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‘The Shack’ inspires talk about faith

published 4/7/2017
  Church builds "The Shack," explores movie's faith themes Read story by Carla Hinton, Published: March 18, 2017 by The Oklahoman Boy Scouts built this replica at Shawnee-Wesley UMC to draw ...

A century of service

published 4/7/2017
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Accrediting agency sanctions Saint Paul

published 4/7/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Saint Paul School of Theology must address issues that caused the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to change the United Methodist seminary’s status to "Accredited – on Probation." ...

Annual Conference highlights

published 4/7/2017
Find information and updates at: www.okumc.org/annual_conference Advance news for delegates to the meeting May 29-June 1: • Register online before May 17. • A question-and-answer session, “Unpacking...

Bishop’s assistant trains in Holy Land

published 4/7/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ When Pam Weatherford learned she was invited to the Holy Land by the General Council on Finance & Administration (GCFA), she was incredulous. Her first thought: "I can’t believe ...

Briefly

published 4/7/2017
Northern Prairie to hold youth event Deadline is April 23 for Northern Prairie District youth to sign up for "Service Retreat 2017," which will be April 28-29 at Oak Park Retreat Center in Perkins. ...

Circle of Care Gold medalist to help mark golden moment

published 4/7/2017
In April 29, four-time Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee will headline the Circle of Care’s Friends of Children Banquet, as the United Methodist agency marks a year that’s pure gold. The event, a ...

Clergy family

published 4/7/2017
Passages DEXTER — Rev. Dr. Edward Douglas Dexter, 77, of Chickasha died Feb. 23, 2017. His wife, Rev. Jerrie Leone Dexter, retired, survives him. They married on Aug. 18, 1994. He pastored ...

Cue the music: OCU wins 2 national titles

published 4/7/2017
The women’s basketball team and competitive cheerleading squad secured national titles for OCU this year.   "We Are the Champions" by Queen blared through the cafeteria speakers March 27 as ...

El Reno church runs to fund mission work

published 4/7/2017
The mascot for El Reno’s Fried Onion Burger Day Festival accompanies a young competitor in a promotional Bun Run photo. Sponsored by El Reno-Wesley UMC, the 2017 races are May 6.   May 6 marks the ...

Employment

published 4/7/2017
Church Business Manager: 30 hours per week. Tulsa-New Haven UMC, cindy.havlik@newhavenumc.org, 918-743-6491. Director of Youth Ministries: Claremore-First. Full-time. Call 918-341-4580, ext. 314 or ...

Home Church concept makes debut in Ardmore

published 4/7/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Welcome home. Members of a new United Methodist group mean exactly that when they invite others to join them in Ardmore. Home Church meets weekly in somebody’s living room. "I ...

How Giving Back Can Help You

published 4/7/2017
Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation insights How Giving Back Can Help You What if you could lower your electric bills by turning on the lights in your home? While some things may seem at first ...

Tulsa retreat on race examines current attitudes

published 4/7/2017
BY SHARI GOODWIN "I so appreciate how passionate and loving the discussions have been." "It’s important to ‘rub shoulders’ and become just people to each other." "We all must listen and learn — ...

Altus to help military personnel

published 3/17/2017
New People New Places grant of $11,600 to Altus-First UMC is to be dedicated toward helping servicemen and women who have been exposed to "combat, disaster, and circumstances that cause injury to ...

Campus ministries pair up

published 3/17/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Football star James Houchin of Lone Grove High School signed to play for East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma, and resolved to find "somewhere to keep my head on straight" when he ...

Clergy family

published 3/17/2017
Appointment Robert Rose Jr., from Guthrie-First UMC to Lawton-First UMC, effective May 1. Birth Halle Ann Krause was born March 6, 2017. She is the daughter of Lauren and Rev. Devon Krause, ...

Easy Ways to Support the Causes You Care About

published 3/17/2017
More than ever, people are searching for something to make their lives better. While winning the lottery or a trip to a casino might provide the illusion of striking it rich, the reality is these ...

Employment

published 3/17/2017
Children’s Ministry Assistant Director:  Edmond-First UMC. Part-time. Contact Megan Borum at megan@fumcedmond.org Summer Day Camp Staff: Edmond-First UMC. Part-time. Contact Megan Borum at ...

Even small churches have HOPE

published 3/17/2017
When Jodi Cataldo offered H.O.P.E. to lay people from the smallest Oklahoma churches, her own story gave credibility to the presentation. She attends a small church too, although she works ...

Green Country to host 2 lay servant classes at Egan

published 3/17/2017
Lay Servant Training in Green Country District is set for April 28-30 at Camp Egan. Basic and advanced classes will be offered. The advanced class will expand on the H.O.P.E. discipleship system ...

Home makeover

published 3/17/2017
In Kingston, Oklahoma, photos tell the story of what United Methodist volunteers accomplished for a single parent and her children. In 2015, a tornado destroyed their house. With FEMA funds, they ...

Journeying side-by-side

published 3/17/2017
In Elgin, First Church and Community:Elgin worship concurrently but in separate buildings on the same property. First and Community partner in Elgin BY HOLLY MCCRAY United Methodist disciples are...

Lay leader writes local delegates

published 3/17/2017
Greetings to the laity who are local churches’ delegates to the 2017 Annual Conference, as well as those who are equalization and ex-officio delegates! The Board of Laity congratulates you on being ...

Meeting the neighbors - Moore church helps people camping out

published 3/17/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Members of Moore-New Life UMC have joined hands to help feed homeless people camping not far from the small church in the southern Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The congregation ...

New People New Places 2017 Grants

published 3/17/2017
The grant committee chose 20 projects across the state, from Altus to Guymon to Tahlequah, to help Church entities reach more, younger, and more diverse people in Oklahoma. This third round of ...

Oklahoma Connections

published 3/17/2017
Bishop Jimmy Nunn continues a series of informal meetings as he begins the journey of relationship together with the people of the Oklahoma Conference.   Representatives of Hispanic/Latino ...

Prayer pathway at OCU

published 3/17/2017
Photos by Andrew Himes At Oklahoma City University, Chapel Dean Charles Neff creates an octagonal prayer labyrinth on Feb. 27, for use throughout the season of Lent. Rev. Dr. Neff said it takes ...

Prom ministry offers girls chance to be Cinderella

published 3/17/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ "I feel like Cinderella!" "This is the best day of my life!" Those were comments overheard from teen girls who had arrived to pick out free prom dresses at Durant-First United ...

St. James asks ‘Now What?’

published 3/17/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ New People New Places grant will help point women working as exotic dancers in Tulsa toward new directions. Members of the "Now What?" class at Tulsa-St. James UMC have dedicated ...

Summer camp plans are gaining speed

published 3/17/2017
FAITH IN MOTION — Mobile day camps this summer in as many as eight towns will benefit from a 2017 New People New Places grant of $121,247. Directed by the Conference’s Camps ministry, trained young ...

Upper Room representative to visit Tulsa and OKC

published 3/17/2017
Beth Richardson, director of creative content for The Upper Room and author of three books, has several upcoming appearances in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. • March 24, Celtic Christianity workshop, 7 ...

Wesley Center interns get on-the-job training in hospitality

published 3/17/2017
After learning, serving, and worshipping, Youth Service Day participants #DabForDanielle in support of local UMC youth. Each spring the OCU Wesley Center hosts two statewide events: OIMC Day and ...

Youthful delegation

published 3/17/2017
Catesby UMC hosted Laverne Future Farmers of America members on Feb. 19 as the club kicked off National FFA Week. The rural church, which averages 25 in worship, welcomed about 40 FFA’ers and also ...

Apportionments drop $1.6 million

published 2/24/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY A‌pportionment giving fell by $1.6 million (3.2 percent) in ‌the Oklahoma Conference in 2016, compared to the previous year. Churches sent forward $13,292,544 in Apportionment ...

Briefly

published 2/24/2017
Upper Room author will present in Norman Spend an evening March 24 in Norman, Oklahoma, with Beth A. Richardson, who is director of creative content for The Upper Room and author of three books. ...

Church sees growth in scouting programs

published 2/24/2017
Photos by Kaylyn Taylor SCOUTING SALUTE — More than 50 boys, girls, and adult leaders from various scouting programs helped lead in all the facets of worship Feb. 12 on Scout Sunday at ...

Clergy Family

published 2/24/2017
Passages SMITH — Rita Ruth Smith, age 73, of Duncan died Feb. 6, 2017. She was the wife of Rev. Arden J. Smith, retired. They married on Oct. 25, 1963. Among other survivors are a brother and a ...

DVD Library

published 2/24/2017
Several DVDs pertinent to the Lent/Easter seasons are available for free loan from the DVD Library at the Oklahoma Conference ministry center. They are: • "24 Hours That Changed the World," by Adam ...

Employment

published 2/24/2017
Director of Music Ministries: OKC-New Hope. Part-time with the potential to become Full-time. Contact JD Ward at pastor@newhopeokc.org. Director of Youth Ministries: El Reno-Wesley. Part-time. Send ...

Father’s mission legacy continues

published 2/24/2017
From left: sisters Karen Distefano and Katherine Yancey and their dad, Ed Ririe, serve together on a United Methodist volunteer mission team in 2013. BY HOLLY MCCRAY Beginning in 1993, Ed Ririe ...

Get on the Bus to Tulsa: Let’s Talk About Race

published 2/24/2017
Join in timely conversation about racism and justice at this event in Tulsa. 6 p.m. March 24 — 3 p.m. March 26 Featuring: •    Keynote by Hannibal Johnson, author of “Black Wall Street — From Riot ...

Make Your Giving Go Further

published 2/24/2017
  Technology has made all of our lives easier. Just by using a smartphone, you can talk to people all over the world, check the weather forecast, or reserve a seat on a plane. The true power of ...

Market helps OKC teen students

published 2/24/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ ‌A package of donated laundry detergent clearly pleased the high school student — which ‌surprised the United Methodist volunteer at the Neighborhood Market project in John Marshall ...

Pray over every pew

published 2/24/2017
BY RICK ROBART, PASTOR, CLINTON-FIRST UMC Here’s how Clinton-First UMC was able to fully meet our Conference missional requests through Apportionments in 2016. First, believe that God can ...

Quammen serves in U.S. capital

published 2/24/2017
Through Generation Transformation, Stephanie Quammen of Oklahoma is serving as a Global Mission Fellow for two years with Metropolitan Memorial UMC, Washington, D.C. She is the daughter of Pastor ...

Stillwater couple gets CJAMM award for service

published 2/24/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Volunteer Jim Key made his first trip inside prison walls in 1994, at McAlester. He took with him food that Jean Key had helped prepare, as a United Methodist team introduced a ...

Students take lead in Lenten worship

published 2/24/2017
On Thursday afternoons at 1 o’clock, members of the campus community gather in the sanctuary of the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel for Oklahoma City University’s weekly chapel worship service. This is...

UMW poses questions for springtime retreat

published 2/24/2017
Who are you? What are you? Where are you?" Those questions form the theme of this spring’s United Methodist Women spiritual growth retreat at Canyon Camp near Hinton. The retreat for all women is ...

World Religions Expo offers glimpse into several faith traditions

published 2/24/2017
Students present on Native American religious traditions to guests at the annual OCU World Religion Expo. Public welcome on March 26 Each spring, students enrolled in OCU’s World Religion ...

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