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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 ...

Funding OK'd for 5 new churches

published 2/19/2010
By Holly McCray The Council on Finance & Administration (CF&A) has voted to allocate money to help start five new churches in Oklahoma—and the sooner they launch, the better. The unexpected ...

Gambling opponent urges action

published 2/19/2010
Tom Grey, right, and an OCU student discuss the impact of predatory gambling. Retired clergyman Tom Grey of Illinois spoke harshly about predatory gambling during a recent visit in ...

Harker to lead women’s event

published 2/19/2010
Harker Linda Harker will lead a Spiritual Growth Retreat for all women on April 9-11 at Camp Egan. The annual weekend event is sponsored by United Methodist Women. Theme is "Let’s Get...

InfoServ will discontinue phone service

published 2/19/2010
On April 1, phone support through InfoServ will be discontinued. InfoServ is the official information support service of The United Methodist Church. Beginning April 1, the service will answer ...

Living the Plan - Churches fund 94% of Apportionment needs

published 2/19/2010
Living the Plan Extravagant generosity is a sign of people who are dynamic disciples, individually focused outward, according to the "Fruitful Congregations Grid" within the Oklahoma ...

Living the Plan --Adviser crusades to cut personal and church debt

published 2/19/2010
Mike Wiley of the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation "Make all you can; save all you can; give all you can."—John Wesley By Holly McCray One of Mike Wiley’s recent success stories is ...

OCU announces Milhouse Award recipients

published 2/19/2010
Lu and Elliott Fenton Oklahoma City University presented the 2009 Bishop Paul W. Milhouse Award to Elliott and Ruby Lu Simpson Fenton at a campus dinner Dec. 11. The Fentons are members...

This little engine can -Children lead the way at Eldorado

published 2/19/2010
The Bernal family arrives for worship. When you see the colorful children’s train in Eldorado on Sunday mornings, follow it to the United Methodist church. Children are leading the church...

When the Body is broken

published 2/19/2010
VIM’s Kristin Terrell-Wilkes, left, and Mary Alice Young sort health kits for Haiti. "We thank you. You have kept us in your prayers, and we are grateful. You have sent donations through the ...

Workshop puts out welcome mat

published 2/19/2010
A welcome sign on the brochure signifies the value of a March 13 workshop for churches. "Radical Hospitality and Beyond," with six speakers, will be presented March 13 at Seminole UMC. Schedule is...

Briefly

published 1/29/2010
Shear joy A Bedlam competition at Skiatook-First collected 1,500 cans of food for Skiatook Emergency Assistance Center in November. Youth Director B.J. Danner promised youth members could ...

Clergy Family

published 1/29/2010
Appointments Bill Todd to retirement from Lawton-Centenary (Lawton District), effective Dec. 31, 2009. Philis Griffin to leave of absence from Lawton-Centenary, effective Jan. 1. Norma ...

Day at the Legislature

published 1/29/2010
Logo of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches Feb. 13 event begins at First Christian Church The annual Day at the Legislature, set for Feb. 10, will focus on four issues: criminal ...

Foraker youth give back to community

published 1/29/2010
High on helping Two members of the Foraker UMC youth group refinish the entry gate at the community’s cemetery. The young people are undertaking service projects to express their gratitude...

January marks Foundation Month

published 1/29/2010
Each year, January is recognized as Foundation Month throughout Oklahoma Annual Conference. The Foundation uses this time to create awareness of the need for proper estate planning. Many people ...

Living the Plan - At Durant, building up people

published 1/29/2010
  Gloria McGee-Denton, left, campus minister at SOSU, stands with Marcia and Jamie Craig, who professed faith during the "Common Ground" worship service Oct. 6. Jamie Craig was baptized. ...

Living the Plan - At Rose State, feeding souls

published 1/29/2010
"God’s grace is free; so is our food," proclaims the UM campus ministry at Rose State College, led by Liz Wilson, second from right. OKC-St. Matthew and Wickline churches provide special ...

Media Center

published 1/29/2010
Servant or Sucker? Wise and Compassionate Ways to Help the Poor: Learn how to discern appropriate, Christ-centered actions when addressing poverty on a personal or organizational level. (from ...

Project Noel - Tulsa church doubles blessings

published 1/29/2010
For the past two years, Southern Hills church in Tulsa has helped two United Methodist programs come together: Project Noel and Project Transformation. Southern Hills UMC has been a site church ...

Project Transformation -Welcoming a new leader and a new site

published 1/29/2010
Bryan The new year brings a new leader and addition of a new site church for Project Transformation, a United Methodist literacy program for elementary-age children in Oklahoma. Lindsey...

Silence is golden: OCU professor teaches without talking

published 1/29/2010
Students discuss literature as Dr. Elaine Smokewood observes from her sister's Kansas home through a Webcam system. An English professor has proven she can teach without talking. When a ...

Tulsa-based Engineers In Action get UMCOR funds

published 1/29/2010
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has announced a grant of $9,600 to Tulsa-based Engineers In Action (EIA). The engineers group was formed out of the partnership between the ...

January games will score funds for 'Nothing But Nets'

published 1/8/2010
Basketball fans relish watching their favorite players swish the nets as they score in a game. They also are learning those nets can save lives. The United Methodist Church and the National ...

Lay Speaker learns about Wesley

published 1/8/2010
Cyvil Burks had just finished reading a book about John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, when he attended bi-district training in Oklahoma City for Certified Lay Speakers. His knowledge of ...

Letter from the editor

published 1/8/2010
Occasionally the news is about the group that distributes the news—in this case, the Department of Communications for the Oklahoma Conference. This new year brings a new publication schedule for ...

Living the Plan: Evangelism training opens hearts and doors

published 1/8/2010
Bob Johns believes. God transformed him and, in turn, he has taken to heart the command to tell the world. He relishes the call to be an evangelist for Christ. In workshops during 2009, he also ...

Living the Plan: Local Church Leaders Workshops

published 1/8/2010
Invest in lay, clergy, and indigenous leadership. Upcoming Local Church Leaders Workshops embody that Strategic Plan goal for the Oklahoma Conference. On weekends in January and February, 11 ...

OCU names judge as next president

published 1/8/2010
Jan and Judge Robert Henry The incoming president of Oklahoma City University was described as "a man of integrity" by Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. In December, the OCU Board of Trustees ...

Students mark World AIDS Day

published 1/8/2010
Photo courtesy of The Campus newspaper OCU students light candles of remembrance during the World AIDS Day observance on campus. As midnight neared on Nov. 30, a group of dedicated OCU ...

University honors couple

published 1/8/2010
University honors couple Richard and Jeannette Sias recently received the Oklahoma Servant Leader Award from Oklahoma City University. They have been active members of OKC-Nichols Hills UMC for...

VIM transfers oversight of Manos Juntas to Mexican Methodists

published 1/8/2010
On Dec. 2, a covenant ceremony transferred oversight of the Oklahoma Conference Volunteers In Mission (VIM) ministry in Rio Bravo, Mexico, to the Eastern Conference of The Mexico Methodist ...

On a mission: Remodeling at Velma builds bonds between congregations

published 10/9/2009
| Far left, a team from Marlow reinstalls the cross in the bell tower at Velma UMC. Duncan volunteers, above, repaired and rewired the lighted cross, which once more shines at night, ...

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