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Green study gets thumbs up from 4 churches

published 11/12/2010
OIMC members recycled cardboard to display their green ideas. "Go green" has become more than an environmental statement for four Tulsa-area churches. They agreed to jointly study the "...

New Light for Christ in Lawton

published 11/12/2010
A luncheon follows worship each Sunday at Lawton New Light. On Oct. 24, the menu featured both hot dogs and kimchi with noodles. Pastor Kiyoung Jeong is greeting one of the four youngest ...

OIMC charters church at Durant

published 11/12/2010
On July 18, Chihowa Okla UMC in Durant officially welcomed 20 charter members and three constituent members. Nine children and youths were baptized on that special day, according to The Advocate, the ...

Panhandle campus ministry makeover

published 11/12/2010
Photos provided by Barry Bennett The United Methodist Student Center (MSC) at Goodwell has been blessed by volunteers from several Woodward District churches. On Oct. 16, a workday drew...

UM Student Day set for Nov. 28

published 11/12/2010
"Get wisdom—it’s worth more than money; choose insight over income every time." (Proverbs 16:16, The Message Bible) United Methodist Student Day will be observed Nov. 28. The Scripture above ...

Update church officers between Dec. 15-31

published 11/12/2010
Between Dec. 15 and 31, each church is required to update information on its 2011 church officers in the Conference’s online database. This brand-new procedure and its timing are crucial to the ...

Workday at Leland Clegg UMC

published 11/12/2010
  On Oct. 9, the American Indian Scholars and the Clara Luper Scholars from Oklahoma City University volunteered at Leland Clegg UMC in northern Oklahoma City. (Photo at right) More than...

Carve out space for the Kingdom where you are’—Shane Claiborne

published 11/8/2010
By Holly McCray WHAT: Youth 2011 WHERE: Purdue University WHEN: July 13-17 THEME: “More Than” “You think you are ordinary? Think again.” REGISTER: http://www.youth2011.net/ SIGN UP FOR BUS ...

Bishop’s Retreats re-introduce class meeting model

published 10/22/2010
Distinctive of the Wesleyan class meeting: Not a program Not a prayer meeting Not a self-help group Class leaders required to read in-depth materials Class leaders could be dismissed for ...

Briefly

published 10/22/2010
National justice issue highlighted Clergy action is urged by two Oklahoma Conference groups to support the National Criminal Justice Commission Act. U.S. Senate Bill 714 would create a federal ...

Clergy Family

published 10/22/2010
In memoriam Jane Stewart Jane Evelyn Regier Stewart, 65, of Bartlesville died Sept. 25, 2010. She was the wife of Rev. David Stewart, pastor at Oak Park UMC. Jane was born March 31, 1945, in ...

Database update is critical

published 10/22/2010
Between Dec. 15 and 31, each church is expected to directly access the Conference online database and enter updated information about its 2011 church officers. This brand-new procedure and its ...

Design debut

published 10/22/2010
This is the new official logo of the United Methodist Ministry Center, the Conference’s headquarters in Oklahoma City. In the design, the color red reflects the red clay of Oklahoma’s soil, and a ...

Itinerary announced for clergy Holy Land tour with bishop

published 10/22/2010
Bishop Hayes has confirmed the itinerary for the July 4-15 clergy educational tour he will lead in the Holy Land. Those who have expressed their desire to participate will be contacted soon. "We ...

Laity from across state TEAM to learn more

published 10/22/2010
At Cross Point Camp, Leon Wilson is at right. By Leon Wilson, Purcell-Trinity UMC One evening, I received a call from the South Oklahoma City District Lay Leader, asking if I was ...

New degree offered: Master of Religious Education

published 10/22/2010
Dr. Sharon Betsworth, left, OCU’s Wimberly School of Religion director, and Dr. Elaine Robinson, right, dean of Saint Paul at OCU, team up to offer a new religious education degree. The ...

Read all about it

published 10/22/2010
An AmeriCorps intern, right, encourages four girls, who sang and danced during a Project Transformation talent show at Moore-First UMC. By the numbers: Total campers—462 Assessments ...

Remembering a special friend

published 10/22/2010
An easy way to leave a legacy We all desire significance—to lead happy and fulfilled lives surrounded by family and friends. For many of us, there is a compelling need to make a difference—to ...

Rural pastor calls for innovation

published 10/22/2010
Small-church workshops: Enid—Nov. 8 (Monday), 5-9 p.m., New Hope UMC Locust Grove—Nov. 9 (Tuesday), 5-9 p.m., First UMC Atoka—Nov. 10 (Wednesday), 5-9 p.m., First UMC Elgin—Nov. 11 ...

Tahlequah church studies Sudan

published 10/22/2010
Earl Mitchell holds a watercolor print of a Sudanese girl by artist Karrel Stevens, right. The art was a gift to Dr. Mitchell for leading an all-church mission study at Tahlequah. In ...

VIM explores ways to connect with young adults

published 10/22/2010
Following the Plan: This article continues a series focusing on the Oklahoma Conference Strategic Plan. "We want to reach more people, more diverse people, and more young people."—A core belief of...

Wang commissioned as new missionary

published 10/22/2010
Financial gifts for Wang can be designated to Advance No. 3021191. To invite Wang to speak at your church, contact Karen Distefano, Conference Mission Secretary, 918-336-0351, kirie@aol.com.   ...

Women cheer for mission connections

published 10/22/2010
Photo by Jane Bond At the UMW Annual Meeting, missionary Meri Whitaker signs copies of her book, "My Sister the Father." Her collection of stories was chosen for the 2011 UMW Reading ...

Big events set for smaller churches

published 10/1/2010
Where, when, how: • Enid—Nov. 8 (Monday), 5-9 p.m., New Hope UMC • Locust Grove—Nov. 9 (Tuesday), 5-9 p.m., First UMC • Atoka—Nov. 10 (Wednesday), 5-9 p.m., First UMC • Elgin—Nov. 11 ...

Briefly

published 10/1/2010
Benefits explained for clergy November events are designed to inform Oklahoma’s clergy about the pension and healthcare benefits programs in which they participate. The "Clergy Benefit Essentials ...

Clergy Family

published 10/1/2010
In memoriam Bob Bjorklund Rev. Dr. Robert Charles Bjorklund, 77, of Bethany died Sept. 1, 2010. Bob was a United Methodist minister for more than 40 years in Oklahoma, Arizona, and California. Bob...

CORR CREATIVITY

published 10/1/2010
During a workshop titled "In Our Own Voices," sisters Chelsea Riley of Cushing and Briana Tobey of Oklahoma City begin to fill a banner with figures representing diverse people, while Gary...

Faith flourishes in campus life

published 10/1/2010
OCU student Zoe Miles enjoys a time of fellowship at the Wednesday at the Wesley lunch. Life on college campuses usually follows a rhythm often dictated by class schedules, concerts, ...

Following the Plan

published 10/1/2010
You can help: Pray for the new churches Throw a "baby shower" to help purchase equipment Volunteer in person Provide financial support The twins have names now: "Summit" and "...

History Channel series added to Media Library

published 10/1/2010
The Media Library, housed at the United Methodist Ministry Center in Oklahoma City, has acquired several new DVDs. To check-out these free resources, contact Amelia Ballew, 405-530-2075, ...

Justine Smith presents Willson Lectures on Oct. 7

published 10/1/2010
Oklahoma City University welcomes Justine Smith as the 2010 Willson lecturer. Topic of the lectures this year is "Future: Rememory, Christian Performance, and Native Sovereignty." Professor Smith ...

LIFE COACHING SESSION

published 10/1/2010
Football players surround Coach Bob Stoops and Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. on Sept. 18 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Bishop Hayes conducted a worship service for members of the team, prior ...

MINISTRY IN CAMBODIA

published 10/1/2010
Missionaries Marilyn and Joseph Chan embodied the United Methodist connection between Oklahoma and Cambodia when they spoke in the state in August. Imprisoned during the violent Khmer Rouge ...

Sewing ministry bonds community, generations

published 10/1/2010
Girls work on their sewing projects at Fitzhugh United Methodist Church. While a sewing ministry may seem a little unconventional in today’s ready-made culture, it is exactly what ...

Summer camps see record attendance

published 10/1/2010
A game surges across the grass at Canyon Camp during JEM (Junior-high Effectiveness Ministry) camp. ‘People are looking at ways to improve the spiritual life of their children’ By Holly...

View from the Top

published 10/1/2010
View from the top—With a big lift from the Oklahoma City Fire Department, repair needs are assessed Sept. 17 for the wind-damaged bell tower of Skyline Urban Ministry’s worship site/eye ...

15 God Squads help Altus homeowners

published 9/10/2010
God Squads spark a powerful force for good  Volunteers swarm the Walnut house in Altus, refurbishing it as a Youth Force project.   Altus-First UMC hosted the mission teams for the second time....

Back-to-school blessing offered in Lawton

published 9/10/2010
To mark the beginning of the school year in Lawton, Pastors Norma Quinn and Chris Symes conducted the "Blessing of the Backpacks" on Aug. 15 at Centenary UMC. The prayer ritual blessed students,...

Boating events set for Oct. 7-10

published 9/10/2010
The Oklahoma Regatta Festival and Head of the Oklahoma regatta return to the Oklahoma River on Oct. 7-10 in Oklahoma City. The festival is a four-day celebration of rowing, kayaking, dragon ...

Booked for travel

published 9/10/2010
Photo by Amelia Ballew Mike Brown and Evelyn Phyffer of OKC-Crown Heights UMC are surrounded by boxes filled with books, ready for shipment to Ganta United Methodist School, Liberia, for a new ...

Boutique supports students

published 9/10/2010
  August also saw the opening of a new venture sponsored by the university. Bluetique, a resale shop for donated items, opened in a converted house at the northeast corner of 23rd and Virginia, at ...

Clarita church to mark 100 years this month

published 9/10/2010
Clarita-First United Methodist Church will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Sept. 26, starting at 10 a.m. and continuing through the day and into opening night of the annual Fishermen’s Revival....

Clergy Family

published 9/10/2010
In memoriam Margaret Southall, 81, died Aug. 13 at Overland Park, Kan. She was the mother of Rev. Susan Southall, associate pastor of Enid-First UMC. Ina Frisby, 91, of Yukon died Aug. 29. She ...

Douglas Blvd. delivers meals to senior citizens

published 9/10/2010
"Feed His People" is the mobile meal program at Douglas Boulevard UMC, Midwest City. Janet Fryar steers a cart of bread. Generosity is feeding the success of a meal delivery program, for senior ...

Elaine Parrent: 'There had always been this ache'

published 9/10/2010
Elaine Parrent wears her deaconess scarf at OKC-St. John’s By Holly McCray New deaconess Elaine Parrent is legally blind. Because of her visual impairment, she cannot drive. She always enlarges ...

Fairland Backpack Program enters 3rd year

published 9/10/2010
Wagonload of love Volunteers from Fairland UMC prepare to deliver backpacks filled with food for elementary students. From left are Norma Kraus, Glenda Sparkman, Joe Kraus, Pastor Carole Minter, ...

Freshmen begin school year with worship

published 9/10/2010
Faculty and administrators line the sidewalk to applaud freshmen walking to the new school year’s convocation. Oklahoma City University began the new academic year with the Matriculation ...

Grounded in prayer

published 9/10/2010
Photo by Paula Lindblom Worshippers literally will always stand on the Words of God at East Cross UMC in Bartlesville. A remodeling project is under way, and the congregation is writing biblical...

Living the Plan

published 9/10/2010
Let's get personal. Your own faith growth is key in the Oklahoma Conference’s Strategic Plan. The Church’s mission "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world" is both...

Meeting for laity offers insight about elections

published 9/10/2010
 An informational meeting will be held Nov. 6 at OKC-St. Luke’s for any layperson interested in being nominated as a General or Jurisdictional Conference delegate, and anyone who wants to learn ...

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