The meaning of confirmation is closely related to that of baptism. Baptism and confirmation are part of an ongoing, lifelong process of growing in grace. The confirmation program is one piece of this lifelong process of Christian discipleship. The larger picture is Christian formation, being transformed – over time and through the work of God’s Spirit – into the image of Christ.
Confirmation seeks to give the youth a systematic overview of the faith – our identity, history and heritage, practices, and beliefs. This will include our heritage and traditions as a Christian community and as a United Methodist Family and our fundamental beliefs and commitments. In addition, youth will learn what it means to live a Christian life and be involved in the church’s mission in the world.
Here are the 2022 Plainfield UMC Confirmands.
Bree Dunscombe was Katie’s mentor. Parents: Amanda & David Campbell Katie is involved with Youth Worship, Fish Fry, Retreat, Summer Camp, Youth Group. Favorite Scripture: Be strong! Be fearless! Don’t be afraid and don’t be scared by your enemies, because the Lord your God is the one who marches with you. He won’t let you down, and he won’t abandon you. Deuteronomy 31:6
Hannah Wiswasser was Mackenzie’s mentor. Parents: Jennifer & Brooks Wagler Mackenzie is involved with Youth Worship, Fish Fry, Retreat, Summer Camp, Youth Group. Favorite Scripture: Be strong! Be fearless! Don’t be afraid and don’t be scared by your enemies, because the Lord your God is the one who marches with you. He won’t let you down, and he won’t abandon you. Deuteronomy 31:6
Quentin Smith was Nathan’s mentor. Parents: Bree & Luke Dunscombe Nathan is involved with Youth Worship, Fish Fry, Retreat, Youth Group. Favorite Scripture: You won’t need to worry about dangers at night or arrows during the day. Psalm 91:5
Bob Preusch was Zayne’s mentor. Parents: Heather & Jerry Courtney Zayne is involved with Family Promise meals, Youth workdays, Christmas tree sales. Favorite Scripture: “…honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 19:19
Ethan Davis was Maxwell’s mentor. Parents: Kelli & Jimmie Snow Maxwell is involved with Angel Tree, Blessing bags for homeless. Favorite Scripture: Christ gives me the strength to face anything. Philippians 4:13
Susan Ament was Lil’s mentor. Parents: Greysen Thomas, Eric Fleming
Lil is involved with volunteering with Youth Worship, Easter Eggstravaganza. Favorite Scripture: Jesus said: Don’t judge others, and God won’t judge you. Don’t be hard on others, and God won’t be hard on you. Forgive others, and God will forgive you. Luke 6:37
The annual PUMC Youth Online Auction is happening again this year, and your support is needed!
Why get in on the action, especially if you don’t have teens? By supporting PUMC youth, you will make a difference in their spiritual growth and development. Your prayers and donations will make a difference in the programs and outreach available to the youth. PUMC youth volunteer in local, national, and international mission and outreach opportunities. Our teenagers provide leadership at church summer camps and participate in activities to strengthen their spiritual growth. To support these activities and events, PUMC hosts the 11th Annual PUMC Youth Online Auction from August 26 to September 12, 2022.
Now here’s the best part! By simply donating any of the items below, you can help the vibrant youth ministry at PUMC thrive! Items that often receive the highest bids include:
specially made items,
What are some items you can donate?
Something you can do:
Talents you might have (Examples: providing a meal, dessert, crocheted/knit items, woodworking, etc.)
Teach a class (Examples: cooking, baking, knitting, art, jewelry making, yoga, etc.)
Professional services (Examples: financial, interior design, organizing, etc.)
Host a party (Examples: Progressive Dinner, Pizza Party, Game Night, Pool Party, etc.)
Something you love & frequent.
Gift certificates to any of the following help support local
businesses along with our youth auction:
Favorite hotels, restaurants
Fabulous services – Hair and nail salons, pet groomers, massage therapists
Family outings – Bowling, arcade, skating, etc.
Classes and other activities
To contribute to the auction, please complete the Auction Donation Form by visiting pumc.org/youth-auctionas soon as possible. This will allow us the maximum opportunity to list your auction donation. If you know of others who would like to be included, please share this information. When the auction opens for bidding, check out our link: www.biddingforgood.com/pumcyouthand bid, bid, bid!
Please join us for the Last Saturday Lunch on May 28. Last Saturday Lunch is a free lunch available to all in the community. Pass the word and/or bring a friend. Door 14 will be open and we serve from 11:00 to 12:30.
This year’s Vacation Bible School is just around the corner! The theme this year is Lava Lava Luau.
Emotions are like a force of nature, but with God’s help, we can learn to take control of our emotions before a storm hits! During our fun week at the Lava Lava Luau, we’ll see what God’s word says about anger, sadness, jealousy, and frustration and learn how we can respond to others who may be feeling these emotions as well. In Lava Lava Luau, kids will learn Biblical ways to express and deal with their emotions.
Lava Lava Luau Vacation Bible School will take place June 21 – 24 from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on “Wesley Island” (behind the church). All children, 4 years old – 5th grade are welcome. To sign your child up for Lava Lava Luau, go to pumc.org/vacation-bible-school.
PUMC sponsored a successful CROP Walk for Ukraine on May 1. Monies collected during the walk will be sent to the partners of Church World Services in Moldova. Over 200,000 refugees have crossed the border and require assistance. Money is still being collected and will be donated to the CROP Walk for Ukraine for the next couple of weeks. Donations can be made through the church office or online via SecureGive.com. Checks can be made to CWS/CROP with walk4Ukraine on the memo line.
Plainfield UMC’s men, young men, and guests gather at the church on the third Saturday in May at 8:30 a.m. for food and fellowship. We meet in Clayton Hall/Worship Annex. Bring an empty stomach, a friend, and your Bible! Be ready to be nourished through delicious food and the word of God! Hope to see you there! Check our pumc.org for more information.
Plainfield UMC is looking for a part-time custodian (20-29 hours/week). The custodian position is under the direct supervision of the Facility Manager and supports the needs and requests of the church staff and children’s ministries with the following duties & responsibilities.
Vacuum all carpeted floors; clean tile floors
Check for proper operation of restroom facilities while keeping adequate supplies available.
Dust furniture, entryways, window sills, coat racks, doors, and baseboards as needed.
Wash windows as needed.
Mop kitchen floor as needed.
Empty wastebaskets and trash containers daily; empty recycle containers as needed.
Sweep staff offices once per week or as needed.
Keep entryways at all entrances/exits clean to prevent accidents or hazardous conditions, especially during inclement weather.
Mop south stairways as needed.
Spot clean carpets as needed.
Other duties as specified by the Board of Trustees/Facility Manager.
Sweep/clean/shovel sidewalks as needed.
Wash ‘door’ windows when needed.
Report any unusual or safety-related issues that may require the attention of the Facilities Manager, Office Staff, or local authorities (Police, Fire Department) as the situation demands.
See that church-owned equipment used by the custodian/housekeeper is appropriately maintained.
Alert the facility manager to any needed repairs or maintenance concerns.
If you are interested in applying for this job (or know someone who would be a good fit), please fill out an application at pumc.link/job-application.
Pastor Charlie Wilfong – Lead Pastor, email@example.com
They are everywhere. Batteries make so many of our devices work. It’s portable power. They power our phones, music players, computers, and even some cars. You can replace some batteries. Others just receive a fresh charge of power and are ready to go again! Delivering the power that makes things happen.
Easter is about power.
Easter is a celebration of God’s power that brought the crucified Jesus back alive from the dead—from the grave. That’s some enormous, spectacular, supernatural power! The resurrection of Jesus was no simple resuscitation after a brief time of no heartbeat or breathing. It wasn’t a few minutes of CPR. Two Roman coroners signed Jesus’ death certificate. Their punishment for getting that wrong would have been their own crucifixion and the death of their families. The dead Jesus was laid in a tomb. Then, the third day after his death, he emerged fully alive. He spoke, ate, and received the touch of his followers. The resurrected Jesus appeared to hundreds of people. He kept on loving, teaching, and giving the Holy Spirit of peace to people. When you conquer death, is there anything you can’t do? With power like that, you could change the world.
We have that power.
After coming alive from the dead, Jesus is still generous. He did it all for us. And we are blessed with his grace, peace, hope, love, and . . . power. In Ephesians 1:19-20, the Apostle Paul writes, “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” The power of the resurrection is at work in us. Me and you. It makes things happen. It changes the world. It brings God’s love to fruition in our lives. The work of Jesus Christ can be summarized like this, “Bethlehem was God with us; Calvary was God for us; Pentecost is God in us.” Pentecost is about God’s power in us. Sunday, June 5, is Pentecost Sunday when we celebrate God’s gift of the Holy Spirit in each of us. Resurrection power is at work in us. It’s the Birthday of the Church. The followers of Jesus continue his work of bringing God’s love to the world. That Sunday morning, our Superintendent, The Rev. Dr. Aleze Fulbright, will bring the message to all adult worship services at PUMC. She has been a blessing to this congregation as we have faced some significant decisions in recent years. We look forward to her presence and message that day.
Receive God’s power.
The Gospel accounts take us there. The story explains what happened. The details testify to God’s grace and love at every turn. Acknowledge God’s presence in your life. Cherish God’s love for you through the cross of Christ. Receive God’s power in your life. It will keep you going. It will make you a bright beacon to the presence and love of God in Jesus Christ.
Pastor Hannah Wiswasser – Associate Pastor, firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s finally the month of May, and you know what that means! No more NSYNC/Justin Timberlake memes until next April and racecars! May is my favorite month of the year. While the Indianapolis Motor Speedway events have been condensed over the years, it’s still 2 full weeks of cars running around the Speedway. I admit my fingers are crossed for a more “normal” May. Certainly, some things won’t change. I don’t think vendors inside the track will ever go back to “cash only” again. Admittedly, I’m ok with this change. Carrying around my card is much easier than estimating how much cash I need for the day. But hopefully, we won’t have to wear facemasks this year, and things will be able to operate at full capacity.
I know we’ll never completely go back to “normal.” Our “normal” shifted in some fundamental ways. Some of those shifts were for the better. Jobs became more accessible for people who needed to work from home. People realized and appreciated the importance of childcare in new ways. Businesses and churches realized they could expand their audience and impact. But change was hard. Pivoting on a dime and occasionally still having to pivot on a dime is exhausting. Boundaries between work and family time are blurred. People across various fields are now burning out because they’ve been working nonstop for two years. So how do we process and accept our new normal?
The first step is to remember that people will choose to re-engage with society at different levels and at different times. People with complicating factors will re-engage slowly, and they may decide some activities aren’t worth the risk anymore. Others have been back to “normal” for months, maybe even a year. There will continue to be ebbs and flows.
For the church, we have to remember that we serve multiple audiences. We serve those people who show up, in person, on Sunday mornings. We also serve a population that will never set foot in our physical building. They will join us online and worship from wherever they are most comfortable. Liturgy shifts to make sure we include both people. Directions, communication, and guidance shift to make certain people joining us online have as much access as people who sit in the physical building. Livestreaming will not go away. For NewDay, we will probably continue to have pre-packaged elements available during communion no matter how far out from the pandemic we get. Our world has changed. Some things have returned to how they were before, but others will never be the same.
Through it all, God walks with us. God calls us to trust that change is ok, that it won’t destroy us. No doubt change is hard; I’ll be the first to admit that. My prayer is that we’ll continue to ask ourselves how we can make Sunday mornings, events, Bible studies, small groups, and other things in the church’s life more accessible. I pray that we’ll embrace some of the pandemic’s critical changes. I pray that we’ll listen to the Holy Spirit and God’s guidance as we seek to bring about positive change and share the love with our community and our world.
Regardless of your affinity for racecars, I hope you enjoy the month of May!
May is Endowment Awareness Month. To allow everyone to learn more about the Endowment program, Glenn Howell will be speaking to the Adult Sunday School classes on May 15. Glenn is the Director of Development of the United Methodist Foundation of Indiana, which is the arm of the United Methodist Church that PUMC’s Endowment program is a part of. Please join us on the 15th at 10:00 to 11:00 to be enlightened about the Endowment program.