Bishop of Peru reaches out to Oklahomans

On Sept. 19, meet the bishop of Peru.

You are invited to be part of a mission encounter that Saturday, joining Bishop Samuel Aguilar and other Methodist leaders for a Peruvian Mini-Consultation.

Plan to connect either online or in person in Oklahoma City.

"Together, we will learn about the history of the Peruvian Methodist Church, the challenges they face today, and how Oklahoma United Methodists can work with them to help the church advance," said Karen Distefano, who is Oklahoma’s secretary of Global Ministries.

Any interested person may register by emailing Distefano at For those not able to travel to Oklahoma City, online meeting information will be provided.

The event will be held at the United Methodist Ministry Center, 1501 NW 24th St., Oklahoma City. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. At 10, the consultation will begin with missionary Dora Canales and Juan Gattinoni, Global Ministries’ staff leader for Latin America and the Caribbean, in addition to Bishop Aguilar.

Bishop Hayes to preach at Albright UMC anniversary

Ponca City-Albright UMC will celebrate its 90th anniversary on Oct. 3-4, and Bishop Hayes will be guest preacher.

The church will host a come-and-go reception 4-6 p.m. that Saturday. In Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. worship service, the bishop will preach and be the celebrant for World Communion Sunday. A potluck dinner will follow, then an anniversary program at 1 p.m.

Albright was organized in l925 as Lincoln Heights Chapel within The Evangelical Church denomination. The name soon changed to First Evangelical Church. In l946, it became First Evangelical United Brethren Church when the Evangelical and United Brethren denominations merged. In l968, when the EUB and Methodist denominations united, the church took the name Albright United Methodist Church.

New curriculum for kids’ groups

This fall, new curriculum for children is available from Cokesbury.

"Deep Blue One Room Sunday School" is a kit recommended for ages 3 to 12.

Diane Doughty is Cokesbury’s resource consultant in the state. Contact her at or 918-240-4942.

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