On February 11, more than 150 laity and clergy gathered for the annual South East District Meeting and Learning Day. A collaborative worship service preceded workshops led by Giovanni Arroyo of the General Commission on Religion and Race; Rory Blakeney of Discipleship Ministries – Young People’s Ministries; and Wisconsin Conference staff members Sharon Cook, Jean Nicholas, and Tamara Wims. In the afternoon, district members reflected on how they Imagine Wisconsin Anew in their local congregations. Lay Leader Imelda Roman led discussion of the budget and goals for 2017, and District Superintendent Deborah Thompson thanked churches for their involvement and commitment to the Conference. “Thank you for all you do,” she said. “Thank you for being leaders in your district and in the Conference.” Click here to see pictures from the day.

All laity, as well as clergy, in the Wisconsin Annual Conference are invited to the annual Laity Leadership Convocation with Bishop Hee-Soo Jung on March 10-11 at Watertown: Christ UMC. Visit tinyurl.com/LaityConvo2017 to register today! The theme for this year's event will be "United in Mission and Ministry." Participate in breakout workshops, hear Bishop Jung speak about "Imagine Wisconsin Anew: A Vision of Justice and Mercy," converse with Conference leadership, and enjoy dedicated times for worship, praise, Bible study, and fellowship. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Bishop Jung has set aside A Day Apart with clergy in each district in late February and early March 2017. The theme for the day is “Weaving Life Together”. This gathering is not only important for us to visit together and rebuild relationships with each other, it is also an important time to be with Bishop Jung as we seek to do ministry together for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Each Day Apart with Bishop Jung will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you cannot attend the Day Apart in your district, feel free to attend in a different district. Be sure to RSVP with the district you plan to attend.

  • North West District: Monday, February 27, 2017
    Shell Lake UMC, 135 Reinhart Dr, Shell Lake, WI 54871
    RSVP to: Susan Olson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (715) 835-5181.
  • South East District: Thursday, March 2, 2017
    Faithbridge UMC at Franksville Campus, 10402 Northwestern Ave., Franksville, WI 53126
    RSVP: Click here.
  • North Central District: Monday, March 6, 2017
    Pine Lake Methodist Camp, W8301 Cty Hwy M, Westfield, WI 53964
    RSVP to: Susan Olson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (715) 835-5181.
  • North East District: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
    First UMC, 325 E Franklin St., Appleton WI 54911
    RSVP to: Barbara Franken This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (920) 991-0548.
  • South West District: Thursday, March 9, 2017
    Sugar River UMC, 415 W Verona Avenue, Verona WI 53593
    RSVP to: Sherry Malone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (608) 837-0056.

A new Wisconsin Conference Advance has been established to aid the new Provisional Conference in Rwanda.  The Advance Fund number is 7944.  Monies sent to this Wisconsin Advance will be forwarded to the General Board as soon as the GBGM has approved a General Advance for Rwanda which was named as a Provisional Annual Conference at the 2016 General Conference. During 2015 and 2016, five new churches were planted in Rwanda adding about 800 new members!  A one-week training was held to train Rwanda UMC pastors in evangelism, church planting and church leadership which helped pastors to improve their ministry within local churches. Also in 2016 three pieces of land were purchased in rural areas and three churches were built with money from church members: Ryabizige UMC (under construction), Tabagwe UMC, and Gishuru UMC (under construction).  In addition a metallic roof for a UMC Multipurpose Hall at Remera, in Kibungo town has been started. It is the only building of that kind the UMC has in Rwanda and it is changing image of UMC in the area of Kibungo. But, the roof is not completed due to lack of money and so it is a big challenge to the Church. Click here for more information.

Recently United Methodist Insurance (UMI) has been contacting our churches to provide insurance quotes. This contact has been done in error by the company because our Conference is under a mandatory group insurance program with Church Mutual. UMI will not be making further solicitations in Wisconsin and will not be issuing quotes to any of our churches that request one. If you receive a communication from UMI, please disregard it. Please call (608)478-2556 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions about our group insurance program.

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.

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 to register.

Registration for 2017 Annual Conference is now open! Visit https://tinyurl.com/WAC2017 to register and learn about highlights at this year's event, book your hotel room, reserve a display table, 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. Click here to see this year's Ingathering list. With any further questions, contact Registrar Kellye Walker-Pontius at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (608) 837-7328.

  • Changes to Registration in 2017: This year, we will be taking advantage of technology already in place with two changes to make registration more efficient for both attendees and Conference staff! First, payment will only be accepted by credit card along with your online registration. This will save many staff hours and physical resources that would otherwise be spent processing registrations by hand. Second, instead of handing out physical meal tickets, we will be printing a scannable (QR) code on your name tag. This will streamline the meal check-in process, and you won’t have to worry about keeping track of your tickets!
  • Submit Award Nominations by May 1: Nominations for our annual clergy, laity, and youth awards are now being accepted. These awards will be presented during Annual Conference. Click here for information on the Harry Denman, Love in Action, Perry Saito, Thelma Gregg, and Francis Asbury Awards and nominate yourself or someone you think deserves the recognition by May 1, 2017.
  • Adam Hamilton to be Featured Speaker: One of our many highlights at Annual Conference will be presentations by Adam Hamilton entitled “Leading Beyond the Walls.” He is well known for launching The Church of the Resurrection in 1990, which today is the largest United Methodist Church in the United States with an average weekend attendance of 8,600.
  • Register for Blueprint for Wellness Screening: Registration is open for the Blueprint for Wellness screenings being offered to active HealthFlex participants during Wisconsin Annual Conference. Deadline to register is June 3. The screenings will be in the mornings on Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18. The screenings are not available in 2017 for retired participants enrolled in the Conference group Medicare supplement plan, which is not part of HealthFlex. There is no charge for the Annual Conference screening and appointments are strongly recommended. Very limited walk-in appointments will be available at the Madison Marriott West, and those who are not pre-registered may not be served. Active plan participants and spouses who complete the Blueprint for Wellness screening and who are enrolled in the VirginPulse walking program at the time of their screening will be awarded $100 Pulse Cash if they complete the screening between April 1 and July 31. To schedule an appointment, active participants should click here and log in via Single Sign On, then use the Quest Diagnostics link. Alternatively, call Quest Diagnostics at1-855-623-9355.Note that the Unique ID for enrolled participants is the Insurance ID for Employees; add an S at the end for spouses.

One Great Hour of Sharing is now known as UMCOR Sunday by action of General Conference 2016. UMCOR serves as a “voice of conscience among Methodists to act in the relief of human suffering without distinction of race, color or creed.” Note: If your church gives towards this Special Sunday offering, you will notice the description change on your apportionment statements.

In the past few days, the United States has seen a surge of raids targeting immigrant communities by Department of Homeland Security officials. These raids are occurring in homes, places of work, and even near churches. We are especially troubled by the raid outside of a United Methodist Church in Virginia on February 8th where men exiting a hypothermia shelter were confronted the minute they crossed the street off of church grounds. Targeting those seeking sanctuary or services provided by houses of worship will not be tolerated. The United Methodist Church believes that “migrants should be given due process and access to adequate legal representation. Due to these raids and the ensuing detentions and deportations that follow them, families have been ripped apart and the migrant community has been forced to live in a constant state of fear.” (Book of Resolutions, ¶ 3281 “Welcoming the Migrant to the United States”) Click here to read the full message.

Registration for 2017 Annual Conference is now open! Visit https://tinyurl.com/WAC2017 to register and learn about highlights at this year's event, book your hotel room, reserve a display table, 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. With any further questions, contact Registrar Kellye Walker-Pontius at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (608) 837-7328.

  • Changes to Registration in 2017: This year, we will be taking advantage of technology already in place with two changes to make registration more efficient for both attendees and Conference staff! First, payment will only be accepted by credit card along with your online registration. This will save many staff hours and physical resources that would otherwise be spent processing registrations by hand. Second, instead of handing out physical meal tickets, we will be printing a scannable (QR) code on your name tag. This will streamline the meal check-in process, and you won’t have to worry about keeping track of your tickets!
  • Submit Award Nominations by May 1: Nominations for our annual clergy, laity, and youth awards are now being accepted. These awards will be presented during Annual Conference. Click here for information on the Harry Denman, Love in Action, Perry Saito, Thelma Gregg, and Francis Asbury Awards and nominate yourself or someone you think deserves the recognition by May 1, 2017.
  • Adam Hamilton to be Featured Speaker: One of our many highlights at Annual Conference will be presentations by Adam Hamilton entitled “Leading Beyond the Walls.” He is well known for launching The Church of the Resurrection in 1990, which today is the largest United Methodist Church in the United States with an average weekend attendance of 8,600.
  • High Schoolers Wanted for Tech Crew: We are looking for 15-20 committed and responsible teens to work for the Tech Crew during the Annual Conference. We need youth who, by June 2017, are in high school or have at least completed 8th grade. This is an opportunity for them to serve the Church in a fun way. In some cases, this time can be approved for community service hours towards their graduation (check with their school). Click here for more information and click here to download an application to fill out and return to David Henke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 14.
  • Youth Delegates Encouraged to Apply to Attend: Youth Delegates will take part in all that is Annual Conference: Plenary and legislation sessions, worship, and fellowship. Being part of the Youth Delegation provides an opportunity to learn about the work and mission of the many churches and believers that make up our Conference. Youth will meet other youth from the Conference, and have special educational, service, and fellowship activities planned especially for them. This year’s program includes exciting changes in an effort to create a more fulfilling and interactive experience for the delegates, like relevant and engaging sessions, a youth panel question and answer, and an introductory day of activity on June 15. To ensure that youth with sufficient skill/interest participate, youth who have finished one year of high school and who are under age 18 are ideal candidates. Youth entering high school in the fall will also be considered. Click here to download the application, which should be filled out and returned to Sharon Cook at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 15.

Bishop Jung has set aside A Day Apart with clergy in each district in late February and early March 2017. The theme for the day is “Weaving Life Together”. This gathering is not only important for us to visit together and rebuild relationships with each other, it is also an important time to be with Bishop Jung as we seek to do ministry together for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Each Day Apart with Bishop Jung will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you cannot attend the Day Apart in your district, feel free to attend in a different district. Be sure to RSVP with the district you plan to attend.

  • North West District: Monday, February 27, 2017
    Shell Lake UMC, 135 Reinhart Dr, Shell Lake, WI 54871
    RSVP to: Susan Olson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (715) 835-5181.
  • South East District: Thursday, March 2, 2017
    Faithbridge UMC at Franksville Campus, 10402 Northwestern Ave., Franksville, WI 53126
    RSVP: Click here.
  • North Central District: Monday, March 6, 2017
    Pine Lake Methodist Camp, W8301 Cty Hwy M, Westfield, WI 53964
    RSVP to: Susan Olson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (715) 835-5181.
  • North East District: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
    First UMC, 325 E Franklin St., Appleton WI 54911
    RSVP to: Barbara Franken This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (920) 991-0548.
  • South West District: Thursday, March 9, 2017
    Sugar River UMC, 415 W Verona Avenue, Verona WI 53593
    RSVP to: Sherry Malone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (608) 837-0056.

The Wisconsin Disaster Response Committee is offering a one-day Early Response Team training on Saturday, March 4th at the Wisconsin Annual Conference building in Sun Prairie. The mission of an Early Response Team is to provide a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of a disaster. Early Response Teams were first created by the United Methodist Church in the mid-1990s. It began, as it remains today, a cooperative effort between the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UM-VIM). Here in Wisconsin, we have not had a great need for Early Response Teams in the last several years. While this is a blessing, it also means that we do not have many people trained in Early Response to call upon when we are faced with natural disasters, such as after the flooding last year. We are looking for some caring Christians that would be willing to assist with cleanup after a disaster. The Early Response Team training is an 8-hour class and a background check is required. Click here for the registration form. Call or email Assistant Disaster Response Coordinator Lynette Jordan with any questions at 262-370-0707 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The 2016 Wisconsin Annual Conference voted this past summer to plan and implement a Conference-wide Pre-Capital Campaign Feasibility Study to determine how to best move forward to fund future ministries in our Conference. Preparations have been completed; and we are now embarking on the public phase of our Feasibility Study entitled Make A-New Wisconsin. Open Information Forums will be held in all Districts around the state through the month of February. The purpose of the Open Information Forums is to present the proposed Case for Support Statement and initial plans for a potential financial campaign, and receive your feedback. Your input and ideas are needed as we consider the best way to provide essential financial support to fund the initiatives God is calling us to live out! Every member and friend of this Conference are invited and encouraged to attend one of the Open Information Forums. Click here to download the slides shown at the forums. Click here to visit the new Make A-New Wisconsin Webpage with a full schedule of forum dates, an introduction video by Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, free bulletin inserts to download and use in your congregation, and more.

All laity in the Wisconsin Annual Conference are invited to the annual Laity Leadership Convocation with Bishop Hee-Soo Jung on March 10-11 at Watertown: Christ UMC. The theme for this year's event will be "United in Mission and Ministry." Participate in breakout workshops, hear Bishop Jung speak about Imagine Wisconsin Anew, converse with Conference leadership, and enjoy dedicated times for worship, praise, Bible study with the theme "Weaving the Life Together," and fellowship. Registration information will be available soon. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.