Honored at Annual Conference

7/9/2010

Award presentations at Annual Conference spotlight outstanding ministries and inspire more efforts to transform the world as Christ’s disciples. Above, on behalf of the Commission on Religion & Race, Chairman Glenn Harris, right, presents Oklahoma’s bishop with a new award named in his honor: the Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. Racial Unity Award. "The Commission recognizes your incredible contribution to our mission of greater understanding and unity between races and ethnic groups in our Conference," Harris told the bishop. "Through your preaching, your visits, your advocacy, your integrity, and your Christian example, you have inspired us to greater heights in loving God and loving our neighbors." For details about this new award, e-mail oklahomacorr@yahoo.com.  View online photo collections of more award recipients at the 2010 Annual Conference. Go to: www.okumc.org/galleries.

From left, outgoing Oklahoma City University President Tom and Brenda McDaniel accept twin Francis Asbury Awards from Campus Ministries, represented by George Warren and Mark Whitley. The national award typically is restricted to one recipient in each annual conference. An exception was granted to honor the McDaniels, due to their outstanding service at OCU.

Above left: Given by the Board of Laity, a district It Worked for Us award went to Bartlesville-First for its "Try Church" advertising campaign. From left are Casi Morris, Meredith Nelson, and Mark Pinkerton. Above right: Growth at Gene Autry UMC propelled that Ardmore District church into a larger judging category for Outstanding Town & Country Church awards, given by United Methodist Rural Fellowship (UMRF). Worship attendance now is averaging 80 people at the church. Last year, Gene Autry won in the "40 and under" worship attendance category. From left are UMRF leader Gary Moody, Gene Autry Mayor and church member Katherine McQuistion, and Pastor Sharen Hale.


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