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3 finish doctoral program

published 6/16/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Saint Paul School of Theology celebrated a first for its campus at Oklahoma City University on May 19: three people were conferred the degree of Doctor of Ministry during ...

Bishop urges churches to tell people 'why'

published 6/16/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY A‌cross the days of the 2017 ‌Oklahoma Annual Conference, United Methodists made a virtual journey with Bishop Jimmy Nunn — from where his pioneer ancestors settled on the Texas ...

Employment

published 6/16/2017
Family Education Coordinator: OKC-Village UMC. Part-time. Contact Dale Smith at dsmith@echero.com. Youth Director: Owasso-First UMC. Full-time. Submit cover letter and resume to Rev. Dr. Jim ...

Jim Egan Legacy Award & Annual Conference

published 6/16/2017
Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Robert and Marsha Long for graciously earning and accepting our Egan Legacy Award this year. Your many years of service and generosity have made a lasting difference for ...

New ordained and provisional elders

published 6/16/2017
NEWLY ORDAINED — From left, with Bishop Jimmy Nunn (center) are new Oklahoma Conference elders Shyloe Hailey O’Neal, Desiree L. Sharp, Adam W. Shahan, Andrew L. Nelms, and Nathan Aquilla Mills; and ...

OCU team restores home, experiences community

published 6/16/2017
Early on May 7, the day following Oklahoma City University’s graduation ceremonies, a handful of dedicated students, faculty, and staff gathered in the ticket line at Will Rogers World Airport to ...

President of OCU to retire

published 6/16/2017
Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry will retire, effective June 30, 2018. He plans to focus on several writing and legal projects during a one-year sabbatical, after which he plans to ...

A taste of success

published 5/19/2017
Representatives of the Wesley Foundation at Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, recently received a Community Service Award for the Wesley’s efforts to serve a weekly meal to all on campus. ...

Circle of Care champions Oklahoma children

published 5/19/2017
Donors with hearts of gold gave $160,000 to Circle of Care as the ministry for children and youths marked its golden anniversary with a gala event April 29. Even the keynote speech was pure gold. ...

Clergy Family

published 5/19/2017
Passages McPHERSON — Rev. Dr. Douglas David McPherson, 83, of Arlington, Texas, died May 9, 2017. He was founding pastor of OKC-Leland Clegg and also pastored at May Avenue, Northwest, B.C. Clark, ...

Doctoral program in psychology added

published 5/19/2017
Next spring, OCU will offer a new doctoral program in clinical psychology. The program prepares students to provide psychological services in a variety of settings to address client mental health ...

Employment

published 5/19/2017
Family Ministry Coordinator: Village UMC, Oklahoma City. Part-time. Contact Julie Whitson at (405)751-8116 or send resume to jwhitson@villagemethodist.org Director of Student Ministries: ...

Event eases route to college

published 5/19/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ A ‌windstorm and power outage couldn’t blow away the ‌excitement recently for some young people getting practical help for their college dreams, through the guidance of CJAMM ...

New room to have a ball

published 5/19/2017
Basketball, badminton, and volleyball beckon youngsters and college students to enjoy and engage at Edmond Chinese International Church’s new building. BY HOLLY MCCRAY The ribbon cut, the ...

Newest superintendent shares her story

published 5/19/2017
BY CINDY HAVLIK I’ve always found the passage in Matthew 4:19 a pretty amazing call story. "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people." I wish that I could visit with those disciples so I could ...

OCU lowers tuition for doctorate in nursing

published 5/19/2017
National shortage of educators in this field In an ongoing commitment to address the nationwide shortage of nurses and nursing faculty, Oklahoma City University’s Kramer School of Nursing has ...

Outstanding (Oologah UMC - Spirit of Will Rogers Award)

published 5/19/2017
Oologah United Methodist Church was honored recently with the "Spirit of Will Rogers Award" for sharing its contemporary worship space with several community groups after the city demolished its ...

Passing the baton

published 5/19/2017
’Tis the season for clergy moves, and a late April event offered help with that transition for pastors arriving and exiting. Bishop Jimmy Nunn’s advice that day: "Lead with a question. Inspire ...

Planning Your Legacy Guide

published 5/19/2017
A plan is important, but an estimated 60% of Americans don’t even have a will. The Planning Your Legacy guide from the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation will help you by making the process easy ...

Praying our way forward

published 5/19/2017
For seven days, May 28—June 3, every person in the Oklahoma Conference is called to pray intentionally for the mission of the Church and the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. An Oklahoma team ...

Retiring clergy

published 5/19/2017
The ministry careers of 24 retiring clergy will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, in OCU’s Freede Center during the 2017 Annual Conference. Each retiree and spouse will be invited on stage ...

Road trip ahead for summer day camps

published 5/19/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY A ‌team of young adults is packing for an inaugural ‌Voyage: a two-month summer road trip, crisscrossing Oklahoma, directing a mobile day camp at eight host churches — from ...

Son’s tribute reflects our gratitude to 2017 retiring clergy

published 5/19/2017
BY MATTHEW SCRAPER, PASTOR, OKC-SOUTHERN HILLS UMC A‌n open letter to my father, Randy ‌Scraper, on the Sunday of his ‌retirement: There is only one window in my office. I find myself looking ...

Theater stages the greatest story

published 5/19/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ The Roxy Theater in downtown Muskogee plays new parts these days — and one is as a church that especially welcomes the people who shelter at the nearby Gospel Rescue Mission. They ...

Clergy Family

published 4/28/2017
Appointments Harriette Leigh, from Norman-McFarlin UMC to retirement, effective May 1. Clark Struebing, from Capron to not appointed, effective May 1. Michael Strange, from Perry UMC to retirement, ...

Day care teaches churches to value shared ministry

published 4/28/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Outside the church, the day care children helped prepare last year’s palm leaves for use on Ash Wednesday. Some remembered waving the branches last year. As they worked, the pastor ...

Delegates can meet artist

published 4/28/2017
Luncheon and Q&A session with the artist, Wednesday, May 31, for conference delegates and guests, OCU Norick Gallery. Sign up by choosing "OCU School of Visual Arts" among the meal options in ...

Easter Visitor

published 4/28/2017
A winged guest lingers with Luke Kern at Marlow-First UMC after a butterfly release on April 16. The children in Sunday School had nurtured the creatures, watching them emerge from their cocoons and ...

Employment

published 4/28/2017
Director of Senior Adult Ministries: 30 hours per week. McFarlin Memorial UMC, Norman, OK. Send resume and cover letter to wneal@mcfarlinumc.org. Nursery Staff: Part-time (approximately 5 hours per ...

Fast facts, not mystery

published 4/28/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ What is fasting? Why are all United Methodists being urged to practice it as the denomination’s Commission on a Way Forward examines the Book of Discipline paragraphs about human ...

Get the app for Annual Conference news

published 4/28/2017
www.okumc.org/annual_conference BY HOLLY MCCRAY The A-to-Z aspects of Oklahoma’s Annual Conference begin with "app" and examine "Why?" (the theme) in sessions May 29-June 1 at Oklahoma City ...

Ideas for Giving and Saving for Your Family -- The Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation

published 4/28/2017
Many people believe they have to decide between keeping their money, giving to family, or supporting their favorite charitable causes. However, even while giving generously to charity, you can profit...

It worked for us: winners

published 4/28/2017
Winners of the 2017 "It Worked for Us" awards have been chosen by the Board of Laity of the Oklahoma Conference. At the Celebrate the Laity Luncheon, on Tuesday, May 30, during Annual Conference, an ...

Master the media

published 4/28/2017
Get your smartphone and download Oklahoma’s Annual Conference app right now. You’ll find OKUMC in the iTunes (APP STORE) or Google Play store. This free software application, launched by your ...

Neighborhood blitz

published 4/28/2017
In south Oklahoma City, more than 1,000 volunteers made repairs on 35 homes in the Heronville Elementary neighborhood on April 8. Those serving included members of the Asbury campus of St. Luke’s; ...

OCU students make mission trek to Standing Rock

published 4/28/2017
Over the week of Spring Break, nine Native American students from Oklahoma City University joined an educational and mission experience at the Standing Rock Reservation, which spans the border ...

Prayers to fill conference week

published 4/28/2017
The week of May 28 to June 3 will be a special time for everyone in the Oklahoma Conference. Not only will it include Annual Conference, but also it will be a time for all Oklahoma United Methodists ...

Preacher’s kid finds door to Upper Room

published 4/28/2017
Deacon Beth Richardson teaches at Norman-St. Stephens UMC in March. BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Growing up as a preacher’s kid can be exciting, Beth Richardson says. Her family moved every few years in ...

PT builds international bridge for young adults

published 4/28/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Some 60 young adults in Oklahoma will turn their attention to Ukraine in August. Right after completing eight weeks assisting children here in Project Transformation (PT), they will...

Restore Hope gets high rating

published 4/28/2017
For the third consecutive year, Restore Hope Ministries in Tulsa has received a coveted four-star rating from Charity Navigator.By reducing hunger, preventing homelessness, and promoting hope, the ...

Statistics help define seminary’s value in state

published 4/28/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY The Oklahoma Conference’s five-year Special Apportionment is set to culminate this year for Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University. That prompted a series of ...

Used Book Sale returns

published 4/28/2017
Coordinated by Oklahoma’s clergy retirees, the Used Book Sale again will be held on the first floor of the Kramer East Building — just east of the Freede Center at OCU — during Annual Conference. The...

‘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 ...

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