The Scott United Methodist Church (UMC) in Shipshewana welcomed a new pastor in July 2012. Pastor Tammy Lugar is originally from Wells County, Ind., and served as a pastor in the Wesleyan Church for 10 years. Prior to coming to the Scott UMC, she was the pastor at Washington Center, just South of Columbia City. Pastor Lugar is a graduate of Taylor University Ft. Wayne, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Bible, Theology and Pastoral Ministries. She has a heart for people and teaching the Word of God. Her desire for Scott UMC is to see the congregation grow spiritually and also numerically.
The congregation is excited about something new for their church as Pastor Lugar and the Worship Committee is organizing a Good Friday evening service for 7 p.m. on March 29. This is open to anyone in the community to attend.
The Easter Service schedule has been announced with a Sunrise Service at 7:30 a.m. followed by breakfast at 8 a.m. and the regular service at 9 a.m.
The trustees of the Scott UMC have recommended that the church parsonage roof be replaced. They have started a capital fund to raise the needed money. A recent lasagna dinner fundraiser was organized by the United Methodist Women and all proceeds were presented to the trustees for the roof project. A pancake breakfast for the public is in the works for April 20 from 8-11 a.m. and is open to the public. The cost is by freewill donation.
The Scott Emergency Food Pantry is the main mission of the Scott UMC and since 2004 this weekly dispersion of non-perishables food has helped over 1,900 families in LaGrange County, including about 7,200 people half of whom are children ages 18 and under. They serve clients who are unemployed, underemployed, or are in need of emergency food for their family on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
This food pantry is run be an all-volunteer staff and the LaGrange County Community Foundation has made several grants available, including competitive grants, each year for the past several years. Most recently, the Olive B Cole Foundation, Farmers State Bank, and other local contributors have made funds accessible through a match program called “We Give Thanks.” The United Fund of LaGrange County has also been a big part of this pantry mission success by applying for funds through the ESFP (Emergency Food and Shelter Program) from which the Scott Emergency Food Pantry has been a recipient.
In November 2012, the Scott UMC started a program for the young children in the Scott area. The program has been named “JUMP” (Jesus Understands Me Perfectly). Pastor Lugar is the leader of this program with two junior leaders, Brodee Hart and Spencer Pelton, adults Bob Schrock and JR Hart, and kitchen helpers Tracy Pelton, Dodie Hart and Amy Weaver. The group consists of approximately 16 youngsters who have a Bible study time, game time, and a light supper every Wednesday from 6-7:15 p.m. Any child in Kindergarten through sixth grade in the Scott area is invited to participate in JUMP.
Two new Bible study classes are going to start on the first and third Thursdays. The first Thursday of the month will be a prayer meeting and the third Thursday will be a study in the Book of Revelation.
The Scott UMC is located at 7020N 675W, just north of SR 120 and east of SR 5. Visitors are welcome to join Sunday morning services, which begin at 9 a.m. Sunday School classes for both adults and children are available from 10:15-11:15 a.m.