Good News & Updates: September 1, 2022

  1. Coffee with Pastor. All are welcome to stop by for coffee or just to chat with Pastor Adriane any time from 9 to Noon on Wednesday, September 7. This is the first of upcoming opportunities to connect with Pastor Adriane in person either one-on-one or with others.

  2. The Inman Family invites all to an open house celebration of Don’s 90th birthday. Stop by Fellowship Hall anytime from 1-3pm Sunday, September 11.

  3. Old Bethel’s Shared Tables free weekly community dinner will resume Wednesday, September 7. This is a wonderful way to share a meal with friends and neighbors. Last spring Shared Tables served around 45 meals each week. It is such a joy to meet so many new people and to serve members of our congregation and community. If you are interested in making a meal or volunteering to serve a meal, please contact Arin Schellenberg at 317-359-9651 or

  4. The Chosen Bible Study: Wednesdays at 2pm AND 5pm. If you are a fan of The Chosen TV show and its portrayal of the Gospels, or if you haven’t heard of it and want to know the Gospels in a real way, come check it out. Beginning September 7, this on-gong study will continue with Season 2. A study guide, which is helpful, is available for purchase, but it’s not required. Contact Nancy Bellinger at 317-375-0711 or with any questions.

  5. The East Washington Street Meijer helps the food pantry battle hunger through their Simply Give campaign. To take part, visit the Meijer store on East Washington Street thru October 1 and purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card. Meijer matches each donation. Double Match day is September 10. On this day, Meijer doubles their match to $20 - your $10 donation becomes $30! Thank you for helping the Old Bethel & Partners Food Pantry feed our community.

  6. Everyone is invited to a church-wide meeting in Fellowship Hall on September 18, at 3pm. This meeting is for discussion and questions about the One Board model and proposals for the proceeds from the Prospect Campus property sale. In the meantime, for any questions, talk to Pastor Adriane.

  7. Old Bethel Travelers head to Derby Dinner Playhouse on Wednesday, October 12, to see Murder on the Orient Express. The bus will board at 9am and return around 5:45pm. Tickets are limited and cost is $75. Please make checks payable to OBUMC and put in the Old Bethel Travelers box in the church reception office or mail to Brenda Maley, 1640 Park Chase Place, Indpls 46229. Timing is very important due to deadline for payment to both show and bus so please make reservation quickly so we do not have to cancel.

  8. The United Methodist Women are sponsoring three short-term classes this fall. Old Bethel Walkers: Come start (or continue) your walking journey with Charlene Alexander on Thursdays, September 1-29 at 9am. Meet at the backside of the Meijer greenhouse at 11351 East Washington Street, Cumberland. Contact Charlene Alexander at 317-623-5059. Beginning Sewing classes will be held in Fellowship Hall A, Wednesdays, September 7-28. Set up can begin as early as 5pm, with the class from 6-7pm. Bring your own sewing machine with its instruction book, if you have it, thread, and scissors. Fabric will be provided. Other tools will be discussed as classes progress. Contact Sharon Fogleson at 317-941-3383 with any questions. Beginning Card Making Workshop Wednesdays, October 5-26, at 2-3pm in Fellowship Hall A. The first class will include basic information and demonstration of common tools. The second session will be hands-on instruction for how to recycle old cards into new greeting cards. The remaining classes will also be hands-on instruction with class members choosing which technique they’d like to learn. Supplies will be provided but you're welcome to bring your own. No experience is required just a desire to have fun and learn a new hobby! You may contact Cheryl Platt at 317-509-0307 or via email to

  9. We have had some requests for more information regarding the future of the United Methodist Church, along with questions about the theology and focus of the United Methodist Church moving forward. Here is a recent article from the official United Methodist News concerning a statement by the new President of Council of Bishops, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton, that starts to address those questions.

  10. Saturday, September 17, is this year’s Annual Ladies Day Apart, 9am-2:30pm. The day begins with a light breakfast at 9am. The program and guest speaker begin at 10am, and the day concludes with communion served at 2pm. After a delicious lunch, we will have some entertainment and an additional program that will involve audience participation. The cost is $10. Reservations will be taken in the lobby between Sunday worship services August 28 through September 11. No refunds will be given after September 4. Contact Jeannie Peterson at 317-899-4760 with any questions.

  11. Lunch Bunch will meet at the Irish Mutt, (7041 East 10th Street) at 11:30am Wednesday, September 28. Please sign up on clipboard in church reception office or call Brenda Maley at 317-894-1178 for reservations.

  12. Volunteer receptionists are greatly needed for Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings (9am-12:30pm) and Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons (12:30-4pm). Work every week or every other week. Primary duties are to greet visitors and answer the phone. The service of Old Bethel’s volunteer receptionists are greatly appreciated and make it possible for the staff to effectively attend to their responsibilities without constant interruption. Substitute receptionists are also needed to work when regular volunteers are ill or traveling. The morning shift is 9am-12:30pm. The afternoon shift is 12:30-4pm. Subs serve on an as needed basis as their schedule allows. The service of Old Bethel’s volunteer receptionists are greatly appreciated and make it possible for the staff to effectively attend to their responsibilities without constant interruption. If interested, please contact Administrative Assistant Lynda Preston at 317-359-9651 or or the Volunteer Coordinator Sue Epps at 317-691-1195 or

All are invited to complete and return the 2022-23 Service Survey below.

Old Bethel UMC Service Survey 2022-23

Where is God calling you to serve this year?

Interestingly, when we give of our talents and gifts,

we are the ones who end up being blessed and changed.




If you have taken the Spiritual Gifts Assessment

(available at,

what were your discovered gifts?

Committees/Ministries that I can no longer serve:

oI am interested in sharing my testimony or giving the message at church sometime.


Administrative Committees: These are ongoing committees.

Check one, if interested:

oTrustees oFinance oStaff Parish Relations oNominations

Ministry Teams: Current and/or potential teams.

Check all areas of interest to you:

Hospitality Ministries

oGreeters at worship services and special events

oFellowship/Coffee hosts between worship services

oFuneral Dinners: coordinate, prep & server

oReceptionist: oweekdays ospecial worship/events

Worship Ministries

oMusic: oChoir oBells oPraise Band oSpecial Music

oLiturgist/Worship Leader o9:30 service o11:00 service

oUsher o9:30 service o11:00 service

oAltar/Worship Space Artistic Design Team

Care Ministries

oVisiting/contacting shut-ins

oHospital Visitation & Surgery Prayer Team

oCoordinating meals to those in need

oHealth Ministry Team: Serving our community to provide information and opportunities

oPrayer Team: Includes prayer in worship

Outreach Ministries

oShared Tables: Wednesday Community dinner

oPick up donations, omeal prep, oserve, odonate oother

oFood Pantry: opick up donations, ostock, oserve oother

oSpecial Events such as Easter Eggstravaganza, Thanksgiving Dinner, Trunk-or-Treat, Back to School Bash, etc.

oLocal Missions leader or volunteer: Habitat for Humanity, Family Promise, etc

oNational/Global Missions (a future team, or helping disseminate information on World Missions)

oCelebration Puppeteers

Family/Children/Youth Ministries

oSunday Nursery during ofirst service osecond service

oKids Church during ofirst service osecond service

oYouth Group Leader or Volunteer for

omiddle school ohigh school

oPreschool Advisory Team

oCollege Connect Team

oVacation Bible School

Study Ministries

oAdult Sunday School

oBible Studies

oOther Studies

oSmall Groups

Other Ministries

oMemorial Team

oStewardship Team

oI am interested in starting a ministry

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