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Church donates excess offerings to partner congregation

published 1/10/2022
Like many local churches, the United Methodist church in Lindsay had struggles with church attendance because of the ongoing pandemic. Despite the challenges, the church also had one of its most ...

Conference offers guidelines for church donations to UMCOR

published 1/10/2022
By Wayne Wilczek OKUMC Director of Accounting Prompted by late season tornadoes in December 2021, the Oklahoma Conference released suggested guidelines for church donations to the United Methodist ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 1/10/2022
Clergy and staff in the Oklahoma Conference Ministry Center visited the First Americans Museum on Dec. 16, 2021. The visit was part of the conference’s ongoing work to confront and address issues ...

Oklahoma and Chile Conferences join together for joint Epiphany service

published 1/10/2022
The Oklahoma Conference joined together with the Chile Conference for a joint Epiphany service. The service was released on the Oklahoma Conference’s YouTube channel. Ministry leaders from both ...

Oklahoma conference Denominational Transitions Team prepares to help churches discern path forward

published 1/10/2022
Submitted By Rev. Tish Malloy Director of Transitional Ministries For many Oklahoma United Methodists, the year 2022 includes heightened anxiety, concern, and some confusion about what to expect ...

Passages

published 1/10/2022
Rev. Charles E. Watson passed away on Dec. 10, 2021 at the age of 84. The long-serving elder pastored more than 30 congregations between 1955 and 2011, continuing to lead churches even after his ...

Project Transformation now hiring for Summer 2022

published 1/10/2022
Submitted by Roxie Hacker, Project Director, Project Transformation Project Transformation gives college age young adults an unforgettable summer to connect with other young adults; serve children in ...

ResourceUMC offers leader’s kit for Human Relations Day

published 1/10/2022
ResourceUMC has released its annual pastor’s and leader’s kit for Human Relations Day on Jan. 16, 2022. The leadership kits include digital and printable pew cards, email communications, worship ...

Save the Date

published 1/10/2022
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | Jan. 17 Conference office closed Human Relations Day | Jan. 16 Pastor and leader kit available at https://www.resourceumc.org/en/churchwide/umcgiving/special-sundays/hum...

Simplified leadership structure may benefit some churches

published 1/10/2022
Submitted by By Rev. Tish Malloy Director of Transitional Ministries When it comes to local church leadership, are these words ever said at your church? “Why do we have to have three meetings to make ...

Epworth Villa shares choir’s history

published 12/14/2021
The Choir began in the first year or two that Epworth Villa was open to independent living residents. Among the first to move in was Betty Harding and her husband. Harding, who moved to Epworth Villa ...

OKUMC to transition to new safe sanctuary program in Jan. 2022

published 12/14/2021
The Oklahoma Conference will transition to a new safe sanctuary program in Janurary 2022. MinistrySafe is a safety system to help prevent the sexual abuse of children and youth in the church. The ...

SCJ welcomes new director

published 12/14/2021
South Central Jurisdiction news release The South Central Jurisdiction has named Eddie Erwin its new executive director after the retirement of Brian Bakeman. Erwin, a life-long United Methodist, has ...

Wesley Pilgrimage 2022: Open for Scholarship Applicants

published 12/14/2021
Discipleship Ministries | News Release NASHVILLE, Tenn.— The 2022 Wesley Pilgrimage in England, an eleven-day event that helps leaders deepen their understanding of Wesleyan heritage by engaging in ...

Ministry in a minute

published 12/13/2021
Members of Norman-St. Stephen’s were among four representatives of the Norman Coalition for Refugee Support to receive a proclamation from Norman mayor Breea Clark for International Human Rights Day. ...

Miss Oklahoma shares conference roots

published 12/13/2021
Ashleigh Robinson, better known as Miss Oklahoma 2021, joined staff members of the Oklahoma Conference Ministry Center for their annual holiday luncheon on Dec. 2. Robinson shared how growing up in ...

National pastoral leader to teach at MLK Day service and clergy orders

published 12/13/2021
Click here to donate to the special offering. The Oklahoma Conference will observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a worship service hosted at OKC-Quayle at 3 p.m. on Jan. 17. Rev. Vance Ross, ...

OKUMC VIM to hold Mission Leadership Training

published 12/13/2021
Leaders in the Oklahoma Conference will host a Mission Leadership Training on Feb. 26, 2022 at OKC-New Hope. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Lucas Endicott, the associate director of mission, service...

Passages

published 12/13/2021
Wanda J. Ward King passed away on Nov. 9 in Hamilton, Texas. She was married to Oklahoma Conference pastor Rev. Roy L. Ward, Sr., who passed away in 1971. A celebration of life will be held in the ...

Save the date

published 12/13/2021
Conference office closed for Christmas- Dec. 23-27 MLK Day Worship Service | Embodying the Dream Jan. 17, 2022 | 4 p.m. OKC-Quayle | 5001 N Everest Ave. Guest speaker: Rev. Vance Ross, senior pastor...

Scammers target conference churches, ministries

published 12/13/2021
OKUMC Communications On Sunday, Dec. 5, Edmond-First sent out an email to its church members warning them about a potential scam. Text messages appearing to come from pastor Scott Keneda requested ...

Book Review: “This Moment with God” by Ben Williams

published 11/10/2021
By Rev. Derrek Belase In August, our youngest daughter started kindergarten. For the last four years, I have driven her every morning from our home to the daycare where she spent her days. The ten ...

Canyon Camp receives Bass Pro Shop grant for gear for future fishing pond

published 11/10/2021
Canyon Camp has received a $500 grant from Bass Pro Shop to purchase gear for a future fishing pond to be built on the camp grounds. “In the past we’ve had camps where the campers have brought in fish...

COSROW winner announced as executive director of Oklahoma seminary campus

published 11/10/2021
On Nov. 1, the Saint Paul School of Theology announced Rev. Tiffany Nagel Monroe will be the new executive director of the seminary’s Oklahoma campus beginning on Jan. 1, 2022. Just before the ...

Hispanic church gets building after 20 years in ministry

published 11/10/2021
La Vida en Abundancia, or “Life in Abundance,” is getting a building for its vibrant Hispanic/Latino ministry 20 years after its first service. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Oct. 25. Diana ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 11/10/2021
In October, the United Methodist church in Meadowcreek dedicated a new blessing box: Critters at the Creek. Critters at the Creek is a creation of the Meadowcreek UMC Pet Ministry. The box contains...

Passages

published 11/10/2021
Rev. Robert Charles “Chuck” Gilbert passed away Oct. 24 in Garland, Texas. Gilbert served three churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1996 and 2017, including Canton, Anadarko-First and ...

Save the Date

published 11/10/2021
Thanksgiving Holiday | Nov. 25-26 Ministry Center Closed Global Mission Fellow Applications Open Deadline to apply for US-2 track is Nov. 30 https://umcmission.org/become-a-fellow Rural and Small ...

All Saints Day

published 10/21/2021
November 1 is All Saints Day, a sometimes-overlooked holy day in United Methodist congregations. It is not nearly as well known as the day before, All Hallows' (Saints') Eve, better known as ...

Laity: The Lifeblood of the Church

published 10/20/2021
When the pandemic hit, the conference’s lay servant training was unable to meet safely in person. The topic, lay pastoral care, was timely and relevant to dozens of churches across the state. However,...

2021 Annual Conference: Cabinet, Commissioned, and Ordained

published 10/12/2021
2021 District Superintendents. Back row: Sam Powers, Crossroads District; James Kim, Wichitas District; Bishop James Nunn; Larry Bauman, Lake Country District; Connie Gibson, Council Oak District. ...

Church cancels Sunday worship to support members in cross-country relay

published 10/12/2021
When Rev. Travis Ewton learned that two of his lay members would be participating in the Great American Relay on a Sunday morning, he sent out a message to his congregation: church is cancelled; come ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 10/12/2021
After at least two years, the Conference Council on Youth Ministry met Oct. 2 for their Fall Summit at OKC-Village. Youth from nearly every district came to participate in group building, officer ...

New ministry in Tulsa welcomes all to The Table

published 10/12/2021
One week before the start of Annual Conference, roughly a dozen friends and fellow clergy joined together to celebrate a new multicultural church plant in Tulsa. One day after the end of Annual ...

Passages

published 10/12/2021
Sandy McIlnay passed away on July 21 at the age of 85. She was married to Rev. Richard “Mac” McIlnay, who pastored several churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1976 and 2000, including ...

Save the date

published 10/12/2021
UMVIM Awareness Sunday - October 17, 2021 Resources available, including a list of suggestions, poster, mission moment, fact sheet and sermon starter. https://www.umvim.org/umvim-sunday Global ...

Virtual annual conference confirms new treasurer

published 10/12/2021
The Oklahoma Annual Conference, held Oct. 8-9, voted unanimously to confirm Joe Holt as the new Conference Treasurer and Chief benefits Officer. The conference also passed resolutions regarding ...

COVID and Campus Ministry

published 10/1/2021
Reading the campus ministry reports across Oklahoma, a common theme begins to emerge: students are craving connection now more than ever. A year in quarantine took its toll on students and ministry ...

AC 2021 returns to virtual format

published 9/10/2021
In August, the conference wrote to the members of the Oklahoma Annual Conference with information about our upcoming session of conference. Since then, we have closely monitored the rise in COVID ...

Annual CCYM Youth Summit returns

published 9/10/2021
The Conference Council on Youth Ministry has announced that the annual CCYM Youth Summit will return this year after being canceled last year due to COVID-19. This year’s theme is “Called to Serve.” ...

Cheyenne Methodists host Texas 4000 cyclists

published 9/10/2021
By Pat VerSteeg The road from Lavern was long, hot and tiring. On Aug. 26, 22 cyclists came into Cheyenne from the north, ready for a rest and respite from the heat. “It was so nice to come into ...

Church hosts school as new classroom space is finished

published 9/10/2021
When Rev. Josue Araujo introduced himself to the principal of Santa Fe South Hills Elementary School to ask whether OKC-Lambuth could be of service, he didn’t expect that the church would be hosting ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 9/10/2021
A team of 14 members of Tulsa-Boston Avenue traveled to Española, New Mexico to volunteer at McCurdy Ministries Community Center for a week-long mission trip. The team worked primarily on the ...

New online leader training helps churches begin or expand Stephen Ministry

published 9/10/2021
Stephen Ministries St. Louis is now training caring ministry leaders through a live, interactive online training experience called the Bridge Leader’s Training Course (BLTC). This event fully trains ...

OKUMC churches join in local efforts to help refugees from Afghanistan

published 9/10/2021
Congregations in Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa are joining with local organizations to help refugees who are coming to Oklahoma from Afghanistan. Rev. Adam Shahan who leads OKC-Wesley said the ...

Passages

published 9/10/2021
Ynette Elizabeth Sapp, surviving spouse of Rev. Charles Sapp, passed away in her sleep on July 19 in Parker, Colorado. She was 94 years old. Charles served in the Oklahoma Conference from 1976 until ...

Rural Church Sunday emphasizes role in disaster response

published 9/10/2021
Rural Church Sunday will be held on Sept. 19, and this year, the Oklahoma Conference is focusing on the role of small and rural churches in disaster response. Dana Parker, the new conference disaster ...

Save the date

published 9/10/2021
Rural and Smaller Membership Church Sunday Sept. 19 | Theme: Disaster Response Celebrating how rural and smaller membership churches impact disaster response in Oklahoma Rural and Smaller Membership ...

Shattering the Stained Glass initiative makes new resources available to ministry leaders

published 9/10/2021
The Shattering the Stained Glass initiative has started its next resource offerings for ministry leaders in the Oklahoma Conference. “Stained glass windows can bring beauty to our spaces of worship, ...

UMM virtual gathering featuring former Tulsa youth director

published 8/10/2021
The General Commission on United Methodist Men will host the 2021 Virtual National Men’s Gathering on Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Keynote speakers will be Rev. Ron Bell and the Rev. Tom Albin, a ...

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