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is an open congregation in the heart of Broad Ripple village.
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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.