Districts cherish the moments
They’re official now. The United Methodist churches in central Oklahoma formally organized Feb. 21 as Heartland and Crossroads Districts. The people packed OKC-Wesley Church, celebrating those new structures and also the ministry of Bishop Robert Hayes. They vowed, "God, we accept your call to be missional," and the departing hymn was "Lead on, O King Eternal." Top left: District Administrators Stacey Sprayberry, left, and Jill Perrin harmonize. Above: Bishop Hayes serves Communion. Among those also leading were Superintendents Greg Tener and Rockford Johnson, District Lay Leaders Leon Wilson and Vicki Trussell, and Jeremy Basset and Marla Lobo, Wesley’s pastors.
A stunning parade of banners and signs from churches and campus ministries opened the Cimarron District Conference & Celebration on Feb. 28 at Woodward-First UMC. Far right: Colin Wilson, 12, carries the banner for rural Chapel Hill UMC, near Elk City. A ministry fair and fellowship preceded the program, which featured the 125 voices of a district-wide choir and Bishop Hayes preaching on "The Point of No Return." The overflow crowd required extra seating beyond the glass walls of First Church’s sanctuary. Congregational singing included "This Is a Day of New Beginnings." Among leaders were Superintendent Charlie Graves, District Lay Leader Carla Garrison, and First Church Pastor Shannon Davis.