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A Glance Back at 2018

published 1/11/2019
As we move into the promise of a new year, we take a look back on just some of the ways United Methodists have made an impact through our Connectional Ministries in 2018.     Volunteers in Mission...

Avedis Foundation awards grant to Circle of Care to build foster homes

published 1/11/2019
The Avedis Foundation and Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care, a statewide foster care agency, have announced plans to collaborate on a building project to provide homes for sibling sets in ...

Charis Alive hosts inaugural Combined Christmas Celebration

published 1/11/2019
Charis Alive, an Asian-American multiethnic ministry led by Rev. Victoria Lee, held its inaugural Christmas Celebration on Dec. 15 at Church of the Servant. More than 10 nationalities were represented...

Connectional Opportunity: Project Transformation

published 1/11/2019
Project Transformation is one of the Connectional Opportunity ministries supported through the generous giving of churches in the Oklahoma Conference. Based on a model founded in 1998 in the North ...

Letter from the Director

published 1/11/2019
To the readers of the Contact: Welcome to the new digital edition of the Contact. This format is designed to bring you all the United Methodist news and information that our readers have come to ...

OCU honors distinguished alumni, university champions

published 1/11/2019
Oklahoma City University recognized two new recipients of the Bishop Paul W. Milhouse Award during the annual University-Church Relations and Wimberly School of Religion recognition banquet on Dec. 6....

Save the Date

published 1/11/2019
GBHEM Scholarships for Fall 2019 Open | Jan. 3 – March 7 www.gbhem.org/loans-and-scholarships/scholarships Ministry Center closed for Martin Luther King Day | Jan. 21 Metro Retired Clergy and Spouse...

Employment

published 1/10/2019
Updated January 11, 2019 Mobile Day Camp Director. Oklahoma United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries, 8-month contract. Send resumes or inquiries to campjobs@okumc.org. Associate Director of Youth...

Bishop William B. Oden

published 12/23/2018
  The Council of Bishops is saddened to announce the death of former Council of Bishops President Bishop William B. Oden. With his family surrounding him, Bishop William B. Oden passed away on ...

AU scholarship named to honor Stroud UMC pastor

published 12/7/2018
By Meagan Ewton A scholarship at Africa University has been named in honor of a graduate currently serving the United Methodist church in Stroud. Gérard Nsabimana, who earned a bachelor’s degree in ...

Canyon Camp raising funds for nurse’s station

published 12/7/2018
By Meagan Ewton Canyon Camp is raising $40,000 for a new nurse’s station that they hope to build in time for the summer season, according to Director David Combs. The camp began to focus on ...

Challenge grant matches up to $25,000 for independent living program

published 12/7/2018
Circle of Care is raising $25,000 to match a $25,000 challenge grant from the Paul Milburn Gift Fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.This grant will benefit the Preparation for Adult Living ...

Contact goes digital in January

published 12/7/2018
By Dr. Joe Harris, Director of Communications Ministry In the Novmeber 2018 issue we informed you about the changes that will occur in the new year related to the printed edition of Contact newspaper....

OCU holiday shows make the season bright

published 12/7/2018
The fall semester at OCU will come to a close with some fun holiday performances. The American Spirit Dance Company’s annual “Home for the Holidays” showcases the school’s world-renown program with a ...

OCU: Bishop Scholar Application Now Open

published 12/7/2018
High school seniors who feel called to ministry and who are interested in studying in the Oklahoma City University Wimberly School of Religion are encouraged to apply for the prestigious Bishop ...

OKUMC announces emergency health insurance contribution increase for local churches

published 12/7/2018
The Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church has announced an emergency increase of local church contributions for health insurance coverage. Without immediate increases, the conference’s ...

OKUMF: Ending the year well

published 12/7/2018
There are a number of charitable planning strategies that can help you lower your income and taxes this year. Here are some ways you can shift tax dollars to charitable dollars and support your ...

OU Wesley Foundation holds open house

published 12/7/2018
The Wesley Foundation at the University of Oklahoma held an open house and dedication on Nov. 10 to celebrate the completion of a $700,000 rennovation. Updates include asbestos abatement, a redesigned...

Passages

published 12/7/2018
Rev. William (Bill) Moss passed away on November 10. Moss served as an OKUMC pastor for 35 years. A service was held at Claremore-First on Nov. 16.

Save the Date

published 12/7/2018
Circle of Care Sunday- December 16 Ministry Center Closed for Christmas and New Year Holidays December 24-25 and January 1 Self-nominations open for 2020 General Conference January 14

Self-nominations for GC 2020 lay delegates opens Jan. 14

published 12/7/2018
Lay church members who wish to represent the Oklahoma Conference in 2020 are invited to nominate themselves for election as Lay Delegates. The nomination process will open online beginning Jan. 14, ...

Albright UMW makes 172 Christmas stockings

published 12/6/2018
By Royce Caldron The United Methodist Women’s group from Albright have sewed and decorated 172 Christmas stockings by hand to give out during the Christmas season. The completed stockings will be ...

Blue Christmas honors grief and loss during the holidays

published 12/6/2018
By Meagan Ewton   "It’s not the most wonderful time of the year for everyone.” For pastors like Nathan Mattox, this statement is more than a casual acknowledgement; it’s a call to care for those who ...

Celebrating the holidays with Thanksgiving giving

published 12/6/2018
By Tabitha Beckman Oklahoma City In the fellowship hall at OKC-Wesley, a large group of current and former residents of Exodus House and their families gathered for a Thanksgiving meal. Exodus House ...

ATTN: Health Insurance Increases!

published 11/20/2018
  Related: OKUMC announces emergency health insurance contribution increase for local churches Q&A on Health Insurance Increases 1. What does it mean to say that our health-insurance plan is ...

Challenge grant matches up to $25,000 for transitional living program

published 11/2/2018
Circle of Care is raising $25,000 to match a $25,000 challenge grant from the Paul Milburn Gift Fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.This grant will benefit the Preparation for Adult Living ...

Contact to go digital in 2019

published 11/2/2018
Communications Ministry to introduce new digital publication and quarterly magazine By Rev. Dr. Joe Harris, Director of Communications Ministry The Contact newspaper has been a mainstay of the ...

Counting on connection

published 11/2/2018
By Meagan Ewton   Andre Contino wears a clergy collar to his downtown office in Oklahoma City every Wednesday, where he offers prayer and communion to more than 100 people gathered in the parking lot ...

Disaster response transitions to “blue sky time”

published 11/2/2018
By Jeremy Bassett, Director of Office of Mission   Some five years ago, together with multiple partners, our Annual Conference’s Disaster Response ministry geared up for the work needed following ...

New nonprofit turns coffee into employment

published 11/2/2018
By Meagan Ewton   In a small basement office in Oklahoma City, a new non-profit is hoping coffee can address a societal problem: employment after incarceration. Red River Roasters is dreaming big and ...

OCU student named “Champion of Character”

published 11/2/2018
Devaunjue “Jay” Williams has been named as the recipient of the 2018 Sooner Athletic Conference’s Champions of Character Award. The award recognizes a junior or senior student-athlete who demonstrates...

OCU: Musical and Bible study join the national conversation

published 11/2/2018
The OCU Musical Theatre Department is bringing the American opera “Susannah” to the main stage Nov. 16-18. Based on the biblical story of “Susanna and the Elders” from the Apocrypha, this modern ...

OCU: UCR dinner recognizes outstanding service

published 11/2/2018
Each year OCU’s University-Church Relations department teams up with the Wimberly School of Religion to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the vitality of their community...

OKC-St. Luke’s Asbury hosts fiesta during Hispanic Heritage Month

published 11/2/2018
By Tabitha Beckman   In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, OKC-St. Luke’s Asbury threw a fiesta for their community with crafts, games, food and music. The children painted maracas and Mexican flags, ...

OKUMF- How is your Legacy Giving program?

published 11/2/2018
The Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation encourages you to evaluate your legacy giving program on a regular basis. Frequency may depend on where you are in the process, but once the program is up ...

Passages

published 11/2/2018
Rev. Charles Hubbard Stewart passed away on Oct. 11. Stewart, a retired elder, served in the Oklahoma Conference for more than 20 years. Services were held on Oct. 16 at OKC-Sunny Lane.

Save the Date

published 11/2/2018
Youth Workers Training Day Nov. 3, $25 OCU Student Union. www.okumc.org/youthworkersacademy Annual Missions Dinner at The OU Wesley Foundation Nov. 16, 7 p.m. 428 W. Lindsey St., Norman Cost: $20, ...

Court: One Church Plan largely constitutional

published 10/26/2018
From United Methodist News Service: "A review of possible plans for the future direction of The United Methodist Church found the One Church Plan to be largely constitutional, said a decision ...

CJAMM honors OCU program director with Stan Basler Award

published 10/5/2018
By Tabitha Beckman On Tuesday, Sept. 11 the Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries (CJAMM) hosted a Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction to help support the continuing work of CJAMM and to present the ...

Facing racism with grace and truth

published 10/5/2018
Get on the Bus examines how racism shaped American history and culture today By Meagan Ewton What started as a civil rights tour on Thursday had by Sunday become something much more personal to the 44...

Lasting Good Is Home Together

published 10/5/2018
The Vera Mae Home in Alva, OK will be a place of hope, keeping large sibling sets together that are often split up when being placed in a foster home.   Ribbon Cutting Ceremony On September 12th, 2018...

Moving Forward

published 10/5/2018
By Meagan Ewton The General Conference taking place in February 2019 will determine how the United Methodist Church will approach human sexuality. Simply put, the General Conference will decide ...

New home offers shelter, hope for foster children

published 10/5/2018
By Meagan Ewton Foster siblings living in northcentral Oklahoma have a better chance of being placed together thanks to a spacious new home built by Circle of Care. The Vera Mae Home in Alva held a ...

NSO CEO honored for making a difference

published 10/5/2018
By Meagan Ewton Stacey Ninness, president and CEO of Neighborhood Services Organization, will be honored as one of 50 Making a Difference during the Journal Record’s Woman of the Year Awards Gala on ...

OCU: Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel celebrates golden anniversary

published 10/5/2018
In the fall of 1967, massive steel I-beams began to rise in pyramid-shaped sections above Historic Route 66 on the campus of Oklahoma City University. Ground for the campus’ new chapel had been broken...

Passages

published 10/5/2018
Matthew Hoyt passed away on Aug. 30. Hoyt was the son of Ellen Scott, pastor of Altus-Highland Heights and Eldorado. Services were held at Ferguson Funeral Home on Sept. 5. Rob Gibson passed away on ...

Save the Date

published 10/5/2018
Lay Servant Training Oct. 12 6-9 pm, Oct. 13 9-5 Tulsa-Will Rogers UMC $10 + book cost Contact glsteele4@cox.net or call 918-697-9575 NEO Wesley Foundation Golf Tournament Oct. 15, Peoria Ridge ...

Youth Force welcomes new director

published 10/5/2018
The Office of Mission is excited to announce that BJ Danner, youth director at Claremore-First, has accepted the volunteer position of Director of Youth Force in the Office of Mission. Following years...

Youth Workers Academy hosts training day

published 10/5/2018
Youth Workers Academy will host its first weekend session of 2018-19 on Nov. 2-4. The Academy will also host a one-day training for youth workers on Nov. 3 who are interested in learning more about ...

GBGM, Hispanic/Latino Ministries expand focus

published 9/8/2018
Community initiatives to be included in outreach efforts Hispanic/Latino Ministries is expanding its focus to include community initiatives, said Carlos Ramirez, pastor of Putnam City UMC. The ...

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