Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Congregational Letter

Dear Church,
Our Hanfield family had a vision years ago for reaching the Bend of the River Neighborhood for Jesus. More recently we celebrated the collective gifts God gave us through the Hanfield and God’s Grace ministries that led us to establish a second Hanfield site, the BORN Campus. Early in 2017, BORN Campus leadership asked us to consider participating in a different kind of partnership with them, feeling this would allow them to minister more effectively to the BORN community. After months of prayer, study, struggle and consideration, the Administrative Council, made up of congregants of both campuses, voted unanimously on October 10 to commission BORN as a new church. This church-to-church partnership is scheduled to replace our current campus-to-campus partnership effective January 1, 2018.

In light of our recent sermon series at Crossroads, a correlation with Paul and Timothy is appropriate. Both were called to make disciples and, for a season, partnered closely in this responsibility. A point came when Paul and Timothy recognized that while God was still calling them to make disciples, God was also calling them to change their relationship as they fulfilled that call. Their partnership shifted from serving together in every capacity to blessing and supporting each other to follow the individual visions God had given them. In like manner, we want to commission our family at the BORN Campus as the BORN Church.

It is with gratitude to God and to both campus congregations that we recognize the successful commissioning of a new church. God exceeded our expectations! While we envisioned a second site, God granted us a second church!

Moving forward, we want to recognize that this church-to-church relationship is an ongoing, supportive partnership where each church is welcomed to offer support to the other.

Kingdom Partners,

Rev. Tim Helm            Rev. Chuck Vernon            Mr. Scott Hoeksema

Senior Pastor                      Campus Pastor                            Administrative Council Chairman

Friday, October 20, 2017

Everyone is invited to join us on Sunday Morning
for a monumental announcement!

Pastor Tim and Pastor Chuck
will speak at both campuses
10am at the Crossroads Campus
Noon at the BORN Campus
This Sunday, October 22, 2017
(We'll have all our regular services, too, at 8:30am, 11am & 11:07am)

If you miss it we will have a post online by 1:30pm on Sunday
and a letter in your mailbox at home on Monday.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

E-giving Update

We do not usually post this kind of thing here on the main page, but our online giving partner, E-giving, made some changes to the way they handled our transactions. It was really a technological and administrative move so I will not bore you with the details, but it did affect our giving link. If you experienced any difficulties this weekend in your E-giving, you can now use the link provided on the giving page and at the bottom of this post just as you have in the past.

Why Should I Give?

At Hanfield, we believe all Christians are called to be good stewards of the resources they have been given. These resources include time, talents, gifts, and money. What does it mean to be a "good steward?" It starts by understanding that all we have is a gift from God. It is not ours to give to Him; it's His already! Then, when we use those resources in a way that helps further God's kingdom, we are being good stewards. As an added bonus, most gifts given to Hanfield are tax deductible.
"So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?" (Luke 16:11)

Tithes? Offerings?

tithe is generally one-tenth of a person's income and has roots as far back as Abraham (Genesis 14:18-20). Tithing is a practice that prompted the only time in scripture when God tells us to test Him (Malachi 3:10). When Jesus was asked about tithing, He focused attention on one's inward attitudes and regarded stewardship of finances as an indication of trustworthiness with spiritual things (Luke 16:11). At Hanfield, we challenge our congregation to tithe faithfully.
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it." (Malachi 3:10)
Offerings are financial contributions that are given above and beyond the tithe. These are more commonly for one-time or periodic ministries or projects.
Let's face it—a church cannot survive without the financial contributions of its members. Hanfield is no exception. Your tithe is what keeps the church running—supporting evangelism, outreach, and missionaries as well as maintaining the property, equipment, and staff. Special offerings (above the tithe) are what helps support special causes or projects such as BEST Bags, Sweet Dreams and more.

How Do I Give?

Cash or Checks

It's easy! Financial contributions can be made via cash or check made payable to Hanfield UMC. You can place your offering in the offering basket during Sunday morning services, drop it in the drop box outside the church office during office hours, or mail it to Hanfield UMC, 101 N 400E, Marion, IN 46952.


You pay your bills online, why not give your tithes and offerings online, too? We are excited to provide an E-giving service to you. You can make a one-time contribution, or set up a recurring contribution schedule. Contributions can come directly from your checking account (ACH) or you can use a credit card. This is a convenient way to remember your tithes and offerings, even when you're not in town!
CLICK THIS LINK: Get started with E-giving now!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Hanfield to Host RightNow Media's 'Work As Worship' Video Conference

God has a purpose for us on this earth. That calling is to be on mission for God where He has placed us. And since many people spend the majority of their waking hours on the job, we have to stop compartmentalizing life into “spiritual activities” and “work activities.” 

How are we living examples of the gospel while we work?

You’re invited to the 2018 Work as Worship Retreat, where eleven influential business leaders and pastors will discuss what it looks like to connect faith and work. Taking place as a 1–Day Local Church Retreat on February 23, 2018, the live event in Dallas will be web-streamed to churches around the world - including Hanfield.

Join Patrick Lencioni (Author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team), Joel Manby (CEO, SeaWorld), Phil Vischer (Creator, VeggieTales and Jellyfish Labs), Wendy Davidson (President, US Specialty Channels Kellogg Company), Matt Chandler (Lead Pastor, The Village Church), and others in a day filled with real-life stories, biblical teaching, and practical wisdom that will equip believers in the marketplace to see their work as an opportunity to care for their families, fulfill their calling, and bring glory to God.

Click HERE to learn more or register for the Retreat.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

8 Things You Didn’t Know about Rich Mullins

Rich Mullins: A Ragamuffin's Legacy
Twenty years ago this month, singer-songwriter Rich Mullins lost his life in a car accident on his way to a benefit concert in Kansas. We remember him from hit songs like “Awesome God” and “Sing Your Praise to the Lord.”
At the peak of his career, Mullins turned his back on fame and success to live on a Native American reservation in New Mexico, teaching music to children and sharing his simple hope in the gospel of Jesus.
But who really was the enigmatic performer whose bold honesty ruffled the feathers of the music industry.
We get to know him better in Rich Mullins: A Ragamuffin’s Legacy. In this documentary (available on Faithlife TV with a free trial subscription), those who knew him best remember his lasting influence and how his deep devotion shaped their lives.
Here are eight things you might not know about Rich Mullins.

Mullins struggled with “fitting in.”

Friends said he was a complicated mix of talent and magnetism, piety and mystery. “Every single place he went,” recalled one, “he created community.” Yet those same friends sensed a lingering loneliness as if he was never fully a part of the communities that grew around his popularity.

Mullins was a piano prodigy.

He began playing the piano at age 4, practicing in their rural Indiana church and picking up tunes in between his sister’s piano lessons. He always wanted to add his own flourishes to the music as written.

But he couldn’t change a lightbulb.

In a part of the country where sports ability and mechanical savvy were highly valued, Rich was the artistic one. “He literally could not change a lightbulb,” said his sister. “He was incapable.”

His compassion made him different.

At about age six, Mullins announced he wanted to be a missionary. And from an early age, he was known for his caring heart. His brother shared that when they watched John Wayne movies, Mullins would cry if Indians were shot.

The family pastor challenged him to think.

During their years in Indiana, the Mullins family’s pastor challenged them to read Scripture for themselves as he preached. He insisted they not take his word for it, but look for context in verses before and after sermon texts. Years later, Mullins said the Bible “does not give us answers fitted to our small-minded questions, but truth that goes beyond what we even know to ask.”

He struggled with the spotlight.

After the first time he played the piano in church (around age 10), Rich was asked how he thought he did. “Pretty well,” he replied. “People seemed to enjoy it. They clapped.” He was promptly told that if people clapped for his performance, he did not point them to God. That early influence helped shape his later ministry.

Rebellion marked his early life.

Mullins was known to skip school, and one day his high school administrators called home to ask where he was. His mother replied that he had left on time; she assumed he was in class. But then she knew where he was: at the local Methodist church, playing music. Of course.

College friends gave him a boost.

Mullins got his performing start with a Christian band called Zion, playing at coffeehouses, high schools, and youth group gatherings in the Cincinnati area. As he preached between songs, the group grew into a ministry. Many of his Zion friends would remain with him the rest of his life.
“During his life, Rich Mullins challenged the sensibilities of what it means to follow Jesus in today’s world,” said James Bryan Smith, a professor and author who wrote a biography on Mullins. “And now in his death, he challenges all to build upon his legacy of joy, compassion, brokenness, unblinking honesty, and wonder of an Awesome God.”

Friday, October 6, 2017

Now Hiring: Worship Arts and Communications Director

Submit your Resume HERE.

Job Description:
In the Worship area, under the leadership and direction of our Chief of Staff and Senior Pastor, you will give direction to our worship ministry and worship teams (8:30am and 11am services at the Crossroads Campus) – composing 70% of your assigned duties. This includes but is not limited to:
  • leading worship regularly, as well as mentoring and raising up volunteer worship leaders
  • choosing weekly music sets and assisting in the service planning process
  • leading weekly rehearsals – training, growing, and mentoring worship and music teams
  • administrative duties involved in weekly ministry responsibilities
In Communications and IT areas, under the leadership and direction of our Chief of Staff, you will assist in the execution of regular communication functions (composing 20% of your assigned duties) and IT oversight (composing 10% of your assigned duties).  This includes but is not limited to:
  • administration support for printed materials for Sunday services (bulletins and other promo like pre-service slides)
  • assisting in oversight, content creation, and administration support for social media platforms, church app, and other communication functions
  • administering IT accounts for programs, phones, Wi-Fi networks and office computers – troubleshooting when necessary

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Mentor-Protege Relationship

A Fall Sermon Series
Beginning this Sunday (October 1)
Drawn from Second Timothy
The last book Paul wrote before his martyrdom

Friday, September 29, 2017

You are invited to bring the whole family to 
River's Edge Family Golf Center
(1921 N Huntington Road, Marion)
on October 14th at 4pm

The Pairs and Spares ABF will provide
meat and buns for a cookout.
You can bring a side dish to share.
River's Edge has pumpkins, a hay maze, corn box
and all their other regular offerings.
Sign up at the Welcome Center or contact Jordan Kilgren.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

It's not too late... join a Sunday night gathering!

We have 4 six-week groups available and this will be their second week.
They meet each Sunday from 6pm to 7:30pm and run through November 5.
(We'll take October 22 off for Fall Break.)

At the Movies
Overflow 106
Mike Jessup

The Book of Ruth
Overflow 105
Brad Terhune

To Speak the Name
Prayer Room
Kent Kessler

Membership Class
Conference Room (in the Offices)
Tim Helm

There are also GAP Kids (A Children's Prayer group), Club 56
and Youth Group events each Sunday night.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Kicking off a new series tonight (We are the Church!) 
playing games outside with Coach Dave! 
Come ready to get sweaty (wearing tennis shoes)! 
(Snacks and refreshments after games during our lesson.) 
At Crossroads Campus @hanfieldUMC, 6-7:30pm.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Annex... and Kick Off Cook Off!

This is going down today... 
and Kick Off Cook Off is going down tomorrow! 

Bring your family to church for Kick Off Sunday
and your chili to the cook off afterward!
(Services at 8:30am and 11am)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hi Women’s Bible Study friends!

I would like to invite you to join me this fall for study, fun and fellowship at Women’s Bible Study at Hanfield. This fall we will be using the new study by Kelly Minter, “All Things New” on the book of 2 Corinthians. We will meet every Wednesday at 9:30-11:30 am or 6:30-8:30 pm. Babysitting will be available for the morning session only.

The study includes a workbook with 5 daily homework sessions and a 30-minute weekly video teaching. Cost of the workbook is $13.

We begin Wednesday, Sept 13. Can you come? Please let me know so I can get enough books. This group is open to any woman so invite your friends!

Also, we are looking for responsible adults willing to babysit on Wednesday mornings. It is a paid position. Do you know of anyone?

I look forward to you joining this study this fall. Will you please let me know if you plan to come?

In Him,
Cris Bragg

Sunday, August 13, 2017

How to love someone you hate...

We live in a world brimming with rude manners, selfishness, hatred, malice and poor intentions. At some point, we've all been let down, manipulated, bullied, physically hurt or criticized. And when we are backstabbed, heart-broken or betrayed, it’s empowering to hate the people who have hurt us. Often, our first reaction is to strike back or feel bitter. Maybe you’ve even wished someone was dead.

1 John 4:20-21 says, “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”

John, one of Jesus’s best friends, makes it clear that you can’t love God and hate God’s people. And guess what? All people are God’s people. If we love God, we have to love others. So how do we love those we hate?

4 Ways to Love Someone You Hate:

1. Put the situation in context.

“Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly” (John 7:24).

Jesus was often judged during His ministry by people who doubted He was the Messiah. In John 7, the Jews claimed Jesus was demon possessed because He healed someone on the Sabbath, a day set aside for rest. Was Jesus possessed by demons? No! But the Jews let appearances, not realities, determine their opinions of Jesus.

We often judge people based on what they’ve done or how they look instead of who they are. Before you judge on looks or actions, remember that every person is created by God. When we put others in the context of being God’s loved creation, it’s a lot more difficult to hate them.

2. Forgive them.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32).

We love that God has forgiven us, but for some reason, we find it hard to forgive others. But if our sin is forgivable, others’ sin is forgivable! Unforgiveness is a burden that keeps us chained to our past and incapable of reaching our future. When we forgive those we hate, it brings us freedom. Forgiving releases our hearts from carrying around resentment and bitterness. And, it demonstrates to those who have hurt us the ultimate forgiveness Jesus made possible when he died on the cross.

3. Pray for them.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:43-45).

It is impossible to hate someone you’re praying for! Pray for the person who has hurt you, broken your heart or betrayed you, and you will find that as you ask God to move in his or her life your hate will slowly fade.

4. Encourage them.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29).

The best way to kill hatred is celebration. When we celebrate the blessings of others, our hatred will eventually turn to love.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Baptismal Service Moved to August 27th

Are you baptized?
We believe that water baptism is a sacrament of the church commanded by Christ and ordained as a means of grace when received through faith. It is a token of our profession of Christian faith and sign of God's gracious ministry toward us. By baptism, He works within us to quicken, strengthen and confirm our faith.
We believe that water baptism is a sacrament of the church, commanded by our Lord and administered to believers. It is a symbol of the new covenant of grace and signifies acceptance of the benefits of the atonement of Jesus Christ. By means of this sacrament, believers declare their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior.
This year's Baptism Service will be on August 27th
and held once again at the Vetor's Pond
Carry-in Meal @ 1pm and Baptism @ 2pm

Friday, August 4, 2017

You Need to Pray

Annual Prayer Walk at Allen Elementary
 Wednesday, August 9th

This will be right after the school's open house. 
We will gather in the school lobby.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Jesus Prayer...

...also called the Prayer of the Heart, the Prayer of a Single Thought, or simply The Prayer

Theologically, the Jesus' Prayer is considered to be the response of the Holy Tradition to the lesson taught by the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee, in which the Pharisee demonstrates the improper way to pray by exclaiming: "Thank you Lord that I am not like the Publican", whereas the Publican prays correctly in humility, saying 
"Lord have mercy on me, a sinner" (Luke 18:10-14).

Friday, June 16, 2017

Men’s health is a family matter.

This is why Hanfield is hosting Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings on Friday, June 23, 2017. The screenings provided focus on vascular disease, a leading cause of illness, death and disability among men.

Screenings are fast, painless and affordable. Three key tests check for blocked carotid arteries, an irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, and high blood pressure, which are the three leading risk factors for stroke.

Other tests check for abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women. Many events also offer blood tests, including cholesterol, glucose and c-reactive protein screenings, as well as take-home colon cancer early detection tests.

Screening packages start at $139. Single tests cost around $70.

For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-888-653-6441 or go to or text the word circle to 797979. Pre-registration is required.

Monday, June 5, 2017

If you did not get to see the painting
that was done during service this week,
here is your chance to see it up close!

Friday, May 26, 2017

A boy with a bb gun on his grandfather’s farm and the entire summer before him is the richest man in the world.
I was eight years old. My grandfather bought me a pump-model rifle and one of those milk cartons full of bb’s, and I had endless acres of irrigation ditches to explore, hunting frogs. They’re naturally camouflaged little buggers—all green and brown blotches just the color of muddy water and moss—and they’re smart enough to lie very still until you’re almost upon them. They know if they move they’ll reveal their location (a lesson learned by many a lost frog thanks to the herons that have hunted them since time gone by).
My early successes were minimal. I tried sneaking up, but the little amphibians would remain hidden in the reeds and mossy bays, lying stock-still, and my untrained eyes couldn’t pick them out. The technique involved walking slowly along the banks, intentionally disturbing the frogs but not scaring the bejesus out of them, so that they would dive or hop or swish and catch my eye, and then I could stand still as the heron and wait for them to re-surface and take my shot. 
It was the beginning of a boy’s education in one of the fundamental lessons of life: There is a way things work.
You can’t ignore the oil level in your truck and expect it to run forever. You can’t go out and run a marathon without training. If you try to put a stalk on a whitetail, you’d better be downwind. If that canoe you overloaded turns sideways in the current, you’re all going for a swim. There is a way things work.
I learned a lot of that glorious lesson at Pop’s farm over the years. You can’t forget your gloves when you’re out fixing the fence or you’ll have blisters for a week. You can’t run up to the horses feeding at the trough or they’ll spook (keep repeating that trick and they won’t feel safe around you). The magpie is a smart fellow—a genius compared to a pigeon—and you can’t just stroll out the back porch swinging your rifle or he’ll be gone in a whiff. You’ve got to hide that rifle in your pant leg and act as if you aren’t hunting at all.
There is a way things work.
This is one of the essential lessons in every boy’s life. Every man’s as well.
The brand new thought for most of us is that the very same thing holds true for the spiritual life—there is a way things work.
You can’t walk around with heaps of guilt on your heart and expect to be a joyful person. Confession does wonders for the soul. You can’t just blast out into your day without first dialing into God—not if you want his help. The relationship needs maintenance, like any other. If you move into a new apartment and start having nightmares, maybe you should have cleaned the place out first. There is a way things work.
Jesus acted like this in all his teaching. In fact, his fundamental lesson wasn’t so much about “salvation” but what he called the ways of the Kingdom of God:
Jesus went throughout Galilee teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the Kingdom... (Matthew 4:23).  
Jesus went through all the towns and villages teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the Kingdom… (Matthew 9:35).    
    The Kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his a mustard seed which a man took and planted in his field…like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour...the Kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. He even called his message “the gospel of the kingdom:”
“And this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)
Now, just like you have to learn the ways farm-life works, you have to learn the way God’s Kingdom works. Apparently, Jesus was so committed to teaching his followers how things work in the Kingdom of God (there is a way things work), he actually hung around for more than a month after his resurrection so he could make sure they got it right:
After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the Kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)
That’s a mind-blower—he lingered for forty days simply to finish their instruction in the ways of Kingdom living. He must have thought it was important.
A boy-becoming-a-man—and a man-who-is-still-two-thirds-boy—has a journey to take. Not only must he learn that there is a way things work, he must also learn to adapt himself and his way of living to that fact—from the frog, to the oil, to the job, to the heart of a woman. This is how wisdom enters the soul.
The next frontier is one most men never venture into, to their everlasting regret. It’s learning how things work in the Kingdom of God and learning to adapt themselves and their way of life to accommodate for those realities. That man gets to reap the harvest of the greatest adventures, the greatest victories, and the greatest amount of happiness.
Christianity is not only about a few things like “heaven” and “salvation” and “sin.” It’s a Kingdom we’ve been invited into, an entire realm of wonder and danger and joy unspeakable—if we will commit ourselves to learn its ways.
There's a way things work.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

High School Senior Recognition Sunday

June 4th is a day of celebrating our graduating high school students. If you would like to be recognized that day, please visit this link and fill out the form.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

From teens... For teens...

Graduation Day is nearing.  These are some thoughts for our graduates and for those just entering their teens years.

In his book Thoughts for Young Men, J.C. Ryle wrote, "Youth is the seed-time of full age, the molding season in the little space of human life, the turning-point in the history of man's mind."  In other words, what each of us will become later in life largely depends on what we become now.  Are we taking that seriously?

In 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, the apostle Paul writes, "Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.  They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." (NIV).

We are convinced that the teen years are the primary time God has given us for "strict training."  Are you thinking, "Strict training?  You've got to be kidding!" Stick with me. 

Proverbs 20:29 says, "The glory of young men is their strength."  Did you catch that?  At no time are we better positioned to decide who we will become.  Our strength - sharp minds, energetic bodies, and flexible schedules - is our glory.  We are not likely to have this same set of strengths ever again.  By choosing to use our teen years for strict training, we can choose to set direction, develop character, and build momentum for an amazing future.

But what happens when we fail to use our teen years for strict training?  What does a belly flop in real life look like?   Unfortunately, it's not too difficult to find out.

A growing movement of young people is rebelling against low expectations of today's culture by choosing to "do hard things" for the glory of God.

Let's combat the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility and redefine it as a launching pad of life.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

If you are a mother, we're thankful for you. If you miss your mother or miss your children, we're praying for you. If you ache to be a mother, we're hoping with you. If you are a woman who nurtures others as a friend, aunt, neighbor, grandmother, or in any other role, we're grateful for you. Whether Mother's Day is a joy for you or something you dread, we want to see you; we're with you. Thank you for being just exactly who you are.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Attention Junior and Senior High Teens and their Families:
Find out more about Fairmount Teen Camp at
Check out their camp event pages on FB -
JrHi ( ) and
SrHi ( )

FairmountCamp2017 from Level 13 Church on Vimeo.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hanfield is pleased to welcome Rev. Jeff Brady as our new Student Ministries Director. Jeff and his wife, Heather, have been married for 11 years. They have a married daughter, Kaitlyn (Trenton) Horn and a 10-year-old son, Jakob. Jeff has been a youth pastor for nearly 11 years and earned his Master of Divinity from Wesley Seminary and was ordained in 2016 in The Wesleyan Church. In his spare time, Jeff loves reading, spending time with his family, and playing PS4 with Jakob. 

Heather is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and Professor in the School of Nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University. She mentors young women and leads a small group for some of her nursing students. Her favorite place to hang out is a quiet night at home unless a trip to the beach is possible. 

Jakob is a fifth grader currently attending Justice Thurgood Marshall Intermediate School and loves Minecraft, hanging out with Papa, and learning to fish with Mama.

They are very excited to join the Hanfield family, and we are excited to see him use his gifts and calling with our youth. Be sure and say, “Hello!". Jeff will be getting settled in the office, but loves getting together for coffee and conversation, as he puts it, “as we go all-in together".

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Thursday, April 13 at 6:00pm
at the Crossroads Campus

(RSVP through the church office)

Friday, April 7, 2017

Taking our prayer to the streets...

We will gather on the north side of the Grant County Courthouse
at 6pm on Sunday, April 9th.  Our plan is to walk through the 
downtown area to pray for our community.

Club 56 and GAP Kids will ride the church bus from the 
Crossroads Campus.  The iLuminate Youth will walk as a
group from the BORN Campus.  Everyone is welcome!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Open Communion

The Passion Passion from Hanfield UMC on Vimeo.

“Ecumenically, the term ‘open communion’ … means that all of the baptized are welcome to receive,” This distinguishes our invitation from some other Christian denominations that may require additional rites before one is welcome to the table.
“United Methodists do not practice ‘wide open communion,' We are instructed to use the invitation as it appears in our ritual to make clear whom Christ does invite to his table. It is those who ‘love him, earnestly repent of their sin, and seek to be at peace with one another.’ While we serve all who present themselves, not questioning their integrity in response to the invitation, these are actual conditions.”

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Revival Thoughts

I get so fired up about what would happen here if the Spirit were to work in extraordinary power among us. The signs of revival would be obvious. We would experience a raging hunger to hear and obey God’s Word; overwhelming awe of God and a desire to glorify him; true sorrow for sins and a commitment to get things right with God and each other. We would see lost people coming to Christ for salvation.

Genuine revival is a sovereign work of God. We can’t demand it, manufacture it, or schedule it. But we can prepare for it. Preparation begins with a commitment to pray for revival; with a sense of desperation; with a hunger for more of God. We will pray like this: “O Lord, give us revival. And start with me.” It’s no coincidence that the Acts 2 revival in Jerusalem was preceded by ten days of concerted, intense prayer” “Send your promised Spirit.”

The question is this: will you commit to pray?

Leonard Ravenhiil was correct when he wrote:

“No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere.”

Pray! Don’t delay! This is urgent. This is the need of the hour. We need revival. Pray now!

Friday, March 24, 2017


The first church was a worshipping church:

“They devoted themselves to … the breaking of bread (Lord’s Supper) and the prayers (the daily three times of formal prayer) . 43 And awe (holy, reverent fear/respect) came upon every soul.”

In times of revival, we forget about ourselves because God is THE center. We’re consumed with our encounter with the living God through faith in our Savior Jesus Christ. There is a vivid illustration of this God-entranced worship in Revelation 4. We’re given a portal into the throne room of God. There, in the presence of Almighty God himself, the elders and angels around the throne can’t help themselves. They fall down before him. They cry out “holy, holy, holy Lord.”

Such worship makes no sense to a cold heart. But it makes perfect sense to a revived heart. The Holy Spirit makes us sensitive to and grateful for our mighty salvation in Jesus Christ. We respond to the mercy and grace of God to us.

A revived heart wants to bring glory to God - in every part of life. This is reflected at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. Their mission statement reads:

“We exist to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ.”

When the Holy Spirit is poured out in extraordinary measure, he makes God so huge in our minds and hearts that we want our whole lives to bring praise to him. We respond like the psalm writer:

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” - Psalm 34:1-3

In times of revival, we become 24/7 worshippers (see, for example, Romans 12:1-2). We live to bring glory to Jesus. It’s not so much about singing as it is about showing God’s majesty at home and work and everywhere through our joyful, faith-filled delight in and surrender to. We obey for the glory of the God who has saved us and kept us and loves us in his Son. A revived Christian believes his purpose is to be an all-out, in all things, all-the-time, “glorifier” of God.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Holy Spirit revival creates a raging hunger for the Word of God. These believers in Acts 2 “were devoted to the apostles’ teaching.” - v. 42. Every day, the apostles taught in the temple courts and in homes. And every day, the new Christians showed up to feast on the Word.

Revived Christians have an insatiable appetite for God’s voice. They have an experience similar to Jeremiah’s:

“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart …” - Jeremiah 15:16

I was a college student when I first turned to Jesus as my Savior and God. And my new Christian friends insisted that I go to church with them. The pastor’s name was William Still. He was a phenomenon in Scotland. Beginning in the 1940’s his preaching drew large crowds even when other churches were empty. I believe it was a revival that latest for decades. When I heard him explain and apply the Bible, I was gripped by God. It was a devastating experience. I wanted more and more and more. I started reading the Bible AND Bible commentaries. I couldn’t get enough of the Word. And I wasn’t alone - there was a whole church full of people with the same hunger.

There was a mighty revival when the Jews returned from exile in Babylon and the clearest sign was their hunger to heart the Bible:

“And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. 3 And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.” - Nehemiah 8:1-3

Churches in revival cry out, “Bring the Book!” They demand more Bible teaching. But that’s not all they do. When you’re in revival, you will love the Word, believe the Word, and OBEY the Word.

King Josiah was a godly young man who tried to bring Israel back to God. He destroyed pagan worship sites. But he had a huge obstacle to overcome: he had never read the Bible. He was mostly guessing at what the Lord wanted. Then, Hilkiah - the high priest - found a scroll of the Bible buried in a storage room in the temple. It was read to King Josiah. And it sparked a revival in the land:

“Then the king sent and gathered together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 30 And the king went up to the house of the Lord, with all the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the priests and the Levites, all the people both great and small. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant that had been found in the house of the Lord. 31 And the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book. 32 Then he made all who were present in Jerusalem and in Benjamin join in it. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers. 33 And Josiah took away all the abominations from all the territory that belonged to the people of Israel and made all who were present in Israel serve the Lord their God. All his days they did not turn away from following the Lord, the God of their fathers. 1 Josiah kept a Passover to the Lord in Jerusalem. And they slaughtered the Passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the first month. 2 He appointed the priests to their offices and encouraged them in the service of the house of the Lord.” - 2 Chronicles 34:29-35:2

Will you pray for an outpouring of the Spirit that results in a hunger to hear God’s voice in the Bible and a demand for more Bible teaching along with a commitment to obey whatever it teaches?