WI Conference ENews: Praise Band Camp, Groat Grants Approved, Annual Conference Offerings, Stewardship Retreat

Conference News

School of Rock Praise Band Camp- Immanuel UMC, Ripon

Immanuel United Methodist Church in Ripon, WI hosted a 3+ week long School of Rock-style Praise Band camp for local youth. Roughly 20 youth attended from area churches. The camp theme was One Purpose...One God. The camp concluded with a free community concert that was attended by over 175 people. Prior to camp, many of the youth had never played an instrument. What an amazing accomplishment! Watch the Concert

2021 Annual Conference Materials Available

Worship and music videos from our Annual Conference are available on our website for you to use or view at any time. Videos include: Memorial Service, Opening Worship, Bible Studies and more.

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WI Annual Conference Global Ministries Gift

Global Ministries celebrates Wisconsin Conference and our gift of $611,940.72 and our support of 20 missionaries in 2020 through the Advance. Thank you for connecting the church in mission around the world.

July Groat Grant applications approved by Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees met July 8 and approved 7 applications for funding from the Groat Grant program for a total of $70,731.

 The projects were for the following:

  • Hardware/software for livestreaming and recording
  • New sanctuary flooring
  • EZ Access Ramp
  • Air purifier
  • Overall technology improvements

If you are in a rural church and have a project that you feel may meet the requirements of the grant program, please consider applying. Here's a link to information and a video about the program.

Grants- Wisconsin Conference of the UMC(wisconsinumc.org)

Annual Conference Offerings

Offerings during our Annual Conference were collected to support our Bolivia Mission Partnership, raising funds to purchase much needed motorcycles for pastors to travel to remote locations; Rising Sun Camp, offering Christian support and adventures in nature at Lake Lucerne Camp, for children whose parents are incarcerated; and the Clergy in Transition Fund, providing financial assistance for clergy in a variety of transitional needs. To make a donation to support any of these offerings, please visit our website.

Stewardship Retreat at Pine Lake Camp

Registration is now open for the Foundation's Stewardship Retreat at Pine Lake Camp from August 13-14. Come for one day or stay overnight. All churches will leave with a multi-year stewardship plan. To find more information and register, please visit: https://www.wumf.org/upcoming-events/

For questions, email jmahnke@wumf.org or call 608-837-9582.

WI Conference Clergy Member Rev. Dr. AHyun Lee writes book: Selves In-Between: Offering Care and Forging Bonds with Difference

This book is for religious professionals- pastors, pastoral counselors, therapists, and chaplains- anyone who wants a deeper understanding of healing in a ministry context. When persons seek healing through counseling, they bring embodied stories, problems and issues. Counseling, as Lee defines it, is an in-between space where two selves interface and focus such that the client can experience healing to the fullest extent possible at that time, in that place. Learn more 

Mission News & Information


Fresh Water for Ecuador and Bolivia

Methodists in Bolivia and Ecuador are supporting the work of Engineers in Action to bring fresh water and sanitation facilities to rural communities. United Methodist Global Ministries has granted more than $300,000 toward construction and community training. Christie R. House has the story. Read Story

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Sacred Worth Book-Reading Series Begins

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United Methodist Board of Church and Society is kicking off a Sacred Worth Books Summer Read-along Series on its YouTube channel. Every Wednesday in July at 2 p.m. U.S. Eastern time, leaders from the agency will read and discuss a different book that speaks to particular justice issues and connects with faith. The first book will be “We Are Water Protectors” by Carole Lindstrom. Watch video


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