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Lenten Series & Holy Week Schedule- “With All Your Heart”

Join us once again in this season of formation and preparation, as we approach the 40 days of Lent from a variety of different perspectives and points along the Christian journey. During this season, new and longtime Christians alike hear the call to return to God with all their hearts, thus entering a season historically characterized by much prayer and fasting. May your Lenten season be one of challenge, commitment, and support as the church responds to the call of God – “Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12).

  • Fifth Sunday of Lent – April 7, 2019, “Making a New Thing”
  • Passion/Palm Sunday – April 14, 2019 – Choir Cantata – We Remember Calvary
  • Maundy-Thursday – April 18, 2019, Trinity Park UMC – 7:00 PM
  • Good Friday – April 19, 2019, Trinity Park UMC – 7:00 PM
  • Community Easter Egg Hunt – April 20, 2019, Riley Park – 11 AM
  • Easter Sunday – April 21, 2019, “Believing”

Are you in Need of Prayer?


Join us in the chapel for a sweet time of prayer.

  • 1st Tuesday of each month: 10:00 a.m.
  • 3rd Thursday of each month: 1:30 p.m.

Life is fragile, handle with prayer. 

Help Wanted

To fulfill our vision of what Bradley United Methodist Church needs to be, we have a few openings for paid staff positions. If you are interested, you can find more information on our Help Wanted page.

Current openings include:

  • Praise Team Leader

Opportunities to Serve in Love and Share in Hope

Saturday, April 13 – The Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen is hosting their 8th annual “Leap of Faith” Dinner/Auction at St. Michael’s Catholic Church – Parish Live Center Door # 4
5:30 pm – Dinner at 6:30 pm with meat provided by BBQ’N Fools followed by a live auction by Addisons. Tickets are $40.  For tickets or to donate to Auction, contact kbmks.org or call (317) 462-9900.The Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen is funded solely by donations and grants.  Your participation would be a blessing.

Mission Opportunity! Mission Trip to Henderson Settlement – We will be taking a work team to Henderson Settlement Oct 6-9. Our plans are to leave Sunday afternoon, work for two full days on Monday and Tuesday and return Wednesday morning. Anyone can be a part of this team! We will find a job for you and you will be blessed by the experience! Contact the church office to sign up. Contact Gerry Smith for more information or follow Henderson Settlement on Facebook.

Love INC of Greater Hancock County is part of a national movement of other Love INC affiliates across the United States and beyond. Since 2004, our phone clearinghouse has been helping churches reach out into the community to share hope and effect change.  Bradley UMC is a charter member of Love INC.  In 2018, here is what Love INC accomplished within Hancock County:

  • Number of Calls received and processed: 1,087
  • Numbers of Needs expressed by callers: 1,530
  • Numbers of Church Referrals: 874
  • Needs satisfied through Acts of Service: 198
  • Needs satisfied through Product Ministries: 1,400
  • Needs satisfied with Financial Assistance: $37,054
  • Number of Volunteers: Over 1,700
  • Volunteer Hours (estimated): Over 6,600

The Love INC Clearinghouse is connecting people to resources in our community.

The heartbeat of the Love INC Ministry:

  • Where the focus is on the person in need, not just their expressed need
  • Working to connect the person in need to those serving them: churches, agencies and other resources
  • Acting as the mechanism to mobilize the volunteer through current and new ministry opportunities

Gap Ministries within Love INC – The purpose of a Gap Ministry is to provide a resource or service to meet ongoing needs that are not currently being met by agencies, government, or churches. Love INC helps churches “fill in the gap.”  Gap Ministries are a powerful way for Love INC to fulfill its mission to mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities in the Name of Christ.

Two of the Gap Ministries need our help:

The Ramp Ministry (through SAWS & Park Chapel) that Love INC partners with has an available opportunity to serve.  The current draftsman is losing the sight in one eye, making the drawing of ramps difficult.  He as asked for someone to help with the process.  You don’t need to be a CAD person.  There are alternatives for doing the drawings.  Two or three drawings a week is a good estimate and if they get more than one person to help, the number of drawings would be less.  There are also approved requests for ramps that need pictures taken and measurements.  If you can operate a tape measure and have a phone that takes pictures, you can do site evaluations.  There is a tutorial on their website (www.sawsramps.org) under “Stories & Videos.  Call Love INC or email Rik Hagarty at rhagarty@Sawsramps.org.

The Furniture Ministry – The St. Michael’s Furniture Ministry has been in existence for 16 years and is a partner with Love INC providing furniture to those in need.  Last year, around 9 families per week received furniture from the Furniture Ministry.  They need to vacate their current location of around 2,500 SF by April 1st.  While this is an ideal size, they could also manage to store the furniture in a smaller space. A large outbuilding at a business, church, or even on someone’s property with a garage door for easy access is desirable.  If you know of a space or a person or business that could possibly help the Furniture Ministry with a new space, contact Love INC.

Monday – Friday: 9:30am — 12:30pm
(317) 468-6300

40 Cans For Lent – Lent begins Wednesday, March 3. Once again we will be collecting 40 cans of food and other necessities for the Hancock Food Panty beginning Sunday, March 6. As you do your grocery shopping during this Lenten season, pick up an extra can of food for those less fortunate than you. There will be collection centers set up outside the doors of the sanctuary.

Items in High Demand at Hancock County Food Pantry:

  • Peanut Butter (15 – 20 oz)
  • Canned Protein (tuna, chicken, etc)
  • Canned Fruit
  • Boxed Cereals
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent (20 oz size)
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Kleenex
  • Toilet Paper (4 roll packages)

We will be accepting donations through Sunday, April 7. Monetary donations are also welcome. Just make the checks out to Bradley UMC and put “40 Cans For Lent” in the memo.

Monday, April 8, 2019 – Community Blood Drive – 3:00-7:00PM – The bloodmobile will be in the church parking lot. Click on the following link to register: https://www.donorpoint.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/123178  Although the Indiana Blood Center was founded in 1952, today, the Indiana Blood Center supplies blood services, blood products, and specialty services to more than 60 hospitals across the state and collects more than 130,000 units of blood annually.  One donation can save as many as three lives.  Someone in the United States needs blood every two seconds.  There are many benefits for blood donors as well.  Donating reduces stress and promotes well-being, lowers the risk of heart disease, and the donor receives a free health check up.

To donate, you must be at least 19 years old (parent/guardian consent is needed for donors 16 – 19 years old) and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.  You must also pass a brief mini-physical and health history screening, be healthy, and bring your ID.
The Bloodmobile will be located in the Bradley UMC parking lot (on the corner of Main & Pennsylvania Streets) on Monday, 4/8 from 3 pm – 7 pm.  To schedule a donation, go to the link above.  Walk-ins are accepted.  We have committed to 15 units.  Roll up your sleeve to help those in need.

Saturday, April 20, 2019 – Community Easter Egg Hunt – It is that time of year again! Our Easter Egg Hunt is on April 20th this year and preparations are under way. During the month of March we will start collecting candy and non-candy items! We already have collected enough plastic eggs for this year. More than 14,000! There will be boxes for your donations by the doors in the sanctuary and by the church office. Please start bringing in your donations on March 3rd. We will also be collecting monetary donations. Please place them in the offering plate or in the blue box outside the church office and make sure it is marked for the Easter egg hunt. Also, be on the lookout in our bulletin for a volunteer sign up later this month! This event takes lots of people to make it successful and each year you amaze me with your support! There will be opportunities to fill eggs, count eggs, hide eggs, monitor the areas, hand out prizes, cook the hot dogs, hand out food and much more! We will continue to plan the hunt at our monthly family life meetings. Please feel free to join us, Monday, March 18th at 7pm in room 202. Your donations, volunteering and prayers are greatly appreciated! 

Church Wish List – 

  • We seek donations to replace the office manager’s computer ($1,735).The computer was long overdo for an upgrade. Please list in check memo computer. Your support is always appreciated.

Food PantryEvery Sunday is Food Pantry Sunday!  Bring non-perishables and paper products any time.  Boxes are located outside the parlor and outside the office. The food pantry needs canned pineapple, children’s cereal, birthday bags (cake mix, frosting, birthday candles, party favors in a birthday bag) and medium and small boxes for packing the items.  Contact Bob True for info.

Kenneth Butler Soup Kitchen – Attention Amazon Shoppers! Please be sure to go to smile.amazon.com and choose Kenneth Butler Soup Kitchen to be your charity. Amazon will .5% of your eligible purchases to us! Easy, peasy, painless!

The Landing – Be Jesus’ hands and feet in the world— please sign up to prepare or serve dinner at The Landing on the second Wednesday of the month. It’s your chance to serve those less fortunate and in so doing, serve our Lord. Shifts are from 3-5:30 pm and 5:30-7 pm. Help others to “recover from hurts, habits and hang ups. The signup sheets are at the back of the sanctuary. For more information, please contact Kathy Locke, Bob True or Sue True.

LOVE INC Clearinghouse Help – Love In The Name of Christ is seeking volunteers for the Clearinghouse.  With Christmas fast approaching, we expect it to be very busy with God doing a lot of wonderful things.  Hours for the Clearinghouse are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  In the very near future, the plan is to change the Clearinghouse hours from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ONE DAY PER WEEK. If you are able to help and you feel the Lord is calling you to serve Him through Love INC, please contact Michelle at (317) 468-6300 or michelle@loveinc-ghc.org. There are multiple ways to serve here at Love INC, which include providing transportation, building ramps, helping our Furniture Ministry pick up and deliver furniture, as well as other opportunities.  There is nothing more amazing than seeing God at work, changing lives every day!

Items Needed at Hope House  – The Hope House homeless shelter is in need of the following items:

  • industrial mop heads
  • paper towels
  • 39 Gal. Trash bags
  • Tall Kitchen trash bags

These items can be taken directly to the Hope House located at 35 E. Pierson Street, Greenfield, IN 46140.

Meals on Wheels Opportunity – Bradley UMC delivers Meals on Wheels in Greenfield on Thursdays and is looking for a few more volunteers. Meals are picked up at Hancock Health and volunteers donate approximately an hour and a half once a month delivering meals and spending a few minutes visiting with clients. If you can support this opportunity please see Kathy McCorkle, or sign up in the library.

Opportunities to Connect in Faith and Grow in Grace

Jim Dandy Regular – Thursdays @ Noon – Jim Dandy restaurant will have a place set up for those who want to gather for lunch. This is a group of seniors who meet weekly for fellowship and food.

Friday Night Game Night – A new small group is forming! The age range is 20s to 40s. They will be meeting Fridays in the Fellowship Hall at 7pm. Want to join them? Bring a game and a dish to share! Children are welcome! 

Monday, April 1 – Men’s book club – The Men’s book club will take a break in March but will meet again on April 1 to discuss “Only Time Will Tell” by Jeffrey Archer. 

Saturday, April 6 – UMW Spring Salad Luncheon – Ladies, mark your calendars! April 6th at 11:00 am we will host our “Spring Salad Luncheon”. Reservations are needed and we need at least 25 ladies to sign up or we will have to cancel. Charlotte Chandler will discuss how to plant and take care of succulent plants. Sign up sheets will be out soon.

Sunday, April 14 – Lenten breakfast – Mission Trip fundraiser Lenten breakfast is back! Please plan to join us April 14 following the 8:30 service for a delicious breakfast of egg casseroles, fruit salad and breads. A good will offering will benefit the Bradley UMC team planning a Henderson settlement mission trip in October, 2019. 

Sunday, April 28 – UMF Financial seminar – Sunday April 28, 9:45-10:45am, The United Methodist Foundation will share it’s expertise in the financial arena with churches and their members. This informative seminar will be in place of Sunday School classes that day. 


Summary: There is an old saying, “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” It certainly feels that way much of the time. However, as Christians we also know we need to make faithful plans around our life (and death). As we have given each week from our paychecks we also want to think about how we share our accumulated assets with the people and causes that matter most to us. Join us for a review of important things to think about. Topics will include documents you need to have in place, possibilities for planned gifts today, and options for giving in the event of death.