An April Return to In-Person Worship and a New Worship Time!

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March 23, 2021 Dear Friends, Happy Spring! Welcome to a new season in Central Indiana, and a new season in the life of Union Chapel Indy! I am so pleased to write to you with information about new life springing forth in many areas of our life together... On the top of all our minds is the...

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In-person worship or public activities Suspended Until April 1

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January 27, 2021 Dear Friends, Since I last wrote a letter to the congregation of Union Chapel Indy, we have celebrated the advent of a New Year - Happy New Year! Many were glad to see 2020 relegated to the status of ‘history.’ But we also know that God was working in powerful ways...

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Suspension of In-person Worship Until January 3

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Dear Friends -   Thank you for receiving with such grace last week's message that we would not meet for in-person worship this last Sunday, November 15, at Union Chapel Indy. Your flexibility in these ever-changing times is a blessing to many!   Yesterday, November 16, Indiana...

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Greetings from Pastor Elizabeth

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Dear Friends, I hope this greeting finds you and yours well and safe. When we all received word from Bishop Trimble way back in February that I would be coming to serve as pastor at Union Chapel UMC, none of us would have guessed that we would be making this transition during a global health...

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Advent Study at Union Chapel

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Dear Friends: Advent is approaching quickly. We will celebrate the "Hanging of the Greens" this year on Sunday, November 24th at noon, a few days before Thanksgiving and, then, the race is on! Sunday, December 1st is the first Sunday in Advent. Our theme for Advent this year is "Friends in...

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Finish This Story!

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Do you remember the opportunities in the magazines, back when you were a kid, to finish a drawing or to color a picture that you could then submit and, possibly, win a prize?  I was always surprised when the magazine published the finalists and the winners’ pictures, how different...

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Citizenship = Others First

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Watching, for even a moment, the coverage the other day (June 6, 2019) of the commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of D-Day, can one fail to be in awe of the courage, conviction and commitment—in other words, the citizenship—of those who crossed the English Channel fully...

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The Church Imperfect

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The Church Imperfect There’s an old Christmas carol, called, as far as I can tell, “Irish Carol,” whose chorus goes like this: In heav'n the Church triumphant adores with all her choirs The militant on earth with humble faith admires The carol was on an album produced by...

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The Sarcasm Font

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I’ve noticed, lately, an uptick in the injection of sarcastic remarks into dialogue on serious matters in our country.  Actually, more than an uptick—more like a flood.  How unfortunate!   What is sarcasm?  My online dictionary (via a Google search) defines...

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Fresh Starts, New Beginnings

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The mid-term elections are over; only a few votes remain to be counted, only a small number of races yet an issue.  If you’re like me at all, you have already let out a sigh of relief.  No more campaign ads, no more accusations, no more fear of talking with friends and neighbors...

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