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4 locations for finding new H.O.P.E.

published 1/13/2017
Workshops offering H.O.P.E. (for a Changing Church) will be available at four regional locations in February. The acronym for these small-church events stands for “Hospitality, Offering Christ, ...

Bud Sahmaunt receives Milhouse Award

published 1/13/2017
Each year the Bishop Paul W. Milhouse Award is conferred by Oklahoma City University to recognize the outstanding efforts of a lay person or lay couple who actively and generously support and ...

Church & Society aims to counter gun violence

published 1/13/2017
When the 2016 General Conference passed the resolution “Our Call To End Gun Violence,” a team went to work to provide relevant resources for United Methodist congregations. Then they presented that ...

Clergy Family

published 1/13/2017
Passages ODEN — Rev. Dr. Thomas C. Oden, 85, of Oklahoma City, died Dec. 8, 2016. He was an internationally known evangelical theologian. He pastored churches in Ninnekah, White Bead, and Lexington; ...

Conference connection provides copyright licenses for all

published 1/13/2017
In February, the Oklahoma Conference will renew the umbrella copyright licenses that permit every local church to use the extensive collection of songs and movies specifically licensed through two ...

Employment

published 1/13/2017
Summer Camp Counselors, Staff: College-age young adults sought for camp facilities (Cross Point, Canyon, and Egan) and for new mobile day camps around the state. Full-time, seasonal. Contact Neil ...

Help COSROW identify women to grow leadership

published 1/13/2017
BY JENNIFER AHRENS-SIMS Oklahoma’s Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) is seeking to bring greater balance in male/female leadership in both programming and administration at the ...

Inside the box

published 1/13/2017
Churches in Northern Prairie offer food for the taking By CHRIS SCHUTZ Looking out his office window, Pastor Rob Harris of Tonkawa United Methodist Church sees blessings flowing from what amounts to...

Longest-serving OCU president dies

published 1/13/2017
A former president and chancellor of Oklahoma City University, Jerald Carter Walker of Tulsa died Dec. 24, 2016. He was 78 years old. Rev. Dr. Walker was the longest-serving president in the history...

Nigerian at OU hears God’s call

published 1/13/2017
‘I found a community’ — Gloria A., campus ministry intern By CHRIS SCHUTZ “God knows best.” That’s the translation of the Nigerian first name of Tsematosan Gloria Ajinomisanghan, an international ...

Pastor shares confirmation class experiences

published 1/13/2017
BY SAM POWERS When I became a United Methodist minister, the bishop asked me, “Will you diligently instruct the children in every place?” I take this seriously and have offered confirmation classes ...

Playing with purpose

published 1/13/2017
As Conference groups organized for the new leadership quadrennium, 2017-2020, get-acquainted games and goal-setting were part of their strategies. Right: member Gary Gilpin contemplates a Jenga ...

Sign up now for Youth Service Day

published 1/13/2017
On Saturday, March 4, youths and local church youth groups from across the state are invited to OCU to spend a day in service and fellowship together at Oklahoma’s only United Methodist university. ...

St. Matthew alight in faith

published 1/13/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY The Holy Spirit fire could not be extinguished at OKC-St. Matthew United Methodist Church despite the single-digit temperature on Dec. 18. The people “whooped and hollered” outside ...

The Right Direction

published 1/13/2017
Experts say we will soon “drive” self-driving cars that can take us wherever we want to go while allowing us to sit back and sleep, play chess, read, or do anything else that helps us relax. While ...

UMMen and Bethel community join hands to serve

published 1/13/2017
In central Oklahoma, some 30 families in the rural Bethel community — including 75 kids ranging from infants to high schoolers — received food, new clothing, and Christmas gifts in an act of love ...

Where have all the boomers gone?

published 1/13/2017
Largest U.S. generation is missing in churches While United Methodism has been intensely focused on becoming younger and more diverse, people in the largest U.S. age group need attention, too, ...

10 Facebook tips from Heritage UMC

published 12/16/2016
  Heritage UMC in Broken Arrow lists 10 ways your church can use Facebook for outreach. 1. Create a church Facebook page and encourage congregants to "Like" the page. 2. Encourage congregants to "...

Apply now for 2017 Bishop Scholar Award

published 12/16/2016
Applications and nominations ‌are now being accepted for the 2017-18 OCU Bishop Scholar Award. The scholarship is awarded to incoming college freshmen who plan to study in OCU’s Wimberly School of ...

Church historians’ sleuthing can turn up painful pasts

published 12/16/2016
BY LINDA S. JOHNSON, NORTH TEXAS CONFERENCE Being a church historian means telling the truth, even if it’s painful, Ted Campbell of Perkins School of Theology told local church historians at an ...

Clergy Family

published 12/16/2016
Appointments • Norma Quinn, from Lawton-Centenary to Oklahoma Conference treasurer, effective Dec. 1. • Robert Gorrell, from OKC-Church of the Servant to Lawton-Centenary, effective Dec. 1. • ...

Clergy orders meeting Jan. 17 with bishop

published 12/16/2016
The first Orders Meeting with Bishop Jimmy Nunn will be Jan. 17 at OKC-St. Luke’s. On that Tuesday in the new year, Oklahoma’s clergy will hear from our new bishop as well as from new-church ...

Deaconess loves role in Tulsa

published 12/16/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ R‌etired school teacher Melanie Dewey wanted to serve the church, but she knew ordained ministry was not for her. Instead, she became a deaconess at her home church, ...

Elk City youths school all in service

published 12/16/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY The youth are the future of our church. The young people of Elk City United Methodist Church quash that stale phrase. They absolutely are the church now. The youths raise the funds ...

Employment

published 12/16/2016
Youth Minister/Worship Leader: Yukon-First UMC. Full-time. Send resume to Greg Tolle at greg.tolle@fumcyukon.org Mobile Day Camp Counselors and Program Staff (Cross Point, Canyon Camp, and Camp ...

H.O.P.E. for a Changing Church

published 12/16/2016
Feb. 22, Pawhuska UMC Feb. 23, Fairview UMC at Slapout Feb. 25, Coalgate UMC Feb. 26, Anadarko-First UMC   Keynote: Jodi Cataldo, director of Laity in Leadership, of Discipleship Ministries ...

Nativity to allow kids to get close to real animals

published 12/16/2016
Edmond-First’s outdoor nativity scene this year will have an added attraction — a petting zoo with several larger animals for children to see and pet. The animals will include a cow, sheep, donkey, ...

OCU/Saint Paul agreement means less debt for seminarians

published 12/16/2016
A ‌historic agreement that creates a new pathway to fulfill the ‌academic requirements for ordained ministry was signed in November by Presidents Robert Henry of Oklahoma City University and Neil ...

Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference - New church at Durant reports progress

published 12/16/2016
Four years after the land was donated, construction of Chihowa Okla UMC at Durant has started. This is a new church in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. In late September, two teams of ...

Oklahomans join group in ‘ministry of memory’

published 12/16/2016
Celebrating Ted Campbell for distinguished service, organizing for 2017-2020, welcoming new board members, and blessing Bishop Jeremiah Park as he set off on a special mission to Mongolia ...

Ponca City-First finds ways to bless others near and very far

published 12/16/2016
In Ponca City, First UMC has been engaged all season in thanks-giving. The church partners with New Emergency Resource Agency to collect food each Thanksgiving. This project begins with the ...

SHARE THE JOY through social media

published 12/16/2016
In the Christmas season, and especially Christmas Eve, the world around us is in a mood most responsive to Christ and the church. This Christmas, will you SHARE THE JOY? The Conference’s ...

Social media connects Heritage to lots of neighbors

published 12/16/2016
To increase visibility in the Broken Arrow community, Heritage UMC turned its Pumpkin Patch from a simple fall fundraiser into an intentional ministry outreach and, using social media for promotion, ...

Tax-Wise Giving Strategies

published 12/16/2016
As the end of the year approaches, you may be looking for ways to save on taxes and benefit the ministries you care about. These strategies are an excellent way to complete your goals. Outright ...

UMW prepares for milestone anniversary

published 12/16/2016
The Power of Bold" will be the theme of the next Assembly of United Methodist Women, set for Columbus, Ohio, in May 2018. This Assembly is particularly momentous. The largest faith-based women’s ...

Volunteers pack 20,000+ pounds of holiday foods

published 12/16/2016
In Tulsa on the two days before Thanksgiving, hundreds of community volunteers packed and handed out more than 20,000 pounds of food at United Methodist-related Restore Hope Ministries to neighbors ...

Welcome to the neighborhood

published 12/16/2016
 A Nov. 17 reception honoring Bishop Jimmy Nunn also provided a chance for him to learn more about Neighborhood Services Organization, a national United Methodist mission agency in Oklahoma City ...

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:  Council Oak District Office, Tulsa,  Full-time.  Send cover letter, resume and all other inquires to Dr. Norma Gravley-Quinn at nquinn@okumc.org District Administrator:  ...

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 ...

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