The Way Forward

Those words have become a battle cry in our denomination.A stress point, to say the least.We’re drawing up divisions and caucuses, determining who is with us and who is against us, who is in and who is out.I sometimes wonder if Jesus despairs over the church that bears His name.I know I do sometimes.And yet at the same time I rejoice that the church is looking toward the future.Trying to find a way forward. In case you’re completely in the dark, “the way forward” is the official title of the process created as a result of the last General Conference to help us over the struggles over the issues of biblical authority and interpretation particularly around the area of human sexuality.The impasse grew so great that we could no longer mediate between the different sides and opinions at war within the body of the church.So, the Council of Bishops put together a task force of people, representing wildly diverse opinions and beliefs and practices and personalities, and called them “The Way Fo…


We are invited by our United Methodist Bishop, Julius C. Trimble to take part in a conversation around The Way Forward.  This event, A Call to Prayer and Conversation will detail The Way Forward plans that will be brought before the special called General Conference in Feb 2019. We are encouraged to attend Sunday, November 18 with the session beginning at 2:00pm and ending by 4:00pm at Castleton UMC, 7101 Shadeland Avenue, Indianapolis.
United Methodist congregations can face potentially difficult discussions about plans submitted by the Commission on a Way Forward. The more information we share and understanding we have of the process and the Three Plans set forth, the easier it may be to have discussion and conversations within our own church family. This is our opportunity to hear more, become better informed, and commit to prayer and understanding in a somewhat challenging time.
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The annual World Thank Offering meeting was held on October 9.Through the generous giving by the women in attendance, we are able to offer support to mission work around the world.
UMW is currently raising funds in support of the Lucille Raines Residence in downtown Indy. Through our sales of nuts and candies, the project to re-mortar the bricks on the Raines’ building will keep the Residence open for years to come so that people in recovery have a place to live. The cost is $75,000. To place your order and contribute to the project, please contact a UMW member or the church office.
DATES TO REMEMBER NOVEMBER 6 – GET OUT AND VOTE! Rebekah Circle meets Tuesday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m. in the Gathering Place.Bring a boxed cereal to donate to Fletcher Place Community Center in the Fountain Square area. Leah Circle meets Tuesday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m. for our “Sit and Sew” activity in the Gathering Place. We will be working on our African Pillowcase Dresses and no previous experience is n…


SUMC donated 172 pounds of food in October to the Hunger Inc. food pantry on Epler off of Madison Avenue. All food items were most welcome since the children were home for fall break.
In November we will be collecting SOUPS, BOTH CANNED AND DRY PACKAGED. Since the usual donations are chicken noodle and tomato, let’s fill the shelves with other soup varieties. Children will be home over Thanksgiving break and the more options available, the better.
Please bring your soup varieties on Thursday and Sunday, November 1 and 4. YOU are Faith in action!


Please continue to use china cups for your coffee or tea. You are helping to make a difference to our planet and for our children and grandchildren. Does “Being Green” mean you are like a frog or a pickle?.….No Does it mean that you are going to be sick in the car? .....No (from a book titled, “What Does It Mean To Be Green?”)
BEING GREEN means you are: Turning off water while brushing your teeth Turning off lights when not needed Eating foods grown locally Walking instead of riding in a car Packing lunch in reusable containers Eating ice cream on a cone and not from a paper cup and a plastic spoon It means RECYCLING Be conscious of what we can recycle by reading the information on our trash containers before disposing of items.


November 1 and 4 – Support Hunger Inc. Food Pantry November 4 - Community Meal November 4 – Planned Giving Seminar, 12:15pm November 8/11, 15/18, 21/25, 29/December 2 – Support Jubilee Christmas Families (tag boards and ministry table in the Gathering Place) November 18 – Blood Drive, 9:00am to 1:00pm November 21 – Pre-weekend Worship, 6:30pm

Blood Drive Sunday - November 18 Interfaith Hospitality Network Families (IHN) 2019 dates – February 3 – 17, September 29 – October 13 Jubilee Ministry - Jubilee Christmas – December 8 Ronald McDonald House Second Saturday of the month at the Ronald McDonald House Third Sunday of the month at the RMH room in Riley Hospital God’s Will Breakfast Third Thursday of the month at Fletcher Place Community Center in the Fountain Square area Kairos Prison Ministry Men’s and Women’s Teams serving spring and fall Food Drive Ministry Monthly food collections (scheduled to coincide with Communion weekend) Creation Care Team- Recycling and being…


“It’s less about the task and more about the way that serving draws us closer to Christ.

Cuddle or Snuggle and show Love to the Babies who are at church on Sundays.  This isn’t a job or task. It is a true Gift to both Baby and You. Hurry and contact the church office for more information or email

A busy season and Jubilee Christmas is one way to make a difference in the lives of families from our community who struggle for many reasons. Because of your generosity several Homecroft Elementary families will experience a brighter holiday celebration. We provide toys and gifts and clothing needs for the children and youth. We add personal care items, food staples and gift cards for the family. This is all very well received and appreciated. Always our goal is to connect with the Jubilee families sharing Jesus’ love for all no matter what their situation may be. Here are some ways that you can participate in preparing for Jubilee.