Korean-American United Methodists are adding their voices to the growing number of people calling on the U.S. government to tone down the rhetoric on North Korea. At a three-day seminar in Washington, Nov. 13-15, more than 60 people came together to learn about the situation from policy experts and to engage their lawmakers on Capitol Hill. “Peace on the Korean Peninsula,” held at the United Methodist Building, was co-sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Church and Society and the Korea Peace Committee.

The Wisconsin Annual Conference sponsored The Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation from October 28th to November 3rd. The Upper Room Ministries of Discipleship Ministries (formerly known as GBOD) offers this program experience for in-depth learning in Christian spiritual life. The Academy 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 their own spiritual journey, and how God is at work in their lives. Forty-nine participants registered for the Wisconsin Academy, including eight international participants. They came from the states of North Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The international participants came from India.

The Wisconsin Conference IT Department is seeking a PHP/Web app developer to help redesign and upgrade our comprehensive database. The system will be used for networking, reporting, accessing, and updating/sharing information produced by our organization; and should incorporate enough flexibility to expand its capabilities in the future. This is a limited term contract (position), projected to last six to twelve months. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, references, and samples of projects to Roy Noriega at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline for submission is Friday, December 1st, 2017.

The Wisconsin Conference Mission Motivation Committee met on November 2 at Pine Lake for a District Secretary of Global Ministries (DSGM) Training. Presenters for the session included Eric Angel, the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) Senior Manager of Itineration and Missionary Support, who spoke on the "Work of the Itineration Office and How it Relates to DSGM's;” Brandolyn Pope, GBGM Program Associate of Itineration in Missionary Service, who spoke on "U.S. Based Missionary and Racial and Ethnic Plan Itinerations;” Tammy Kuntz, North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UM-VIM) Coordinator, who provided an "Update from the UM-VIM World;” Tina Itson, Director of Development at United Methodist Children's Services (UMCS) in Milwaukee, who shared information about UMCS and the other Health and Welfare Ministries in the Wisconsin Conference; and Steve and Gail Quigg, NCJ Mission Advocates, who discussed "Covenant Relationships and the Advance."

Amphlett Hall is key to the ministry and identity of Pine Lake Camp. This dining hall is located at the heart of Pine Lake Camp, offers great lake views, gives a safe shelter from weather, and provides delicious meals. But the roof leaks every time it rains. The staff have been trying to repair and maintain the roof for decades, but are concerned that further leaks will cause permanent water damage. They have found a new material that will preserve the roof for the next 30-40 years. 

The Northcott Neighborhood House Board of Directors and staff cordially invite you to join them for a tour of their facility, and a new home built by young men in Northcott’s construction program on Saturday, December 2nd. The event will take place at 2460 N 6th St, Milwaukee from 1-3 p.m. At the open house, you will hear from clients and residents how Northcott services positively impact their well-being, tour a new home that’s for sale, learn how you can volunteer and donate to keep Northcott’s mission alive, and meet and interact with residents and members of the Board.

As we enter Advent, it is a good reminder that our Lord and Savior, Jesus, was born to refugee migrant parents. Displaced from home, pregnant and unwed, forced to flee to Egypt, the early days of the birth of the Messiah is fraught with uncertainty, fear, oppression, and the threat of violence. Four of our denominational agencies (Board of Global Ministries, Communications, Church and Society, and Discipleship Ministries) have united to promote Global Migration Sunday. Global Migration Sunday will be held Dec. 3, the first Sunday of Advent.

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The Newtown Foundation has opted to use this horrendous occurrence to spark a national movement; #EndGunViolence. An ever-increasing number of churches, mosques, and synagogues across our nation, between Dec. 6th and Dec. 14th, 2017 are holding services and various different events all with a single goal; ending the epidemic of gun violence that is increasingly plaguing our cities.

Registration is open now for the annual Winter Youth Retreat at Lake Lucerne Camp, December 29-31, 2017. In this excitement-filled weekend for campers sixth through twelfth grade, the camp offers sledding, broomball, games, faith formation time, camp-style worship, delicious food, time with friends new and old, and so much more. High school participants are supervised by WIUMCamps Summer Staff; and middle school participants are asked to come to camp with a chaperone--perfect for youth groups! Register here. Contact Collin Grooms, Lake Lucerne Site Director, with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bishop Jung invites everyone to attend the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Service on January 14 at 7 PM at Milwaukee: Church of the Good Hope. Bishop Mel Talbert will be the guest speaker. The event will also be livestreamed for those who cannot attend. More details to follow.

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission/North Central Jurisdiction is now accepting applications for Discover . . . Mission, China-2018, scheduled for June 19 through July 2. Leaders include Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, Rev. David Newhouse and Mrs. Christy Newhouse. Cost for the first ten accepted team members (preference ages 18-28) is $3250 (double lodging) or $3706 (single lodging.) The included international airfare component ($1065) is not guaranteed to stay this low for late applicants/accepted team members. Applications may be requested via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applications must include a $400 refundable deposit.

The South East District is sponsoring One with Each Other: Building Community at the Wesley Woods United Methodist Retreat Center from March 2 – 4, 2018. Cost is $50 per person, and is for 6th graders – 17-year-olds. Registration and additional information will be available soon. Download flyer here.

The Global Mission Fellows Program is a two-year mission opportunity for young adults ages 20-30. Young adults are invited to engage with the local communities, connect the church in mission, and grow in personal and social holiness. This program allows for transformation and leadership development to take place, while addressing root causes of social injustices with other young people from around the world. Applications for their next cohort are due by January 21, 2018. Visit the GMF website for the application and selection process. You can also learn more about the program on their Facebook page. If you have any questions, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The United Methodist Church is hitting the road this Advent season to extend Christmas invitations in 21 cities across the U.S. “The True Meaning of Christmas Tour” will be traveling through sixteen states December 2 through 24, unwrapping the true meaning of Christmas through holiday cheer, free hot cocoa and support for local church mission and outreach initiatives. View the list of cities here. The tour is an extension of the denomination’s advertising campaign, an effort to connect people searching for community and deeper meaning in life with a local United Methodist church.

The Council of Bishops (COB) met at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina last week to receive an interim report from the Commission on a Way Forward, elect new officers, and prepare for the 2019 Special Session of General Conference, among other things. From the president’s address to giving feedback on the interim report of the Commission, the bishops stressed the importance of the mission of God, the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus Christ in The United Methodist Church. Read full press release for more information.