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Bishop Scholars receive full tuition

published 11/18/2016
Each year OCU awards up to three full-tuition Bishop Scholar awards to United Methodist students who plan to study in the Wimberly School of Religion and pursue a career in Christian service in The ...

Briefly

published 11/18/2016
Bishop to visit Cimarron District On Dec. 4, Bishop Jimmy Nunn will conclude a series of district conferences — his first such meetings as Oklahoma’s new bishop. He will meet with the people of ...

Building connections in Edmond

published 11/18/2016
In Edmond, Adam Ricks leads Connect UMC, now worshipping in its new building, 5400 N. Coltrane. BY HOLLY MCCRAY The new church building emerges suddenly amid the woods in far north Edmond. Sleek...

Clergy Family

published 11/18/2016
Passages TIPPS — Dean Hershal Tipps, 73, of Billings, died Nov. 4, 2016. He was the husband of Rev. Ruth Tipps, who is the pastor at Billings. Survivors also include a daughter, Eve E. Oden, and a ...

Employment

published 11/18/2016
District Administrator:  Heartland District Office, Moore, OK.  Full-time.  Send cover letter, resume and all other inquires to Dr. Norma Gravley-Quinn at nquinn@okumc.org Youth Director: Broken ...

End of Year Gifts & Tax Planning

published 11/18/2016
W‌ith the end of the year approaching, a charitable gift can help you support your favorite United Methodist ministry and receive welcomed tax benefits. In 2016, Jim and Sharon sold a portion of ...

Holiday performances make season bright

published 11/18/2016
Every December, the Performing Arts schools at Oklahoma City University bring Christmastime alive through dance, theater, and music performances. These events are the capstone pieces for students ...

Matching gift will help fulfill Hayes endowment for Africa University

published 11/18/2016
A promise to match donations moves the Conference closer to its Dec. 31 goal to endow ‌a scholarship, in honor of Bishop Robert Hayes and Mrs. Dee Hayes, for Africa University (AU). The Woodworth ...

Ministry snapshots

published 11/18/2016
1 Wellston UMC Wellston United Methodist Church is celebrating three improvements to its building, topped off by a custom-made Cross and Flame crafted by a church member. The ...

National consultants introduce multisite strategy to grow churches in Conference

published 11/18/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Vibrant churches take many shapes. A recent Oklahoma forum that focused on the multisite movement attracted more than 200 people from 112 congregations. Presented by the Conference’...

OIMC honors Nunns’ arrival

published 11/18/2016
More than 200 people worshipped and feasted as the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC) celebrated the assignment of Bishop Jimmy and Mary Nunn, on Nov. 6 at Oklahoma City University. They...

Sacred artifact illuminates study for OCU team

published 11/18/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY The secret is out, and Katy Hirsch is exuberant. With college peers, she got to see and study a fragment of Psalm 11 from one of the oldest existing biblical manuscripts: the Dead ...

Share the Joy

published 11/18/2016
BY JIM HOLLIFIELD Wow! They came! I invited someone to my church’s Christmas event, and they’re here. WHAT NOW? Just how do we prepare for company in the Christmas season? New folks in our ...

Who are these people?

published 11/18/2016
Oh, the stories they could — and do — tell at the annual retired clergy retreat at Canyon Camp! BY DAVID SEVERE The annual Retired Clergy/Spouse Retreat drew 85 people to Canyon Camp in October ...

35 colleges send reps to interfaith conference at OCU

published 11/4/2016
Panelists discuss religious life at United Methodist colleges during a national conference at OCU. PHOTO BY JOSEPH MORROW, IFYC Campus ministers, students, faculty, and even college presidents ...

Boards call voters’ attention to state questions

published 11/4/2016
Leaders of two Oklahoma Conference boards have shared their members’ concerns about state questions that voters will decide on Election Day, Nov. 8. Seven state questions will be on the ballot. The...

Ceremony at OCU

published 11/4/2016
Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry, second from left, led a program to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 10 in the Chickasaw Garden on campus. The blessing was given by David ...

Clergy Family

published 11/4/2016
Appointments David Mercer, from Idabel to leave of absence, effective Nov. 1. Tracy Schumpert, from transitional leave to Smyrna/Wingate, Western North Carolina Conference, Nov. 1. Jose Estrada, ...

Dean from Upper Room will lecture at Ada

published 11/4/2016
"Walking With Jesus in the Wesleyan Spirit" is theme of the Muntz-Myers Lecture Series on Nov. 13 and 14 at Ada-First UMC. Guest lecturer will be Tom Albin, dean of the Upper Room Chapel in ...

Employment

published 11/4/2016
Associate Director of Children’s Ministry: Tulsa-Faith UMC. Part-Time. Contact Laura Eldridge atleldridge@faithtulsa.org. More information at faithtulsa.org/jobs Contemporary Music Assistant Leader:...

It’s a merry social media Christmas with task force’s plan

published 11/4/2016
BY CHRIS BUSKIRK For this Christmas season, the Conference Evangelism Task Force is shifting its emphasis toward making the most of social media. We want to help people within your own church share...

Mission interest leads young adult to D.C.

published 11/4/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ A recent graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva finds herself now at a ‌church in the nation’s capital, helping organize meals for people who are homeless or have ...

Norma Gravley-Quinn named new Conference treasurer

published 11/4/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Bishop Jimmy Nunn has named Norma Gravley-Quinn of Lawton as new Conference treasurer, effective Dec. 1. She brings to the post decades of experience in finance as well as career ...

OCU: a leader in collegiate interfaith efforts

published 11/4/2016
In his address to delegates at the Called To Be Neighbors conference, President Robert Henry expounded on the ways OCU has been a leader among United Methodist schools in the area of interfaith ...

Oklahoma flock welcomes shepherd

published 11/4/2016
Bishop James G. "Jimmy" Nunn presides at the Great Thanksgiving on Oct. 23 at Tulsa-Asbury UMC. Photos by Mark Moore ‘I promise to be … a teacher of the faith, a pastor of souls, a means to the ...

OSU campus ministry clears ground for transformation

published 11/4/2016
A girl rides 4-year-old Popcorn, led by Taylor Reed, on the Wesley Foundation property in Stillwater. The miniature horse also posed for selfies with guests.   BY HOLLY MCCRAY Lucian Cretiu ...

Reduce your taxes with an IRA gift

published 11/4/2016
A charitable IRA rollover (quali‌fied charitable distribution) makes sense this year! If you are like many people, with the new tax law, you could be paying higher taxes in 2016. By transferring ...

St. Luke’s Edmond completes its building

published 11/4/2016
Consecration Sunday at St. Luke’s Edmond UMC is commemorated Oct. 9 with a group photo taken by a drone-mounted camera. Photo by Brian Morgan   BY HOLLY MCCRAY On opening day, Oct. 9, ...

Tulsans help veterans to find ‘a way home’

published 11/4/2016
BY JESSICA MOFFATT, SENIOR PASTOR, TULSA-FIRST UMC I attended a church supper club Friday night. There were eight Sunday school class members in a home for a delicious meal. A Vietnam veteran was at ...

UMW valued: ‘People in this state need you’

published 11/4/2016
United Methodist Women elected Glenda Gilpin of Hooker as their new Conference president during the group’s Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City. She follows Cindy Hull of Waynoka, who will complete her ...

Workshop gives tips to go green

published 11/4/2016
Professor Mark Davies put three questions before the women attending "Greening Your Congregation," an optional class at the UMW Annual Meeting. 1) What does faith teach us about relating to ...

“Music is my life, my peace, my freedom, and my heartbeat”

published 10/14/2016
Music is a gift that can affect any life and unite all kinds of people. Music is the heartbeat that pushes on in a ministry here in Oklahoma. El Sistema Oklahoma is an impressive program established...

A bridge to faith -- Heavener churches join hands as multi-ethnic ministry

published 10/14/2016
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ The two United Methodist congregations in Heavener — one English-speaking and one majority Hispanic — have built a bridge between one another and formed a new church. They chose a ...

Bishop’s installation Oct. 23

published 10/14/2016
Installation service for the new bishop of the Oklahoma Area begins at 4 p.m. Oct. 23 in Tulsa at Asbury United Methodist Church. (Can’t attend in person? Watch the live stream at www.okumc.org. ) ...

CJAMM’S New Day Camp

published 10/14/2016
Volunteer: ‘I can’t wait to go again’ BY ELLEN LYONS I hear stories that often include the phrase "I felt God’s call" or "God spoke to me" so often that I find myself slightly skeptical of God’s ...

Clergy family

published 10/14/2016
Peter White, deacon, from Tulsa-First UMC associate pastor to Restore Hope Ministries chapel ministry coordinator, effective Sept. 1. Return to contact digest

Employment

published 10/14/2016
Executive Camp Director: Camp Istrouma, Louisiana Conference. Job description at: www.umc.org/jobs/executive-director7.Resumes should be forwarded to campistroumacareer@gmail.com. Application period...

Introducing 2 young leaders at HQ

published 10/14/2016
    Ramirez pursues innovations in ministry Carlos Ramirez uses a ball chair and sit/stand table in his streamlined office, befitting his work focus: innovation and leadership development at ...

OCU ranks best in state

published 10/14/2016
U.S. News & World Report again has ranked Oklahoma City University among the best colleges in the country. OCU scored the No. 23 spot in the listing of "Best Regional Universities in the West," the ...

Share the Joy

published 10/14/2016
By JIM HOLLIFIELD An old rancher’s adage carries truth: "The easiest way to herd a buffalo is in the direction he is already going." Christmas is fast approaching. Especially during the Christmas ...

Strong IMPACT -- Muskogee church and Langston campus ministry work to educate children

published 10/14/2016
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ The Wesley Foundation at Langston University hopes to repeat its summer program that focused on teaching school-age children about their spiritual gifts, the history of the ...

Together, we do MORE

published 10/14/2016
  1) The Ministerial Education Fund. Oklahoma’s 2017 share: $548,179. This fund is essential for the Church to recruit and educate quality pastoral leadership. It helps support 13 United Methodist ...

Welcome, new students

published 10/14/2016
Stars Week 2016 — Left, freshmen line up to touch the OCU Star and seal their pledge after the Matriculation service on Aug. 17. Upper right, underclassmen move into the residence halls during ...

2016 Willson Lectures

published 9/16/2016
Warren Carter is professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School. He came to Brite in 2007 after teaching for 17 years at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. His scholarly work has ...

Campus ministry in Stillwater to break ground - Former students recall room to thrive

published 9/16/2016
BY SHELBY HOLCOMB Welcome points to the infinitely important invitation to be comfortable, be yourself. To be welcome is to be home. At the heart of the Wesley Foundation at Oklahoma State ...

Cleaning supplies, volunteer help needed

published 9/16/2016
Recent flooding, fires, and storms in numerous U.S. annual conferences have nearly depleted the supply of clean-up kits (aka flood buckets) available through UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on ...

Clergy Family

published 9/16/2016
Passages HENRY — Rev. William R. “Bill” Henry, 87, of Fort Worth, Texas, a former superintendent of four districts, died Aug. 27, 2016. He was ordained in 1953 and served Colbert/Calera, Ponca ...

DVD Library

published 9/16/2016
Several new resources have been added to the Oklahoma Conference DVD Library. They may be borrowed for free. For more information contact Chris Schutz at 405-530-2075 or cschutz@okumc.org. And check...

Employment

published 9/16/2016
Youth Director: Cushing-First UMC. Part-time. Contact Kathy Leithner at katleit2@aol.com  or 918-225-5683. Pianist: Crescent-First UMC. Sunday morning. $100 per week, negotiable. Contact Rick Cato at...

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 ...

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