Wisconsin Conference UMC ENews - August 21, 2019

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August 21, 2019

Soul Food

Becoming One, Being One

“I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.”

Ephesians 4:1-6

The word that leaps out of this passage of scripture is “one.”  Bear with one another. One body. One Spirit.  One hope.  One Lord.  One faith.  One baptism.  One God.  I shake my head when I hear people question and challenge the concept of unity in our scriptures – “making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”  My blessed siblings in Christ, this is why we are here.  This is why we exist.  We are the one body of Jesus Christ, incarnate and empowered by the Holy Spirit, to participate in God’s holy work of the transformation of the world.  We do this together. Read More

Latest Conference News

Laity Opportunity: Pilgrimage to South Korea with Bishop Jung

Join Bishop Jung on a Pilgrimage to South Korea, September 23 – October 3, 2019. This trip will have a variety of opportunities for engaging, learning, tasting, and rejoicing in the mission and ministry in Korean Christian history and spiritual life. Read More

Staffing Announcement

Bishop Jung, the cabinet, the Personnel Committee, and the Council on Finance and Administration of the Wisconsin Conference are delighted to announce that Sarah Sneider will join our staff as the new Director of Finance and Administration and Treasurer on September 4, 2019.  Read More

In Memoriam: Rev. Dr. Chomingwen Pond

We were saddened to learn of the passing of the Rev. Dr. Chomingwen Pond on August 4, 2019. She was born on September 1, 1927 in Madison, Wisconsin. She earned her B.S. in geology at Beloit College and then went on to Garrett Biblical Institute, where she completed her Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1961. Later in 1987, she finished her Ph.D. in Religion at Claremont Graduate School. In 1962, she became the first Methodist woman in Wisconsin to be ordained Deacon in the East Wisconsin Conference. Her ground-breaking path continued when she was ordained Elder in 1964 and thus became the first Methodist woman with full clergy rights in Wisconsin. Read More

New Flashbacks Newsletter

The latest issue of Flashbacks, the Commission on Archives and History newsletter, is available now.  Flashbacks features articles of historical interest and includes a section celebrating special church anniversaries and activities. In it, you can also find details on the upcoming Archives Heritage Retreat to be held at Pine Lake Camp on September 6-7.  The retreat registration deadline—August 29—is coming up soon. All Flashbacks newsletters, going back to 1973, can be found here.

United Methodist Men Spiritual Congress

Men of the Wisconsin Conference, you're invited to join the Northern Illinois Conference UMM for the Spiritual Congress (annual men’s spiritual retreat) to be held September 13-15th in Williams Bay, WI on scenic Lake Geneva.  The topic of this year’s Spiritual Congress is “Changing the Game”. Read More

Connectional News

Seeing 'New Face' of Christian Church in China

A joint United Methodist Volunteers in Mission team from the North Central and Northeastern Jurisdictions, making a journey of peace and goodwill to China, finds that faith is becoming more and more a part of public life there, writes the Rev. Thomas Lank. Read commentary

Bishops, Agency Respond to GC2019 Vote Probe

The United Methodist Church's bishops and finance agency are taking action in response to the investigation into fraudulent voting at the special 2019 General Conference. UM News reports. Read story
Read Council of Bishops press release

New Website Explores Denomination's Future

A new website dedicated to life as a United Methodist after General Conference 2019 has been launched by the Connectional Table. Content of the Emerging website will explore the leadership, ecclesiology, theology, missiology, polity and history of United Methodism. Read press release
Check out Emerging website

GCORR Resources: Calling Out White Supremacy & Helping Immigrant Neighbors

The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) has resources to help you understand and talk about recent incidents of hate and racism happening in our communities.

More than Gun Laws, More than Mental Health: Let's Talk about Mass Violence Fueled by White Supremacy
GCORR invites Christians to model the divine love of Christ by talking about and taking action to counter the divisiveness and violence of white supremacy. 

Infographic: How Do We Protect Our Undocumented Neighbors?
As people of faith, we denounce all forms of inhospitality, exclusion, and violence toward immigrant and refugee people and encourage education, advocacy, and relationship building among all cultures.

Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism, by Dr. Robin DiAngelo
In this article published by The Huffington Post, Dr. DiAngelo explains why it's so difficult for white people to talk about race. 


Apportionment Changes

In June 2019, the Wisconsin Annual Conference passed an action item that changed our Conference policy on General Conference apportionments and changed the way that our Annual Conference receives apportionments. For more information, read these Frequently Asked Questions.

Apply to Serve on WUMF Board of Directors

The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation (WUMF) is accepting applications to serve on our Board of Directors. Applications are due by August 31, 2019. Read More

Upcoming Events

2019 Bishop’s Cup Soccer Tournament.

August 24, 2019 at Centennial Park in Johnson Creek. View flyer or contact Luis Mauricio Velasquez, Missionary for Congregational Development, for more information.

Heritage & Archives Retreat: The Ministry of Memory

September 6-7, 2019 at Pine Lake Camp. Details and registration information available on the retreat brochure. Register by August 29, 2019.

School for Ministry 2019

October 2 – 4, 2019 at Green Lake Convention Center. All clergy leaders are expected to attend. Early bird registration ends September 6.  Register here

Boundaries Training

It is mandatory for all pastors serving local churches to attend before 2020. There are three sessions scheduled in October of 2019 for any pastors who did not attend one in 2017. Register here

United Methodist Women Annual Gathering: Sisterhood of Grace

October 18-19, 2019 at Black River Falls UMC. Register by September 25, 2019 for a reduced fee of $27. Flyer and registration available here.

2019 Spiritual Formation Academy: Boundless Compassion in a Broken World

October 27 – November 1, 2019 at the Siena Retreat Center. Register at etouches.com/spirit2019.  Late registration available until September 2, 2019.  Read More

ICD Training Event: Pioneering Missional Communities

November 8 & 9, 2019 at Neenah: Faith UMC. Register here by November 1, 2019.

Institute of Congregational Development 2020

This 10-month leadership development opportunity will begin March 3, 2020. Download the ICD Flyer for more information. Register at www.etouches.com/icd2020. Registration deadline: February 3, 2020.


Help Wanted

Part-time Organist/Pianist (Covenant UMC)
Office Administrator (Wellspring UMC)
Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry (Minnetonka UMC, Minnesota Conference)
Kids Club Leader/Volunteers (Edgerton UMC)
Organist (Monroe UMC)
Choir Director (Monroe UMC)
Custodian (Greenfield: Christ UMC)
Musician/Choir Director (Greenfield: Christ UMC)
Custodian (North Pointe UMC)
Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Madison: First UMC)

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Local Activities

Basic Lay Servant Ministry Course (Phillips) (Sat Sep 14 @ 9:00AM)
Lay Servant Certification Course (Pewaukee) (Sat Sep 14 @10:00AM)
Danbury UMC Centennial Celebration (Sun Sep 15 @ 8:45AM)
Advanced Lay Servant: Exploring Your Spiritual Gifts (Cudahy) (Sun Sep 15 @ 1:00PM)
Basic Lay Servant Ministry Course (Wausau) (Fri Sep 20)
Advanced Lay Servant: Preparing to Preach (Waupaca) (Sat Sep 21 @ 9:00AM)
The Art of Christian Grandparenting (Sat Sep 21 @10:00AM)
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