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Students serve in San Antonio

published 5/15/2010
Spring break is generally seen as a mini-vacation from academic studies. For some college students, it is also another opportunity to serve others. Nine students from the Wesley Center at ...

The gift of security --Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation insights

published 5/15/2010
Project Transformation invests in children by reinforcing reading and other skills during summer. These girls learned about music using ukuleles provided through a grant by the Foundation to...

Three named district superintendents

published 5/15/2010
Three pastors begin service as district superintendents in June, as announced by Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. On this page, the trio shares stories from their Christian journeys. David Burris will ...

Property rites --3 building projects commemorated

published 5/14/2010
The stage is visible at left in Wickline's new Family Life Center. Wickline's Family Life Center is open; Pastor Mark Barnett makes it official. Evidence is building, ...

Award goes to Tulsa man for jobs boost

published 4/23/2010
Clark Millspaugh of Tulsa recently received the 2010 Community Service Award given by the Oklahoma Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. Millspaugh’s vision is transforming lives in an ...

Baroness Emma Nicholson to speak in chapel

published 4/23/2010
OCU is honored to welcome Baroness Emma Nicholson as the speaker April 29 in the final chapel service of the school year. Her presentation will be at 1 p.m. that Thursday in the Bishop W. Angie ...

Briefly

published 4/23/2010
STUDYING CAMPUS MINISTRY—Board members and directors expanded their knowledge April 9-10 at the Local Campus Ministry Board Training held in Oklahoma City, with 35 participants. Two ...

Camps prepare to welcome summer guests

published 4/23/2010
Staff and volunteers are prepping the three Conference camps for a shortened summer youth camping season. June and July will teem with events for young people, due to changes in public schools’ ...

Church giving improves in first quarter of 2010

published 4/23/2010
Through March, Oklahomans had donated $395,056 to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) for Haiti earthquake relief. Other gifts of $13,005 went to One Great Hour of Sharing, the annual...

Clergy Family

published 4/23/2010
In memoriam Bruce Stevens and Linda Stevens Retired diaconal minister Bruce Urban Stevens, 62, and his wife, Linda Rasmussen Stevens, age 61, died March 17, 2010, in Texas. They were active ...

Dean supports Confirmation Retreats for younger disciples

published 4/23/2010
For a second year, hundreds of youngsters attended Confirmation retreats in February and early March at the three United Methodist camps. By Scott Rodgers What an incredible way to spend a Friday ...

Lay Leaders Focus Day set at Tulsa-Asbury

published 4/23/2010
Tulsa-Asbury UMC will host the annual Lay Leader Focus Day on May 1. This free program, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., offers learning, sharing, and networking with churches’ lay leaders from across ...

More Annual Conference News

published 4/23/2010
Deadlines May 7—Deadline to reserve your room at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Tulsa. This is the primary hotel for the conference. Nearby hotels include the newly renovated Crown Plaza...

Oklahoma scores Bishop Bickerton as speaker

published 4/23/2010
Bishop Thomas Bickerton displays a mosquito net during his presentation in Greensboro, N.C., about the denomination’s campaign against malaria. UMNS photo by Mike DuBose Bishop Thomas ...

Platters tribute group to help Tulsa-Wesley mark 100 years

published 4/23/2010
The World Famous Platters On May 1 and 2 in Tulsa, Wesley UMC will mark its 100th anniversary by focusing forward. Many of the centennial activities will be centered on young people, ...

Seminary gets major grant for Native studies

published 4/23/2010
Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University has been awarded a $240,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support the first three years of a faculty position for a Native ...

Teach a man to fish

published 4/23/2010
Thank you to everyone who attended our Oklahoma City and Tulsa EQUIP trainings in March. Pastors and church leaders gained valuable information on how to implement EQUIP in their churches, how...

Youth Service Day bustles with volunteers

published 4/23/2010
During a pantomime of biblical stories, participants at Youth Service Day portray Daniel in the lion’s den. Many observers have noted that this generation of young persons finds great ...

'The Great Oklahomans'

published 4/2/2010
Notable speakers in leadership series Register online at: www.greatoklahomans.com,  or by phone: 580-237-2041. Clergy discount of $50 is available, all faith affiliations. Continuing Education ...

3 churches join to launch Tulsa worship service

published 4/2/2010
On Feb. 21, three churches in Tulsa combined efforts to launch a new evening worship experience called "Connexion." Instead of competing for members, Southern Hills, Trinity, and Christ ...

Bolivian folk musicians trumpet Christ's cause

published 4/2/2010
Pastor Robert Rose greets a member of Anyi, a folk-music group from Bolivia, when their tour stopped at his church, OKC-Chapel Hill UMC. By Aloise McCullough A concert-and-dinner series ...

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published 4/2/2010
Where’s Wesley? Ask here "Where’s Wesley Weekend" will be held 4-7 p.m. April 11 at Edmond-First UMC and is sponsored by the Wesley Foundation at the University of Central Oklahoma. ...

Clergy Family

published 4/2/2010
In memoriam Billy Cooke Rev. Dr. Bill Howard "Dusty" Cooke, 88, of Cramerton, N.C., died Feb. 6, 2010. He was ordained as an elder in 1986. Billy was born Jan. 20, 1922, in Kannapolis, N.C. He was...

For Denney, a Capitol opportunity to help others

published 4/2/2010
'The United Methodist Church leads with grace'—Rep. Lee Denney Editor’s note: Laywoman Lee Denney of Cushing talked with writer Cindy Mason about new routes her faith journey has taken. ...

Is God calling you?

published 4/2/2010
Leaders brainstorm big issues for clergy   "Commit yourselves to Christ as his servants. Give yourselves to him, that you may belong to him. Christ has many services to be done … It is ...

Legislator honored for child advocacy

published 4/2/2010
Attending the award presentation on March 4 at the Capitol are, from left, Carol and Harold Wright and Circle of Care officials Don Batson and Lissa Wright. Photo by Tod Bryant State ...

OIMC Youth Day tops all attendance records

published 4/2/2010
Participants work together during a scavenger hunt, one of the icebreakers for OIMC Youth Day. For many years, the University-Church Relations team at OCU has welcomed young persons ...

Specialist in Older Adult ministry will teach in Oklahoma City

published 4/2/2010
Registration fee is $15 if received by April 16. Saturday lunch is included. A group discount is available. Contact Ann Browning at the United Methodist Ministry Center, Oklahoma City, ...

Sunday-morning volunteers amass 100,000 meals

published 4/2/2010
Hungry to serve Working in shifts on a Sunday morning at OKC-Church of the Servant, more than 1,200 people pack more than 100,000 meals for a school feeding program in Africa. "Stop Hunger Now...

New Web site design for the Oklahoma Conference

published 3/16/2010
The Oklahoma Conference has a new online presence, with new and enhanced features, at www.okumc.org. One new, interactive feature is OKVideo. This is the place to upload videos from your church, ...

'Caring for Creation' returns in April

published 3/12/2010
The third annual Caring for Creation conference on April 16-18 will bring people of faith together to learn how they can become better caretakers of the earth. The conference will be held at Mount ...

'God has made me extra special'

published 3/12/2010
Playing a ukelele, Suzanne Carpenter leads hymn singing. Steve Duran participates in the Faith Class. Class at Stillwater-First reaches out to disabled adults By Dana Lawrence Joan ...

Briefly

published 3/12/2010
Moore-First groundbreaking set March 28 Moore-First UMC will break ground for its building project at 9 a.m. on Palm Sunday, March 28. A reception will follow the ceremony, and then Bishop Robert ...

Childhood friends reconnect for small-town witness

published 3/12/2010
The symbolism of a cross covered in broken pottery is explained by Sharen Hale, left, pastor at Gene Autry’s First United Methodist Church, and David Colaw, pastor at First Baptist. By ...

Clergy Family

published 3/12/2010
Appointment Doug Burr, retired, to supply OKC-Quail Springs UMC (North OKC District), effective Feb. 21. Birth Emrie Elise Bunn was born Feb. 10 in Enid. She is the daughter of Robin and the Rev. ...

Disaster Response Ministry

published 3/12/2010
Ron King and Richard Norman, inside trailer, direct tours of a shower trailer, on display Feb. 28 at the Lawton District Local Church Leaders Workshop, held at Centenary UMC in Lawton. Three ...

How can we help?

published 3/12/2010
By Richard Norman, Disaster Response Coordinator       At New Light UMC in Lawton, Steven Clay of Carnegie UMC maneuvers carefully while trimming a tree damaged by the late January ice storm....

Mexican bishop leads Tulsa celebration

published 3/12/2010
An ethnic meal draws a crowd at Nueva Esperanza church in Tulsa during a weekend of anniversary activities. A bishop of The Methodist Church in Mexico helped Tulsa’s Nueva Esperanza UMC ...

OCU-NYC workshop draws record participation

published 3/12/2010
OCU alumna Kelli O’Hara teaches a class during a previous workshop. Graduating from college, looking for a job, and moving to a new city can be daunting challenges, especially if they happen at ...

Oklahoma Area to host 'Sisterhood of Shoes'

published 3/12/2010
Wear your travelin’ shoes, sister. Wear your travelin’ shoes. Are your shoes for city streets, Or for dusty rural lanes?* All women in career church ministry across the South Central Jurisdiction are ...

Pottery is 'souper' mission project

published 3/12/2010
Presenting an oversized check is Pastor Norma Gravley-Quinn, while Debbie Langford and Aly Sutherlin applaud. At Centenary UMC in Lawton, creativity and cash combine in a campaign to...

Ridgecrest welcomes Hispanic congregation

published 3/12/2010
Joint worship set On March 21, Bishop Hayes will preach at OKC-Linwood, in a joint morning worship service combining congregations of four UM churches—Ridgecrest, St. John’s, Clark, and ...

Volunteers help neighbors in southwest Oklahoma

published 3/12/2010
Piles of broken tree limbs surround Tony Arnold of Carnegie UMC, helping clean up after a late January ice storm in southwestern Oklahoma. He was among several volunteers during a Lawton ...

2009 clergy tax information

published 2/19/2010

Bass School of Music invites you to performances

published 2/19/2010
Lenten Evensong OCU’s Chamber Choir will perform music for the season of Lent at Evensong in downtown Oklahoma City’s historic St. Paul’s Cathedral, at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. Works by Samuel ...

Briefly

published 2/19/2010
Starring roles From left, medical professionals Mary and Stanley Imunya of Kenya tour the United Methodist Ministry Center in late 2009 with Prudy Gorrell of OKC-Church of the Servant. Funds...

Churches report Christmas projects

published 2/19/2010
Above, Darla Carr sorts green and red Christmas stockings at Frederick UMC. A quilters group at the church made hundreds of them for elementary students. Below, gifts of sweatsuits are ...

Clergy Family

published 2/19/2010
Appointments Joe Robinson to retirement from Ponca City-Albright (Stillwater District), effective Feb. 1. Scott Spencer to Ponca City-Albright from Acts II (North OKC), effective Feb. 1. Nancy ...

Contest nets funds to fight malaria

published 2/19/2010
Wesley Center students raised about $3,000 for the Nothing But Nets campaign during basketball games Jan. 23 at Oklahoma City University. Fund-raising included a celebrity free-throw ...

EQUIP training set for March

published 2/19/2010
Mark your calendar March 11: Oklahoma City March 25: Tulsa Sponsored by the United Methodist Foundation Make plans to attend our EQUIP training event March 11 in Oklahoma City or ...

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