A brand-new award will honor a "Young Adult of the Year" in the Conference.
You are encouraged to nominate any Oklahoma United Methodist, between ages 18 and 35, who is doing outstanding work in the Church and helping grow God’s Kingdom.
Find the application form at: https://okumc-reg.brtapp.com/YoungAdultAward. Deadline is May 1 to submit a nomination.
This Young Adult award, given by the Board of Laity, will be announced during Annual Conference in late May.
"Most people in this age range are very missional-minded," said Aly Shahan, one of the Board’s associate lay leaders. In her role, she particularly relates to young families and young adults.
Besides recognition for one specific young-adult disciple, Shahan hopes this award will encourage members of every church to identify, lift up, and give appreciation to the young adults among them.
Applications may be submitted online or mailed to: First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main, Moore, OK 73061, marked for attention by Aly Shahan.
Christmas Eve promotion grows
More churches participated in Home for Christmas 2014, a project by the Discipleship Ministry Team’s evangelism committee.
The promotion connected 217 churches with potential new worshippers, the committee learned at its Jan. 15 meeting.
In 2013, a total of 180 churches participated, and 165 churches took part in 2012.
Among social media, Facebook posts generated the highest interest by far this season, according to The Crouch Group’s report to the committee.
Speaker, theme announced for 2015 Annual Conference
"On Fire To Serve," based on Romans 12:11-13, is theme for Oklahoma’s 2015 Annual Conference on May 25-28.
Guest preacher will be Jorge Acevedo, lead pastor of Grace UMC in southwest Florida. Weekly attendance tops 2,700 for the multi-site church.
Among other highlights will be hands-on mission opportunities alongside members of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference, and election of delegates for the 2016 General/Jurisdictional Conferences.
Save the date for Jurisdictional Conference
The Great Plains Annual Conference will host the 2016 South Central Jurisdictional Conference on July 13-16, 2016, in Wichita, Kan. Theme will be "Rejoice in the Harvest."
Journaling workshop in Norman
In Norman on Feb. 27 and 28, St. Stephen’s UMC will host a journaling workshop using the Progoff Intensive Journal® program for self-development.
"Life Context: Gaining Perspective on Life" will be led by Meredith Bell, a Texas hospital chaplain and pastor for women’s ministry at White’s Chapel UMC, Southlake, Texas.
For more information: 405-321-4988 or www.ststephensnorman.org.
Check out DVDs about Lent
Several DVDs on the topic of Lent are available for church groups to borrow at no cost in The DVD Library at the United Methodist Ministry Center, 1501 N.W. 24th, Oklahoma City. Contact Chris Schutz, firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-530-2075.
"The Passion Narratives," by Professor Emeritus James Efird of Duke University Divinity School. The study compares the four Gospel accounts of Jesus’ betrayal, death, and resurrection. The kit consists of three DVDs, featuring 18 sessions. Total playing time is about 5.5 hours.
"The Trial of Jesus," a 50-minute documentary from the History Channel.
"24 Hours That Changed the World," based on the book by Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of UM Church of the Resurrection in greater Kansas City. Playing time for the 10-part DVD: 76 minutes.
"Final Words From the Cross," also from Rev. Hamilton. He examines Christ’s dying hours and final words as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of those who stood near the cross. Playing time is about an hour.