Welcome to Danville UMC


Danville United Methodist Church
820 West Mill Street


Welcome to Danville United Methodist Church! We’re so glad you are here.

Life So Far! 

New Year’s resolutions will be in place.  A dream list of places to go and people to see in 2018 will be nearly complete.  Your hopes, fears, and dreams for the next calendar year will be highly energized.

And then comes the Preacher reminding you of the church!

I’m looking ahead at 2018 as well.  I am so tickled that Ash Wednesday is on Valentine’s Day this year and that Easter takes place on April Fool’s Day.  I’m already getting emails about Annual Conference in June, Clergy Covenant Day in October, and the required Boundaries Training including sexual ethics that all United Methodist clergy in Indiana have to complete by the end of  December.  I’ve got most of my vacation days already scheduled for the year, most of my Continuing Education events planned, and am delighted to announce that Christmas Eve is on a Monday in 2018.

This congregation has already scheduled some important events for 2018.  On January 21st we welcome Christian recording artist Darla McFadden to sing at both of our worship services while I’m away on a retreat.  Rev. Karen Devaisher has accepted our invitation to speak during Lent and will preach on the fourth Sunday of Lent, March 11th, reminding us of the UMCOR (United Methodist     Committee on Relief) offering being held at all United Methodist congregations that day.  We have the first scheduled wedding in the new Sanctuary in June and on the next day Rev. David Powell will be our guest preacher in worship.  As of this writing I know that there will be Vacation Bible School, the all church swim party (“Dunk and Believe,” …. no, I just made that up!), the Third Annual Men’s Retreat, Stewardship Weeks and Pledge Sunday, and Live Nativity but I haven’t received the dates for those events as of yet.

Let me highlight my excitement that this congregation celebrates 190 years of ministry in October of this year.  We are currently in the midst of planning two if not three months of special events for this, culminating with “Homecoming Sunday” on October 28th.  Included in that celebration will be a weekend with The Kramers, a Gospel Music band that performs with the Gaithers (September 8th and 9th); your    Passionate Worship Team is already hard at work!  And without doubt Debby Rodney must be uplifted as our new Church Historian who is laying the foundation for this special time in the life of our church.

What are some of my hopes for this congregation during 2018?  I’ve already spoken about a couple of them in worship services.  I hope our Risk Taking Mission and Service Team will fulfill the sending of 1000 Flood Buckets to the Mid-West Distribution Center.  I hope we’ll have at least two different events for High School and Middle School youth.  I hope we’ll have at least one more   weekly Bible Study group by year’s end.  I hope the bridges of trust and support will continue to grow between the Pre-School program and our congregation.  I hope Cathy Babcock stays as our Administrative Assistant until at least a year after I retire or die in the pulpit!  And I hope your financial generosity to the ministries of this congregation grows ever larger.

So let 2018 begin!  It’s going to be a great year.

P.T. Wilson




New Members

We welcome our newest members!  On Sunday, November 19, 2017, Cathy and Don Smith joined our congregation after attending for several months.  We welcome them and are blessed that this congregation is growing stronger as they share their gifts and talents in ministry.



Stephen Ministry

On Sunday, November 12th, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Stephen Ministers program at Danville United Methodist Church as well as the commissioning of our newest Stephen Minister Carol Redwine.  Congratulations goes to Carol for her hard work and   dedication upon attaining this commissioning.  And many thanks to Maggie Hayworth and Rev. Linda Lawler for their work as the directors of this program.


Large and Extra Large Coats Needed

Hospitality Committee is leading a Coat Drive for Sunday, January 7, 2018.  This is in support of the ministry of East Tenth Street United Methodist Church whose pastor is Diana Gattone.  They provide clothing for people in the community who need assistance.  All the coats donated will be delivered to Rev. Gattone this week.


Holy Communion

Sunday, December 31, 2017, will include a formal communion service during worship at both services.  We’ll also be installing all church officers for the coming year as well as recognizing those “retiring” from the Administrative Council.


Remember Your Baptism

Sunday, January 7, 2018, will include the “Remember Your Baptism” Service during the main body of our worship services.  We’ll primarily use the ritual as found in the 1989 United Methodist Hymnal.  All are invited to participate whether you are       baptized or not.  And, if you can, please bring a note with information about the date of your baptism, where it was conducted, and who the leader(s) were.  These notes will be collected and included in the church’s listing of all baptisms (whether performed here or elsewhere).

United Methodist Women January Meeting

You are invited to party at the United Methodist Women’s meeting on Monday evening, January 8, at 6:30 PM when we will ‘Celebrate the New Year’.   We will take a quick peak back into 2017 to celebrate the many accomplishments and stewardship of 2017….and then move on to sharing the exciting plans for 2018.     Devotion and Fellowship are planned.  Meet you in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30.  Don’t hesitate to bring a friend.

Preschool Donates Books

The Danville United Methodist Preschool has been collecting new and very gently pre-owned books for the Danville Police Department.  DPD officers are often able to give a small gift to a child involved in a serious situation that can provide    comfort during a difficult emotional time.  Thank you to all of our wonderful    preschool families and friends for helping us help others.

Save the date!! On Sunday, October 28, 2018,

Danville United Methodist Church (DUMC) will be

celebrating its 190th Homecoming!


Danville Methodist Church was founded on October 25, 1828, by Rev. Joseph Tarkington, grandfather of Booth Tarkington, well-known Hoosier author. Initially, the members met in homes. In 1840, a brick structure was erected on the southwest corner of Broadway and Washington Streets.

On July 5, 1858, the Danville Methodist Church took over the County Seminary building and established the Danville Academy. The congregation used the Academy Chapel in exchange for furnishing it and the former church was converted into a parsonage. The school was prosperous and flourishing by 1860 so plans called for an addition. The cornerstone laid August 14, 1860, included articles that are now in the archives of DePauw University.  In the spring of 1878, the Academy was transferred to Central Normal Academy, later Canterbury College, which trained many teachers.

A beautiful brick structure, located again at Broadway and Washington Streets, was dedicated on January 26, 1879. It was remodeled several times over the years, adding a basement and classrooms. Later, a dwelling west of the church was purchased and dedicated to educational and social uses. However, it became clear that the church was outgrowing its present facility. In 1955, land was purchased west of town to build a new church.

On October 30, 1960, the ground-breaking ceremony was held and on December 10, 1961, the first formal service was held in our present church at 820 West Mill Street.  Initially services were held in what was intended as a Fellowship Hall with plans to build a sanctuary on the front of the structure. In 2016, DUMC held its Christmas Eve services in the new sanctuary. The old sanctuary was converted into a much-needed Fellowship Hall where the church can hold dinners, large meetings, and join together in one room.

Senior Prime Timers—Winter Break

The Senior Prime Timers will take a Winter Break in January and February.  No   luncheons and activities will be planned.  Will meet again in March.

Stephen Ministry


The beginning of a new year is often the time for reflection, promises and plans.  Perhaps your new year should include having someone who will listen to those plans and reflections and help you process them.

Stephen Ministers are trained to listen, care, and keep all conversations confidential.  Contact Maggie Hayworth or Linda Lawler if you would like more information.

United Methodist Women February Meeting


Come join the UMW gals and our Brownie troop on Feb 5 at 6:30pm as we decorate cookies and cards to share with those who are homebound.  This is a heartwarming and joyful  evening to share with one another.  Come one, come all!

Daytime Women’s Bible Study


The Daytime Women’s Bible Study will resume on Tuesday morning, Jan. 16 with a 5-week study of James.

Sign-up on the table in the Welcome Center or contact Maggie Hayworth at 317-539-6072.



Men of the Church – The Men of the Church have been meeting on the first Saturday morning of each month, from 7:30 – 9 am.


Shared BlessingsPlease help pack the pantry!

Gleaners Delivery Dates

Friday, January 19th at 8:00 am

Friday, February 16 at 8:00 am



Items to donate:

January – Cereal / Poptarts / Anything on sale

February – Mac-n-Cheese / Side dishes / Anything on sale


BAGS – We can always use bags for the food pantry.  Go ahead and double bag your groceries when possible, and then bring the extra bags to church for the food pantry.


New Volunteer Opportunity:

Are you looking for something to do on a Friday night, once a month?

Every Friday night, someone goes to the Avon Panera to pickup the left over bread and goodies.

Panera closes at 10pm, so we get there a little early (9:45pm).

It’s easy, but it’s a little too late for some folks.

If interested, see Diane DuMontelle at church.  We would love to add new volunteers to the rotation.



Volunteers needed for food pantry.  Lots of blanks to fill in for January & February.