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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 ...

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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 ...

2021 Annual Conference Preview

published 8/9/2021
The Oklahoma Conference will host the 2021 Annual Conference this fall at multiple dates and venues. All portions of the Annual Conference will be livestreamed, and some events will have the option ...

Lawton pastor honored with South Korean merit award

published 8/9/2021
Lawton-New Light pastor Rev. Kiyoung Jeong is one of five people chosen to receive the 2021 National Order of Merit Award from South Korea. A representative from the Houston Consulate will travel to ...

Lay Servant training in person in Wichitas District

published 8/9/2021
LSM Fall 2021 Promo Video On Sept. 17 and 18, the Wichitas District Lay Servant Ministries will be offering both the basic and advanced courses, in-person, at Marlow-First. The training cost is $35 ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 8/9/2021
Students and parents attending Edmond-First gather at the front of the sanctuary for a Blessing of the Backpacks on Aug. 8. Edmond Public Schools return to school on Aug. 13. Screenshot taken from ...

Passages

published 8/9/2021
Rev. Jack Atkinson passed away on July 3. Atkinson served in the Oklahoma Conference between 1960 and 2019, serving past his retirement in 1993. During that time, he served 10 churches: Fairfax, Yale,...

Project Transformation Oklahoma calls for host church applications

published 8/9/2021
Project Transformation is asking for churches who would like to host a reading site next year to apply for the Summer 2022 program. Roxie Hacker, the Oklahoma director for Project Transformation, ...

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published 8/9/2021
St Yootz Day featuring Toby Mac 2021 Event Cancelled 2021 National Men’s Gathering | A Virtual Event General Commission on United Methodist Men Aug. 28 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central time zone) Keynote...

First Americans Museum seeks volunteers for opening day

published 7/12/2021
The First Americans Museum is recruiting volunteers to help with their grand opening events on Sept. 18 and 19.  Volunteer shifts for grand opening activities will likely be held in three- to ...

Grants, workshops available for smaller membership churches

published 7/12/2021
A national advocacy group for rural and smaller membership churches is offering 10 congregations a $500 grant. Likewise, the Oklahoma Conference is offering grants, workshops and other resources to ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 7/12/2021
Members of Tulsa-Faith brought chairs and drinks to Turkey Mountain for an outdoor Fourth of July worship service. The church had previously held worship there on Easter Sunday. “Both times, on ...

OIMC Immersion to take place in October

published 7/12/2021
The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference will host their next immersion experience from Oct. 24 to 28. The immersion will include visits to the new First Americans Museum, the Washita “Massacre” ...

OK Camps updates curriculum to help students break down walls

published 7/12/2021
OK Camps has updated one of its curriculums to address issues relating to justice and the church. “Breaking Down the Walls” encouraged students to see what “walls” exist between groups of people, in ...

Project Transformation heads back to in-person programming

published 7/12/2021
By Roxie Hacker 2021 saw the re-opening of in-person Project Transformation summer camps. There were many modifications to ensure the safety and good health of all participants, and the board and ...

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published 7/12/2021
2021 UMVIM Mission Academy Classes offered July 26 to Aug. 7 All sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. Register at https://forms.gle/LrEfyU2boLDjUQop8    “A Night of Health and Hope with Skyline” Aug. 6 | 6 ...

Skyline fundraising event to honor OCU athletics director

published 7/12/2021
Skyline Urban Ministry will honor an athletics director at its annual fundraising event in Oklahoma City. A Night of Health and Hope with Skyline will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Chicken N ...

Celebrating Juneteenth

published 7/1/2021
By Rev. Bessie Hamilton What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of African Americans who had been enslaved in the United States. The matter becomes rather complex ...

Funding HOPE

published 7/1/2021
If anybody doesn’t have power, my house is open. Please come over for a warm meal, shower, and power.” It was a simple offer, but it was an offer Rev. Victoria Lee knew would make a difference to ...

Methodism and the Tulsa Race Massacre

published 7/1/2021
By Travis Ewton "Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift at the altar and go. First make things right ...

Methodists and Mental Health

published 7/1/2021
There are four principal factors that John Wesley believed Christians could use to understand their faith. Built on the Anglican theological tradition of including scripture, tradition and reason, ...

Restoring economic & spiritual vitality

published 7/1/2021
Restore Hope had one of its busiest years on record in 2020. Since 1978, the Tulsa nonprofit has sought to “restore families in financial crisis to economic and spiritual vitality.” One of the ways ...

2020 audit shows conference in stable financial position

published 6/16/2021
The financial audit for 2020 has been completed within the first 150 days of 2021, ensuring the Oklahoma Conference is in compliance with the Book of Discipline. The finalized audit report as well as ...

Cabinet leaders read through “Caste”

published 6/16/2021
This spring, the leaders of the Oklahoma Conference Cabinet read through the book study for Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. Rev. Joseph Harris, assistant to the bishop and director of ...

Church of the Resurrection Offers Annual Leadership Institute Online and In Person

published 6/16/2021
LEAWOOD, KS – The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection announced registration is now open for Leadership Institute 2021, held September 29 – October 1. The annual leadership conference will be ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 6/16/2021
Bishop James Nunn (left) places hands on Steve Littrell (center, kneeling) to commission him as a provisional elder at Madill on May 23. Bishop Nunn has been travelling to various churches around the...

MLCC begins new series to “shatter” old paradigms, expectations

published 6/16/2021
The Minority Local Church Concerns team is creating a new series that they hope will bring attention to traditional and sometimes foundational practices that either started with or perpetuate systemic...

OK Camps seeks VIM help through summer, fall

published 6/16/2021
OK Camps is looking for Volunteers In Mission teams or individuals to serve during June and July, and extending through October. Those interested can sign up to serve for a week or a weekend. ...

OMM changes name to Trinity Woods

published 6/16/2021
The Board of Oklahoma Methodist Manor has unanimously voted to change the name of the retirement community to Trinity Woods. The announcement was shared in a statement on May 28.  “Even though we have...

Passages

published 6/16/2021
Rev. Tarrill Parvin passed away suddenly on June 7. The retired elder was serving congregations in Salina and Spavinaw. A viewing was held on June 13, and a funeral service followed the next day. ...

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published 6/16/2021
Youthforce 2021 Vinita: June 20-25 Ardmore: June 20-25 Learn more at https://yf.okumcmission.org    NSO Good Samaritan Awards Program June 17 | Noon Corporate sponsorships available https://nsookc.org...

Ministry in a Minute

published 5/24/2021
Union City celebrated the work of the Ability Based Learning Experiences (ABLE) Ministry on May 2. The ABLE Ministry offers Union City special education students a chance to learn life skills through...

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published 5/24/2021
Passing the Baton Seminar May 27 | 7 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is free; registration is required https://okumc-reg.brtapp.com/PassingBatonWebinars2021 Youthforce 2021 Frederick: June 6-11 Vinita: June 20-25 ...

Second cohort completes the Academy for Innovative Ministry

published 5/24/2021
Four ministry leaders in the Oklahoma Conference presented their visions of ministry during the final session of the second Academy for Innovative Ministry.  The academy once again invited select ...

Tulsa prepares to remember Tulsa Race Massacre 100 years later

published 5/24/2021
By Tabitha Beckman From May 31 to June 1, 1921, the Greenwood District of Tulsa—known as Black Wall Street—was burned down by a white mob, and many of its residents were killed in what became known as...

UMW advisory group holds first meeting for the new quadrennium

published 5/24/2021
By Tara Barnes, Editor response magazine, United Methodist Women The 2021-2024 United Methodist Women Program Advisory Group gathered via Zoom for its first annual meeting March 11-13. This global ...

Book Review: “Sold to the Highest Bidder…A Father’s Relentless Love”

published 4/26/2021
By Rev. Dan Patman Lisa Leigh Miller, a United Methodist pastor currently serving at Konawa, has recently written the story of her personal journey in a book titled “Sold To The Highest Bidder…A ...

Health grant to fund year-long nutritional program to combat chronic disease

published 4/26/2021
From Skyline Urban Ministry Skyline Urban Ministry recently received a $25,600 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and its Access to Health Care iFund grant program. The grant will be ...

Ministry in a Minute

published 4/26/2021
A Disaster Relief team works on damage sustained at a home in rural Oklahoma on April 13.

OKUMC appoints full-time leader for multi-ethnic initiatives

published 4/26/2021
The Oklahoma Conference has appointed Rev. Bessie Hamilton as the new Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for Multi-Ethnic Initiatives effective April 1. She has been serving on the staff ...

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