The Council of Bishops announced the call to a special General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. The special meeting of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking assembly will be limited to acting on a report by Council of Bishops, based on the proposals from the Commission on the Way Forward. The 32-member commission, appointed by the bishops, has the charge of finding ways for the denomination to stay together despite deep differences around homosexuality. General Conference is the only body that can speak for the denomination. “The Council of Bishops encourages the entire church to continue in deep, unceasing prayer for Holy Spirit breakthroughs for the Commission on a Way Forward and the Special Session of General Conference,” said Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce Ough, the president of the Council of Bishops, in a letter released Tuesday, April 25. Click here for the full story from UMNS.
Our current Wisconsin delegation will be serving as delegates to this 2019 Special Session. This includes clergy delegates Dan Dick, Sam Royappa, Steve Zekoff (Delegation Chair) and Amanda Stein (Clergy Reserve Delegate); and laity delegates Lisa King, Barbara Dick, Gail Burgess, and Katie Crise (Lay Reserve Delegate). If any of our elected delegates are unable to serve, our jurisdictional delegates will be moved up in the order of their election (clergy Jorge Mayorga Solis and Dan Schwerin, and laity Tom Popp and Judy Vasby). Wisconsin delegates to the 2020 General Conference will be elected at the 2019 Annual Conference session.
This is the last week that nominations for our five annual clergy, laity, and youth awards are being accepted! These awards will be presented during Annual Conference to individuals who demonstrate outstanding ministry and dedication in the areas of evangelism, disaster response, peace and justice, missionary outreach, or higher education. Click here for information on all five awards, and nominate yourself or someone you think deserves the recognition by Monday, May 1, 2017.
Registration for 2017 Annual Conference is still open! Visit https://tinyurl.com/WAC2017 to register and learn about highlights at this year's event, book your hotel room, sign up for child care, and much more. This year’s Conference will be held June 16-19 at the Madison Marriott West, with Monday, June 19 as a Learning Day. The theme will be “One with Christ.” Please join us as we rejoice in our unity with the Lord or watch the live stream if you cannot join us in person. Click here to see this year's Ingathering list and click here to watch a video invitation from many of our Conference Staff members with more exciting information about this year's gathering. With any further questions, contact Registrar Kellye Walker-Pontius at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 837-7328.
Attend Pre-Conference Briefing in Your District May 20: Click here for more information, and for dates and times.
Fill out Nominations Form: If you are interested in volunteering for a board, agency, or committee of the Wisconsin Annnual Conference, please fill out the nominations form. We are always looking for people with gifts and passions in all areas!
Fill out Clergy Information Form: If you are a clergy member or diaconal minister in the Wisconsin Annual Conference, and you need to report additions or changes to your address information or service record information as it is recorded in the 2016 Wisconsin Annual Conference Journal, then please complete the Clergy Information Form. Click here to download the form with directions on how to submit it once it is filled out.
Display Table, Hotel Rooms, and Meals Reminder: All display tables have been filled. There are still rooms available at the Marriott. The deadline to register for meals is May 19. NO meals will be available for purchase after that date.
Adam Hamilton to be Featured Speaker: Click here for more information.
Changes to Registration in 2017:Click here for more information.
Last Chance - Submit Award Nominations by May 1:Click here for more information.
Register for Blueprint for Wellness Screening: Click here for more information.
Register for Pension Consultations:Click here for more information.
Future Annual Conference Themes Announced: The Annual Conference themes for the remainder of the quadrennium will be "One with Each Other" in 2018, "One in Ministry to All the World" in 2019, and "One in Community" in 2020.
The Wisconsin Conference would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Rev. Kevin Rice Myers, who has graciously agreed to serve as Interim Conference Secretary. Kevin was previously Conference Secretary from 1989 to 1996, and 1999 to 2012. He is also currently the Executive Secretary of the Wisconsin Board of Ordained Ministry. Bishop Hee-Soo Jung said, “This interim role requires a great deal of work and tremendous attention to detail. We are so grateful for Kevin’s willingness to take on this demanding job, which is critical to the success of our Annual Conference.” Kevin can be contacted at ConfSec@WisconsinUMC.org.The former Conference Secretary Imelda Roman has resigned due to personal reasons.
Bishop Jung will once again lead a weekend bus tour and retreat this summer, August 18-20. Opportunities include participating in a Shabbat service at Congregation Shalom in Milwaukee; visiting Sikh, Islamic, and Hindu worship centers in and around Milwaukee; and worshipping at a Coptic Orthodox Church in Oak Creek. Participants will also have the opportunity to speak with a Buddhist priest, a Muslim professor, and Bishop Jung. Click here to see pictures from last year. Registration information will be available in the coming months; in the meantime, contact Mel Vance with any questions at (608) 630-9485.
The Kaleidoscope Institute, under the guidance of Rev. Eric Law, is pleased to offer a training Institute at the Siena Center in Racine, Wisconsin. Two simultaneous training tracks will be offered in this 2-½ Day event. The training tracks are Holy Currencies or Gracious Leadership for Building Bridges. The Holy Currencies track will engage participants in the six blessings for sustainable missional ministry. The Gracious Leadership track will engage participants in analysis and facilitation skills to lead groups and congregations through difficult social and theological issues. The participants need not have previous experience with KI material. Congregational or ministry teams are encouraged to attend together. The registration fee covers lodging, two breakfasts, two lunches and one supper in addition to training materials. Registration is limited to 18 participants per track. Prior to attending, participants should read the following books: Holy Currency track should read Holy Currencies by Eric Law; Gracious Leadership track should read The Bush Was Blazing But Not Consumed and The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb. Click here for detailed schedule and registration.
Rising Sun Camp, a United Methodist Camp for children ages 10-14 who have one or both parents incarcerated, takes place at Camp Lucerne on July 9-14, 2017. The registration cost to campers is only $5.00, and round trip bus transportation from Madison and Milwaukee is provided. Click here to view the camp brochure. Thirty campers will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Donations can be made to the Wisconsin Conference UMC Treasurer with Rising Sun Camp Fund No. 7783 in the memo line. Make copies of the camp brochure as needed, and get them into the hands of families caring for children who would qualify to attend. Please have them fill out both the registration form and health form. Contact Afi Dobbins at email@example.com for more information.
Do you question how your faith impacts and informs your daily living? Do you wonder how your faith calls you into the world? If that's the case, you are invited to join others with similar questions in a two-year journey called Faith Alive! It is an active and involved study about understanding our spiritual gifts, defining our ministry and service, exploring the relationship of the Bible and faith, and integrating faith into the workplace and daily living. Faith Alive! consists of six sessions, three weekends each year (from 7 p.m. Friday to noon Sunday), over the course of two years. All sessions are held at the Mt. Morris Camp & Conference Center in Wautoma, WI. To help prepare for each session, you will be provided a book to read and a brief assignment to complete prior to each weekend. The next session begins in September 2017. Click here for more information and click here to register.
Do you long to be with others who share a desire to deepen one’s relationship with God through teaching, prayer, daily Communion, and covenantal fellowship? The Wisconsin Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation is a place where Christian faith is challenged, all in the context of a shared experience led by faculty presenters, who invite participants to reflect on your own spiritual journey, and how God is at work in your life. The Academy is for clergy and laity. It is designed for both “head” and “heart,” communicating knowledge about Christian spiritual formation and a context for experiencing it. Registration is now open for this year’s retreat, which will be held October 29 to November 3 at the Siena Retreat Center in Racine. Click here to download a brochure with more information and registration form.
The Rev. Rebecca Rutter was finishing seminary, pastoring a church, and parenting three children. She needed something to help her relax, so she built a tiny house. Along the way, the United Methodist pastor learned about going green, living simply and making room for Jesus in her busy life. Joe Iovino has the story and podcast. Read story.
The Avoca UMC United Methodist Women have been doing a project for a local abused women's shelter. They made 42 pillow cases and bought pillows to go with them. Each person coming into the shelter will be given their own pillow to keep.
Merrill: Christ United Methodist Church held a sewing day on March 25th for “Little Dresses for Africa.” There were fifteen people helping with this mission including members of Christ UMC, Gleason: Wildwood Chapel, plus various churches around the Merrill area. In addition, there were materials donated to help make the dresses. Approximately 50 dresses were made and were shipped to those in need. Christ UMC normally hosts a sewing day in the spring and sometimes in the fall.
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