Deadline is April 23 for Northern Prairie District youth to sign up for "Service Retreat 2017," which will be April 28-29 at Oak Park Retreat Center in Perkins. RSVP to April Coates, email@example.com or
Skyline gets $5,000 wellness grant
Skyline Urban Ministry has received a $5,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation and its Wellness Initiative grant program.
The money will help fund the United Methodist-related agency’s new "Healthy Cooking; Healthier Eating; Healthiest Community!" program, set to begin this spring.
Deborah Ingraham, Skyline’s executive director, said the program will bring in nutritionists, dieticians, and chefs to work with the ministry’s Faith Community Nurse.
In 2016, Skyline’s various programs delivered services to over 60,000 people, a record number. More information is at www.SkylineUrbanMinistry.org.
Spotlight on OCU alumni
Oklahoma City University will welcome alumni and their families to campus the weekend after Easter for three days of events that showcase the university and celebrate the accomplishments of its graduates.
Thirty alumni will be recognized at the "30 Under 30" luncheon April 22, and seven more at the Distinguished Alumni Dinner. The seven are: Maxim Sytch (Business); Brittany Sky (Religion); Phil, Philip, and Heather Busey (Arts & Science); Cathy Busey (Music); and Danelle DuFore Garcia (Dance).
The weekend also offers alumni mixers, the musical "Anything Goes," and baseball and softball games. The finale is a family picnic at the OKC Ferris Wheel on April 23, 1-4 p.m.
More information and a registration link are at www.okcu.edu/alumni/events/all-alumni-weekend.
Focus on Native Americans
• On June 8-11, the Southeast Region District Center at Antlers will host the 2017 Annual Conference for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. Bishop Jimmy Nunn also leads the OIMC. Theme is "All Things New," referencing II Corinthians 5:16-17. Offering will go to assist the water protectors at Standing Rock.
• Native American Ministries Sunday, with a special offering, is April 30. A pastor and leader’s resource kit to help your church observe this Special Sunday in the denomination is available at www.umcgiving.org.