HIGHLIGHT FROM WISCONSIN CONFERENCE UMC: HMONG HOUSE OF GOOD NEWS CELEBRATES 5 YEARS
Though Hmong House of Good News is one of our most recently named Health and Welfare Ministries, this year they celebrate five years of serving the Hmong community of Milwaukee and the surrounding area. Join in celebration with them on May 11th at 5 p.m. at Central UMC, 639 N. 25th Street in Milwaukee. Bishop Jung will also be attending and speaking at the celebration. Click here to visit their newly renovated website for more information.
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM STARBUCKS?
Recently launched by Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, our Wisconsin Conference District Strategy Teams (DST) consist of clergy and laity who were invited by District Superintendents to work together to coordinate new faith development in each district. The teams have been formed to explore, identify, and implement outreach to new places and populations in Wisconsin. These efforts may include starting a new congregation from an existing congregation, forming a satellite ministry from existing congregations, or partnering with other congregations or ministries to start a new faith effort in a new place or with new people. Click here to listen to Rev. James Preston of the Northern Illinois Conference speak about “The Starbucks Lesson”. For information about our Imagining Wisconsin Anew initiative, click here.
LIVE THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2013!
We are embarking on a new quadrennium, with an updated and exciting emphasis: LIVE THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT. At this year’s Annual Conference, we will focus on “preparing the soil.” We are excited to be gathering at the Marriott Madison West in Middleton June 7-10 and equally excited to be joining Bishop Hee-Soo Jung in celebrating United Methodist connectional ministry within the Wisconsin Conference. May God bring us together in joy and thanksgiving as we celebrate ministry: growing disciples, experiencing God’s abundance, and living the fruit of the spirit! The regular registration fee is $125, which includes Sunday dinner. Scholarships are available. Click here for information and to register. Note that June 10 is a Learning Day for everyone in the Wisconsin Annual Conference and is open to those who are not attending Annual Conference in its entirety by clicking here to register.
or call her at 888-240-7328 with any questions.
- Display Table Reservations Due May 17: Click here to reserve your tables today! All boards, agencies, committees, organizations, and vendors wanting displays table must sign up for them at the display website. Tables with electricity are limited and will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.
- InGathering 2013: Click here for a list of items welcome for donation this year.
- Monday June 10 is a FREE Learning Day: On Monday, June 10, we will conclude the 43rd Session of the Wisconsin Annual Conference with a learning day open to all clergy and laity. Our day together will focus on our vision of every congregation, charge and circuit becoming transformational centers of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. This Learning Day is open to anyone who wishes to attend, and is included with your Annual Conference registration, but those who ONLY wish to attend the FREE Learning Day can click here for more information and to register. Workshop descriptions are now available! Click here and click here to download a printable bulletin insert with more information.
- Learn About Blueprint for Wellness Screenings: Information about the Blueprint for Wellness screenings being offered to HealthFlex participants during Wisconsin Annual Conference on June 8 and 9 is available on-line at 2013 Blueprint for Wellness. Individuals may register now for the Annual Conference screening. Registration deadline is May 18. Click here for instructions. Appointments at local Quest Diagnostics laboratories may also be scheduled now. Registration is required for screenings at local laboratories and strongly recommended for Annual Conference. Limited walk-in appointments will be available at the Madison Marriott West. There is no charge for Annual Conference screenings. Active plan participants and spouses who complete the Blueprint for Wellness screening and who are enrolled in Virgin HealthMiles at the time of their screening will be awarded $100 HealthCash if they complete the screening between April 1 and July 31. Individuals receiving screening through any other process will only receive credit for the Blueprint for Wellness incentive by submitting the 2013 Wellness Screening Physician Form. Screenings completed through physician referral are subject to regular plan benefits and cost-sharing. The completed form must be returned by FAX by July 31 to qualify for the incentive. Results from the Blueprint for Wellness Screening are automatically populated in the participants’ Health Quotient (HQ). HealthFlex participants must take the HQ online between August 1 and September 30 to avoid a higher 2014 medical deductible ($250 higher for individuals, $500 for families). Like last year, both the participant and covered spouse must complete the HQ for their household to avoid the higher deductible. Information about the incentive programs is posted at 2013 Incentives Frequently Asked Questions Questions? Contact Rev. Steve Zekoff, Conference Benefits Officer, at 888-240-7328, ext. 222 or
- Pension Consultations Available for Clergy: Clergy may meet at the 2013 Annual Conference with Mark Conner from the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits. He will review your pension projections with you and help interpret what possibilities those provide as you make future retirement plans. He will be at Annual Conference on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. To schedule an appointment, contact Rev. Steve Zekoff, Conference Benefits Officer, at 888-240-7328 ext. 222 or
Please make your appointment request by May 16. Note that there will be an October 14 Pre-Retirement Seminar in Portage. This afternoon seminar is for clergy who will not be retiring for several years, yet want to be well-informed about retirement planning. Watch for more information this summer. Clergy, laity and surviving spouses with pension fund balances at the GBOPHB may also take advantage of the financial planning services available throughout 2013 at no charge from Ernst and Young. Click here to learn more.
REMINDER: OBSERVE GOLDEN CROSS SUNDAY ON MAY 5
Mark your calendars for Golden Cross Offering Sunday on May 5th. Each congregation is encouraged to take this offering on May 5th or another Sunday.
with any questions and click here for more information.
ATTEND FREE OPEN HOUSE AT LAKE LUCERNE CAMP
Spring is finally arriving and it is time to think Summer Camp! Your camping staff would like to invite you to mark your calendars for May 11, 2013 and join in a Free Family Fun Day – Open House! Summer camp activities and a cookout lunch will take place at Lake Lucerne Camp. (Email Nick Coenen at
to arrange a walking tour of Pine Lake Camp.) Spend the day, and bring family, friends, and your youth group – especially those who have never been to camp before! Click here to download a flyer to give to family and friends, or put up at church. Lodging space is available; please call the Lake Lucerne Camp office (920-293-4488) to make lodging reservations. If you have questions, call the camp or email Laura at
. RSVPs are appreciated for lunch planning purposes.
IT’S TIME TO RETHINK CHURCH AND CHANGE THE WORLD -- MAY 18-19
Change the World is a denomination-wide event that focuses on the ministries of the Church beyond the sanctuary during one particular weekend, so that change is palpable and noticeable. Just imagine, if every United Methodist church in your surrounding area were outside the walls of their buildings, helping one another and enacting social change. People would take notice. Be sure to start planning your outreach project now and register it on the Change the World site. The first 1,000 ministries (within the U.S.) to complete the full registration with your event information will get a Change the World package that includes a re-useable lawn banner, a sermon series with multimedia (DVD) and a Rethink Church t-shirt. Last year, more than 40 Wisconsin churches participated in Change the World. Through clean-up days, food pantry collections, fundraisers for mission abroad, and many other creative projects, they made a significant and positive difference in their communities Let’s see if we can beat that number this year! On Friday, May 17th, Wisconsin Conference UMC staff will join in solidarity with United Methodists in Wisconsin and around the world by participating in a service project locally. Click here to visit UMCOM’s website with information and resources on planning an event this year with your church. Click here to register your event.
LEARN TO PLANT NEW CHURCHES AT WORKSHOP IN JUNE
Anyone wanting to expand their outreach to those with no faith involvement and wish to start a new worship service or ministry, including District Strategy Teams, Local Church Pastors, or SPRC Teams, are invited to attend a Church Planting Workshop entitled “How to Start a New Worship Service/Ministry while Reaching Out to New People” at First UMC at 203 Wisconsin Ave. in Madison, June 21 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. and June 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The registration cost is $75 per person. Send your reservations by June 17th (checks only, please) to: First United Methodist Church Attn: Rev. Carly Kuntz, 203 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison, WI 53703.
REGISTER FOR SUMMER CONVO 2013!
The very first Summer Convo for senior high students will take place at Lake Lucerne Camp on the weekend of June 28-30. All youth entering 9th-12th grade and less than 18 years old as of the camp dates are welcome to attend this weekend of fun, music, and spiritual transformation Activities will include camp games, horseback riding, biking, hiking, swimming, and a field trip to the Mountain of Praise music event at nearby Mt. Morris Camp. Due to the funds set aside by Annual Conference 2012, the costs of this event are able to be subsidized, so all participants will pay just $90 for the event and the fee includes lodging, food, and the bus trip and admission to the Mt. Morris concert. Participants may register individually or church youth groups with adult chaperones may register as groups. For more information, click here.
WISCONSIN CONFERENCE CENTER IS CHANGING ITS MAILING ADDRESS
Effective July 1st, the Conference Center will be closing its Post Office Box in Sun Prairie. Mail will be received at its street address: 750 Windsor St., Sun Prairie, WI, 53590. Please update your contact list to reflect this change and feel free to contact Amanda Rehrauer at
with any questions or concerns.
DEVELOP YOUR STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY PLAN AT WUMF WORKSHOP IN AUGUST
Are you raising funds or raising generous disciples? This is the topic of a new workshop being offered at the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation’s 2013 Stewardship Retreat at Pine Lake Camp August 15 -16, 2013. You’ll have 10-12 working hours with your team to develop a 3-5 year Stewardship Ministry Plan for your church or charge. For more information and to see a complete schedule of events, click here or visit www.wumf.org. To register for this event click here or visit www.wiumcamps.org.
SAVE THE DATE FOR TWO FALL YOUTH EVENTS
Save the dates of two exciting youth events happening this fall, for both youth and leaders!
- Boundaries and Safe Sanctuaries Trainings in September: Adult youth leaders and pastors should save the date for Boundaries and Safe Sanctuaries Trainings on September 17 or September 19. Trainings for laity will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the evenings of those dates. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.
- Fall Junior High Convo is November 9: Jump into the rushing waters of Fall Convo 2013 on Saturday, November 9 at the Kalahari Resort in the Wisconsin Dells! Save the date for this one-day event that will leave plenty of time for the senior high youth to enjoy their Kalahari Resort waterpark passes included in the registration fee. Save the date and click here for more information as it becomes available.
MAKE A PILGRIMAGE TO ISRAEL AND PALESTINE THIS FALL WITH A WISCONSIN GUIDE
All are invited to join an Israel and Palestine Pilgrimage, led by Rev. Joan Deming, from October 25 – November 7, 2013. This trip, organized by Pilgrims of Ibillin, is a listening tour. Visit Holy Sites and “Living Stones” in Israel/Palestine. Meet Pilgrims of Ibillin’s peace-building partners in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Zababdeh, and Ibillin. Hear from leaders and organizations in the West Bank and Israel who are seeking a nonviolent path to peace. The cost of the trip before airfare is $1,600.
or call Joan Deming at (608) 241-9281 with any questions. Click here for the full brochure, itinerary, and registration details. For more information on Pilgrims of Ibillin, click here.
NEWEST GBOD WEBINAR TAKES PLACE MAY 16
The newest resource on the Stewardship scene is “Committed to Christ: Six Steps to a Generous Life.” Author Rev. Bob Crossman joins the webinar to share the journey that led him to create this resource and the impact it is having on churches large and small across the UMC. Click here to register for the webinar.
BISHOPS WORK TOWARD COMMON GOALS
“Exploring leadership for an emerging church” will be the theme of the first meeting of the Forum of Residential Bishops, scheduled on May 5-9, 2013 in San Diego. The purpose of the five-day meeting is to create a learning environment where the residential bishops will share best practices, experiments and innovations that are working/not working in order to learn from one another. Each day’s discussion and learning will focus on a different theme, with addresses from selected keynote speakers. Click here to read more.
UNITED METHODIST BISHOPS TO EXPERIENCE LIFE AT THE BORDER
On Tuesday, May 7, beginning at 1:30 p.m. PDT, United Methodist bishops from all over the world will visit the U.S. – Mexico border to immerse themselves in the reality of life at the Southern border of the U.S. and sharpen their focus on how the church can be in ministry to persons residing there. Click here to read more.
- UMCOR Fights HIV/AIDS With Knowledge: Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia is committed to reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS. First, though, they have to help people change the way they think about the disease. Many people in West Africa still associate HIV/AIDS with witchcraft. Through a health-education radio talk show, Ganta United Methodist Hospital has reached nearly 60,000 listeners with information about how HIV/AIDS is spread and how it can be treated. Read more. Projects like this one require long-term support, because they count on the cumulative effect of many years of training and testing to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS. You can help with a donation to the Wisconsin Conference Treasurer for United Methodist Global AIDS Fund, fund number 3290, to help continue that long-term effort. Every penny helps to keep projects like the one at Ganta United Methodist Hospital afloat.
- Pray for Those Affected By Spring Floods: Spring rains and warmer weather that melts winter’s snow cause flooding across the United States each year. Communities in the West Michigan Annual Conference and the Illinois Great Rivers Conference have already been affected. Pray for all those communities that are currently dealing with flooding or anticipating its arrival.
- Watch a Mother’s Day Tribute: This Mother’s Day, give another mother the gift of life. The video “Share the Love, Save Lives: A Mother’s Day Tribute” tells how you can help protect pregnant women, who are particularly vulnerable to malaria.
- Watch How-To Videos For Relief Supplies: Use the videos found on the Relief Supplies page of the UMCOR website to share how easy it is to assemble some of the most popular and most-needed relief-supply kits. Cleaning buckets are urgently needed and the how-to video will help you assemble one (or more!) to help a family recovering from floods or other natural disasters.
- UMCOR Seeks Monitoring and Evaluation Manager: UMCOR is seeking a monitoring and evaluation manager to work with staff of the International Programs unit as well as the executive secretaries of Monitoring and Evaluation for UMCOR and Global Ministries. Learn more.
- Prepare for Your Next Medical Mission with 2013 Rx Consultation: Join Oak Creek Community UMC at 8675 South 13th Street in Oak Creek May 3-5 for Rx Consultation 2013. Patricia Magyar, UMCOR Health, will be the Plenary Speaker on Friday Evening. Patricia has been working with UMCOR Health in the areas of Community Based Primary Health Care and Parish Nursing. Download the event schedule or the event advertisement, and learn more at the event website.
- Register Today for Chainsaw Training in May: Did you know all volunteers using a chain saw must have certified training? Attend a Chain Saw Training Course at 9 a.m. on May 18, 2013 at Lake Lucerne Camp in Neshkoro. The course is for beginners and experienced cutters with emphasis on safety and working with basic hazards evaluation. Cost is $35 and lunch will be provided. There is a limit of 10-15 people. Bring helmet, and ear and eye protection. Also bring work boots, gloves, chaps and chain saw if you have them. Dress for the weather. You will receive a wallet identification card for participating or attending a basic chain saw safety course. Write the check to VIM Camps. To register, send your name, address, email address, and money to: Chuck Wedemeyer, 8389 N. Ivy St., Brown Deer, WI 53223, 414-354-8285, by May 7, 2013.
TIPS AND RESOURCES
- Chuck Knows Church #27 – The Bread and the Cup
- 8 Ways To Connect Young Adults To The Church: During the coming summer, young adults in your church, as well as their friends, may have time — and skills — to share. United Methodist Communications offers eight opportunities for young adults to engage with the church and community. Read story.
- 50 Ways To Welcome A New Pastor: Paul Simon sang about 50 ways to leave a lover. The Rev. Bob Crossman, minister of new church starts and congregational development in the Arkansas Annual (regional) Conference, offers advice for a far happier scenario: 50 ways to welcome a new pastor. This essay is offered by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at United Methodist Wesley Theological Seminary. Read list.
- Great Turnout Reported at Junior High Convo: Junior High Convo's 2013 theme was “Saved With Amazing Grace”, and the 350 youth and adult leaders who attended were thrilled with the gift of wonderful weather for our weekend at the Green Lake Conference Center. Through a free will offering and sales of backpacks and lollipops, Convo donated $1081 to Rising Sun Camp and McCurdy School. Thanks to our Conference speakers, our Design Team and our Tech Team for the gift of hard work and time. Stay tuned for more news on 2014 events for junior high youth.
- Churches Offer Free Haircuts — And More: Mark Burgess has been job-hunting for two years, and he knows the importance of first impressions. He’s grateful for Showers of Blessing, a morning of free showers, haircuts, continental breakfasts and other services run by a coalition of area churches. “They’re really nice people,” he says. “They make me feel good.” The Santa Maria Times in California has the story. Read story.
- Teen Talks About Win In C-SPAN Contest: In his “Message to the President” documentary that won third price in C-SPAN’s StudentCam competition, Trevor Warren, 18, sought to present a balanced, but compassionate, view on immigration. “This is an issue that is less about numbers and statistics and more about actual people,” he said. Warren was honored at Providence United Methodist Church in Alabama. Gulf Coast News Today has the story. Read story.
- Foundation Seeks President and CEO: The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation is seeking qualified applicants for the position of President & CEO. President William Helwig will be retiring on June 30, 2013. Applicants should have a familiarity of the United Methodist Church, its polity and organization. If you are interested in applying for the position, send a letter of application, detailed resume, three professional references and salary expectations to: Bruce Bartel, 750 Windsor Street, Suite 305, Sun Prairie, WI 53590. For detailed information about the position, visit www.wumf.org and click on the link for the job description. Applications will be accepted through May 15th 2013. Pastors are encouraged to post this information in their church bulletins.
- GBCS Seeks Director and Organizer for Women’s and Children’s Advocacy: Click here to read more.
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