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published 5/24/2021
Union City celebrated the work of the Ability Based Learning Experiences (ABLE) Ministry on May 2. The ABLE Ministry offers Union City special education students a chance to learn life skills through...

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published 5/24/2021
Passing the Baton Seminar May 27 | 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is free; registration is required https://okumc-reg.brtapp.com/PassingBatonWebinars2021 Youthforce 2021 Frederick: June 6-11 Vinita: June 20-25 ...

Second cohort completes the Academy for Innovative Ministry

published 5/24/2021
Four ministry leaders in the Oklahoma Conference presented their visions of ministry during the final session of the second Academy for Innovative Ministry.  The academy once again invited select ...

Tulsa prepares to remember Tulsa Race Massacre 100 years later

published 5/24/2021
By Tabitha Beckman From May 31 to June 1, 1921, the Greenwood District of Tulsa—known as Black Wall Street—was burned down by a white mob, and many of its residents were killed in what became known as...

UMW advisory group holds first meeting for the new quadrennium

published 5/24/2021
By Tara Barnes, Editor response magazine, United Methodist Women The 2021-2024 United Methodist Women Program Advisory Group gathered via Zoom for its first annual meeting March 11-13. This global ...

Book Review: “Sold to the Highest Bidder…A Father’s Relentless Love”

published 4/26/2021
By Rev. Dan Patman Lisa Leigh Miller, a United Methodist pastor currently serving at Konawa, has recently written the story of her personal journey in a book titled “Sold To The Highest Bidder…A ...

Health grant to fund year-long nutritional program to combat chronic disease

published 4/26/2021
From Skyline Urban Ministry Skyline Urban Ministry recently received a $25,600 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and its Access to Health Care iFund grant program. The grant will be ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 4/26/2021
A Disaster Relief team works on damage sustained at a home in rural Oklahoma on April 13.

OKUMC appoints full-time leader for multi-ethnic initiatives

published 4/26/2021
The Oklahoma Conference has appointed Rev. Bessie Hamilton as the new Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for Multi-Ethnic Initiatives effective April 1. She has been serving on the staff ...

OKUMC partners with Chile Conference for collaborative devotional for Holy Week

published 4/26/2021
By Tabitha Beckman The Oklahoma Annual Conference has been a Covenant Partner with the Methodist Church of Chile since 2018. Bishop Nunn traveled down to Chile to sign and celebrate the Covenant with ...

Passages

published 4/26/2021
Rev. Ted Uhlig passed away on March 11. He was 56 years old. Uhlig was serving as a chaplain at the Great Plains Correctional Facility outside of Hinton. During his time in the Oklahoma Conference, he...

Passing the Baton seminars prepare laity and clergy for leadership changes

published 4/26/2021
The Oklahoma Conference is hosting Passing the Baton seminars for the fifth year in a row. The seminars are designed to help both clergy and laity prepare for changes in pastoral leadership. There ...

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published 4/26/2021
Mission Pastor Cohort Kick Off April 29 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST | Zoom For mission and outreach leaders looking for ongoing community and training Sponsored by United Methodist Volunteers in Mission ...

Frequently Asked Questions about General Conference

published 3/26/2021
What does it mean that called Virtual General Conference was canceled?  The purpose of the called conference was to suspend the rules of the General Conference in order to provide for a mechanism that...

Making a creative difference amid the pandemic

published 3/8/2021
Throughout the 109-year-history of McCurdy Ministries Community Center, formerly known as McCurdy School, in Española, New Mexico, many Volunteers in Mission (VIM) teams and individual volunteers have...

Ministry in a Minute

published 3/8/2021
On Feb. 13, the Curbside Chronicle visited the Willard Winter Shelter to take a look at how the shelter saves lives during record breaking freezing temperatures. The Curbside Chronicle spoke with ...

Oklahoma Conference announces staff changes

published 3/8/2021
By Tabitha Beckman The Project Transformation board has offered the director's position to Roxie Hacker. Roxie comes to PT after having served with the program during college. She has most recently ...

Online training examines modern hospitality

published 3/8/2021
Church of the Resurrection’s ShareChurch Ministry will host an online training session entitled The Art of Hospitality from 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on April 22. The training’s featured speakers are ...

Passages

published 3/8/2021
Retired elder John Derr passed away on Feb. 7 at the age of 86. He served four churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1986 and 2001, including Copan, Chickasha-Epworth, Muskogee-Trinity, and ...

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published 3/8/2021
The Art of Hospitality | Online Training | Church of the Resurrection April 22 | 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Featured Speakers: Yvonne Gentile and Debi Nixon Cost: $49 (includes a copy of The Art of ...

Altus Man Draws Pets to Raise Funds for Blessing Boxes

published 2/8/2021
An Altus man is using his artistic talents to raise money for Blessing Boxes that provide free non-perishable food, hygiene and seasonal items for anyone needing them in Altus. Larry Davis, a retired ...

Church takes steps to be a fully online community

published 2/8/2021
When the pandemic hit, Dewey UMC was quick to suspend in-person worship. When they came back, they started a drive-in worship service with an FM radio signal and strict safety protocols. But Rev. Jinx...

Lake Country hosts leadership academy

published 2/8/2021
The Lake Country District will host the Next Level Leadership Academy 2.0 between March 12 and Aug. 13. The academy is conducted by Lake Country District Superintendent Larry Bauman and District ...

Ministry in a minute

published 2/8/2021
The McLoud Methodist Quilters delivered 17 quilts and eight stuffed toys to Project Gabriel in Shawnee, a confidential ministry that supports women struggling with unplanned pregnancies. Project ...

OK Camps announces summer camps, winter retreat options

published 2/8/2021
OK Camps has announced their 2021 camp season. Registration for summer camps opens on March 1; early-bird registration is open through April 15. The camp ministry has also announced that its annual ...

OKUMC establishes 2021 policy for counting online worship

published 2/8/2021
The Oklahoma Conference has established a new policy for counting online attendance. The new policy is intended to standardize counting procedures across various platforms and create uniformity in ...

Passages

published 2/8/2021
Mary McPherson, surviving spouse of Rev. Doug McPherson, passed away on Jan. 8. She was 87 years old. Rev. McPherson, who passed away in 2017, was a former district superintendent for the South ...

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published 2/8/2021
De-Colonizing the Church: A Commitment to Anti-Racism 5-week course begins Feb. 18 | 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. per session | Held over Zoom Cost: $125/person | Names and emails for participants required ...

Conference announces staff changes, reorganization

published 1/11/2021
The Oklahoma Conference has announced several staff changes as the result of staff retirements, realignment and consolidation. Rev. Jeremy Basset, who previously served as the director of the Office ...

Cookson Hills addresses needs despite challenges

published 1/11/2021
Every year Cookson Hills Ministry Center near Lake Tenkiller hosts a Christmas store for local needy parents and grandparents to sign up and pick out Christmas gifts for their families. Even during ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 1/11/2021
Pauls Valley hosted a Drive-Thru the Park Christmas Story in December. The live nativity served both to share the Christmas story and offer New Testaments to guests who enjoyed the event. A ...

Oklahoma City Community Foundation awards $17,900 to 11 United Methodist Churches

published 1/11/2021
OKLAHOMA CITY – This winter, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is helping provide warm meals to homebound elderly citizens by awarding $51,600 in grants to 40 area churches and organizations that...

Passages

published 1/11/2021
Kaye Nelson passed away on Dec. 21, 2020. Her husband, Rev. Marvin Nelson, served in the Oklahoma Conference between 1954 and 2014. He retired in 2002 and passed away in 2018. Services will be held at...

Registration open for UMVIM courses

published 1/11/2021
Registration for missional leadership training is now open through the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission.  Winter Mission Academy The Winter Mission Academy will be held online Feb. 1-12 with ...

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published 1/11/2021
Primer on Nonviolent Communication: Online Jan. 10 | 1-2:30 p.m.  Sponsored by the Norman Rapid Response Team and the DC Peace Team. Suggested donation $15-$25. Register online here    Cultivating ...

Beyond Christmas

published 12/12/2020
The pandemic caused by COVID-19, or coronavirus, has resulted in a great sense of loss this holiday season. Beloved gatherings have been cancelled or moved online, routine errands now involve a litany...

Leaving the Comfort Zone

published 12/12/2020
Exploring a Call to Ministry Outside the Church   Living out an active faith has always been a part of ViaFaith McCullough’s life. The 22-year-old daughter of Revs. Nancy and Victor McCullough said ...

Monastics in the Heartland

published 12/12/2020
For some, the term monasticism may bring up images of chanting monks or helpful nuns. For Rev. Matt Scraper, monasticism is an important part of his life and expression of faith.  Scraper, an elder in...

AC 2020: State of the Church Address

published 12/11/2020
Editor’s note: This address was originally given during a virtual meeting of the Annual Conference. The names of each speaker are given before their remarks, sometimes jointly. Visual references for ...

Academy cohort pursues unprecedented ministry in unprecedented times

published 12/11/2020
Last year, the Academy for Innovative Ministry taught its 17 participants how to make a Ministry Action Plan, or MAP, to help make their ministry dreams a reality. None of the MAPs included ...

Epworth Villa’s newest centenarian

published 12/11/2020
By Beth Case and Wes Howl If you were to ask anyone at Epworth Villa to name an amazing centenarian, they would unanimously answer, “Betty Harding.” Harding was born at the Chilocco Indian School in ...

GBCS offers free lectionary curriculum for youth

published 12/11/2020
The General Board of Church and Society has published its Year B lectionary curriculum for youth. The curriculum is the last in the “Connecting Faith and Justice Youth Curriculum” series to complete ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 12/11/2020
Chuck Stewart, center, was named the recipient of the He Worked For Us Award at the 2020 Oklahoma Annual Conference. The award was presented by Herschel Beard, associate lay leader for the ...

OCU plans Virtual Youth Service Day

published 12/11/2020
For nearly 40 years, Oklahoma City University has hosted United Methodist youth for an annual Youth Service Day and welcomed them to campus. As with everything else this past year, COVID-19 has ...

Oklahoma Conference Clergy Class of 2020

published 12/11/2020
The clergy ordained at the 2020 Oklahoma Annual Conference gathered one at a time in the conference studio to receive the bishop’s laying of hands and their ordination stole. A limited number of ...

Passages

published 12/11/2020
Retired local pastor Carl T. Cochran, Jr. passed away on Oct. 27. He was 92 years old. Cochran served five churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1988 and 1995, including Red Rock, ...

Rev. Dr. Lois V. Glory-Neal receives Distinguished Graduate Award

published 12/11/2020
Leawood, KS and Oklahoma City, OK – Saint Paul School of Theology is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Lois V. Glory-Neal is the winner of the 2020 Distinguished Graduate Award. Born in the Cherokee ...

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published 12/11/2020
Second Annual Women’s Retreat Feb. 19-20, 2021 | Cross Point Camp Cost: $65/person until Dec. 18; $75/person after $25 deposit may be required Deadline to register is Feb. 5, 2021 Register online ...

Shoebox ministry thrives despite pandemic

published 12/11/2020
By Rev. Dan Eischen For many years, Westville-First in Adair County has sponsored a ministry of providing wrapped shoe boxes filled with toys, toiletries, hats and gloves, school supplies, and small ...

Special Sunday offerings benefit Oklahoman students

published 12/11/2020
A future educator. An aspiring family lawyer. Seminarians. These represent just a few of the students from the Oklahoma Conference who receive support from the special Sunday scholarship funds at the ...

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