Course of Study complete
Local Pastor Jerry Coldren graduated Aug. 1 from the Course of Study School administered by Saint Paul School of Theology. Rev. Coldren serves South Coffeyville and Lenapah churches; he officially retired in 2010. Graduation was at UM Church of the Resurrection, Greater Kansas City.
Course of Study is a five-year curriculum.
Wellness walk honors laywoman
The inaugural Avery LaDay Walk for Wellness begins at 8 a.m. Sept. 20 at OKC-Quayle UMC. A health fair and free dental screenings also are planned that day.
Walkers will trek from the church, 5001 N. Everest Ave., to Temple Gardens Senior Living Center, where Mrs. LaDay lived her final years. She pioneered wellness walks and health fairs at Quayle UMC, where she was a member for more than 50 years.
The health fair begins at 9 a.m. and will include school sports physicals. Dental screenings will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Annual retreats focus on pensions
Each year, the Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits offers financial retreats about pension benefits, to help clergy prepare for their retirement years.
The 2014 retreats are Sept. 25-26 at Canyon Camp, and Oct. 2-3 at Camp Egan.
Separate workshops are offered at each retreat, one for clergy who plan to retire within five years, and one for younger clergy, to boost their understanding of the changing environment of benefits. Spouses also are strongly encouraged to attend.
Personalized retirement pension projections will be available to all participants.
Event to assist prison ministry
A catered dinner and auction Oct. 3 at Tulsa-Asbury UMC will benefit Operation Hope Prison Ministry, affiliated with the Conference’s Criminal Justice & Mercy Ministries.
The nonprofit operates at Tulsa-St. Luke’s Redemption Church.
Reservation deadline is Sept. 19. The fundraiser begins at 6:30 p.m. at Asbury Church, 6767 S. Mingo Rd.
Contact Janet Theis, 918-625-1967.
SCJ leaders change
Audrey Phelps of Boonville, Mo., is new director of Volunteers In Mission and coordinator of Disaster Response for the South Central Jurisdiction. She has diverse missional experience, including eight years as associate VIM director for the Missouri Conference. The 2014 SCJ Disaster Response Academy will be held Sept. 7-11 in Oklahoma at Canyon Camp.
Lamar Pettus of Fayetteville, Ark., has been named interim director of Mount Sequoyah Conference & Retreat Center. He also served the center as interim leader in 2011-12.
Take our website survey
You are invited to participate in an online survey about the Conference website, www.okumc.org.
A link to the questions will appear on that homepage beginning Sept. 1. Your response will help inform the Communications Department about best practices to serve all those who view the site.
CAMP IS FOR ALL AGES — Marjory LeMaster helps a boy create a windsock during Growin’ in Grace Camp, for students in grades 3 through 5. Assisting in the camp’s crafts center is a favorite task for LeMaster, age 97, a member of Stillwater-First UMC. For several years, she has attended summer camp with her daughter, Debby LeMaster, part of the leadership team for Tweens Camp, held concurrently in July at Camp Egan, near Tahlequah.