FCJ Ministry Update – September 2015

FCJ Ministry Action Plan Report
The Journey Team (Reverend Vickie, Pastor Tony, Rhonda Green, Chip Alexander, and Scott Green) has been asked to oversee completion of the Ministry Action Plans (MAP) as outlined in our consultation report. Here (below) is a brief summary of progress thus far:

 MAP #1 – Discover, Align, and Embrace the New Outward Focused Vision

 MAP #2 – Create an Effective Communication Process

 MAP #3 – Intentional Plan for Staff and Leadership Development

 MAP #4 – Establish Vibrant Stewardship to Fuel Necessary Internal and External Ministries

 MAP #5 – Expanding Ministries to Children, Youth, and Young Adults

o Ministry reviews – evaluating all ministries for their faithfulness and fruitfulness to our mission and vision – are ongoing.
o The communication task force is in the process of being formed.
o Monthly updates will continue to be posted in The Caller.
o Staffing needs are continually reviewed and assessed for alignment with the mission and vision.
o The GAG (Garden at Gethsemane) Leadership class provides training for future leaders within the congregation.
o A team has been formed and is working on the upcoming stewardship campaign that will begin in September.
o Reverend Vickie is considering potential task force members.

Watch for future updates to be posted in The Caller.

Sermon Series Study Opportunities

I will Image 2We are blessed to announce that we have two new opportunities for you to study the sermon series.

First, we will be offering a new Sunday School class. This class will be studying the most current sermon series. It will be led by Chip Alexander and will meet on Sunday mornings from 10:15am – 11:00am, in the church library. It will begin on October 4th.

Secondly, Brynen Chitwood has offered to lead a group that will study the most current sermon series. This group will be offered on Saturday mornings and will meet at The Garden. We do, however, need to determine if there is enough interest in this group. You can sign up at the Information desk on Sunday morning or you can reply to this email or send an email to Rhonda Green at scott00green@comcast.net

We are very excited about the new possibilities for our congregation and the opportunities for you to get involved in a small group.

Blessings on your journey
Pastor Tony

Israel Trip – Summer 2016

Rev Vickie and Rev Glenn Perkins are planning a pilgrimage to Israel in June 2016. If you are planning to join us in Israel or if you still are exploring the possibility, this meeting is for you.

If God is moving you to go on this trip make plans to attend. We will be meeting at The Garden in room A-7 on Monday, August 17, at 6:30p.

Please see the information flyer at this link: Israel Trip with Rev Vickie and Glenn Perkins

FCJ Report Accepted by the Members of The Garden

On March 15 members of The Garden at Gethsemane voted to accept the FCJ report prepared specifically for this church. FCJ (Fruitful Congregation Journey) is a church development program conducted by the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Garden is working through the FCJ process to identify opportunities to strengthen the church on its Mission to be inwardly strong for an outward focus. This YES vote sets the stage for work on the Ministry Action Plan.

The FCJ report includes strengths, concerns and a Ministry Action Plan to assist The Garden as it prepares and supports those on The Journey. The full FCJ report is available here: Fruitful Congregations Journey Report.

We are excited to embark on the next leg of our Journey as we make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

FCJ Report for The Garden

Findings of the Fruitful Congregations Journey Report

Dearest Church Family~

This weekend has been very important and affirming for us all at The Garden at Gethsemane. The visit from the Fruitful Congregation Journey Team of The United Methodist Church has been an opportunity to truly celebrate the many things that God has done in our church family while challenging us as well. Please find attached the Ministry Action Plan that was distributed this morning. Copies will be available for everyone who does not have email.

The five Ministry Action Plans will be discussed at the two upcoming Town Hall meetings held at The Garden. First Town Hall is Sunday March 8 at 4:00 pm. Second Town Hall is Saturday March 14 at 10:00. On Sunday March 15 at 4:00 pm we will vote on whether to accept and implement the report. Everyone will be given a chance to voice their opinion, however, only members will be allowed to vote.

You, as a congregation, have embraced the Vision that God has given to His church. You have given of your time, talent and resources. You have willingly allowed God to reinvent, and resurrect the reason He originally planted a church on this lot. You have worked to become a lighthouse for Jesus Christ, giving the entire city of Muncie new hope and new direction.

May we all continue to walk in the light of His grace and mercy. May we all continue to endeavor to walk in the bond of unity that the Spirit of God has given us. May we continue to do, “Whatever It Takes,” to accomplish the will of God in this place, at this time.

Blessings on this Journey
Rev Vickie Perkins
Pastor Tony Collins

The Branch Service

The Branch is our new contemporary service that began in January. Our desire is that you have the opportunity to find the irresistible God, and we have designed our service so that you see Him clearly. Worship is an important part of connecting with God. Through Worship our hearts and our minds are opened to the truth of God’s presence. As you worship with us we pray that you find a place that is both comfortable and safe.

The Branch Service begins at 11:15a on Sunday morning. On The Journey.

The Path

The Path is the tool that God has given to us at The Garden at Gethsemane to begin moving people toward a Christ centered life. It is a starting point for those who are Exploring or Growing in Christ to move significantly on their disciple’s Journey. We encourage you to step into The Path and join us on the Journey.

The Plan – The Plan will help in our understanding of who Jesus is and it will help explain who we are at The Garden and what we believe.

The Promise – The Promise continues with studies designed to help you understand the promises that God has given and how to discover the specific gifts and passion he has given you.

The Process – The Process will help us move into greater understanding of the relationship that God offers to each of us and how we grow to maturity in our Christian faith.

The Path classes begin in January 2015 and will meet in Asbury Hall from 10:15-11:00 on Sunday morning. You can sign-up for The Path at the opportunities center outside the Sanctuary at The Garden.

United Methodist Men Pickle Sales

photo-15The United Methodist Men at The Garden sell Sechler’s pickles each year. Recently they setup a pickle shop at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Bob Wright and Butch Littell are shown here selling pickles.

Sechler’s pickles are made in Indiana and taste great. Several varieties are available at The Garden. United Methodist Men are available most Saturday mornings at The Garden so stop in and buy some. Or you can call the church office Mon-Fri 8-4 for details.

Funds raised from pickle sales support summer camp opportunities and other church activities.

Holy Week Worship and Celebration Events

Gethsemane United Methodist Church announces Worship Service and Special Events for Holy Week 2014.

On Palm Sunday, April 13, we will have 9:00a and 11:15a Worship Services in the Sanctuary.

On Palm Sunday, April 13, we will hold a Service of Baptism at 7:00p at The Compass Church on West Jackson Street.

On Good Friday, April 18, a WOW Celebration Service will be held at the church at 7:00p. An Easter egg hunt for the children will be held after the Service. (The special dinner announced previously has been cancelled.)

On Easter Sunday, April 20, we will hold 9:00a and 11:15A Worship Services in the Sanctuary.

Please plan to join us, bring a friend or guest, to Worship and Celebrate our risen Savior. On the Journey!

A New Name for Gethsemane

UPDATE On Tuesday evening, March 11, the members of Gethsemane United Methodist Church at a Charge Conference sanctioned by the Bishop and the District voted to approve a name change/addition to the church. Consideration of the name change was the sole business for the Charge Conference. Rev. Vickie Perkins asked that the name become The Garden at Gethsemane. The vote was not unanimous, but the motion passed. Rev Vickie thanked the members for their love and support, and praised God for the work being done in his name at Gethsemane.

The church will continue to a member of the United Methodist Church, and that will not be a secret. As Gethsemane is moving toward completion of a major building project, The Governing board and Journey Committee leadership in consultation with Rev. Vickie Perkins and Pastor Tony Collins felt led to pursue this change. Implementation of the name change will be gradual, and will begin to be reflected in church communication and outreach over the next several months.

Gethsemane United Methodist Church has scheduled a Charge Conference on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 6:00p, to vote on an addition to the name of the church.

Members will be able to discuss and vote on the addition of The Garden at to the name of Gethsemane. Everyone is invited to attend, but only members can vote on the change.