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Perkins Honors Two — Among the 2013 Course of Study graduates at Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, are pastors Eli McHenry, left, of Chihowa Okla UMC, Durant, Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference; and Susan Rice, who serves Bowlegs and Wewoka churches, Oklahoma Conference.

Photo by David Wilson

Board promotes young adult event

The Conference Board of Ordained Ministry is sponsoring attendance at EXPLORATION 2013, a three-day event for young adults, ages 18-26, on Nov. 15-17 in Denver, Colo.

"If you have sensed God might be calling you to ordained ministry, wondered what ministry in The United Methodist Church is all about, would like help sifting through issues involved in an ordained vocation, or want to learn more about the United Methodist seminaries and theological schools, this gathering is for you." Those words form the invitation to attend Exploration. Young adults will take part in worship, small-group reflection, prayer, and topical workshops.  

Contact person is Elizabeth Horton-Ware, campus minister in Weatherford, wesleyfoundation@sbcglobal.net

Cost for the event is $175. Scholarships are available, but registration must be through Horton-Ware to qualify.


Spotlight on OIMC news


AARP Oklahoma recently announced a gift of $24,000 to help the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference aid more than 55 Native American families affected by May’s tornadoes.

OIMC Conference Superintendent David Wilson said the Church is providing temporary housing, rental assistance, deposits for services, limited transportation, home repairs, and rebuilding in five counties. Tribal members were especially impacted in south Oklahoma City, Moore, El Reno, Little Axe, and Shawnee.

"We were very excited when we heard from AARP representatives about their decision to provide funding for our relief efforts," Rev. Wilson said. "It was gratifying to know that national organizations such as AARP believed in what we were doing."


Plans are being finalized for the 2013 Gala and Silent Auction, on Oct. 10, at the Reed Center in Midwest City. The event is a fundraiser for OIMC clergy education.

The auction opens at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner program beginning at 6:30. During the gala, renowned Native artist Brent Greenwood will paint live and jewelry designer Fernando Padilla will create his art forms.

Ticket deadline is Sept. 30. Table sponsorships are available. Contact the OIMC office, 405-632-2006. "OIMC 2013 Gala" is on Facebook.


During the OIMC Cabinet meeting Aug. 13, Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. announced the title Director of Interpretation and Programs will be expanded to include Connectional Ministries.

Josephine Deere continues in this combined role for OIMC. The inclusion of Connectional Ministries references paragraph 608 of the 2012 Book of Discipline.


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