The Bulletin – February 7

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Speaker will discuss counseling techniques

GREENFIELD — Paul Romoser will teach the Techniques of Counseling class for Barclay College on the Brandywine Community Church campus Feb. 14 to March 14.

Romoser has been on staff at Brookville Road Community Church in New Palestine since 1994, working in family ministry. He graduated from Barclay College in Haviland, Kansas, then Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, with a master of science in clinical family therapy. He has logged more than 2,000 hours in marriage and family therapy.

“Paul Romoser fulfills our instructor goal of faculty who are not only academically qualified but are practicing well what they are teaching,” said Barclay site co-manager Gary Wright.

“We want more than theory and concepts; we want instructors who say, ‘This is what I do.’”

Techniques of Counseling is a course that familiarizes students with the basic concepts and theories of effective guidance and counseling. It does include laboratory experiences.

Barclay College-Brandywine Campus is in the second semester of its sixth year offering the fully accredited degree of Christian Ministry Leadership.

“This is an accelerated degree program to help adult students who already have jobs and families complete or finish their degrees and progress on to vocational leadership or Christian ministry,” Wright said.

“Our graduates have families, jobs and ministry positions. Our students are accomplishing their goal of reaching their dream of a fully accredited Christian college degree.”

Eight students have graduated in the program’s first three years.

The classes meet from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Brandywine Community Church campus. The classes are open to all. Financial aid is available.

Full semester Pell grants are available for those who qualify if enrolled in this course. Call Wright at 317-513-9042 or enroll at (select “Apply,” look for “Advantage Degree Completion” and select “Learn More,” then choose “Admissions.”)

Local center offers youth ministry grants

INDIANAPOLIS — The Youth Ministry Grant Initiative (YMGI) is a program of the Center for Congregations. YMGI is for congregations wanting to develop new and sustainable youth programming opportunities for sixth- through 12th grades.

This program includes financial support, as well as a thorough educational component. Congregations throughout Indiana may apply.

Learn more at

Program targets child sex abuse

FORTVILLE — Parents and those who work with children can learn how to prevent child sexual abuse by registering for a local program offered through Chaucie’s Place, a child advocacy organization based in Hamilton County.

Stewards of Children teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

The class is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Fortville Christian Church, 9450 N. County Road 200W, Fortville.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. There is no fee.

Register at

Dinner will follow Communion service

GREENFIELD — The Rev. Daniel J. Sparks has been visiting St. Paul’s Anglican Reformed Episcopal Church this week. Visitors are encouraged to meet and worship with Sparks at the Holy Communion service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

A pitch-in dinner will follow. Sparks will also lead an evening prayer service at 5 p.m. Sunday, beginning with a light supper.

Sparks is a presbyter of the Reformed Episcopal Church serving in Katy, Texas.

He is the chief administrator for an Anglican Reformed Episcopal School.

He previously served as a chaplain in the United States Army, returning from his second deployment to Afghanistan. He also is in the United States Army Reserve.

Chili meal will benefit charities

GREENFIELD — The next in a series of monthly Chili Days will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church. A free-will offering will be accepted, with proceeds benefiting Hancock County charities.

Women’s group offers dinner

KNIGHTSTOWN — The United Methodist Women group at Knightstown United Methodist Church will serve the annual chicken noodle dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today in the church fellowship hall, 27 S. Jefferson St.

The menu features homemade noodles served with mashed potatoes, green beans, slaw, drink and homemade rolls, with homemade pie for dessert. A free-will offering will be accepted.

Cross of Grace plans blood drive

NEW PALESTINE — Cross of Grace Lutheran Church in New Palestine will play host to a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday. The community is invited to donate and can sign up online at

Donating blood takes about 45 minutes, and you get a mini-physical as part of the process. If you have donated before, you may log into the site and search for the drive by date. If you have not donated before, the site will direct you to create a profile so that you can sign up for future drives more easily.

McCordsville church dinner set

McCORDSVILLE — McCordsville United Methodist Church’s next Second Saturday Community Dinner is set for 4:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 14.

Church group presenting series

FOUNTAINTOWN — Area churches in the CrossRoads Cluster group of the United Methodist Church will present a Lenten service series.

An Ash Wednesday service is set for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Fairview United Methodist Church.

Services in the Sunday series begin at 6:30 p.m. each week, with the church playing host to the service providing light snacks after worship.

Feb. 22: Fountaintown United Methodist Church, with Pastor Johnnie Lee Sanders preaching

March 1: Morristown United Methodist Church, with Pastor Steve Brackney preaching

March 8: Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, with Pastor Gwen Pew preaching

March 15: Fairview United Methodist Church, with Pastor Jeri Thomas preaching

March 22: Carrolton United Methodist Church, with Pastor Marianne Nichols preaching

March 29: Liberty United Methodist Church, with the church’s choir performing a cantata

Breakfast buffets set at Upward

NEW PALESTINE – New Palestine United Methodist Church will conduct all-you-can-eat community breakfasts on Saturdays in January and February, in conjunction with the Upward basketball program.

The breakfasts run from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Community Ministry Center.

The menu consists of scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, hash brown potatoes, sausage links and a variety of fruit. Coffee, milk and juice will also be served.

A $7 donation will be accepted from those 11 and older, and $3 is asked for those 10 and younger.

The church is located at 3656 S. Gem Road. For more details, call 317-861-4390.

Fortville church hosts dinner

FORTVILLE — The men of the Fortville First United Methodist Church invite all members to attend a dinner party Feb. 14 at Blue Bird restaurant in Morristown. A car pool will meet at the church at 4:30 p.m. for transportation to the restaurant.