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Diversity kits reflect diversity in faith

published 7/6/2018
Left to right: Pastors Twila Gibbens (retired), Valerie Steele, and Ruth Atterberry hold up items used in diversity kits that were given away during the 2018 Annual Conference. The items are meant to...

Langston’s Wesley Foundation to host 10th Anniversary Gala

published 7/6/2018
On August 4, 2018, at Church of the Servant, at 4 p.m., the Wesley Foundation at Langston University will have its 10th Anniversary Awards Gala. The purpose of this event is to celebrate those who ...

New coordinator named in OK-Bolivia partnership

published 7/6/2018
By Chris Schutz Susan Waite has been named the new partnership coordinator for the longtime Oklahoma-Bolivia partnership with the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference. Waite, a member of OKC-Chapel ...

OCU team builds tiny homes for the homeless

published 7/6/2018
"Alaska is Calling and I Must Go" reads the back of the official OCU mission team t-shirts. On June 1, a team of 12 students, faculty and family members flew from Oklahoma City to Fairbanks, Alaska ...

OIMC celebrates 176th annual conference

published 7/6/2018
The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference held its 176th Annual Conference on June 7-9. Delegates and guests gathered at the OIMC’s Southwest Region Center a few miles west of Anadarko. The opening ...

OKUMF leaders encourage “hilarious” giving

published 7/6/2018
By Chris Schutz Putting money in the collection plate may not feel hilarious, but it should. That was the message of “Hilarious Giving,” one of the workshops at this year’s Annual Conference. The ...

OKUMF- Plan for lasting good

published 7/6/2018
A plan is important, but an estimated 60% of Americans don’t even have a will. The Planning Your Legacy guide from the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation will help you by making the process easy and...

Preparing to go tell the world

published 7/6/2018
Seventeen candidates attended local pastor licensing school, held June 15-23. Back Row: Devaunjue Williams, Cody Robinson, Reece Player, Taylor Anderson. Middle Row: Nancy Johnson (Dean) Donn Turner,...

Until the work is finished

published 7/6/2018
By Meagan Ewton Adrian Holmes had only helped paint his little sister’s room before, but that wasn’t going to stop him from doing his best to paint a house. Holmes, a seventh-grade student from Moore,...

Church inspires community to support foster kids

published 7/5/2018
By Meagan Ewton Elizabeth Witt, who describes herself as a new believer, had only attended Antlers-First UMC a handful of times when she asked her pastor, David Mingus, how the church could support ...

Employment

published 7/5/2018
Director of Youth and Young Adults: Choctaw UMC. Full-time. Contact Barry Collins at pastor@choctawumc.com Director of Student Ministries: Ardmore-First. Full-time. Call 580-223-5390 or email david@fu...

Save the Date

published 7/5/2018
Saint Yootz Day Aug. 18, Frontier City, Oklahoma City Concert by Toby Mac www.okumc.org/youth Grand opening, Wesley Foundation at Oklahoma State University Sept. 1, Stillwater info@okstatewesley.org ...

Annual Conference votes to lower apportionments 6.3%

published 6/15/2018
2019 budget set up in two ministry tiers BY HOLLY MCCRAY OKLAHOMA CITY — The amount apportioned to each church in 2019 will be 6.36 percent lower than the individual church’s 2018 apportioned amount. ...

Meagan Ewton named editor in Communications Ministry

published 6/15/2018
Meagan Ewton has been named the new editor of publications for the Oklahoma Conference. Ewton fills the position held by Holly McCray, who retired June 15 and is moving closer to family. McCray had ...

Mission U 2018

published 6/15/2018
.well { background-color: #00AEEB; } .well2 { background-color: #FFF358; } Mission U July 20-22/22-23 at OCU Learning Together for the Transformation of the World SPIRITUAL GROWTH STUDY - ...

Oklahoma Conference clergy — Class of 2018

published 6/15/2018
NEWLY ORDAINED ELDERS — From left are (front row) Lory Fahle, Shannon Rodenberg, Bishop James Nunn, Patricia Johnson, and Jennifer Kellogg; (middle row) Mark Polson, Andrew Haire, Thomas Corrigan ...

OKUMF- Invest in Lasting Good

published 6/15/2018
Doing the kind of good we believe in takes sacrifice. There is a cost and we make sure it isn’t perceived as a loss but always manifests as thoughtful investment. You probably have a story of how ...

United Methodists take center stage at OCU

published 6/15/2018
During two ceremonies on May 5, Oklahoma City University conferred 543 undergraduate and 362 graduate degrees in its 113th annual commencement exercises. OCU President-Designate Martha Burger, ...

Workshops provide tools for ministry

published 6/15/2018
BY MEAGAN EWTON OKLAHOMA CITY — More than 20 workshops were offered at the 2018 Annual Conference to provide 1,200 delegates and other church leaders with practical tools to fulfill the mission of the...

Annual Conference thanks retirees

published 5/18/2018

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 ...

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’...

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

published 5/17/2018
    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 5/17/2018
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 ...

Book inspires first responders

published 5/17/2018
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 ...

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 ...

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