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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 ...

OKUMC partners with Chile Conference for collaborative devotional for Holy Week

published 4/26/2021
By Tabitha Beckman The Oklahoma Annual Conference has been a Covenant Partner with the Methodist Church of Chile since 2018. Bishop Nunn traveled down to Chile to sign and celebrate the Covenant with ...

Passages

published 4/26/2021
Rev. Ted Uhlig passed away on March 11. He was 56 years old. Uhlig was serving as a chaplain at the Great Plains Correctional Facility outside of Hinton. During his time in the Oklahoma Conference, he...

Passing the Baton seminars prepare laity and clergy for leadership changes

published 4/26/2021
The Oklahoma Conference is hosting Passing the Baton seminars for the fifth year in a row. The seminars are designed to help both clergy and laity prepare for changes in pastoral leadership. There ...

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published 4/26/2021
Mission Pastor Cohort Kick Off April 29 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST | Zoom For mission and outreach leaders looking for ongoing community and training Sponsored by United Methodist Volunteers in Mission ...

Frequently Asked Questions about General Conference

published 3/26/2021
What does it mean that called Virtual General Conference was canceled?  The purpose of the called conference was to suspend the rules of the General Conference in order to provide for a mechanism that...

Making a creative difference amid the pandemic

published 3/8/2021
Throughout the 109-year-history of McCurdy Ministries Community Center, formerly known as McCurdy School, in Española, New Mexico, many Volunteers in Mission (VIM) teams and individual volunteers have...

Ministry in a Minute

published 3/8/2021
On Feb. 13, the Curbside Chronicle visited the Willard Winter Shelter to take a look at how the shelter saves lives during record breaking freezing temperatures. The Curbside Chronicle spoke with ...

Oklahoma Conference announces staff changes

published 3/8/2021
By Tabitha Beckman The Project Transformation board has offered the director's position to Roxie Hacker. Roxie comes to PT after having served with the program during college. She has most recently ...

Online training examines modern hospitality

published 3/8/2021
Church of the Resurrection’s ShareChurch Ministry will host an online training session entitled The Art of Hospitality from 10:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on April 22. The training’s featured speakers are ...

Passages

published 3/8/2021
Retired elder John Derr passed away on Feb. 7 at the age of 86. He served four churches in the Oklahoma Conference between 1986 and 2001, including Copan, Chickasha-Epworth, Muskogee-Trinity, and ...

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published 3/8/2021
The Art of Hospitality | Online Training | Church of the Resurrection April 22 | 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Featured Speakers: Yvonne Gentile and Debi Nixon Cost: $49 (includes a copy of The Art of ...

Altus Man Draws Pets to Raise Funds for Blessing Boxes

published 2/8/2021
An Altus man is using his artistic talents to raise money for Blessing Boxes that provide free non-perishable food, hygiene and seasonal items for anyone needing them in Altus. Larry Davis, a retired ...

Church takes steps to be a fully online community

published 2/8/2021
When the pandemic hit, Dewey UMC was quick to suspend in-person worship. When they came back, they started a drive-in worship service with an FM radio signal and strict safety protocols. But Rev. Jinx...

Lake Country hosts leadership academy

published 2/8/2021
The Lake Country District will host the Next Level Leadership Academy 2.0 between March 12 and Aug. 13. The academy is conducted by Lake Country District Superintendent Larry Bauman and District ...

Ministry in a minute

published 2/8/2021
The McLoud Methodist Quilters delivered 17 quilts and eight stuffed toys to Project Gabriel in Shawnee, a confidential ministry that supports women struggling with unplanned pregnancies. Project ...

OK Camps announces summer camps, winter retreat options

published 2/8/2021
OK Camps has announced their 2021 camp season. Registration for summer camps opens on March 1; early-bird registration is open through April 15. The camp ministry has also announced that its annual ...

OKUMC establishes 2021 policy for counting online worship

published 2/8/2021
The Oklahoma Conference has established a new policy for counting online attendance. The new policy is intended to standardize counting procedures across various platforms and create uniformity in ...

Passages

published 2/8/2021
Mary McPherson, surviving spouse of Rev. Doug McPherson, passed away on Jan. 8. She was 87 years old. Rev. McPherson, who passed away in 2017, was a former district superintendent for the South ...

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published 2/8/2021
De-Colonizing the Church: A Commitment to Anti-Racism 5-week course begins Feb. 18 | 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. per session | Held over Zoom Cost: $125/person | Names and emails for participants required ...

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...

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