APRIL 17 THROUGH 24, 2024

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STUDENT MINISTRIES

UPCOMING WEEK:

4/21 Sunday - FIRE & WATER Sunday Night
Doors open with a free meal at 5:30p, our regular programming begins at 6:00p, and After Hours follows from 7:30-8:30p.

4/25 Thursday - WATER Supermarket Sweeps
Weekly shopping trip for the Food Pantry from 4-5p. Drop off and pickup at the Pantry.


ALL CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS

(NEW) BAKERS NEEDED

Our assimilation team wants to expand our team of Welcome Bakers! At your convenience, simply bake goodies and deliver them to the doorstep of new people that come to our church. Interested? Sign up by tapping below. Email Lisa Ellcessor with any questions at .

sign up to bake


(UPDATE) FISHERS UMC HISTORICAL BOOK

Fishers United Methodist Church, originally known as Fishers Methodist Episcopal Church, was formed in 1874. In celebration and recognition of our rich history, Kim Arnott has written "Growing Together - History of Fishers United Methodist Church". Filled with images and details, this historical book takes an in depth look at our origins through present day. If you purchased a book or would like to purchase a book, they will be available in Connection Central for $10 this Sunday, April 21.


UMC GENERAL CONFERENCE
//April 23-May 3, 2024//

The United Methodist Church General Conference will take place April 23 to May 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Due to Covid, this Conference is considered the 2020 General Conference postponed. The General Conference sets official policy and functions much like the U.S. legislative branch of the government. Decisions made at the Conference can result in changes to the UMC Constitution and/or the Book of Discipline. To learn more about the Conference and what will be discussed/voted on, tap the link below to view an informational document. Kim Arnott, a Fishers UMC member will be attending General Conference and serving as a voting Laity delegate. We will be praying for her in our worship services on Sunday, April 21. If you have any questions about the UMC General Conference, contact Kim at

learn about general conference


(UPDATE) FAMILY PROMISE HOUSEWARES DRIVE

The sign up is currently at 46% full, so we are extending the drop off date to April 28. Fishers UMC has had a long time partnership with Family Promise's Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). Prior to Covid, Fishers UMC regularly housed families struggling with homelessness, in the IHN program, upstairs in the Family Life Center. IHN now places families in apartments where they can eventually take over the lease. Although we can no longer host these families, we now have the opportunity to help furnish apartments in this new program. This successful new program is taking off and our goal is to provide furnishing for 6 apartments. New or gently used items are needed, tap the link below to view items and to sign up. PLEASE DO NOT BRING IN ANY ITEMS THAT ARE NOT ON THE LIST, FAMILY PROMISE WILL ONLY TAKE ITEMS ON THE LIST. PLEASE ALSO SIGN UP ON THE LIST SO WE KNOW HOW MANY ITEMS ARE STILL LEFT TO PURCHASE.  Questions? Contact Peggy Cooke at . Please bring items to Connection Central or if you order items online they may be directly delivered to:

Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis
1850 North Arsenal Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46218

view list and sign up


UPCOMING MEN'S STUDY

On April 24th, Pastor Ben begins a 6-week men’s study on Tim Keller’s book Counterfeit Gods. There will be two options for the study, Wednesday nights from 6:45 to 7:45p or Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30a. Tap the link to sign up, the cost of the study will be $10 and can be paid on the form or at a later date. If you have any questions, email Pastor Ben at

sign up for men's study


FOOD FLORIST FUNDRAISER
//Wednesday, April 24//

The Come to Me Food Pantry is hosting the Food Florist again (local Fishers business) on April 24 in the front parking lot of Fishers UMC. The Food Florist will be there from 11a-1:30p and 4p-6p selling her delicious frozen prepared meals as a fundraiser for the Food Pantry. You do not need to pre order. Just show up during one of the time slots, pay, and leave with some delicious food! She accepts cash, check and cards. The trucks will be stocked full with the items. These are perfect meals for busy sports families, large gatherings, or just for two! Tap below to see items available.

view available meals


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
//June 9-13, 6-8:30p//

Scuba Vacation Bible School takes kids deep into an amazing undersea adventure where they’ll experience the ever-flowing, never-ending love of God. Kids ages 4 to 4th grade will be immersed in the Word and discover what living water is really all about, all for free! Register by tapping the link.

Vacation Bible School cannot happen without our amazing volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please tap the link.

register for vbs

volunteer for vbs


***NEXT AT FISHERS UMC
//Sunday, April 28, 10:45a-12p, Fellowship Hall//

NEXT is four, comfortable, fun and welcoming sessions for adults who want to connect more with God and Fishers UMC as we explore the Bible, our beliefs, God’s story, missions and ministries. NEXT helps you find out who we are, what we do and how you can enjoy meaningful participation at Fishers UMC. A different NEXT opportunity is offered each month for the total of four months and is a precursor to Membership Class. Sessions are facilitated by our Assimilation Director, Lisa Ellcessor. Our upcoming NEXT opportunity is Missions and Ministries -Sunday April 28, 2024, at 10:45a-12:00p in the fellowship hall. Sign up to attend by tapping the link.

sign up to attend


FUNDRAISER LUNCH
//Sunday, April 28, 11:30a-1:15p, Gym//

Join us for lunch on April 28th! A fundraising lunch for the Intergenerational Mission Trip will be in the gym starting at 11:30 through 1:15pm. Spaghetti, bread, salad, & dessert will be served with donations collected to support the team. For more information about the trip or joining the team, visit here. Want to support the team but can't make it to the lunch? Tap the link below to donate online.

donate to the mission team


ITEMS NEEDED FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Every Year Fishers UMC is able to host a free Vacation Bible School because of the generous donations from the congregation. This year we are planning on taking the kids on an Epic Underwater adventure where they will Dive into a friendship with God. Many items are needed to make this we a success, tap the link below to view the Amazon Wishlist. All items ordered off the list will be delivered to the church office. Don't want to shop on Amazon but still want to support Vacation Bible School? Tap the donation link below to give money to go towards purchasing items. Thank you for making this a wonderful experience for all the kids of Fishers.

view amazon wish list
donate money to vbs


INTERGENERATIONAL MISSION TRIP

Everyone over the age of 8 is invited to be a part of the Intergenerational Mission Trip travelling to St. Louis June 23rd through June 28th and serve in the city Monday-Thursday that week. The team will be housed at The River @ Eureka, a UMC in Eureka--a St. Louis suburb. Serving days will be from approximately 9am to 3/3:30pm with a packed lunch onsite. Our evenings will have some free time, dinner together, a few adventures, and an evening time of vespers. Cost is $200/person. The church & student ministries are covering part of the cost of the trip in an effort to bring the cost down and encourage greater participation. There will be a fundraising lunch in April or May to help offset the cost, but we do not want anyone to miss the experience due to finances. To that end, financial aid is available. Please speak to Liz or one of the pastors about aid. Tap the link below to find out more and to sign up.

sign up for the mission trip


TURN AWAY NO LONGER - SWAG PACKS

United Women in Faith have partnered with Turn Away No Longer, an Indiana nonprofit faith based organization. Turn Away No Longer’s mission is to positively impact the lives of children in the foster care system. They believe no child should feel “forgotten” or “unloved” and strive to show them the love of Jesus in every program they create. As part of this partnership, Fishers UMC has become a donation location to collect items for their Swag Packs. What are Swag Packs? When a child or teen enters foster care, they may not get the chance to pack up their belongings and often they have to leave home or school with nothing but the clothes they’re wearing. This is where Swag Packs can help. Each Swag Pack is age-specific, ranging from newborn to teens. Tap the link below to view their donation list for Swag Packs, all items must be NEW. Drop off items at Fishers UMC in the Turn Away No Longer Bin inside Door #1 by the Church office. You can find out more about Turn Away No Longer by visiting turnawaynolonger.org.

view packing slip for turn away no longer


ALTAR FLOWERS

Are you looking for a way to Be God's Light in 2024? You can honor or remember a loved one by sponsoring a flower bouquet on Sunday mornings! This is a great way to mark special life events such as birthdays, anniversaries, baptisms, confirmation, and the memory of a loved one. You can choose to take your bouquets home after the 11:00 service or bless someone else by having the bouquets delivered by United Women in Faith to persons in our congregation and community. We have two bouquets each Sunday (except for communion Sundays). The donation is $30 per bouquet. Sign up by tapping the link below. You may sign up for one or two bouquets per Sunday, and also for more than one Sunday. This is a wonderful way to bring beauty to the sanctuary and to share your special life event with others.

SIGN UP FOR ALTAR FLOWERS


HELPING HANDS MINISTRIES

If you, or someone you know, are in need of minor lawn maintenance (weeding, weed eating, trimming bushes, etc.), a ride to an appointment or church, minor plumbing work, or minor home repairs (a light fixture, electrical socket, light switch, etc. being changed) email Pastor Ben at . If you’d like to add your name to the Helping Hands Ministry team, please let Ben know.


GIVE BACK WHILE YOU SHOP
Did you know Fishers UMC is part of rewards programs at Kroger? Kroger gives to Fire & Water student ministries through your purchases-at no additional cost to you! It's quick and easy to set up Fishers UMC as your charity of choice on your Kroger Plus card, tap the link below and enter our number of SN812.

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