WI Conference ENews: Asian Heritage Month, Peace with Justice Sunday, Retired Clergy/Spouses Gathering, Rainbow Covenant

Conference News



Pray with the Indian Community
Rev. Aaron Alfred, new chairperson of Conference Commission on Religion and Race, sent us a prayer with an invitation to offer it in corporate worship and/or in your personal prayer time. May the prayer deepen our connections to God, to one another, and to God’s creation.   Prayer



Celebrate Peace with Justice Sunday

This special Sunday is traditionally observed on the first Sunday after Pentecost which falls on Memorial Day this year. This schedule may not work for your church, then please choose a Sunday that works best for your church. It gives you an opportunity to express your commitment to making peace, that way, sowing the seeds of justice (James 3:18) as followers of Jesus who has become our peace that breaks down the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:14).  Read More


Area residents learn about, discuss anti-Asian racism at Baraboo Talks program

Baraboo area community members learned Thursday about the history of bigotry and violence against people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the U.S., some sharing their own experiences. Bishop Hee-Soo Jung delivered the key note address at the event. Thursday's event was recorded and is available on their Facebook page:  (https://www.facebook.com/barabooacts).

Retired Clergy/Spouses and Surviving Spouses Annual Gathering

The Retired Clergy Association will hold its annual gathering on Wednesday evening, June 9, 2021, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  For a second year, instead of a noon meal at the Annual Conference site, this will be a ZOOM gathering.  All retired clergy of the Wisconsin Annual Conference and their spouses, as well as surviving spouses of clergy, are invited to participate.  The group will be greeted by Bishop Hee-Soo Jung; receive an update from the conference Benefits Officer; welcome the 2021 Class of Retirees; and remember those who have entered God’s eternal kingdom since the last gathering in October 2020. 
To receive the link for connection to the ZOOM gathering please register by June 4 at this address:  https://tinyurl.com/xafjv35j
Questions or requests for further information about the June 9 ZOOM can be emailed to the Retired Clergy committee members, Ron Kral, Jane Follmer Zekoff, Rebecca Niese at:   wacretirees@gmail.com

100% Apportionment Paid Tags Mailed!

2020 Tags were mailed last week to all churches who paid 100% of their 2020 apportionments.  Thank you to the 245 churches who did this during a very unusual year.  If you do not receive, or have any questions, please contact Treasureroffice@wisconsinumc.org.  We would like to include some photos of you hanging your new tag and showing your church placque.  Please send a photo and your story to Communications@wisconsinumc.org.  We look forward to receiving your photos.

2020 Preliminary Results and 2022 Budget
A video that explains the preliminary financial results for 2020 and describes the 2022 budget to be presented at Annual Conference is available on the Finance web page of the Conference website.  If you have any questions, please send them to the Treasurer.  Watch video

Mission News & Information



Rainbow Covenant Information

The Rainbow Covenant invites local churches to explore the many opportunities for giving and serving – it is broken down seven areas: Special Sundays, Local Missions, Conference Advance Projects, National Advance Projects, International Advance Projects, Missionaries, and In Mission Together including the Bolivia Partnership.  As the church participates in giving to each of these seven areas, they “earn” another stripe in the rainbow. Read More

Northcott Board Meets - "Building the Future"

Discussing the mission, history, current programs and future goals of Northcott Neighborhood House, thirteen board members and Executive Director Tony Kearney spent Saturday, May 22 at an in-person meeting in Northcott’s gymnasium. The group was led in this endeavor by Una VanDuvall and Kristi Luzar from Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin, Inc. (UEDA). Read More

Other Resources

Juneteenth 50th Anniversary

Northcott Neighborhood House and the Juneteenth Planning Committee invite you to be a part of the celebration of Emancipation.  To mark their 50th anniversary, Milwaukee’s Juneteenth Day Parade and Celebration is set to take place Saturday, June 19.  The Juneteenth Day Celebration in Milwaukee is among the oldest and longest running such parades in the nation.  Read More