Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church




COSROW awards funding

The deadline is nearing to apply for scholarships awarded annually by the Conference’s Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) to women pursuing education as clergy.

Applications are due Sept. 1.

These funds can help women attend training and other educational opportunities, in addition to seminary. According to Jennifer Ahrens-Sims, COSROW chairperson, the commission supported Jennifer Long and Leslie Long to attend the International Clergywomen’s Gathering in Houston.

Last year’s seminary recipients were: Laura Glover, who is pastoring at Ripley and Perkins; campus minister Shana Dry of the Wesley Foundation, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah; and Colleen Runty, pastor at Bartlesville-Oak Park.

Find the application form by searching "COSROW" at www.okumc.org/forms

OCU donor establishes
Business Fellows Program

Herman Meinders has made a multi-million dollar commitment to Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business to fund a unique Business Leadership Fellows Program.

Commencing in Fall 2018, a student accepted to the program will receive a full-tuition scholarship for up to four years, combined with innovative learning and leadership development opportunities.

The scholarships will support up to 18 students per year.

An OCU alumnus, Meinders said he established the program to help recruit exceptionally high-quality students in business and leadership.

The OCU Meinders School of Business was founded in the 1980s. Meinders has continued to be a major supporter. He founded American Floral Services in Oklahoma City in 1970; it merged with Teleflora in 2000.

Update your officer information

When church officers report they didn’t receive vital information from the Conference or districts, that almost always is due to incorrect or missing contact information for those officers — especially email addresses — in the Conference’s database, according to Treasurer Norma Quinn

"Our main way of sharing information to the laity of the Conference is through email communication," she wrote recently in Treasury Notes.

"We need your help, pastors, membership secretaries, or whomever else may be responsible for updating the local church leadership. Please review your leadership’s information at least once or twice a year to see if there are any changes that need to be made."

She thanked those who help make the Brick River data system as accurate as possible.

NSO dental program gets $40,000 grant

Neighborhood Services Organization was awarded an iFund Access to Health Care Grant for $40,000 that will go to the United Methodist-related agency’s Dental Outreach Program.

The check presentation was made June 26 in Oklahoma City.

Through free dental screenings, preventive procedures, and grassroots outreach, NSO’s dental hygienists saw over 10,000 individuals in 2016. That number includes over 4,500 public school students.


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