Spotlight

A look at people and programs at First Church

AA meeting starts for women

Alcoholics Anonymous is starting a new chapter for women at First United Methodist Church. The group meets at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in Room 209.

The objective is to create a place for women in our community who may be uncomfortable attending an AA meeting with men.

 

Teen MOPS: Donations go a long way

When she got her driver's license this year, Whitney cried. She was 21, with a year old child, Elijah, and an unfinished education. She had no car to learn on and no one to teach her to drive. Our Teen MOPS program paid for her driving lessons so now she can get to class to finish her training in massage therapy. ...Read more...

Lee Eppley: This what the Church of Jesus is all about

Lee Eppley left this earth to be with the Lord in September. Lee had some developmental challenges in his life, but he lived his life fully and lovingly. As I listened to the testimonies about the beauty of Lee’s life and the interaction folks had with him, one thought kept coming through my mind, “This is what the church of Jesus is all about.” ...Read more...

Dan Carpenter: Volunteers and leads

Dan Carpenter, director of Student Success at Purdue, received the 2015 Community Spirit Award on Oct. 13. for his volunteer work with The Arc of Tippecanoe County, Special Olympics, the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and the Tippy Stars. ...Read more...

Kevin Keener: Spirit of the land-grant mission

Purdue  professor of food science and agricultural and biological engineering Kevin Keener has won the Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award for his work in food process engineering, sanitation and waste management. His innovations include a machine that fries food with infrared energy, a method that requires far less oil than conventional fryers and can reduce fat and calories by up to 50 percent. ...Read more...




Eric Barker and WIRED, our contemporary Service

Many of us know him as the man who helped found and lead our contemporary service, WIRED. Some have enjoyed his baritone voice in choir and a men’s quartet. Others recall his stepping in to lead our music program when we were between directors.


But in his professional life in the College of Pharmacy, Eric Barker is a 2013 winner of the Murphy Award, Purdue's top honor for excellence in teaching given annually to no more than six of the university's more than 1,800 faculty members every year. Read more...