IN U.M. loan and savings ministry offers annual conference special
IN U.M. Loan & Savings Ministry Offers Annual Conference Special
Invest in the growth of the United Methodist Church in Indiana by taking advantage of higher rates on new certificates. Special rates on new certificates expire June 30, 2015.
For more information, contact the Loan & Savings Ministry today at 877-391-8811.
12 Month 1.35%
18 Month 2.00%
3 Year 2.50%
5 Year 3.00%
Not FDIC insured
annual church audits due may 31st
Just a reminder that Annual Church Audits are due on May 31st. Please click here for the form.
pastor self-evaluations summer conversation
The deadline for returning the pastor self-evaluation summer conversation form is May 31st. Please send them as an email attachment.
2015 mission u
Click here to register for Mission u 2015
Registration deadline is July 1
Sampler Day – July 25
Click here to register for Sampler 2015
Registration deadline is July 1
DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.
retirewise workshop to be held this june
Rejuvenate Ministry is offering a Retirewise workshop for clergy and spouses on Tuesday, June 9, at Plainfield UMC. The workshop will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop will be led by David Klaus. He is a certified financial planner with MetLife. Topics covered during the workshop include: Building a financial foundation; planning for your retirement income stream; housing in retirement. You can register for the workshop by calling Jody Patty at 317-788-7879 or 877-391-8811. If you have questions, please contact Mary Ann Moman (email@example.com).
new mailing address for east district
Beginning May 1st with the transition to a “virtual” district center the East District will have a new mailing address. General district correspondence, forms, items related to dCom and items for the direct attention of Bernie Jamison, District Assistant will be mailed to:
Ms. Bernie Jamison
East District Assistant
PO Box 2464
Muncie, IN 47307
Correspondence and Church Newsletters directed to Superintendent Dave Byrum should be mailed:
Rev. Dave Byrum
East District Superintendent
421 Bridgewater Ln.
Muncie, IN 47304
Corresponding by email will continue to be the preferred and more efficient method of communicating with DS Dave and Bernie.
umcor dunkirk projects volunteers needed
We continue to work on three homes damaged by flooding last August in Dunkirk. Thanks to Friends Disaster Services the drywall was installed last week. We now need drywall finishers to mud and tape and sand. The siding is ready to be installed and the porch is ready to be framed. We also have a modular home that needs a new roof. Volunteer teams or individuals are greatly needed to move these projects along.
MUNCIE COLLEGE AVENUE UMC SEEKS PRAISE TEAM DIRECTOR: We are searching for a praise team director (10-15 hours/week) to support our growing worship ministries. Responsibilities include coordinating all music for contemporary worship, leading the praise team, and recruiting instrumentalists and vocalists. Candidates should have musical gifts, a passion for contemporary worship, organizational skills, a spirit of hospitality, and experience in a church or similar setting. Visit www.collegeavenuechurch.org; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 765-289-7337.
important news from your ds – east district center goes “virtual”
I am writing with some big news. As of May 1st the East District Center will become a “Virtual Center”. That is, we no longer will maintain a physical location for the District Center. Instead, I will be working out of my home, my car, and each week – two or three day - will set up in a different local church to host a “Virtual Office Day.” Our District Assistant, Bernie Jamison will be working from her home.
Why this step? It’s much better stewardship of the funds we are receiving from our East District Churches. Last year our offerings to the District were down such that we ended the year with a deficit. So, we are taking this step to live within our budget, but also I feel that it will help me keep closer with pastors and meet more lay people if I am in two or three of your churches each week to host conversations, small group training opportunities, etc. Clearly this will mean a learning curve for all of us, so we’ll need to be patient with each other. However this will be best for our mission to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the world. Blessings to you all,
D.S. Dave Byrum
petition submission begins for general conference 2016
Nashville, Tenn. – Petitions for consideration by the 2016 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary beginning April 1 and continuing through October 13, 2015.
According to church law, "Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference..."
Detailed instructions for submitting a petition are available on the General Conference website at gc2016.umc.org. Petitions must be typed and may be submitted through the General Conference website, by postal mail, or via e-mail to email@example.com. This email address should be used for petition submission only. All other correspondence should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Petitions submitted without digital media need to be submitted by July 1, 2015 to allow time for transcription and translation. Click here for more information the petition process. Click here to read more.
Connecting neighbors – local church disaster plan
Wednesday, May 27, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Click here for more information.
Click here to register.
um volunteers in mission leadership training
Wednesday, May 27, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Click here for more information.
Click here to register
The General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits is again offering a unique opportunity for young clergy to enhance their personal, financial and leadership skills. revitup is scheduled for Oct. 5-7 in Bloomingdale, Ill. For more information, check it out on their website. They are offering an incentive for the first 50 clergy to register. Rejuvenate is offering six $500 scholarships for this event. Contact Mary Ann Moman (email@example.com) for more information.
preaching fruitfulness academy
Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24
Anderson University, 1100 E. 5th St. in Anderson, Ind.
The Preaching Fruitfulness Academy is an opportunity to spend concentrated time thinking about preaching with the purpose of developing one or more sermon series in collaboration with other preachers. The Preaching Fruitfulness Academy will be led by Rev. Dr. Derek Weber, and will include:
conversation on the theology and practice of preaching, the why and the how to;
work on sermon preparation and delivery;
time for reflection and spiritual renewal;
worship with the Epworth Forest Choir School community twice daily; and
conversation about worship with Directors of Music – "Who's in charge here?"
The experience will include overnight accommodations, three meals a day, materials and high quality facilitation, along with powerful cohort learning with other clergypersons. A CEU certificate will be provided at the conclusion of the week.
Cost is $275 per person – which includes: overnight accommodations, three meals daily and materials. Click here to register. Registration deadline is Sunday, July 5.
Annual Conference News
REGISTRATIONS OPEN APRIL 1
AC 2015 dates are Thursday through Saturday, May 28-30
For display information, click here.
Discount offered for Eat, Preach & Praise luncheon Convention Center, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 28 – $34.25 (before discount)
In an effort to for the Annual Conference to support our Next Generation Leaders, the tickets for the Eat, Preach & Praise luncheon have been reduced, please purchase your tickets by using the discount code LD925.
Join the continued celebration and elevation of next generation leaders and those who support them. Want to be inspired? Hear great preaching? See present and future church leaders sharing word and music? Sign up for the Eat, Preach & Praise Luncheon. The program will feature music and messages from a variety of next generation voices from around the state. Come and enjoy a fantastic program and a great lunch.
Reduced room rates at the Sheraton Downtown hotel The Sheraton Hotel is now offering a limited number of hotel rooms at a reduced rate of $119 per night during our Annual Conference, in addition to $6.00 per night self-parking in their adjacent parking garage. Click here to take advantage of this reduced rate and make your reservation today!
Indiana Confessing Movement offers $10 dinner tickets to students & ministry candidates To support students and ministry candidates, during Annual Conference, the Indiana Confessing Movement is using donations to make tickets available to their dinner for $10 (instead of $28.50) for seminary students and ministry candidates. To get a discounted ticket, email Karen Ottjes at firstname.lastname@example.org instead of ordering your ticket though the normal conference registration process. This year's speaker is Walter Fenton.
Annual Conference Ushers Needed
If you are willing to be an usher for one plenary session or worship service, please contact Carolyn Danielson, Hospitality Chair, at 260-463-2858 or email@example.com .
Annual Conference housing reservation site now open
To read more about the hotels, click here.
To make your reservations, click here.
extravagant generosity workshops for 2014-2015
Extravagant Generosity Workshops for 2014-2015
2014-2015 Indiana Conference First Monday training Mondays through June 1, 2015
the call sunday date set
When was the last time you shared your call story? The Indiana Conference Encourage the Call invites you to Call Sunday, May 24, 2015. The Call Sunday worship experience is designated for clergy and lay leaders to bear witness to the ways in which they responded to God. For more information, please visit www.encouragethecall.org.
pastors—have you activated your INUMC email account
Vital Congregations/GCFA will be using inumc.org email addresses for pastors exclusively. So now your inumc.org email is a necessity. Once activated you can have it forwarded to your personal email address. Eventually this will be the only email address used by the District as well. Carla (877-781-6706) at the Conference Center will be happy to help you if you experience problems.
vital congregation goals
Based on the email address you submitted when you enrolled you will receive a weekly email reminder to submit your information. You may submit it weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly.
REPORTS - Once you enter and save your weekly information, you can click on the “Reports” tab at the top of your screen to see your local church’s dashboard of information.
QUESTIONS - Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions or call 317/564-3254.
ABUSE PROTECTION POLICY RESOURCES
Click here for policy resources. There is also “Safe Sanctuaries” material available through Cokesbury at www.cokesbury.com.
LOCAL CHURCH NEWS AND EVENTS
Covenant Partners Ministries – Community Day, providing bags of groceries and cleaning supplies for those in need, fourth Wednesday of each month. Sunday evening meals provided by local churches. Contact Pastor Linda McBride at (765) 284-2545. Clothing made available to community 1st Friday of each month June through October 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Following is a list of items needed in each bag If you or your church would like to donate bags of groceries or cleaning supplies for Community Day.
Food List for Community Day
2 small cans of tuna
1 18-oz jar of peanut butter
1 jar of jelly
2 cans of vegetables (any kind)
1 box cereal (any kind)
1 can applesauce or other fruit
2 cans of soup
1 box spaghetti
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 box of corn bread mix
Cleaning/Personal Care Supplies
1 bar or bottle of unscented hand soap
Laundry detergent (small bottle or box)
Dish detergent (16 oz)
Facial tissue (1 box)
Toilet paper (4 rolls)
Place in brown bags with handles, if possible.
The Garden at Gethsemane UMC – Strawberry Festival
Friday, June 5
4:30 - 7 p.m.
Held at Garden at Gethsemane UMC
1201 W. McGalliard Road, Muncie
in our Asbury Hall. (Parking in the back of church) 8" Sub (adults)
Children 12 & Under: $5.00 Take Out Available Proceeds support our youth, camps and missions. Muncie High Street UMC – High Street Travelers 2015 Trips: May 20, Mystery Trip; June 10, Jeanne Robertson & Blue Gate Theatre, Shipshewana; June 25, Wagon Wheel Playhouse: West Side Story; July 6-17, Alaskan Cruise Tour; August 12, Factory Tour & Travel Day, Warsaw, IN; September 23, Fall Factory Fun Day, Columbus, OH; October 7-14, California Rail Discovery; October 22, Fall Mystery Trip; November 18, Lacomedia Dinner Theatre: A Christmas Story, The Musical; December 2-4, Christmas in Nashville, TN. 2016 Trips: January 24, Southern Caribbean Cruise. For pricing and information contact Deb Heeter by email email@example.com
Muncie Industry UMC – In Concert, Christian Davis, well know Gospel Singer from Nashville. Sunday, May 31st at 5:00 p.m. Industry United Methodist Church, 1912 S Mock Avenue, Muncie; (765) 288-3016.
Muncie St. Paul’s UMC – Come to Muncie St. Paul’s UMC for Lunch, Good Food, Fellowship & Fun. Open to public 4th Friday of each month at noon. RSVP by Wednesday prior to lunch at 765/288-6454. Cost $3.50.
Come join us for our monthly all you can eat breakfast every 3rd
Saturday of the month, only $5! All proceeds go to support local
mission projects. New Burlington UMC is located by the reservoir at
8080 S CR 475 E, Muncie.
MERGE Family Ministry Conference
May 29-30, 2015
Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis
Click here to register.
Registration deadline is Sunday, May 10.
Don't Miss Early Bird Savings!
If you haven't signed up for camp, now's the time! When you sign up through April 20th, you will get the Early Bird Discount and save up to $30 per camp registration! From primary camps and Family Fun Weekend to drama camp and That Thing, an exciting camp experience is waiting for YOU to jump on board. Sign up through April 20th at 11:59 p.m. to save!
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Mission Camp for
Middle & High School Youth
July 19-25, 2015 Butler University
TransforMission is a week-long mission camp specially designed to help High School and Middle School youth connect with God and each other while serving alongside the best mission agencies in Indianapolis
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BEYOND EBOLA - HUNGER
Donate today! The bishops of Liberia and Sierra Leone along with Operation Classroom and the Indiana Conference are asking for your help in tackling hunger and feeding our brothers and sisters who are suffering. Every dollar you give will be used towards purchasing food, shipping emergency rations, and paying teachers. Now is the time to help those who have given so much to make a difference in the lives of their students.
Questions? Contact Mary Ann Moman by calling 317-788-7879 or e-mail mmoman@UMFIndiana.org.
Clergy: Identify three clergy friends who will sign up for Financial Peace University. Call Mary Ann Moman to find a clergy class near you.
Laity: Go to DaveRamsey.com (click Financial Peace University). Add your zip code to locate a Financial Peace University course near you.
CEU’s for clergy: Clergy will receive one credit per hour on contact (excluding breaks and meals) for the Rejuvenate financial workshops and seminars they attend.
Childcare is available upon request at the time of registration. For a list of workshops click here.