Fishers UMC Blog

No. 1

I have always had a certain sense of awe about this stamp. You may be thinking ‘one more reason that JH lady is off her rocker!’ or ‘what is the big deal about bulk mail?’. This stamp says that Fishers United Methodist Church was the first not-for-profit to register for bulk mail in Fishers. Now, isn’t that fun?!

Admittedly, I love history. I drag my family to all sorts of museums and historical places--sometimes more willingly than other times. Asking older folks questions about their lives or our town--I mean city--reveals much about where we have come from. If the information I have gathered is true, Fishers UMC is the oldest continually worshiping church in our fine city! That IS fun.

Our church is rooted in the community. Many long time residents have some sort of connection point to our church--maybe they grew up attending, attended a wedding or funeral here, or are a preschool alumnus. The foresight of members to move ‘way out past the highway’ has proved to be a blessing. While we wish for more parking or green space, there is just something about being here still. We’re in at least the third location--I’ve also heard fourth. Pastors have come and gone. Members as well. The church remains. Fishers UMC has been steadfast through the many changes of our community. God has been faithful in the midst of the change. Whomever is a part of the church is a part of that--it is a calling and a responsibility.

The No. 1 on the stamp calls me to serve God well. I feel the responsibility to pursue my relationship with Christ in ways that will help me live out that call. The responsibility of helping parents disciple young teens weighs on my heart. Helping students navigate their faith and live as a follower of Christ in the world is an awesome calling--both in the enormous and the super-fun definition of awesome. The connection to the long line of pastors/mentors/grownups who came before me is there in that simple No. 1. Being able to help our church live out the calling to shine the light of Christ in the community through our word and our actions allows me to help us keep vigilant in the ongoing legacy.

There are newer churches who are doing amazing Kingdom work in our city. I am grateful. I like options. There needs to be options. Fishers UMC cannot serve every follower of Christ or individual seeking God in our community. We have to simply do our part in following where God is leading us. We need to be pointing people to Jesus. We need to be the hands and feet of Christ in the building and in the community. We need to build up disciples who seek to fulfill their individual God call and who help the church follow God’s lead. I see that No. 1 as a call to carry out what those who have gone before began in Christ. It is a teensy prideful, but also a banner to follow. I happen to believe that because Fishers UMC was here first we have some responsibility to sustain. Let us not let those who laid the foundation down. Let us keep building.

I confessed that I love history. I do know that we cannot live in the past. We must celebrate our history and look to make our imprint on the future! The No. 1 reminds me that I have a calling and a responsibility. How do you see our church living out God’s call to our city? I’d love to hear about it.

Blessings to you,
Liz Simmonds
Junior High Student Ministries

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Drawn To The Light

Every Sunday morning, I have the privilege of helping lead worship at the Hamilton Trace retirement center.   There are several of us who prayerfully serve together to make this experience meaningful for residents and those in rehabilitation.

Recently, we focused on Matthew 10:7, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  But whose kingdom is it?  It’s such a paradox.  We celebrate a kingdom established by the most unusual monarch who ever lived.  How strange He appears when compared with other kings!

And who is this Jesus, we asked.  We really know very little about that baby born in Bethlehem, but in another sense, we know Him better than any other person who’s walked this planet. 

Was there ever a man who had so few of the world’s goods, yet who possessed the whole earth?    When He preached in His local synagogue, He offended people.  He never tried to be politically correct.  He was a spiritual physician:  healing the sick, casting out demons, raising the dead.  He forgave a fallen woman.  He pardoned a repentant thief.  He understood those eternal problems which distress humankind:  fears, sorrows, hates, frustrations, guilts, pains, prejudices. 

He also saw the joys, hopes, and aspirations of people.   He was able to meet people at the point of their greatest need.  But after a very brief ministry, He was arrested.  Accused by the religious leaders and sentenced by the authorities, He was sentenced to death on a cross.  

But the truth was that Jesus had done nothing – unless you count making blind people see and deaf people hear and giving strength to withered limbs…and proclaiming that the kingdom of God is open to all of us. 

And this Jesus who meets us where we are – He wants us, because He has the divine ability to use us, no matter how old or sick we are, no matter where we’ve been or what we’ve done, no matter how qualified we think we are, no matter what others think of us. 

When we relinquish what we think of as our own power and empty ourselves, when we choose kingdom values over personal ones, and when we actively engage in growing a a deep personal relationship with Jesus Christ, others will see the fruit in our lives and be drawn to the Light.  Let that be our prayer for one another.

In His Service,
jenni debaun
Custodian, Hamilton Trace Worship Coordinator & Fifty Plus Coordinator


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