Deck the Halls! -
from Janet Lutz
Sunday, December 11, after service we will be decorating the sanctuary. All help will be appreciated, even if you can only stay for a short time. We will start after everyone has had some punch and cookies. We will also need some brave "high ladder" people to put up the angels. Many hands will make the work go quickly.
Worship for Christmas
Note that there will not be worship at BRUMC on Sunday morning, December 25. If you would like to worship on Christmas morning, there are a number of churches in our area that would be happy to welcome you, including North UMC at 11:00am, Northminster Presbyterian at 10:00am, St. Paul's Episcopal at 11:00am, and St. Luke's UMC at 10:30am.
Plan to join your faith family for worship on Christmas Eve at 7:30. We will celebrate, as always, with candles and carols.
BRUMC Hosting New Winter Farmers Market
from Christa Russell
Our building is now home to Indy's newest winter farmers market! The Village Winter Market joins the Broad Ripple Winter Market (in South BR at the Bent Rail Brewery), the Indy Winter Farmers Market (downtown), and the Carmel Winter Market as an opportunity to support local entrepreneurs through the winter.
The Village Winter Market will be held every Saturday through April 22, from 9-noon in Fellowship Hall.
Drop in to welcome them to our space, spend a little money to support local small businesses, and spread the word about Indy's newest winter famers market!
All human nature vigorously resists grace
because grace changes us
and the change is painful.
from The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
Access to the liberation granted by God
is not achieved by a mere wave of some magic wand.
People must undergo a conversion,
must change their way of thinking and acting.
Only to those who undergo conversion is the Kingdom good news.
To others it is a judgment, a piece of bad news.
Way of the Cross--Way of Justice
I find these two thoughts from two 20th-century writers and theologians to be challenging in an Advent way. As we wait for the fullness of God's presence in our world, we are challenged by the question whether we are willing to be full participants in that project. Choosing to offer our selves to God for full participation in God's coming into the world is both liberating and painful, because it requires conversion and change in ways we may not want to offer.
How do you experience this in your life?
Grateful for your partnership on the journey,
The Broad Ripple
The Leadership Team has invited all who call BRUMC home to consider your contribution to our capital campaign (please let us know by the end of this month).
This beautiful 5-minute video is a glimpse at a beekeeper in New Hampshire who is learning from the bees who produce the wax he uses to make candles for churches. He has some deep thoughts to share about what a beehive has to say about Christian community and ministry.
The goal of our campaign is $50,000. $17,000 will pay off the loan and the remaining $33,000 will be needed soon for plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical and parking lot expenses. Bee an investor in the future of BRUMC's ministry. If we will bee faithful, God will help us provide the honey..
You may share your gift as a one-time offering or make smaller contributions at whatever interval is comfortable for you. Your gifts may be placed in the offering plate at worship or mailed to the church. Bee sure to indicate that your gift is for the Building campaign.
Lisa Morris, Executive Director of Metro Ministries (a part of the United Methodist Church) presented BRUMC (and Pam Gemmer) with an award for our efforts for outstanding committment and ministry by being servants in the community which we serve. It was a special surprise to all of us and thanks also to Pam for her efforts.