WI Conference ENews: Board of Ordained Ministry Update, Lent Devotions, Children's Sermon, Anchor of Hope website launches

Conference News

Suspicious Emails Circulating

We have learned that some of you received a fraudulent email from Bishop Jung asking for gift cards for patients of Covid-19.  These emails appear to come from the Bishop, but they are from a false Gmail account. Our IT company is aware of the emails and we want to assure you that they did not originate from our system. His email was not hacked nor was our database compromised in any way. 
Please do not respond to these emails.  Do not click on links in the emails – they are a scam and are not from Bishop Jung.  Bishop Jung will not ask you to purchase gift cards for him or the Conference, and almost all emails will come from his @wisconsinumc.org email account.
The Bishop, nor any staff of the Wisconsin Conference, will contact you via email to solicit gift cards or special funding.  If you are unsure about any email message, please contact the Conference office at 608-837-7328.
If you received the email, our recommendation is to mark it “Spam” in your email system so that you do not receive future emails from that account. 

Bishop Karen Oliveto from the Mountain Sky Conference, offers devotion for Council of Bishops Lenten series

Bishop Karen Oliveto leads this weeks Lenten video devotion for the Council of Bishops.  Each Wednesday during Lent and every day during Holy Week, a 15-minute recorded devotion, led by a bishop and leaders from their episcopal areas will be released.  Read More

 4th Sunday in Lent with Rev. InSun Lee

Children, you can make a decision that changes your whole life. In this week’s Children Message from Pastor of Color, Rev. InSun Lee talks about how the decision she made when she was in the third grade changed her life and led to serving in Mozambique and now in Wisconsin. Download the video here for your church livestreaming and sing it with her a new song.

The Wisconsin Conference Board of Ordained Ministry Met
Worship, Devotion and Care of the Clergy Community

The Wisconsin Conference Board of Ordained Ministry met for worship, devotion, and care of the clergy community.  At the Wisconsin Annual Conference in June, the Board presents its report and candidates for licensing, commissioning, and ordination.  Read More


Be Part of the 20th Year Event of Wildfire!
Wildfire! Youth Mission and Ministry is a hands-on, week-long mission experience for middle or high school youth that makes a real difference in the lives of real people.   Wildfire! is special because it offers a powerful and meaningful Wesleyan-based mission experience – but at a low cost.  Special events and activities are planned to kick off this 20th year!

  • When:  July 18-23
  • Where:  Faith United Methodist Church, Superior, WI
  • Fee:  $150/person – covers all costs for the week
  • Registration:  contact Faith United Methodist Church at 715-394-9608. Ext. 1 / churchoffice@superiorfaithumc.org

Interested in More Information?  Go to our website at superiorfaithumc.org, click on the “serve” tab, click on the Wildfire! tab.

Bishop's Laity Convocation - March 20, 2021

There is still time to register for the Bishop's Convocation of Laity Leadership session on Saturday, March 20, 2021.  The theme for this year's convocation is "Radical Hospitality".  There is no cost to attend but registration is required.  Read More

United Methodist Women - Mission Action Day

Wisconsin Conference United Methodist Women hosts an annual Mission Action Day where they meet to equip Methodist women (and men) to be informed about social issues and equip ourselves for action.  Everyone is welcome.  This years event will be a virtual Mission Action Day on April 10, 2021 from 9:00 to Noon.  Speakers Dr. Kathy D. Hartke and Marti Gobel will speak on Maternal Health and Racial Equality.  Deadline to register is March 27, 2021.  Read More

Local Church News


Anchor of Hope launches new website

Anchor of Hope is a recovery ministry supported and based by the Northwest District of the United Methodist Church and the Faith Family Church in Emerald, Wisconsin. The recovery ministry began as the church felt a large population of Christ seeking people were not being served. The goal of this ministry is to provide a space for people with addictions of all kinds to worship and seek out their relationship with Jesus Christ.  Read More


UMCOR Cleaning Kits & Hygiene Kits put into action

Recent fires in Milwaukee have displaced more than 200 people from their homes.  Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) and the American Red Cross collaborated to assist those affected by the fires.  Midwest Mission was called upon to help provide 108 UMCOR Cleaning Kits and 432 UMCOR Hygiene Kits to the American Red Cross to use in the event that another fire affects the area.  Please join us in praying that God will provide those affected by these recent fires.


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Other Resources

Professional Administrators Conference
You are invited to the Professional Administrators of the United Methodist Connectional Structure Conference (PAUMCS).  The 2021 virtual conference is hosted by the Missouri Chapter of PAUMCS, in which I am a member and helping organize the conference!! The conference theme is "Keeping our Eyes Focused on Christ" based on Hebrews 12:2, “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”  Check out the agenda, speakers and more on the event website: https://whova.com/web/paumc_202104/



Wisconsin Council of Churches offering a resource to pastors

The Wisconsin Council of Churches is offering a subscription service to lift up the voices of black female preachers.  The subscription service will feature 7 sermons plus liturgy resources that can be used in worship online.  Read More



UMCOR Sunday - March 14, 2021

UMCOR Sunday is March 14th.  UM Giving have assembled a collection of resources that you can download to promote this Special Sunday in your church.  Read More


GCFA Collaborator - New Issue Released

Financial and Administrative resources to help your ministry.  Understanding the use of Cross and Flame, benefits of conducting an HR Assessment, and more. Check it out here!