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Just a Thought or Two: A House Is Not a Home and Yet…

Worship with us this Sunday

8:45 AM & 10 AM | Classic Worship
in the Sanctuary at First Methodist

11:15 AM | Contemporary Worship
The Open Door at Buskirk-Chumley Theater



Back in 1964, Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote the song “A House Is Not a Home.” It was recorded by Dionne Warwick, Brook Benton and Luther Vandross.

The message of the song was, a house is not a home if there’s not someone there to love: “A chair is still a chair, even when there’s no one sittin’ there, but a chair is not a house and a house is not a home when there’s no one there to hold you tight.”

The Korean United Methodist Church parsonage in Bloomington is a home because it is filled with love, but the house is a disaster. The 96 year old house is grossly inadequate for anyone to live there.

Here are just some of the problems with the house:

  • Water leaks into the basement when it rains or snows. Mold and dampness are constant problems despite numerous attempts to “fix”.
  • Moldy air is spread throughout the house by the heat & cooling system.
  • The walls are thin and insulation is almost non-existent. The house is so cold the entire family must sleep in a single bedroom on the second floor to keep warm.
  • Traffic noise comes right through the walls making it difficult to sleep.
  • Rodents. Despite repeated efforts to deal with these dirty pests, they are constant visitors in the living room, kitchen and dining room, resisting extermination.


The ministry of the Korean United Methodist Church…

Pastor Daeki Kim and his leaders are reaching scores of university students and faculty who have come to IU from Korea, and they are also serving other Korean members of our community. The congregation has a thriving student ministry, multiple Bible studies, early morning prayer meetings, and an outstanding music ministry.

Financial resources, as is true in so many congregations that serve a college population, are limited. The members and friends of the Korean UMC are generous and faithful givers, but the project of building of a new house is beyond their means.


What can we do?

Churches across our region, coordinated by the Annual Conference, are engaged in a $250,000 project to tear down and build a new house. The funds raised to this point fall short of the needed goal.

When I heard about the need, and I recognized the faithful and creative work of Pastor Daeki Kim and the people of the church, I was excited by the opportunity we have at First Methodist to step in and help provide the last $20,000 to complete the project. Through our gift we can encourage and bless our sisters and brothers doing such good work for Christ. We are being given an opportunity to make right an injustice. Substandard housing should not be tolerated as a part of serving an ethnic minority congregation!

First Methodist has been a leader in Methodism across central Indiana for years. Our congregation gave birth to Fairview United Methodist. Our congregation helped give birth to St. Mark’s United Methodist. Now, God has presented us with the opportunity to give this gift to our brothers and sisters in Christ on 3rd Street!


Our Lenten/Easter offering…

This year our Lenten/Easter offering will go to the Korean UMC Parsonage Project. Our goal is to raise a total of $20,000 by Easter Sunday, April 16th.

Each and every dollar given is a beautiful gift! Some of us have been blessed with an abundance of resources so our contribution to this love gift may be several thousand dollars while others of more modest means may give a gift of hundreds. Whether the money is a $5,000 or $10 gift to the Korean UMC Parsonage Project, it will matter. 100% of what you give will go directly to building the home.

While it is not usually helpful to make a giving model by taking a financial goal and dividing by the number of giving household units, please consider this illustration. Assuming we have 300 giving households the $20,000 goal would be reached if each family gave $70. Some households will choose not to give; some will be able to give only a small gift, and those who have been blessed have the opportunity to be generous. We can’t all give equally in terms of dollars…but we can all make an equal sacrifice.


Join me in praying about our Lenten/Easter Offering.

Join me in saving money so when Easter Sunday arrives, we can exceed our $20,000 goal.  

Join me helping the beautiful work of the Korean UMC on East 3rd to continue and thrive!


We continue our sermon series INTO THE WILD this weekend. Join us for classic worship in the Sanctuary at 8:45 & 10 am or The Open Door contemporary worship at the Buskirk-Chumley at 11:15 am.

Now is the perfect time of year to invite your friends to join you in worship for Holy Week and Easter Services at First Methodist and The Open Door. See the schedule listed below.

If you haven’t introduced yourself to the Reverend Donna Goings, you’ll want to do that as soon as you can! She is a wonderful addition to our pastoral staff. A retired ordained Elder, Donna will be working for us part-time in the areas of Pastoral Care and Missions Outreach.

We continue to be in communication with our Bishop and the Cabinet about the appointment of a new Associate Pastor. We will share news with you as soon as we have news to share!

Grace and peace,

First Methodist