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.

What We Can Do For You!

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


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!


. 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."


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.

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.

Generosity Changes Everything

We ask for continued weekly donations to our Food Pantry as we head into our spring and summer months. We assist on an annual basis 122 families and 3626 individuals. This is why your donations are so greatly NEEDED and appreciated. Let’s not turn anyone away for lack of donated goods. Thanks

Pastor's Reflections

1There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens; 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. (Ecclesiastes 3:1,4)

I was just thinking...

…about life… sometimes the season of life we are in is hard. And Yet, there are other times when it is joyful and full of laughter. I love the contrast in these verses. “There is a season for every purpose under heaven… a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…” When was the last time you had a good laugh? I mean a good laugh, like so hard it made your sides ache kind of laugh? When my boys and families are all together for a meal it is always fun. When all four of them are at the same table, what one doesn’t think of the other does and they feed off of each other seamlessly. And they are just so funny. We have the best time together. When we all leave we are smiling and always feel better than when we arrived. I read not too long ago about some research that has been done on how laughter affects the human body, and they have discovered that laughter is a natural stress reliever. It has been shown to improve circulation, muscle tone, and it increases your heart rate and certain hormones and endorphins that help you feel better. Laughing leads to a better outlook on life and is just plain good for the body and soul. Ecclesiastes 3 says everything happens in its time. We all have a storm to endure, a battle to fight, a cross to bear, a giant to bring down, a sickness to go through, debt to overcome, an addiction to break, hurtful friends, and on and on it goes…! What I know is that in everything we go through there is usually a test somewhere in your testimony. I endured the death of my child, “and yet” I survived it and can walk that road with many others. I challenge you to find your “and yet” and use a time such as this to be grateful for the opportunities God gives you to share your faith and the journeys He has brought you through. The meaning of this scripture for me is that God is sovereign and in control of everything. That should be a comfort to each of us. To know that God definitely has my life and a plan for it. There is a time and a place for everything. Use the time God is giving you, whether it is laughing and enjoying your friends or family, or working through a storm for God’s honor and glory. Dear Lord, Thank you for the gift of laughter. Let me never get so burdened down with my own worries that I fail to see the moments of happiness that You bring into my life. Remind me often of this gift from You. AMEN

Question for Today: When was the last time you laughed and thanked God for it?

Blessings, Pastor Lynn Breeden
Cell: 574-306-7752

Greetings from our Director, Beth Fraine

Come join in the FUN...The Daycare is hatching their Peanut Butter Easter Eggs for 2018. We will be gathering on March 16, at 5:00 PM to lay these eggs. All help is needed and appreciated. Pizza will be provided so bring your own drinks and a snack to share. This is always an EGGCELLENT time. Hope to see you there.

Spring is in the air even if it’s not outside. Puzzles, show and tell and painting fill our days until we can get outside. We’re also very excited about making our peanut butter eggs. Mark your calendars, the more the merrier. It’s a fun evening of food and fellowship along with the work. Thank you again in advance for your constant prayers and support.

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

Paper Towels, Baby Wipes, Cookies

March Birthdays

01 Nancy Larson
02 Shirley Cannon
06 Derek Nick
09 R. Mary Jones
11 Greg Bollenbacher
13 Steve Downing
18 Scott BonDurant
19 Brittney Bollenbacher
20 Casey Ton, Clifford Zillmer
23 Maynard Hochstettler
25 Dawn Campbell
26 Khula Makhalira
30 Mary K Jones
Ben Dunning

March Anniversaries

20 Dick & Beth Webster 19 Years
23 Ted & Norma Nitz 7 Year

Red Bird Mission Trip, to Lower Beech Fork UMC, is set for Monday, June 11 through Saturday, June 16th. Ed Geleske, pastor at Wakarusa UMC, will continue to lead this wonderful trip. Thank you Pastor Ed! The team has started meeting to make plan for June. If you would like to join the team, talk to Mary Grebe or Pastor Lynn. This trip is fully funded by the cluster churches and by fund raising. So this means that there is no expense to the people who go and work, (except food during the traveling time).

One of the fund raising projects is to collect aluminum cans. So will you start saving your cans. We will start in May collecting at church and take to Mel Lemler, a team member, to crush and take to recycling. If you are not able to keep at your house, give Mary a call and she’ll pick up early and take to Mel. It has not been decided about taking items down to donate to their thrift shop, but will let you know later if we are able to continue that project. Also, please put the Mission Trip and the team in your prayers that the team may serve the people at Lower Beech Fork UMC and give God all the glory and praise.

Ways to Serve BUMC

It is that time of year to sign up to help the BUMC SONLight Care Team with their service projects. We need volunteers to send out cards (birthday, anniversary, get well, and encouragement), be prayer warriors (Pray for our church and its members), and make casseroles (They would be frozen and then delivered according to needs of our church family). This is an one month commitment. Please sign up at the Welcome Center in the back of the sanctuary. Questions: please call Mary Grebe at 209-0286.

Canceled Stamps for Mission Outreach

Now is a good time to save those canceled stamps. The Marion Mission Storehouse in Marion Indiana collects canceled stamps and in turn sell them to foreign stamp collectors. Funds acquired from the sales are used to ship medical and supplies to missions overseas. Trim about 1/4” around the stamp and place your collection in the designated basket in the welcome center.

Coming to join in the FUN...

Todd and Ann Keller will be working with Lindy on February for breakfast. Thank you for stepping up to this very enjoyable time in the Church kitchen! If you are interested in helping out on Sunday’s the sign up sheet is in the kitchen. Questions call Gloria or Mary K.

Food for Thought

Don't let your worries get the best of you. Remember, Moses started out as a basket case. Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited, until you try to sit in their pews. When you get to your wit's end, you'll find God lives there.

Community Lenton Services

Sunday, March 4: Signature Health Care
Sunday, March 11: St Dominic’s
Sunday, March 18: Church Of The Brethren
Sunday, March 25: Riverside United Methodist
Friday, March 30: Church Of God
All Services Start At 6 PM

Cap'n's Corner

Two of our sons use to blog. For March and April I would like to share a couple of stories that they wrote about Dad.(Cap’n) While I am a part of their stories, what I really want each of you who read this to focus on, is the wonderful insights that they share at the end. This is Chad’s story, “Who’s your Drano?”

“Recently I was dealt my first real taste of home ownership. A clogged drain. After some investigative work, I seemed to narrow down my problem to just the kitchen sink drain. Lucky for me, it wasn’t the toilets or the showers, as this would have resulted in a quite smelly situation! For two days after work, I studied the problem, and took action, DRANO! You just dump the stuff in, and it fixes your drain, right? Well not so fast. My problems seemed a little better, but they were not fixed. This is when I called in the big guns, Dad. Of course Dad had no problem coming over to give his boy some help. He narrowed down the problem to a section of the pipe with a bend in it, and with a little help from a reciprocating saw, we removed the piece of pipe to reveal the massive clog. The clog resulted from the little, “Cascade 2 in 1 pellets,” used in the dishwasher. The soap didn’t completely break up, and settled in the pipe and began to build up to the point of a major clog.

Here is where we take a leap, stay with me here. Imagine Jesus as your Drano, to fix your clogs of life. But it doesn’t stop at Jesus. You see, if it weren’t for God’s love, Jesus would have only walked the Earth as an example. It also takes the Love of a Father to unclog our lives. God loved us so much, He would let his own Son die so that we can open all our clogs and make our way to Heaven. It seems recently that my own life’s drain has been draining kind of slow, but it seems fitting in this time of Lent, to remember who can fix our drains."

All I can add to that is “WOW!” Next month I will share Todd’s story, “He Waited Up.” Have a great day.

Cap’n Bob

Prayer Vigil

Prayer Vigil is Wednesday March 7. Weather you pray at home or come to the quiet, peaceful sanctuary ...Spending this special time with total focus will be rewarding to your heart. There will be a collection of Prayer thoughts as well as a sheet of recent prayers of the Church. This will help you along with your list you bring with you. A half hour to an hour will go by before you know it! 6a.m. To 6 P.M. Thanks Gloria

Highlights from Ad council meeting

The Ad Council Meeting was cancelled in February because of flooding roads. We will have a meeting update for March in our April issue.

The Shamrock

St. Patrick used the shamrock to teach people about the Godhead. Holding up a shamrock, he challenged them, “Is this one leaf, or three?” Inevitably, people replied that it was both, prompting St. Patrick to draw the analogy that so, too, is God: one God in three Persons the Holy Trinity

Women’s Retreat

Mark your calendars. BUMC is having a One Day Women’s Retreat on Saturday, March 17th lead by our pastor, Lynn Breeden. More information will follow. We will be forming a planning committee in January, so if you would like to help, contact Pastor Lynn.

Food Pantry Wish List

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

Peanut Butter, Manwich, Syrup, Soup, Dish Soap, Laundry Soap.

BUMC Seniors Lunch

BUMC Seniors Lunch will be on Tuesday, March 6th. The hall will be open, so feel free to come around 11 so you have more time for visiting. Invite a friend or neighbor to join us...the more the merrier!

Bring a dish to share, table service, drink, and main dish are provided. Come and have a great Time! We will eat at noon. Questions call Gloria 546-2897

Give Blood

Come Support the American Red Cross Blood Drive here at Bremen United Methodist Church in our Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, March 7 from 11:30—5:30 PM. All types needed.

Thank You

We are so grateful that you chose to bless us with food donations each month. We can now help our families with so much more food to help them through difficult times and the winter. This is such a basic need and we are so proud to provide so much for them. Grace Food Pantry.

In our new kitchen in Fellowship Hall, we have a dishwasher. Let us give thanks to Michelle Mieras, granddaughter of Jim Anderson, for donating the dishwasher. Also thanks to Steve Swihart for installing it for us. It was very generous of both to donate this to our church.

Irene Yockey would like to send many thanks to Bob & Jan Neidigh for all of there contributions to the making of her CD. A special thanks to Anita Huff for all of her dedication in selling them and to Bill Landrow who produced it and let’s not forget BUM Church for the use of the Church and organ and of course the purchasers. It was a wonderful experience. A heart felt thanks to you all.

March 2018

Community Dinner 5 PM—6:30 PM

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8:30 Traditional Worship

10:00 Contemporary Worship With Communion


FX3, With Trudy 6:30 PM


Woman’s Bible Study 9:00 AM & 5:00 PM


Fellowship in Use 8–10 AM


Community Dinner 5 PM—6:30 PM

118:30 Traditional Worship

10:00 Contemporary Worship With Communion

Finance Team Meeting 11:15


FX3, With Trudy 6:30 PM


Woman’s Bible Study 9:00 AM & 5:00 PM


Fellowship in Use 8–10 AM


BUM Breakfast 8:30

Community Dinner 5 PM—6:30 PM


Chocolate Peanut Butter Egg Day 5 PM


Woman’s Retreat 8:30 AM—4 PM

188:30 Traditional Worship

10:00 Contemporary Worship With Communion


FX3, With Trudy 6:30 PM


Woman’s Bible Study 9:00 AM & 5:00 PM


Fellowship in Use 8–10 AM

Ad Council Meeting 6 PM


Community Dinner 5 PM—6:30 PM

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Game Night 6 PM

258:30 Traditional Worship

10:00 Contemporary Worship With Communion


FX3, With Trudy 6:30 PM


Woman’s Bible Study 9:00 AM & 5:00 PM


Fellowship in Use 8–10 AM


Community Dinner 5 PM—6:30 PM

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Deadline for the newsletter is the 20th of each month. Bulletin is 10:00 am on Wednesdays.


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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