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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 ...

Save the date

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 ...

Save the date

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 ...

2020 Retirees

published 11/13/2020

Challenges prompt major changes in 2021 budget

published 11/13/2020
The Oklahoma Conference is proposing major changes to the 2021 budget, including the elimination of New People New Places funding and CCLI/CVLI coverage, in order to make up for higher general church ...

Conference restructure up for a vote

published 11/13/2020
Changes to the Oklahoma Conference’s  current structure are up for a vote at the 2020 Annual conference. The proposed changes are intended to help the conference focus on serving the local church and ...

FAQs for Annual Conference

published 11/13/2020
The 2020 Annual Conference session will be conducted via Zoom webinar with technical support provided by GNTV beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. When will the clergy executive session be held? ...

GCORR published Advent series to address racial justice

published 11/13/2020
The General Commission on Religion and Race has published a five-week digital Advent resource focused on reflection, lamentation, anticipation and renewal. “Advent 2020: Seeking Jesus, the Advent of ...

Ice storm hits Canyon Camp

published 11/13/2020
An early ice storm hit western Oklahoma on Oct. 27, causing power outages for more than 300,000 people. David Combs, director of Canyon Camp, said the camp was without power for several days. Several ...

Langston Wesley Foundation receives RELCC grant

published 11/13/2020
The Wesley Foundation at Langston University has been selected as a grant recipient of the 2021 Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns Grant Award Program. The foundation was awarded a one-time grant of ...

Ministry in a minute

published 11/13/2020
Rev. Nathan Mattox celebrated his first Pastor Appreciation Sunday at Meadowcreek on Oct. 18. The congregation presented Mattox with a stole featuring the handprints of both children and youth in the...

Passages

published 11/13/2020
Rev. Danny Earl Paddack passed away on Sept. 29. He pastored churches in Calumet, Edgewood, Kingston and Bartlesville between 1979 and 1991. He was 73 years old. Retired elder Rev. John Bob Welch ...

Save the date

published 11/13/2020
OKUMC Annual Conference | Nov. 20-21 www.okumc.org/annual_conference Ministry Center Closed Thanksgiving Holiday | Nov. 26 Circle of Care Sunday | Dec. 13  

Application for Global Mission Fellows US-2 launches Oct. 12

published 10/2/2020
The Global Mission Fellows Program will launch its US-2 application on Oct. 12. The US-2 track is for young adults ages 20-30 who are authorized to work in the United States, including citizens, DAPA ...

Circle of Care Honored with Congressional Award

published 10/2/2020
Circle of Care has been named among the 2020 honorees for the Angels in Adoption. The award is presented by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. Circle of Care was nominated by Senator ...

Disaster Response distributes 125,000 masks

published 10/2/2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oklahoma Conference Disaster Response team obtained and distributed 125,000 masks and 24 55-gallon barrels of hand sanitizer to schools, churches and health ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 10/2/2020
Tulsa-Boston Avenue held a Blessing of the Pets on Sept. 23 and on Sept. 27. The event was described as a time of saying thanks to God for beloved pets. Because of the pandemic, the occasion ...

Oklahoma City University news

published 10/2/2020
Admissions Events Move Online Oklahoma City University continues to engage prospective students with a wide variety of virtual events! Academic interest events are also offered to answer questions ...

OKUMC Update

published 10/2/2020
AC 2020 plans to be finalized Plans are still being finalized for the 2020 virtual Annual Conference session which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21. The clergy session will take place at 3 p.m. on ...

Passages

published 10/2/2020
Dr. James Buskirk, retired pastor and founding dean of the Oral Roberts University School of Theology, died on Sept. 9. He served three churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1967 and 2009. A ...

Save the date

published 10/2/2020
OIMC Virtual Mission | Oct. 5, 7 & 9 Register here online Family Home Church Webinar A partnership between the Matthew Institute and the Pohly Center Oct. 23 | 10 a.m. | Cost: $12; $10 United ...

100 years of NSO

published 9/11/2020
If your heart broke every time you went to work, what would keep you going every day? For Stacey Ninness, the answer is simple: seeing people’s lives change for the better. Ninness is the president ...

Online Giving

published 9/11/2020
Start, improve & refine your online giving practices Before COVID-19 led to church closings in March 2020, only 33 percent of surveyed United Methodist churches in Oklahoma offered some form of ...

The Bare Minimum

published 9/11/2020
Why Rev. Dylan Ward considers his response to a racist message on Instagram "the bare minimum." Rev. Dylan Ward thinks it’s ironic to think that people are asking him, a “29-year-old white guy,” about...

CJAMM to highlight work, trailblazers with virtual showcase and auction

published 9/4/2020
Due to COVID-19, Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries will host a virtual CJAMM Showcase as an alternative to its Annual Silent Auction Benefit. The virtual fundraiser will celebrate success stories,...

Clergy renewal retreat scheduled for October

published 9/4/2020
The Oklahoma Conference will host a clergy renewal retreat at Canyon Camp on Oct. 15-16. The retreat invites clergy to “Come Away,” disconnect from the world, and connect with God. Speakers include ...

Conference adopts onboarding process for new district, cabinet leaders

published 9/4/2020
The Oklahoma Conference has adopted an onboarding process for its leaders. New district superintendents and cabinet members underwent the process in August to help them better get to know their ...

Conference co-sponsors free web series training for faith leaders

published 9/4/2020
The Oklahoma Conference has joined with Crisis Care Ministries and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma to present a new webinar series. “Caring for Your Congregation and Community ...

GCORR launches 30 days of anti-racism

published 9/4/2020
The General Commission on Religion and Race is hosting 30 Days of Anti-Racism in September. The campaign encourages participants to engage in an activity every day that helps them become more ...

OK Camps hosts Family Camps

published 9/4/2020
When large gatherings were banned due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OK Camps looked for new ways to reach families with spirit-filled activities in a natural setting. The solution: Family Camps. Family ...

OKUMC Update

published 9/4/2020
CCLI/CVLI may be removed from AC budget The Oklahoma Conference has announced the possibility of CCLI/CVLI licensing coverage being removed from the 2021 Annual Conference Budget. Since 2016 the ...

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