We love highlighting the incredible things that Wisconsin churches are doing! So, we've decided to start posting Hallelujah Moments stories on the Conference Facebook page, rather than in ENews each week. Sharing these stories on Facebook will make it easier for churches to submit stories, and we can share a greater number of stories from churches throughout the state.

We love highlighting the incredible things that Wisconsin churches are doing! So, we've decided to start posting Hallelujah Moments stories on the Conference Facebook page, rather than in ENews each week. Sharing these stories on Facebook will make it easier for churches to submit stories, and we can share a greater number of stories from churches throughout the state.

We love highlighting the incredible things that Wisconsin churches are doing! So, we've decided to start posting Hallelujah Moments stories on the Conference Facebook page, rather than in ENews each week. Sharing these stories on Facebook will make it easier for churches to submit stories, and we can share a greater number of stories from churches throughout the state.

Dozens of United Methodist churches across our conference have responded to the massive flooding across the state. The Wisconsin Conference has received a $10,000 solidarity grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief, with a commitment of more to follow. WUMC Disaster Response has requested 4,032 flood buckets from MMDC and they are in the process of being delivered. 2,556 flood buckets will be delivered to the Sauk County Emergency Management as well as 2016 personal hygiene kits. Another 540 will be delivered to Hartford UMC, and the remaining 936 will be delivered to BMZ UMC and Soldiers Grove which will also be distributed to Viola and Gays Mills areas.

The Nomads on a Mission Active in Divine Service (NOMADS) visited the Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) for three weeks in July. They served over 1,500 hours preparing bleacher wood, landscaping, repairing 35 sewing machines, cleaning, organizing, building school desks, general repairs, and more. For more information on the NOMADS organization, visit their website at NomadsUMC.org. To learn more about the mission of the MMDC, visit their website at MidwestMissionDC.org.

The Juda Zion United Methodist Church sponsored two successful community outreach events in August. First was the sixth annual community block party where over 110 neighbors gathered for a picnic meal, music, games and fellowship. A highlight of the evening was a pie auction and a group photo. The second event was an all-day VBS program. Over 75 children in grades 4K-6th grade gathered, along with 60 plus volunteer helpers. Bible stories, songs, games, crafts and snacks were enjoyed by all attending, all geared to the theme “Polar Blast, Where Jesus’ Love is Cool.” Parents were treated to an end-of-the-day program, and all participants went home with a free T-shirt.

Clergy and lay people from UMC churches around Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, as well as other community members, came together on Saturday, August 18th to learn how to respond to Active Shooter Threats. The training was led by members of the Cudahy Police Department SWAT team. During the day long training, the group took part in discussions as well as active drills. The training also included ALICE certification. Church leaders are already setting up a second training session called "Stop The Bleed" which will teach how to do first aid in these situations until paramedics arrive.

Faith United Methodist Church (Superior, WI), coordinated with the seven other United Methodist Churches from the Twin Ports area to host a day camp for elementary-age children, July 23-26. The event was hosted at a nearby Boy Scout campground. Youth in high school were counselors.

Smiles and laughter filled the air last week as children participated in the 2018 Rolling River Rampage Vacation Bible School held by Arlington United Methodist Church, Poynette Inch United Methodist Church, and Poynette Presbyterian Church. These three churches worked together to have three evenings of crafts, snacks, story time, games, dancing and singing, as well as teaching children that they can trust God to be with them through anything. “God is always there as they ride the rapids of amazing grace!”

In the Bashford United Methodist Church newsletter, two members of the congregation shared their experiences at Pine Lake Camp. Kari Sweeney shares how she went with her four-year-old daughter to the Mother/Daughter Weekend. She said, “We immediately felt welcomed; like we had known these women and girls for years. It was the kind of connection that’s hard to explain, but where you can sit and be yourself, and feel at peace with very little effort.”

More than 100 United Methodists from 17 states and the Philippines gathered in Minnesota last week to discuss environmental stewardship, and explore specific ways in which they are called to care for the planet. Six attendees were from the Wisconsin Annual Conference. The Creation Care Summit is an annual event for clergy and laity that moves to a different city each year. At the 2018 gathering, which took place July 26-29 at Hamline University in St. Paul, attendees listened to a panel discussion on what they’re called to offer the world at this moment, heard from Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce R. Ough and Jim Bear Jacobs of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation, and engaged in action planning around topics they feel deserve attention.

First United Methodist Church of Racine had a wonderful, uplifting time at Vacation Bible School (VBS). Their young people were super heroes for GOD! The theme “Do Good, Seek Peace and Go After it!” motivated their children and volunteers to learn about having strength, wisdom, power, courage, and heart in the service of our Dear Lord, Jesus Christ. Pastor Jeanne Whiteside said, “This is always a favorite time for our church volunteers to bridge the gaps of generations, and keep our little ones on the Lord’s path.”

Members of Wesley UMC in La Crosse unanimously voted to rebrand themselves as Bridges UMC, as they plan to refocus their mission to connect more people to faith. The historic downtown church has been struggling with dropping membership. Rather than shutting down the church, Rev. Anna-Lisa Hunter and the congregation decided to resurrect it, or the “Lazarus Plan,” as Hunter explained. The congregation plans to focus on the mission to make disciples for God. Their plan includes returning to weekly Communion services, offering small group opportunities, and participating in mission endeavors. Learn more

Youth from 14 different churches attended the Wildfire Youth Ministry event. The goal of the youth mission, now in its 17th year, is to "pay it forward" by blessing others, said the Rev. Joel Certa-Werner of Faith United Methodist. Alyssa Watson of Green Bay was one of the youth participants. She explained, “It’s definitely important to get out into the community. Even if you're not doing it for your religion or faith, it's still important to reach out to others.” Among many other projects, they began to clean the new apartment building recently purchased for Harbor House. The apartment will be Harbor House’s first permanent supportive housing program. Learn more.

Holly Helton-Anishinaabeqwa, who serves as the committee chairperson for the Native American Plan on the Wisconsin Board of Global Ministries, attended the international seminar “Empowerment of Speakers of the Local Language, Communities and Nations" in Paraguay from July 3-5, 2018. The event was organized by UNESCO, or the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.