Faith in God

Your a child of God
and you're always welcome!

The Jesus Way

Loving Others.
Jesus lives in our heart.

Live with Peace

Join us for church. New Traditions Worship at 9:30am. Church School at 11:00am church.

Today, we find ourselves as a "new" church; seeking to be creative and innovative in our ministries while honoring our traditions.
Our Purpose is to extend transforming grace into the community to fully Develop Disciples of Jesus Christ.
We will develop Devoted Disciples of Jesus Christ by pursuing excellence in three key areas of faith development; connecting people of all ages through: Opportunities to worship, To learn and To serve.
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What We Can Do For You!

We are a church that believes in God, Everyone is welcome.

WHO WE ARE

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!

HOLY COMMUNION

. 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."

IMPACT FOR EVERYONE

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.



Daycare Ministry

Bremen United Methodist Church has been providing quality, loving child care in a Christian atmosphere here in Bremen for over 32 years. We are open Monday through Friday 6:30am — 5:30pm for children 6 weeks through 10 years of age. For more information or to arrange a visit, contact our Director Beth Fraine (over 27 years) at 546-2275.

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.


God is good all the time; and all the time God is good.

Meeting Minutes

Ad Council Meeting Highlights 11/15/17 Devotions: If we are committed to God and His Word, then emotion, discord, and stress becomes encouragement, building others up, working for a positive purpose, etc. Galations 6: 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose. 1 Cor 16: 13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Challenge: How can you change to be encouraging and build others up so that together we can weather the storms with the help of the Holy Spirit? Everything we do should filter through the process of being followers of Christ (disciples). The by-product will be doing God’s will. Nominations team is putting in place the following teams, so that, we are Intentional and effective. Children’s Church, Missions, Worship, Event, Technology, Finance, Security. Please be receptive and willing to serve if you are called. Our goal should be to have fun and develop relations as we grow the Kingdom of God on these teams. Finance Team met Nov 5th. Additional members joined the team – praise God! Trustees report: Parsonage garage painted and landscaping cleaned up. Thank you very much to all who helped. Greg has been winterizing and putting up shelves and organizing in new basement storage. We will have Christmas Eve Service at 11:00 PM Ad Council meetings have changed to third Wednesday’s at 6:00 We will not have an Ad Council meeting in December this year.

Capital Campaign

Deuteronomy 15:10 says - "Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord our God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to." God is richly blessing us in our work. Prayerfully continue to contribute as you feel God directing you to give. Honoring our FAITH building our FUTURE.

We asked for your help and we got it. What a wonderful month we have had in November. We have collected 403 pounds of donated goods. Great Job BUM Church! But the holidays are upon us and people are in need. Let’s help our neighbors by stocking up the food pan-try’s shelves. Don’t let the cupboards become bare. Bring your Altar Donations in on Sundays.

We Are So Happy...

With our turn out for Sunday Morning Breakfast. There is a sign up sheet in the kitchen if you would like to host morning breakfast with Lindy. Instructions on coffee and etc will be there also. Two people per month will be a great help for him. During the winter months we would like to serve some hot breakfasts. Casseroles are good and Lindy would also like to make eggs, omelets or pancakes. (Not all on the same Sunday) Have fun with it and get a chance to see everyone on Sunday mornings! Sherry BonDurant & Deb Nick has volunteered for the month of December. Any questions call Mary K. or Gloria.

Pastor's Reflections

1 Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.   (Psalm 96:1,2)

I was just thinking...

...about singing to God a “new” song. As we move into the Christmas holidays. I love the music of this season. The phrase “sing to the Lord” is used a lot in the Psalms. We are called to sing God’s praises, to declare His glory and share this with everyone we meet. But, these verses talk about a NEW song. I was thinking about what a “new song” means? Could it be because His mercies are new each morning? God is all about NEWNESS. But, so much of our lives is same old, same old. But the Psalmist challenges us to do something NEW, sing something NEW, and say something NEW. If you are living in the same old, same old, maybe it is time for something new, something refreshing. Are your prayers sounding the same? Are your dreams on hold? Do you really not expect your life to change much? Life and the enemy have a way of keeping our attitude and mind stuck in the same old routine. How can we change that? I think we should be talking about Jesus more in our everyday lives. What is He doing in your life? How can you share that with the people in your life? Wake up and choose to be JOYful! Be happy in your life with God! Allow yourself to be Joyful! We must sing and declare the glory of God. Give God the glory for everything in your life. I believe it is time to change some things in our lives. A NEW song, a NEW hope, a NEW faith, a NEW love. Do something NEW today! Watch what happens when you put the focus and attention on Him and not on your circumstances or situation. Those things change, but He doesn’t. He deserves a NEW song. It is a NEW day. Sing a NEW song. Be NEW today. Accept His NEWNESS in your life. How can you sing to the Lord a “new song” today?

Grace and Peace to each of you, Pastor Lynn Breeden

Greetings from our Director, Beth Fraine





Here are some pictures of our Open House on 11/16. We had a stellar turn out. We showed the parents what their child has been doing and we also showed off our new digs. We couldn’t have asked for a better night. The kids seemed to enjoy it too.



Daycare Sunday is every 3rd Sunday of the month. Look for the daycare corner in the Welcome Center!

DECEMBER NEEDS
Juice and Snack Foods

November Birthdays

02 Lorri Roush Paul
03 Ann Keller
04 Larry Weston, Bill Sheley
05 Eric Starke, Beth Webster
06 Reg Huff
07 Parrish Ton
08 Kinzie Wilson
09 Eddie Starke
11 Marie Hartsell
15 Rob Krost
16 Beth Fraine
18 Anita Huf
24 Cheryl Tabares
27 Melvere Sheley
28 Sherry BonDurant
31 James Anderson


November Anniversaries

06 Bill & Lois Sheley 14 Years

Ad Council Meeting for December has been cancelled Next Ad Council Meeting will be January 17 @ 6 PM.

We will have a guest speaker in January from Haiti. His arrival date will be released at a later time.


Jar of Hope

Bremen Fireman’s Toy Distribution

Collection will stay here in Bremen and German Township. Your change will help support the Bremen Firemen’s Association Christmas toy distribution. The Association has been delivering toys to children in needy families for 30+ years, reaching 400 to 500 children per year. Your donations can help put smiles on children’s faces this Christmas. Jars of hope is a monthly collection of loose change.

Visitation Teams On The Move!

The BUM Visitation Teams are working to visit about 26 BUMC friends and members each month. The group is made of four teams: LeRoy Anderson and J. Mary Jones, Donna Weston and Loretta Huff, Anita Huff and Carolyn Sheley, and Marge Baumgartner and Mary Grebe. We are always looking for more volunteers to join the team or help by volunteering to be a substitute when another teammate can't do their month. Also to help with goodies at Christmas and Easter. Last month Marge and Mary visited Lorene Clark at Miller's Merry Manor in Culver. Lorene invited us to join her in their monthly auction. She had saved up her money so she bought Marge and Mary bracelets and for herself a chocolate teddy bear. It was great fun. All our team members agree that they receive the bigger blessing of visiting BUMC friends. Would you like to join us?
Proverbs 17:17 - "a friend loves at all times."
Mary Grebe

Capital Campaign

Deuteronomy 15:10 says - "Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord our God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to."

God is richly blessing us in our work. Prayerfully continue to contribute as you feel God directing you to give. Honoring our Faith building our FUTURE.

Cap'n's Corner

Call it a premonition, or maybe, just maybe, it was something else. (More on that later.) I imagine most of you have what you might call a favorite Christmas. Without a doubt, my favorite Christmas was December 25, 2006. While I can’t remember a single gift given or a present received that year, I do remember what I called “the plan.” As my sisters’ families’, and Reg and our family grew, Christmas was pretty much just shared with our own immediate families. That kind of made it a little harder to include Mom and Dad into those Christmas day festivities. They never complained and I suppose some of the people who read this can relate to what I mean. Anyway, I came up with a “plan” to make this a special Christmas morning for them. I mean, they had always made Christmas great for my sisters and me as we grew up. I guess I never paid attention as to how Dad could be so excited over a new tie from Mom, or how she could be so excited over new mixing bowls that Dad got her. I guess I never considered that they had four of us kids to buy for, and that was where the Christmas monies were spent. This became the “plan”. It was up to my sisters, their husbands, and Reg to delay them as long as possible after the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Grace Church. (This was before the Churches merged). This service started at 11:00 PM, so till it ended it truly was Christmas morning. I had my truck loaded with the packages for Mom and Dad that Reg and I had , plus my sisters brought their presents to the church parking lot and those were also placed in the truck. After the service I zoomed out of the parking lot to be a real life Santa Claus as the “plan” was, I would hurry up to their house, and get all of the gifts around their tree while the rest of the family stalled Mom and Dad at church. I knew I didn’t have much time, but I got them all delivered, stuck a bottle of sparkling grape juice (from Santa) in the refrigerator, and as a final touch plugged in their 3 foot artificial tree that could be seen through the window as they drove up the road home. I knew this would drive them crazy as they would accuse each other of leaving the tree on and trying to burn the house down! Well I figured if the tree wasn’t on they wouldn’t have even looked to see that Santa had come!!! Safely back home, I couldn’t wait till later in the morning. Before dawn I headed up to do the morning chores. (yes, with livestock you still have to take care of them no matter what day it is). To make it seem like I knew nothing that had happened, I thought I had better stop in and wish them a “Merry Christmas.” Mom was at the door in her well worn housecoat, with her 78 year old eyes glowing like those of a 5 year old. “Santa came last night!” She exclaimed! It was all I could do to keep a straight face as she pulled me into the room to see all those gifts, and she said, “why, there was even bubbly grape juice in the refrigerator!” Next she just turned, hiding my smile, and walked back out of the house as I said that I needed to get home to my own family. They spent that entire Christmas morning opening gifts, something they hadn’t done in a very long time. I wrote earlier about a premonition, or of maybe something else. Even 12 years later, I write this with eyes full of tears, as this was Mom’s last Christmas with us. I now know that all along it was the Holy Spirit speaking to me. Have a great and Blessed Christmas.
Cap’n Bob

The Meaning of The Advent Wreath

The Advent Wreath is a circular garland of evergreen branches representing eternity. On that wreath, five candles are typically arranged. During the season of Advent one candle on the wreath is lit each Sunday as a part of the Advent services. Each candle represents an aspect of the spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

On the first Sunday of Advent, the first purple candle is lit. This candle is typically called the "Prophecy Candle" in remembrance of the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ. This candle represents hope or expectation in anticipation of the coming Messiah.

ach week on Sunday, an additional candle is lit. On the second Sunday of Advent, the second purple candle is lit. This candle typically represents love. Some traditions call this the "Bethlehem Candle," symbolizing Christ's manger.

On the third Sunday of Advent the pink, or rose-colored candle is lit. This pink candle is customarily called the "Shepherds Candle" and it represents joy.

The fourth and last purple candle, oftentimes called the "Angels Candle," represents peace and is lit on the fourth Sunday of Advent.

On Christmas Eve, the white center candle is traditionally lit. This candle is called the "Christ Candle" and represents the life of Christ that has come into the world. The color white represents purity. Christ is the sinless, spotless, pure Savior. Also, those who receive Christ as Savior are washed of their sins and made whiter than snow.

Food Pantry Wish List

When we feed the hungry We Feed You, Jesus. (Matthew 25: 35-40)

Cereal, Tuna, Shampoo, Peanut Butter, Salt & Pepper, Any Baking Items such as Cake Mix, Frosting, Sugar, Flour.




Worship

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.

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