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October academy explores personal spiritual formation

published 9/10/2010
Native American storyteller Ray Buckley and evangelism professor Elaine Heath will lead the Academy of Spiritual Formation on Oct. 17-22 at Canyon Camp. Open to all, the academy is offered every ...

Storm Update

published 9/10/2010
STORM UPDATE—In Tulsa, broken roof rafters were bound together to form a cross in Aldersgate UMC after a tornado. Amid ongoing repairs, Aldersgate hosted almost 50 children for Project ...

Two witnesses honored

published 9/10/2010
A question is asked on the nomination form for the prestigious Harry Denman Evangelism Award. "What difference has this person made in the lives of people, the Church, and the community?" Nominees...

United Methodist Women will gather at Tulsa-Asbury

published 9/10/2010
United Methodist Women from across the state will gather in Tulsa at the largest UM church in the state for their annual meeting on Oct. 1-2. Tulsa’s Asbury UMC will host the 37th UMW Annual ...

VIM puts safety first with training

published 9/10/2010
Participants practice chainsaw safety skills. They are Richard Norman, Ed Bevers, Kent Carbaugh, Mike Sheehan, trainer Joe Glenn, Curtis Cromwell, and Scott Stone. Some disaster response ...

Wesley scholars to lead retreats

published 9/10/2010
Seated are James and Molly Davis Scott, who are the guest presenters for the upcoming Bishop’s Retreats. With them are, from left, planning team members Derrek Belase, Janice Meese, Brian ...

Wetumka broadcasts Internet radio program

published 9/10/2010
Wetumka-First UMC is taking advantage of growing interest in Internet radio by offering a weekly 30-minute program of Bible teaching by Pastor Dan Eischen. The program, "Biblical Principles for ...

Young leaders invite Christian activist to OKC

published 9/10/2010
Christian activist Shane Claiborne will speak at several United Methodist venues on Oct. 16 and 17 in the Oklahoma City area. His presentations that weekend are jointly sponsored by the Youth and...

Bishop offers worldview

published 8/20/2010
GLOBAL RITUAL—In Liberia, clergy wait to be ordained during the 2010 Annual Conference in their nation. They provide their own red stoles for the ceremony. A mission team of eight ...

Briefly

published 8/20/2010
CONGRATULATIONS, GRADUATES—Three clergy members of the Oklahoma Conference graduated July 29 from the Course of Study program of Saint Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Mo. They are, ...

Clergy Family

published 8/20/2010
In memoriam Bob North Robert James "Bob" North, 66, of Broken Arrow died July 30, 2010. He was the husband of retired deacon Margaret North, formerly an associate pastor at St. Stephens UMC in ...

Dormitory renamed to honor Oklahoma Conference

published 8/20/2010
At the 2010 Annual Conference, OCU President Tom McDaniel announced the newest residence hall on campus is now named Oklahoma United Methodist Hall. Buildings on a university campus often are ...

Downtown church digs weekend work

published 8/20/2010
Three women from OKC-First UMC clean garden beds at Urban Harvest. By Laura Alfonzo, Member, OKC-First The congregation of First United Methodist Church in downtown Oklahoma City had...

Grant helps new Moore church to grow

published 8/20/2010
Chris Dodson, pastor of newly planted CrossTimbers United Methodist Church, in the southeast Moore area, knows the importance of keeping church members and visitors connected. Through its ...

Letter from a child of Bolivia

published 8/20/2010
Dear brothers and sisters of the Oklahoma Conference, Thank you for all the Sunday School materials that have arrived so that the Sunday School children can learn more about the Word of ...

MISSION FROM RUSSIA

published 8/20/2010
MISSION FROM RUSSIA—At OKC-St. Andrew’s, two Oklahoma youngsters join a Praise Team from Resurrection UMC, Voronezh, Russia, for a humorous musical skit during a concert in late June. As ...

Mission possible

published 8/20/2010
Two new awards hang at the Church’s headquarters in Oklahoma City. That’s a suitable central location for mission honors that deserve wall space in the home of every Oklahoma United Methodist. You...

Nominations sought for Milhouse Award

published 8/20/2010
  The University Church Relations Office is seeking nominations for the 2010 Bishop Paul W. Milhouse Award. Established in 1982, this award recognizes United Methodist laypersons who demonstrate ...

Projects reach out at McAlester

published 8/20/2010
Children’s Director Peggy McBeath, at back, oversees the painting of bookshelves for a men’s shelter in McAlester. Photo by Laura Neff 'Be the Church Sunday' By Charles Neff, Pastor, ...

Briefly

published 7/30/2010
Leadership changes include new role for Wang Clergywoman Fuxia Wang of Norman has been approved by the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) as a new Church and Community Worker in Oklahoma. ...

Chaplain to speak at Orders Meeting

published 7/30/2010
A hospital chaplain will be the featured presenter on Aug. 24 when the Orders Meeting is held at St. Luke’s UMC in Oklahoma City. Karrie Oertli will speak in the Tuesday afternoon session. She is ...

Clergy Family

published 7/30/2010
In memoriam George Needham Rev. George L. Needham of Norman, 90, died July 1, 2010. His four-decade ministry career began in 1950. George was born April 24, 1920, in Middletown, Ohio, and grew up ...

Connecting with groups that serve youth

published 7/30/2010
Camp Fire USA is heralding its 100th year. The Camp Fire representative on the Oklahoma Conference youth-serving agencies committee is Susan Williams of OKC-Quail Springs United Methodist ...

CORR retreat filled with workshops

published 7/30/2010
On Sept. 10-11, the Commission on Religion and Race (CORR) invites you to join its 24-hour retreat at Canyon Camp. Theme is "Celebrating Diversity in the Body of Christ," with six workshops, ...

Focus on OKVideo

published 7/30/2010
Your church can submit videos to share through OKVideo, a new Internet tool offered by the Oklahoma Conference. Did you film volunteers serving in mission? Gather for a dedication ceremony? Get crafty...

Net result: saving lives

published 7/30/2010
Leia Williams emerges from beneath mosquito netting, part of the United Methodist "Imagine No Malaria" resources displayed at the 2010 Annual Conference in Tulsa-Boston Avenue Church. With her are ...

New specialist expands church's outreach

published 7/30/2010
Ministries with civic youth groups: Who to contact in your district: Scouting/Other Youth Agencies Committee of the Oklahoma Conference This group supports Scouting Ministries in Oklahoma...

Older Adult Ministries

published 7/30/2010
Richard Gentzler Jr. autographs one of his eight books, on aging and spirituality, for Phyllis Poston of Wagoner at the "Fully Alive, Fully Mature!" training event April 30-May 1 in Oklahoma...

Planting seeds for ministry

published 7/30/2010
As a way to help churches promote and grow their permanent endowment funds, the Foundation is now providing a Planting Seeds promotional kit for use quarterly. The kit supports and prepares church...

Robert Henry assumes presidency of OCU

published 7/30/2010
President Robert Henry's first day in office was July 1. Oklahoma City University welcomed Robert Henry as its 17th president on July 1. In late May, when United Methodists gathered at...

Saint Paul School at OCU hires Cherokee professor

published 7/30/2010
Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University has announced Justine Smith will join its faculty at the start of the 2010-11 academic year. She will teach Biblical and Native American ...

Sept. 11 training open to all churches

published 7/30/2010
The term safe sanctuaries prompts images of background checks of church staff who work with children. But the Safe Sanctuaries program encompasses other policies and procedures in addition to ...

United Methodists open doors for families without homes

published 7/30/2010
From left, Jennifer, Norma, Elizabeth, Janet, and Amanda are moving their families into private homes and apartments after their stay at Pearl’s Hope, a Circle of Care transitional housing ...

Grants available for special ministries

published 7/22/2010
As the Sept. 15 deadline nears, churches and ministries are encouraged to apply for the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation’s Petree Grant. These funds are awarded for projects specializing in the ...

2010 Bishop's Scholars announced

published 7/9/2010
Each year, Oklahoma City University presents the Bishop’s Scholar Award to deserving new high school graduates as a part of its effort to identify and support academically advanced United...

Church relocation seminar set Aug. 26

published 7/9/2010
Is your church considering relocating? Does your church plan major renovations? Perhaps a building addition? On Aug. 26, "A Day of Church Relocation" will be offered at Piedmont-First for pastors ...

Clergy Family

published 7/9/2010
In memoriam Verlyn Snell Memorial service for Rev. Dr. Verlyn R. Snell will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 14 at Nardin UMC. Rev. Snell, 75, of Overland Park, Kan., died June 18, 2010. He was born Nov. 10, ...

Couple finds unexpected kindness in far country

published 7/9/2010
'My husband and I were planning a simple ceremony'—Leslie Long Leslie Long and Don Wheeler will never forget a church’s kindness to strangers. The Oklahoma couple wanted to renew their ...

Hitchcock's lay pastors explain why 'This is a church on fire for God'

published 7/9/2010
The Hitchcock Church has heard God calling and has answered, "Send me, Lord." Lay Speakers James and Shirley Farmer are appointed as Supply Pastors at Hitchcock, where worship attendance averaged ...

Honored at Annual Conference

published 7/9/2010
Award presentations at Annual Conference spotlight outstanding ministries and inspire more efforts to transform the world as Christ’s disciples. Above, on behalf of the Commission on Religion & ...

Jones dedicates wing

published 7/9/2010
New educational wing at Jones UMC On May 9, Jones United Methodist Church dedicated a new educational wing, free of debt. Mother’s Day 2010 was an appropriate date to celebrate a building...

Leadership changes include new role for Wang

published 7/9/2010
Clergywoman Fuxia Wang of Norman has been approved by the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) as a new Church and Community Worker in Oklahoma. The announcement tops news of several changes ...

Local Pastors Licensing School -- Class of 2010

published 7/9/2010
In mid-June, 33 people attended this two-week training course. Oklahoma City University annually hosts the school. Sessions range from how to conduct weddings and funerals, to financial ...

Ministry snapshots

published 7/9/2010
HOLY MOMENT—Rancher Ernie Milligan, center, is baptized at his home in late May by Pastor Billy Wright, left, of Copan UMC and Maurice Major, Bartlesville District superintendent. Milligan, an ...

Nueva Esperanza creates chapel

published 7/9/2010
Joe Lynch, left, and Daniel Llanos-Jimenez pray at the chapel dedication. In Tulsa, a new prayer chapel was dedicated May 23 by the Nueva Esperanza congregation. The Hispanic congregation...

Poteau making space for next century of ministry

published 7/9/2010
Pastor Greg Tener and acolyte Versile Johnson prepare May 30 to lead the congregation of Poteau-First from the sanctuary to the Christian Family Life Center, the temporary worship ...

Videos from Annual Conference are online

published 7/9/2010
You can view online and download videos of presenters at the 2010 Annual Conference. The new OKVideo tool enables you to access these videos. They are offered as free resources for education and ...

Annual Conference news - 2 churches will be planted in Edmond

published 6/18/2010
Strategic Plan goal: fruitful congregations The Oklahoma Conference, proud parent of a 1-year-old, is expecting twins. Churches, that is. CrossTimbers United Methodist Church in Moore celebrated ...

Annual Conference news - Bishop presses to erase educational debt

published 6/18/2010
Strategic Plan goal: spiritual leadership In his episcopal address May 31 to the Annual Conference, Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. vowed to help eliminate clergy debt due to educational expenses. He ...

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