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The Vessel launches

<b>BY HOLLY MCCRAY</b><p>Sails swelling with the wind of the Spirit and 188 people aboard, The Vessel launched Jan. 15, navigating the waters of life in …

Religion

Pulling together - Oklahoma’s clergy elect leaders

When Oklahoma’s clergy met Jan. 17 at OKC-St. Luke’s, they elected three colleagues to lead their peer groups this quadrennium (2017-2020). From …

Religion

OKC-First’s bells chiming again

<b>A crane lowers one of 11 bells into place at OKC-First in early December after a lengthy repair project.</b><p>The 11 bells in the tower of OKC-First United …

United Methodist

Disaster worker honored

Richard Norman, who is the Conference’s disaster response coordinator in the Office of Mission, recently received the Servant Leader award from the …

Disaster Recovery

Circle of Care adds Woodward office

<b>FOSTERING HOPE</b> — In Woodward, the Circle of Care opens its newest regional foster care service center. Almost 60 people attended ceremonies Jan. 10, …

Health Care

Camp changes adults too - Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries

New Day Camps blessed not only the 121 children who attended in 2016, whose parents were incarcerated, but also the adult volunteers, Kristen Harlin …

Refugees

Norma Gravley-Quinn named new Conference treasurer

<b>BY HOLLY MCCRAY</b><p>Bishop Jimmy Nunn has named Norma Gravley-Quinn of Lawton as new Conference treasurer, effective Dec. 1.<p>She brings to the post decades …

Religion

Oklahoma flock welcomes shepherd

<b>New shepherd in the field — At his installation service, Bishop Jimmy Nunn accepts the episcopal staff carved for him by Jim Hoover of Muskogee. Its</b> …

Religion

OSU campus ministry clears ground for transformation

<b>A girl rides 4-year-old Popcorn, led by Taylor Reed, on the Wesley Foundation property in Stillwater. The miniature horse also posed for selfies with</b> …

Faith

St. Luke’s Edmond completes its building

<b>Consecration Sunday at St. Luke’s Edmond UMC is commemorated Oct. 9 with a group photo taken by a drone-mounted camera.</b> <i>Photo by Brian Morgan</i><p><b>BY HOLLY</b> …

Religion

UMW valued: ‘People in this state need you’

United Methodist Women elected Glenda Gilpin of Hooker as their new Conference president during the group’s Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City.<p>She …

Religion

Strong IMPACT -- Muskogee church and Langston campus ministry work to educate children

<b>BY CHRIS SCHUTZ</b><p>The Wesley Foundation at Langston University hopes to repeat its summer program that focused on teaching school-age children about …

Education

CJAMM’S New Day Camp

Volunteer: ‘I can’t wait to go again’<p><b>BY ELLEN LYONS</b><p>I hear stories that often include the phrase "I felt God’s call" or "God spoke to me" so often …

Religion

Bishop Nunn arrives in OK

<b>By Holly McCray</b><p>Day two for Oklahoma’s new bishop, Jimmy Nunn, matches the publication date of this newspaper issue: Sept. 2.<p>But Bishop Nunn went to …

Religion

First cabinet session with new Bishop

9/16/2016<p><b>From left are Charlie Graves, Tish Malloy, Rockford Johnson, Greg Tener, Bishop Jimmy Nunn, Larry Bauman, Emery Mason, Joe Harris, Connie</b> …

Religion

Campus ministry in Stillwater to break ground - Former students recall room to thrive

<b>BY SHELBY HOLCOMB</b><p><i>Welcome</i> points to the infinitely important invitation to be comfortable, be yourself. To be <i>welcome</i> is to be home.<p>At the heart of the …

Religion

Call to walk and pray unites diverse Christians

<b>By Holly McCray</b><p>United in Jesus, more than 1,000 believers rallied for a prayer walk Aug. 15 that began on the west side of the Oklahoma City National …

Native American Methodism (Available at the DVD Library)

"Who Is My Neighbor? Native American Methodism in Oklahoma" has been added to the DVD Library at the United Methodist Ministry Center in Oklahoma …

Retirees connect at annual retreat

Registration for this year’s Retired Clergy/Spouse Retreat, at Canyon Camp on Oct. 10-12, will begin early this month.<p>Clergy retirees and their …

Moments in local ministry -- Pawhuska bags school supplies

Pawhuska-First UMC has continued a tradition of helping students get ready for school by giving out bags of school supplies.<p>Since the project began …

Moments in local ministry -- Invitation to worship

OKC-Lakeside United Methodist Church, at the corner of May Avenue and Northwest 66th Street, dedicated its new permanent sign June 30. It was placed …

Moments in local ministry -- Back-to-school splash

Setup was simple, and fellowship was fine when Lighthouse UMC in Kingston hosted a splash party Aug. 17. More than 50 people came, including off-duty …

Mission u makes news

Mission u continues to prove its value for current-events study with United Methodist perspective — even though the three annual study topics are …

Making more disciples -- Event to assess potential for multisites and mergers in state

A ‌free forum Oct. 13 will explore multisite church strategies, ‌sponsored by the Conference’s New Faith Communities Ministry Team.<p>The event will be …

Here I am, Lord

<i>Photo by Mark Foster</i><p>"Thousands of tiny faces remain in my mind," wrote Mark Foster of Edmond about migrant children he met in Turkey. The pastor …

Fashion forward -- Teens help women searching for work

<b>By Chris Schutz</b><p>A group of girls at OKC-New Hope is trying to boost the confidence of disadvantaged women ‌by providing them with makeovers and …

Beach Bash at Lake Lawtonka

Posted:Thursday, February 16 2017 6:37 AM EST2017-02-16 11:37:39 GMT<p>Updated:Thursday, February 16 2017 1:40 PM EST2017-02-16 18:40:22 GMT<p>"A Day …

Mick Mulvaney

Claremore-First brews connections

Claremore-First UMC removed inside walls in order to reach out.<br>Leaders had identified a "choke point" for people moving through the building, said …

Religion

First UMC builds prayer park for all people in Frederick

<b>BY HOLLY MCCRAY</b><p>Frederick-First UMC wants its new prayer park to be a place of peace for all.<p>The space includes a paving-stone labyrinth and benches …

Religion