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Hospital honors Powell for help in medical crisis

published 4/15/2011
Jonathan Powell of Oklahoma City was named the 2010 Heart Hero, announced Feb. 11 by Oklahoma Heart Hospital South during national Heart Month. Powell provided CPR that saved a man’s life on ...

Josh Pulver named new manager at Camp Egan

published 4/15/2011
As a youth, Josh Pulver often stayed at Camp Egan, especially during the week of Tulsa District Camp in summertime. Now he is making his home there. On April 4, Pulver began his new job as Camp ...

Local Church Leader's Workshops:

published 4/15/2011
Thousands connect to grow the Body Final attendance tally from the Local Church Leader’s Workshops: 2,633 participants at 10 events across Oklahoma. The March 26 event in Stillwater District, with ...

Oklahoman contributing on national UM camping level

published 4/15/2011
Two directors represent all camping ministries in the denomination’s South Central Jurisdiction. One of them is Andre Stravlo of Edmond, Camps’ administrative assistant for the Oklahoma ...

Shorter sessions widen reach for addiction program

published 4/15/2011
Two Conference groups—the Commission on Religion & Race (CORR) and Addiction Ministries—combined efforts to present an educational workshop about chemical dependency, held March 5 at ...

Stars shine brightly for inaugural week

published 4/15/2011
OCU inaugurates President Robert Henry Above, former president Tom McDaniel embraces President Robert Henry on April 6 at the inauguration. Below, David Wilson offers the opening ...

Urban prophet seeking new Christians

published 4/15/2011
'God always smiles when we venture out of our comfort zones' ‘What we live on the platform validates I am accepted for the folks in the pew.’ —Rudy Rasmus Photo by Michele Pitt   ...

Why do I need a plan?

published 4/15/2011
Failure to plan may result in accidental disinheritance. Accidental disinheritance occurs when you die without a will or your will does not function properly. You risk harming those you love and ...

You are invited to Easter Vigil April 23

published 4/15/2011
Oklahoma City University invites everyone to a special Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 23. This service dates back to the earliest days of the Christian church and is held the night before Easter,...

Dale Levy joins Foundation staff

published 4/14/2011
The Foundation welcomes its newest staff member, Dale Levy, as a planned giving officer. Dale will work with churches in the eastern part of the state to implement a wills program or campaign. ...

18 Wesley Foundations retreat to Cross Point

published 3/25/2011
Exercise opens the day for college students in a jurisdictional gathering at Cross Point Camp. Photo by Rebecca Lupton By Holly McCray Although he earned a B.A. in 1977, Bishop Scott ...

Basketball tourney expands fun at OIMC Youth Day

published 3/25/2011
Participants enjoy a game in the Freede Center. The little ones were ready to play basketball, too. Approximately 250 people from the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference convened on ...

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published 3/25/2011
Johnson to lead Women’s retreat Frankye Johnson will lead a spiritual growth retreat for all women on April 29-May 1 at Canyon Camp, sponsored by Oklahoma Conference United Methodist Women (UMW). ...

Clergy Family

published 3/25/2011
In memoriam David Reynolds Rev. David Walter Reynolds, 60, of Tulsa died Feb. 22, 2011. At the time of his death, he was the pastor at Rose Hill UMC in Tulsa. Memorial service was Feb. 26 at the ...

Cokesbury opens at new OKC location

published 3/25/2011
At the OKC Cokesbury store dedication are, from left, Regional Pastor Thomas Jewell of The Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, Bishop Robert Hayes Jr., and Jeff Barnes of The United ...

Info about laity nominees will be available on website

published 3/25/2011
(PART 2) By Joseph Harris, Conference Secretary A new online opportunity is offered to learn about the women and men nominated for election as Oklahoma’s lay delegates to the denomination’s 2012 Ge...

Local Church Leaders Workshops teach thousands

published 3/25/2011
On March 26 at Stillwater-First, this series of classes for laity concludes its annual run in the state. Attendance total for all workshops thus far: 2,458 people. Bishop Hayes personally ...

Meet the new neighbors

published 3/25/2011
In Lawton, Centenary UMC volunteers unload beds for their guests who will arrive Sunday evening. (Photos provided by Howard Kuchta) Following the Plan How do we relate to our community?—a...

Message to clergy: Money is not taboo topic

published 3/25/2011
At the LEAD II seminar in mid-February at Oklahoma City University are, from left, President Myron McCoy of Saint Paul School of Theology, OKC-North District Superintendent Dan Pulver, ...

Oklahoma leads in giving to clergy pension campaign

published 3/25/2011
Because of your donations to help poor UM clergy in other nations, the Oklahoma Annual Conference ranks first in the jurisdiction—and sixth among the 67 U.S. annual conferences—in supporting the ...

Photo contest zooms in on state bridges

published 3/25/2011
Photography enthusiasts have an opportunity to express their visions of the 2011 Annual Conference theme, "The Plan—A Bridge to the Future," through a photo contest. Winners will receive gift ...

Prepare your older adult ministries to enter 'A New Frontier'

published 3/25/2011
Older Adult retreat On April 12-14, Camp Egan will host a Senior Adult Retreat. The Conference’s Older Adult Ministry Council plans three retreats in 2011. Canyon will host in September, and ...

Robert Henry is lifelong student

published 3/25/2011
Robert Henry By Holly McCray Bible study is a cup of cool water to thirsty Robert Henry. He will drink deeply and request refills. The man whom Oklahoma City University, a United ...

St. Luke's will host Russia consultation

published 3/25/2011
Pastor Daniel Starikov, with his family, brings new energy to the church in Lytkarina, Russia. The Russia Initiative seeks salary support for him. Oklahoma mission leaders are happily ...

'I was in prison, and you visited me'

published 3/4/2011
The Oklahoma Conference Strategic Plan provides the framework to envision, implement, and assess all ministries and missions for every church. The Plan targets 3 key areas. This story ...

Blaze of glory

published 3/4/2011
In foreground, the bulldozer operator watches volunteer firefighters launch a search-and-rescue simulation at the Randlett UMC parsonage on Jan. 29. On Jan. 29, ministry by Randlett United...

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published 3/4/2011
Frederick to host OSU Wesley rally At Frederick UMC on March 26, the Wesley Foundation at OSU will host the first in a series of campus ministry pep rallies. "First Regional Pep Rally" will be 6-8 ...

Clergy Family

published 3/4/2011
In memoriam Harwood Rowe Rev. Harwood Slate "Dick" Rowe, 83, of Sulphur died Feb. 2, 2011. Service was Feb. 10 at Sulphur UMC. He was born Aug. 26, 1927, in Elk City. He married Stella Mae LaFever ...

Elk City breaks ground for expansion

published 3/4/2011
Worshippers pull together to break ground Jan. 23 for a building project. Chuck Nordean, left, and Dan Peil stand beside an antique plow. Worshippers at Elk City UMC lined up to ...

First steps lead to lasting impressions

published 3/4/2011
Overcoming your fears can be hardest part of creating a will Many people are intimidated by the prospect of creating a will. Yet preparing a will is as simple as writing a letter. A well-written ...

Funeral home shelters worshippers in storm

published 3/4/2011
McAlester-First secured a most unusual place for Sunday worship, when record snowfalls in early February forced many churches across the state to forego services. The downtown church building sits...

Gift to OCU establishes program on addiction

published 3/4/2011
One-day seminar set for Stillwater   At Stillwater-First UMC, a one-day seminar on addiction is set April 4. "Surviving the Addiction: Yours, Mine, and Ours" explores family issues. The ...

Inaugural events in April celebrate new president

published 3/4/2011
OCU will celebrate the inauguration of Robert Henry, the university’s 17th president, with events throughout the week of April 3-7. The celebrations that week will kick off at the 10:50 a.m. ...

Judicial Council makes clear new rules for clergy voting

published 3/4/2011
By Joseph Harris, Conference Secretary New categories for clergy voting in elections for General/Jurisdictional Conference clergy delegates now have been clarified by the denomination’s Judicial ...

Kristen Brown will serve in Jerusalem

published 3/4/2011
Kristen Brown reflects at a Jerusalem well in 2008. Presentations in Oklahoma Missionary Kristen Brown of Tahlequah is speaking to groups about her new ministry, prior to departing for ...

New lecture series begins with Robert Gorrell

published 3/4/2011
"Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus in Your Local Church" March 31 lectures By Robert Gorrell 1 p.m.—The Message and Mission of Compassion (Matthew15:21-28) 7 p.m.—The Matthew ...

Apportionment support gains in 2011

published 2/11/2011
By Holly McCray What happens to a one-dollar bill after it goes into the offering plate at your church? Most of the money directly supports the work of your church. Of that $1, a total of 16 cents ...

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published 2/11/2011
‘Five Practices’ author will teach in Norman The author of the highly acclaimed "Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations"—Bishop Robert Schnase of the Missouri Conference—will lead a workshop ...

Building expands ministry at Duncan 1st

published 2/11/2011
Above, youth director Amy Wosple is at center front. Stainless steel gleams in the kitchen at Duncan-First; from right are Betty Davis, Myrna Ware, and Devonna Thompson. By Holly ...

Building for life at camp

published 2/11/2011
Ed Lusk, center, prepares to paint McSpadden Cabin's large meeting room at Camp Egan. Left, from top: tear-out is a first step for the cabin remodel; the restroom addition; and the ...

Churches host more classes to give people money skills

published 2/11/2011
Financial Peace University offered at 100+ locations By Kristin Van Nort They didn’t seem to be having trouble financially. All the bills got paid, but they didn’t really know where their money ...

Clergy Family

published 2/11/2011
In memoriam Richard "Dick" Gibbens Rev. Dr. Richard E. Gibbens, 85, of Tulsa died Jan. 16, 2011. Service was Jan. 24 at Tulsa-Boston Avenue UMC. "Dick" was born Oct. 11, 1925. He completed a master...

CORR offers diverse events on March weekend

published 2/11/2011
Save these dates: March 5-6 brings two special programs by the Oklahoma Conference Commission on Religion & Race (CORR). Both a training event and a free multicultural concert are scheduled for ...

Diverse tasks unite people on King holiday

published 2/11/2011
Coordinated by Cameron Campus Ministry in Lawton Clockwise from lower left, volunteers work at UM Redemption Church, the Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army Thrift Store, and Lawton Food ...

Nothing but Nets scores support at OCU

published 2/11/2011
Jennifer Long rallies the group for the free- throw contest. On Jan. 20, the Oklahoma City University community woke up to icy streets and the announcement that school was closed until ...

Project Noel also blesses those who give

published 2/11/2011
Youth Director Penny Hammonds, right, helps Miranda Hathaway and Dusty McDonald pick out gifts for their child in the Fletcher UMC Christmas Store. By Penny Hammonds The United Methodist ...

Score on April 8 with the Thunder

published 2/11/2011
Don’t forget to purchase your OKC Thunder Nothing But Nets tickets! The Foundation is partnering with the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team to bring the special benefit game on April 8. As ...

Stewardship Focus Day

published 2/11/2011
Aug. 26 with Clif Christopher Mark your calendar for the Foundation’s Stewardship Focus Day on Aug. 26 in Oklahoma City. The day-long seminar will feature Clif Christopher, author of "Not Your ...

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published 1/21/2011
Next LEAD seminar: Feb. 18 Feb. 18-19 are the dates for the second seminar of the clergy LEAD series. "Stewardship" and "Leading the Laity" are the topics for the program, to be held at the ...

Building on unity

published 1/21/2011
More than 70 members attended the Dec. 19 groundbreaking for McAlester-First UMC. Photo by Katie McCauley McAlester United Methodists launch capital project In McAlester on Dec. 19, ...

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