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July/August 2008

Cover Story

United Methodists respond to central Indiana flood survivors

More than 1,400 flood buckets delivered
7/1/2008
The United Methodist response to the massive central Indiana flooding in early June has been phenomenal as hundreds of congregations have assembled and/or delivered an estimated 1,400 flood buckets and the numbers increase. Flood waters inundated 37 central Indiana counties the weekend of June 6-8, displacing more than 25,000 residents and claiming thousands of acres of corn, wheat and soybeans. In immediate flood relief efforts, several congregations quickly organized to assist survivors... -- more --

From the Bishop

Staying focused

From the Bishop
9/1/2008
Our two conferences here in Indiana have approved the Imagine Indiana plan for us to become one new conference. We will have a Special Called Session of the two separate Conferences on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 1-4 p.m. at the State Fairgrounds to finalize the few amendments to the plan, to elect trustees and the Council on Finance and Administration for the new conference, and to worship and celebrate our creating a new conference in Indiana. All clergy and lay members of the North and South... -- more --

Welcome

Allowing God to transform us

Welcome
7/1/2008
The final approval by three out of four present at both North Indiana and South Indiana conference sessions was a major departure in business as usual in The United Methodist Church of Indiana. Now that we, the conferences, have made the decision to unite and form a new conference, it's time to fill in the gaps and allow Image Indiana to become a reality. Discerning what most conference members believe is God's will for the church here, we are experiencing a new way of seeing our future and... -- more --

Indiana

Annual Conference 2008 Photos

7/1/2008
  Dona Lou Imler (left) and Bill Imler (right) present Bishop Mike and Marsha Coyner (center) with an embroidered ulos ceremonial shawl during the Saturday morning session. The gift was presented on behalf of the Methodist Church of Banda Aceh as a thank you to Indiana United Methodists who gave more than $200,000 to the church for it restoration following the deadly tsunami. North Elders ordained: Front row:... -- more --

Bishop announces new Michiana District superintendent team

7/1/2008
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Area Bishop Mike Coyner recently announced the appointment of the Rev. Douglas Anderson to serve as superintendent of the Michiana District and North Indiana Cabinet member effective July 1. In his announcement, Coyner said, "Doug has previously served as a superintendent of the Muncie District, so he brings a wealth of experience to this position. Given the transitional nature of the Imagine Indiana process and the possibility of reducing the number of districts in... -- more --

Both conferences oppose expansion of legalized gambling in Indiana

3/31/2009
Both Indiana Area United Methodist annual conference sessions approved a resolution asking Indiana law makers to bring any vote on the expansion of gambling to the state's citizens. This action followed a presentation to both conference sessions by the Rev. Tom Grey, field director of the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling. Grey told conference members this was his 20th trip in the past 15 years to Indiana to speak against the expansion of legalized gambling. He said the mission... -- more --

Flood recovery efforts continue in northwest Indiana

DANI up and running
7/1/2008
Even though flooding was extensive last month in central Indiana, volunteer recovery work crews are also in northwest Indiana to assist survivors of January floods in the Remington, Monticello and Delphi areas. A work team from Wesley UMC in Indianapolis was able to complete work on three projects during the week of June 8 in the Delphi area. Volunteers stayed in the Delphi Middle School Gymnasium, courtesy of the Delphi Community School Corporation. The school corporation has made the... -- more --

Flood relief contribution information

7/1/2008
Congregations and individuals in the South Indiana Conference can make contributions payable to the South Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church with a memo "Flood Relief Indiana" and send to: Jennifer Gallagher, Conference Treasurer, 1520 South Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403-5167. Congregations and individuals in the North Indiana Conference can make contributions payable to the North Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church with a memo "Flood Relief... -- more --

Indiana United Methodists approve unity plan

7/1/2008
By Daniel R. Gangler The North Indiana and South Indiana annual conferences approved a plan to unite the two conferences into one new Indiana Annual Conference. Bishop Mike Coyner announced the results of votes by each annual conference during the closing session of the South Indiana legislative gathering June 7 at the Indiana University Auditorium in Bloomington. South Indiana members voted 616-185 on June 6 to unite with the North Indiana Conference. North Indiana members, meeting May 30... -- more --

Jurisdictional conferences will elect, assign bishops in July

Kokomo District Superintendent endorsed as episcopal candidate
7/1/2008
By United Methodist News Service Both the North and South Indiana annual conferences recently joined the South Indiana Conference Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR), North Indiana Conference Black Methodists for Church Renewal, the Black United Methodist Pastors (BUMP) of the Indiana Area and the North and South Indiana Cabinets endorsing the Rev. Dr. Frank Beard, Superintendent of the Kokomo District, as an episcopal candidate. Beard is one of 10 endorsed candidates in the North... -- more --

Lafayette church presents children's home with activities bus

7/1/2008
By Susan Bennett, Indiana United Methodist Children's Home susanb@iumch.org LEBANON, Ind. - Members of Christ United Methodist Church in Lafayette, Ind., donated an activities bus to the Indiana United Methodist Children's Home Board of Trustees during the board's recent meeting at the home in Lebanon. The activities bus was previously used for an outreach ministry at Christ Church which was organized by long-time member, Mary Kay Long. Claude Sawyer, chairperson of the church's council,... -- more --

Lay Leader compares 'connectionalism' of church to a basketball

7/1/2008
Emphasizing the importance of the connectional nature of The United Methodist Church during his June 7 address to the conference, South Indiana Conference lay leader Ike Williams of Carmel, compared our connectionalism to a basketball. Using his experience as an engineer, he said the basketball is a hollow sphere. He said the most basic characteristic is its roundness. This roundness is the strength for the sphere. It can take internal and external pressure yet remains round. This doesn't... -- more --

NCJ BMCR endorses Ohio candidate for bishop

7/1/2008
Members of the North Central Jurisdiction Black Methodists for Church Renewal recently announced their endorsement of the Rev. Dr. Julius Calvin Trimble as an episcopal candidate for the 2008 North Central Conference of The United Methodist Church. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Aldersgate UMC in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Under his leadership, the congregation experienced growth and continued commitment to community-based and worldwide mission support. Trimble served as... -- more --

North Indiana Conference ordains 10, commissions 11 clergy

7/1/2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - With a few words from Bishop Mike Coyner about the sacrifices clergy need to make to be faithful to their calling and a unanimous vote of more than 400 clergy members of the North Indiana Conference, 10 Elders and 11 probationary clergy members were welcomed into the conference May 28 at Purdue University's Memorial Union. Ten probationary members ordained Elders on May 31 included: Jeff Clinger, Bill Garver, Donna Goings, Joe Hornick, Catherine Koziatek, Mark Need,... -- more --

Scouting event, Lincoln bicentennial involve United Methodists

7/1/2008
By Matthew Oates LINCOLN CITY, Ind. - "It's going to be a good day today," proclaimed Randal Craig as he looked out the Little Pigeon Creek Welcome Center overseeing several scouting troops coming and going. Approximately 4,000 Boy and Girl Scouts and 300 volunteers descended upon Lincoln State Park and the Lincoln National Boyhood Memorial from May 9-11 to celebrate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth at the Lincoln Bicentennial Encampment. The 16th president - while born... -- more --

South Indiana Conference introduces Katanga leaders to state leaders

7/1/2008
INDIANAPOLIS - South Indiana United Methodist leaders not only hosted dignitaries of the Katanga Province's government, but also brought them into direct contact with Indiana state leaders. The Rev. Bob Walters, associate council director of the South Indiana Conference, introduced Dr. Ilunga Ndjoko, minister of health, and Sula Kabasa, judicial assistant to the Governor of Katanga, to officials of Gov. Mitch Daniels administration on May 19 at the Statehouse. State Senator Patricia Miller of... -- more --

South Indiana Conference ordains 10, welcomes one from another church, commissions 12 clergy

3/31/2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - With a unanimous vote of more than 400 clergy members of the South Indiana Conference, 5 Elders, 1 Deacon, 4 Associate Members, 1 member from another denomination and 12 probationary clergy members were welcomed into the conference June 5 at First UMC in downtown Bloomington. Those ordained June 7 included Elders Gi-Chae Lee, James Ray Moore, Mitchell Norwood, Lisa Schubert, David Williamson, Jamalyn Peigh-Williamson; and Deacon Cynthia Wood; Associate Members Dennis... -- more --

Young adult from Congo ordained Elder to go to Perkins

7/1/2008
Bishop Mike Coyner ordained Kakez-A-Kapend Christian an Elder as a courtesy for Christian's Bishop Kainda Katembo of the South Congo Area of the Democratic Republic of Congo during the commissioning and ordination service of the North Indiana Conference on May 31, in Elliott Hall of Music. An open house honoring Christian was held at the Wesley Foundation at noon. Christian left West Lafayette on June 25. After spending a month in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe, he will return... -- more --

Global

Bishop urges Africa University grads to make a difference

7/1/2008
By Andra Stevens MUTARE, Zimbabwe (UMNS) - In an address that elicited laughter, cheers and ultimately a standing ovation, United Methodist Bishop Woodie W. White (former Indiana Area bishop) urged Africa University's newest graduates to live a principled life and to make a difference, especially in Africa. Serving as the convocation speaker at the United Methodist-related school's 14th graduation ceremony on June 7, White shared his own story of growing up in Harlem, N.Y., and developing a... -- more --

Missions

Nothing But Nets campaign coming to Indiana July 24

7/1/2008
INDIANAPOLIS - During the week of July 21, Nothing But Nets will be in Indianapolis as part of a multi-city, national grassroots initiative to engage groups and individuals on the importance of malaria prevention. As a part of this effort, United Methodist clergy and lay leaders are invited to join Bishops Michael Coyner and Thomas J. Bickerton in a complimentary breakfast and discussion on Thursday morning, July 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. EDT in Switzer Hall at the University of Indianapolis,... -- more --

Purdue University students pave paths for Costa Rican cows, orphans, campus ministry partnership

7/1/2008
By Lana Robyne Here are reflections on the Wesley Foundation's student trip to Costa Rica written by Lindsey Junk, of Angola, Ind. She will be an intern at Wesley Foundation this coming school year. She writes: "For ten days this past March, I had the opportunity to be a part of a mission trip to Costa Rica with Purdue Wesley Foundation and College Connection from Ball State. "Even though we knew we'd be working at an orphanage, we had no idea what else the trip held in store for... -- more --

Viewpoints

Regaining meaning of membership

7/1/2008
By Darren Cushman Wood For all of the controversy the United Methodist Judicial Council ruling 1032 (the case involving a gay man being refused membership by a Virginia pastor) stirred up it brought to light a problem that has been brewing for more than 100 years. No, not homosexuality, but the meaning of church membership. There once was a time when becoming a member of the Methodists was an integral expression of one's discipleship. The desire for spiritual growth was the primary criteria... -- more --

The dumpster

Body, Mind & Spirit
7/1/2008
By Todd Outcalt toutcalt@calvaryunited.org A few months ago, Calvary United Methodist Church in Brownsburg, where I serve, ordered a paper recycling dumpster. Perhaps you've seen them? They are those large steel dumpsters that sit in school yards, in alleys and in public thoroughfares advertising to take our trash off our hands . for free. Just dump and go! Now, there's nothing overtly theological about a dumpster - the steel bin hunkers there on the edge of our parking lot taking up a... -- more --

The Internet and the lay members to Annual Conference

Commentary:
7/1/2008
We are in the midst of the information and technology age. Increasingly information is being transmitted by the Internet. This also is true as it regards our two Indiana Conferences and the soon to be Indiana Conference. Anyone who is in a position of responsibility that requires decision-making based upon information is going to be at a distinct disadvantage, as noted below, if they do not use the Internet. This is certainly the case for the lay member of the Annual Conference Session. Local... -- more --

Chronicles

Appointments for July/August 2008

7/1/2008
Bishop Michael J. Coyner has announced the following changes within the Indiana Area. All dates effective 2008 unless otherwise noted. These appointments are based on Cabinet reports received by Indiana Area Communication during the months of May and June 2008. North Indiana Conference Abram, Philip E. from Hartford City Trinity, Marion to Fowler, Lafayette, 7/1 Anderson, Douglas T. from Job Center to Job Center/Michiana District Superintendent, Michiana, 7/1 Babb, William C.... -- more --

Both conferences bestow awards on many recipients

7/1/2008
Here is a listing by conferences of award recipients bestowed on them during sessions in West Lafayette and Bloomington. North Indiana Conference awards This year's Bread and Basin recipients include: Sue Harris (Calumet); Ken Keller (Fort Wayne); Aimee Currie (Huntington); Jim Williams (Kokomo); John Mayfield (Lafayette); Joy and Don Wickline (Marion); Darl Bookout (Muncie); and Susan and Harry Brooks (Warsaw). Conference scholarships were awarded to Joel Rittenhouse of Asbury UMC... -- more --

Deaths for July/August 2008

7/1/2008
JOHN PHILLIP "JACK" AEBERSOLD, retired pastor (NIC), died April 15, 2008. A funeral service was held April 19 in the Wright Memorial Chapel in Franklin, Ind. Inurnment was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Louisville, Ky. Condolences may be sent to Lois Aebersold, Franklin Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St., Franklin, IN 46131. THEODORE E. FORBES, retired Elder (SIC), died May 3, 2008. A memorial service was held May 8, at Epworth UMC in Newburgh, Ind. Survivors include: Wife,... -- more --

Michiana District honors Cross-and-Flame Award recipients

7/1/2008
The Michiana District has honored district United Methodists with a Cross-and-Flame Award at this year's District Conference on April 20. These outstanding United Methodists were recognized for their dedication as a disciple of Jesus Christ and work in their local church. This year's recipients include (name and church): Claudia Albaugh of Scott, Jerry Albaugh of Scott, Myrna Everill of Rolling Prairie, Ralph Everill of Rolling Prairie, Richard Frantz of Albright, Karen Grossman of Woodruff... -- more --

Peru pastor opens U.S. Senate with prayer

3/31/2009
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University of Evansville welcomes new assistant to president

7/1/2008
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (UE) - The University of Evansville is pleased to announce the appointment of LaShone M. Gibson to the position of Assistant to the President and Director of Diversity Initiatives, effective July 28. Gibson has served as Senior Associate Director for UE's Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana since 2006. This announcement comes at the end of a national search, handled by a committee including members of both the United Methodist-related University of Evansville community... -- more --