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Local Church Leader Workshops

published 12/10/2010
In 2011, Oklahoma’s Local Church Leader Workshops—set in January, February, and March—will provide your church officers and others training to enrich their leadership skills and their lives. People ...

Medical network will change to Blue Cross Blue Shield in 2011

published 12/10/2010
By Holly McCray The new year will bring a change in the health insurance network for the Oklahoma Conference’s self-insured medical plan. Beginning Jan. 1, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBS)...

New in Media Library

published 12/10/2010
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, ...

Owasso honored nationally by evangelism agency

published 12/10/2010
Pastor Tiger explains vision   United Methodist Men gather after completing a recent work project for Owasso-First UMC. Owasso-First UMC is among the first churches recognized for growth...

Runners make way for safe kids

published 12/10/2010
STRATEGY TO KEEP KIDS SAFE—A race raised funds for the child car-seat ministry by Church of the Servant. By Robyn Goggs A new ministry began on a crisp October morning as 300 people ...

Rural churches 'Pay It Forward'

published 12/10/2010
In June, Gage and Fargo United Methodist Churches implemented the "Pay It Forward" ministry, drawing on the catchphrase popularized by a movie of the same name.   On Father’s Day, worshippers at ...

Russian pastor named Distinguished Alumna

published 12/10/2010
Katya Marsakova Zoubkova of Tyumen, Russia, was recently honored as a Distinguished Alumna for the Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University. This honor was presented Nov. 6 at the ...

Service offers grace to all God's creatures

published 12/10/2010
Ted Uhlig blesses a pooch at OKC-Mayfair Heights. Photo by Ember Lively A Pet Blessing Service at OKC-Mayfair Heights Church took its cue from The United Methodist Book of Worship. The ...

Wickline offers walking venue

published 12/10/2010
Exercising in Wickline’s Family Life Center are Tate Monroe, left, worship leader, and Karen Lippe, communications director. The Super Striders are on easy street. The loose-knit ...

Free offer extends Christmas outreach this month via Web

published 12/2/2010
Christmas time is here, and your church members often are on the move—whether it’s over the river, through the woods, or flying high. Internet Live Streaming can connect them to their church home—...

Briefly

published 11/12/2010
Bishop Dan Solomon and his family join McMurry University officials at the Oct. 15 dedication of Bishops Hall on the Abilene campus. McMurry University honors Solomon In Abilene, Texas,...

Candlelight vigil denounces bullying

published 11/12/2010
A candlelight vigil on the OCU campus makes a strong statement against bullying. More than 100 students and staff and faculty members recently rallied against bullying. Their witness on ...

Christmas presence:

published 11/12/2010
Dec. 1—"Light the Campus" and "Hanging of the Greens" Everyone is invited to join the activities Dec. 1 that mark the beginning of the holiday season on the OCU campus. Beginning at 5 p.m. in the ...

Churches registering now for gift giveaway

published 11/12/2010
  By Holly McCray Arthur Lyons was worried. The Anadarko church he pastors—St. Paul UMC—was participating in Project Noel. He had hoped St. Paul would have more gifts to give children for ...

Clergy Family

published 11/12/2010
In memoriam Barbara Plank Rev. Barbara Sue Plank, 67, died Oct. 21, 2010. At the time of her death, she was the pastor at Jay UMC. She also had served as pastor at Big Cabin, in 2009. Barbara was ...

Contact magazine honored

published 11/12/2010
Dear readers, We are pleased to announce Contact, the ­Magazine has won a national award from the United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC). The Department of Communications’ role ...

First LEAD seminar: Communion can replace conflict

published 11/12/2010
  "Conflict management" was sure to be a hot topic during the recent LEAD clergy leadership seminar. More than 60 pastors had attended sessions on personal and corporate financial management before ...

Following the Plan

published 11/12/2010
Oklahoma churches must connect with more diverse people to grow God’s kingdom, according to the Strategic Plan. http://www.okumc.org/strategicplan Such variety can be measured by age, income ...

Giving at Year-end

published 11/12/2010
There's no better way to give and receive than to make a gift to your United Methodist church or ministry this time of year. The year is quickly coming to an end, and 2011 will be here before we ...

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 ...

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