WI Conference Weekly ENews - April 6, 2022

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The Anti-Racism Task Force Cultural Competency Forum:
A Critique of Power and Internalized Oppression: Application for Churches, 
April 23, 10:00am-12:00pm, via Zoom

You are invited to continue your journey to cultural competency by registering for A Critique of Power and Internalized Oppression: Applications for Churches that provides a critical look into the nature and uses of power and how the ways in which power is used in group and organizational settings can lead to psychological and emotional distress in affected persons. This session will also discuss the nature and impact of internalized oppression, who it affects and how its effects are manifested in group and organizational settings. The session will offer methods for exercising power in ways that removes internalized oppression and provides emotional and psychological healing for affected persons. Learn More and Register

Pine Lake Camp Seeking Administrative Assistant & Registrar

We are excited to open up an opportunity to join our team at Pine Lake! We are looking for someone to help us on-site with our reservations, billing, and summer camp registration process for 30 hours a week at $15 per hour. The person in this role gets to interact with a variety of families that have loved Pine Lake for a long time and many that will be learning about it for the very first time. In all cases, we entrust this person with being the first interaction of hospitality and kindness that our guests, campers, and families experience. If you’d like to learn more, please call Nick at 920-585-1175 or send a resume to ncoenen@wisconsinumc.org. We are hoping to fill this position in a relatively short time, so please reach out soon!

Lake Lucerne Camp Seeking Administrative Assistant & Registrar

We are excited to announce an open position at Lake Lucerne! We’re looking for someone to provide registrar, office management, and administrative support for Lake Lucerne Camp. In this position, you will:

  • Develop and sustain a culture of hospitality by being the initial point of contact for the Lake Lucerne office.
  • Maintain registration systems for all summer and year-round camp programs and events
  • Support the administrative needs for the camp site director and camp ministry
  • Collaborate and provide additional support to camping and retreat ministry areas.

It's Time to Sign Up for the BluePrint for Wellness Screening Exam

Active clergy (not retirees), spouses and lay employees enrolled in the Conference Group Health Insurance plan are encouraged to register for one of the onsite events held throughout Wisconsin this spring.  This involves a simple blood draw screening and is done at no cost to you! Deadlines are approaching – the first deadline for registration is April 23rd.
There will be an onsite BluePrint for Wellness exam option at annual conference again this year on Saturday morning, June 11th, at First UMC in Green Bay.  Register by May 28th.  We need at least 20 registrations at each site in order to hold events throughout the state. TO SIGN UP log into your Benefits Access account at www.wespath.org, click on the Health Tab and, then on the Quest Diagnostics/Blueprint for Wellness link in the middle of the page.  Spouses may sign up through your Virgin Pulse account.  Or, you can call 1-855-623-9355, and mention your employer group is HealthFlex or the United Methodist Church. 
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'The Crossing' Campus Ministry 2022 Gala
April 30, 2022  
l  6PM  l  The Crossing Campus Ministry  

This is a once-a-year, formal event to bring all the supporters of The Crossing Campus Ministries to one place to share in an evening of story-telling and fellowship.

This is your chance to hear from Crossing students about what campus ministry is like in today's world and to connect with Crossing alumni and other church and community members who care about nurturing young people in their faith journey. Questions can be sent to Mallory Yanchus at office@crossingministries.org. Registration Deadline is April 10th.
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Register Now for Wisconsin Annual Conference 2022
June 10-13, 2022  
l  KI Convention Center  l  Green Bay, WI

Registration for the Wisconsin Annual Conference 2022 is now open. Attendees have the option to attend in person in Green Bay, WI or attend online. Registration for Wisconsin Annual Conference 2022 is now online. All information about the event is available on the registration website. 

Register at: 
https://na.eventscloud.com/wac2022hybrid. This Conference-wide event is by invitation only. If your Lay Member to Annual Conference has changed, please update your records in the Brick River database and contact Lori Denoyer at ldenoyer@wisconsinumc.org or 608-837-7328 with any questions. 
Early Bird Registration runs March 8 - March 31, 2022, at 11:45pm. 

WI Annual Conference Volunteers Needed

First Aid Assistance: Volunteers able to provide immediate first aid assistance to attendees. If you can provide that assistance, please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

Greeters and Ushers: Greet attendees and guests coming to Annual Conference. We need volunteers to offer a smiling face, warm welcome, and possibly answer simple questions as folks arrive. If you are interested, please check the appropriate box on the registration form or contact Connie Meyer at 608-837-3382 or constanceemey@gmail.com

Tech Crew: Committed and responsible volunteers to work for the Tech Crew/Stage Crew. Must be 12-years-old or older, by June 1, 2022. In some cases, this time can be approved for community service hours towards graduation (check with school). Download the application here. Applications must be submitted to Angela Ullrich at aullrich@wisconsinumc.org by May 2, 2022.

Registration Booth: Volunteers are needed for two hour shifts to help with checking in registrants. This involves making sure attendees are registered and handing out name tags/lanyards. Help is needed on Friday, June 10th from 9:00am to 5:00pm. On Saturday and Sunday, help is needed from 8:00am to 5:00pm. If you are interested, please check the appropriate box on the registration form or contact Lori Denoyer at (608) 837-7328 or ldenoyer@wisconsinumc.org by May 2, 2022.

Denominational News


Ask The UMC: What Should Congregations Know About Disaffiliation?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With the 2020 General Conference postponed to 2024 and the announcement by the Wesleyan Covenant Association that it will launch the Global Methodist Church on May 1, there are many questions about disaffiliation. The Ask The UMC team has created a FAQ in an effort to provide clarity about the process and dispel confusion. Read FAQ Read more Ask The UMC

Sunday, May 1 is Native American Ministries Sunday

Resource UMC has created a Native American Ministries Pastor and Leader Kit that can be accessed here. This Special Sunday kit provides a full package of ready to use resources to help your church celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday and define how we give, why we give and the impact we make through connectional efforts.
What is Native American Ministries Sunday?

UM News: The Church is Splintering, Not Splitting

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (UM News) — Framing the denomination's situation as a "split" suggests the church is dividing into two groups, writes the Rev. William B. Lawrence. In reality, The United Methodist Church is splintering because congregations are moving in a variety of directions. Read commentary

Local Church Stories


Wauwatosa Avenue UMC Hosts Candlelight Vigil for Ukraine

On April 3, 2022 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, WAUMC hosted a prayer vigil for the people of Ukraine. Scripture and prayer was offered every 20 minutes, people in attendance had the opportunity to light a candle, and a free will offering was collected for the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s humanitarian response in Ukraine. A final prayer in the church courtyard was offered at 6:50pm. Pastor Janis Ginters of the Milwaukee Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Holy Trinity Church was with us in prayer.

Like so many people around the world, members of our congregation have been praying for the people of Ukraine following the invasion of their nation. For several years, our congregation has been praying to be a beacon of God’s love and power in this community and around the world. It is in this spirit that we welcomed the community and be in prayer for our friends in Ukraine together. We continue to pray for peace and justice for our sisters and brothers in Ukraine.

Share Your Story!

We are called to share the good news in all the ways we can. Sharing your stories is way for us to be in community together. Every church has a story to tell and we want to hear about them and what is happening in the life of your church.  We want to hear from churches around our conference so if you have a story that you would like included in an upcoming ENews please use the link below and fill out the form.  We would love to have pictures to accompany the story! Submit story here

Mission News


Kenya Police Chaplain Connects Communities 

NAIROBI, Kenya (UM News) — More than two decades ago, the Rev. Eliud Karanja established a United Methodist chaplaincy ministry in the local police service. His work has led to a new chapel and school serving airport police and their families. Gad Maiga has the story.
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Upcoming Events
Other Resources


West Ohio Conference: Bishop Palmer's Leadership Clinic
When Leaders Lose Balance, Mark Batterson

WORTHINGTON, Ohio — Author and pastor Mark Batterson will provide a pre-Easter training titled “Re-Orientation: When Leaders Lose Balance” at Bishop Gregory Palmer’s Leadership Clinic on April 7. The two-hour clinic will start at 10 a.m. U.S. Eastern time. Batterson leads National Community Church in Washington, D.C., and is known for an entrepreneurial approach to ministry. The clinics are opportunities to get leadership insights from local and global leaders. Registration deadline is April 4; cost is $30 for Ohio leaders and $40 for others. Learn more and register

Podcast Discusses Palm Sunday and Easter

“Worship Matters,” a podcast hosted by Discipleship Ministries, discusses the intricacies of planning worship within the local church. In this episode, the team discusses the two grand celebrations that open and close Holy Week — Palm Sunday and Easter — and how they connect to one another.
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