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A season of growth: Claremore satellite adds second service

published 12/22/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ CLAREMORE, Okla. — Not yet a year old, The Vessel recently added a second Sunday worship service. This satellite of Claremore-First United Methodist Church symbolizes “a season of ...

Church security

published 12/22/2017
Active-shooter training among ways Oklahomans prepare for crises BY HOLLY MCCRAY Some Oklahoma United Methodist churches invested in safety strategies months, even years, before a gunman burst into ...

Disaster Response progress report

published 12/22/2017
Bishop Jimmy Nunn has called for volunteers to help some 230 Oklahoma families repair homes ruined in flooding two years ago. Three months later, Disaster Response Coordinator Richard Norman reports ...

Employment

published 12/22/2017
Coordinator of Food Services and Housekeeping, Camp Egan, near Tahlequah. Full-time. Includes housing on site. Resume to campegan@okumc.org or call Josh Pulver, 918-456-6489. Director of Children’s ...

OCU News: Time to apply!

published 12/22/2017
OCU and SPST offer Fast Forward to ministry The coming academic year marks the official rollout of the OCU/SPST Fast Forward degree path. Also known as “3+3,” this collaborative partnership between ...

OKUMF- Take profits without paying taxes- part 2

published 12/22/2017
In the last issue of Contact we wrote about Waldo, who purchased shares of stock for many years through his company’s stock purchase plan. The value of his stock grew and became a substantial ...

Orders meeting set January 16

published 12/22/2017
At the January 16 Orders Meeting, clergy of the Oklahoma Conference will reflect on a preliminary report by the Commission on the Way Forward, as directed by the denomination’s Council of Bishops. Key...

Prison encounter: "I will praise Him in the hallway"

published 12/22/2017
BY KRISTEN HARLIN Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries Last month, I had the opportunity to go speak inside John Lilley Correctional Center at Boley, Okla. As I prepared my lesson, I began to pray ...

Return of Wesley UMC's bells cheers El Reno

published 12/22/2017
EL RENO, Okla. — After years of silence, the majesty of carillon bells and the Westminster chimes has returned to downtown El Reno. Several years ago, Wesley United Methodist Church’s carillon system ...

Voices of Christmas

published 12/22/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Among the gifts that come with Christmas are memories — of interactions with family and at church. As Christmas 2017 approaches, the Oklahoma Conference’s associate lay leaders shared ...

Young adults work for racial reconciliation

published 12/22/2017
General church grant supports vision for 4 partner groups NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An Oklahoma group is among the first recipients of grants for United Methodist young adults who have a passion for racial ...

As one door closes, another opens in OKC

published 12/1/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY OKLAHOMA CITY — God’s people broke bread together twice Nov. 5 as they said farewell to the place that was the longtime home of Leland Clegg United Methodist Church and, more recently,...

Church security: Questions rise after shooting at small church

published 12/1/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY and SAM HODGES The shooting tragedy on Nov. 5 at a Texas church has United Methodist churches expressing heartbreak and offering prayers. They’re also refocusing on security. A gunman’...

DVD sets unwrap Christmas themes

published 12/1/2017
Two new Christmas-themed DVDs, along with companion books, have been added to The DVD Library at the Oklahoma Conference ministry center. “A Different Kind of Christmas,” by Mike Slaughter. The five ...

Employment

published 12/1/2017
Administrative Assistant: Guthrie-First UMC. Part-time. Resume to pastor@guthriefirstumc.org. Home Study Manager: Circle of Care. Full-time. Resume to careers@circleofcare.org or 1501 NW 24, Suite ...

GCSROW examines clergy pay

published 12/1/2017
A recent article on the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women website reports pay disparities are widening between United Methodist clergy when comparing genders. The commission has ...

OCU News

published 12/1/2017
State students explore calling at national event Every two years the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry hosts a three-day gathering for young adults, ages 18-26, who are actively ...

OKUMF: Take profits without paying taxes

published 12/1/2017
Waldo purchased shares of stock for many years through his company’s stock purchase plan.  Over time the value of his stock grew and became a substantial investment. Because he has been purchasing the...

Passages

published 12/1/2017
Mary Kathryn “Kay” Carter, 83, of Guthrie died Nov. 2, 2017. She was the widow of Rev. Delbert Gene Carter, who died in 1999. Among survivors are a son, Lawrence Gene Carter, and three daughters, ...

Retired clergyman fondly recalls community’s caring as youth at Wickline

published 12/1/2017
BY BOB CARLISLE My parents were the first members of OKC-Wickline United Methodist Church, and of course we were very active throughout the years. I am a retired UM minister now, living in Spring ...

The Christ Experience prepares for move to space at First

published 12/1/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ OKLAHOMA CITY — Two United Methodist churches — one majority African-American congregation and one mostly white — will join hands Dec. 10 to share the same space in downtown Oklahoma ...

The church's news and why it matters

published 12/1/2017
One of the questions I am asked is why we need a Communications Ministry for the local churches and the annual conference. Recently Tim Tanton, who directs United Methodist News Service for the ...

Wayne teen takes action to help girls globally

published 12/1/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ WAYNE, Okla. — A program that furnishes girls in impoverished areas with washable feminine hygiene kits captured the interest of a young United Methodist in Wayne. Magnolia Ireland ...

Wichitas District greets new DA

published 12/1/2017
LAWTON, Okla. — New Lawton resident Nathan Skinner needed to find work. Pursuing temporary assignments, he learned of one with long-term potential. Between job interviews, he stopped and asked God for...

Checotah UMC marks 100th year

published 11/10/2017
CHECOTAH — On Nov. 26, Checotah United Methodists will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the church’s sanctuary, constructed in 1917. Only a few sanctuaries in the Oklahoma Conference have hosted ...

Churches invited to apply

published 11/10/2017
After a successful first road trip, Voyage mobile day camp leaders are mapping their route for next summer across Oklahoma. They’d like to include your church in their travel itinerary. The words of ...

Circle of Care gets moving on expansion

published 11/10/2017
OKLAHOMA CITY — This centennial year for the Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care is momentous in more ways than one. Two United Methodist churches already have stepped forward to partner with ...

Clergy Family

published 11/10/2017
Passages WHITE — Iva E. White, age 84, of Tulsa died Oct. 13, 2017. She was the wife of Rev. James Troy White of Tulsa, who retired in 1993. High school sweethearts, Iva and Jim had been married for ...

Employment

published 11/10/2017
Director of Children’s Ministry: Edmond-New Covenant UMC. Full-time. Contact Jay Smith, jsmith@newcov.tv or 405-562-3200. Music Director: Duncan-First UMC. Includes choir and bells. Send resume to off...

Freedom from debt

published 11/10/2017
STORY AND PHOTOS BY KATE MILLER COWETA, Okla. — First United Methodist Church of Coweta members gathered Oct. 15 with friends and statewide church leadership to celebrate the retiring of a 15-year-old...

Historian brings passion for films to church

published 11/10/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Behind the scenes of videos about the history of The United Methodist Church in Oklahoma lie the skills of a passionate Oklahoma City film historian. Elizabeth B. Anthony, a member of ...

Kelly is president at Epworth Villa

published 11/10/2017
Ron Kelly, formerly of Frisco, Texas, joined United Methodist-related Epworth Villa as its new president and CEO on Oct. 25. The nonprofit senior living community in Oklahoma City was founded by the ...

Loss in paradise

published 11/10/2017
Oklahoman living in Puerto Rico rides hurricane’s winds BY HOLLY MCCRAY In the days after Hurricane Maria, it took the connections of Oklahoma United Methodist Volunteers In Mission to get Chelsea ...

OIMC gala showcases young dancers

published 11/10/2017
By CHRIS SCHUTZ Some members of the Riverside Indian School Crown Dancers had to duck to get their headgear through the door to perform at the Oct. 17 benefit gala of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary ...

Oklahoma City University News

published 11/10/2017
Holiday Shows are capstone for fall semester Among its many distinctions, Oklahoma City University has carved out a name for itself in the entertainment world. While Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Harrison,...

OKUMF- Age has its benefits

published 11/10/2017
Those among us who are age 70 1/2 or older have a wonderful benefit. Congress has made permanent the law that allows us to make cash gifts directly from our IRAs to our churches and favorite United ...

Sallisaw pursues pay-as-you-go project

published 11/10/2017
SALLISAW, Okla. — First United Methodist Church in Sallisaw broke ground recently for a 300-seat sanctuary, which will add more than 7,000 square feet to the current facility. In 2005 the church made ...

Save the date

published 11/10/2017
UMW Santa Operation Neighborhood Services Organization, December 2, Oklahoma City Orders Meeting for all clergy. January 16, OKC-St. Luke’s Clue Retreat for youths of Cimarron and Northern Prairie ...

The DVD Library

published 11/10/2017
“Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph,” from Adam Hamilton, has been added to The DVD Library at the United Methodist Ministry Center. It is among several titles in the library relevant to ...

Africa University thanks Oklahomans for generosity

published 10/20/2017
In a recent letter, Africa University (AU) confirmed through Bishop Jimmy Nunn of the Oklahoma Area that a special scholarship has been established. In 2016, the Annual Conference Offering launched a ...

Center offers comfort after wreck

published 10/20/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY TAHLEQUAH — Grieving college students found a place of solace Sept. 18 at the Wesley Foundation for Northeastern State University after five peers died in a local wreck. A pickup truck...

Miami dentist remembered as leader

published 10/20/2017
Ronald Wilson Gilbert, 82, of Miami, Oklahoma, who held several influential positions as a lay member of The United Methodist Church, died Sept. 17, 2017. He was elected and served many times as an ...

Oklahoma City University

published 10/20/2017
OCU welcomes Class of 2021 At Oklahoma City University, the fall semester officially began Aug. 21 with the start of classes. But for the Class of 2021, their first year of college began the previous ...

OKUMF- The Shortest Day

published 10/20/2017
Every day has 24 hours—1,440 minutes—86,400 seconds. Or does it? A short day is coming for all of us—a day when we will not reach the 86,400th second, and will pass on to our final reward. We may have...

Seminary's Salute

published 10/20/2017
As Saint Paul School of Theology opened its ninth academic year on the campus of Oklahoma City University, an award ceremony honored Kay Adair as a benefactor. On behalf of Adair, her pastor Scott ...

Survey builds on mission interests within congregation

published 10/20/2017
Match your interests in mission with missionaries in the field by answering a survey for the Oklahoma Conference’s secretary of global ministries, Karen Distefano. She’ll then provide a custom list of...

Top-level commission salutes historian Jerry Gill

published 10/20/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ STILLWATER — A longtime historian who has given years of outstanding service on the Oklahoma Conference Commission on Archives & History now holds the Distinguished Service Award from ...

Tour will focus of racism in America

published 10/20/2017
Plan to “Get on the Bus to D.C.” in June 2018 and travel with other Oklahoma United Methodists to learn more about racism in America. The chartered bus trip is jointly planned by three Conference ...

Training as specialists

published 10/20/2017
A clergy group has begun learning about the work of “intentional interim ministry specialists.” Certified trainer Bonnie Osteen of the Texas Conference led the series of September classes that met ...

UMW Leadership

published 10/20/2017
PHOTO BY Kelly McKinley From left, the 2018 Oklahoma Conference officers of United Methodist Women are: Secretary Ramona Paine of Hennessey; Treasurer Tanya Case of Duncan; Harri Williams of Harrah, ...

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