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

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (Psalm 118:1) 3“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3)

I was just thinking...

...that the Hebrew word “chesed” isn’t easy to translate into English. As a matter of fact, it would take a bushel basket to carry all the adjectives needed to begin to translate it. Most modern translations use the phrase “loving-kindness.” But the word embodies the totality of God’s love for you. It includes compassion and mercy, patience and endurance, gentleness and so much more. These scriptures weave a thread through this concept of God’s loving-kindness for you. It describes God’s in- credible love and concern for and His action on behalf of His people, both in the Old and New Covenant. How do we practice “loving-kindness” in our own lives? How do we show that same loving kindness to the person we are in conflict with or that unlovable person we see all too often? How do we love them like God loves them? What if we just start with thinking positive thoughts and then practice just smiling and being kind to them. I believe if we actively pray for them everyday, praying that God would bless them and love them, eventually we will be practicing this loving-kindness in every aspect of our lives. A prayer from Saint Theresa: May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let this pres- ence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us. Amen

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

Greetings from our Director, Beth Fraine

We had another successful year with our Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs. We had a nice turn out for helpers and would like to thank each one of them. We ended up making over 1000 eggs and selling each one. We look forward to seeing you all next year.

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

Napkins, Dish Soap, Paper Plates

April Birthdays

02 Judy Redman, Mike Huppert, Mark Grossman
03 Cheryl Rager
06 Liz Anderson
08 Logan Paul
09 Lindy Breeden
16 Diane Hawks
17 Dorothy Bollinger
19 Rick Rager
21 Troy Huff
23 Abby Campbell
25 Sandy Krost

April Anniversaries

20 Bob & Connie Wilson 50 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 BUM

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.

Cap'n's Corner

Two of our sons use to blog. For Last month I shared Chad’s story, “Who’s your Drano.” This is Todd’s story, “He Waited Up.” This was written while he lived in Rensselaer and worked at Coleman Cable in Lafayette, now a part of SouthWire. Most of you know that Todd, Jenn, and Henry, (our adorable grandson!) now live in Bremen, where he works at the Bremen plant. “So I ventured back to Bremen earlier this week to attend a meeting at the Bremen plant and also continue research regarding some problems in Lafayette. As an added bonus, I was able to spend time with friends and family.

I left for Bremen right after class so I ended up driving up the lane to my parent’s house just as the digital display reached midnight. As I walked up to the house, I noticed that the lights in the living room were still glowing bright. Upon opening the front door, I could even hear the TV. This was a bit surprising. The parents usually hit the hay in pretty good time- kind of like me (as Jenn pointed out last night). Anyway, Dad was still sitting in his chair, AWAKE!! I asked him what he was doing and he said, “Well, I just wanted to make sure you got in okay.”

Of course, this shouldn’t have been surprising.

But, in a way, it was pretty awesome. I mean, here I am getting very close to 30 and Dad waited up to make sure that I got in okay. This meant a lot. I kind of think this is a lot like God. He waits up for us, too.

Thanks Dad.

How true those words are that God waits up for us. Revelations 3 verse 20 says, “Here I am! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Jesus doesn’t force his way into our lives, it is up to us to open the door of our hearts to him, and as Pastor Lynn’s message taught us, “His Outrageous Love."

Have a great day!!

Cap’n Bob

Prayer Vigil

April prayer vigil will be Wednesday, April 4. 6 a.m. to 6. p.m. Sign up for your half or full hour we'll be in the fellowship hall Sunday before. The prayer vigil is set up so we can have one time each month that we know continued prayers are going up. We have a booklet of prayer concerns and joys for your convenience. The front page is a list of all the most recent Prayers offered through the previous month. If you read through this saying your own prayer for each Mentioned you will be close to one hour in prayer. There is always a special feeling when you come to the sanctuary in the quiet of the day to spend time with God....please come if you can.

Highlights from Ad council meeting

i>Devotions: The words we say reveal our hearts. Honor God and Build each other up. James 3.
• Women’s Retreat called “Breathe” went well with 49 women attending.
• Six youth are attending confirmation class led by Pastor Lynn and mentors assisting. They will be confirmed Easter Sunday.
• Security, emergency, and how to respond to strangers who need help processes will be planned by a team.
• Day Care sold out of Easter eggs. Thank you to all that helped. Day Care Graduation will be Thursday, May 17th.
• Trustees are planning a Spring Clean Up day soon. Master plan for old Day Care removal, parking lot, playground, storage building, etc. being discussed. • Website is being reviewed and updated.
• Missions’ Team is planning how best to lead the church mission projects. If you have ideas please advise Pastor Lynn or other team members so they can determine best path forward.
• Technology Team has been organized and working

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

Bums ..( all Seniors and guest). Lunch is Wednesday, April 4. Beginning at 11 for visiting and lunch at noon. This carry in is always a good time and good food. Invite a friend or two. Just bring a covered dish share...everything else will be there. See ya there!


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.

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Fellowship in Use 8–10 AM

Ad Council Meeting 6 PM


BUM Breakfast 8:30

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 A

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8:30 Traditional Worship

10:00 Contemporary Worship With Communion


FX3, With Trudy 6:30 PM


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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