Rev. Sue D’Alessio, Director of Connectional Ministries, will facilitate a Safe Sanctuaries Training on Saturday, November 23 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at Bashford UMC in Madison. Please call the Bashford UMC office at (608) 249-9222 if you would like to attend. View event flyer. Learn more about Safe Sanctuaries

The Annual Enrollment for HealthFlex insurance plans in 2020 will be October 30 - November 14, 2019. Login at https://www.webmdhealth.com/gbophb/ to access the new WebMD homepage.  Please be sure you have an active account with WebMD.   This is for lay participants and clergy actively serving churches full-time or ¾ time – NOT retirees. 

The Annual Enrollment for HealthFlex insurance plans in 2020 is open from October 30 - November 14, 2019. Login at https://www.webmdhealth.com/gbophb/ to access the new WebMD homepage.  Please be sure you have an active account with WebMD.   This is for lay participants and clergy actively serving churches full-time or ¾ time – NOT retirees. 

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.

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.