March 2016

Family & Children's Ministries Newsletter

First Annual DHM Virtual 5K: Moving for Wholeness!

YOU are invited to join the first annual Disciples Home Missions Virtual 5K in support of the Disciples Mission Fund Easter Offering!

What is a Virtual 5k?A virtual 5K race is a 5km race that can be run at any location. You can walk, use the treadmill, run outside, or join a local race near you.  (You can even break it up over time!) Share pictures with the #disciples5k tag and we'll help cheer you on!

Why Disciples Mission Fund? This is an opportunity to share the passion our church has to put mission first. DMF Easter Offering funds go to support vital General Ministries like Disciples Home Missions, Disciples Women, Global Ministries, Hope Partnership for Missional Transformation, and many others. Learn more at

Who's invited? Everyone! Individuals, Families, Youth Groups, or any group or ministry is welcome! Need an activity for a retreat or mission trip? Your group is invited, too!

How do I sign up? Registration is open March 1-31. Choose from individual or group registration options. Register now or read more about the registration options below.

When do I run? Run your race at any time. We'll send out t-shirts and medals in early May for you to claim at the finish line! (Look for a chance to wear them as a group at future Disciples events!)

Spread the word! Join us on Facebook and invite your friends! Share the link to the DHM Virtual 5K webpage. Use the tag #disciples5k for all your posts and pictures.


Individuals: $25 (Includes Medal and T-Shirt)

Group Options (Does Not Include Processing Fees):
Family/Small Youth Group Run (4-8 People):  $100 (Includes Medals and T-shirts)
Family/Small Youth Group Run (4-8 People):  $75 (Includes Medals – NO T-shirts)
9-20 People: $400 (Includes Medals and T-shirts)
9-20 People: $300 (Includes Medals – NO T-shirts)
21-50 People: $1250 (Medals and T-shirts)
21-50 People: $1000 (Includes Medals – NO T-shirts)
51-100 People: $1800 (Medals and T-shirts)
51-100 People: $1500 (Includes Medals – NO T-shirts)
100+ People: Contact the Jessica Kramer at or call her at 317-713-2641. We will be able to negotiate a Group Rate.


Welcome, Kate Epperly!

Disciples Home Missions is happy to welcome (back) Rev. Dr. Kate Epperly as our new Coordinator of Justice & Advocacy for Family & Children's Ministries. Kate has worked with us previously through the United Church of Christ. We're excited to have her on board to focus attention on the important work of justice for children. Read more about Kate on our staff page.

Upcoming Events

Ongoing CW&W Trainings

Children Worship & Wonder
Story Teller Trainings

Smithville, MO - March 5-6
Jacksonville, FL - March 5-6
Greenville, NC - April 15-16
Salem, VA - May 20-21
Athens, AL - June 4-5

Check our schedule for updates or contact Jessica Kramer.

NYE 2016 - Register NOW
through May 27

Join Disciples and UCC youth, aged 13-18 (and their families, leaders, and ministers) July 26-30 in Orlando, FL.
Register now:: UCC NYE page.

Connect with us!
We love hearing about you and your local ministry. Share with us so we can share what you are doing with others:
Disciples Care for Children Group
Families and Children DHM
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P.O. Box 1986
Indianapolis, IN 46206

Rev. Olivia Stewart
Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove