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Church security: Questions rise after shooting at small church

published 12/1/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY and SAM HODGES The shooting tragedy on Nov. 5 at a Texas church has United Methodist churches expressing heartbreak and offering prayers. They’re also refocusing on security. A gunman’...

DVD sets unwrap Christmas themes

published 12/1/2017
Two new Christmas-themed DVDs, along with companion books, have been added to The DVD Library at the Oklahoma Conference ministry center. “A Different Kind of Christmas,” by Mike Slaughter. The five ...

GCSROW examines clergy pay

published 12/1/2017
A recent article on the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women website reports pay disparities are widening between United Methodist clergy when comparing genders. The commission has ...

OCU News

published 12/1/2017
State students explore calling at national event Every two years the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry hosts a three-day gathering for young adults, ages 18-26, who are actively ...

OKUMF: Take profits without paying taxes

published 12/1/2017
Waldo purchased shares of stock for many years through his company’s stock purchase plan.  Over time the value of his stock grew and became a substantial investment. Because he has been purchasing the...

Passages

published 12/1/2017
Mary Kathryn “Kay” Carter, 83, of Guthrie died Nov. 2, 2017. She was the widow of Rev. Delbert Gene Carter, who died in 1999. Among survivors are a son, Lawrence Gene Carter, and three daughters, ...

Retired clergyman fondly recalls community’s caring as youth at Wickline

published 12/1/2017
BY BOB CARLISLE My parents were the first members of OKC-Wickline United Methodist Church, and of course we were very active throughout the years. I am a retired UM minister now, living in Spring ...

The Christ Experience prepares for move to space at First

published 12/1/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ OKLAHOMA CITY — Two United Methodist churches — one majority African-American congregation and one mostly white — will join hands Dec. 10 to share the same space in downtown Oklahoma ...

The church's news and why it matters

published 12/1/2017
One of the questions I am asked is why we need a Communications Ministry for the local churches and the annual conference. Recently Tim Tanton, who directs United Methodist News Service for the ...

Wayne teen takes action to help girls globally

published 12/1/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ WAYNE, Okla. — A program that furnishes girls in impoverished areas with washable feminine hygiene kits captured the interest of a young United Methodist in Wayne. Magnolia Ireland ...

Wichitas District greets new DA

published 12/1/2017
LAWTON, Okla. — New Lawton resident Nathan Skinner needed to find work. Pursuing temporary assignments, he learned of one with long-term potential. Between job interviews, he stopped and asked God for...

Checotah UMC marks 100th year

published 11/10/2017
CHECOTAH — On Nov. 26, Checotah United Methodists will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the church’s sanctuary, constructed in 1917. Only a few sanctuaries in the Oklahoma Conference have hosted ...

Churches invited to apply

published 11/10/2017
After a successful first road trip, Voyage mobile day camp leaders are mapping their route for next summer across Oklahoma. They’d like to include your church in their travel itinerary. The words of ...

Circle of Care gets moving on expansion

published 11/10/2017
OKLAHOMA CITY — This centennial year for the Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care is momentous in more ways than one. Two United Methodist churches already have stepped forward to partner with ...

Clergy Family

published 11/10/2017
Passages WHITE — Iva E. White, age 84, of Tulsa died Oct. 13, 2017. She was the wife of Rev. James Troy White of Tulsa, who retired in 1993. High school sweethearts, Iva and Jim had been married for ...

Freedom from debt

published 11/10/2017
STORY AND PHOTOS BY KATE MILLER COWETA, Okla. — First United Methodist Church of Coweta members gathered Oct. 15 with friends and statewide church leadership to celebrate the retiring of a 15-year-old...

Historian brings passion for films to church

published 11/10/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Behind the scenes of videos about the history of The United Methodist Church in Oklahoma lie the skills of a passionate Oklahoma City film historian. Elizabeth B. Anthony, a member of ...

Kelly is president at Epworth Villa

published 11/10/2017
Ron Kelly, formerly of Frisco, Texas, joined United Methodist-related Epworth Villa as its new president and CEO on Oct. 25. The nonprofit senior living community in Oklahoma City was founded by the ...

Loss in paradise

published 11/10/2017
Oklahoman living in Puerto Rico rides hurricane’s winds BY HOLLY MCCRAY In the days after Hurricane Maria, it took the connections of Oklahoma United Methodist Volunteers In Mission to get Chelsea ...

OIMC gala showcases young dancers

published 11/10/2017
By CHRIS SCHUTZ Some members of the Riverside Indian School Crown Dancers had to duck to get their headgear through the door to perform at the Oct. 17 benefit gala of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary ...

Oklahoma City University News

published 11/10/2017
Holiday Shows are capstone for fall semester Among its many distinctions, Oklahoma City University has carved out a name for itself in the entertainment world. While Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Harrison,...

OKUMF- Age has its benefits

published 11/10/2017
Those among us who are age 70 1/2 or older have a wonderful benefit. Congress has made permanent the law that allows us to make cash gifts directly from our IRAs to our churches and favorite United ...

Sallisaw pursues pay-as-you-go project

published 11/10/2017
SALLISAW, Okla. — First United Methodist Church in Sallisaw broke ground recently for a 300-seat sanctuary, which will add more than 7,000 square feet to the current facility. In 2005 the church made ...

Save the date

published 11/10/2017
UMW Santa Operation Neighborhood Services Organization, December 2, Oklahoma City Orders Meeting for all clergy. January 16, OKC-St. Luke’s Clue Retreat for youths of Cimarron and Northern Prairie ...

The DVD Library

published 11/10/2017
“Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph,” from Adam Hamilton, has been added to The DVD Library at the United Methodist Ministry Center. It is among several titles in the library relevant to ...

Africa University thanks Oklahomans for generosity

published 10/20/2017
In a recent letter, Africa University (AU) confirmed through Bishop Jimmy Nunn of the Oklahoma Area that a special scholarship has been established. In 2016, the Annual Conference Offering launched a ...

Center offers comfort after wreck

published 10/20/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY TAHLEQUAH — Grieving college students found a place of solace Sept. 18 at the Wesley Foundation for Northeastern State University after five peers died in a local wreck. A pickup truck...

Miami dentist remembered as leader

published 10/20/2017
Ronald Wilson Gilbert, 82, of Miami, Oklahoma, who held several influential positions as a lay member of The United Methodist Church, died Sept. 17, 2017. He was elected and served many times as an ...

Oklahoma City University

published 10/20/2017
OCU welcomes Class of 2021 At Oklahoma City University, the fall semester officially began Aug. 21 with the start of classes. But for the Class of 2021, their first year of college began the previous ...

OKUMF- The Shortest Day

published 10/20/2017
Every day has 24 hours—1,440 minutes—86,400 seconds. Or does it? A short day is coming for all of us—a day when we will not reach the 86,400th second, and will pass on to our final reward. We may have...

Seminary's Salute

published 10/20/2017
As Saint Paul School of Theology opened its ninth academic year on the campus of Oklahoma City University, an award ceremony honored Kay Adair as a benefactor. On behalf of Adair, her pastor Scott ...

Survey builds on mission interests within congregation

published 10/20/2017
Match your interests in mission with missionaries in the field by answering a survey for the Oklahoma Conference’s secretary of global ministries, Karen Distefano. She’ll then provide a custom list of...

Top-level commission salutes historian Jerry Gill

published 10/20/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ STILLWATER — A longtime historian who has given years of outstanding service on the Oklahoma Conference Commission on Archives & History now holds the Distinguished Service Award from ...

Tour will focus of racism in America

published 10/20/2017
Plan to “Get on the Bus to D.C.” in June 2018 and travel with other Oklahoma United Methodists to learn more about racism in America. The chartered bus trip is jointly planned by three Conference ...

Training as specialists

published 10/20/2017
A clergy group has begun learning about the work of “intentional interim ministry specialists.” Certified trainer Bonnie Osteen of the Texas Conference led the series of September classes that met ...

UMW Leadership

published 10/20/2017
PHOTO BY Kelly McKinley From left, the 2018 Oklahoma Conference officers of United Methodist Women are: Secretary Ramona Paine of Hennessey; Treasurer Tanya Case of Duncan; Harri Williams of Harrah, ...

Ventriloquist prepares for next big stage

published 10/20/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer credits God for blessing her with the talent that won her $1 million on the television show “America’s Got Talent.” The 13-year-old and her family are ...

VIM team to assist missionary in Bethlehem

published 10/20/2017
On an upcoming trip, Volunteers in Mission from Oklahoma will serve alongside missionary Kristen Brown in Bethlehem. Rev. Brown’s hometown is Tahlequah. The mission will be April 9-20, 2018. If you ...

Briefly

published 9/29/2017
Faith's families double the gifts for foster kids A project by Tulsa-Faith UMC to assist the Oklahoma Circle of Care will help twice as many foster children as expected, according to Tasha Atcity, the...

Conference policy works to protect mission teams

published 9/29/2017
Your church mission team is returning home after serving internationally, but the plane flight is cancelled due to mechanical issues. How do you get home without additional expense? A team member ...

Cookson Hills family responds to request for specific supplies

published 9/29/2017
On Aug. 31, five Oklahomans drove from Cookson to Dallas with a trailer full of specific supplies requested to aid Hurricane Harvey victims in south Texas. The storm still spun over the coastline. ...

Elaine Boyd joins Heartland office

published 9/29/2017
Elaine Boyd is the new Heartland District administrator, assisting the churches in south central Oklahoma under the oversight of Superintendent Greg Tener. Boyd holds a master’s degree in strategic ...

Lean On Me- Retirees help Youth Force make it work in Ada

published 9/29/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Keith King met the “tech angels” when Youth Force volunteers tackled a crumbling home that didn’t even have window glass. Sometimes home work exceeds the capacity of the mighty teen ...

OIMC offering immersion event

published 9/29/2017
Sign up for an immersion experience Oct. 22-26 to learn about Native Americans and Methodism in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference will host the event, which was developed after ...

Oklahoma City University News

published 9/29/2017
Reconciliation in focus for film series The Oklahoma City University Film Institute opened its 2017-18 season Sept. 24 with Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary “The Look of Silence” (2014).   The film, ...

OKUMF- Your Benefits with other Planning Options

published 9/29/2017
Living Trusts If you have a moderate or large estate, you may find it desirable to create a living trust. The living trust is completely within your control during your lifetime. You can add property ...

Prepare for culture shock

published 9/29/2017
Responding to a crisis call, the police officer saw little to eat yet a massive TV and hundreds of videotapes inside the flimsy home. He wondered why entertainment seemed valued over food in that ...

Save the Date- Upcoming Events

published 9/29/2017
Retired Clergy/Spouse Retreat Oct. 9-11 at Canyon Camp Tex Sample returns as featured speaker. His topic: “The Rage of the White Working Class.” Line dancing with the McFarlin UMC Line Dancers from ...

Two Churches Make History

published 9/29/2017
Historic Sites 531, 532 enter record book BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Tulsa’s Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, which has been called “a sermon in stone,” and OKC-First United Methodist, which was dedicated...

Young adult US-2 joins Restore Hope staff

published 9/29/2017
By CHRIS SCHUTZ A 23-year-old woman with interests in missionary work and global health has joined Restore Hope Ministries in Tulsa as a Global Mission Fellow. Cecilia Hayes, the daughter of a pastor...

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