Wisconsin Conference UMC ENews - February 5, 2019


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February 5, 2019

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Well Done, Wisconsin

His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy steward; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.”

Matthew 25:21

I want to echo the gospel writers, my faithful sisters and brothers, “Well done, good and trustworthy stewards!” We have so much to celebrate as the Wisconsin Conference. I am inspired and excited by your faithfulness in moving together through a challenging and often difficult year financially. As the cabinet, Council on Finance and Administration, Personnel Committee, and the leadership of our boards and agencies pulled together to make significant financial decisions, we were able to make appropriate adjustments to both finish with our budget in the black AND to pay our general church apportionments 100%!

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Latest Conference News

Wisconsin General Conference Delegates Share Thoughts

As Wisconsin delegates to the Special Session of General Conference prepare for the upcoming meeting in St. Louis, February 23-26, we want to highlight their thoughts and insights. This week, Rev. Dan Dick and Barbara Dick weigh in.

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Important Notice - 2019 Annual Conference Venue

The Episcopal Office and Program and Arrangements Committee have an important announcement regarding the venue for the Wisconsin Annual Conference 2019. The following letter is from Rev. Claudia Deede, P&A Chair; Rev. Sam Royappa, Director of Connectional Ministries; and  Bishop Hee-Soo Jung.

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An Invitation to Clergy: Bishop’s Clergy Days Apart

Bishop Jung would like to remind clergy of the special Bishop’s Clergy Days Apart this March, sponsored by our United Methodist Foundation.

All clergy are expected to attend this vitally important training event from Monday, March 25 – Thursday, March 28, 2019. This Conference-wide learning time is being planned in partnership with the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation. It will provide valuable, practical training in all areas of financial stewardship, including training for both your personal finances and for your church. There will also be an opportunity for clergy and Bishop Jung to discuss the results of the Special Session of the General Conference and the Launch Out! fundraising campaign.

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Register for 2019 Laity Convocation

All in the Wisconsin Annual Conference are invited to the Bishop’s Leadership Convocation of the Laity April 5 – 6, 2019 at Steven’s Point: St. Paul’s UMC in Stevens Point. There is no charge for attending but you must register in advance. The meals are sponsored by the Wisconsin Annual Conference’s budget for the Board of Laity.

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2019 Spring Grants are Available from the Foundation

For over 30 years the Foundation has been offering grants to help creative projects and ministries get off the ground. If you have a creative and innovative program, ministry, project or activity which is new to your group, you may qualify for a grant from the Foundation! Please read what MAY be and will NOT be funded detailed in our Grant Guidelines. Grants awarded are to be considered seed money rather than continuing support and typically phase out after three years.

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Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation Offers Scholarships for Students

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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Four Training Events Offered for ICD Graduates

The Institute of Congregational Development is a comprehensive, year-long leadership development opportunity for those leaders ready to take their ministry to the next level. This year, the New Ministries Strategy Board and the office of Congregational Development will be offering four follow up events to graduates of ICD. These training events are also open to other clergy and laity with passion for starting new ministries. The trainers will be provided by Discipleship Ministries and Path 1.

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Rainbow Covenant Reports due March 31

Reports for Rainbow Covenant are due March 31, 2019. Rainbow Covenant reports help the Board of Global Ministries measure local church involvement in a variety of avenues for mission giving. Mission and Outreach Committees at the local church are encouraged to use the Rainbow Covenant form as they evaluate their past year's giving and plan for the future.

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Black History Month: Center Honors Black Methodists’ History

As Black History Month begins, learn about an effort to preserve the rich history and contributions of African Americans in the UMC. Part of the rich story of Methodism includes African Americans who chose to stay with the denomination despite being sometimes excluded or treated unfairly. Archivists hope churches and families will donate items to the African American Methodist Heritage Center, so the stories of those who built the church will remain alive for future generations. Watch video.

Apply to be a Mission Volunteer with Global Ministries

Mission Volunteers are individuals or couples aged 18 and over who are committed to serve two months to two years at placement sites in the United States and around the world. There are two locations that have placement openings with immediate need, Tanzania and St. Mary's, Ohio.

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Group Proposes How to Divide Slashed Budget

The United Methodist group responsible for allocating most of the general church’s budget has issued its recommendations. Under the proposal, not all ministries will bear equally the brunt of the budget cuts. Heather Hahn from UM News reports. Read story. Read Connectional Table press release.

GC2019 Petitions Explore Exit Plans

Weeks away from the 2019 General Conference, some of the dust has settled over which petitions delegates will vote on as they peer into the future for The United Methodist Church. Several of the remaining petitions focus on who keeps church property if there is a split in the denomination over the issue of inclusion or exclusion of LGBTQ persons. Kathy L. Gilbert from UM News reports. Read story.

LGBTQ United Methodists Offer 'Simple Plan'

Backers say the plan for the church’s future that truly respects LGBTQ United Methodists is the Simple Plan, which would eliminate all language limiting the role of homosexual people in the United Methodist Social Principles and Book of Discipline. The plan is not one of those suggested by the Way Forward Commission. This is the third of a series of four stories briefly explaining each of the most prominent plans that will be considered at the February special General Conference in St. Louis. Jim Patterson from UM News reports. Read story.


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