Wisconsin Conference ENews for January 26, 2021

“Together in Christ”: Bishop Jung’s Lenten Bible Study – available Thursday, Jan 28
Bishop Jung invites all Wisconsin United Methodists to join a Lenten journey to explore a biblical and theological vision for unity and beloved community.  Our United Methodist Council of Bishops have committed to a priority goal of “Dismantling Racism,” and “Together in Christ,” offers an introduction to this important work.  This is a foundational resource for our Wisconsin Conference vision of radical inclusion and racial justice this quadrennium.  Every congregation and church member will find much to discuss, to reflect on, and to act upon in this Ash Wednesday to Easter Bible Study.  Look for more information on the study to be available Thursday, January 28.

Council of Bishops: A Call to Action for The United Methodist Church in Times of Challenge
My prayer is that the people of The United Methodist Church will not sleep through this revolution. We must be willing to adopt the new hearts, minds and skills necessary to build a church and world where all belong and are embraced as beloved of God.  Read More

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey
President-Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church

Local News & Events

Both/And: Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences for Online and
In-person Audiences with Jason Moore

Join us for this Virtual Event held on February 2, 2021 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Early Bird registration price is $10.00, until January 18, 2021.  As of January 19, 2021 registration will be $15.00.  This 2-hour workshop will delve into strategies for how to create powerful transformative worship where no one feels like they are an afterthought.  Read More


Racism in America: A Speaker Series
The United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay will be offering eight presentations on the history and societal impact of race in America each Thursday from January 28 to March 18 @ 7 pm.  The series will be free, on-line and open to all.  The first presentation will be by Reggie Jackson and will focus on the history of diversity in America. Subsequent presentations will discuss criminal justice, education, employment, housing, health and welfare and religion.  Specifics on the presentations and registration can be found on the church website at www.umcwfb.com

WI UM Camps Now Hiring!
Wisconsin United Methodist Camps are currently hiring summer staff. Positions include Camp Counselors, Support Staff, and Healthcare Coordinators.  If you know of people who may be suited for these roles, please encourage them to apply at https://wiumcamps.org/about-us/employment/

Other News & Resources

31 United Methodists serve in 117th Congress (UM News Service)
A near-equal number of United Methodists serve on each side of the aisle in the 117th U.S. Congress, which faces the work of responding to a wounded nation and breached Capitol building.  Read More

Global Ministries is recruiting young adult missionaries who are willing to serve through Global Mission Fellows (GMF) US-2 program. Can you please share this with the youth in your local churches and communities? 

The Global Mission Fellows program is an outstanding opportunity for young adults, ages 20-30, to answer God's call to serve in mission. Our final deadline, to serve within the United States, is February 24, 2021. Join us in sharing this opportunity with young adults wanting to put their faith into action. You may share this link with the youth in your church and community. 

LMPC - Lombard Mennoite Peace Center Workshops

Leadership and Anxiety in the Church
Wed, March 10, 2021 9:00am CT to 4:00pm CT

This workshop looks at the challenge presented by the rising levels of anxiety being experienced in churches today, as well as the role that self-differentiated leadership can play in calming such anxiety.   It will be repeated on May 13, June 9, August 19, Sept. 29, and Nov. 4, 2021.
Conflict Transformation Skills for Churches
Sat, February 13, 2021 9:00am CT to 4:30pm CT
Although a normal part of life, conflict is usually seen as something negative. Acquire the knowledge and skills to transform conflict into a force for positive change and spiritual growth. This work-shop will be repeated on March 22 and April 10, 2021 .
Healthy Congregations
Thurs, February 18, 2021 8:30am CT to 4:30pm CT
Could your congregation use a wellness check? Learn ways to minimize or prevent destructive conflict, manage negative reactivity, and help your church stay focused on its true mission and purpose.
This workshop will be repeated on March 27 and April 17, 2021.
You can now register via TicketSpice on their website. https://lmpeacecenter.org/ticketspice/.



Director of Christian Education - First UMC Neenah-Menasha