WI Conference ENews: Annual Conference Info, Changes to Vanco Payments, Pilgrimage to Turkey Info,

Conference News
The Wisconsin Conference office will be closed Friday, June 25th.

The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation office will remain open.



Annual Conference Ingathering 

The Wisconsin Conference Disaster Response Team and Mission Motivation Committee has been working with Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC). There are several locations within each district of the Wisconsin Conference – where the supplies can be collected. 

Click here: 2021 Ingathering List & 2021 Ingathering Drop-off Sites

The link below is the brochure from MMDC to be certain that the kits you are donating are complete and include the requested items.

Midwest Mission Distribution Center Brochure

MFSA - Wisconsin Annual Conference Gathering 2021

The Methodist Federation for Social Action – Wisconsin Chapter is inviting you to a Zoom gathering on June 17th at 7 p.m. Registration is required to attend. Please email Bill Dow, pbdow@yahoo.com, by June 15th with a request for the Zoom link. It will be emailed to you 48 hours before the gathering. Only those registered will advance from the waiting room.
All are invited to attend.  Read More

Watch Annual Conference Livestream

In preparation for our virtual Annual Conference on June 18-19, we invite you to watch as a guest, the live stream of Annual Conference.

Two important pieces of information:

  1. Lay members and clergy members of Annual Conference have a separate link to be able to participate and vote during Annual Conference. Do NOT use the link below if you are registered to attend Annual Conference. 
  2. Anyone else who would like to watch Annual Conference live, can use this link: https://youtu.be/aYbbjVNrG0I

Join Bishop Jung and Scott Carlson on a Pilgrimage to Turkey and Greece to study Paul and the early Church
It is such a gift to be able to travel to the ancient world and see the places and the customs of how our ancestors in the faith have lived.  This type of intentional travel helps to bring the world of the Bible alive.  In addition we have a chance to deepen our relationships with others who travel.  When we deepen our relationships with others and with our scriptures, it fosters a deepening relationship with God. 
Traveling with the Society for Biblical Studies and Rev. Peter Miano, helps us to learn more of the roots of our faith.  Peter is also intentional about helping us understand what is happening today, in the lands where we travel. 

Come, travel with us, and allow God to walk with you and transform and deepen your faith.  More Information

Farewell Messages for Rick Churan and Dan Dick

Rick Churan is retiring from the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation. Dan Dick is returning to serve as a pastor of a local church after years on Conference Staff. If you want to leave them messages of thanks, fun stories, or farewell wishes, we have set up separate “KudoBoards” for each of them (a way to post pictures, messages, even videos of your memories).
Leave your message on this kudoboard for Dan Dick’s change of appointment. https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/J6JEt5fW
Leave your message on this kudoboard for Rick Churan’s retirement. https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/M27qdF6z


Electronic Church Donations through the Conference Coming to an End

After 15 months of electronic church donations coming through the Conference website to help churches get donations during the pandemic, we are now closing this successful program.  We started this in April of 2020 as a short term help for churches as we were all struck with the immediate closing of churches.  During this time, we have encouraged churches to give electronic donations a try and many churches have found it was successful and are setting up their own account with VANCO or another provider.  Here’s a few statistics:
90 churches signed up to participate
Over $200,000 (is that right) came in and was redistributed back to the recognized church with donor information
Over 100 people set up recurring giving for weekly or monthly giving throughout the pandemic 2,000 individual donations were processed by the Finance department.
We were glad we could provide this service and hope that churches are now happy with their own electronic giving set up.  If you still have questions about options – see the most recent Finance newsletter.  You may also watch a seminar we held with VANCO to learn about their system.


Thank You to our 2021 Annual Conference Sponsors
Mission News & Information



Partnership between Wisconsin Conference and Bolivia 

Our Partnership between the Wisconsin Conference of the UMC and the Evangelical Methodist Church in Bolivia, brings the opportunity to build bridges of support, love, learning of both cultures, company and mutual celebration of one faith in Jesus Christ. They are currently working on a project to fund motorcycles to help change lives for our brothers and sisters in Bolivia.  Read More


Other Resources


Seminary Scholarship Applications Due July 1!

Seminary scholarships offered through the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation have an application deadline of July 1! You can find application information here


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