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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 ...

Medical Missionary

published 9/16/2016
In the Central Congo Episcopal Area, physician Pierre Manya examines two babies resting beneath bed netting to deter mosquitoes. A gynecologist and surgeon, he also has been a United Methodist ...

National president visits

published 9/16/2016
Featured speaker was Yvette Richards, national president of United Methodist Women, on Aug. 21 for Quayle United Methodist Women’s Day at the Oklahoma City church. Her message: “A Fresh Wind Blowing”...

National training to help churches see ‘God’s Image in Many Faces’

published 9/16/2016
Six speakers are on the program for "Celebrating Ethnic Diversity: God’s Image in Many Faces," offering multiethnic ministries training on Nov. 2-4 in Oklahoma City, at Crowne Plaza Hotel. The ...

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 ...

Reaching out

published 9/16/2016
Morrison UMC welcomed Bishop Jimmy Nunn on Sept. 11 to give his first Sunday morning sermon as bishop and to consecrate the new building that houses the United Methodist Women’s community thrift ...

Rotating worship events help 5 churches bond

published 9/16/2016
BY GEORGE ROWE When they were organized, Missional Areas of the Heartland District were tasked with collaborating on projects. The Missional Area that consisted of Cogar, Friendship, Minco-First, ...

Three Simple Ways to Give

published 9/16/2016
Recently I had a conversation with an individual who wanted to leave a legacy gift to his church. However, he had recently completed his trust and did not want to make any changes to it. He asked me...

Tulsa church and agency cook up good

published 9/16/2016
Food pantry helps families in distress Starlette Pryor was one of the first clients at a new south Tulsa food pantry that opened Aug. 30 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 6767 S. Mingo Road Read ...

Tulsa pastor completes Course of Study

published 9/16/2016
On Aug. 4, Bill Welch of Tulsa concluded a special journey in ministry that began in Spring 2007. Saint Paul School of Theology congratulates him for graduating from that United Methodist seminary’s...

Where in the districts is Bishop Nunn?

published 9/16/2016
Places you’ll find him: Oct. 9 Crossroads District, 2 p.m., at OKC-Church of the Servant Oct. 16 Council Oak District, 3 p.m., at Tulsa-Boston Avenue Nov. 12 Lake Country District, 11 a.m., at ...

Better stories of campus ministry

published 9/2/2016
Janina Graves is now the associate director at the Wesley Foundation at Oklahoma State University. When she was a college student at OSU, she encountered the inevitability of countless questions as ...

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 ...

Clergy Family

published 9/2/2016
Appointments Creighton Alexander, from Northwest Texas Conference to Harrah UMC, effective Sept. 1. Randy Little, from Harrah to Vinita, effective Sept. 1. Sonja Tobey, from Vinita to ...

Employment

published 9/2/2016
Director for Youth and Families: Peachtree Road UMC, Atlanta, Georgia, www.prumc.org . Full-time. Applications can be sent in the form of a cover letter and resume to kristinaz@ymarchitects.com. ...

Fashion forward -- Teens help women searching for work

published 9/2/2016
By Chris Schutz A group of girls at OKC-New Hope is trying to boost the confidence of disadvantaged women ‌by providing them with makeovers and makeup-filled kits. They hope the gifts especially help...

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 ...

Making more disciples -- Event to assess potential for multisites and mergers in state

published 9/2/2016
A ‌free forum Oct. 13 will explore multisite church strategies, ‌sponsored by the Conference’s New Faith Communities Ministry Team. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Edmond-St.Luke’...

Mission u makes news

published 9/2/2016
Mission u continues to prove its value for current-events study with United Methodist perspective — even though the three annual study topics are chosen years in advance. Consider these notes from ...

Moments in local ministry -- Back-to-school splash

published 9/2/2016
Setup was simple, and fellowship was fine when Lighthouse UMC in Kingston hosted a splash party Aug. 17. More than 50 people came, including off-duty Marshall County law officers, who brought some ...

Moments in local ministry -- Invitation to worship

published 9/2/2016
OKC-Lakeside United Methodist Church, at the corner of May Avenue and Northwest 66th Street, dedicated its new permanent sign June 30. It was placed in honor of Bill Bates, an architect who designed...

Moments in local ministry -- Pawhuska bags school supplies

published 9/2/2016
Pawhuska-First UMC has continued a tradition of helping students get ready for school by giving out bags of school supplies. Since the project began 12 years ago, it has grown to provide the filled ...

Oklahoma City University News

published 9/2/2016
Have studies, will travel A‌gain this academic year, members of Oklahoma City University’s faculty and staff are offering to travel throughout the state to teach Sunday School classes and provide ...

Retirees connect at annual retreat

published 9/2/2016
Registration for this year’s Retired Clergy/Spouse Retreat, at Canyon Camp on Oct. 10-12, will begin early this month. Clergy retirees and their spouses should watch for the September issue of the ...

Video: Native American Methodism (Available at the DVD Library)

published 9/2/2016
"Who Is My Neighbor? Native American Methodism in Oklahoma" has been added to the DVD Library at the United Methodist Ministry Center in Oklahoma City. The 26-minute resource was produced by the ...

Employment

published 8/15/2016
Oklahoma Conference Director of Administrative Services, Treasurer, Benefits Officer, and Statistician  Education Requirements: Master’s Degree in Finance or Accounting, CPA optional   Experience: ...

3 churches embrace innovation with multisite concepts

published 8/12/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Three Oklahoma churches plunged into multisite plans June 1, with grants from the New Faith Communities Ministry Team: Owasso-First, Claremore-First, and Edmond-Acts 2. "Each is ...

A splashing success

published 8/12/2016
Conference tests mobile day camp model in Edmond BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Church camp doesn’t always mean an overnight, sleeping-bag kind of thing. For five days in mid-July, the grounds of Edmond-First ...

Claremore-First brews connections

published 8/12/2016
Claremore-First UMC removed inside walls in order to reach out. Leaders had identified a "choke point" for people moving through the building, said Matthew Tucker. Now Christian connections brew ...

Clergy Family

published 8/12/2016
Passages HERNDON — Rev. Charles M. Herndon, 79, of Tulsa, died July 20, 2016. His ministry career began in 1957. He served Durant-Wesley, Trinity-Muskogee (youth pastor), Gene Autry Springer, ...

Eboo Patel headlines conference

published 8/12/2016
OCU will host national interfaith meeting Oklahoma City University is the site Oct. 17-18 for a free national conference that will bring together faculty, staff, administrators, and student leaders ...

First UMC builds prayer park for all people in Frederick

published 8/12/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Frederick-First UMC wants its new prayer park to be a place of peace for all. The space includes a paving-stone labyrinth and benches designed to match others the city has placed ...

God’s hands and feet manifested through love

published 8/12/2016
The work of a foundation includes managing financial assets for churches and ministries within the conference. Here at the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation, we like to go a step (or two) beyond...

Morning music

published 8/12/2016
Photo by David Gardner   Return to contact digest Frank Graham carries on his family’s tradition of regularly ringing the bell at Verden UMC. He lives across the street from the church. Graham ...

Prayers and promises

published 8/12/2016
  Teens support one another as they kneel before a cross in worship during Dayspring South, held in July at Cross Point Camp. Dean for the camp was Kevin Andrews, an associate Wesley Foundation ...

Searching for resources?

published 8/12/2016
Jurisdiction videos Seven videos uploaded to the YouTube channel "OkumcCommunications" show highlights from the South Central Jurisdictional Conference last month in Wichita, Kan. Click the link "...

Spring cleaning

published 8/12/2016
The stained-glass windows at Ringling United Methodist Church got a facelift recently, making them much brighter and more colorful. The windows in the sanctuary, built in 1961, are hand-blown ...

Summer reading event debuts at Selecman UMC

published 8/12/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ On a summer day at OKC-Selecman, young children gathered around an adult volunteer in one room as she read from a book about the fish that starred in the animated movie "Finding Nemo....

Two named Bishop’s Scholars

published 8/12/2016
  Each year, Oklahoma City University presents the Bishop’s Scholar Award to a select number of outstanding incoming freshmen who have expressed a desire to pursue a calling to United Methodist ...

VBS bugs out

published 8/12/2016
During Vacation Bible School at Norman-St. Stephen’s, three youngsters examine insect specimens, right, while Zayne Roberson and his father, Jarried, view an insect in extreme close-up, using a ...

Back to Belize

published 7/22/2016
In January, graduate student Kelsey Ricks traveled to Belize for the first time. She went as a member of Oklahoma City University’s OKVIM* Student Mission Team. On June 5, she returned to the ...

Briefly

published 7/22/2016
Domestic violence is focus of program An upcoming United Methodist Women’s workshop will teach a faith-based response to domestic violence. Titled "It Happens in Church," the program will be Aug. ...

Clergy Family

published 7/22/2016
Passages LEVERIDGE — Rev. Harold Dean Leveridge, 91, of Oklahoma City, died July 5, 2016. He served as superintendent for both the Ada and Woodward Districts. He pastored at Verden, Lawton-Cameron, ...

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