Covenant Bible Study kits available for loan

The newly published Covenant Bible Study is available for loan to your church through the Small Church Commission and Discipleship Ministries of the Small Membership Church.

Covenant is a 24-week, in-depth group study. It consists of three 8-week modules, each dealing with a different aspect of what covenant means: Creating, Living and Trusting. Bishop Hayes has recommended this study.

The two small-church ministries offer it on loan to a church for up to 28 weeks.

Several kits are available for checkout. Contact Megan DeCastro at the United Methodist Ministry Center, 405-530-2199,

Nonprofits can learn about fundraising

On Oct. 30, Oklahoma Methodist Manor is bringing Jerry Panas to Tulsa for a seminar on charity fundraising.

Panas is a well-known consultant in the area of philanthropy for nonprofits. He is described as an excellent trainer and coach. He has been engaged by the Manor to conduct training for its board members.

As a service to other charities, the Manor invites key staff and board members from other nonprofits to attend. Cost for the one-day seminar is $100 and includes lunch.

Contact Charlene Fabian, vice president of development, Oklahoma Methodist Manor,,  918-346-6639.

State women’s meeting at Ada

The 41st Annual Meeting is Oct. 3-4 at Ada-First UMC for Oklahoma Conference United Methodist Women.

Keynote speaker on Saturday is Judy Benson of Frederick, a past UMW president and lay leader for the Conference. She has led Oklahoma’s General Conference delegation and is on denomination boards. She chairs the Oklahoma Conference corporation.

Three interest groups are planned:

  • UMW "Visioning Class," with Ann (Needham) Bower, a former national officer;
  • "Positive Results of Mixing Generations," by Mark Ellis, director, Area Agency on Aging in southern Oklahoma; and
  • "Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Issues," led by Janet Winters, director, Ada’s Family Crisis Center.

District officer training also will be part of Saturday’s agenda. Entertainment will fill Friday evening.

Register by Sept. 26 to be included in the meal count. Sign-up is $15; Coe Ann Patton of Tulsa is registrar.

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