STUDYING CAMPUS MINISTRY—Board members and directors expanded their knowledge April 9-10 at the Local Campus Ministry Board Training held in Oklahoma City, with 35 participants. Two spotlighted "success stories": a free meal program at Rose State College and the 1215 Club, which spurred new giving for the Wesley Foundation at the University of Oklahoma.
Top left photo are Leslie Long, left, of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, and Bridgette Young, assistant general secretary for the denomination’s Campus Ministry and College Chaplaincy work.
Bottom left photo Also shown are Frank Denney, left, a board member of the Wesley Foundation at Langston University, and campus ministry development consultant Tom Nisbett. OU philosophy professor Tom Boyd was also a headliner. Photos by Holly McCray
Archives work funded
Funds have been allocated for preservation work affecting the Conference Archives.
Historical records are housed in the Dulaney-Browne Library at Oklahoma City University for both the Oklahoma and Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conferences. Climate control and limited space are primary concerns, according to Jerry Gill, chairman of the Commission on Archives & History.
A project to upgrade the archival facilities at the library is projected to cost $250,000. Two Oklahoma Conference groups recently approved a total of $85,000 to help with the work, at OCU’s request.
The Council on Finance & Administration voted on March 23 to provide $60,000 from the Contingency Reserve. The Agency Emergency Capital Fund committee approved $25,000 from its resources. OCU will provide the other funding.
Among the changes will be major improvements to the interior climate system, window coverings, specialized archival shelving, separate areas for receiving and processing, and a security system.
Conference archivist is Christina Wolf, whose office is in the library. She is available to help the public with records searches and to assist churches’ preservation efforts. Contact her at 405-208-5067, firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Methodists are asked to donate their daily pocket change to help Volunteers In Mission purchase wheelchairs for residents of Rio Bravo, Mexico.
The seven-week campaign, titled "Make a Change," concludes on Pentecost Sunday, May 23.
Two years ago, churches across the Conference donated funds that purchased 176 bicycles for children in Rio Bravo. That successful joint effort between VIM and Pryor-First UMC led to the current drive.
Each wheelchair will cost $200, according to Rob Harris, pastor at Pryor.
After final gifts are collected on Pentecost Sunday, churches are requested to send the money to Pryor-First, which will arrange for purchase and delivery of the chairs.
The VIM office and Conference Treasurer will have an accounting of the funds, and each donor church will be credited, Rev. Harris noted.
Academy names speakers
Elaine Heath, initiator of a missional monastic network, and Ray Buckley, a storyteller and author/illustrator, will lead the Academy of Spiritual Formation, set for the week of Oct. 17-22 at Canyon Camp.
The Academy is hosted every two years by Oklahoma Conference. The Upper Room is a co-sponsor. This is a five-day experience of community living in the monastic tradition. Each day follows a rhythm of worship, lecture, periods of silence, and covenant groups.
Buckley is a native of Alaska, with Tlinqit, Lakota, and Scottish ancestry. His topic will be "When God Changes Your Name: A Spiritual Journey Through Native Traditions." He has worked with United Methodist Communications and in Connectional Ministries.
Rev. Dr. Heath helped launch New Day, a network of missional, new monastic faith communities in the United Methodist tradition. Her topic will be "The Mystic Way: A Contemplative Vision for Evangelism, Outreach, and Community." She is McCreless Assistant Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology and director of the Center for Missional Wisdom at Southern Methodist University.
On the Academy leadership team are Kathy Leithner, Cindy Mayes, Elaine Gragg, Katrina McBride, and Diana Northcutt, who is registrar. Find more information at www.okumc.org.
Event at Junaluska
Roberto Escamilla of Ada-First UMC is among the planners for The North America Christian Ashram event set for July 13-16 at Lake Junaluska Camp & Conference Center near Asheville, N.C.
The notable United Methodist speakers include three bishops. In 1930, E. Stanley Jones founded the United Christian Ashram movement. More information is at www.christianashram.org. Registration deadline is June 1.
Storm season arrives
Spring in Oklahoma brings new growth on plants, more sunshine, and numerous outdoor activities. The season also brings potential for heavy rain, hail, lightning, and tornadoes at any time.
Churches need to be prepared for these by making sure people and structures are as safe as possible. Here are some steps to take.
Have an emergency plan for your church and communicate it to the leadership and staff.
Have a safety and security ministry for church and/or community disasters.
Run drills (fire, tornado, etc.).
Inspect roofs on all buildings.
Check drainage around all buildings.
Make sure portable buildings and trailers are securely anchored.
Inventory and photograph or videotape the contents of buildings.
Back up critical computer data and store that backup off-site.
The Oklahoma Conference UMC Insurance & Risk Management Plan responds at any time to claim calls from churches enrolled in its programs. The number is 1-877-886-7228.
—Information from plan administrator Rick Carlin
Golf tournament set
A golf tournament May 10 in Ada will benefit the United Campus Ministry at East Central University. Contact Kel Penny, 580-436-3400, email@example.com.