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Partnering in mission for God

published 3/2/2018
Delegation’s visit will bring news of Methodism in Chile BY CHRIS SCHUTZ An upcoming visit to Annual Conference by Chile’s new Methodist bishop will spotlight Oklahoma United Methodists’ interest in a...

Restore Hope gala raises $70,000

published 3/2/2018
TULSA, Okla. — Restore Hope welcomed over 300 guests and raised almost $70,000 at its Ruby Gala on Feb. 9, celebrating the United Methodist urban ministry’s 40th anniversary of helping Tulsa families ...

Summer camps’ new names signify other changes too

published 3/2/2018
A new approach to youth leadership camps begins this summer in the Oklahoma Conference. The change starts with their names: LEAD. The redesigned camps will focus on creating young leaders with unique,...

Summer class digs into sustainability

published 3/2/2018
United Methodist college students have an innovative class option this summer through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) and partners Oklahoma City University, Professor Mark ...

Apportionment Update

published 3/1/2018
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Churches sent $12.8 million in Apportionments supporting ministries in and beyond the Oklahoma Conference in 2017. They funded 88.46 percent of the total budget of $14.5 million. Soon ...

Births and Passages

published 3/1/2018
Birth: Haven Collins was born Jan. 5, 2018. She is the daughter of Cassie and Rev. Barry Collins, pastor at Choctaw UMC.   Passages: Harry McGuire of Mount Vernon, Illinois, died Feb. 10, 2018. He...

Resources and Response to School Violence

published 2/15/2018
Greetings All, We wanted to provide you with some resources and other timely information which might help your churches and leaders process the tragic events in Florida on February 14, and which ...

Conference updates video and song copyright licenses

published 2/9/2018
This month, the Oklahoma Conference will renew the umbrella copyright licenses that permit every local church to use the extensive collection of songs and movies specifically licensed through two ...

Join immersion event on Native experience

published 2/9/2018
The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC) extends an invitation to you to participate in an OIMC Immersion Event on March 7-11. You will visit some of the historical sites in Oklahoma that ...

NEO tournament honors late board member

published 2/9/2018
MIAMI, Okla. — Campus ministry leaders already have scheduled a fundraiser for the next academic year after the success of an inaugural golf tournament for the Wesley Foundation at Northeastern ...

OCU names police chief

published 2/9/2018
Oklahoma City University has named Jennifer Rodgers as chief of police. Rodgers assumed the role Jan. 3, following a lengthy career with the Oklahoma City Police Department. She is an OCU graduate and...

OCU News: Youth service day, Stars Junior Day

published 2/9/2018
Wesley Center will host Youth Service Day OCU’s annual Oklahoma Conference Youth Service Day is set for Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning and ending at the Smith Chapel on campus. ...

OCU: Jewish poet headlines Neustadt lectures

published 2/9/2018
On Feb. 15, poet, playwright, activist, and educator Merle Feld will be guest presenter at the 35th Annual Neustadt Lectures for Oklahoma City University. Feld is the founding director of the Albin ...

OKUMF: Lasting Good

published 2/9/2018
This is our challenge and our promise to individuals in working with the Foundation. We have excellent tools, helpful staff, and years of experience with assisting individuals to do lasting good with ...

Passages

published 2/9/2018
HAY — Rev. Ronald Hay, 69, of Tulsa, died Jan. 21, 2018. Ron served congregations in Sayre, Prattville, Sand Springs, Inola, Muldrow, Roland, and Trinity. He retired in 2015. Survivors include his ...

Ruby Payne will lead free seminar on poverty

published 2/9/2018
Spend “A Day with Ruby Payne” March 15 to gain insight and develop practical steps for your church’s ministry with the poor. Moore-First United Methodist Church will host the free seminar led by Dr. ...

Save the date

published 2/9/2018
Get ready for grand outdoor adventures! Registration is now open for this summer’s Oklahoma Conference Camps programming. Go to www.okcamps.org. Lake Country District Spring Lay Servant Training Feb....

What’s in a word? COSROW event explores gender influences

published 2/9/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Traditionally male “God-talk” and other word usage that may discourage women from considering a ministry career will be the topic of a Feb. 17 workshop planned by the Oklahoma ...

Work begins for OU Wesley project

published 2/9/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ NORMAN, Okla. — Shovels hit the ground Jan. 8 for a symbolic start to a multiphase improvement project for the Wesley Foundation at the University of Oklahoma. The capital campaign ...

Asbury satellite launches in midtown Tulsa

published 2/8/2018
BY HOLLY MCCRAY TULSA, Okla. — On Jan. 21, Cornerstone greeted its first-day crowd all prayed up. Pastor Jon Odom said the launch team spent 800 hours in prayer before the opening of this satellite of...

Briefly: NSU Wesley, Health Talk series

published 2/8/2018
NSU Wesley feeds 200 TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — It’s not out of the ordinary to see the windows of the Wesley Foundation building fogged with steam from its kitchen, and Jan. 15 was no exception. Each year on...

Briefly: Restore Hope, NSO, Mobile Meals

published 1/19/2018
Tulsa agency sums up 2017 TULSA, Okla. —Restore Hope Ministries in Tulsa made Christmas merry for 161 kids and provided Thanksgiving baskets to 610 families, according to a year-end report from Jeff ...

Domestic violence in spotlight

published 1/19/2018
The Oklahoma Conference is partnering to present “Safe Town,” a program on domestic violence awareness, on Feb. 27 at OKC-Church of the Servant. This one-day training, which is interactive, is made ...

Las Posadas Service: Christmas programming gets Hispanic flavor at Enid-New Hope

published 1/19/2018
BY HOLLY MCCRAY ENID, Okla. — Seeking shelter, the Holy Family found more than symbolic refuge at Enid’s New Hope United Methodist Church at Christmas time. First, the church hosted Las Posadas on ...

Moore-First devoted to helping girls in India

published 1/19/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ MOORE, Okla. — Girls who live in a dormitory and attend a school in Vadodara, India, can bathe with sun-warmed water now, thanks to the generosity of First United Methodist Church in ...

OCU: 2018 Bishop Scholar Award

published 1/19/2018
2018 Bishop Scholar Award Feb. 1 is the deadline to submit all materials for persons applying for the 2018-19 OCU Bishop Scholar Award. This scholarship goes to incoming college freshmen who plan to ...

Oklahoman finds home parallels while on mission in Ukraine

published 1/19/2018
In Perechyn, Ukraine, a weekly small group for women of Roma ethnicity reminded Sarah Nichols of her own church small group in Oklahoma. Sarah Nichols, Executive Director, Young Adult Mission and ...

OKUMF: Foundation Month

published 1/19/2018
January brings a new year and a new chance to spread awareness of the ministry of the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation — This is Foundation Month. Take a moment to learn more about our work! We ...

Passages

published 1/19/2018
PIERSON – Rev. Dr. Robert D. Pierson, 81, of Tulsa died Dec. 14, 2017. Bob served The United Methodist Church for over 50 years, including 37 years at Tulsa-Christ UMC. He chaired the Russia ...

Regional leader training day will launch in Lawton

published 1/19/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ LAWTON — Churches’ leaders in the southwest part of the state will be first to experience a newly developed leadership and discipleship program, according to Carlos Ramirez, who is the...

Save the date

published 1/19/2018
VIM training for team leaders of youth/young adult missions Feb. 2-4 at Camp Canyon (West) Contact mdecastro@okumc.org, 405-530-2199 Feb. 16-17 at Camp Egan (East) Contact Green Country District ...

See all the people: Ruby Payne brings insight on poverty

published 1/19/2018
On March 15 in Moore, Ruby Payne herself will lead a free workshop about understanding poverty, following her company’s presentation last fall of “What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty” ...

Three outstanding women take top honors

published 1/19/2018
Awards season came early at Oklahoma City University, where University-Church Relations and the Wimberly School of Religion came together at their annual appreciation dinner on Dec. 8 to recognize the...

Young adults bond at winter retreat

published 1/19/2018
The Camp Spark program expanded this winter, adding a retreat specifically for young adults on January 5-7 at the United Methodist Canyon Camp facilities near Hinton. About 50 people attended, mainly ...

Youths in Seminole reach out to homeless neighbors

published 1/19/2018
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ SEMINOLE, Okla. — The youth of Seminole-First United Methodist Church were alarmed to realize some people in their town lived outside, in the cold, with nothing to eat. In November, ...

A season of growth: Claremore satellite adds second service

published 12/22/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ CLAREMORE, Okla. — Not yet a year old, The Vessel recently added a second Sunday worship service. This satellite of Claremore-First United Methodist Church symbolizes “a season of ...

Church security

published 12/22/2017
Active-shooter training among ways Oklahomans prepare for crises BY HOLLY MCCRAY Some Oklahoma United Methodist churches invested in safety strategies months, even years, before a gunman burst into ...

Disaster Response progress report

published 12/22/2017
Bishop Jimmy Nunn has called for volunteers to help some 230 Oklahoma families repair homes ruined in flooding two years ago. Three months later, Disaster Response Coordinator Richard Norman reports ...

OCU News: Time to apply!

published 12/22/2017
OCU and SPST offer Fast Forward to ministry The coming academic year marks the official rollout of the OCU/SPST Fast Forward degree path. Also known as “3+3,” this collaborative partnership between ...

OKUMF- Take profits without paying taxes- part 2

published 12/22/2017
In the last issue of Contact we wrote about Waldo, who purchased shares of stock for many years through his company’s stock purchase plan. The value of his stock grew and became a substantial ...

Orders meeting set January 16

published 12/22/2017
At the January 16 Orders Meeting, clergy of the Oklahoma Conference will reflect on a preliminary report by the Commission on the Way Forward, as directed by the denomination’s Council of Bishops. Key...

Prison encounter: "I will praise Him in the hallway"

published 12/22/2017
BY KRISTEN HARLIN Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries Last month, I had the opportunity to go speak inside John Lilley Correctional Center at Boley, Okla. As I prepared my lesson, I began to pray ...

Return of Wesley UMC's bells cheers El Reno

published 12/22/2017
EL RENO, Okla. — After years of silence, the majesty of carillon bells and the Westminster chimes has returned to downtown El Reno. Several years ago, Wesley United Methodist Church’s carillon system ...

Voices of Christmas

published 12/22/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Among the gifts that come with Christmas are memories — of interactions with family and at church. As Christmas 2017 approaches, the Oklahoma Conference’s associate lay leaders shared ...

Young adults work for racial reconciliation

published 12/22/2017
General church grant supports vision for 4 partner groups NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An Oklahoma group is among the first recipients of grants for United Methodist young adults who have a passion for racial ...

As one door closes, another opens in OKC

published 12/1/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY OKLAHOMA CITY — God’s people broke bread together twice Nov. 5 as they said farewell to the place that was the longtime home of Leland Clegg United Methodist Church and, more recently,...

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 ...

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