Conference HQ moves to summer schedule

On June 6, the United Methodist Ministry Center will begin observing summer hours. The Oklahoma City office will be open Mondays through Thursdays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., during June, July, and August. Regular office hours will resume on Aug. 29.

Journal book orders due July 1

Deadline is July 1 to order the 2011 Journal printed as a book. Cost is $15. You are urged to place your order during the Annual Conference. Turn in the coupon from the Pre-Conference Workbook at the Communications display. You will receive a bill with the book.

In memoriam

Helen Karges died April 28 in Beulah, N.D. She was the mother of Rev. David Karges, pastor of Jenks UMC.


The name of Rev. Marilynn Schellhamer, who is retiring at Annual Conference, was misspelled in the May 6 issue

Hrubik leads district UMMen

Tom Hrubik was recently named OKC-South District president of United Methodist Men. He is a member of Sunny Lane UMC in Del City.

He was elected at a May 7 meeting in McFarlin UMC, Norman. Several men’s leaders attended from churches within the district, as well as Russell Kline, who is OKC-North District president and a member of Yukon-First.

Hrubik’s leadership boosts a renewed effort to build upon the ­UMMen organization in Oklahoma, explained Bill Chissoe of Norman, new Conference UMMen president.

"This was the first of many such gatherings to be conducted around the Conference, as we seek to have a president for each of the 12 districts," Chissoe said. The total now is six such leaders.

Other district presidents are: Bert Abla, a member of Owasso-First, Bartlesville District president; Clay Cole, of Duncan-First, Lawton District; James Bond, of Tahlequah UMC, Muskogee District; and Earl Mitchell, of Stillwater-Highland Park, Stillwater District.

To contact Chissoe:,  405-329-0271 or 405-550-4744.

2 finish with honors at Saint Paul @ KC

On May 13, two members of the Oklahoma Conference graduated with honors from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo., during the seminary’s 50th commencement convocation.

Receiving the Master of Divinity degree were Kyle Anderson and Chris Ruddell, specialization in evangelism. Rev. Anderson is pastor at Wakita and Manchester. Rev. Ruddell will become associate pastor at Bixby.

Graduation is Aug. 19 for the first class from Saint Paul School at Oklahoma City University.

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