas, currently serves as an Associate Director at the Center for Leadership Development in the North Texas... -- more --

Live webcast about Annual Conference Session coming to screens Sunday afternoon, May 4

4/11/2014
INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of Indiana Annual Conference members are expected to view the live webcast Annual Conference Session Briefing starting at 3 p.m. ET and 2 p.m. CT Sunday, May 4. The one-hour program will originate from the Indiana Conference Center with several annual conference leaders, who will outline some of the key issues coming before the annual conference session to be held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis May 29-31. Viewers will be able to link... -- more --

Record allocation of Bishop's Christmas Offering for Children being distributed worldwide

4/7/2014
INDIANAPOLIS – The Bishop’s Christmas Offering for Children Committee allocated on March 26 a record $140,000 to children and youth ministries from Indiana to around the world mostly from the more than $120,000 given during Christmas 2013. Since the unused portions from previous years’ offerings were allocated, 100 percent of what was received in 2013 will be used for children’s ministries. Whether assisting with a children’s day camps in Franklin, a preschool in... -- more --

GED program at Vida Nueva UM Ministries makes dream come true

Glory Sighting
3/21/2014
INDIANAPOLIS – Juan arrived in the United States with his family from Mexico when he was 15. His parents sacrificed a great deal, left a large extended family and relocated to make a life in the United States. His parents hoped their children would benefit from this move, finding success and happiness in this new land. The adjustment was hard for Juan, however, as he entered school not knowing English. He was not familiar with the customs and expectations of this country.... -- more --

Bishop announces new Indiana Conference Lay Leader

3/11/2014
Clark INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner has named Doris Clark of Indianapolis as the new incoming Lay Leader of the Indiana Conference, effective June 1. Clark’s nomination will be brought to the upcoming session of the Indiana Annual Conference for her to be formally elected. If elected, she will assume her new duties June 1. Clark is currently serving as one of the conference’s Associate Lay Leaders,... -- more --

Bishop appoints Columbus pastor as new Superintendent of South District

2/24/2014
Schaar INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner announces the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Gary Schaar, 56, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ind. since 2009, as the new Superintendent of the South District, effective July 1. Upon his announcement, Coyner said, “I am pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Gary Schaar to serve as the new District... -- more --

Bishop appoints South District Superintendent to Plainfield church

2/18/2014
Wilfong Blosser INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Bishop Michael J. Coyner announced today, Feb. 18, the appointment of the Rev. Charlie Wilfong, Superintendent of Indiana’s South District of The United Methodist Church based in Georgetown, to senior pastor of the Plainfield United Methodist Church in Plainfield, Ind. effective July 1. The Rev. Ted Blosser, current senior pastor at Plainfield, will... -- more --

East Central Hoosiers assemble more than 150,000 food packets to feed hungry

2/12/2014
Volunteers assembled 155,520 one-pound food packets using up  to 14 lines in the Hagerstown Elementary School gymnasium. Story and photos By Daniel R. Gangler HAGERSTOWN, Ind. – Each day more than 14,400 children die of starvation around the world. With this reality in mind, 625 volunteers – including members and friends of 17 United Methodist churches* in East Central Indiana, the East District of the Indiana Conference, area Future Farmer of America chapters and... -- more --

Hoosiers active in ministries to homeless

1/15/2014
INDIANAPOLIS – “I have never been in anything like this,” said Brandon Harris, Sr., 38. “I’ve worked my whole life and have never been in this situation before.” The “situation” Harris finds himself in is homeless. The single father of two boys, 11 and 12, became homeless when the construction company he worked for went under. But though he’s homeless, he’s not on the streets. Thanks to the Interfaith Hospitality Network of... -- more --

What year is it?

1/15/2014
Several years ago I attended a workshop led by Dr. Lyle Schaller, a leading church consultant. He was wearing a shirt with “What if next year is 1951?” written on the front. The back of his shirt answered, “Then my church will be ready.” His point, of course, was that too often the church is way behind the times, slow to adapt to a changing culture and focused upon the preferences of its current members rather than upon its mission and purpose. So, what year is... -- more --

Wallis, Slaughter, to headline 2014 Our Life Together Clergy Retreat

1/15/2014
INDIANAPOLIS – The Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners based in Washington, D.C., and the Rev. Mike Slaughter of Ginghamsburg Church (United Methodist) in Tipp City, Ohio, are scheduled to be the featured speakers at the 2014 Our Life Together Clergy Retreat, Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 24-25, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. The theme of the two-day retreat will be “Engaging the World” and John 17:20-23 will be the Scriptural base. Wallis is scheduled to... -- more --

Faith leaders encourage the expansion of health care coverage for low income Hoosiers -- close the coverage gap

1/15/2014
Since the ruling of the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in June of 2012, roughly 400,000 Hoosiers have waited anxiously for the State of Indiana to decide whether they would gain access to health care coverage through Medicaid or a similar program targeted at low income individuals. Since that time, Hoosiers have seen their neighbors in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky move forward with low income coverage, leaving Indiana as the “Island of the... -- more --

Hundreds gather in opposition to proposed marriage amendment to state constitution

1/15/2014
INDIANAPOLIS – More than 300 advocates from a variety of faith-groups filled the sanctuary of North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis as they joined together in a candlelight prayer vigil Sunday afternoon, Jan. 12, in opposition to a proposed marriage amendment to the Indiana State Constitution. During the prayer vigil, the Rev. Dr. Matthew Boulton, president of Christian Theological Seminary of Indianapolis and a strong proponent of Hoosier hospitality, said, “The Jesus I... -- more --

A statement on HJR-3 from Indiana religious leaders

1/15/2014
As leaders of Christian faith communities in Indiana, we share a common concern surrounding the proposed amendment to the state constitution of Indiana, HJR-3. The members and ministers of our congregations and our particular denominations have differing interpretations of marriage and yet we affirm the right and responsibility of each faith tradition to maintain its teaching and to bless and sanctify the union of persons in ways that are consistent with their belief. The proposed amendment to... -- more --

AU Campaign moves closer to church commitments

1/15/2014
INDIANAPOLIS – Under the theme “Keeping the Dream Alive,” more than 1,000 United Methodists from across Indiana shared in one of ten Africa University Campaign Rallies beginning at Columbia City UMC, Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15 and ending at Methodist Temple UMC in Evanston, Sunday afternoon, Dec. 8. The Indiana Conference Africa University Campaign completed all ten district rallies during the fall and now prepares to receive major donor and local church commitments towards... -- more --

Abingdon Women introduces The Christ-Centered Woman

New Bible Study from Indiana's Kimberly Dunnam Reisman
1/15/2014
  Reisman     NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Abingdon Press’ new women’s study line Abingdon Women has partnered with Bible teacher and seminary professor Kimberly Dunnam Reisman to create a new multi-component Bible study for women including print pieces and a DVD. Based on the biblical foundation of... -- more --

Girl Scouts bring Christmas cheer to wounded soldiers recovering in hospitals

1/15/2014
EDINBURG, Ind. – When Girl Scout Troop 119 outside Edinburgh, Ind., heard about wounded Indiana National Guard troops recovering in hospitals away from their families, they decided to do something about it. “Brigadier General Brian Copes spoke at our school’s Veterans Day program about Hoosier National Guard soldiers that were wounded in the Middle East and recovering at Fort Knox (Ky.),” said Sherry Sweet, Troop 119 leader and organist at Edinburg United Methodist... -- more --
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