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Sept. 11 training open to all churches

published 7/30/2010
The term safe sanctuaries prompts images of background checks of church staff who work with children. But the Safe Sanctuaries program encompasses other policies and procedures in addition to ...

United Methodists open doors for families without homes

published 7/30/2010
From left, Jennifer, Norma, Elizabeth, Janet, and Amanda are moving their families into private homes and apartments after their stay at Pearl’s Hope, a Circle of Care transitional housing ...

Grants available for special ministries

published 7/22/2010
As the Sept. 15 deadline nears, churches and ministries are encouraged to apply for the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation’s Petree Grant. These funds are awarded for projects specializing in the ...

2010 Bishop's Scholars announced

published 7/9/2010
Each year, Oklahoma City University presents the Bishop’s Scholar Award to deserving new high school graduates as a part of its effort to identify and support academically advanced United...

Church relocation seminar set Aug. 26

published 7/9/2010
Is your church considering relocating? Does your church plan major renovations? Perhaps a building addition? On Aug. 26, "A Day of Church Relocation" will be offered at Piedmont-First for pastors ...

Clergy Family

published 7/9/2010
In memoriam Verlyn Snell Memorial service for Rev. Dr. Verlyn R. Snell will be at 2 p.m. Aug. 14 at Nardin UMC. Rev. Snell, 75, of Overland Park, Kan., died June 18, 2010. He was born Nov. 10, ...

Couple finds unexpected kindness in far country

published 7/9/2010
'My husband and I were planning a simple ceremony'—Leslie Long Leslie Long and Don Wheeler will never forget a church’s kindness to strangers. The Oklahoma couple wanted to renew their ...

Hitchcock's lay pastors explain why 'This is a church on fire for God'

published 7/9/2010
The Hitchcock Church has heard God calling and has answered, "Send me, Lord." Lay Speakers James and Shirley Farmer are appointed as Supply Pastors at Hitchcock, where worship attendance averaged ...

Honored at Annual Conference

published 7/9/2010
Award presentations at Annual Conference spotlight outstanding ministries and inspire more efforts to transform the world as Christ’s disciples. Above, on behalf of the Commission on Religion & ...

Jones dedicates wing

published 7/9/2010
New educational wing at Jones UMC On May 9, Jones United Methodist Church dedicated a new educational wing, free of debt. Mother’s Day 2010 was an appropriate date to celebrate a building...

Leadership changes include new role for Wang

published 7/9/2010
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. The announcement tops news of several changes ...

Local Pastors Licensing School -- Class of 2010

published 7/9/2010
In mid-June, 33 people attended this two-week training course. Oklahoma City University annually hosts the school. Sessions range from how to conduct weddings and funerals, to financial ...

Ministry snapshots

published 7/9/2010
HOLY MOMENT—Rancher Ernie Milligan, center, is baptized at his home in late May by Pastor Billy Wright, left, of Copan UMC and Maurice Major, Bartlesville District superintendent. Milligan, an ...

Nueva Esperanza creates chapel

published 7/9/2010
Joe Lynch, left, and Daniel Llanos-Jimenez pray at the chapel dedication. In Tulsa, a new prayer chapel was dedicated May 23 by the Nueva Esperanza congregation. The Hispanic congregation...

Poteau making space for next century of ministry

published 7/9/2010
Pastor Greg Tener and acolyte Versile Johnson prepare May 30 to lead the congregation of Poteau-First from the sanctuary to the Christian Family Life Center, the temporary worship ...

Videos from Annual Conference are online

published 7/9/2010
You can view online and download videos of presenters at the 2010 Annual Conference. The new OKVideo tool enables you to access these videos. They are offered as free resources for education and ...

Annual Conference news - 2 churches will be planted in Edmond

published 6/18/2010
Strategic Plan goal: fruitful congregations The Oklahoma Conference, proud parent of a 1-year-old, is expecting twins. Churches, that is. CrossTimbers United Methodist Church in Moore celebrated ...

Annual Conference news - Bishop presses to erase educational debt

published 6/18/2010
Strategic Plan goal: spiritual leadership In his episcopal address May 31 to the Annual Conference, Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. vowed to help eliminate clergy debt due to educational expenses. He ...

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 ...

Briefly

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...

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