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'I was in prison, and you visited me'

published 3/4/2011
The Oklahoma Conference Strategic Plan provides the framework to envision, implement, and assess all ministries and missions for every church. The Plan targets 3 key areas. This story ...

Blaze of glory

published 3/4/2011
In foreground, the bulldozer operator watches volunteer firefighters launch a search-and-rescue simulation at the Randlett UMC parsonage on Jan. 29. On Jan. 29, ministry by Randlett United...

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published 3/4/2011
Frederick to host OSU Wesley rally At Frederick UMC on March 26, the Wesley Foundation at OSU will host the first in a series of campus ministry pep rallies. "First Regional Pep Rally" will be 6-8 ...

Clergy Family

published 3/4/2011
In memoriam Harwood Rowe Rev. Harwood Slate "Dick" Rowe, 83, of Sulphur died Feb. 2, 2011. Service was Feb. 10 at Sulphur UMC. He was born Aug. 26, 1927, in Elk City. He married Stella Mae LaFever ...

Elk City breaks ground for expansion

published 3/4/2011
Worshippers pull together to break ground Jan. 23 for a building project. Chuck Nordean, left, and Dan Peil stand beside an antique plow. Worshippers at Elk City UMC lined up to ...

First steps lead to lasting impressions

published 3/4/2011
Overcoming your fears can be hardest part of creating a will Many people are intimidated by the prospect of creating a will. Yet preparing a will is as simple as writing a letter. A well-written ...

Funeral home shelters worshippers in storm

published 3/4/2011
McAlester-First secured a most unusual place for Sunday worship, when record snowfalls in early February forced many churches across the state to forego services. The downtown church building sits...

Gift to OCU establishes program on addiction

published 3/4/2011
One-day seminar set for Stillwater   At Stillwater-First UMC, a one-day seminar on addiction is set April 4. "Surviving the Addiction: Yours, Mine, and Ours" explores family issues. The ...

Inaugural events in April celebrate new president

published 3/4/2011
OCU will celebrate the inauguration of Robert Henry, the university’s 17th president, with events throughout the week of April 3-7. The celebrations that week will kick off at the 10:50 a.m. ...

Judicial Council makes clear new rules for clergy voting

published 3/4/2011
By Joseph Harris, Conference Secretary New categories for clergy voting in elections for General/Jurisdictional Conference clergy delegates now have been clarified by the denomination’s Judicial ...

Kristen Brown will serve in Jerusalem

published 3/4/2011
Kristen Brown reflects at a Jerusalem well in 2008. Presentations in Oklahoma Missionary Kristen Brown of Tahlequah is speaking to groups about her new ministry, prior to departing for ...

New lecture series begins with Robert Gorrell

published 3/4/2011
"Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus in Your Local Church" March 31 lectures By Robert Gorrell 1 p.m.—The Message and Mission of Compassion (Matthew15:21-28) 7 p.m.—The Matthew ...

Apportionment support gains in 2011

published 2/11/2011
By Holly McCray What happens to a one-dollar bill after it goes into the offering plate at your church? Most of the money directly supports the work of your church. Of that $1, a total of 16 cents ...

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published 2/11/2011
‘Five Practices’ author will teach in Norman The author of the highly acclaimed "Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations"—Bishop Robert Schnase of the Missouri Conference—will lead a workshop ...

Building expands ministry at Duncan 1st

published 2/11/2011
Above, youth director Amy Wosple is at center front. Stainless steel gleams in the kitchen at Duncan-First; from right are Betty Davis, Myrna Ware, and Devonna Thompson. By Holly ...

Building for life at camp

published 2/11/2011
Ed Lusk, center, prepares to paint McSpadden Cabin's large meeting room at Camp Egan. Left, from top: tear-out is a first step for the cabin remodel; the restroom addition; and the ...

Churches host more classes to give people money skills

published 2/11/2011
Financial Peace University offered at 100+ locations By Kristin Van Nort They didn’t seem to be having trouble financially. All the bills got paid, but they didn’t really know where their money ...

Clergy Family

published 2/11/2011
In memoriam Richard "Dick" Gibbens Rev. Dr. Richard E. Gibbens, 85, of Tulsa died Jan. 16, 2011. Service was Jan. 24 at Tulsa-Boston Avenue UMC. "Dick" was born Oct. 11, 1925. He completed a master...

CORR offers diverse events on March weekend

published 2/11/2011
Save these dates: March 5-6 brings two special programs by the Oklahoma Conference Commission on Religion & Race (CORR). Both a training event and a free multicultural concert are scheduled for ...

Diverse tasks unite people on King holiday

published 2/11/2011
Coordinated by Cameron Campus Ministry in Lawton Clockwise from lower left, volunteers work at UM Redemption Church, the Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army Thrift Store, and Lawton Food ...

Nothing but Nets scores support at OCU

published 2/11/2011
Jennifer Long rallies the group for the free- throw contest. On Jan. 20, the Oklahoma City University community woke up to icy streets and the announcement that school was closed until ...

Project Noel also blesses those who give

published 2/11/2011
Youth Director Penny Hammonds, right, helps Miranda Hathaway and Dusty McDonald pick out gifts for their child in the Fletcher UMC Christmas Store. By Penny Hammonds The United Methodist ...

Score on April 8 with the Thunder

published 2/11/2011
Don’t forget to purchase your OKC Thunder Nothing But Nets tickets! The Foundation is partnering with the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team to bring the special benefit game on April 8. As ...

Stewardship Focus Day

published 2/11/2011
Aug. 26 with Clif Christopher Mark your calendar for the Foundation’s Stewardship Focus Day on Aug. 26 in Oklahoma City. The day-long seminar will feature Clif Christopher, author of "Not Your ...

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published 1/21/2011
Next LEAD seminar: Feb. 18 Feb. 18-19 are the dates for the second seminar of the clergy LEAD series. "Stewardship" and "Leading the Laity" are the topics for the program, to be held at the ...

Building on unity

published 1/21/2011
More than 70 members attended the Dec. 19 groundbreaking for McAlester-First UMC. Photo by Katie McCauley McAlester United Methodists launch capital project In McAlester on Dec. 19, ...

Clergy Family

published 1/21/2011
Births • Eliab Alba was born Jan. 12, 2011. He is the son of Eunice and Rev. Obed Alba, pastor of Heavener Hispanic and Howe churches. • Caedmon David Penny was born Jan. 10, 2011. He is the son of...

Law extends tax-free option for some charitable IRA gifts

published 1/21/2011
Congress has extended the legislation allowing donors to make tax-free gifts from their IRAs (Individual Retirement Accounts). Because Congress acted so late in the year, individuals can complete...

Lawton District churches open -- Doors of opportunity

published 1/21/2011
By Holly McCray Behind so many doors, hungry people wait. Churches in one district united to open those doors by offering physical and spiritual nourishment. Reports confirm the famished were fed ...

Ministry snapshots -- A MOBILE WITNESS

published 1/21/2011
A new ministry by Glencoe UMC is refurbishing motorized wheelchairs and scooters to assist people who face mobility challenges. The name of the program is GUMMM—Glencoe United Methodist Mobility ...

Ministry snapshots -- ASBURY SEWS FOR CANCER PATIENTS

published 1/21/2011
Photo courtesy of KOTV, News on 6, Tulsa More than 1,000 Healing Hats for chemotherapy patients have been knitted and crocheted by a new group at Tulsa’s Asbury United Methodist Church. Sue ...

Ministry snapshots -- LIVE NATIVITY IS WILBURTON'S WITNESS

published 1/21/2011
Michael Moore portrays Joseph in the live Nativity scene at Wilburton. For three days in December, members of Wilburton UMC braved cold weather and temperamental animals to create a live ...

Ministry snapshots -- TRY CHURCH IN BARTLESVILLE

published 1/21/2011
An advertising campaign is raising awareness for Bartlesville-First UMC. It is built upon the tagline "Try church." "Feeling taxed? Try church." (Appropriate for April) "Take a break from the ...

Ministry snapshots -- FASHIONABLE FUND-RAISING

published 1/21/2011
Photos by Holly McCray An upcoming Volunteers In Mission project in Liberia benefitted from the "International Fashion Extravaganza & Tea" held Dec. 11 at Oklahoma City University. The show began ...

Ministry snapshots -- PANHANDLE GROUP READS BIBLE

published 1/21/2011
From left, among those at Goodwell who read the Bible in 90 days are: bottom row, Pastor Alex True, Jean Mee, Sue Lark, Jolene Strong, Nikki Stork; and top row, Moylene Davis, Norma Strain, ...

Neustadt Lectures feature eminent scholar

published 1/21/2011
Neustadt Lecture topics will be: "Reflections on Psalm 137," 1 p.m. "How Do We Know About God? Psalm 19 in Light of Archaeology and Karl Barth," 3 p.m. "A Little Higher Than Angels": ...

OCU participates in Skyline’s Angel Tree ministry

published 1/21/2011
Photo by Leslie Berger From left, OCU staff Diana Silver, Blythe Benson, and Joey Croslin help sort toys donated in December. Brightly wrapped packages and other gifts streamed into the...

OKC Wesley celebrates 100 years

published 1/21/2011
The women at OKC-Wesley sold donuts to pay off the church mortgage in 1947. Burning the note in a ritual that year are, from left, Wallace Wood, Mrs. S.D. Bennell, C.S. McCreight, and Mrs. ...

Tony Campolo headlines Church & Society retreat in March

published 1/21/2011
Tony Campolo will bring his powerful perspective on social justice issues to Oklahoma when he headlines a United Methodist program on March 11-12 at Canyon Camp. In the Bible, Micah asks, "What ...

Weekly prayers launch year

published 1/21/2011
"New Christians," an evangelism emphasis in Oklahoma, launched a weekly prayer program this month that calls United Methodists to focus on growing their lives and churches in spirit and in number ...

'I pray to God. He helps me. He can help you, too.'

published 1/7/2011
Contact The Magazine The youngest disciples of Christ—children and teens—are not waiting for future roles in God’s service. They are taking steps now to transform the world. Read their stories in ...

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published 1/7/2011
FOR CHRISTMAS FEASTING—Vice presidents Maggie Ball, left, and Liz Hedrick help prepare food gifts for 50 needy families in the metro, following the annual "Light the Campus" holiday events ...

Clergy Family

published 1/7/2011
In memoriam Rev. Charles Wallace Rev. Charles Presley "Chuck" Wallace, 77, of Oklahoma City died Dec. 10, 2010. He ministered in Oklahoma and Kentucky. Chuck was born Feb. 18, 1933, in Houston, ...

Expert: Smaller churches are just right

published 1/7/2011
David Ray, above, led the groups. Small churches are the right size. In November, David Ray reaffirmed that in half-a-dozen Oklahoma workshops based on the statement. A sponsor was the ...

January is Oklahoma UM Foundation Month

published 1/7/2011
Each year, January is recognized as Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation Month throughout our Annual Conference. The work and resources of the Foundation are emphasized; churches and individuals...

Leading with class

published 1/7/2011
Following the Plan "Recruit, assess, equip, and send Spiritual Leaders"—goal of the Strategic Plan for the Oklahoma Annual Conference Clever class titles appeal to Oklahoma United Methodists to ...

Manor breaks ground for more housing in Tulsa

published 1/7/2011
On Dec. 2, Oklahoma Methodist Manor (OMM) in Tulsa officially broke ground for its Crestwood senior-living center. In Tulsa, Crestwood Charter Club members take their turn during the ...

OCU announces Milhouse Award recipient

published 1/7/2011
OCU President Robert Henry, Cary Pirrong, and Maggie Ball celebrate at a recent dinner. Oklahoma City University presented the 2010 Bishop Paul Milhouse Award to Cary Pirrong at a campus ...

Oklahoma Volunteers In Mission pledge ongoing service

published 1/7/2011
HOPE IN HAITI—Children surround their new friend, Jeanne Hathcock of Yukon, an Oklahoma Volunteer In Mission who served in the quake-ravaged country in early November. The gate sign at top ...

Tabbernee named to lead Conference of Churches

published 1/7/2011
After a nationwide search, William Tabbernee has been appointed new executive director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches (OCC). Dr. Tabbernee, formerly president of Phillips Theological ...

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