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Annual Conference news - By the numbers

published 6/18/2010
Delegates approved a budget of $16,534,735 for 2011. That total reflects an overall Apportionment increase of $550,000 over the current year. About two-thirds of that increase is for healthcare ...

Annual Conference news - Campaigns for Skyline, Restore Hope

published 6/18/2010
Calls to act quickly were generated for two urban ministries of the Oklahoma Conference: Skyline, in Oklahoma City, and Restore Hope, in Tulsa. Internet voting through June can help Skyline’s "...

Annual Conference news - How are we doing?

published 6/18/2010
The Annual Conference conducted business by following the Strategic Plan on May 30-June 2 at Tulsa-Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. The delegates’ work tracked the progress of the Plan’s ...

Annual Conference news - Tops in mission giving

published 6/18/2010
Strategic Plan goal: partnership ministry The United Methodist connectional system astonishes with transforming work that one church could not accomplish. Annual Conference provides vivid ...

Bishop carries banner in battling malaria

published 6/18/2010
Thomas Bickerton preaches at Annual Conference. By Holly McCray The bishop held a baby girl in his arms and prayed for her during his recent tour in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Two ...

Briefly

published 6/18/2010
Retreat for young adults Terry Koehn of Lawton is dean for "Colors@Cross Point," a retreat for young adults, ages 18-25, on July 29-Aug. 2. "Those first years after high school," said Rev. Koehn, "...

Clergy Family

published 6/18/2010
In memoriam Charles Puckett Rev. Charles D.W. Puckett, 86, of Broken Arrow died May 30, 2010. He began his ministry career in 1947 and retired in 1994. Charles was born Jan. 31, 1924, in Broken ...

Delegates learn of lives transformed

published 6/18/2010
Twila Gibbens-Rickman and Lesly Broadbent take turns pouring water as 38 clergy and spouses are memorialized. (Photos by Holly McCray) By Holly McCray Testimonies of transformed lives ...

Jim Egan Award honors Bartlesville couple

published 6/18/2010
From left, Bishop Robert Hayes congratulates Ronnie and Glenn Cox after they received the Foundation’s Jim Egan Legacy Award at Annual Conference. By Kristin E. Van Nort The Foundation ...

OCU School of Religion graduates 12

published 6/18/2010
The Class of 2010 from the Wimberly School of Religion: from left, Tasha Sargent, Shannon Rodenberg, Michael Madison, Eric Brown, Tino Herrera, Adam Shahan, Tina Dean-McDaniel, Andy Nelms, ...

Online option expands audience

published 6/18/2010
Using Internet live streaming for the first time, more than 4,600 virtual guests witnessed the Oklahoma Annual Conference. Online viewers watched a total of 1,280 hours, tracked by ...

Ordained and Commissioned / Elders and Deacons

published 6/18/2010
Commissioned on May 31 as provisional elders are: front row from left, Michael Frazier Sr., Everisto Chikanga, Tiffany Smith, Adam Ricks, and Josue Araujo; Linda Lusnia, upper left; and Sandra...

Pastor introduces himself to new congregation

published 6/18/2010
Churches receive new and returning pastors this month. In advance, this clergyman wrote for the Tishomingo UMC newsletter. By Will Pasieczny I’m taking a break from homework—I have just one week of...

Help Skyline Urban Ministry win a $ 50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant for their "CLOTHES 4 KIDS" program.

published 6/3/2010
Your DAILY ONLINE VOTE is crucial for Skyline Urban Ministry in these final days of an Internet contest to secure a $50,000 grant. The grant would provide school clothes for needy children in Oklahoma...

Agency helps to build people up

published 5/28/2010
Deneese McLaughlin tells her story of accomplishment through The Education and Employment Ministry. Photo by Amelia Ballew The annual TEEM Builders’ Luncheon on May 11 raised $128,000 to ...

Bishop Owen dies at age 78

published 5/28/2010
Retired Bishop Raymond Harold Owen, 78, died Saturday, May 15, 2010, in Oklahoma City. Survivors include two sons, Darryl and Dyton, who are both United Methodist clergymen. "Ray" Owen was ...

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published 5/28/2010
Summer hours announced at Church headquarters On June 7, summer office hours will begin for the United Methodist Ministry Center in Oklahoma City. The Church’s headquarters building will be ...

Campus ministry - District effort connects with Altus college students

published 5/28/2010
Pastor George Lupton, at center, of Altus gathers United Methodist College Ministry participants for a group photo. In Altus, leaders report a successful service year is concluding for the ...

Clergy Family

published 5/28/2010
Births Charlotte Elizabeth Smith was born May 18. She is the daughter of Allyson and Rev. Trevor Smith, pastor at Waurika and Temple.  James Matthew Watson was born May 11. He is the son of ...

Clergywoman honored for outstanding leadership

published 5/28/2010
Marcia Shoemaker, pastor at Tulsa Aldersgate UMC, recently received the West Award, given to clergy who show outstanding leadership and service to their church. Rev. Shoemaker has been in ...

How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!

published 5/28/2010
  See more photos on our facebook page Photos by Holly McCray ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’(Romans 10:15, NIV) More than 100 clergywomen from several states ...

In God's Garden

published 5/28/2010
George Elswick takes his turn as staff members plant a buckeye tree on Arbor Day, April 30, at the United Methodist Ministry Center in Oklahoma City. Elswick has been supervising the Mail Room since ...

Leaders map Bolivian trips

published 5/28/2010
Two tours in September reflect the ongoing ministry partnership between Methodist churches in Bolivia and Oklahoma. Engineering work on display On Sept. 7-18, a group will survey projects in ...

Places of grace - BridgeView church heralds Easter‘s promise for land in Norman

published 5/28/2010
Wanda Dunlap teaches Trenam Verbick to search for Easter eggs during a hunt on acreage owned by BridgeView UMC in Norman. Photos by Holly McCray NORMAN—Wind swept the field and the ...

Places of grace - Curtain rising on second act in Edmond

published 5/28/2010
Places of grace At right, a couple prays after receiving Holy Communion on a Friday night at the Edmond-Acts 2 church. Photo by Holly McCray Attendance was averaging 120 worshippers when...

Places of grace - Sanctuary work is complete at rural Franklin United Methodist

published 5/28/2010
Bellringer Wanda McElhiney announces the start of worship at Franklin UMC on May 16. Acolytes Kelsey, left, and Savanna carry out the light of Christ on May 16 from the newly ...

School of Mission: New dorm at OCU becomes home base

published 5/28/2010
School of Mission participants will occupy new space in July on the Oklahoma City University campus. Dates are July 16-18 for the weekend session, and July 18-19 for the overnight event. The ...

Stricken by storms

published 5/28/2010
Weather systems hurled hailstones and tornadoes during one of those weeks in springtime Oklahoma. And United Methodists hustled to help clean up and comfort.Find Oklahoma Conference Disaster ...

Student group helps military veterans with education

published 5/28/2010
Before a spring basketball game, members of the OCU Military Affinity Group salute during a ceremony honoring military veterans. The event was in OCU’s Freede Center. G.I. Jobs magazine...

UMW Assembly: Faith, hope, love in action

published 5/28/2010
At the recent global UMW Assembly, Denise Rowell of Cookson Hills Center tells how Christ changed her life. By Shari Goodwin,Contact Correspondent For first-timer Michelle Gaddis of ...

Addiction Ministries: Agency seeks answers for gambling problem

published 5/15/2010
Problem gambling is growing in the state, according to members of the Addiction Ministries team for the Oklahoma Conference. Member Linda Mummey, of Tulsa-St. Paul’s UMC, writes here about insights...

Agency honors Tulsan -Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries

published 5/15/2010
Ellis Frazier accepts his award. Ellis Frazier of Tulsa was honored as Volunteer of the Year by Criminal Justice & Mercy Ministries (CJAMM) of the Conference. The award was given March 27...

Be a virtual guest at Annual Conference

published 5/15/2010
For the first time, you can go online and watch a live broadcast of the Oklahoma Annual Conference, May 30-June 2 in Tulsa. The Internet makes it possible for you to have a virtual front-row seat....

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published 5/15/2010
CAROLS OF THE CHILDREN—Voices fill Smith Chapel at Oklahoma City University on April 17 as youngsters from five churches rehearse during the Children’s Choir Festival. Clinician and ...

Clergy Family

published 5/15/2010
In memoriam Reva Mae Hensley Rev. Reva Mae Prine Hensley, 89, of Bremerton, Wash., died April 16, 2010. She was born on March 2, 1921, in Table Rock, Neb. She earned a theological degree from ...

Ponca City churches assisting foster families

published 5/15/2010
  Cutting the ribbon to open the Child SHARE co-op in Ponca City are, from left, Becky Hightower, Kay Grimme, and Mary Buresh. By Kay Grimme, Child SHARE Co-op Coordinator Like a puzzle, ...

Retiring clergy to be honored

published 5/15/2010
Emler leads retirees with 49 service years After a ministry career spanning 49 years, Professor Don Emler will retire at Annual Conference, at Boston Avenue church in Tulsa on May 30-June ...

Small churches extend big welcome

published 5/15/2010
Prayer centers the workshop at Seminole. By Holly McCray Pastor D.A. Bennett enjoys fishing. He has traveled to Canada pursuing that interest. Jesus called fishermen as disciples, and ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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