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‘Fast Forward’ provides fast-track to seminary

published 8/18/2017
Oklahoma City University’s President Robert Henry and Saint Paul seminary’s President Neil Blair signed a historic agreement in 2016. Initially called "3+3," the agreement allowed undergraduate ...

‘One Matters’ – Be inspired by 8 churches’ stories of making disciples for Christ one person at a time

published 8/18/2017
What is God up to? New professions of faith, baptisms, growing attendance, new roles for youth. All of these have been reported by churches in the eight districts of the Oklahoma Conference. One ...

Campaign to upgrade OU Wesley

published 8/18/2017
The reconfigured north entrance to the Wesley Foundation at OU will include patio seating and distinctive signage. BY HOLLY MCCRAY The front door seldom opens at the Wesley Foundation for the ...

Campers on a mission

published 8/18/2017
New Day youngsters circle up for prayer project By CHRIS SCHUTZ A prayer circle with benches, flowers in planters, and a fire pit overlooking Lake Texoma now greets campers at Cross Point Camp. ...

Chaplain encounters the unexpected on mission

published 8/18/2017
‘This is one way churches can be involved in ministry to families ... Speaking as a father, it’s worth finding a way.’— Creighton Alexander   BY HOLLY MCCRAY Creighton Alexander hesitated when the ...

Clergy Family

published 8/18/2017
Appointments Phil Hodson, from Elgin-Community UMC to Discontinued, effective Aug. 1. Darrel Maddox, from Vici/Lenora to medical leave, effective Aug. 1. Furan Jackson, from Not Appointed to South ...

Employment

published 8/18/2017
Oklahoma Conference Director of Benefits & Personnel: United Methodist Ministry Center, Oklahoma City. Full-time. Send cover letter and resume to Norma Quinn, nquinn@okumc.org District ...

Estate Planning Steps

published 8/18/2017
There are four basic steps in the estate planning process. Take a moment to read through and see how simple it is to get started. 1.Write down what you own As a Christian, you naturally want ...

Mission studies encourage justice work

published 8/18/2017
The stories told at Mission u teach "that God is making a way, sometimes unseen and unheralded," a liturgist declared in July. She was speaking about climate justice, one of three topics relevant to...

Need for disaster volunteers critical before funding runs out

published 8/18/2017
Some Oklahomans are facing their third winter of living in their storm-damaged homes or in temporary housing because their homes still remain uninhabitable after weather disasters in 2015. With 358 ...

Orders Meeting with panelists on Sept. 19

published 8/18/2017
All clergy under appointment will gather at OKC-St. Luke’s from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 for the fall Orders Meeting. The day will start with worship led by Bishop Jimmy Nunn, said one of the ...

Sky named School of Religion’s distinguished alum

published 8/18/2017
OCU annually recognizes alumni from each school within the university for their outstanding contributions in their chosen fields. During OCU’s All Alumni Weekend in the spring, Brittany Sky was one ...

The DVD Library

published 8/18/2017
DVDs added to support addiction ministries Twenty-six titles addressing issues of addictive behavior involving drugs, alcohol, and gambling have been added to The DVD Library housed at the United ...

Briefly

published 7/28/2017
  COSROW awards funding The deadline is nearing to apply for scholarships awarded annually by the Conference’s Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) to women pursuing education as ...

Building project embodies unity at Quail Springs

published 7/28/2017
From left are: Aaron Owen of AC Owen Construction; Thomas Small, Small Architects; Building Committee members Rick Wind, Ben Conrady, Ryan Noble, Virginia Calame, and Alaine Thigpen; former pastor ...

Clergy Family

published 7/28/2017
Passages   COBB — Rev. Alvin Cobb, 97, of Edmond died July 15, 2017. His career began in 1940. He pastored at Dutton, Perkins, Wheatland, and Hydro and was a Veterans Administration chaplain. ...

Create a Christian Legacy

published 7/28/2017
Everyone wants to have a life with meaning. Part of that meaningful life is to live on in the memory of family and friends. A good estate plan can indeed create a legacy for family and charity that...

Day Camp aims to grow

published 7/28/2017
The Mobile Day Camp at West Tulsa UMC included archery lessons. Photos by Shari Goodwin BY SHARI GOODWIN Ultimate Frisbee is my favorite, and I don’t know how many friends I made — a lot!" said ...

Deaconess/home missioner: Option for ministry by laity

published 7/28/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY When people, especially young adults, ask what the Church is doing in the world today, Elaine Robinson can provide an excellent answer. She points to a little-known but far-reaching ...

Employment

published 7/28/2017
Director of Benefits & Personnel: Oklahoma Annual Conference Ministry Center, Oklahoma City.  Full-time.  Send cover letter & resume to Dr. Norma Gravley-Quinn at nquinn@okumc.org Pianist: Crescent...

Lawton church invites neighbors to picnic

published 7/28/2017
Scampering kids collect balloons during a Union Park summer picnic sponsored by Lawton-Centenary UMC. In Lawton, Centenary United Methodist Church celebrated the success of two summertime ...

Licensed to preach

published 7/28/2017
19 candidates attended the annual Local Pastors Licensing School, held June 23-30 on the Oklahoma City University campus. In photo, the class and leaders are named FROM RIGHT in each row. Front ...

OCU names 3 new Bishop Scholars

published 7/28/2017
The Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University has announced the 2017 recipients of the Bishop Scholars Award: Addison Saviers, Rebecca Small, and MacKenzie VanZee. The prestigious ...

Oklahoman’s got talent

published 7/28/2017
Young Servant competes in TV show BY CHRIS SCHUTZ ‌A marching band, color guard, cheerleaders, and an excited crowd set the scene June 28 in the ‌parking lot of OKC-Church of the Servant for a "...

Reading project makes Enid debut

published 7/28/2017
BY ROBERT BARRON If you teach a child to read, you open the world," said Randy Mitchell, senior pastor of Enid-First United Methodist Church, where Project Transformation is helping Enid youngsters ...

Retreat to tackle systemic racism

published 7/28/2017
Spend an evening listening. Personal stories of racism will open a justice retreat Aug. 25-26 (Friday evening-Saturday afternoon), hosted by the Board of Church & Society, at Canyon Camp. "Tearing ...

$eminar seeks younger clergy

published 7/7/2017
The value cannot be overstated for young clergy to start investing now for retirement, said Stephen Mitchell, who is the Oklahoma Conference director of benefits/personnel. That’s why he is strongly ...

‘I feel better prepared to love a diverse world’

published 7/7/2017
John Vick BY JOHN VICK One of the biggest decisions someone can make is what university to attend after high school. Thankfully, I never had to wrestle with that question; I knew for quite some ...

‘We are ready to lead now’

published 7/7/2017
BY SARA MARTIN My name is Sara Martin, a fourth-generation United Methodist and a certified Lay Servant. I currently serve on the General Board of Church and Society. Why do I follow Jesus? ...

4 excel in evangelism

published 7/7/2017
Four people received the Harry Denman Evangelism Award at the 2017 Oklahoma Annual Conference. A program of The Foundation for Evangelism, this award honors United Methodists in each annual ...

A banner year for OCU athletics

published 7/7/2017
Wins in golf and softball raise OCU’s total national championships to 66 since joining the NAIA. Oklahoma City University’s colors are blue and white, but you wouldn’t know it when you step into...

Canyon campers aim for fun

published 7/7/2017
Junior-high CLUE campers from about 40 churches learned archery, faced off in chess, enjoyed group games after dark, and more on June 5-9 at Canyon Camp, near Hinton. Deans Morgan Ross, Kelley ...

Clergy Family

published 7/7/2017
Passages MARION — Rev. Rik Marion, 64, of Oklahoma City died June 7, 2017. He served at Nicoma Park, Lenora, Vici, Enid-St. Luke’s, Enid-First, Watonga-First, OKC-Capitol Hill, Enid-Willow View, ...

Clergy take big steps for God

published 7/7/2017
"Moving Day" for Oklahoma’s pastors carries extra weight for those taking part in the Conference Wellness walking program. Each June, one day is designated as the official travel date for clergy who...

District VIM team marks milestone

published 7/7/2017
BY TABITHA BECKMAN The Wichitas District celebrates its sixth year of sending Volunteers in Mission teams to Cobija, Bolivia, to serve with members of the Bolivian Methodist Church. During the ...

Employment

published 7/7/2017
Office Administrator: OKC-Village. Part-time 30-35 hours per week. Send resume to Elaine Robinson, erobinson@villagemethodist.org District Administrator: Oklahoma Annual Conference. Full-time. Job ...

Farm fosters kids’ connection to God

published 7/7/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY The 20-acre property surely seemed like a bit of heaven on earth to open-house guests June 10 at Oh Be Joyful Farm, a new foster care site near Coweta for the Oklahoma United ...

OIMC Ordination

published 7/7/2017
As hands are laid upon them, three clergy elders are ordained by Bishop Jimmy Nunn in an open-air tabernacle during the 2017 Oklahoma Indian Missionary Annual Conference, held June 8-11 at the ...

Pocket squares carry prayers

published 7/7/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Borrowing from the popular prayer shawl tradition, Norman-McFarlin UMC members create tiny "pocket prayer shawl" squares to remind mission volunteers, nursing home residents, Vacation...

Retiree project

published 7/7/2017
Delphine Jewell, left, and Wilma Reppert, residents of Epworth Villa in Oklahoma City, organize clean donated clothing from the retirement community’s twice-annual drive to benefit Skyline Urban ...

The Benefits of an Estate Plan

published 7/7/2017
Our free Planning Your Legacy guide is designed to encourage you to think about how you want your assets to be distributed at your passing, and to assist you in gathering the information your ...

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 ...

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, ...

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