Last Sunday, the newest Indiana United Methodist church, The Branches, pastored by Rev. Alex Hershey, launched its public worship in an aquatic center in Plainfield, IN. The church had 171 attend its opening service. Praise God!
Another United Methodist church plant, Riverside Church, pastored by Rev. Daniel Payton, was also to launch last Sunday, but its opening was delayed due to an ice storm in Jeffersonville. Please keep Rev. Payton and the church in your prayers as they launch this Sunday evening at the Clark County YMCA.
The Indiana Conference Church Development Committee is pleased to announce the funding of two additional Hispanic church plants. A grant has been given to Iglesia Crisitana Getsemani, a Hispanic United Methodist church in Fort Wayne, to plant a new Hispanic United Methodist church in Indianapolis. The plant, led by Marissa Calleja, is called Casa de Dios and it is meeting in the Barnes United Methodist Church’s West Campus facility. The congregation has about 40 meeting for weekly Bible study.
Another grant has been given to expand a new-church plant that has been meeting at First UMC in Hammond. The church, Torre Fuerta (Strong Tower), is led by Esequiel and Suri Becerra and averages around 75 people. It also is reaching an additional 40 or so people at its new Rio de Gracias congregation which meets at Hobart Trinity UMC. The grant is to help Torre Fuerta move to a new East Chicago site. The town of East Chicago has a population of 30,000 (half are Hispanic!), and there is no United Methodist church.
A grant also has been given to St. Joseph UMC in Fort Wayne to start a new congregation called Kristo’s Hands and Feet, which is targeting a low-income urban neighborhood using a non-attraction model of church planting. See prior blog articles for details.
Additionally, the Church Development Committee has just given a grant to Monson Community UMC in South Bend to relocate one of its church’s worship services into a storefront space with the intention to continue developing a multi-ethnic congregation serving the poor and marginalized. The grant will also help Monson Community launch a new Hispanic congregation which will also meet in the storefront. In addition to these two worshiping congregations, the church has plans to develop a full-service training, resourcing center to assist the marginalized and poor. Please pray for the church’s pastor, Rev. Tim Aydelotte, and the entire congregation as they step out in this exciting new venture.
Let’s praise God for all these efforts and let’s keep them all in our prayers!