The Council of Bishops has asked each annual conference across the UM connection to engage in a week of intentional prayer for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. This week, February 18-24, is Wisconsin’s week of prayer to focus on the theme of Protection. Members of your General Conference delegation have written prayers on this theme for use by individuals and local churches. They are available as a PDF download in a format suitable for insertion in a bulletin or as a half-sheet handout. Download PDF here.

On Monday, June 18, 2018 at Learning Day of Annual Conference, Steven Adair from United Methodist Communications (UMCOM), will lead a workshop entitled The Social Media Experience. Telling stories of faith and sharing messages through social media is vital in our digital world. Participants in this workshop will learn about social media platforms, upcoming trends, and how to utilize emerging tools for maximum community engagement.

There's a lot going-on over the next few months, including the 2018 Bishop's Days Apart for Clergy & Laity, the Wesleyan Heritage Retreat, the Rally to End Racism, Clergy of Color Retreat, Wildfire! Youth Mission Event, Holy Land Pilgrimage Opportunity, and the Boundaries Training in 2019.

On Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6 PM, Cudahy UMC will be offering a Service of Remembrance for the Victims of Parkland and Other Victims of Mass Violence. All are invited. The service will be held at 5865 S. Lake Dr, Cudahy, WI. For more guidance on how to respond to this tragedy, read Bishop Jung’s Soul Food article When Do We Say Enough? Attached here are some resources to help your leaders and congregations provide support during this trying time: for all leaders; for leaders of children; and for leaders of youth.

All members to Annual Conference are encouraged to save the date for a Pre-Conference meeting in your district on Saturday, May 19. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

The Launch Out! Funding Campaign is our investment into the future of the Wisconsin Annual Conference (meaning everyone) to create faith-raising opportunities to reach people in new ways, in new places, and in new ministries. As we launch out, our focus is on leadership development for laity and clergy.

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission/North Central Jurisdiction is now accepting applications for Discover . . . Mission, China-2018, scheduled for June 19 through July 2. Leaders include Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, Rev. David Newhouse and Mrs. Christy Newhouse. The Discover . . . Mission, China-2018 is a journey in partnership with the China Christian Council/Three-Self Patriotic Movement (CCC/TSPM).

The Wisconsin Conference staff are wishing the best to Tou Kou Khang, our current Accounting Manager, who has accepted a job with UW Madison! He has served the Conference well for two and a half years and has been instrumental in keeping the Finance Office together during times of transition. Although we are sad to see Tou Kou go, we are happy for him and his family!

The Blue Print for Wellness (blood draw event) at Annual Conference 2018 is ready for registrations – this is for those who are on the active health insurance plan through Health Flex only (retired clergy and spouses are NOT eligible for this free service). To register, you have to log into your HealthFlex/WebMD site starting at https://www.webmdhealth.com/gbophb/.

Rev. Giovanni Arroyo, representative of the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) and Team Leader for Program Ministries, will present the workshop Building Holy Relationships Across Cultures on March 10, 2018. Rev. Giovanni Arroyo develops and designs initiatives related to the vital conversations priority of GCORR's ministry model, as well as serves as point of contact for partners and stakeholders across the connection at the General Church and Annual Conference levels. The workshop will take place from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Room 204 of the Conference Center in Sun Prairie. RSVP Required to Heidi Careaga at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Wisconsin Conference Board of Trustees is administering a bequest from the Groat Family for grants that are available to rural churches who are undertaking a capital/physical building improvement that addresses accessibility. Up to $10,000 in matching funds are available; and the next round of applications are due April 1st.

The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation is pleased to announce that scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students attending vocational/technical, two-year, or four-year higher education programs. Numerous scholarships are available for general studies, as well as seminary and ministry careers.

The United Methodist Church of the Pines will host a viewing of the nationally acclaimed film SCREENAGERS on February 24th at 1 p.m. for youth in grades 4 through 12, and their parents. Many parents and teachers share in the struggles that they face at home and school where the average child spends up to 6.5 hours a day looking at screens! Delaney Ruston, physician and filmmaker, looks at the impact of all of this time spent looking at screens, and at the friction occurring in home and schools around negotiating screen time.

The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program affiliated with the Upper Room intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The Walk to Emmaus begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of fifteen talks by lay and clergy volunteers on the themes of God's grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship and what it means to be the church. Watch an introductory video from the Upper Room.

The Epworth League, a young adult ministry group based in Sullivan, WI, is offering their annual Texas Spring Break Missions Trip. Every year, they take young adults down to the Houston area of Texas for a service-based trip. Young adults get to spend their day helping various community organizations, churches, and members, and then further grow in their faith during the evenings through discussion and worship. This year there are three different weeks that young adults can sign up for: March 10 - 17, March 17 - 24, and March 24 – 31. The cost is $220 and covers food, lodging, and transport during the week. Any expenses getting to and from Texas are not included. View full details here. If you have any questions, contact Milly Fawcett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..