The 2019 Wisconsin Annual Conference is scheduled for Friday, June 14 – Monday, June 17 at the Madison Marriott West. The theme is “One in Ministry to All the World.” Additional details and registration information will be available in the coming weeks.

Several 2019 Conference events are open for registration, including Boundaries Training, ERT training, the WUMF Clergy Tax Workshop, Bishop’s Clergy Days Apart, Laity Convocation and the Spring Women's Retreat. 

The Pilgrimage for Peace to Korea gave participants the opportunity to engage with Christians of South Korea while learning about the culture, history and division of two Koreas. Several participants wrote about their experiences while reflecting on this season of Advent: the season of active waiting. In eager expectation and action, we join the Spirit of Jesus, Prince of Peace, to bring about healing, reconciliation and peace. This week’s reflection is written by Claudia Roberts, the Peace with Justice Ministry Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church.

It is mandatory that all pastors serving local churches, including ordained, LLPs, retired, as well as pastors from other denominations, attend one of the sessions offered for Wisconsin Conference Boundaries Training. Clergy only need to attend one session, but you must attend before 2020. If you attended in 2017, you don’t need to attend again. A registration fee of $10 will cover materials and lunch.

Paul Cunliffe, Lay Leader at Danbury UMC, writes, “The United Methodist Church is a connectional church. We do things together. Apportionments are a way of combining our financial resources to be able to do more as a connectional church than we can do as individual churches.

There are two Advanced Lay Servant Courses coming up in the South East District in January and March 2019. All laity are invited to participate in Lay Servant Ministry classes, not just those seeking to become a Local Lay Servant or Certified Lay Servant.

The 2019 North West District Conference will be Saturday, January 26 at Rice Lake: First UMC. The theme is “Mastering Difficult Conversations.” Explore how to communicate when the topics are “hot” or conversations are difficult with the leaders, Natasha Lapcinski and Lauren Thrift, and special guest Bishop Jung.

The La Crosse Circuit of the North Central District is hosting Leaders Moving Forward at Onalaska UMC. The leadership training event will be on January 19, 2019 from 9 a.m. – noon, plus a bonus session over lunch. Breakout sessions will focus on a variety of topics, including finance, SPRC, healthy boundaries, digital tools and outreach projects. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Download the flyer for more information.

The Rev. Tom Berlin, lead pastor of Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia, was a member of the Commission on a Way Forward and submitted the One Church Plan legislation to General Conference. Berlin spoke with UM News as part of "Seeing a Way Forward," a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. Watch Tom Berlin's interview here. View all interviews from the series here.

With help from nearly $135,000 in grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief, members of the Methodist Church of Mexico are providing food and shelter for more than 6,000 migrants seeking U.S. asylum. The Rev. Gustavo Vasquez reports for UM News. Read story.

Sponsored by the Wisconsin Conference Connectional Table Resource Team, the Learner-Leader Academy (LLA) is an island of hope and strength that will encourage the culture of discipleship through collaborative leadership of laity and clergy in the Wisconsin Conference. LLA seeks to re-energize each church, laity and clergy, through effective resourcing and training to help make more disciples for the transformation of the world.

Several 2019 Conference events are open for registration, including the 2019 Learner-Leader Academy, Boundaries Training, ERT training, the WUMF Clergy Tax Workshop, Bishop’s Clergy Days Apart, Laity Convocation and the Spring Women's Retreat. Two of these events have registration deadlines ending soon: Learner-Leader Academy registration ends December 10, 2018 and Boundaries Training registration ends December 20, 2018. Please remember that Boundaries training is mandatory for all pastors serving local churches who did not attend training in 2017.

The Pilgrimage for Peace to Korea gave participants the opportunity to engage with Christians of South Korea while learning about the culture, history and division of two Koreas. Several participants wrote about their experiences while reflecting on this season of Advent: the season of active waiting. In eager expectation and action, we join the Spirit of Jesus, Prince of Peace, to bring about healing, reconciliation and peace.

Northcott Neighborhood House has announced a new fundraiser, Love: 500 x 100 x 3. The goal is to have 500 donors who will give $100 3 times before Juneteenth 2019. Download the fundraising flyer here. Northcott is one of the Wisconsin Conference’s 14 Health and Welfare Ministries. Northcott's mission is to support family stability, provide educational and recreational programs for youth, lessen neighborhood tensions, combat community deterioration and provide various social services for the residents of Harambee and surrounding neighborhoods. They have just released their 2018 Annual Accomplishments. View the letter here.

The La Crosse Circuit of the North Central District is hosting Leaders Moving Forward at Onalaska UMC. The leadership training event will be on January 19, 2019 from 9 a.m. – noon, plus a bonus session over lunch. Breakout sessions will focus on a variety of topics, including finance, SPRC, healthy boundaries, digital tools and outreach projects. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Download the flyer for more information.