Connectional Opportunities News

Confirmation Camp heads to Canyon Camp on Feb. 22-23

2/1/2019
By Meagan Ewton What does it mean to be a United Methodist? Allen Carson, pastor of El Reno-Wesley, hopes to help youth answer that and other faith-related questions during a special 24-hour camp. ...

Connectional Opportunities now called Mission and Ministry

2/1/2019
During Annual Conference in May 2018, 14 ministries were removed from apportionment giving and given their own designation: Connectional Opportunities. Nearly nine months later, this collection of ...

Mission and Ministry: Camps & Conference Programming

2/1/2019
Camping ministry provides Oklahoma United Methodist churches the opportunity to engage in meaningful experiences, relationships, and ministry.   Three campsites around the state provide a ...

Avedis Foundation awards grant to Circle of Care to build foster homes

1/11/2019
The Avedis Foundation and Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care, a statewide foster care agency, have announced plans to collaborate on a building project to provide homes for sibling sets in ...

Connectional Opportunity: Project Transformation

1/11/2019
Project Transformation is one of the Connectional Opportunity ministries supported through the generous giving of churches in the Oklahoma Conference. Based on a model founded in 1998 in the North ...

Canyon Camp raising funds for nurse’s station

12/7/2018
By Meagan Ewton Canyon Camp is raising $40,000 for a new nurse’s station that they hope to build in time for the summer season, according to Director David Combs. The camp began to focus on ...

Challenge grant matches up to $25,000 for independent living program

12/7/2018
Circle of Care is raising $25,000 to match a $25,000 challenge grant from the Paul Milburn Gift Fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.This grant will benefit the Preparation for Adult Living ...

OCU holiday shows make the season bright

12/7/2018
The fall semester at OCU will come to a close with some fun holiday performances. The American Spirit Dance Company’s annual “Home for the Holidays” showcases the school’s world-renown program with a ...

OCU: Bishop Scholar Application Now Open

12/7/2018
High school seniors who feel called to ministry and who are interested in studying in the Oklahoma City University Wimberly School of Religion are encouraged to apply for the prestigious Bishop ...

OU Wesley Foundation holds open house

12/7/2018
The Wesley Foundation at the University of Oklahoma held an open house and dedication on Nov. 10 to celebrate the completion of a $700,000 rennovation. Updates include asbestos abatement, a redesigned...

Challenge grant matches up to $25,000 for transitional living program

11/2/2018
Circle of Care is raising $25,000 to match a $25,000 challenge grant from the Paul Milburn Gift Fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.This grant will benefit the Preparation for Adult Living ...

Counting on connection

11/2/2018
By Meagan Ewton   Andre Contino wears a clergy collar to his downtown office in Oklahoma City every Wednesday, where he offers prayer and communion to more than 100 people gathered in the parking lot ...

New nonprofit turns coffee into employment

11/2/2018
By Meagan Ewton   In a small basement office in Oklahoma City, a new non-profit is hoping coffee can address a societal problem: employment after incarceration. Red River Roasters is dreaming big and ...

OCU student named “Champion of Character”

11/2/2018
Devaunjue “Jay” Williams has been named as the recipient of the 2018 Sooner Athletic Conference’s Champions of Character Award. The award recognizes a junior or senior student-athlete who demonstrates...

OCU: Musical and Bible study join the national conversation

11/2/2018
The OCU Musical Theatre Department is bringing the American opera “Susannah” to the main stage Nov. 16-18. Based on the biblical story of “Susanna and the Elders” from the Apocrypha, this modern ...

OCU: UCR dinner recognizes outstanding service

11/2/2018
Each year OCU’s University-Church Relations department teams up with the Wimberly School of Religion to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the vitality of their community...

OKC-St. Luke’s Asbury hosts fiesta during Hispanic Heritage Month

11/2/2018
By Tabitha Beckman   In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, OKC-St. Luke’s Asbury threw a fiesta for their community with crafts, games, food and music. The children painted maracas and Mexican flags, ...

CJAMM honors OCU program director with Stan Basler Award

10/5/2018
By Tabitha Beckman On Tuesday, Sept. 11 the Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries (CJAMM) hosted a Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction to help support the continuing work of CJAMM and to present the ...

New home offers shelter, hope for foster children

10/5/2018
By Meagan Ewton Foster siblings living in northcentral Oklahoma have a better chance of being placed together thanks to a spacious new home built by Circle of Care. The Vera Mae Home in Alva held a ...

OCU: Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel celebrates golden anniversary

10/5/2018
In the fall of 1967, massive steel I-beams began to rise in pyramid-shaped sections above Historic Route 66 on the campus of Oklahoma City University. Ground for the campus’ new chapel had been broken...

GBGM, Hispanic/Latino Ministries expand focus

9/8/2018
Community initiatives to be included in outreach efforts Hispanic/Latino Ministries is expanding its focus to include community initiatives, said Carlos Ramirez, pastor of Putnam City UMC. The ...

Continuing education together

9/7/2018
Oklahoma pastors and laity traveled to Dallas, Texas for course of study at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology in Dallas. From left to right: Daniel Ramey of Atoka and New ...

Mobile day camps see growth in second year

9/7/2018
Voyage Mobile Day Camps saw a 56 percent increase in the number of campers this year, according to Neil Tate, program director for Camp and Retreat Ministries. Eight week-long day camps were held in ...

Rising stars - OCU welcomes Class of 2022

9/7/2018
In August, Oklahoma City University welcomed the largest freshmen class in almost a decade. The fall semester officially began with the Matriculation Convocation service on August 15, where Dr. Martha...

Theologian Matthew Fox headlines OCU Willson Lectures

9/7/2018
World renowned theologian Matthew Fox is slated as the featured speaker at this year’s annual Willson Lecture Series on the campus of Oklahoma City University. Father Fox, an Episcopal priest and ...

OCU announces 2018 Bishop Scholars

8/3/2018
Madison Day Allison McMurry The Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University has announced its selection of two incoming freshmen as recipients of the prestigious Bishop Scholar ...

Passion and profession collide for camp nurses

8/3/2018
By Meagan Ewton If it takes a special kind of person to volunteer for camp, it must take a little something extra to volunteer for camp nurse. Waking up early, caring for more than 100 patients, ...

Wesley Foundations host watch party for racial justice documentary

8/3/2018
By Tabitha Beckman and Meagan Ewton What does a collaboration between two Wesley Foundations to examine racial justice look like? A new documentary exploring this question debuted at Edmond-First UMC ...

600 foster children prepare for Back2School

8/2/2018
Citizens Caring for Children and Circle of Care help foster children get ready for new school year OKLAHOMA CITY – Supply lists are out and preparations for the new school year are in full swing. That...

Langston’s Wesley Foundation to host 10th Anniversary Gala

7/6/2018
On August 4, 2018, at Church of the Servant, at 4 p.m., the Wesley Foundation at Langston University will have its 10th Anniversary Awards Gala. The purpose of this event is to celebrate those who ...

OCU team builds tiny homes for the homeless

7/6/2018
"Alaska is Calling and I Must Go" reads the back of the official OCU mission team t-shirts. On June 1, a team of 12 students, faculty and family members flew from Oklahoma City to Fairbanks, Alaska ...

OIMC celebrates 176th annual conference

7/6/2018
The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference held its 176th Annual Conference on June 7-9. Delegates and guests gathered at the OIMC’s Southwest Region Center a few miles west of Anadarko. The opening ...

United Methodists take center stage at OCU

6/15/2018
During two ceremonies on May 5, Oklahoma City University conferred 543 undergraduate and 362 graduate degrees in its 113th annual commencement exercises. OCU President-Designate Martha Burger, ...

Grant helps OCU law students help tenants at risk

5/18/2018
OKLAHOMA CITY — Tenants facing possible eviction in Oklahoma County can get help from Oklahoma City University’s Law School to remain in their homes. The law school recently received a “generous grant...

Honorary doctorates for two UM leaders

5/18/2018
Bill Junk and Craig Stinson received honorary doctorates from United Methodist-related Oklahoma City University on May 6. Junk is president of Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation, and Rev. Stinson is...

OCU- Celebrations to mark Smith Chapel’s 50th anniversary

5/18/2018
Plans are under way for a year of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on the Oklahoma City University campus. Consecrated on May 9, 1968, Smith Chapel has been ...

OCU- First fast-food restaurant opens on campus

5/18/2018
Students at Oklahoma City University have a new food option on campus. After months of construction in the lower level of the Tom and Brenda McDaniel Student Center, Chick-fil-A opened for business in...

Students value ministry at TU

5/18/2018
TULSA — Two young adults active in United Methodist campus ministry at the University of Tulsa wrote about its value in their lives for the Wesley Foundation’s newsletter. Gloria Hrncir is a junior at...

Wesley Foundation at OSU nearly complete

5/18/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ STILLWATER — Applications are being accepted for residential space in the soon-to-be completed three-story Wesley Foundation building that sits just south of Oklahoma State University’...

In Enid, Circle of Care prepares way for another foster home

4/13/2018
Young guests look at floor plans and elevation drawings in Enid on March 19 for the Legacy of Care foster home planned there by Circle of Care. The home, for sibling groups, will be constructed on ...

OCU religion major wins seminary scholarship

4/13/2018
While attending Exploration 2017 in Portland, Oregon, religion major Melaina Riley received some life-changing news. With an hour to go before the start of the November conference, the Oklahoma City ...

OCU names 1st female president

4/12/2018
BY ZOE TRAVERS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, OCU STUDENT PUBLICATIONS Oklahoma City University will have its first female president beginning this summer. OCU alumnus and trustee Martha Burger was named the ...

Standing Rock advocate to visit Native communities in Oklahoma

4/3/2018
OKLAHOMA CITY — One of the lead organizers in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, Phyllis Young, will be a special guest on Saturday, April 7, at the 12th annual ...

OCU extends partnership with Saint Paul seminary

3/23/2018
On February 21, President Robert Henry of Oklahoma City University and President Neil Blair of Saint Paul School of Theology signed a new Memorandum of Understanding, renewing the decade-long ...

Religions expo: a window on the world

3/23/2018
The first floor of Oklahoma City University’s iconic Gold Star Building will bustle with life April 15, filled with music, exotic smells, art, and perhaps even a little dance. That Sunday afternoon, ...

Success tastes good: Skyline completes kitchen

3/23/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ OKLAHOMA CITY — An expanded kitchen with gleaming new equipment means Skyline Urban Ministry can serve up meals to more clients and offer classes in healthy cooking, said Director ...

3 finalists named for OCU presidency

3/22/2018
Oklahoma City University named three finalists on March 13 in its presidential search. The candidates are Martha Burger, Myron Pope and Thom Chesney. The university’s search committee is recommending ...

Circle of Care breaks ground in Alva

3/2/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ ALVA, Okla. — Bishop Jimmy Nunn stood in the dust and wind at the groundbreaking for a Circle of Care sibling foster home in Alva and declared with a smile and a Texas drawl, “Y’all ...

Keith Howard tapped to lead Circle of Care

3/2/2018
Following an extensive search, Circle of Care has named Keith Howard of Tulsa as new president and CEO, effective April 2. He will succeed Don Batson, who is retiring. Howard has worked in the field ...

OCU- Students spend winter break on international missions

3/2/2018
Winter break lasts three weeks for Oklahoma City University students and, since 2014, a distinctive purpose has emerged for those days: OCU’s winter break mission trip. During the most recent break, ...

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