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.

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

Expressions of Thanks doesn’t seem to say it all. Your overwhelming generosity in December was AMAZING. We collected over 500 pounds of goods. In fact we had wonderful donations from local companies with Turkey’s and Ham’s and lets not forget Wildman Uniforms they donated 200 pounds of food themselves. This all really helped as we had 122 families and 415 individuals we were assisting in December. As an annual count we have about 122 families and 3626 individuals we help. That’s a lot of mouths to feed. This is why your donations are so greatly NEEDED and appreciated. December was indeed a wonderfully BLESSED month. Please don’t forgot us in the up coming months. And just a reminder Jar Of Hope for February is for the Food Pantry.

Pastor's Reflections

10 My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. (Song of Solomon 2:10)

I was just thinking...

...about the Song of Solomon. It is a love poem about the love between two people. Many believe that it is an allegory for God’s love. So, let’s think about God’s love today. There are some that are a bit uncomfortable with a lot of this book of the Bible because it is so passionate. So how does this book connect us to God’s love? What I know is God longs to be intimate with us. Intimate in the sense of becoming one, or knowing each other completely. But, being that intimate is kind of scary for us. We know all too well the scars we carry from people we have been intimate with that have hurt us deeply. I think we are ok with being friends with God. We love to sing “What a friend we have in Jesus.” Friendship is good. Everyone needs a friend. We don’t even mind getting up early and spending time with God. I love the phrase in a popular hymn, “And He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own.” But, the intimacy in the Song of Solomon is a whole other level of intimacy. But, what I want you to know today is this; God is head over heels in love with you! God does want an intimate relationship with you. And there is nothing you can do to change God’s mind. It is kind of scary and wonderful all at the same time.

Dear Lord, the depth of Your love for us scares us, but we also know that it completes us. Enable us to open up to Your love today. Thank you that we can trust You to never hurt us and always know what is best for us. What an awesome God You are! Thank you for loving us so much. Amen

Question for Today: How does God’s love make you feel?

Blessings, Pastor Lynn Breeden
Cell: 574-306-7752
lynnbreeden@bumchurch.org

Greetings from our Director, Beth Fraine





As part of her weekly routine Pastor Lynn reads to the kids in daycare. The week of Christmas was no different except Pastor Lynn showed up playing Santa Clause. The kids received their story and a bag of goodies from Pastor Lynn. In the bag was a snowflake ornament with the Legend of the Snowflake story. The parents were not forgotten as they also received gift bags with Church info and treats in it.



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.

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

February NEEDS
Paper Towels, Canned Vegetables and Dish Soap

January Birthdays

02 Ethan Starke
07 Tasia Sargent
09 Paul Price
11 Justin Nick
13 Shirley Wilson
15 Mitchell Huppert v 17 Wilma Lavine, Zach Campbell
20 Louise Hochstetler
27 Emilie Huffman


January Anniversaries

14 Bob & Reg Hu 42 Years
22 Jack & Carol Heinke 61 Years

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.

Usher Ministry


We are in need of at least three more volunteers to serve as Ushers for our Sunday Services. Please contact Pastor Chuck if you are interested. 546-2897

Cap'n's Corner

Since February includes Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share with you a little story. Once upon a time, there was this boy who went with his family to a resort of eight cottages in northern Wisconsin. It was the same resort his family had gone to for many years. After nine hours of travel, the family arrived, to be greeted by that special smell of pine trees mixed with the air coming off that big and beautiful lake. Once the car was unloaded and everything moved into the cottage the boy was ready to check out the lake.

Four cottages down, the boy saw something that took his breath away. There was this most beautiful girl sitting on the beach!! I think the boy was smitten the minute he saw this girl, but what to do next? After watching her out of the cottage window, most of the day I might add, he finally got up the courage to go over and say hi! She was sitting out on the pier so he casually waded out into the water and eventually got close enough to talk to her. The two had a nice time getting to know one another, with evenings spent sitting quietly together on the beach. The boy fell in love with this girl. He became so worried that he would never see her again once the week was over, he dreaded the day when Friday came.( Both families would be heading home early the next morn- ing.) The boy made a bold move (for him anyway!) that Friday night as he reached over to hold this wonderful girl’s hand. Well of course the night ended, and both families returned home. Exactly two days later a letter arrived to the boy from this wonderful girl!! How excited the boy was as he found out that the letter had a Goshen address and this girl only lived about 16 miles away!! Luckily for the boy I guess the girl had been smitten too!!

I know it started like one, but no this wasn’t a fairy tale, although I am not sure our paths would have ever crossed had it not been for that week in northern Wisconsin. Reg and I will celebrate 42 years together on February the fourteenth.

God does work in mysterious ways!! Have a great day!
Cap’n Bob

Prayer Vigil


Prayer Vigil is Thursday, February 1. 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 28 from 7AM—7PM Questions? Call Mary K or Gloria

Highlights from Ad council meeting Wed., Jan. 17th


Day Care is looking for help see Beth Fraine. January game night is being planned by event team. Our event team is planning a once per month event.

Picture directory is coming. See Pastor Lynn if you would like to help. Pictures being taken in May so practice on that winning smile.

Ad council discussed church service times and voted to table this until current schedule has more experience for 6 months from start.

We will have a breakfast and retreat in February to plan for 2018 and beyond. All church family are encouraged to attend. More details to follow.

The Brick ....

The bricklayer laid a brick on the bed of cement. Then, with a precise stroke of his trowel, spread another layer and, without a by-your-leave, laid on another brick. The foundations grew visibly, The building rose, tall and strong, to shelter men. I thought, Lord, of that poor brick buried in the darkness at the base of the big building. No one sees it, but it accomplishes its task, and the other bricks need it. Lord, what difference whether I am on the rooftop or in the foundations of your building, as long as I stand faithfully at the right place? Welcome Claire Myers you are in the right place. Welcome Claire Myers to BUM Church as she was Baptized January 7, 2018, in our Contemporary Service and became a member of Bremen United Methodist Church.

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, Tuna, Syrup, Soup, Cake Mix, Laundry Soap.

Special Sisters


Secret Sister assignments are out...I hope you have sent your sister a note.... Valentine's Day is coming soon.......

BUMC Seniors Lunch


Will be on Wednesday, Feb 7. The hall will be open, so feel free to come around 11 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

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


A big Thank You to all who sent birthday cards to mother on her 101st birthday. Also for cards she received at Christmas. It is so nice to know she is still thought about. God Bless each of you!
Doug & Elaine Snyder

Anita Huff would like to Thank everyone for their Prayers and concerns during her hip surgery and recovery. Seemed to help as she is bouncing right back.




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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