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Your a child of God
and you're always welcome!
The Jesus Way
Jesus lives in our heart.
Live with Peace
Join us for church. New Traditions Worship at 9:30am. Church School at 11:00am church.
What We Can Do For You!
Like any other church, we are a group of people desperately in need of God's grace. We all mess up; we all fall short...the word in the Bible is 'sin.' But the Church is part of God's Plan to redeem people back to him so we seek to be vessels of grace as God is gracious to us. We bless others as God blesses us!
. Everyone is Welcome at the Communion table — kids and adults; whether a member of this or any church. "Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him; who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another."
We believe that when we place God in the middle of everything we do, and continuously live a life in a cycle of worship, learning and service, we will grow in our lives and become the people God created us to be. The vision for our people is for them to go deeper in their relationship with God by learning more about the Bible and its relevance in our lives.
Our Purpose and Philosophy
The Bremen United Methodist Church has extended its mission to the community by offering quality day care for working parents of infants and young children. A before and after school program is offered for school age children.
Our staff helps both children and their parents feel positive about day care. The staff and parents need to work together as a team to help the children grow to be happy individuals. Our goal is to provide a safe, loving, fun, Christian environment for the children in the community. We offer a program that balances the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of the children. The day care has a relaxed atmosphere where each child can grow and learn at his or her own pace.
Welcome Lynn Breeden
We know we’re not a perfect congregation. No congregation is perfect. There are still ways for us to streamline the way we carry the gospel out into the World. There are still ways for us to more enthusiastically fold newcomers into our midst. There are still ways for us to harness 21st century technology for the purposes of building God’s Kingdom this year. There are still ways for us to become a tighter family of many generations working together.
Please join in rejoicing that our new Pastor has arrived, but also let us remain diligent, both as individuals and as a corporate body. Before we ask Pastor Lynn to make a drastic change that we may personally want to see, may we all give her the time she needs to observe us and strategize about how to best lead us. May we avoid the temptation to hand her a “fix-it” list. May we be eager to discern how our unique gifts might best combine with those brought by Pastor Lynn. So, unite in enthusiastically welcoming Pastor Lynn in this way!
A welcome basket will be in the Welcome Center for the next couple of Sunday’s to be filled with wishes, notes about your family, gift cards and any info or fun facts about Bremen. This is to help Pastor Lynn get acquainted with us and the town of Bremen. This will be given to Lynn and her husband on July 9th., on her first day at the Pulpit.
July 9th Noon @ Greg & Wendy Bollenbacher’s Home Come meet our New Pastor, Lynn Breeden, at 4465 Crane Cove Lane, Lake of the Woods, South End Bring a dish to share and your lawn chair. Meat and drinks are provided.
Pastor Lynn and her husband have a home in Winona Lake, so she will not be full time in the parsonage. However, she would like to use the parsonage for sleeping overnight when appropriate. Plus, she thinks it will work well for sermon preparation, one on one counseling, etc. If anyone has a full or queen size bed and kitchen table and chairs, etc. to help make the parsonage be more inviting and user friendly for her and guests, please let Larry Grebe know.
Meet+GreetWe are doing a Meet and Greet for our new Pastor Lynn Breeden during the month of July. We did this in the past for Pastor Jeff & Rhonda. It was a success as it helps both the Pastor and the congregation to get to know each oth- er and bring us closer together as a family.
Please contact Ann Keller 546-5563, if you are interested in participating and opening your home to host 8-10 people.
Hello All, This isn’t exactly coming from the Pastor but still a good read. Enjoy!
God of all grace and mercy, as we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, we are grateful for our heritage and concerned for our future.
We are thankful, Lord. We are grateful for the privilege of living in “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” We are thankful for those who came before us paving the way for unrivaled liberties that allow us to freely make choices about our work, our worship, our ideology, and lifestyle. We are indebted to past and present veterans who risked life and limb in the pursuit and protection of these freedoms.
From the “mountains to the prairies” we are inspired by some of the most spectacular and diverse landscapes on our planet. From “sea to shining sea” we are privileged to draw from a treasure trove of natural resources. We have access to comfortable housing, above aver-age healthcare, an abundant wardrobe, a diverse menu of our favorite foods, and high tech communication and entertainment. We are certainly blessed beyond our deserving.
During this season of celebration we are grateful, yet concerned . . . concerned about our nation, concerned about our world, and concerned about the future.
From our many different perspectives and ideologies we are concerned about things like the threats of terrorism, the brutalities of war, the abuse of political power, the divisiveness of harsh and misleading political rhetoric, a lack of civil discourse, a growing sense of moral anarchy, and the possibility of an approaching storm or natural disaster. These concerns lead to heightened anxiety about the st
And we confess that these anxieties often divert us from our mission to “minister to the least of these,” and to “love mercy, act justly, and walk humbly” with you.
These concerns and anxieties also remind us of our need to confess our sins, personally and corporately. We confess that we have too often taken our freedom for granted and we have too frequently been negligent in living up to the responsibilities of our citizenship. We con-fess that at times we are too quick to judge and even quicker to criticize. We confess that we are slow to intercede for our neighbors and our leaders, and even slower to trust in your leadership.
We confess that our self-interests have too often taken priority over the best interest you have in mind for our nation and for our world. We confess that we have been irresponsible in our stewardship of “our space and our stuff,” often consuming and storing compulsively without conscious regard for sharing. We confess that we have too often trusted in our own initiatives and ingenuity more than we have trusted in you.
You tell us in time-tested scripture that, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
(II Chronicles 7:14)
As we approach this Independence Day, we ask you to forgive our sin and to heal our land. On this day, we pray for the leaders of our nation, our state, and our community that they will lead with wisdom and courage.
We pray for the men and women who serve in our military that they will fulfill their mis-sion effectively and return home safely and soon.
We pray for our enemies that their swords will also be “turned into plowshares,” even as we long for that day when the “lion will lie down alongside the lamb.”
We pray for the churches, cathedrals, and temples of our community and our world that they will be lighthouses of grace and peace, ever pressing toward the mark of our high calling.
Because you are the freedom-loving God, lead us to exercise our freedom responsibly and to pursue “liberty and justice for all” people around the globe.
Greetings from our Director, Beth Fraine
A weekly outing at Pla-Mor Campgrounds with swimming, picnicking and playing in the sand. Sure wish everyday could be like this.
Praise The Lord!!! Our intentions are to start moving in to our new digs July 10th. Its been a long wait but well worth the out-come. We are all so excited!
and anxious for this big leap. It is a HUGE experience for the kids and a wonderful gift from GOD. Please celebrate with us on July 10th as we all move forward and upward. More information to confirm.
Daycare Sunday is every 3rd Sunday of the month. Look for the daycare corner in the Welcome Center!
Juice, Napkins and Canned Carrots
03 Beth Huppert
06 Briley Bollenbacher, Victoria Dunning
07 Breanna Paul
10 Helen Mikel, Gracie Paul
13 Donna Weston
17 Jordan Leeper
18 Fred Lehman
22 Scott Carmer, Don Bunge, Laura Anderson, Terry Hawks
24 Rosalie Rader
31 Carol Butgereit, Steve Miller
01 Steve & Becky Downing 39 Years
05 Evan & Anita Hu 3 Years
06 Bill & Charlo e Blum 32 Years
07 Bob & Jan Neidigh 5 Years
12 Sco & Toni Carmer 42 Years
14 Khula & Jennifer Makhalira 5 Years
30 Melvere & Carolyn Sheley
Administrative Council Highlights
Pastor Lynn graciously came to the meeting prior to her appointment just to listen and learn. Thank you Lynn.
Grace Parsonage sold. Praise God! $150,000 from sale will go to pay down the loan on the new addition.
Nominations Team is working toward setting up Mission and Education Teams so that we are intentional and will be more effective.
Day Care is planning an event where the church and Day Care can get together. This will be late July or early August.
Finance Team and Building Team will meet to document current and future building program financial status and needs including loan pay off plan.
Building Team is working with inspectors to complete this final approval process for Day Care and Fellowship Hall. Ideal Construction will re-roof north side of existing church soon.
Trustees were thankful for the people willing to start cleaning up the parson- age. Still more odd jobs to spruce it up. See Wendy Bollenbacher, Todd Keller, or see to do list which is in the parsonage kitchen for more details.
Pastor Parish Relations Team are excited to have an exceptional and passionate pas- tor in Lynn Breeden. Please treat her with respect and encouragement like you would want to be treated so that the energy she spends will be steered toward God's purpos- es and His people. We also discussed the custodial position.
Commitments for our next meeting
Address the issue of loaning tables and chairs. If so new guidelines will need to be put into place.· July’s prayer vigil will be canceled due to new pastor and multiple events. Will resume in August as scheduled.·
Closing Prayer By Leroy Anderson
Next Meeting Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 7:00 pm
Thank you so much for the visits, cards, calls and prayers on our behalf following our separate accidents. A special thanks to Mary K Jones for going to Plymouth to bring me home and getting me to the Doctors. Thanks also to Todd and Ann Keller for their help when they really just stopped by for a visit...It's wonderful to call this Church our family! Gloria and Pastor Chuck Krieg.
Thank you Pastor Chuck for filling in on June, 25th, and July, 2nd: With our sincere appreciation for your dedicated service! You are a bless- ing to this congregation! We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. Thessalonians 1:3.
Thank you to Maynard Hochstetler, Todd Keller and Greg Bollenbacher for their determination with successfully hooking up the daycare to the internet. A job well done guys.
Earlier this year I learned a valuable lesson from my one-year-old granddaughter. We were taking care of her one evening, and it was her bedtime. Grandma and I took her up to her room, and got her ready for bed. While grandma rocked her, I turned off the light and was leaving her room, when I heard a little voice call, “papa, papa.” (This of course melted the cap’ns heart.)
She was restless, and I went over, and as she reached up, I took her tiny hand into mine. Grandma said, just that quick, she became relaxed and soon fell asleep. The lesson I learned was that how often do we cry out “Father, Father,” (“Papa, Papa”), to our Heavenly Father, and he reaches out and takes our tiny hand into His, and immediately we feel his comforting presence. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Have a great day!! Cap’n Bob
We're Almost Done!
As the building team work through the final “punch” list, it is exciting to see everything come together! BUT then we see so much we could
and need to complete too! Right now we are waiting on final county and state inspections. Hopefully by the time you get this, those will be behind us. Soon we’ll have a landscaping plan.
If you enjoy planting/landscaping, please let Sandy Krost know. As the right time comes to plant various plants and shrubs your help will be most appreciated. If you’d like to donate to purchase a plant or shrub that can be arranged also. If you see something that you think needs to be added to enhance the use and enjoy- ment of the fellowship hall please let Sandy Krost or Mary Grebe know. If you’d like to purchase some of the items needed, they can tell you how that can be accomplished. What a time of awe and celebration for our church as we move into our new building! Praise God for all He has done!
Celebration for OUR Seniors was Monday, June 19
The High Tea Celebration for our seniors was a great success, even though we didn’t serve tea. We did serve small sandwiches, salads, meatballs, cheeseball and crackers, cheese and salami plate, and LOTS of cookies. Our five round tables were filled with about 40 guests. Sig- nature Care van brought Jan Bunge, Lois Gushwa, Wilma Yoder, and Helen Mikel. We started the celebration with a hymn sing, Bible read- ing, and prayer. The prayer was led by Laura Stone, the chaplain at the Care Center.
Then our seniors toured the addition going first through the Daycare and then around to our new church entrance to the sanctuary. They ended back at the Fellowship Hall for the “High Tea” lunch. Some even tried out the new lift into the church. The committee would like to thank all the women who helped serve, donate food, and clean up afterwards. We now have a beautiful facility to host these special events. Let us PRAISE GOD for this wonderful addition and the special time together.
First Thursday in July At noon. Carry in... Please join us for the carry in lunch at 12:00 PM this Thursday, July 6, bring a guest. Everyone is welcome. Need any other information call Gloria 546-2897.
Redbird Mission Trip 2017 was
successfully completed thanks to
God and the people of our cluster
churches. Thank you so much for
your support of this mission pro-
ject. Thank you most of all for
your prayers, we felt the Lord’s
presence at all times while working on projects and meeting with the congregation of Lower
Beech Fork UM Church. Also, thank you for donating to the quilt project ($457.00), buying Hacienda gift cards, donating clothing, kitchen items, and the food for the trip.
We worked in the church cleaning and painting the basement fellowship hall and two classroom ceilings. On the outside of the church we power washed the building, cleaned eave spouts, trimmed bushes and flower areas, put light in shed, and replaced outside faucet. At the parsonage at Middle Beech Fork church the guys fixed the broken waterline and some of the women painted the concrete block on the church patio before the rains came. One team worked all week at the home of a family that has been through some serious illnesses. They replaced the bathtub with a shower and remodeled the kitchen and living area. Wednesday night the members of the congregation provided us with a great potluck dinner. It was great spending time with the members and getting to know them better.
They have a new pastor, Phil Godbey, who joined them a year ago. Then he came in on Thursday evening and led a Holy Communion service for us. There were 15 team members with 3 from Wakarusa UMC, 9 from Nappanee UMC, and 3 from Bre- men UMC. This year we had 3 new team members join us. Ed Geleske, pastor of Wakarusa UMC, lead the team. The team looks forward to next year’s trip and invites anyone to join us for 2018. Rob and Sandy Krost and Mary Grebe.
Sundays 9:30am - New Traditions
Our New Traditions worship service is especially designed to meet people at the point of their spiritual need. The objective, however, is far more extensive. We want folks to experience Jesus by going deeper than they can possibly imagine in their spiritual journey.
Children play a special role in the worship service. Following a Children's Chat with the pastor (or Captain Bob or Miss Rhonda), the kids (up to 5th grade) are dismissed to the lower level for Kids Own Worship (KOW time), a worship experience designed just for them.
Our hope and prayer is that when you visit BUMC for the first time, you feel warmly welcomed; that you hear a word of encouragement and that you experience God's presence during worship.
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2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.