Welcome! Broad Ripple United Methodist Church
is an open congregation in the heart of Broad Ripple village.
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LENT IS UPON US
Knowing the Great "I AM"
Taken from the Lenten Study Book by Rob Fuquay
It's an old but beautiful story. A young boy walks into a pet shop to buy a puppy. The owner shows him what he has. The boy looks over each one carefully and finally makes his pick, one with a misshapen leg.
The owner says, "Son, you don't want that one. He can't even stand well. He'll never be able to run or fetch anything. Pick another."
The boy hikes up one pant leg revealing a prosthetic leg and replies, "Nope. This is the one for me. I know what it's like not to be able to run or play. I'll really be able to help him."
In Jesus we know a God willing to identify with our challenges. Jesus says, "I know what it's like to hurt. I know what it's like to receive news that a friend has died. I know what it's like to be betrayed by someone you love. I know what it's like to be treated unfairly. I know what it's like to be misunderstood. I know what it's like to suffer. I know what it's like to die...I'll really be able to help them." For those who struggle, grieve, feel alone or rejected or afraid, Jesus says, I am able to satisfy, comfort, give meaning, and offer hope.
Come join us in the Lenten Study.
Lenten Service Project
We are encouraged to practice our faith through gifting our communities in new ways. Please join BRUMC as we gather supplies for The Ronald McDonald House in Indianapolis. Many of you know that Randy, Elliott, and I lived in The Ronald McDonald House for three months when Samuel was in the NICU at Riley Children's Hospital. In those days we were blessed beyond measure by the extraordinary gifts given to us by those supporting the work of the house. As often as we can, we seek others to join us in this great work through service and supplies.
This year we ask that you consider donating items from the following list to create Welcome Bags that are given to each new family. Please bring your offerings to fill more than 10 bags and drop them off in the Ronald McDonald House bags located in the sanctuary and the office. Needed items:
- Bottled Water (2 per bag)
- Lip Balm
- Crossword/Puzzle Book
- Purse-sized hand sanitizer
- Small box of Kleenex
These items are intended for adult use. Have fun with shapes, sizes, and colors while remembering that high-quality items are a treat for many of the recipients.
Lenten Book Study
The season of Lent is quickly approaching. And as we begin to plan our 40 day sacrifices to identify with Christ's ultimate one, we are planning on lessons to help us learn and grow through our days in the wilderness. Our book this year is The God We Can Know by Rob Fuquay, pastor of St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Our journey will begin on Sunday, March 10th 9:30 AM in the pastor's office and Thursday, March 14th at 7:00 PM in the parlor. A sign-up sheet will be on the hospitality table this Sunday.
Reflections on 2018
As a new year begins, we often think about the events of the year that we have lived. 2018 is no exception.
In 2018 immigration was a hot topic politically.
Another school shooting took place in Parkland, Florida.
Led by Mbappe, France won the Fifa World Cup. Their first win since 1998.
The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, a bi-racial American, now the Duchess of Sussex, was celebrated worldwide.
Bangs for women came back in fashion.
Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time for everything. Time passes with a mixture of the good, the bad, and the ugly as well as the mundane, each securing its place in the annals of societal and personal history.
My personal memories of 2018 include:
Elliott started his first job as a referee with Westfield youth recreation soccer.
Samuel and Randy started a neighborhood business to restore mailbox posts.
I completed a year and a half of ministry with BRUMC.
BRUMC supported a number of families in need, including three this Christmas.
The process of reflection on a past year is natural, but how and when do we use these reflections to experience growth through both the good and the bad?
One way is to take the positive reflections, with their attendant feelings and outcomes, and utilize them to undergird the consequences of the bad. Instead of saying with Solomon, "Perfectly pointless...perfectly pointless. Everything is pointless." (Ecclesiastes 1:1) We must say, everything is perfectly purposeful. For at the beginning of the year, regarding the events of our lives ought to bring us to a new understanding of our lives and also of our God.
First Peter 4:11 makes it clear: "Whoever speaks should do so as those who speak God's word. Whoever serves should do so from the strength that God furnishes. Do this so that in everything God may be honored through Jesus Christ. To God be honor and power forever and always. Amen."
Our Pastor is Christina Gangwer. She began her ministry with us on Sunday, July 9th, 2017 . Her husband, Randy Adams is an ordained Pastor with the Church of God. They have been married for 20 years and have 2 sons, Samuel-12 and Elliot -13. Christina and family reside in Westfield. If you would like to contact her, go to the Leaders page.
Speaking of Air Conditioning ---
We began Sunday, August 5th and will continue our pledge drive to raise funds for the Air Condtioning replacement we need. Pledge Cards are available. Fill them out and place them in the offering plate or in the slot on the office door. You may want to spread your pledge over the next year or if you want to make a one-time donation, please mark your contribution envelope for Air Conditioning. You may also send your pledge to Broad Ripple United Methodist Church, 6185 Guilford Ave, Indpls, In. 46220. Mark the envelope - Air Conditioning.
Think generously! All gifts are welcome. The cost for the Air Conditioning Repair is $30,000.
Current Pledges of $12,283 plus have been received!
Check Out the Calendar ---
We have a lot going on in our building from music to meals to mowing, to fun and games. Look at the calendar.
Grand Piano in the Sanctuary
Maybe you have noticed that our accompanists have been playing our hymns on a Grand Piano. This piano is a gift to The Garden UMC that has office and practice space in our building. They have offered its use to us and we are grateful.