WI Conference ENews: New Hope UMC Fire, Lodi UMC Grant, #BeUMC

The Wisconsin Conference office will be closed
Monday, July 5th in observance of the July 4th holiday.


Conference News


Fire Destroys New Hope UMC Building
A large fire Friday night destroyed the building where New Hope UMC, De Pere was located.  The building is a total loss and they have lost all property that was in the building.  Bethany UMC in Green Bay has graciously opened their doors to New Hope so that they may continue to hold worship.  Pastor Rick continues to remind the congregation that the church is more than a building and remains optimistic and full of hope about the plans God has in store for New Hope UMC as they look for a new site to rebuild their church.  Donations to New Hope UMC can be made through our conference website or you can mail a check to the Conference with the memo: New Hope UMC Fire and we will make sure the donations reach them.  We ask that you continue to pray for Pastor Rick and the congregation as they navigate through this time.  Read More  To make a donation, click here


Annual Conference Videos and Materials

Thank you for your participation in the 2021 Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Conference of The United Methodist Church.  Videos and materials from the event can be found on our website at:  Conference Materials

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Council of Bishops Congratulates Bishop Gaspar Joao Domingos on his election as the 5th Chancellor of Africa University

The Council of Bishops is congratulating Bishop Gaspar Joao Domingos of the West Angola Episcopal Area on his election as the 5th Chancellor of Africa University.
Bishop Domingos will be inaugurated as the 5th Chancellor at the virtual 27th Graduation Ceremony set for July 3, 2021, at 09:00 a.m. Central Africa Time. Bishop Domingos is preceded by Bishop John Yambasu who died tragically on August 16, 2020, in a car accident and was subsequently inaugurated as the 4th Chancellor of the university posthumously.
“The Council of Bishops congratulates Bishop Domingos as he assumes this important role as the 5th Chancellor of Africa University.  Bishop Domingos’ leadership will be important to the ongoing exemplary education of the University,” said COB President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey. Read More

Local Church News




Lodi UMC Gives Grant to Support Reach Out Lodi

Through a grant from the Dolly Fund, established in December 2019 at Lodi United Methodist Church, Reach Out Lodi received $15,000 to purchase its first vehicle to help with food deliveries and transportation within the community.  Read More

Mission News & Information


People of God Campaign Invites Members to #BeUMC

United Methodist Communications, in collaboration with other denominational leaders, is building on the People of God campaign, launched in 2020. The addition of a new hashtag and call-to-action – #BeUMC – invites church members to embody the church’s values, embrace its aspirations, and remain with The United Methodist Church even in difficult times. Resources for your church can be found on the United Methodist Communications page.  Read More


Prayer for Myanmar

During Annual Conference a video was shown in support of and prayer for Myanmar.  Bishop Hee-Soo Jung and the cabinet showed solidarity by participating in the Three-Finger-Salute.  All present at Annual Conference were asked to do the same and submit their pictures.  If you would like to participate, send pictures of you/your congregation with a three-finger salute - a symbol of protest against military coup and support of democracy efforts, to wisconsinprayformyanmar@gmail.com  

Prayer for Myanmar


Elkhorn First UMC Supports the Mama Lynn Center in the East Congo

Elkhorn First UMC has been supporting the Mama Lynn Center for girls and women in the East Congo and they have shared a video celebrating the purchase of sewing machines for the center.  Watch Video

Other Resources




Pastoring in the Digital Parish Podcast Premieres

United Methodist Communications is launching a new podcast called, Pastoring in the Digital Parish, produced and hosted by the Rev. Ryan Dunn. Dunn is Minister of Online Engagement for United Methodist Communications. The podcast launched on June 17, 2021 with five episodes and a new episode will release every Wednesday.

Dunn says: "Think of it as the digital ministry class you missed in seminary." The podcast seeks to foster community and offer resources for leaders adjusting to ministry in the digital space. Read More



 The United Methodist Rural Advocates are offering (10) Emerging /Impactful Ministry Awards to United Methodist  rural and town and country churches that are responding to specific needs in their communities. Applications must be filled out by a leader of the program and signed by the pastor and district superintendent and can be completed and returned electronically by October 15, 2021 or postmarked by the same date. Recipients of the awards will be notified by December 1, 2021. Read More