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Clergy as well as Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) members are invited to attend. Training includes: specific responsibilities of the SPRC by the Book of Discipline, the appointment-making process, staff management and job description, cross-cultural appointments, the Circuit Ministry and a time for questions and answers.

  • Capital-Coulee: 
    • February 4th, 9 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
      Platteville UMC, 1065 Lancaster Street, Platteville, WI 53818
      February 4th, 1:30 - 4 p.m.
    • Lodi UMC, 130 Locust Street, Lodi, WI 53555
      Please RSVP to the Regional Office at 608-837-0056 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by January 30, 2012.
  • Chippewa-Heartland:
    • January 28th, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
      Phillips UMC, 115 Center Avenue, Phillips, WI 54555
    • January 29th, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Spooner UMC, 312 Elm Street, Spooner, WI 54801
    • February 11th, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Black River Falls UMC, 100 North 4th Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615 Please register for the training no later than three days before the training you choose to attend by contacting Bunny Smith, Regional Office Administrator, at 866-979-9090 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Metros:
    • January 28th, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mequon UMC (lower level, fellowship hall),11011 North Oriole Lane, 53092; 262-242-4770
    • January 29th, 2 - 4 p.m.
    • Brookfield: Peace UMC (upper level, sanctuary), 12860 West North Avenue, 53005; 262-782-4408          

    • February 4th, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Burlington UMC, 827 West State Street, 53105; 262-763-2288< Reservations for pastors and committee members will help us prepare enough seating, coffee/tea/water and handouts at each handicapped accessible location. If you would, choose one of the training opportunities, and--one week in advance would be most helpful--contact the Metro Regional Office '24/7” at 414-271-5080 (toll free 888-645-7888) or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please provide date/location, your name and the name of your church.
  • Nicolet-Winnebago:
    • February 11th, 9 -11 a.m. (8:45 a.m.  registration) Bethany United Methodist Church, 1110 Echo Lane, Green Bay, WI 54304
      Please call the Regional Office at 920-991-0548 to make your reservation or e-mail Barbara Franken at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it by February 7, 2012.  It is important that you make reservation so that we have enough handouts.
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    Gaet Ma Dang, a presentation of Korean folk music played on traditional drums, bamboo flutes and other instruments, Court Dancing and solo dance pieces will be presented at First United Methodist Church, located at 203 Wisconsin Avenue in Madison. The event will take place on Friday, January 27th, at 7 p.m.  There is no charge for the concert, but a free will offering will be received for the performers. For more information, call 608-256-9061 or send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

    The Academy for Spiritual Formation #33 will begin in Indiana on February 7, 2012. Please register by February 1st. Scholarships are available. For more information, visit www.upperroom.org/academy or contact Academy director Johnny Sears at 615-340-7226, coordinator Donna Bryant at 615-340-7233, and/or coordinator Im Jung at 630-605-4917.

    The deadline to apply for a 2012 Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship in Washington, D.C., is February 1st. The EYA program is for persons ages 18 - 22 who have an interest in exploring issues of public policy, social justice advocacy and social change. Sponsored by the General Board of Church & Society, the summer internship is for young adults representing the five ethnic minority caucuses of The United Methodist Church: Native Americans, Pacific-Islanders, Hispanic/Latinos, African Americans and Asian Americans. The program also seeks to attract United Methodist young adults from the Central Conferences of   Africa, Philippines and Europe. Applicants must be full members in The United Methodist Church. Interns will work in social justice placements in the U.S. capital in June and July. An application form can be obtained online at 2012 Ethnic Young Adult Internship.

    Marriage Encounter Weekend is for good marriages, but even good marriages need to be rejuvenated from time to time. No marriage is perfect; we all have room to grow and to improve. The Weekend addresses many of these questions and gives practical day-to-day solutions to bring you closer. It also provides insights into what God is calling us to in our marriage. Worldwide Marriage Encounter-United Methodist Weekends in Wisconsin:

    • February 17 - 19, 2012, Comfort Suites, Oshkosh, WI
    • October 5 - 7, 2012, Bishop Rader Retreat Center, Westfield, WI

    For more information, call 866-633-3862 (toll free) or visit www.encounter.org.

    To help congregations develop secure and reliable funding to support ministry, the Lewis Center for Church Leadership is hosting its annual Funding Conference and releasing an accompanying DVD/CD Resource Guide. The half-day Building a Hopeful Financial Future Conference is Saturday, March 10th, from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the campus of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Read more.

    Embracing an Adult Faith: Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me This Before?, presentations by Dr. Marcus Borg, will take place Friday, April 20th, through Saturday, April 21st, at New Richmond High School, located at 650 Richmond Way, New Richmond, WI  54017. The presentations on Friday will take place from 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. (6 p.m. registration) and the presentations on Saturday will take place from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (8 a.m. registration). Through our time together, Dr. Borg will help us bring fresh questions to our 21st century spiritual lives and faith. Cost is $65 per person; $55 per person before April 1st. For more information, view the online event brochure or visit the Wisconsin Conference UMC website. To register, visit www.riverfallsumc.org or call the River Falls UMC office at 715-425-6233. The deadline to register is April 8th.


    • Building Homes in Haiti: The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Eglise Methodiste d'Hait (EMH) are working together to build 40 homes. Beneficiaries of the homes are participating in the building by clearing the original home foundations before construction begins and also are providing support during the construction process. Learn more about what UMCOR is doing to help Haitians recover by watching UMCOR's latest video on Haiti. To support these efforts, send your check to the Wisconsin Conference UMC Treasurer for Haiti Emergency, Conference Fund number 6010. 
    • Putting Food on the Table in South Sudan: Bethuel Lesuk Andaria attended the UMCOR farmer training last April, where he learned how to cultivate an improved variety of cassava. Andaria writes how the training and the cassava are helping him, his family, and his community put food on the table and bring more produce to market. Read more. You can support programs like this by sending your check to the Wisconsin Conference UMC Treasurer for Sudan Emergency, UMCOR Advance 184385. The Sudan Emergency Advance supports UMCOR programs in both Sudan and South Sudan. Please use the drop-down menu to make your contribution.
    • New UMCOR Director of Global Health: This past week, UMCOR announced Shannon Trilli as its new director of Global Health programs. As the primary representative of UMCOR's Global Health unit, Trilli will be the key liaison to all international, regional, and national collaborating health partners. She will provide strategic vision and leadership to all of UMCOR's health initiatives and oversee the implementation of those initiatives in the United States and abroad. Read more.


    • Free Lenten Devotions Program: The Society of St. Andrew invites your congregation to participate in our 2012 Lenten devotion and giving program, Living Proof. Each day during Lent, our gifted and talented writers, through scripture and prayer, share where they have seen Jesus at work in the world. As you make the journey to the cross this year, use these devotions and prayers to reflect on your own "Living Proof of Jesus Christ." Learn more. For more information or to place an order, contact Rev. Jennifer Vestal Moore at 800-333-4597 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
    • One Great Hour of Sharing Resources: One Great Hour of Sharing is just weeks away (March 18th). Be sure to order your free offering resources for this offering that supports the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) so that it may respond immediately and effectively to emergencies around the world. When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing, you help to build the strong foundation on which all other UMCOR ministries are built. Because One Great Hour of Sharing covers UMCOR's administrative costs,100 percent of gifts designated for specific projects is used for those programs.
    • Tips to Better Equip Vital Congregations from GBOD:
      • Start the New Year with a new church coach. Explore the possibility of connecting with a Path1 New Church Starts' coach to provide accountability and support for your church planting ministry. To arrange a conversation about the support a Path1 coach provides, contact Rev. Phil Maynard, director of Congregational Excellence in the Florida Annual Conference, at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
      • Get the app and read The Upper Room daily devotional on your smartphone. Download the new free Upper Room Devotional Lite app for Android or Apple mobile devices and join 2.2 million people from around the globe who use the devotional daily. The app includes features that let you comment and share on Twitter and Facebook.


    • Adult and Senior High Youth VIM Mission Trip, July 28th - August 6th, Fairbanks, Alaska: Participants will work with Next Step Ministries to serve the Athabasca Native American community. Projects include working at the Bear Spear Retreat Center about 15 minutes from Fairbanks building and refurbishing cabins, a youth camp that needs some construction work, and family homes that need repair. This 10-day mission trip includes two travel days, five work days, and two excursion days. Lodging will be at the Door of Hope Church in Fairbanks. Cost of the trip is $1,500, which includes airfare from Minneapolis, lodging, hotel costs, transportation while in Alaska, most meals and sightseeing excursions. A $750 deposit is required before April 1st to hold your spot, as we are only able to take the first 40 that register. The balance is due on April 26th (no exceptions). For more information, contact Lisa Buchmeier at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or the Mauston United Methodist Church at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
    • Volunteer Needed for Health and Wellness Center (Training Provided): The Solomon Community Temple Health, Wellness and Resource Center is in search of a volunteer (age 18+) who is willing to be trained in: blood pressure screening, blood sugar screening, and diabetes education. The clinic is open Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. - noon. The training will be provided by Julia Means, RN, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital. For more information, please contact Marilyn Higgins at 414-372-7413 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .
    • 2012 Rx Consultation: Save the date for the 2012 Rx Consultation May 4 - 6, 2012! The event will take place at Highland United Methodist Church in the Detroit Conference. Information on speakers, workshops and registration will be forthcoming. Thank you to Highland UMC, the staff, and Karie Saunders, mission coordinator, for agreeing to host the event! Highland UMC is located at 680 W. Livingston Rd., Highland, MI 48357. For more information, call 248-887-1311.
    • North Central Jurisdiction Disaster Academy: The NCJ Disaster Academy will take place March 14-17, 2012 at the Koinoina Retreat Center in South Haven, Minnesota. UMCOR consultants will present workshops and share ways to get involved. Follow the links for event information, class schedule, and registration

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