SIGNS OF HOPE—People assisted by TEEM (The Education and Employment Ministry) display how their lives have been changed. The agency in Oklahoma City extends help, especially with education and job training. UM layman Tony Zahn directs the program. This display of appreciation was held during TEEM's annual meeting on May 8 at OKC-First United Methodist Church. Photo by Amelia Ballew
|Online Bible study appeals to youths
Youth Disciple Online will begin in August, and high school students who want to grow in their faith are encouraged to sign up by Diana Northcutt, director of Discipleship Ministries.
This interactive, 32-week Bible study does not require buying a manual. Daily readings and discussion take place within a password-protected Internet community. Youths can interact with peers in the faith around the world.
Sign up at www.BeADisciple.com.
Special offering totals reported
Gifts received on the first-ever Senior Living Ministries Special Sunday, on Mother’s Day, totaled $5,273 at the end of May. These donations help residents who have outlived their financial resources at four UM-related retirement communities in Oklahoma. Gifts are welcomed at any time of the year.
More than $6,000 total was received for both the One Great Hour of Sharing and Native American Awareness Day special offerings.—Treasurer Brian Bakeman
Save the dates
"New Christians" evangelism training
Topics include "Home for Christmas"
Leadership by the Crouch Group from North Texas Conference
Presented by the Evangelism Task Group of the Discipleship Ministry Team
Life After High School...What’s Next?
Property insurance costs reduced
CFR Risk Management, the company that has managed the Conference’s property and casualty insurance program since October, has secured premium reductions between 12 and 20 percent, as well as lower deductibles for wind/hail damage.
The premium reduction will be reflected in the July billings.
The new deductible for all perils is $2,500 for churches with less than $2 million in insurable value, $5,000 for churches with insurable values of $2 million-$5 million, and $10,000 for churches with over $5 million in insurable value.—Treasurer Brian Bakeman
Travel insurance for all churches
Oklahoma Volunteers In Mission (OKVIM) recently changed its travel insurance carrier to ensure participants have the best and most affordable travel insurance. Cost is about $3 per person per day.
The policy’s main features are accident and medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, repatriation of remains, accidental death and dismemberment, and dental care for injuries to teeth. Deductible is $50.
An additional benefit under the new carrier is that any group representing a United Methodist church and traveling overseas for any reason is able to obtain this coverage. So, if your church plans an event such as a pilgrimage to the Holy Land or a choir trip to Europe, OKVIM can provide coverage for you.
Call Gene Brantley, 405-530-2033, for more information or to register your group.
Yukon church stages freedom concerts
Begin your celebration of our nation’s birthday on June 30 at UMC Church of the Good Shepherd, Yukon, which is presenting "Stars & Stripes Forever: a musical celebration of freedom," at 3 and 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served between shows.
The free concert will offer choral and a capella performances of timeless patriotic music, plus a time of recognition for past and current U.S. military personnel.
Information: 405-324-1900, www.umcgoodshepherd.org.
CJAMM gets $20,000 grant
A $20,000 grant was awarded this spring to the Exodus House program of Oklahoma’s Criminal Justice & Mercy Ministries (CJAMM).
The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) reported aproving the funds from January’s Human Relations Day special offering. The grant continues a multi-year commitment by GBCS to Exodus House. Since 2006 the board has awarded $130,000 to this transitional living ministry for newly discharged inmates, with sites in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.