As Annual Conference planning is upon us, we at the Conference have begun recruiting the Youth Delegation for 2020.  The youth delegation is a fulfilling and interactive experience for the delegates, with relevant and engaging sessions, a youth panel question and answer, and an introductory day of activity on June 4.  Youth Delegates will take part in all that is Annual Conference: Plenary and legislation sessions, worship, and fellowship. Being a part of the Youth Delegation provides an opportunity to learn about the works and mission of the many churches and believers that make up our Conference. Youth will meet other youth from the Conference and have special educational, service, fun, and fellowship activities planned especially for them.

Register today for the Blueprint for Wellness during the 2020 Annual Conference Session at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay!  Register by logging in to your HealthFlex/WebMD account online at www.Wespath.org.   This is for clergy, spouses and lay employees who participate in the active health insurance plan sponsored by the Conference – not retirees. 

The Wisconsin Council of Churches has released their newest study-action guide: Who is My Neighbor: Multi-Generational Conversations on Faith & Gun Violence. This resource is the result of two years of faithful study, prayer and action, and gathering of insights from youth, activists and advocates. View an excerpt from the guide. To download the full guide or view other available study guides, visit wichurches.org/study-guides. 

 

The Thelma Gregg Memorial Fund Award is a family-initiated endowment which awards an annual gift honoring a Wisconsin United Methodist lay person whose service in mission personifies the spirit of Thelma W. Gregg. This lay person must be actively and creatively engaged in local, Conference and global mission work through the Advance. The Board of Global Ministries along with its Mission Motivation Team is privileged to present this award. A monetary gift is given to the recipient’s favored Advance Project. Nominations are due May 1, 2020. Download the application form.

Bishop Jung has called for the Wisconsin Annual Conference to hold a second Annual Conference gathering on Saturday, September 12, to be held at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. There are two primary reasons for this:

  1. Conference members will have more time to process the decisions made during the General Conference in Minneapolis, May 5 to 15 and Jurisdictional Conference in Fort Wayne, July 15-18 and time to prepare recommendations for how to move forward;
  2. Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) will have time to prepare a 2021 budget that is based on the changes approved.

Registration is now open for the 2020 Wisconsin Annual Conference, June 5 - 8, 2020 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Registration is by invitation only this year. Elected lay members to Annual Conference and clergy must register with the email address that received the invitation. Information about the new registration policy and other updates can be found here: What's New for WI Annual Conference 2020.  

The Wisconsin Delegation has scheduled informational sessions throughout the Wisconsin Annual Conference in the coming months. The purpose of these gatherings is to provide information and answer questions about what is coming before the General Conference in May and Jurisdictional Conference in July. There is also an informational session scheduled for those attending Laity Convocation on March 14. These sessions are open to all who are interested - take a look and plan to come to one near you! 

Bishop Jung is pleased to announce that Kevin Rice Myers will assume the responsibilities of Wisconsin Conference Secretary, effective immediately.  He follows Susan Haller, who served in this position since January 2018.  It is with much joy and many thanks that Bishop Jung welcomes Kevin and offers a deep, heartfelt appreciation to Susan.

By Joel Certa-Werner

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the mission trip to El Salvador with Bishop Jung and those on the cabinet - one of whom is my wife, D.S. Rev. Barb Certa-Werner.  It wasn’t a destination location on my radar - at all.  But this land of coffee trees and dormant volcanoes deepened my love for our United Methodist connection and demonstrated the transformative power of social holiness.  I flew home exhausted, but also renewed and transformed!

The Korean Caucus had a family winter retreat with the title of “The Landscape of the Call and Love for Being Pastor” from December 25 – 27 at the AmericInn hotel in the Wisconsin Dells. Around seventy people from twenty-four families gathered from all five districts and had fellowship each other. It was the annual gathering for those in the Korean Caucus who don’t have extended families nearby. We were grateful we could be connected one another in Jesus Christ. In addition, a few Korean pastors’ families in Minnesota Conference joined us. It was also wonderful to have the chance for many to present their talents and to get to know each other in love of Jesus Christ.

Do you want a summer job that truly makes a difference in the lives of others? Or do you know someone who can inspire youth all summer long? Wisconsin United Methodist Camps are now hiring for 2020 Summer Staff. There are opportunities for counselors, support staff and health coordinators. To view the job descriptions and begin applying, go to wiumcamps.campbrainstaff.com. Questions? Email Nick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Resources for completing clergy W-2 forms can be found on the finance pages of the Wisconsin Conference Website: Handling Church Finances

There, you’ll find: 

  • Instructions for Preparing W-2 for clergy
  • Example of a Form W-2 for clergy
  • And other resources that may be helpful to the local church treasurer

Save the date! The 2020 Wisconsin Annual Conference will be held June 5 – 8, 2020. Registration is scheduled to open the first week of February 2020. Learn more about what to expect this year, including information about policy changes, registration invitations, and the Celebration Banquet Dinner. 

Summer Camp 2020 Registration is officially open! Pine Lake and Lake Lucerne Camps offer places and experiences that help youth, families and adults grow as individuals and in faith. Visit wiumcamps.org/summer-camps to see all they have to offer.

The Breakthrough Prayer event initially scheduled for Saturday, January 11, 2020 has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 8, 2020 due to this weekend’s winter storm. Registration has been extended to Wednesday, February 5, 2020 for those who have not registered. Register here. If you are bringing more than six people or have any registration questions, please contact Kristy via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-837-7328.