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‘All the issues of the teen years began to be transformed’

published 5/18/2018
    EDITOR’S NOTE:  Victor McCullough becomes the Heartland District superintendent in June, as announced by Bishop Jimmy Nunn. Ordained in 1990, Rev. Dr. McCullough has been senior pastor at ...

Annual Conference proposals: Budget reduction of 6.3%

published 5/18/2018
BY HOLLY MCCRAY The eight district meetings previewing Oklahoma’s Annual Conference (May 29-31, Tuesday-Thursday, in OKC) took Treasurer Norma Quinn on a quest across the state. Associate Conference ...

Annual Conference thanks retirees

published 5/18/2018

Book inspires first responders

published 5/18/2018
Annual Conference Special Offering BY HOLLY MCCRAY OKLAHOMA CITY — Fire Chief Terry Ford keeps a dog-eared devotional book in his briefcase. For this man who heads up the 85-member civilian ...

Churches help out during walkout

published 5/18/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ United Methodists across Oklahoma stepped up to help when public schools closed, some for 10 days, in early April during a teacher walkout and protests at the Capitol about education. ...

Conference offers internship program

published 5/18/2018
The Conference invites college students to apply by Aug. 1 for its new Collegiate Internship Program, set to launch as the fall academic semester begins. The young adults will work alongside staff of ...

Employment

published 5/18/2018
Site Director: CJAMM Exodus House, Tulsa. Full-time. Live on site. Contact Kristen Harlin, kharlin@okumc.org or 405-530-2015. Director of Youth Ministries: El Reno-Wesley. Part-time. Resume/cover ...

Grant helps OCU law students help tenants at risk

published 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...

Hirsch headlines free program

published 5/18/2018
EDMOND — Where is Christianity and where is it headed? Those issues will be part of a free talk June 22 on missional movements and leadership, hosted at Edmond-Acts 2, about ways churches can increase...

Honorary doctorates for two UM leaders

published 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...

Immersion punctuates Confirmation rituals

published 5/18/2018
BY KYLE WESTFALL TULSA — For several years, the modern service at Tulsa-First United Methodist Church has celebrated immersion baptisms with a soundtrack anchored by Phil Wickham’s song “This is ...

Naming and proclaiming grace

published 5/18/2018
New faith community seeks to fulfill prophecy BY HOLLY MCCRAY OKLAHOMA CITY — In the home of Victoria Lee, you’ll find the genesis of a United Methodist church. This newest faith community in the ...

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

published 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

published 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...

OKUMF- Helping people invest in lasting good

published 5/18/2018
In 2019, the Foundation will be 75 years old!  The Foundation’s legacy is more than dates and events.  It’s a legacy of the heart. It’s a story about people who were compelled by grace, gratitude, and...

Students value ministry at TU

published 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

published 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’...

DVD Library adds new titles

published 5/17/2018
A collection of DVDs, some with guides for leaders and participants, has been donated by Edmond-New Covenant to the DVD library at the conference center. They are available for free checkout. To see a...

4 generations live out faith at one church

published 4/13/2018
BY CAITLIN DRYKE TULSA — As someone who studied sociology, I find that I best understand a place by understanding the people of that place. New to Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, I am coming to...

Camp Ministries: Fish Camp and Wilderness retreat

published 4/13/2018
Wilderness retreat set   A wilderness camping experience awaits adults who attend Spring Fling on April 27-29 at Canyon Camp. Open to people age 19 and older, the retreat begins about 5 p.m. Friday ...

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

published 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

published 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 ...

OKUMF- Planning your legacy guide

published 4/13/2018
During your lifetime, you may work 40 years to accumulate assets and spend 10 to 20 years conserving that accumulation. Through good planning, another wonderful chapter in the book of your life can be...

Passages

published 4/13/2018
NELSON — Rev. Marvin Dean Nelson, 84, of Oklahoma City died March 28, 2018. His 65 years in ministry included serving as Woodward District superintendent and pastoring at Berlin, Deer Creek, Loyal, ...

The Social Principles

published 4/13/2018
2 Oklahomans give leadership to revising sections in Book of Discipline OKLAHOMA CITY — Clergymen Mark Davies and Stan Basler serve on two of the global teams of theologians and experts assigned by ...

‘Get on the Bus’ for civil rights tour

published 4/12/2018
In September, join Bishop Jimmy Nunn and other Oklahoma United Methodists who will travel by chartered bus to tour the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and Little Rock (Arkansas) ...

2018 Annual Conference pursues new paths

published 4/12/2018
Shorter schedule among the changes BY HOLLY MCCRAY Delegates and guests to the 2018 Annual Conference should prepare for a meeting transformed in purpose and schedule — and should register online now ...

Consultant Payne advises churches on poverty ministries

published 4/12/2018
“God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right ...

OCU names 1st female president

published 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

published 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 ...

Assembly returning to roots

published 3/23/2018
Oklahoma United Methodist Women soon will travel to Columbus, Ohio, for Assembly 2018 — a highlight of the anniversary celebration that continues into 2019 as the organization marks 150 years of ...

OCU extends partnership with Saint Paul seminary

published 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 ...

OKUMF- Deep-rooted ministry

published 3/23/2018
You want to have a long-lasting effect on your community. Supporting ministries to care for those who need it and bring the light of Christ’s love can be a challenge. There are so many ways to extend ...

Religions expo: a window on the world

published 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, ...

Save the date

published 3/23/2018
Northern Prairie District Lay Servant Training April 6-7, Enid-New Hope UMC Led by Karen Mitchell and Jim Key District office: 580-382-4030 Hispanic Family Retreat April 20-21, Canyon Camp Sponsors: ...

Success tastes good: Skyline completes kitchen

published 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 ...

Welcome, citizen Carlos

published 3/23/2018
BY CARLOS RAMIREZ Leadership and Innovation, the Oklahoma Conference In January, I became a U.S. citizen. I have been asked to write about my experiences as I went through that process. In this brief ...

20 small churches sign up for pilot VBS program

published 3/22/2018
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Even children like to get mail. They will receive daily letters from Paul when they attend Vacation Bible Schools at some 20 small churches in a pilot program of the Oklahoma ...

3 finalists named for OCU presidency

published 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 ...

New People New Places 2018 Grants

published 3/22/2018
The grant committee chose 23 projects across the state. This fourth round of grants will be presented at Annual Conference. Antlers-First UMC, $5,000 Blessing Bags & Foster Family Outreach This ...

Passages

published 3/22/2018
ISBELL — Rev. George Isbell, 90, of Cordell died Feb. 25, 2018. He served at Grainola, Webb City, Atoka, New Zion, Beaver, Stilwell, Enid-Christ, Enid-First, Holdenville, Cordell, Dill City, ...

Award will recognize Oklahoma advocate for women in ministry

published 3/2/2018
Every year the Oklahoma Commission on the Status and Role of Women gives the Frances E. Willard Award to an individual who makes a distinguished contribution to the advancement of women in ministry in...

Circle of Care breaks ground in Alva

published 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 ...

In Catoosa, all find seats at The Table

published 3/2/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ CATOOSA, Okla. — Rectangles of brightly colored confetti burst from a cannon Feb. 11, in celebration of The Table, a resurrected United Methodist community in Catoosa. The Table is a ...

Keith Howard tapped to lead Circle of Care

published 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

published 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, ...

OKUMF: Cultivate Giving

published 3/2/2018
Your calling to pastor is a personal one. Overall, you have a passion to lead others in walking closer with Christ in every ­aspect of life. Stewardship is one part of that walk, and WE have a passion...

Partnering in mission for God

published 3/2/2018
Delegation’s visit will bring news of Methodism in Chile BY CHRIS SCHUTZ An upcoming visit to Annual Conference by Chile’s new Methodist bishop will spotlight Oklahoma United Methodists’ interest in a...

Restore Hope gala raises $70,000

published 3/2/2018
TULSA, Okla. — Restore Hope welcomed over 300 guests and raised almost $70,000 at its Ruby Gala on Feb. 9, celebrating the United Methodist urban ministry’s 40th anniversary of helping Tulsa families ...

Summer camps’ new names signify other changes too

published 3/2/2018
A new approach to youth leadership camps begins this summer in the Oklahoma Conference. The change starts with their names: LEAD. The redesigned camps will focus on creating young leaders with unique,...

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