Wisconsin Conference UMC ENews - March 7, 2018

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March 7, 2018

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Challenges to Unity

In my Lenten reflection time, I note that we move from Black History Month in February to Women’s History Month in March. On one hand, there is much to celebrate in both recognitions, but on the other hand, why do we need to highlight “Black” and “Women” as special objects of attention? It would be so offensive to have “White Male History Month,” but an argument can be made that – still, to this day – every month is “White Male History Month.” In terms of attention, justice, awareness, equality, and fairness, it seems that the only way we can celebrate anyone other than white men is to designate a special “month.” This is sad, and this is wrong. Women, Chinese, African, Korean, Hispanic, Latino, European, Indonesian, Russian, Laotian, and a thousand other cultures, ethnicities, races, heritages, and histories should be celebrated each and every day of each and every year. We should celebrate brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, men and women as beloved children of God regardless of any human drawn boundary or limit.

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Latest Conference News

Launch Out! Team Speaks about Fundraising Need

The Launch Out! Funding Campaign is our investment into our future 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. 

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Annual Conference 2018 Registration Now Open

The 2018 Annual Conference is scheduled for Friday, June 15 – Monday, June 18 at the Madison Marriott West. The theme is “One With Each Other.” Register here now! If you have any questions about registration, please contact the Conference Registrar Kristy Yang at 1-888-240-7328 or kyang@wisconsinumc.org.

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Attend Forum with Bishop Jung: Beyond the Walls and Divisions

The Niagara Foundation strives to promote social cohesion by fostering civic conversations and sustained relationships between people of different cultures and faiths. The Wisconsin Chapter is hosting a forum with Bishop Jung called Beyond the Walls and Divisions: Interfaith Dialogue Leading to New Possibilities. Hilmi Okur from University of Chicago Divinity School will also share his expertise. The speakers will address the importance of dialogue and its contributions to the new possibilities nationally and globally. It will be held on Wednesday, March 21 from 6–7:30 p.m. at Central UMC in Milwaukee. The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required due to limited seating. Register here, or RSVP to onur@niagarafoundation.org.

Apply for Discover . . . Mission, China 2018

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).

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Register for the Annual Conference Mission Luncheon

Anyone with an interest in the mission activities of the Wisconsin Annual Conference is invited to attend the Annual Mission Luncheon on Sunday, June 17 at 12 p.m. at the Marriott Conference Center in Middleton, WI. The cost of the luncheon will be $16 for a salad buffet. Mary Balson, Chair of the Mission Motivation Committee, will be the hostess for this event.

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Register for the Security and Emergency Preparedness Workshop

The Conference Board of Trustees and Church Mutual Insurance Company are glad to provide a workshop on the topic of Security and Emergency Preparedness. This workshop will bring awareness to potential security threats and incorporate A.L.I.C.E (Alert, Lockdown, Informer, Counter, Evacuate) and Firestorm principles in response to acts of violence. Click here to register for this workshop, which will be held June 18, the Learning Day for Annual Conference. Click here for readily available information on armed intruders including how to spot warnings, handling an intruder and communicating during a crisis.

Announcing the Lois C. Olsen “Ministry of Memory” Award

The Wisconsin Conference Commission on Archives and History is pleased to announce the inauguration of a new award to be presented annually at Annual Conference, beginning in 2018. The Lois C. Olsen “Ministry of Memory” award aims to honor Lois by recognizing and encouraging excellence in archival or historical work in our local churches or our Annual Conference.

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Register Now: Clergy of Color Retreat

Join the Clergy of Color Retreat with Bishop Jung and the Cabinet on April 25-26, 2018 (Wednesday and Thursday) at Pine Lake Camp, WI. One of the strengths of Wisconsin Annual Conference is that our Conference continues to embrace and encourage intentionally initiated ethnic and multi-ethnic ministries. We affirm and celebrate the growth of these ministries. Bishop Hee-Soo Jung and the Cabinet will lead the retreat with grace and the theme “One with Each Other in Diversity.”

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Register Now: Boundaries and Ethical Concerns for Clergy in Pastoral Care Ministry

This continuing education program is sponsored by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency for clergy serving in appointments beyond the local church. You do not have to be UMC clergy to attend. The training will focus on boundary and ethical issues for ministry within these settings to include time and attendance, workplace and team relationships, sexual boundary concerns, credit card/financial concerns, clergy confidentiality, and professional integrity.

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Promote and Support Rising Sun Camp

The Rising Sun Camp is a week-long camp sponsored by the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church. It is designed for children who have an incarcerated parent. It provides campers an opportunity to build community of support, learn leadership skills, and to creatively express themselves through the arts.

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Wisconsin UMC Canoe Co-Op Offering Free Training Opportunity

For over 40 years, a volunteer group has operated the Wisconsin United Methodist Church Canoe Co-op with all the equipment needed for local churches and other groups to outfit and take youth and adults on wilderness canoeing adventures. On June 5-9, 2018, they are sponsoring a leadership training event in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northern Minnesota. The training, equipment rental, food, and permits are free. You would provide your own transportation and food en route. For more information, contact Bob and Holly Nash at 715-356-6861 or nashholly@yahoo.com. View flyer.

Scholarships are Available from the WI UM Foundation

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.

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Celebrate UMCOR Sunday March 11

All of us can make a difference during natural disasters, crises and life‑changing events by participating in UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing). UMCOR brings hope, support and aid to people who need to be surrounded by the love of Christ. Encourage generosity for this vital giving opportunity with new resources, from videos and bulletin inserts to social media graphics and posters. Download UMCOR Sunday Pastor and Leaders Kit.

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UM Global AIDS Committee to Host Breaking Barriers HIV/AIDS Ministry Conference

The United Methodist Global AIDS Committee Press Release: Saving lives, reducing stigma and increasing awareness will be core foci of the 2018 Breaking Barriers HIV/AIDS ministry conference, scheduled for October 25-27 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. The gathering, hosted by the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee, will bring together leaders in HIV/AIDS research, advocacy and ministry.

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Commission on a Way Forward Clarifies Values as it Presents Two Sketches to Bishops

Council of Bishops Press Release: What is Christ’s way forward for doing mission and ministry in the worldwide United Methodist Church? That is the question bishops pondered during their February meeting in Dallas this week as they received an updated report from the Commission on a Way Forward. In the report given to the Council this week, the Commission shared with the bishops two sketches that carry forward many of the values and principles of the three sketches that were presented to the bishops at their meeting in November.

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UMCOM Offering Free UMC Easter Resources

UMCOM 2018 Easter resources are now available through the vendor Outreach. Churches can get $150 of free Easter resources provided by UMCOM through Outreach. Choose from seven different designs or upload your own artwork and enter the coupon code “UMCEA18” at checkout to save $150. Churches will be responsible for shipping and any costs over the $150 offer. Please visit the Outreach website to view these resources and place an order.

Hallelujah Moments

Forest UMC Gives Valentines to Those in Need

Forest United Methodist Church delivered 15 Valentine’s Day bags across their community to shut-ins or those in need. The bags were brought to those that might need a little extra love this time of year and an extra smile. It was meant to share love to others. The Sunday School children helped deliver the Valentines. See photo

New Life Mission Group to Work with Appalachia Service Project

The New Life UMC Mission Group will be working with the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) in Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee from July 14-21. The upcoming trip and the work of ASP was recently highlighted in the local news. ASP works to bring thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families.

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