FREE FROM DEBT—Cheyenne-First UMC burns the mortgage after fulfilling its financial obligation for the church building. Celebrating June 5 at the ceremony are, from left, Building Committee Chairman Becky Seay, Clinton District Superintendent Chuck Nordean, Pastor Greg Keith, and Trustees Chairman Eugene Calvert.
  • Orders meeting Aug. 16

District meetings will be new on the agenda Aug. 16 when the Orders of Elders and Deacons and the Fellowship of Local Pastors meet at OKC-St. Luke’s.

The schedule for that Tuesday will be:

• 10-11:15 a.m.—Worship, with Bishop Hayes preaching.

• 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.—Lunch meetings in district groupings, led by the superintendents. Box lunches will be served.

• 1-2:30 p.m.—All clergy meet in the church’s Christian Life Center. Topic will be General Conference legislation. Oklahoma’s delegation leaders will facilitate, with input from those gathered.

• 2:30-3 p.m.—Announcements and the bishop’s blessing.

  • New date for academy

Youth Worker’s Academy will kick off Aug. 26-28. This is a change from the original date. All other dates remain as set.

Youth Worker’s Academy is a four-weekend training event for those individuals working with youth. This event is supported with teachers from Oklahoma City University and the Oklahoma Conference and recently received para-professional certification.

Cost is $1,000 for the four sessions, and churches can work out a payment plan with Ann Browning in the Conference office. If you have other questions, contact Leslie Long, 405-414-1014.

  • Village UMC to mark 60 years

On Sept. 25, Village UMC in Oklahoma City will celebrate its 60th anniversary in a special worship service, with a lunch following.

The Sunday special events begin at 10:30 a.m. at the church, 2501 W. Britton Rd. Former members and all friends are especially invited. Contact Julie Hayes, 405-751-8116, or Pat Dollarhide, 405-603-6707, for more information.

  •  OIMC endowment grows

A contribution of $100,000 from the Chickasaw Nation has boosted the Endowment for Pastoral Leadership of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC).

At the 2011 OIMC Annual Conference, held June 9-12 at Antlers, a special guest was Gov. Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation.

Also during the conference, OIMC delegates were elected for the 2012 General/Jurisdictional Conferences. They are David Wilson, Sue Burgess, Margaret Battiest, Josephine Deere; and alternates Julienne Judd and Pearl Thomas.

Annual Conference offerings benefitted the Dulac (La.) Community Center and the Native American Children’s Fund. Youths at the conference raised more than $1,300 for the denomination’s Youth Service Fund.

Preacher was Bishop Hayes, who leads both OIMC and Oklahoma Conferences. Two infant baptisms were conducted.

On Oct. 27, an evening gala and silent auction will benefit the endowment. The event will be at Jim Thorpe Hall of Fame and Event Center, Oklahoma City.

—from The OIMC Advocate

  • Red Rock UMC featured in magazine

Interpreter magazine features Red Rock UMC, near Calumet, in its July-August issue. The story tells how Pastor Matthew Franks used social media to rally volunteers and supplies after a May tornado.

You also can read the story online at:

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  • Duke student gets fellowship

Shyloe O’Neal, a graduate student at Duke Divinity School, has been awarded a 2011 Congregational Fellowship by The Fund for Theological Education (FTE).

She was nominated by Wagoner-First UMC as a young leader who demonstrates exceptional gifts for ministry. She will receive a $1,000 to $5,000 award, matching support from her nominating congregation for seminary tuition and living expenses.

The FTE fellowships are funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and the Henry Luce Foundation, to foster quality leadership and diversity in pastoral ministry.

  • Get updates  about property insurance

Churches enrolled in the Oklahoma Conference property insurance/risk management plan can sign up for a free newsletter via email.

The e-newsletter will communicate timely risk-management bulletins, pertinent news, and updates about coverage. It is new from the United Methodist Property and Casualty Trust (PACT).

Sign up through the PACT website: 

  • Ardmore event Aug. 6 includes workshops

The "New Christians" training Aug. 6 at Ardmore-First will offer almost a dozen workshop choices, as well as featured presenter Elaine Heath, who teaches evangelism at Perkins School of Theology.

Among the workshops are: Fishing for Children, by Karol Stevenson and Teresa Fields; Prayer That Puts People in the Pews, Ben Williams and Temple Diehl; Hospitality: Being a Welcoming Congregation, Wanda and Steve Littrell; How to Share Your Faith, by Bob Pierson; and two sessions by Guy Ames, Lay Leadership: Raising the Bar of Discipleship and Radical Hospitality: Opening the Doors of the Church Through the Work of Trustees.

Ardmore District church members will meet at 8:30 a.m. for a business session, and the training will begin at 9:45 a.m.

Ardmore District members register through the district office. Others planning to attend are asked to email Rev. Dr. Pierson,  "New Christians" is part of the Conference’s Discipleship Ministry Team.

  • Birth

Daisy Claire Goggs was born June 22, 2011, to John and Rev. Robyn Goggs, an associate pastor at OKC-Church of the Servant.

CAPITOL CHAPLAIN—Pastor Kirt Moelling speaks to senators at the state Capitol during the week of April 10, when he served as Senate chaplain. He called them to address the plight of the poor in Oklahoma, and referred to related Gospel verses. "To say the poor are important to Jesus is kind of like saying football is important to Oklahomans," Rev. Moelling said. "You have a great responsibility to govern in difficult times. As you do, remember how Jesus judges the character of people and states" (Matthew 25). Moelling chairs the Conference Board of Church & Society and is pastor at St. Stephen’s UMC, Broken Arrow. Sen. Andrew Rice of Oklahoma City invited him to be a chaplain. Sign up online for legislative updates from Church & Society:

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