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A cautionary tale about church Wi-Fi

published 2/10/2017
Counsel about copyright compliance for churches that offer Wi-Fi access to guests comes from the Conference’s Communications Ministry. Those churches are strongly urged to require that each guest ...

Back to Belize

published 2/10/2017
The third mission trip to Belize was the largest yet for Oklahoma City University students and faculty traveling there during OCU’s Winter Break with Charles Neff, vice-president for ...

Camp changes adults too - Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries

published 2/10/2017
Will you volunteer a week of your time for a child whose parent is in jail? Search for "New Day Camp" at www.okumc.org.   New Day Camps blessed not only the 121 children who attended in 2016, ...

Circle of Care adds Woodward office

published 2/10/2017
FOSTERING HOPE — In Woodward, the Circle of Care opens its newest regional foster care service center. Almost 60 people attended ceremonies Jan. 10, including the school superintendent and members ...

Clergy Family

published 2/10/2017
Passages PLOWMAN — Rev. Howard Plowman, 92, of Tulsa, a former superintendent of the Stillwater and Tulsa Districts, died Jan. 23, 2017. He also directed the Conference’s Council on Ministries. He ...

Council Oak, Heartland get new district administrators

published 2/10/2017
Two of Oklahoma’s districts — Council Oak and Heartland — have new district administrators. In the Heartland District, Karen Mangano is greeting visitors in the office located at 631 N Broadway in ...

Disaster worker honored

published 2/10/2017
  Richard Norman, who is the Conference’s disaster response coordinator in the Office of Mission, recently received the Servant Leader award from the partnership group called Oklahoma Voluntary ...

Employment

published 2/10/2017
Youth Director: Part-time. Sapulpa-First UMC. Contact Pastor Allen Schneider, 918-224-3006 or allen@sapulpafumc.org Director of Youth and College Ministries: Full-time. Choctaw UMC. Interested ...

Let’s talk about race

published 2/10/2017
Get on the Bus to Tulsa — Let’s Talk About Race," a weekend seminar, is planned in late March and sponsored by two Conference commissions: Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century and ...

OKC-First’s bells chiming again

published 2/10/2017
A crane lowers one of 11 bells into place at OKC-First in early December after a lengthy repair project.   The 11 bells in the tower of OKC-First United Methodist Church are back on the job after ...

One Church marks 1st day

published 2/10/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY It was one great day when One Church in Edmond welcomed people in worship Jan. 22. Lots of praying and planning preceded that Sunday service at Frontier Elementary School. Turnout ...

Pulling together - Oklahoma’s clergy elect leaders

published 2/10/2017
When Oklahoma’s clergy met Jan. 17 at OKC-St. Luke’s, they elected three colleagues to lead their peer groups this quadrennium (2017-2020). From left, sharing the workload will be Gloria ...

Spring events welcome youths (OCU)

published 2/10/2017
  In coming weeks, hundreds of high school students from across the state will converge on OCU for a series of special events. STARS JUNIOR DAY, FRIDAY, FEB. 24 High school juniors and their ...

The Vessel launches

published 2/10/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Sails swelling with the wind of the Spirit and 188 people aboard, The Vessel launched Jan. 15, navigating the waters of life in Claremore. This new faith community, a satellite ...

Upcoming events

published 2/10/2017
  Cookson Hills fishing derby "Fishers of Men" Cookson Hills Center March 31-April 2 • Fishing derby on Lake Tenkiller • Wild game dinner, spring work projects, more at the mission center More ...

Working with kids gives joy to Ricks - Project Transformation

published 2/10/2017
Kelsey Ricks has joined Oklahoma’s Project Transformation staff as program director. She brings great relevant experience to this United Methodist-supported ministry. PT operates literacy day camps ...

Your Life & Goals - The Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation

published 2/10/2017
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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
Student Ministries Director: Ada-First UMC. Full-time. Send resume or questions to Donna Jamar,  fumcada@gmail.com. Deadline to apply is April 1. Summer Camp Counselors, Staff: College-age young ...

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, ...

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