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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 ...

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 ...

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