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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...

Second quarter apportionment readout for 2019

published 8/2/2019
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Ministry in Stitches

published 7/12/2019
At every Oklahoma Annual Conference, newly ordained clergy receive red stoles during the ordination ceremony. This year, those stoles were made by a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM). ...

UMW Celebrates 150 Years in Mission

published 7/12/2019
If anything at Oklahoma’s Annual Conference could symbolize the state’s United Methodist Women, it would be the cookies. Long before the second day of annual conference was scheduled to start, tables ...

Charis Alive hosts Charis Character Camp

published 7/5/2019
Charis Character Camp drew new families in to Charis Alive. Camp was held at OKC-Church of the Servant on June 3-7. With a team of 20 members, this splash event drew more visibility in the Asian ...

Class of 2019: Local Pastors Licensing School

published 7/5/2019
Nine leaders completed the 2019 Local Pastors Licensing School, held June 14-21 on the campus of Oklahoma City University. Front row, from left: Shalon Reynolds, Jim Markley, Jess Barr, Kira Calhoun,...

Grants available for local church racial/ethnic ministries

published 7/5/2019
Grants up to $10,000 will be available this fall from Discipleship Ministries to strengthen the leadership training, small groups, worship, stewardship and spiritual formation in ethnic local United ...

Mary Myers receives local employment award

published 7/5/2019
Mary Myers, the Information Technology Director for the Oklahoma Conference, was recognized for her work with an Express Employment Professionals Most Valuable Performer Award. Myers was nominated by ...

Mission & Ministry: Neighborhood Services Organization

published 7/5/2019
Neighborhood Services Organziation, better known as NSO, serves some of the most vulnerable populations in the Oklahoma City community. “At NSO, we provide housing and health care services to the ...

Save the Date

published 7/5/2019
Skyline Urban Ministry Gala An Evening with Ron Hall | Aug. 9 National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum VIP Meet and Greet at 5:30 p.m. Gala at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $125. Table sponsorships ...

Annual Conference elects delegates, approves changes to health benefits

published 6/14/2019
By Meagan Ewton With minimal discussion and a show of hands, the Oklahoma Annual Conference voted to pass two major changes to clergy and staff benefits: recalculating a retiree subsidy according to ...

Mission & Ministry: Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference

published 6/14/2019
The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference is one of three missionary conferences in the United States and has been established for 175 years. According to the General Commission on Archives and ...

Missions, data, and listening to youth

published 6/14/2019
A casual conversation with Rev. Dr. Amy Valdez Barker By Meagan Ewton Rev. Dr. Amy Valdez Barker is the executive director for the Global Mission Connections Unit at Global Ministries. She sat down ...

Native Methodist Study Guide Now Available

published 6/14/2019
The first edition of “Who Is My Neighbor?: Native American Methodism in Oklahoma – a Study Guide” is now available from the OKUMC Commission on Archives and History. Free to download at ...

Oklahoma City University Expands Nursing Program to Lawton

published 6/14/2019
Oklahoma City University will expand its satellite nursing program at Duncan Regional Hospital to include the Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, starting with the fall semester in August. ...

Oklahoma Conference Clergy Class of 2019

published 6/14/2019
NEWLY ORDAINED ELDERS — Front row, from left: C. Craig Clark, Jay A. Henderson, Susan E. Rice, Kristen A. Melton, Kaela E. P. Burdge. Back row, from left: Board of Ordained Ministry Vice ...

Passages

published 6/14/2019
David Jones, who retired in September 2018 after 20 years of service, died on June 1. David served as a licensed local pastor at Tipton, Manitou, Lawton-New Light and Hulen. Service was held on June 6...

Save the Date

published 6/14/2019
Worship Design Studio Worship Planning Retreat | Aug. 18-21 OKC-St. Luke’s, 222 NW 15th St., Oklahoma City Single Ticket: $350 | Team of 2-4: $550 Team of 5-8: $750 Register online at wds.events/plann...

The Giving of Ourselves

published 6/14/2019
By David Wilson The Giving of Ourselves” was the theme for the 175th session of The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, held June 6-8 at the Northeast Region Center at Preston, Oklahoma. The ...

Annual Conference 2019 Snapshots

published 6/13/2019

A Lifetime of Faith in Action

published 5/31/2019
A conversation with Dr. Earl and Bernice Mitchell Oklahoma history is alive in a serene single-story home in Stillwater. It has all the hallmarks of a well-loved home, including paintings by a ...

This is the Panhandle

published 5/31/2019
"This isn’t northwest Oklahoma; this is the Panhandle.” David Player was appointed the pastor at Victory Guymon after serving in southwest Oklahoma for more than a decade. When he remarked to a member...

Where are they now? The original New People New Places grant recipients

published 5/31/2019
On February 21, 2015, the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church announced the first recipients of a new kind of grant: New People New Places. A total of 24 projects received $629,665 in ...

Pastors, conference await more storms after near-historic floods

published 5/24/2019
By Meagan Ewton As severe weather continues to disrupt the Midwest, residents of Oklahoma are facing near-historic levels of flooding and preparing for the aftermath. As of May 23, the Oklahoma ...

Annual Conference thanks 2019 retirees

published 5/3/2019
The Oklahoma Annual Conference is thankful for the service of this year’s retiring clergy, deacons, missionaries and ministry leaders. The Service of Recognition of Retirees will take place on ...

Book Review: “More Than Miracles: From the Pulpit to the Page”

published 5/3/2019
Book by Rev. Brian Matthews Reviewed by Dr. Roberto Escamilla Books of sermons abound; some of them are undoubtedly helpful. However, this collection is indeed different. “More Than Miracles” has some...

BPHB shares health care recommendations for 2019 Annual Conference

published 5/3/2019
The Board of Pension and Health Benefits has outlined its recommendations to the Oklahoma Annual Conference in a video statement on the Conference website. In addition to the video, the BPHB has also ...

Conference to host event focused on ministry with the aging

published 5/3/2019
A new event will help church leaders to better connect with aging members, including those who have Alzheimer’s or dementia. “Connect, Create, Contribute: the Church’s Ministry with the Aging and ...

First quarter apportionment readout for 2019

published 5/3/2019
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Methodist children’s home property in Tahlequah up for sale

published 5/3/2019
In response to the growing needs of children and families in crisis across Oklahoma, and in the fulfillment of the mission of providing Christian help, healing and hope, the Board of Directors of The ...

Mission & Ministry: New People New Places

published 5/3/2019
New People New Places challenges churches to see and reach more of the people in their neighborhoods and communities, and help them grow into disciples of Jesus Christ. The goal is to introduce a new ...

OCU celebrates Better Together Week

published 5/3/2019
What began as a singular response to an act of intolerance has grown into an annual celebration of diversity and inclusion on the campus of Oklahoma City University. In 2008, the students of OCU ...

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