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Pastors, conference await more storms after near-historic floods

published 5/24/2019
By Meagan Ewton As severe weather continues to disrupt the Midwest, residents of Oklahoma are facing near-historic levels of flooding and preparing for the aftermath. As of May 23, the Oklahoma ...

Annual Conference thanks 2019 retirees

published 5/3/2019
The Oklahoma Annual Conference is thankful for the service of this year’s retiring clergy, deacons, missionaries and ministry leaders. The Service of Recognition of Retirees will take place on ...

Book Review: “More Than Miracles: From the Pulpit to the Page”

published 5/3/2019
Book by Rev. Brian Matthews Reviewed by Dr. Roberto Escamilla Books of sermons abound; some of them are undoubtedly helpful. However, this collection is indeed different. “More Than Miracles” has some...

BPHB shares health care recommendations for 2019 Annual Conference

published 5/3/2019
The Board of Pension and Health Benefits has outlined its recommendations to the Oklahoma Annual Conference in a video statement on the Conference website. In addition to the video, the BPHB has also ...

Conference to host event focused on ministry with the aging

published 5/3/2019
A new event will help church leaders to better connect with aging members, including those who have Alzheimer’s or dementia. “Connect, Create, Contribute: the Church’s Ministry with the Aging and ...

First quarter apportionment readout for 2019

published 5/3/2019
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Methodist children’s home property in Tahlequah up for sale

published 5/3/2019
In response to the growing needs of children and families in crisis across Oklahoma, and in the fulfillment of the mission of providing Christian help, healing and hope, the Board of Directors of The ...

Mission & Ministry: New People New Places

published 5/3/2019
New People New Places challenges churches to see and reach more of the people in their neighborhoods and communities, and help them grow into disciples of Jesus Christ. The goal is to introduce a new ...

OCU celebrates Better Together Week

published 5/3/2019
What began as a singular response to an act of intolerance has grown into an annual celebration of diversity and inclusion on the campus of Oklahoma City University. In 2008, the students of OCU ...

Oklahoma delegation covenants with conferences in Bolivia and Chile

published 5/3/2019
By Tabitha Beckman At the end of March, a Delegation from the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church traveled to South America to covenant with the United Methodist conferences in Bolivia ...

Passages

published 5/3/2019
Rev. Dr. William Robert (Billy Bob) Chace, a retired elder, passed away on April 7 at his home in Stillwater at the age of 83. He served several churches in Oklahoma from 1960 to 1999. A service was ...

Save the Date

published 5/3/2019
Native American Ministries Sunday | May 5 Leaders kit available online at www.umcgiving.org/resource-articles/native-american-ministries-sunday-pastor-and-leaders-kit Passing the Baton | May 18 For ...

Employment

published 5/2/2019
Updated May 7, 2019 Project Transformation Summer Coordinators. Sites: Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Bartlesville, El Reno, Enid, Mangum, Moore, and Muskogee Positions for college students. Includes housing, ...

Plan ahead for Native American Ministries Sunday, May 5

published 4/7/2019
Dear Worship Leader, Native American Ministries Sunday celebrates and supports the 157 Native American United Methodist churches that are part of the denomination. On May 5, our special offering helps...

Seminary’s probation lifted by the Higher Learning Commission

published 4/7/2019
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has changed the Saint Paul School of Theology’s academic status from “Accredited – Probation” to “Accredited.” The seminary was placed on probation in February ...

Apportionment readout for first quarter to be published in May

published 4/5/2019
In February, the Contact reported that Oklahoma Conference apportionment data would be published beginning in April 2019. Because the first quarter ends after the April issue’s publication date, the ...

Judicial Council to rule on constitutionality of petitions passed during GC2019

published 4/5/2019
The Judicial Council will review both the Traditional Plan and the disaffiliation petition passed during the 2019 General Conference (GC2019) when they hold their next regular meeting April 23-26 in ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 4/5/2019
Volunteers at Owasso-First hosted a Vacation Bible School Training Day on March 2. Participants learned to make stage decorations (pictured), create “moon rocks,” and use the rocks for science. ...

Mission and Ministry: Office of Mission

published 4/5/2019
The Oklahoma Conference has been working on formalizing covenant partnerships in ministry and mission with FIVE conferences within our Methodist family: Bolivia, Eastern Mexico, Chile, Colombia and...

Nearly $500,000 in scholarships available for new BSN, MSN students

published 4/5/2019
Oklahoma City University’s Kramer School of Nursing recently received a gift creating “The Kramer Way” scholarship, which will provide $400,000 for 10 new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students...

OKUMC Camps now hiring summer workers

published 4/5/2019
The Oklahoma Conference Camps ministry is hiring workers for the summer season. OKUMC Camps have three camp sites across the state: Canyon Camp in Hinton, Camp Egan in Tahlequah, and Cross Point in ...

Passages

published 4/5/2019
Sara Cope died on March 17 in Ardmore. She was the widow of former pastor and district superintendent Burney Cope, who died in 2011. A memorial service was held on March 20 at Mannsville UMC.

Registration open for the 2019 Oklahoma Annual Conference

published 4/5/2019
Registration for the 2019 Oklahoma Annual Conference is now open and available at www.okumc.org/annual_conference. This year’s theme is “Living Hope.” The 2019 Annual Conference will take place May ...

Save the Date

published 4/5/2019
Metro Retired Clergy and Spouses Luncheon | April 25 11:30 a.m. | Yukon-First, 400 Elm St. | Cost: $10 Rev. Charla Gwartney, Chair of the Conference Board of Pensions, to speak about changes to the ...

Annual Conference 2019 to feature Rev. Dr. Amy Valdez Barker

published 4/4/2019
The guest speaker for the 2019 Oklahoma Annual Conference takes the conference theme “Living Hope” to heart. From serving on global boards of the United Methodist Church as a teenager to helping ...

El Reno churches partner together for blessing boxes

published 4/4/2019
By Amy S. Neathery The Blessing Box movement has spread to El Reno, bringing blessings of non-perishable food to those in need. El Reno-Wesley installed the city’s first Blessing Box in July 2018. El ...

Circle of Care Friends of Children Banquet

published 3/7/2019
Circle of Care will host their 2019 Friends of Children Banquet on April 6 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The keynote speaker will be Jason Johnson. Johnson and his wife became ...

Daddy-daughter dance draws delight

published 3/7/2019
By Meagan Ewton Feather boas and sparkles abounded at the annual Father Daughter Valentine Dance at Enid-First. The annual dance started in 2000 with a gathering of dads and daughters from the ...

Event ties Lunar New Year to Passover

published 3/7/2019
By Tabitha Beckman On Feb. 17, Charis Alive hosted a Lunar New Year celebration at OKC-Church of the Servant. “We put this celebration together because this is one event that will draw a lot of the ...

Mission & Ministry: Criminal Justice & Mercy Ministries

published 3/7/2019
“I was in prison, and you visited me.” (Matt 25:37)   These are words that Criminal Justice & Mercy Ministries takes to heart. With Oklahoma being the state with the highest incarceration rate in the ...

OCU selected as GBHEM hub site

published 3/7/2019
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) in Nashville has selected Oklahoma City University as the site of their North American Leadership, Education, and Development (LEaD) Hub. ...

Oklahoma delegates help shape Special Session of General Conference

published 3/7/2019
By Meagan Ewton   Oklahoma’s delegates made key contributions to this year’s historic General Conference. The Special Session of General Conference was called Feb. 23-26 to address the denomination’s ...

Passages

published 3/7/2019
Nancy Brannon, wife of pastor Michael Brannon, died on Feb. 14. She and Michael were married for 47 years. A service was held on Feb. 25 at the Eufala First Assembly of God.

Save the Date

published 3/7/2019
Lay Delegate Self-Nominations Deadline Extended to midnight on March 22 Nominate yourself at www.okumc.org/LayNominees2020. Council Oak Lay Servant Training Friday, April 5, 6-9 p.m. | Saturday, ...

Watching and waiting: Experiencing General Conference from the sidelines

published 3/7/2019
By Meagan Ewton   Dozens of Oklahomans, both clergy and lay, journeyed to St. Louis to observe the Special Session of General Conference, held on Feb. 23-26. Though personal viewpoints on the ...

Chairing history: Oklahoma delegate leads proceedings during legislative session

published 2/26/2019
By Meagan Ewton Even before he was elected the chair of the legislative committee, Rev. Dr. Joseph Harris knew the stakes would be high at this year’s special called General Conference. “There are ...

Book Review: The Three Box Solution

published 2/1/2019
By Rev. Dr. Joseph Harris Occasionally you run across a book that is not specifically written for the church but whose principles and context can be applied to the church. I have read such a book by ...

Conference Announcements

published 2/1/2019
Worship resources for GC 2020 now available A writing team of OKUMC pastors have created outlines and suggestions for the Sundays before, of and after General Conference 2019 (Feb. 17 and 24, and ...

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

published 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

published 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 ...

District trainings prepare lay leaders to engage in ministry

published 2/1/2019
Several districts of the Oklahoma Conference are preparing people to engage in ministry whether or not they’re clergy. In the coming months, many of the conference’s eight districts will host at least...

High school youth invited to OCU Events

published 2/1/2019
Hundreds of high school youth from across Oklahoma will converge on the Oklahoma City University campus for a series of special events this spring. Youth groups and youth sponsors who are interested ...

Mission and Ministry: Camps & Conference Programming

published 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 ...

Monday Meals ministry more than the sum of its parts

published 2/1/2019
By Paulette Henderson The coffee’s on in the Landes Center in Anadarko every Monday from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. In less than a year, over 6,000 meals have been served through Monday Meals, a lay ministry ...

Oklahomans in the Holy Land

published 2/1/2019
By Meagan Ewton The river. The garden. The desert. The sea. This January, 40 United Methodist clergy, spouses, and conference staff, including Bishop Jimmy Nunn, traveled from Oklahoma to Palestine ...

Save the Date

published 2/1/2019
OSU Wesley Gala Celebration - February 22 823 W. University Ave, Stillwater Doors open at 7 p.m. | Seating begins at 7:30 p.m. Cost: $60. RSVP by Feb. 15 Visit okstatewesley.org/gala   COSROW 2019 ...

Wespath Orders Presentation

published 1/24/2019
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A Glance Back at 2018

published 1/11/2019
As we move into the promise of a new year, we take a look back on just some of the ways United Methodists have made an impact through our Connectional Ministries in 2018.     Volunteers in Mission...

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

published 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 ...

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