At its September 28 meeting, the Wisconsin Board of Global Ministries approved Baltic Methodist Theological School (ADVANCE #15021B) as a Wisconsin Advance Project.  Several churches in our conference are in an IN MISSION TOGETHER relationship with Estonia, where the Seminary is located. Donations to Advance Funds can be made through your local church offering, by mail, or online. Learn more about Advance Funds.

The Cabinet, Commission on Religion & Race, and Ethnic Local Church Concerns Committee are hosting an Ethnic Clergy Retreat on November 6 & 7 at Pine Lake Camp. Thanks to the financial support from the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation, the event is free to attend. Register here by October 15.

Two collection points were named for members of the Wisconsin Conference to drop off items for the Bahamas following the recent devastating hurricane. Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Illinois reports that a total of 335 pounds of items were collected at Wisconsin sites: 250 at Winding River UMC and 85 at Hartford UMC.  Thanks to all who participated! 

The Program and Arrangements Committee is implementing a new registration process for Clergy and Lay Members of the 2020 Wisconsin Annual Conference. All clergy and lay persons who are eligible to attend Annual Conference as voting members will receive an invitation. You will not be able to register without an invitation.

The Wisconsin Conference Delegation has had a tradition of inviting input from United Methodists across the state as to whom it might consider to endorse as episcopal candidates for the upcoming Jurisdictional Conference. Therefore, we invite any Wisconsin United Methodist who would like to nominate an Elder to be considered for endorsement by the Delegation to please send the clergyperson’s name, along with a brief explanation of why you believe they would make a good bishop, to Don Cramer, the Delegation Secretary, by October 1, 2019.  

The Wisconsin Conference Delegation has had a tradition of inviting input from United Methodists across the state as to whom it might consider to endorse as episcopal candidates for the upcoming Jurisdictional Conference. Therefore, we invite any Wisconsin United Methodist who would like to nominate an Elder to be considered for endorsement by the Delegation to please send the clergyperson’s name, along with a brief explanation of why you believe they would make a good bishop, to Don Cramer, the Delegation Secretary, by October 1, 2019.  

The Wisconsin Conference Personnel Committee would like to announce that Roy Noriega, the Conference Information Technology (IT) Systems Administrator, has accepted another IT position with Land’s End and his last day will be Friday, September 27th. Roy has served our Conference faithfully and effectively over the last four years.  Our Conference staff, our Annual Conference and our local churches have benefited from Roy’s expertise, professionalism and IT leadership.  Roy has faithfully invested himself and his time in moving our Conference forward with technology that has helped make the ministry we share more effective and efficient. 

All in the Wisconsin Annual Conference are invited to the Bishop’s Leadership Convocation of the Laity March 13 & 14, 2020 at First United Methodist Church in Appleton. There is no charge for attending, but you must register in advance.

A Pre-Retirement Workshop will be offered prior to School for Ministry on Wednesday, October 2nd, 9:30 am – 12:00 noon at Green Lake Center.  All clergy are welcome to attend this event, especially those considering retirement in the next five years.  There is no additional cost for this workshop, but you are asked to register by September 25. Register here.

Laity and Clergy are invited to a Team Leader Training sponsored by Milwaukee: Albright UMC and the Hmong Caucus.  Rev. Tammy Kuntz, UMVIM-NCJ Coordinator, will lead the training Saturday, October 12 from 9am – 4pm.  Register here  by October 4 at 5pm.

Join Bishop Jung on a journey to Israel and the West Bank, February 25 – March 5, 2020. This trip, offered in partnership with the Society for Biblical Studies, will acquaint participants with the geographical and cultural settings of the New Testament. Participants also have the option to extend the trip with a 2 day elective trip to Jerusalem, or a 4 day elective trip to Jordan and Petra. View the brochure or visit the Society for Biblical Studies website to learn more.

In June, a group of members from the Board of Trustees, Joint Board on Pensions, Health Insurance and Equitable Compensation (Joint Board) and the Council on Finance and Administration met to begin the process of drafting an agreement for Wisconsin United Methodist Churches to follow if they desire to disaffiliate from the Annual Conference based the issue of human sexuality. This is response to action taken at the February 2019 Special General Conference.

This new video explores the impact of the Hispanic/Latino Pentecost Emergence Initiative in the Wisconsin Conference. Learn more about how this movement is working to make disciples of Jesus Christ, create vibrant ministries, and mobilize existing congregations for the transformation of the Hispanic/Latino community in Wisconsin.  Watch video.

Camp in the Community from Wisconsin United Methodist Camps is seeking interested congregations for Summer 2020. This week-long day camp experience brings the best of residential youth camps to your hometown while helping your congregation discover and grow in your ability to outreach into your community. Visit wiumcamps.org/camp-in-the-community for more information. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Lake Lucerne Site Director, for application materials. Applications due October 31, 2019.

Hurricane Dorian’s hit to the Bahamas has been severe. Here are a few ways you can support the relief effort.

Donate Funds

UMCOR has provided a solidarity grant to Bahamas Methodist Habitat, the Disaster Ministry of the Bahamas Conference of the United Methodist Church. This grant provides immediate, emergency short term funding to address the basic human needs of those affected by this catastrophic storm. Your church can help by making a donation to Advance 982450 UMCOR International Disaster Response. To support the United States disaster response, make a donation to Advance 901670 UMCOR US Disaster Response

Donate Supplies

Midwest Mission Distribution Center has been asked by their partner Food for the Poor to help in the disaster response. They are asking for shovels, blankets, flashlights with batteries, and first aid kits. If you are able to donate, please have the items to Winding Rivers UMC in New Lisbon by Sunday, September 22. From there, the items will be delivered to MMDC on September 23.