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Leading with class

published 1/7/2011
Following the Plan "Recruit, assess, equip, and send Spiritual Leaders"—goal of the Strategic Plan for the Oklahoma Annual Conference Clever class titles appeal to Oklahoma United Methodists to ...

Manor breaks ground for more housing in Tulsa

published 1/7/2011
On Dec. 2, Oklahoma Methodist Manor (OMM) in Tulsa officially broke ground for its Crestwood senior-living center. In Tulsa, Crestwood Charter Club members take their turn during the ...

OCU announces Milhouse Award recipient

published 1/7/2011
OCU President Robert Henry, Cary Pirrong, and Maggie Ball celebrate at a recent dinner. Oklahoma City University presented the 2010 Bishop Paul Milhouse Award to Cary Pirrong at a campus ...

Oklahoma Volunteers In Mission pledge ongoing service

published 1/7/2011
HOPE IN HAITI—Children surround their new friend, Jeanne Hathcock of Yukon, an Oklahoma Volunteer In Mission who served in the quake-ravaged country in early November. The gate sign at top ...

Tabbernee named to lead Conference of Churches

published 1/7/2011
After a nationwide search, William Tabbernee has been appointed new executive director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches (OCC). Dr. Tabbernee, formerly president of Phillips Theological ...

Treasured Gifts

published 1/7/2011
Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. accepts an autographed hymnal from Elaine Robinson, dean of Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University. To raise scholarship funds for the United Methodist ...

Your church supports a missionary. Now what?

published 1/7/2011
Oklahoma Conference’s Mission and Service Ministry Team wants to help churches keep enthusiasm for missionary support strong all year, by sharing a year’s worth of ideas about how to inform your ...

Youth Worker’s Academy earns accreditation

published 1/7/2011
Youth Worker’s Academy in Oklahoma Conference has achieved special status with the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry (GBHEM). The study course has secured approval as a paraprofessional...

A STARRING ROLE

published 12/10/2010
When a movie crew filmed in Bartlesville, Oak Park UMC learned about Hollywood actor Ben Affleck’s connection to United Methodism. The church’s parking lot served as a dining site for about 100 ...

Anadarko project yields $10,000

published 12/10/2010
Seed money yielded a harvest of $10,000 at Anadarko-First UMC. Perhaps this report about the fund-raising will plant ideas for other churches to grow financially in the new calendar year. The ...

Bishop to preach at historic Tulsa-Wesley for centennial

published 12/10/2010
At a Tulsa church that was burned to the ground during race riots in 1921, a three-day Christmas revival will be opened by Oklahoma’s first African-American United Methodist bishop As ...

Campus ministry event in Stillwater

published 12/10/2010
United Methodist Game Day, on Jan. 29 in Stillwater, will be co-hosted by the campus ministries of OU and OSU. The event, open to all ages, begins at 10 a.m. at the OSU Wesley Foundation, 823 W. ...

Circle of Care recognized nationally

published 12/10/2010
Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care has been named Organization of the Year by the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries (UMA). Barrel racing is a highlight ...

Clergy Family

published 12/10/2010
In memoriam Milton Carlin Rev. Dr. Milton O. Carlin, 79, of Tulsa died Nov. 10, 2010. He was a retired Local Pastor. "Doc" was born Feb. 7, 1931, in Tulsa. An alumnus of the veterinary school at ...

Free-form worship debuts

published 12/10/2010
The band leads worshippers at Wickline’s first WAVE service. In Midwest City, a third worship experience made its debut on a Saturday evening at Wickline UMC. The W.A.V.E. (Wickline’s ...

General Conference delegates: 18

published 12/10/2010
The Oklahoma Conference will elect 18 people—nine clergy and nine laity—as delegates to the denomination’s 2012 General Conference. That number, which is determined by the secretary of the General...

Historic church wants to preserve momentum

published 12/10/2010
Music director Jona Tickle and Dakota Johnson sing to the Lord as the capital campaign progresses at Guthrie-First UMC. Theme was "Celebrating Our Legacy, Moving Into God’s Future." The...

Is your church a mission All-Star?

published 12/10/2010
The first year of the All-Star Church mission awards program is nearing its conclusion. Now is the time to review and complete your church’s efforts to qualify for this honor. Missional criteria ...

Local Church Leader Workshops

published 12/10/2010
In 2011, Oklahoma’s Local Church Leader Workshops—set in January, February, and March—will provide your church officers and others training to enrich their leadership skills and their lives. People ...

Medical network will change to Blue Cross Blue Shield in 2011

published 12/10/2010
By Holly McCray The new year will bring a change in the health insurance network for the Oklahoma Conference’s self-insured medical plan. Beginning Jan. 1, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBS)...

New in Media Library

published 12/10/2010
The Media Library, housed at the United Methodist Ministry Center in Oklahoma City, has acquired several new DVDs. To check-out these free resources, contact Amelia Ballew, 405-530-2075, ...

Owasso honored nationally by evangelism agency

published 12/10/2010
Pastor Tiger explains vision   United Methodist Men gather after completing a recent work project for Owasso-First UMC. Owasso-First UMC is among the first churches recognized for growth...

Runners make way for safe kids

published 12/10/2010
STRATEGY TO KEEP KIDS SAFE—A race raised funds for the child car-seat ministry by Church of the Servant. By Robyn Goggs A new ministry began on a crisp October morning as 300 people ...

Rural churches 'Pay It Forward'

published 12/10/2010
In June, Gage and Fargo United Methodist Churches implemented the "Pay It Forward" ministry, drawing on the catchphrase popularized by a movie of the same name.   On Father’s Day, worshippers at ...

Russian pastor named Distinguished Alumna

published 12/10/2010
Katya Marsakova Zoubkova of Tyumen, Russia, was recently honored as a Distinguished Alumna for the Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University. This honor was presented Nov. 6 at the ...

Service offers grace to all God's creatures

published 12/10/2010
Ted Uhlig blesses a pooch at OKC-Mayfair Heights. Photo by Ember Lively A Pet Blessing Service at OKC-Mayfair Heights Church took its cue from The United Methodist Book of Worship. The ...

Wickline offers walking venue

published 12/10/2010
Exercising in Wickline’s Family Life Center are Tate Monroe, left, worship leader, and Karen Lippe, communications director. The Super Striders are on easy street. The loose-knit ...

Free offer extends Christmas outreach this month via Web

published 12/2/2010
Christmas time is here, and your church members often are on the move—whether it’s over the river, through the woods, or flying high. Internet Live Streaming can connect them to their church home—...

Briefly

published 11/12/2010
Bishop Dan Solomon and his family join McMurry University officials at the Oct. 15 dedication of Bishops Hall on the Abilene campus. McMurry University honors Solomon In Abilene, Texas,...

Candlelight vigil denounces bullying

published 11/12/2010
A candlelight vigil on the OCU campus makes a strong statement against bullying. More than 100 students and staff and faculty members recently rallied against bullying. Their witness on ...

Christmas presence:

published 11/12/2010
Dec. 1—"Light the Campus" and "Hanging of the Greens" Everyone is invited to join the activities Dec. 1 that mark the beginning of the holiday season on the OCU campus. Beginning at 5 p.m. in the ...

Churches registering now for gift giveaway

published 11/12/2010
  By Holly McCray Arthur Lyons was worried. The Anadarko church he pastors—St. Paul UMC—was participating in Project Noel. He had hoped St. Paul would have more gifts to give children for ...

Clergy Family

published 11/12/2010
In memoriam Barbara Plank Rev. Barbara Sue Plank, 67, died Oct. 21, 2010. At the time of her death, she was the pastor at Jay UMC. She also had served as pastor at Big Cabin, in 2009. Barbara was ...

Contact magazine honored

published 11/12/2010
Dear readers, We are pleased to announce Contact, the ­Magazine has won a national award from the United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC). The Department of Communications’ role ...

First LEAD seminar: Communion can replace conflict

published 11/12/2010
  "Conflict management" was sure to be a hot topic during the recent LEAD clergy leadership seminar. More than 60 pastors had attended sessions on personal and corporate financial management before ...

Following the Plan

published 11/12/2010
Oklahoma churches must connect with more diverse people to grow God’s kingdom, according to the Strategic Plan. http://www.okumc.org/strategicplan Such variety can be measured by age, income ...

Giving at Year-end

published 11/12/2010
There's no better way to give and receive than to make a gift to your United Methodist church or ministry this time of year. The year is quickly coming to an end, and 2011 will be here before we ...

Green study gets thumbs up from 4 churches

published 11/12/2010
OIMC members recycled cardboard to display their green ideas. "Go green" has become more than an environmental statement for four Tulsa-area churches. They agreed to jointly study the "...

New Light for Christ in Lawton

published 11/12/2010
A luncheon follows worship each Sunday at Lawton New Light. On Oct. 24, the menu featured both hot dogs and kimchi with noodles. Pastor Kiyoung Jeong is greeting one of the four youngest ...

OIMC charters church at Durant

published 11/12/2010
On July 18, Chihowa Okla UMC in Durant officially welcomed 20 charter members and three constituent members. Nine children and youths were baptized on that special day, according to The Advocate, the ...

Panhandle campus ministry makeover

published 11/12/2010
Photos provided by Barry Bennett The United Methodist Student Center (MSC) at Goodwell has been blessed by volunteers from several Woodward District churches. On Oct. 16, a workday drew...

UM Student Day set for Nov. 28

published 11/12/2010
"Get wisdom—it’s worth more than money; choose insight over income every time." (Proverbs 16:16, The Message Bible) United Methodist Student Day will be observed Nov. 28. The Scripture above ...

Update church officers between Dec. 15-31

published 11/12/2010
Between Dec. 15 and 31, each church is required to update information on its 2011 church officers in the Conference’s online database. This brand-new procedure and its timing are crucial to the ...

Workday at Leland Clegg UMC

published 11/12/2010
  On Oct. 9, the American Indian Scholars and the Clara Luper Scholars from Oklahoma City University volunteered at Leland Clegg UMC in northern Oklahoma City. (Photo at right) More than...

Carve out space for the Kingdom where you are’—Shane Claiborne

published 11/8/2010
By Holly McCray WHAT: Youth 2011 WHERE: Purdue University WHEN: July 13-17 THEME: “More Than” “You think you are ordinary? Think again.” REGISTER: http://www.youth2011.net/ SIGN UP FOR BUS ...

Bishop’s Retreats re-introduce class meeting model

published 10/22/2010
Distinctive of the Wesleyan class meeting: Not a program Not a prayer meeting Not a self-help group Class leaders required to read in-depth materials Class leaders could be dismissed for ...

Briefly

published 10/22/2010
National justice issue highlighted Clergy action is urged by two Oklahoma Conference groups to support the National Criminal Justice Commission Act. U.S. Senate Bill 714 would create a federal ...

Clergy Family

published 10/22/2010
In memoriam Jane Stewart Jane Evelyn Regier Stewart, 65, of Bartlesville died Sept. 25, 2010. She was the wife of Rev. David Stewart, pastor at Oak Park UMC. Jane was born March 31, 1945, in ...

Database update is critical

published 10/22/2010
Between Dec. 15 and 31, each church is expected to directly access the Conference online database and enter updated information about its 2011 church officers. This brand-new procedure and its ...

Design debut

published 10/22/2010
This is the new official logo of the United Methodist Ministry Center, the Conference’s headquarters in Oklahoma City. In the design, the color red reflects the red clay of Oklahoma’s soil, and a ...

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