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!
Here's to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They invent. They imagine.
They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire.
They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that's never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough
to think they can change the world,
are the ones who do.
Here's a hopeful word for us all as a new year settles in. Kerouac's poem sounds like the gospel to me; Jesus would certainly be on the list of "crazy ones," "misfits," "rebels," "troublemakers," "round pegs in square holes," "ones who see things differently," those "not fond of rules," with "no respect for the status quo."
How does that sound to you? Disturbing? Threatening? Exciting? Inspiring? That's likely a reflection of where you see yourself in our cultural system. If you're at home in things as they are, the thought of Jesus as a troublemaker is unsettling, at best, and even threatening. But if you feel like an outsider, or if you find yourself chafing against the cultural structure in which we live, this feels like good news.
The same was true when Jesus walked the earth; those who were at home in the systems of the day--the Romans and highly religious people--were deeply threatened by Jesus' good news, while the poor and marginalized were transformed.
Here's to the crazy ones. And may we be counted among them!
Grateful for your partnership on the journey,
Worship Time Changing Soon
Village Life Church has been our partner in the building for 5 years now, and after months of discernment, VLC told our leadership late last fall that they would be moving their worship to Sunday mornings (they have worshiped at 5pm Sundays since their birth 5 years ago), and they hoped that we could work out a plan so that they could remain here in partnership with us.
The Administrative Leadership worked for a few months internally and with them on finding what might work for both congregations, and we have agreed on a plan:
beginning on February 5,
VLC will worship at 9:15, and BRUMC will worship at 11:15.
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.