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


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.

E-Giving

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!

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.”