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Church of the Resurrection offers annual Leadership Institute as online conference

published 8/6/2020
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas announced that registration is now open for Leadership Institute 2020, held online Sept. 24-25. The online format will feature ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 8/6/2020
In late June, Rev. Patricia Johnson, pastor of Wellston and Luther, oversaw the food distribution from GoFresh in Wellston with 15 volunteers from McLoud assisting. Johnson will lead another ...

Oklahoma Conference student chosen for GBCS Ethnic Young Adult Internship Program

published 8/6/2020
ViaFaith McCullough, a senior political science student at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas and member of the Oklahoma Conference, has been selected as one of four interns for the ...

OKUMC Weekly Update

published 8/6/2020
Denman Award Winners Announced The Oklahoma Conference has announced the 2020 winners of the Harry Denman Evangelism Award. Rev. Brian Matthews and Evelyn Phyffer have been selected as this year’s ...

Passages

published 8/6/2020
Rev. Justus Edmondson passed away on June 27. He was a pastor in the Oklahoma Conference between 1952 and 1988. He also served as the president of the conference’s Board of Pensions for 10 years. A ...

Paul Milburn charitable fund invests in the future

published 8/6/2020
Circle of Care, founded in 1917, continues to serve children and families across Oklahoma. Over the past two years, Circle of Care has built 6 houses focused on providing safe and loving homes for ...

Save the date

published 8/6/2020
GBHEM E-Panel Series | Aug. 12 “Leading in Crisis: Keeping the mission alive” Rev. Dr. Doug Powe of Wesley Theological Seminary and COB President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey www.gbhem.org/e-resources...

2020 Clergy Appointments

published 7/3/2020
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Conference Communications Update

published 7/3/2020
Beginning in July, the Oklahoma Conference is shifting from sending out weekly updates related to COVID-19 and other ministry needs via email to sharing updates twice a month: once in the Contact and ...

Conference names new Coordinator of Multi-Ethnic Initiatives

published 7/3/2020
The Oklahoma Conference has appointed Rev. Bessie Hamilton as the new Coordinator of Multi-Ethnic Initiatives for the conference. Hamilton will serve in the role on a part-time basis as she continues ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 7/3/2020
The Oklahoma Conference held its annual Local Pastors Licensing School online because of safety concerns related to COVID-19. From the top left: Nancy Johnson, James Graham (dean), James Baker, ...

Passages

published 7/3/2020
Rev. J. Quitman McCrory passed away on July 2 at the age of 93. McCrory pastored 13 churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1953 and his retirement in 1992. A family graveside service is scheduled...

Save the date

published 7/3/2020
GBHEM E-Panel Series July 15: “Leading in Crisis: Setting next steps when your feet are weary,” featuring Bishop LaTrelle Easterling of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, author Susan Beaumont and ...

UMVIM Jurisdictional Offices Partner to Create a Joint Website

published 7/3/2020
The five jurisdictional United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) offices are entering a new phase of collaboration with a new website. The website address, www.umvim.org, will include resources ...

Can we talk about race yet?

published 6/12/2020
By Meagan Ewton. On June 13, 2019, the General Commission on Religion and Race released a statement regarding racist elements in a popular Vacation Bible School curriculum. Days later, I asked five ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 6/12/2020
Rev. Alan Nagel distributed free masks to the patrons of the Nicoma Park UMC Thrift Store. The masks were donated to the church by Volunteers in Missions. Seen receiving a mask is Cyndee Sampson, a...

OCU religion professor honored with posthumous COSROW award

published 6/12/2020
The Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) announced Dr. John Starkey as the recipient of the 2020 Francis E. Willard Award. Starkey, who died after a battle with cancer on Jan. 11, was a...

OKUMC announces updates to 2020 Annual Conference

published 6/12/2020
Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent on June 1. Dear Members of the 2020 Annual Conference: This is the third time we have written to you with updates related to our upcoming annual conference...

Passages

published 6/12/2020
Rev. David E. Parker passed away on May 2. The retired pastored several churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1961 and 1992, including Ada-Asbury, Tecumseh, Guthrie-First, Hooker, Blackwell, ...

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published 6/12/2020
Project Transformation Oklahoma Summer 2020 | Online Reading Program Cost: Free | Open to all K-12 students in Oklahoma Registration required online here. Contact Kelsey Ricks at kricks@okumc.org ...

A Letter to Pastors and Congregations

published 5/1/2020
From Bishop Jimmy Nunn; Dean of the Cabinet, Rev. Tish Malloy; Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Dr. Joe Harris; Director of Connectional Ministries, Rev. Derrek Belase; Interim Treasurer, Randy Compton ...

Author addresses questions about online attendance practices

published 5/1/2020
In a recent blog, Christian author and speaker Carey Nieuwhof has addressed five awkward questions about how churches track online worship attendance. Nieuwhof encourages churches to consider five ...

Church damaged during spring hailstorms

published 5/1/2020
Spring hailstorms resulted in broken windows, damaged siding and ruined Sunday school supplies at Lawton-Bethel on April 21. “It could have been much worse, but it looks really, really bad,” said Rev....

Communications Ministry to produce TV special

published 5/1/2020
In a time when bad news seems easy to locate and share, a group of private donors and conference entities are collaborating to share good news in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.  On Sunday, May...

Epworth Villa “call team” mobilized

published 5/1/2020
By Beth Case, Community Outreach Coordinator for Epworth Villa New acquaintances and friendships are blossoming. Sally Lenz, a call team member, said this project was a step out of her comfort zone. ...

Jurisdiction, conference leaders encourage online engagement for VIM teams

published 5/1/2020
By Tabitha Beckman Team leaders and churches who had planned local and international mission trips through Volunteers In Mission (VIM) now have to figure out how to prepare or continue to support ...

Pass the Baton seminar to take place online

published 5/1/2020
Speaker Jim Ozier has created a Passing the Baton webinar for the Oklahoma Conference. The webinar will be held on two different dates: Tuesday, May 5 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. or Thursday, May 7 from ...

Passages

published 5/1/2020
Lucy Sayler-Shields passed away on April 4 after a long illness. Lucy was married to retired Rev. James Shields for more than 20 years. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, a memorial service will be...

Save the date

published 5/1/2020
Passing the Baton Webinar Created by Jim Ozier May 5, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. | May 7, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. No cost for the webinar. Registration required for Zoom inviation. https://okumc-reg.brtapp.com/Passing...

The church has left the building

published 5/1/2020
Pastors across Oklahoma have been putting the adage “the church is not the building, it’s the people” into literal action since in-person gatherings were restricted to 10 or fewer on March 24 in ...

What we can learn from “In Case of Katrina: Reinventing the Church in Post-Katrina New Orleans” and author Dr. Ellen Blue

published 5/1/2020
By Rebekah Hasty, Program Coordinator for Connectional Ministries and Development Dr. Ellen Blue is the Mouzon Biggs, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity and United Methodist Studies at ...

Oklahomans remember OKC bombing 25 years later

published 4/19/2020
April 19, 1995 is a day all too familiar to Oklahomans.  “Everyone knows Oklahoma for three things: tornadoes, the musical and the bombing. Even when I lived in the UK, that's what people knew about ...

OG&E, Ending Hunger OKC’s Meals on Wheels partner to support restaurants, families and seniors

published 4/14/2020
With the restaurant industry reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, OG&E announced its parent company OGE Energy Corp. will donate $250,000 to support local restaurants in partnership ...

General Conference to move to 2021

published 4/5/2020
Nashville, Tenn.: Subsequent to the announcement by the Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference that the 2020 General Conference will be postponed, the full Commission met ...

Events cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19

published 4/4/2020
In light of health concerns due to COVID-19, the Oklahoma Conference and affiliated ministries have also cancelled or postponed several public events. A short list is available here. If you do not see...

Native American Ministries Sunday set for April 26

published 4/4/2020
The 2020 Native American Ministries Sunday celebration is scheduled for April 26, but congregations can observe this Special Sunday on a date that is convenient for them. This special giving day ...

OCU establishes policies for coronavirus response

published 4/4/2020
Oklahoma City University has restricted campus access to all but essential personnel through April 5 and has moved all in-person classes to online platforms through the rest of the spring semester in ...

A personal letter from the editor

published 4/3/2020
If you’re like me, you’ve spent the last few weeks in a fluctuating state of uncertainty, exerting as much control over your particular situation as you can. If you’re like my family, you may have ...

Bishop appoints two new district superintendents

published 4/3/2020
Bishop James Nunn recently announced several changes to district leadership, including the appointment of two new superintendents. The changes will go into effect on July 1. Rev. James Kim has been ...

Circle of Care’s mission continues

published 4/3/2020
As community members heed important health precautions and executive orders related to COVID-19, organizations across the world are restructuring how they meet the needs of their consumers and ...

Passages

published 4/3/2020
Rev. Dana Wood passed away on March 7. She lived in Burkburnett, Texas and served as the pastor of Randlett, Oklahoma from June 2018 until her death. Her work in the State of Oklahoma Office of ...

AUDIO: General Conference Discussion

published 3/30/2020
  Rev. Wendi Neal, Rev. Derrek Belase, and Rev. Dr. Joseph Harris discuss the changes to General Conference, and address some common questions about it. Use the times below to reference what is ...

OKUMC restructures annual meeting, will close main offices

published 3/16/2020
Due to growing concerns regarding COVID-19, or coronavirus, the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church is changing how it will hold Annual Conference. Instead of a three-day gathering held...

Connection in the midst of uncertainty

published 3/13/2020
The Methodist understanding of connection began as a way for the denomination’s founder, John Wesley, to make sure every community of believers could be connected to the church as a whole. That ...

For the Worth of a Child

published 3/13/2020
How two women worked to keep a ministry alive By Emily Robnett If there is one universal truth about small towns, it is this: word travels fast. For the Worth of a Child, a non-profit program that ...

Our Brother in Red

published 3/13/2020
The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference By Ginny Underwood Before missionaries set foot on the continent, indigenous peoples in North America had a clear understanding of the principles of ...

Say What? Decoding the jargon around General Conference

published 3/13/2020
General Conference will take place May 5-15. The Advance Daily Christian Advocate lists the petitions that will be considered by delegates during legislative committees, which will turn into calendar ...

Conference clergy respond to fears about coronavirus

published 3/6/2020
Clergy in the Oklahoma Conference are responding to concerns about COVID-19, the official name for the coronavirus. Rev. Jeremy Basset, director of the Office of Mission, released a statement on March...

Conference prepares for GC2020 with constructive conflict class

published 3/6/2020
Conflict in interpersonal relationships is taking center stage during a six-week online training aimed at re-framing a person’s approach to conflict. Healing the Wounds that Divide Us is a training ...

ECU Wesley worship impacts students and congregations alike

published 3/6/2020
The worship team has been a ministry of the East Central University’s Wesley Foundation since before campus minister Janey Thomas arrived in 2014. This semester, the team will spend 10 weekends on the...

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