Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church



— The Oklahoma United Methodist Circle of Care honored Bill Junk, left, president of the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation, with the Burrel and Jo Ann McNaught Heart of Ministry Award at a recent prayer breakfast. Presenting the award was Circle of Care President Don Batson.

Nov. 30 is health insurance deadline

An important deadline looms for all participants in the Oklahoma Conference’s Health Benefits Plan.

By Nov. 30, completed enrollment forms for 2014 insurance coverage must be received in the Conference Health Benefits Office, at the United Methodist Ministry Center, Oklahoma City. Active clergy must enroll online.

The deadline applies for medical, dental, and vision coverages for individuals and families, as well as for the spending accounts.

In addition to insuring active and retired clergy and their dependents, the Health Benefits Plan is available to qualified lay employees of churches and Conference agencies, based on hours worked per week, and their dependents.

Enrollment information and reminders were emailed to current Plan participants.

More information: http://www.okumc.org/benefits/fsa or 405-530-2069.

Donation to aid Colorado flood victims

A gift of $10,000 from Oklahoma United Methodists will aid disaster recovery in Colorado after extensive flooding there in September.

The Council on Finance & Administration approved the donation from the Conference Contingency Fund.

A letter from Bishop Robert Hayes, along with the money gift, went to Bishop Elaine Stanovsky of the Mountain Sky Area.

Bishop Hayes wrote that the Oklahoma Area "was inundated with assistance, with much of that aid coming from within our United Methodist connection," after tornadoes struck Oklahoma in May. "It is in that same spirit that the people of the Oklahoma Area donate this gift."

He stated, "We know firsthand that recovering from catastrophic loss takes time and resources. As you reach out to those affected, share a word of hope and encouragement from people who have also experienced God’s grace in the aftermath of loss."


Matching funds will help Bolivians

On Dec. 3, each dollar donated online to the Oklahoma Conference Global Ministries Bolivia Endowment will quadruple in value, through matching donations from two groups.

Thus each $1 gift will become $4.

On "Giving Tuesday," the Woodworth Estate in Oklahoma will add $2, and the General Board of Global Ministries will match each dollar contributed to this endowment.

The endowment provides income for clergy of The Methodist Church in Bolivia.

The fund total exceeded $330,000 as of Oct. 31. The fund is at the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation.


— The Oklahoma Area’s bishop, Robert Hayes Jr., stands between Tom Harrison and Vinnie Hoover, who respectively lead the Episcopacy Committees of the Oklahoma Conference and the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. The groups met together on Nov. 7 at the United Methodist Ministry Center in Oklahoma City and plan more joint sessions. Hoover is a member of Fife Indian UMC, Muskogee, and Rev. Harrison is senior pastor at Tulsa-Asbury.

Save the dates

Young Adult Winter Retreat
For ages 18-35
Dec. 13-14, Camp Egan
Contact Matt Franks
405-919-8567, justfranks@gmail.com

Confirmation retreats
For grades 6 through 8
Feb. 21-22, Canyon Camp
Feb. 28-March 1, Camp Egan



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