Time to review statistics and Apportionments
The Conference Treasurer’s Office in July began calculating local churches’ Apportionments for 2015. That task has spurred Treasurer Brian Bakeman to urge pastors now to review their churches’ statistical reports, which were submitted in January.
Rev. Bakeman said a surprising number of church leaders find they incorrectly fill out that annual report.
His office can correct errors made up to three years ago before the 2015 Apportionments are set. For help, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mary Myers at email@example.com.
A church’s 2015 Apportionments are based on its expenses for 2011-13.
OIMC holds Annual Conference
A 1-mile fun run/walk was among highlights of the 2014 Annual Conference for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC).
The meeting was June 5-8 at the OIMC Southeast Region Center at Antlers. Theme was "Get out of the boat … Get into the water!" (Matthew 14:27-29), and Bishop Hayes was conference preacher.
The run/walk raised funds to help youths and young adults participate in mission projects. Among the 36 entrants were 14 pastors and Dee Hayes.
Delegates approved the 2015 budget of $1,078,843.
Two new-church starts were celebrated.
One new elder was ordained, and four new provisional clergy were recognized.
For the first time, a sign-language interpreter served at the event.
Among special guests were Gary Batton and Jack Austin Jr., principal chief and assistant chief respectively, of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Shepherds’ Retreat upcoming
A 24-hour Shepherds’ Retreat in September is offered for UM clergy and lay leaders.
The event will be Sept. 8-9 at Turtle Rock Farm. The program includes scheduled prayers, eucharist, time in silence, and small-group discussion.
Apply now for COSROW funds
Deadline is Sept. 1 to submit scholarship applications for female ministry students to the Conference’s Commission on the Status & Role of Women (COSROW).
Download the form at www.okumc.org/awards. Submit to Jeff Hiller, who is COSROW chairperson, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or by mail to COSROW, attn. Shirley Franklin, 1728 Sandalwood Drive, Norman, OK 73071.
REPURPOSED FOR GOD — On June 2, Weleetka UMC officially closed, and the building and parsonage were transferred to the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. McAlester District Superintendent Darrell Cates led the service. Pastor Marsha Salazar, her husband, and one member were present. David Wilson accepted the transfer as OIMC Conference superintendent. Several members from area OIMC churches also attended.