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Churches raising money to forgive $4.5 million in medical debt

published 11/5/2019
By Meagan Ewton What started as a question from a church member has grown into an effort to forgive $4.5 million in medical debt. Rev. Jeff Hinton of First UMC in Okeene and Rev. Emily Robnett of New ...

Conference plants tree in honor of GBGM missionaries

published 11/1/2019
There’s a new pecan tree on the north side of the Oklahoma United Methodist Ministry Center that honors the agricultural ministry of John Nday, a missionary with the General Board of Global ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 11/1/2019
Leaders in the Oklahoma Conference joined together to participate in Soda Steve’s Root Beer Run, a race whose proceeds help benefit the Office of Mission. The event was held Oct. 12 at the Fin and ...

Mission and Ministry: Restore Hope Ministries

published 11/1/2019
The Mission of Restore Hope Ministries is to restore families in financial crisis to economic and spiritual vitality. They do so through three major avenues: prevention of homelessness, reduction of ...

OCU celebrates Indigenous People’s Day

published 11/1/2019
Oklahoma City University celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 14 with a ceremony at the Chickasaw Nation Garden on campus. OCU Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion Russ Tallchief led the ...

OIMC hosts annual benefit gala

published 11/1/2019
The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference hosted its fifth annual benefit gala on Oct. 17 at The Reed Center in Midwest City. The event featured a live paint by Brent Greenwood, friendship songs and ...

Oklahoma UMW celebrates 150 years

published 11/1/2019
By Tabitha Beckman United Methodist Women from across the Oklahoma Conference came together at Ponca City-St Paul’s for a weekend of celebrating the past and planning for the future. The theme of the ...

Passages

published 11/1/2019
Rev. Christy Germany Summers died in a traffic accident on Oct. 22. She was 50 years old. Summers transferred from the North Texas Conference and served Oklahoma Conference ministries for nine years, ...

Save the Date

published 11/1/2019
Saint Paul Listening Sessions Nov. 13 | Tulsa-Boston Avenue- Register here Jan. 30 | OKC-Wesley- Register here 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Free to attend GROW: Intentional, Intergenerational Discipleship ...

Third quarter apportionment readout for 2019

published 11/1/2019
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Blackwell pastor hopes to give away 100 bikes for Christmas

published 10/5/2019
What started as a simple shipping mix-up has inspired an annual Christmas giveaway. In December 2017, two bicycles intended for grandchildren in California were sent to Blackwell, Oklahoma by mistake....

Conference hosts GROW event

published 10/5/2019
The Oklahoma Conference will host a workshop focused on discipleship systems at Edmond-New Covenant on Nov. 16.   GROW: Intentional, Intergenerational Discipleship is designed to assist church ...

Global Mission Fellows Program seeks applicants

published 10/5/2019
The Global Mission Fellows Program, a two-year mission opportunity for young adults through United Methodist Global Ministries, is accepting applications for the 2020-2022 Class of Global Mission ...

Kingfisher celebrates grand opening after 100 years in previous location

published 10/5/2019
By Rev. Pat McPherson On Sept. 8, Kingfisher-First took the next step into the future. After over 100 years in their historic location at the corner of Highway 81 and Highway 33, the congregation ...

Lake Country hosts Holy Spirit Seminar for laity, clergy

published 10/5/2019
A Holy Spirit Seminar for laity and clergy will be held at two locations in southeast Oklahoma this October. The free seminar, titled “Holy Spirit and Methodism,” will examine the role of the Holy ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 10/5/2019
In June, 85 youth and adults from four churches in the Central Texas Conference traveled to Tishomingo for a week of mission, work and worship. The crew leaders are friends of Tishomingo pastor Marsha...

Mission & Ministry: Skyline Urban Ministry

published 10/5/2019
Skyline Urban Ministry is located in the shadow of the downtown Oklahoma City skyline, and its mission is to serve those who live in that shadow. Skyline lives out its mission to impact lives by ...

OCU enters new partnership for campus clinic

published 10/5/2019
Oklahoma City University is partnering with Family HealthCare and Minor Emergency Clinic to operate its campus health clinic, beginning Oct. 8. It will serve the university and the broader community ...

Oklahoma churches selected for new youth ministry cohort

published 10/5/2019
Two churches in Oklahoma are participating in a new initiative centered on youth ministry. Tulsa-Hope in the Oklahoma Conference and Talihina-St. Paul in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference were...

Quayle, Skyline partner to open thrift store in northeast OKC

published 10/5/2019
Rev. Erica Thomas was sitting in a Goodwill Industries board meeting in early 2018 when she realized there were no thrift stores in northeast Oklahoma City. The observation inspired her to start a ...

Save the Date

published 10/5/2019
Holy Spirit Seminar (One seminar, two locations) Oct. 26 | McAlester-First | 1 p.m. Oct. 27 | Ardmore-First | 2 p.m. Featured speaker: Dr. Luther Oconer Free to attend; registration requested okumc-re...

ALLOT Initiative supports teachers with free supplies

published 9/6/2019
By Amy Neathery Dozens of public school teachers in El Reno received free books, teaching tools, classroom supplies and other resources through the ALLOT Initiative at El Reno-Wesley. The ALLOT ...

Benefits Symposiums to address new changes in health benefits

published 9/6/2019
The Oklahoma Conference is hosting six Benefits Symposiums across the state to help clergy, laity and spouses unpack the benefit plans that go into effect in 2020. The symposiums will be held between ...

Chuck Stewart to lead Camp Egan

published 9/6/2019
Oklahoma United Methodist Camps has announced Chuck Stewart as the new director of Egan Camp and Retreat Center. Stewart is a certified Lay Servant and has served as the Oklahoma Conference Lay Leader...

CJAMM aims to break cycles of incarceration

published 9/6/2019
Criminal Jusice and Mercy Ministries shared their vision for “Breaking the Generational Cycles of Incarceration” during its annual banquet on Aug. 27. The evening featured dinner and a silent auction ...

Disaster Recovery prepares for long-term response with little funding

published 9/6/2019
The Office of Mission is working to address the needs of Oklahomans affected by the spring weather events that caused near-record flooding across the state. Rev. Jeremy Basset, director of the ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 9/6/2019
The United Methodist Church in Hunter is celebrating its 125 years anniversary on Sept. 15. The church was founded in the home of O. W. Benson in 1894, 13 years before Oklahoma statehood. Pastor ...

Mission & Ministry: Campus Ministries

published 9/6/2019
Reaching more young people is something churches talk about all the time, but which often seems just out of our grasp. Most local churches, even large ones, are happy to have ANY sort of stable young ...

Native young people speak up at national gathering

published 9/6/2019
By Ginny Underwood A group of Native American young people from the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference raised their voices about Native-themed mascots and other issues important to their ...

Northern Prairie DS receives Francis E. Willard Award

published 9/6/2019
By Rev. April Coates The Committee on the Status and Role of Women recognized Rev. Tish Malloy at the 2019 Annual Conference as the 18th recipient of the Francis E. Willard Award. Named after 19th ...

Ocean conservationist, Jacques Cousteau grandson to speak at OCU

published 9/6/2019
Oklahoma City University will host a guest presentation by an ocean conservationist and shark expert at 7 p.m. Sept. 24. The presentation, “One Ocean, One People,” is free to the public and will be ...

OKUMC invited to join celebration as sacred Native American lands are returned to Wyandotte Nation

published 9/6/2019
On behalf of The United Methodist Church, UM Global Ministries is inviting members of the Oklahoma Annual Conference to a ceremony this September during which lands held in trust for 176 years by the ...

Passages

published 9/6/2019
Retired elder Harold Brown passed away on Aug. 28. Brown served several churches in the Oklahoma Conference, including Gracemont, Cogar, Ardmore-Asbury, Chickasha-Epworth, Harrah and OKC-Asbury. A ...

Project Transformation helps more than 400 children maintain, improve reading levels

published 9/6/2019
More than 400 students across the state maintained or improved their reading levels over the summer through the collaborative work of Project Transformation. Project Transformation engages young ...

Retired clergy and spouses retreat set for Oct. 7-9

published 9/6/2019
By Ann Needham Bower A fun and relaxing time awaits retirees at the Annual Retired Clergy/Spouse Retreat, set for Oct. 7-9 at Canyon Camp. The theme for this year’s retreat is “Remembering….” ...

Save the date

published 9/6/2019
Lay Servant Training Northern Prairie | Sept. 13-14 Hennessey-First, 201 S. Cherokee St., Hennessey. Basic and Advanced Courses available. Cost: $50 (non-refundable). Includes all materials, Friday ...

A love letter to newsletter

published 9/3/2019
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No one goes hungry in Dewey

published 9/3/2019
By Meagan Ewton What do you do when your church has extra space and your community has a need? If you’re Dewey United Methodist Church, you fill it with food and give it away. Rev. Jinx Barber arrived...

Why can't we talk about race?

published 9/3/2019
By Meagan Ewton In early June 2019, the General Commission on Religion and Race published an article titled, “VBS is Not Immune to Racism.” The article focused on Vacation Bible School curriculum from...

Benefit concert featuring Christian rock band Sanctus Real

published 8/2/2019
Circle of Care and Christian band Sanctus Real are teaming up on to raise funds for Circle of Care’s three nonprofit programs. The inaugural Help, Healing and Hope Benefit Concert will be held on ...

Book Review: “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction” by Eugene H. Peterson

published 8/2/2019
By Rev. Dr. Joseph Harris Occasionally you pick up a book—particularly a devotional book—and the contents not only speak to you, they often shout at you. Eugene Peterson’s “A Long Obedience in the ...

Commerce and Industry Hall of Honor Announces New Inductees

published 8/2/2019
Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business will honor four business and community leaders during the 33rd annual Oklahoma Commerce & Industry Hall of Honor luncheon Oct. 31 at the Cox ...

Connectional Table approves legislation creating new U.S. structure

published 8/2/2019
Legislation could be voted on during 2020 General Conference Chicago, IL—The Connectional Table approved sending legislation to General Conference 2020 that will create a new structure for churches ...

Finance for Pastors event on Sept. 9

published 8/2/2019
Oklahoma Conference pastors are invited to attend Finance for Pastors on Sept. 9 at the Oklahoma Conference Ministry Center in Oklahoma City. The event will be held in the Woodworth Room from 9 a.m. ...

Ministry in a Minute: United Methodists join rally to protest treatment of migrant families

published 8/2/2019
Lay and clergy members of the Oklahoma Conference were present during a rally held outside US Senator James Lankford’s office on July 3. The rally was organized by Women in Action for All, ...

Mission & Ministry: Circle of Care

published 8/2/2019
Circle of Care makes it their mission to provide Christian help, healing and hope to children and families in crisis to ensure a safe, healthy and spiritual future. Three programs help them ...

NPNP 2020 grant applications due Aug. 31

published 8/2/2019
New People New Places is preparing for its sixth year of awarding grants to ministries that “reach new, younger, and more diverse people to become world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ.” ...

OKUMC and OIMC youth participate in Youth 2019

published 8/2/2019
By Courtney Blacksten Youth 2019 was the national gathering of United Methodist Youth put on by Discipleship Ministries. The quadrennial event was held in Kansas City, Missouri from July 10-13. Youth ...

Passages

published 8/2/2019
Rev. William Buttram passed away on July 3. Buttram served as a pastor in Oklahoma for more than 20 years in total, leading churches such as Westville, Gore, Muskogee-Trinity, Tulsa-Aldersgate, ...

Save the Date

published 8/2/2019
St. Yootz Day | Aug. 10 Admission $25 per person; season pass holders and children ages 2 and younger admitted free Pick up or buy tickets at table by front gate between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Parking...

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