Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church



ADDICTION MINISTRIES LINK—In Oslo, Norway, 25 people recently participated in that region’s first Summer School on Chemical Dependency, modeled on the Oklahoma Conference’s Summer School, now in its 30th year. Yngvar Ruud reported class members came from all the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Ole Andreassen of Norway was a participant at Oklahoma’s school last June. The 2012 Summer School in Oklahoma will be held June 17-28. The 12-day school and three shorter modules are offered on the Oklahoma City University campus. The education is presented through the Conference’s Addiction Ministries, directed by Annette Harper.

Ada golf tourney to help campus ministry

A benefit golf tournament May 14 in Ada will support the campus ministry at East Central University.

The event at Oak Hills Country Club begins with registration and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and tee-off at 8. A lunch and silent auction also are planned.

Kel Penny is director of United Campus Ministry. The purpose of the ministry "is to engage the students of ECU through close relationships and, through that closeness, show them God’s love and bring them into an ever-deepening knowledge of God’s plan for their lives," according to a media release. "We hope that you have a heart for college students, too, and that you are excited to support us."

Donor support and hole sponsorships also are welcome. For more information, contact 580-436-3400.

 St. Matthew to host children’s ministries training

On May 5, St. Matthew Church in Midwest City will host a workshop on children’s ministries.

Leading this event will be Mark Burrows from First United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. "Mister Mark" is highly praised for his creativity in puppetry, Bible stories, and worship involving children. He has created a "Children First" worship service.

The workshop will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with lunch provided by the St. Matthew Alpha Omega Student Ministries. Donations for the meal will help youths to attend summer camp.

Contact Children’s Coordinator Sara Fisher, sfisher@stmatthew.org,  for more information. The church is at 300 N. Air Depot Blvd. in Midwest City (phone 405-732-6831).


Early registration fee is $30 per church (for up to six attendees). After April 28, fee is $40.

Asbury seminary leader will teach in Panhandle

From Asbury seminary, acclaimed Wesleyan scholar Kenneth Collins will teach and preach during a September conference at Guymon’s Victory Memorial Church in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Sept. 14-16 are dates for the "Renewing Our Wesleyan Heritage" church conference. Dr. Collins will teach Friday evening and all day Saturday.

On Sunday, he will teach the adult Sunday School classes and preach in morning worship services.

Collins is professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

The conference is open to clergy and laity of all denominations. Oklahoma Conference pastors who attend can receive Continuing Education credit.

 Picture-perfect: Foundation broadens OCU art collection

A collection of Christian paintings, all oil on canvas, has been donated by the Burbridge Foundation to Oklahoma City University.

The gift was announced by OCU in late March. The pieces can be viewed in the Dulaney Browne Library and in the president’s dining room. The artwork includes "St. John the Baptist," "The Wise Men Follow the Star," "Jesus with Pilate," "The Madonna of the Chair" and "Jesus with Woman at the Well."

Foundation Board Chairperson Bobbie Burbridge Lane also loaned the university the statue of Ruth that is on display in the Administration Building.

 OCU to host Jesus Seminar on the Road

For the first time, Oklahoma City University will host a Jesus Seminar on the Road program May 11 and 12, featuring two nationally renowned Biblical scholars.

Open to the public, the events in the Angie Smith Chapel on campus will include a lecture and workshops under the title "Paul in Two Worlds: A Jew and Christian Talk about the Apostle." There is a registration fee.

Pamela Eisenbaum and Stephen Patterson will lead the program. Eisenbaum is an associate professor at Iliff School of Theology. Patterson is a professor at Willamette University, Salem, Ore., and chairman of the Jesus Seminar on Christian Origins.

For details, visit www.westarinstitute.org  or email OCU professor Sharon Betsworth at sbetsworth@okcu.edu.

Deadline is April 27 for early registration.


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