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Rev. Dr. Aleze M. Fulbright

Rev. Dr. Aleze M. Fulbright is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church who is a person of conviction in living a personal mission to encourage, equip, and empower all people to live on purpose and live out their God-giveness. Additionally, she enjoys fellowshipping with family and friends, while also connecting with community through her civic involvement and her membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.

Dr. Aleze is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and went on to Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She received her Masters in Divinity from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. She also earned a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership from Houston Graduate School of Theology. Additionally, she is holds an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential through the International Coaching Federation, and membership with the National Association of Parliamentarians.

Dr. Aleze currently serves as a Conference Superintendent, in the Central and West Districts of the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. Before entering full time ministry in 2008, was the Assistant Controller for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Inc. Prior to her current appointment of Conference (District) Superintendent, Aleze served as the Director of Leadership Development for the Indiana Conference, and in the North Texas Conference in a host of ministry settings, as the Associate Director of Leadership Development, the Associate Pastor at First United Methodist-Commerce and Campus Minister for Wesleyan Campus Ministry at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Family Promise – Almost Home Volunteer Day

Family Promise has purchased a house that will become the new overnight shelter for the families in the residential program. Renovations are almost complete! The goal is for families to start using the property in late June. This Saturday, May 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will be a volunteer workday at the new property to do some cleaning, organizing, putting together furniture, and more. If you would like to help, please contact Lisa Ochoa at lisa@familypromisehendrickscounty.org with your availability.

Discernment

Pastor Hannah Wiswasser – Associate Pastor, hwiswasser@pumc.org

IT’S ORDINATION MONTH!!! It’s hard to express how excited I am and have been for this month. Ordination has been the dream, the goal, for so long, and now it’s finally here! As I look back over my journey to ministry and the first few years, it feels like multiple lifetimes. So much growth happened over what is really a short amount of time. (Although it has felt like an eternity at times.) I wasn’t always sure this day would come as quickly as I wanted it to because there are many points in the process where delays can happen. Even though the process had its ups and downs, I never doubted God was calling me to ministry.

Discerning a call is not always an easy task. There are so many ways we connect with God. But listening for and hearing God is not always as easy. Sometimes we find ourselves asking, “Is that God I’m hearing? Is this what God wants or what I want?” Separating our will from God’s takes time and intentionality (one of my favorite words). As I discerned my call, ministry just kept coming up. I’d talk about it with strangers and with close friends and family. It wouldn’t go away, even though I wasn’t actively seeking out information yet. God kept putting ministry in my heart and in my path. If something does not go away, I tend to assume that’s God’s way of nudging me.

I also use conversations with mentors, friends, and family to help me discern where God is calling me. As an academic and introvert, it’s good for me to get out of my own head. I’m sure you’ve never overthought something in your life. But I’m quite good at it. It helps me to hear other people’s thoughts. In recent years, I’ve also found it helps me talk things out. The older I get, the more of a verbal processor I become. I ask those in my decision-making circle, “Do you see these gifts and graces in me? Do you think I can do this? This is what I think God is telling me. Does that make sense?” These are questions I have asked over and over again. As I continue to grow in my ministry experience, I will continue to ask these questions. Our call, regardless of what it is, is rarely static. Even if we aren’t called to ordained ministry, our call does change and grow as we change and grow.

My call has changed and morphed over the years. It started with general ministry, then I considered youth ministry, then considered the different types of pastors in the United Methodist Church. While working on my undergraduate degree, I felt drawn to exploring the Church’s response to mental health. In seminary, I honed my passion for pastoral care and being able to care for people holistically. I suspect this part of my call will continue to grow and change as mental health becomes a more pressing issue.

It’s also important to note you are not alone on your discernment journey. There are many resources at your disposal. One that I have found particularly helpful is spiritual direction. You work with a certified spiritual director around whatever questions you have. They provide you with support, a sounding board, and more. They help you ask questions and listen for answers. Suppose this is something you’re interested in exploring. In that case, I’m happy to help put you in touch with people from the Indiana Conference who can help you find a spiritual director.

God calls us to different things throughout our lives, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to make sure you’re hearing the call correctly. Explore your options. Talk with your friends and family. Use your resources. Know we are here to walk with you along this journey.

And thank you to all of you who have walked with me for part of my journey. If you’d like to join us for the ordination ceremony, you are welcome too! It’s Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 1:30pm at Indiana Wesleyan University. You can find more information about location and parking here: www.inumc.org/annual-conference/ac-information/

Blessings,

Hannah

Like a Volcano

Pastor Charlie Wilfong – Lead Pastor, cwilfong@pumc.org

They are powerful. Our feelings that is. It can be overwhelming when we are mad, sad, glad, afraid, jealous, or frustrated. Sometimes we ignore strong emotions because they are negative, and we don’t know how to handle them. Sometimes the feelings just come bubbling out of us. We express joy, care for others. . . or perhaps even anger.

Think about a volcano.

Like a volcano, our emotions are often below the surface of what we can see. They just happen like lava. Sometimes they glow and boil underneath. At other times, they can erupt in a powerful expression. Positive and negative emotions often operate the same way.

The Bible tells about people with strong feelings.

I’m grateful that the Bible includes stories of people with strong emotions. We are not alone in feeling them or dealing with them. Moses lets his anger get the better of him. Paul and Silas are sad when they are in jail. The books of Psalms, Lamentations, and others give full expression to the range of feelings we all experience.

The Bible helps us with our emotions.

In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus tells about the two houses. One was built on sand, and the other was built on rock. When the storms came, the house built on sand fell down. The house built on the rock stood in the storms. When stormy emotions bubble up in your life, you can build your house on Jesus, the Rock, and weather the storm!

Kids deal with feelings, too.

Just like adults, kids have all the feelings. They get mad, sad, glad, afraid, and all the rest. The stories in the Bible and the Lord Jesus can help kids, too.

This summer, our Vacation Bible School for kids is called “Lava Lava Luau.” It is happening on the mornings of June 20-24, Monday-Friday. You can find the details and how to register in this edition of the Circuit Rider or at pumc.org.

There are biblical ways to express and deal with strong emotions. The kids will learn what the Bible says about anger, sadness, jealousy, and frustration and learn how to respond to others who may be feeling these emotions.

Trust and talk to Jesus.

When your feelings seem too much to handle, you have options. Talk to a friend. You can also pray about it. Be open and honest with Jesus about everything you’re experiencing. In 1 Peter 5:7, we are invited to “Cast all your anxiety on God, because he cares for you.” Trust the love Jesus has for you in each circumstance of your life.

You can also bring your kids or grandchildren to VBS—and even volunteer—to learn some of these helpful Bible lessons.

Go in peace. Go with God. And be well.

Shalom,

Charlie

Help Turn Off Lights

We would like to make you aware that, now that PUMC has an electronic door locking system, there is no longer a need for lock-up crews to lock doors and turn off lights. If you are in a classroom and your meeting is over, please turn off the lights. If you are exiting the building and the hallway seems empty, please turn off the hallway lights. Thank you for helping your church family to be good stewards and save the church some money.

Crop WALK News

A HUGE thank you to all who joined us for the Walk4Ukraine and the generosity of the donors! We had 19 walkers, and Melissa’s sweet dog joined us to raise money for this special walk. We had a great time of camaraderie and exercise and had fun meeting new people. You are all awesome!!! I also want to thank Mick and Linda Linn and the Dairy Queen for donating Dilly Bars to the walkers; even the dog had an ice cream treat! Because of your generosity, we are happy to report that we have raised $4,246 to help the Ukrainian refugees facing so many difficult obstacles. Wow, that’s amazing! Donations are still being accepted until the end of the month. Thank you, again, for your support of this vital ministry!

PUMC Youth Online Auction

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:

  • one-of-a-kind experiences,
  • specially made items,
  • gift certificates,
  • event/concert tickets,
  • autographed memorabilia,
  • vacation homes,
  • weekend getaways.

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-auction as 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/pumcyouth and bid, bid, bid!

2022 Youth Confirmands

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.

Katie Campbell

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

Mackenzie Wagler

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

Nathan Dunscombe

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

Zayne Courtney

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

Maxwell Snow

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

Lil Fleming

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

PUMC Youth Online Auction

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:

  • one-of-a-kind experiences,
  • specially made items,
  • gift certificates,
  • event/concert tickets,
  • autographed memorabilia,
  • vacation homes,
  • weekend getaways.

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-auction as 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/pumcyouth and bid, bid, bid!