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Camp Ministries: Fish Camp and Wilderness retreat

published 4/13/2018
Wilderness retreat set   A wilderness camping experience awaits adults who attend Spring Fling on April 27-29 at Canyon Camp. Open to people age 19 and older, the retreat begins about 5 p.m. Friday ...

In Enid, Circle of Care prepares way for another foster home

published 4/13/2018
Young guests look at floor plans and elevation drawings in Enid on March 19 for the Legacy of Care foster home planned there by Circle of Care. The home, for sibling groups, will be constructed on ...

OCU religion major wins seminary scholarship

published 4/13/2018
While attending Exploration 2017 in Portland, Oregon, religion major Melaina Riley received some life-changing news. With an hour to go before the start of the November conference, the Oklahoma City ...

OKUMF- Planning your legacy guide

published 4/13/2018
During your lifetime, you may work 40 years to accumulate assets and spend 10 to 20 years conserving that accumulation. Through good planning, another wonderful chapter in the book of your life can be...

Passages

published 4/13/2018
NELSON — Rev. Marvin Dean Nelson, 84, of Oklahoma City died March 28, 2018. His 65 years in ministry included serving as Woodward District superintendent and pastoring at Berlin, Deer Creek, Loyal, ...

The Social Principles

published 4/13/2018
2 Oklahomans give leadership to revising sections in Book of Discipline OKLAHOMA CITY — Clergymen Mark Davies and Stan Basler serve on two of the global teams of theologians and experts assigned by ...

‘Get on the Bus’ for civil rights tour

published 4/12/2018
In September, join Bishop Jimmy Nunn and other Oklahoma United Methodists who will travel by chartered bus to tour the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and Little Rock (Arkansas) ...

2018 Annual Conference pursues new paths

published 4/12/2018
Shorter schedule among the changes BY HOLLY MCCRAY Delegates and guests to the 2018 Annual Conference should prepare for a meeting transformed in purpose and schedule — and should register online now ...

Consultant Payne advises churches on poverty ministries

published 4/12/2018
“God, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right ...

OCU names 1st female president

published 4/12/2018
BY ZOE TRAVERS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, OCU STUDENT PUBLICATIONS Oklahoma City University will have its first female president beginning this summer. OCU alumnus and trustee Martha Burger was named the ...

Standing Rock advocate to visit Native communities in Oklahoma

published 4/3/2018
OKLAHOMA CITY — One of the lead organizers in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline, Phyllis Young, will be a special guest on Saturday, April 7, at the 12th annual ...

Assembly returning to roots

published 3/23/2018
Oklahoma United Methodist Women soon will travel to Columbus, Ohio, for Assembly 2018 — a highlight of the anniversary celebration that continues into 2019 as the organization marks 150 years of ...

OCU extends partnership with Saint Paul seminary

published 3/23/2018
On February 21, President Robert Henry of Oklahoma City University and President Neil Blair of Saint Paul School of Theology signed a new Memorandum of Understanding, renewing the decade-long ...

OKUMF- Deep-rooted ministry

published 3/23/2018
You want to have a long-lasting effect on your community. Supporting ministries to care for those who need it and bring the light of Christ’s love can be a challenge. There are so many ways to extend ...

Religions expo: a window on the world

published 3/23/2018
The first floor of Oklahoma City University’s iconic Gold Star Building will bustle with life April 15, filled with music, exotic smells, art, and perhaps even a little dance. That Sunday afternoon, ...

Save the date

published 3/23/2018
Northern Prairie District Lay Servant Training April 6-7, Enid-New Hope UMC Led by Karen Mitchell and Jim Key District office: 580-382-4030 Hispanic Family Retreat April 20-21, Canyon Camp Sponsors: ...

Success tastes good: Skyline completes kitchen

published 3/23/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ OKLAHOMA CITY — An expanded kitchen with gleaming new equipment means Skyline Urban Ministry can serve up meals to more clients and offer classes in healthy cooking, said Director ...

Welcome, citizen Carlos

published 3/23/2018
BY CARLOS RAMIREZ Leadership and Innovation, the Oklahoma Conference In January, I became a U.S. citizen. I have been asked to write about my experiences as I went through that process. In this brief ...

20 small churches sign up for pilot VBS program

published 3/22/2018
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Even children like to get mail. They will receive daily letters from Paul when they attend Vacation Bible Schools at some 20 small churches in a pilot program of the Oklahoma ...

3 finalists named for OCU presidency

published 3/22/2018
Oklahoma City University named three finalists on March 13 in its presidential search. The candidates are Martha Burger, Myron Pope and Thom Chesney. The university’s search committee is recommending ...

New People New Places 2018 Grants

published 3/22/2018
The grant committee chose 23 projects across the state. This fourth round of grants will be presented at Annual Conference. Antlers-First UMC, $5,000 Blessing Bags & Foster Family Outreach This ...

Passages

published 3/22/2018
ISBELL — Rev. George Isbell, 90, of Cordell died Feb. 25, 2018. He served at Grainola, Webb City, Atoka, New Zion, Beaver, Stilwell, Enid-Christ, Enid-First, Holdenville, Cordell, Dill City, ...

Award will recognize Oklahoma advocate for women in ministry

published 3/2/2018
Every year the Oklahoma Commission on the Status and Role of Women gives the Frances E. Willard Award to an individual who makes a distinguished contribution to the advancement of women in ministry in...

Circle of Care breaks ground in Alva

published 3/2/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ ALVA, Okla. — Bishop Jimmy Nunn stood in the dust and wind at the groundbreaking for a Circle of Care sibling foster home in Alva and declared with a smile and a Texas drawl, “Y’all ...

In Catoosa, all find seats at The Table

published 3/2/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ CATOOSA, Okla. — Rectangles of brightly colored confetti burst from a cannon Feb. 11, in celebration of The Table, a resurrected United Methodist community in Catoosa. The Table is a ...

Keith Howard tapped to lead Circle of Care

published 3/2/2018
Following an extensive search, Circle of Care has named Keith Howard of Tulsa as new president and CEO, effective April 2. He will succeed Don Batson, who is retiring. Howard has worked in the field ...

OCU- Students spend winter break on international missions

published 3/2/2018
Winter break lasts three weeks for Oklahoma City University students and, since 2014, a distinctive purpose has emerged for those days: OCU’s winter break mission trip. During the most recent break, ...

OKUMF: Cultivate Giving

published 3/2/2018
Your calling to pastor is a personal one. Overall, you have a passion to lead others in walking closer with Christ in every ­aspect of life. Stewardship is one part of that walk, and WE have a passion...

Partnering in mission for God

published 3/2/2018
Delegation’s visit will bring news of Methodism in Chile BY CHRIS SCHUTZ An upcoming visit to Annual Conference by Chile’s new Methodist bishop will spotlight Oklahoma United Methodists’ interest in a...

Restore Hope gala raises $70,000

published 3/2/2018
TULSA, Okla. — Restore Hope welcomed over 300 guests and raised almost $70,000 at its Ruby Gala on Feb. 9, celebrating the United Methodist urban ministry’s 40th anniversary of helping Tulsa families ...

Summer camps’ new names signify other changes too

published 3/2/2018
A new approach to youth leadership camps begins this summer in the Oklahoma Conference. The change starts with their names: LEAD. The redesigned camps will focus on creating young leaders with unique,...

Summer class digs into sustainability

published 3/2/2018
United Methodist college students have an innovative class option this summer through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) and partners Oklahoma City University, Professor Mark ...

Apportionment Update

published 3/1/2018
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Churches sent $12.8 million in Apportionments supporting ministries in and beyond the Oklahoma Conference in 2017. They funded 88.46 percent of the total budget of $14.5 million. Soon ...

Births and Passages

published 3/1/2018
Birth: Haven Collins was born Jan. 5, 2018. She is the daughter of Cassie and Rev. Barry Collins, pastor at Choctaw UMC.   Passages: Harry McGuire of Mount Vernon, Illinois, died Feb. 10, 2018. He...

Resources and Response to School Violence

published 2/15/2018
Greetings All, We wanted to provide you with some resources and other timely information which might help your churches and leaders process the tragic events in Florida on February 14, and which ...

Conference updates video and song copyright licenses

published 2/9/2018
This month, the Oklahoma Conference will renew the umbrella copyright licenses that permit every local church to use the extensive collection of songs and movies specifically licensed through two ...

Join immersion event on Native experience

published 2/9/2018
The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC) extends an invitation to you to participate in an OIMC Immersion Event on March 7-11. You will visit some of the historical sites in Oklahoma that ...

NEO tournament honors late board member

published 2/9/2018
MIAMI, Okla. — Campus ministry leaders already have scheduled a fundraiser for the next academic year after the success of an inaugural golf tournament for the Wesley Foundation at Northeastern ...

OCU names police chief

published 2/9/2018
Oklahoma City University has named Jennifer Rodgers as chief of police. Rodgers assumed the role Jan. 3, following a lengthy career with the Oklahoma City Police Department. She is an OCU graduate and...

OCU News: Youth service day, Stars Junior Day

published 2/9/2018
Wesley Center will host Youth Service Day OCU’s annual Oklahoma Conference Youth Service Day is set for Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning and ending at the Smith Chapel on campus. ...

OCU: Jewish poet headlines Neustadt lectures

published 2/9/2018
On Feb. 15, poet, playwright, activist, and educator Merle Feld will be guest presenter at the 35th Annual Neustadt Lectures for Oklahoma City University. Feld is the founding director of the Albin ...

OKUMF: Lasting Good

published 2/9/2018
This is our challenge and our promise to individuals in working with the Foundation. We have excellent tools, helpful staff, and years of experience with assisting individuals to do lasting good with ...

Passages

published 2/9/2018
HAY — Rev. Ronald Hay, 69, of Tulsa, died Jan. 21, 2018. Ron served congregations in Sayre, Prattville, Sand Springs, Inola, Muldrow, Roland, and Trinity. He retired in 2015. Survivors include his ...

Ruby Payne will lead free seminar on poverty

published 2/9/2018
Spend “A Day with Ruby Payne” March 15 to gain insight and develop practical steps for your church’s ministry with the poor. Moore-First United Methodist Church will host the free seminar led by Dr. ...

Save the date

published 2/9/2018
Get ready for grand outdoor adventures! Registration is now open for this summer’s Oklahoma Conference Camps programming. Go to www.okcamps.org. Lake Country District Spring Lay Servant Training Feb....

What’s in a word? COSROW event explores gender influences

published 2/9/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Traditionally male “God-talk” and other word usage that may discourage women from considering a ministry career will be the topic of a Feb. 17 workshop planned by the Oklahoma ...

Work begins for OU Wesley project

published 2/9/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ NORMAN, Okla. — Shovels hit the ground Jan. 8 for a symbolic start to a multiphase improvement project for the Wesley Foundation at the University of Oklahoma. The capital campaign ...

Asbury satellite launches in midtown Tulsa

published 2/8/2018
BY HOLLY MCCRAY TULSA, Okla. — On Jan. 21, Cornerstone greeted its first-day crowd all prayed up. Pastor Jon Odom said the launch team spent 800 hours in prayer before the opening of this satellite of...

Briefly: NSU Wesley, Health Talk series

published 2/8/2018
NSU Wesley feeds 200 TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — It’s not out of the ordinary to see the windows of the Wesley Foundation building fogged with steam from its kitchen, and Jan. 15 was no exception. Each year on...

Briefly: Restore Hope, NSO, Mobile Meals

published 1/19/2018
Tulsa agency sums up 2017 TULSA, Okla. —Restore Hope Ministries in Tulsa made Christmas merry for 161 kids and provided Thanksgiving baskets to 610 families, according to a year-end report from Jeff ...

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