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.

BUMC Christmas Caroling

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon 12 BUMC Carolers went to 12 homes, The Whitlock, and Signature Care Center. They sang over 60 songs to a wonderful group of BUMC Friends. The carolers were invited into many homes to share beautiful songs of Christmas, prayer, and fellowship. Our Lord blessed us with a wonderful time. We also stopped at Jeremy and Misty Walter Family to present them with a gift to help them with Misty’s medical bills and needs of the family. That was really a special time for all of us. We ended the evening with a meal in our beautiful Fellowship Hall that Larry Grebe prepared to serve. The picture was taken at Jan and Bob Neidigh’s home at our last stop. Not all the carolers were present. Lois Sheley and Ann and Todd Keller had to leave early for other commitments. Also Terry Misner is not in the picture because he took it. THANKS TERRY!

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 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! Mary K & Gloria has volunteered for the month of January. Any questions call Mary K. or Gloria

Pastor's Reflections

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14)

I was just thinking...

…about New Year’s Resolutions. That thought always leads me to dieting. I have done the diets and done the exercising machines and weights etc. I feel this pressure sometimes from all the advertisements and commercials that have expectations of small waistlines and trim fit bodies. Those pressures can lead us to yo-yo dieting and extreme exercise that finally leads us to quitting because of lack of motivation. And then, I look at this verse. How beautiful is it to hear God tell us that we are wonderfully made? Once we can become confident in whom we are in Christ, and believe what He says about us, our motivation is for Him and not for others or ourselves. If you have made this your New Year’s Resolution and are struggling to stay motivated, I encourage you today to stop “trying” to eat healthy and exercise on your own. Take some time and devote yourself to learning and accepting two things that can change your life. 1. God’s love, grace, and forgiveness He freely gives to you. It is not conditional on anything we are or do. 2. What God says and feels about you in this verse IS your truth! When we understand these truths, God says in John 8:32 that these truths will set you free. Through freedom, our motivation can change to give back and honor God with our bodies and how we eat and exercise. As Psalm 37:5-6 says, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” My resolution for this year will be to shine for Jesus everyday and to honor Him in all I say and do each day.

Grace and Peace to each of you, Pastor Lynn Breeden

Greetings from our Director, Beth Fraine





Meet... Eric Moore he is our newest employee. Eric has three daughters and loves children almost as much as they love him. He is married to Marissa one of our other teachers. He has been doing maintenance for us in the old building and helped us move into our new locaton, so the children have known him for quite awhile. He is known as Mr. Eric. He is originally from Three Rivers Michigan but moved down to South Bend with his wife and daughters to be close to their church. Mr. Eric is also very involved with his church as he is head of maintenance there as well. Please stop in and say hello to Mr. Eric. He is a great additon to our family.



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

January NEEDS
Paper Towels, Baby Wipes, Mac & Cheese

January Birthdays

08 Jan Neidigh
09 Tara Ton
14 Jordan Breeden
19 Dennis Redman
21 Margery Baumgardner
25 Tom McPherron
26 Benjamin Nick 2
7 Bud Mikel
28 Connie Wilson
30 Frances Byrer 3
1 Bob Huf


January Anniversaries

02 Shawn & Dawn Campbell 25 Years

We have Pastor Jean Claude from Jacmel Haiti visiting us on January 28, for a Missions Moment. You won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity.

FX3, will return January 8, just in time to work off those extra holiday pounds.

Our Community Dinner will also make a return January 11 from 5 PM—6:30 PM Bring a friend or a neighbor. Would LOVE to see our turn out growing for the 2018 Year.


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.

Mobile Ministries

As I was preparing this email to send you our electronic newsletter, one of these pictured Volunteers came rushing into my office to let me know that Cart #1500 was just being packed! I kind of put her off until it dawned on me what a special milestone this was -- this was indeed a time for a joyful photo! Our Volunteers, no matter what area of the shop they work in, are as pleased as can be when their workmanship is packed in a box. But the best day of all is when the Container truck comes to the door and we fill it with over 180 boxed carts and they begin their 3-month journey overseas to Malawi, Africa. This took place last week Thursday, December 7. Arla Gabrielse, Volunteer Office Manager

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.


Mitten Tree


Thank you for all your generosity with the BUMC Mitten Tree. We were able to share our blessings with a young family in need. Smiles on young faces on Christmas Day! Thanks for making that happen. Merry Christmas!!

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.

Prayer Vigil


There can be no doubt at all that when it comes to the activity of what we call Prayer we will find that it is the very heart beat of every believer. It is the defining mark of every believer that say's to those around them and to the world that yes I make time in my life for Prayer because Prayer makes the Difference. Please sign up to spend some time within this Prayer Vigil on January 3 from 7AM—7PM Questions? Call Mary K or Gloria

Special Sisters


Sign up sheets for 2018 Secret Sister group are in the Welcome center. All women are welcome to join. See Gloria or Cynthia Ann for questions.

BUMC Seniors Lunch


Wednesday January 3 @ noon. Please come around 11.... This will give us time to visit before lunch.... Bring a friend....and dish to share Reach out to your neighbors....they don’t have to be just from our Church...Need any other information call Gloria 546-2897

Cap'n's Corner

As the cold weather approaches I break out my “uniform”. My family laughs at my “uniform”. I guess that it probably does look pretty funny. You have to picture this 62 year old man wearing a pair of gray thermal long underwear, light blue shiny silk shorts, a red Aeropostle sweatshirt, and of course 2 pairs of gray socks. My uniform is warm and comfy and yes, I guess funny. One day this thought occurred to me. There was another man who wore a “uniform” who was mocked and laughed at. His “uniform” was a purple robe and a crown of thorns. Now don’t read this wrong, in no way, shape, or form am I comparing myself to Jesus our precious Lord and Saviour. For his “uniform” lead him to a cross, death, and praise God, resurrection. My point is this. Maybe not a physical one, but don’t we all sometimes wear a “mental uniform” to keep us in our own comfort zone? Someone asks us, “How are you,” and the safe response is, “Oh I’m doing fine.” When in reality, maybe not really so fine after all. Maybe upsetting news from the doctor, a child that is sick, a loved one close to death, or any of a thousand things that are troubling, yet we reply that we are “doing fine.” It sure is comforting to know that we have a God who can see right through our “uniforms.” We can go to him anytime in prayer with our praises and our concerns, and we certainly have the hope of eternal life because of John 3:16, For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. And yes I do believe that God laughs at my “physical uniform,” too. Have a great and Blessed Christmas.
Cap’n Bob

A Word From the Websters

Hi to our BUMC friends and may this wonderful season be happy for all of you. Here’s the scoop on us recently that we were asked to share with you. Once the decision was made for our move to southern Indiana last spring, events happened quickly! We secured a rental villa in Floyds Knobs, IN about 15 minutes from Betsy (daughter) and Mark in early April, put our house on the market to sell (which Larry G. sold for us in 4 days), we secured a mover, packed up the house, closed the sale of our Bremen house on April 28, and the big truck moved down the street with all of our belongings on May 1!! Having lived in Marshall County for the past 19 years and for Beth being a life-long resident, this move was a major change. And the transition was difficult those first few months. Not only were the old friends left behind, but the house downsizing took getting used to, too. Immediately we sought out a new church. We attend Wesley Chapel UMC, Floyds Knobs. We love our new Sunday School class and they have also become our social friends. They are a wonderful group of people, all about our age, and along with great Biblical discussions on Sunday AM, the social aspect outside of church is wonderful fun, too. New doctors and specialists have been established and Dick is under the care now of the best doctors he’s ever had, particularly his new pulmonologist and hematologist who are both physicians with the University of Louisville. The pulmonary fibrosis support group there is great and we enjoy that activity once a month. Dick is in pulmonary rehab at the local New Albany hospital and gaining strength and stamina. He never complains about going either. He is realizing the benefit of that program. There have been some issues that have interfered and he did have a hospital stay recently, but to put it in his words, “I’m feeling better now than I have in months!” It’s so fun being close to Betsy, Mark, his family, and our sweet granddaughters, now aged 8 and 6. We have had the opportunity to be involved with the girls’ activities and attend musical events, which Grandma Beth loves! We miss the grandchildren we left up north, but hear from them occasionally by text and phone. With our adjustment period now complete, we agree that we have made the correct move decision for us as this time in our lives. We started realizing that life in the villa at this stage is not, however, the right step for us yet – old people live here! Teeeheeeee! We still have plenty of life left in both of us! So in early October, we began looking at property in the area. We found a great little subdivision in New Albany so close to all of the places we frequent the most and fell in love with this one house. We lost that house to another couple, so we looked at one about 4 doors down from it and loved it even more. This time we submitted a bid and the builder accepted our offer! It is a brand new construction, we love the lay out of the house and were able to choose some of the finishes for it! All systems are go for a closing prior to January 1. So here we go again! Pack up the boxes and move them on out! This will only be a 10 minute move, however, so not bad at all. We are projecting to be completely in the house by Jan. 13! After Jan. 13, our permanent residence will be as follows: Dick and Beth Webster, 2400 Elhanan Ct., New Albany, IN 47150 You can call us on our cell phones at: 574-292-5571 (Dick) 574-292-5552 (Beth) A new home phone number will be forthcoming. Emails remain the same: dick.webster251@gmail.com, beth.webster125@gmail.com Merry Christmas to you all! And Happy 2018! May we each realize our daily blessings as we walk with our dear Lord, Jesus Christ! Dick and Beth

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)

Cereal, Tuna, Shampoo, Peanut Butter, Soup and Canned Chili .




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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