Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Woodward to welcome state’s United Methodist Women


Anita Phillips, a clergywoman in the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, will be the keynote speaker for the annual meeting of Oklahoma Conference’s United Methodist Women, set for Oct. 2 and 3 at Woodward-First UMC.

Rev. Phillips, a member of the Keetoowah Cherokee Nation, has served as executive director of the denomination’s Native American Comprehensive Plan for eight years.

Prior to entering ministry, she was a social worker for over 20 years in Native American communities.

She has pastored several Native American churches in Oklahoma, served as a district superintendent, and chaired the Board of Ordained Ministry for her conference.

Organizers encourage each local unit to send at least two women to the annual meeting, President Cindy Hull said in the UMW’s fall newsletter.

Friday, the first night of the meeting, will be reserved for food, fun, and fellowship. Phillips will speak on Saturday morning, and much of the day will be devoted to UMW business, including news about missionaries, Neighborhood Services Organization, and the UMW National Seminar.

In the afternoon, women from each of the eight new districts of the Oklahoma Conference will meet separately to elect 2016 district officers, set budgets and pledges to mission, and adopt standing rules.

All the new officers will be installed by Bishop Robert Hayes at the culmination of the annual meeting.

Jacci Freno, Conference UMW programming officer, noted there will not be afternoon focus groups at the meeting. That time has been allocated for the district sessions.

UMW officers begin their terms Jan. 1.

To register for the meeting, go to the programs tab at www.okumc.org/UMW

You must sign up by Sept. 25 to be included in the lunch count. Those who register after that date or attend as walk-ins will find restaurant choices in Woodward for lunch.

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