Communications News

First cabinet session with new Bishop

published 9/16/2016
 From left are Charlie Graves, Tish Malloy, Rockford Johnson, Greg Tener, Bishop Jimmy Nunn, Larry Bauman, Emery Mason, Joe Harris, Connie Gibson, and Dan Peil on Sept. 13 at the United Methodist ...

President helps dedicate new mission statement

published 9/16/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY The scene of worshippers in a cozy circle beneath high, multi-hued sanctuary windows Aug. 30 showed the remarkable gift of community that is part of Saint Paul seminary life at ...

Bishop Nunn arrives in OK

published 9/2/2016
By Holly McCray Day two for Oklahoma’s new bishop, Jimmy Nunn, matches the publication date of this newspaper issue: Sept. 2. But Bishop Nunn went to work weeks before his official start date. For ...

Call to walk and pray unites diverse Christians

published 9/2/2016
By Holly McCray United in Jesus, more than 1,000 believers rallied for a prayer walk Aug. 15 that began on the west side of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and culminated in a prayer service at ...

Here I am, Lord

published 9/2/2016
Photo by Mark Foster "Thousands of tiny faces remain in my mind," wrote Mark Foster of Edmond about migrant children he met in Turkey. The pastor spent about a week with an international worker ...

Delegation leaders report

published 7/22/2016
General Conference 2016 A‌t the 2016 Oklahoma Annual ‌Conference on May 31, physician Don Kim and pastor Linda Harker reported on the denomination’s General Conference (GC), also held in May. ...

Missionary becomes U.S. citizen

published 7/22/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ The Fourth of July was a special one for Fuxia Wang, a missionary and the international director at the Wesley Foundation at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. After 20 years in ...

Statement concerning the Western Jurisdictional Conference episcopal election

published 7/22/2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 18, 2016   Statement from Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. of the Oklahoma Area, concerning the Western Jurisdictional Conference episcopal election July 15 =   To the people of...

Communicator fills toolbox with resources

published 7/1/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ Royya James of United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tenn., made the journey to this year’s Annual Conference. When she spoke briefly to delegates, as part of Oklahoma’s ...

Cookson Hills mission expands impact on children, teens

published 7/1/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ Cookson Hills Center has always been a big part of Larimie Fixin’s life. In fact, it often was the reason there was food to eat at home, said Fixin, who is now director of the ...

Saint Paul seminary names new president

published 7/1/2016
The Board of Trustees has named Neil Blair as president of Saint Paul School of Theology. He will begin his service on July 1. Rev. Blair is a 1980 Master of Divinity graduate of the United ...

Bixby church prays around the clock for GC

published 5/6/2016
Beginning at midnight, a tag team of Bixby-First members kept vigil for 24 hours on March 2, a day designated for all people of the Oklahoma Conference to pray for the General Conference (GC) and ...

New People, New Places

published 3/18/2016
    Grants totaling $670,740 were awarded by the NPNP Team to 22 projects, from among 44 applicants, especially designed to help the Church reach more, younger, and more diverse people in Oklahoma. ...

OIMC relocating headquarters

published 3/18/2016
Headquarters for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC) soon will open at a new location, 602 SW 35th St. in Oklahoma City. Final interior renovations were under way on the building in ...

Restore Hope earns honor

published 3/18/2016
Restore Hope Ministries in Tulsa is a finalist for a $10,000 award and the title of the state’s top nonprofit. The Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards are presented annually by the Oklahoma ...

Copyright licenses available

published 2/26/2016
Church licenses for music and video copyright coverage for the rest of 2016 and early 2017 are now activated and available for your church. • To find your church’s CCLI (Christian Copyright License ...

General Conference prayer vigil: March 2 liturgy for Oklahoma

published 2/26/2016
The denomination’s Council of Bishops has invited each annual conference to hold a 24-hour prayer vigil prior to the 2016 General Conference, to create a groundswell of prayer in the days leading up...

Grants help teams deliver food, companionship

published 2/26/2016
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation Trustees recently awarded $28,075 in grants to 60 Mobile Meals providers, including 14 United Methodist churches in Oklahoma County, to help offset the cost of ...

Many gifts, one spirit

published 2/26/2016
Return to contact digest In Tulsa, Nueva Esperanza UMC reports significant gains in 2015 as a multicultural church. Programming offers opportunities for families to share their ethnic heritage. ...

Saint Paul seminary president steps down

published 2/26/2016
Citing medical concerns, Saint Paul School of Theology President Sharon Howell will step down from her leadership post, effective March 1. Although passionate about the United Methodist seminary’s ...

Praying for General Conference

published 2/5/2016
Oklahoma’s clergy had the opportunity to craft special strands of beads at the Orders Meeting on Jan. 19. They are part of the prayer ministry for the 2016 General Conference, set for May in ...

Project tackles racial divisions

published 2/5/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Riding bicycles with my dad on country roads is among my favorite memories. For Carlos Ramirez, however, apprehension forced his pedals faster when he cycled between the rural ...

Great Plains churches ready to help refugees

published 12/11/2015
Congregations across Kansas and Nebraska stand ready to assist refugees from Syria once they are allowed to enter the United States. That was the message shared Nov. 20 in Topeka, Kan., by Bishop ...

Past and present connect

published 11/20/2015
  Chuck Stewart, left, of Stilwell and Carl Young of Edmond — current and former Oklahoma Conference lay leaders, respectively — meet at an educational event for delegates to the 2016 General and...

Retreat is music to United Methodist souls

published 11/20/2015
Laura Jaquith Bartlett is a self-professed worship geek. Seated at a piano in Eagle Creek, Ore., she lightly played a hymn ending in "Alleluia." "That’s the one that was going through my head when I...

Seminary says thanks: 2015 Saint Paul School of Theology President’s Award

published 11/20/2015
  Oklahoma’s Tom and Brenda McDaniel, above, and Bishop Robert and Dee Hayes, lower left, received the 2015 Saint Paul School of Theology President’s Award on Oct. 12 during the United Methodist ...

Copyright licensing requires you to keep records

published 10/30/2015
Churches have several tasks to perform in the coming months to show they are complying with copyright law. The Oklahoma Conference purchases umbrella copyright coverage for all its church ...

Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Oklahoma City University

published 10/30/2015
OCU President Robert Henry speaks in a proclamation ceremony at the Chickasaw Warrior Garden on campus Oct. 12, which was declared Indigenous Peoples’ Day at OCU. He acted in support of Native ...

Opening acts

published 10/30/2015
  The money you give to the Church assures connections that make God known in many places, opening hearts, minds, and doors to love and life-changing opportunities. "Apportionments" is the name ...

Pilgrims pause after 100 Walks to Emmaus

published 10/30/2015
By Joseph Harris, Director of Communications Small beginnings can lead to huge success for God’s Kingdom. This happened with a dream to create a Walk to Emmaus community in southern Oklahoma about ...

Resources

published 10/30/2015
UPDATE OFFICERS NOW — Churches elect new officers in the fall. Email addresses and cellphone numbers change frequently. Now is the time to update your church’s leadership information for 2016 in ...

Delegations invited to gather in Oklahoma

published 10/9/2015
Oklahoma will welcome delegations from eight states Oct. 29-30 for an informational meeting about the 2016 General and South Central Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church. Lay and...

Forward through the ages

published 10/9/2015
This national group convened in Oklahoma City to discuss Generation Transformation, which engages young adults in missions. It is part of the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM). From left are:...

Never miss worship on Sunday

published 10/9/2015
Wherever you are, watch live on Web By JOSEPH HARRIS Director of Communications One question we often are asked is: Can a church extend the reach of its worship services and sermons beyond the ...

Oct. 31 event for all sponsored by ‘Strengthening the Black Church’

published 10/9/2015
Build up your God-given talents to help build God’s Kingdom at a spiritual event Oct. 31 in Oklahoma City, presented through the Oklahoma Conference program "Strengthening the Black Church for the ...

Riding the circuit

published 10/9/2015
Painted as a modern woman, Susannah Wesley joins Yolanda Faye Perry, left, and Pam Cottrill for a recent luncheon at Oklahoma Heart Hospital-South. The portrait Susannah is making appearances on ...

Conflict in the church

published 9/18/2015
Group gets intense training to resolve problems By HOLLY McCRAY The youths wanted different music on Sunday mornings. The worship committee met, drew up a short list of hymns, and told the teens to...

Just causes -- Pastor looks to Jesus and family as models for his social justice advocacy

published 8/28/2015
By HOLLY McCRAY Semaj Vanzant’s smile grew bigger Aug. 4 as he spoke about the Back2School Bash, a ministry by The Christ Experience United Methodist Church, which he pastors a few blocks from ...

Risking all to pursue Christ

published 8/28/2015
NOTE: Bishop Hayes invited three laity to be guest writers while he is on sabbatical. By BILL CHISSOE Legacy can be defined as anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or ...

Church builds connections by playing with blocks

published 8/7/2015
“Church builds connections by playing with blocks” — from the Florida Conference, July 6   Return to contact digest

DVDs relate to new mission studies

published 8/7/2015
Eight new DVDs have been donated by Mission u 2015 to the collection housed at the United Methodist Ministry Center. They were shown at the annual mission education event in mid-July. They complement...

Bishops offer advice after marriage ruling

published 7/13/2015
By Heather Hahn, United Methodist News Service How can a United Methodist pastor minister to same-gender couples and not run afoul of Church law? Read story Read Bishop Robert Hayes’ statement at ...

Historians choose Smith’s book

published 7/13/2015
The Historical Society of The United Methodist Church will present its 2014 Saddlebag Selection Award to Professor Tash Smith of Shawnee for his book “Capture These Indians for the Lord.” Dr. Smith ...

Sign me up as a follower of Christ

published 7/13/2015
NOTE: Bishop Hayes invited three laity to be guest writers of this column while he is on sabbatical. By KAREN DISTEFANO A motorcyclist was ahead of me as I drove to work on a recent day. Another ...

A marathon effort: Relay team runs to promote Wellness Plan

published 6/5/2015
By HOLLY McCRAY Intent to finish strong, Adam Leathers pounded past his teammates without seeing them as he ran the anchor leg April 26 in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Relay. They had sprinted...

OIMC annual meeting dates back 173 years

published 6/5/2015
On June 4-7, delegates and guests of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference are meeting west of Anadarko, at the OIMC’s Southwest Region Center. This is their 173rd Annual Conference session. ...

Attend Franklin Graham Festival classes at OKC-First in May

published 4/17/2015
On three May evenings, OKC-First United Methodist Church will host a course to prepare people to assist as counselors during The Good News Festival with Franklin Graham. The festival is set for late...

Men cook up skills in new NSO kitchen

published 4/17/2015
Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) unveiled the Impact Oklahoma Kitchen on March 27 at its Carolyn Williams Center, a transitional housing program for young men in Oklahoma City. More than 200...

Tex Sample will lecture in OKC

published 4/17/2015
On May 5, theologian Tex Sample’s visit in the Oklahoma City area begins when he preaches at the 11 a.m. chapel service for Saint Paul School of Theology at OCU. Rev. Dr. Sample then will ...

Christian ritual

published 3/6/2015
At the United Methodist Ministry Center, ashes form the shape of a cross on the forehead of receptionist Linda Johnston, left, placed by Kristin Terrell-Wilkes, Office of Mission coordinator. On Feb....