WI Conference Weekly ENews - March 16, 2022

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Bishop's Day Apart for Clergy & Laity

During these days together, we will feature our quadrennial focus, Radical Inclusion and Racial Justice, as our continuous mission and ministry direction. Our Anti-Racism Task Force and Bishop's Task Force are working on how we can build the beloved community together in the Wisconsin Conference. During Bishop's Days Apart with Clergy and Laity, each district will participate in study and reflection on Radical Inclusion and Racial Justice. Read More

Registration Links:

North West Clergy: https://wisconsin-reg.brtapp.com/NorthWestDistrictDayApartClergy
North West District Laity:  https://wisconsin-reg.brtapp.com/BishopsDayApartLaity
South East (deadline 3/24) https://wisconsin-reg.brtapp.com/southeastbishopsdayapart
South West (deadline 3/28)https://wisconsin-reg.brtapp.com/southwestbishopsdayapart

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.


Anti-Racism Task Force Cultural Competency Forum Presents:
"Exploring Cultures: An Examination of Diversity"

Saturday, March 26  
l  10:00am - 12:00pm  l  Zoom 

Exploring Cultures: An Examination of Diversity provides a look into the various ethnic, orientation and ability cultures that comprise the Wisconsin Annual Conference. The values, worldviews and norms of selected cultures will be examined, and a panel composed of persons from selected cultures will share stories of who they are and important aspects of their lives. Participation is free of charge to Wisconsin Conference clergy and laity. Learn More and Register Now

The General Scholarship Application Deadline is Apr. 1

The General Scholarship application deadline is April 1. WUMF has a board of directors committee that oversees selection based on need, and is always impressed with students’ applications. WUMF appreciates the references that take the time to write required recommendations to further these kids’ futures. Find all general scholarship information here. The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry also offers scholarships- The March 24 deadline is quickly approaching. Apply today!

United Methodist Women Rebrand - United Women in Faith

NEW YORK, N.Y., Mar. 2, 2022: United Methodist Women is now United Women in Faith! The move is part of a refreshing of the organization that includes a new logo and an array of new and improved programs to nurture current members and welcome new women to join to put their love in action on behalf of women, children, and youth. Our own Heidi Careaga, District Office Administrator, is a national leader of Women in Faith and you can see introductory videos that include her presentation at: United Women in Faith | Love in Action (uwfaith.org)

'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.
View Event Details and Buy Tickets

Advanced Lay Servant Course - Finding Your Powerful Question within Your Spiritual Gifts

Using interactive dialogue, learning materials, a workbook and examples, this two-day workshop will equip you with the tools to discover your Powerful Question within your spiritual gifts, become a more enlightened spiritual leader and move you to a more God-centered way of life. This course will be on Sat., April 2 and Sat., April 9 from 9am-3pm at Faith UMC in Sheboygan Falls, WI. To learn more and register, click here.

Denominational News

Bishops Discern Ways for Churches Choosing to Separate From UMC

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bishops of The United Methodist Church in their March 15 called meeting discerned pathways for churches choosing disaffiliation and separation. The bishops have met two consecutive weeks to discern pathways forward in these changing times. The bishops empowered the Executive Committee to form a team that would assist conferences with best practices and resources needed for the work of separation and disaffiliation with the primary goal being to advance the mission of the UMC and assist those whose hearts and minds have already left to leave.
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Local Church Stories

Wauwatosa Church Celebrates 175 Years By Going Green

Wauwatosa, WI- WAUMC is converting to solar energy! During the week of March 7th, the support framework and solar panels were installed on the north end of the church roof. On Monday March 14, WE Energies made the final electrical connections. ARCH SOLAR C & I, a Wisconsin based company with locations in Milwaukee, Plymouth and Madison, was responsible for all aspects of the design and installation. Read More

The drone pictures were provided by Andrew Holdstrom; a member of the Arch Solar team. 

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


Sharing The Story, Mike Ayensu-Mensah

Mike Ayensu-Mensah is a student at the University of Wisconsin at Steven's Point and was a recipient of the Nolte Scholarship for education in missions. From recent travels he writes:

"One of the greatest parts of going back to Ghana during the winter break on a Mission trip was seeing how excited the people were to interact with new ideas.  The mission group was greeted with an assembly at the Akumfi Ameyaw Senior High School in Aworowa one afternoon, and I was given the opportunity to speak to the students (with their Staff and Head of the School present) about my experience with continued education in the United States. I took the time to relay a basic lesson about individual strength that helps me remain motivated when my problems seem to be growing uncontrollably. The lesson comes up in many disciplines, but the main point is that success and growth can be achieved by approaching problems instead of avoiding them. I told them about how they could start trying to tackle the small problems that they saw and begin making their lives better in small ways." 
Read More

April Still In Mission Series
April 7  l  12PM (EDT)

Join Global Ministries on April 7, 12 PM (EDT) for conversations with missionaries Kyeong-ah Woo, Switzerland, Katherine Parker, Nepal, Leonardo Garcia, Angola, and M. Koffi Sachou, Central Africa. In this monthly virtual event, hear firsthand experiences from these missionaries about their call to mission and the communities they serve. Learn More/ Register Now

Prepare for UMCOR Sunday- March 27, 2022

For more than 80 years, United Methodist Committee of Relief has ensured UMCOR's resource in times of crisis so that 100% of gifts to UMCOR help those who need it most. Core resources are available in multiple languages.
Access all UMCOR Special Sunday Resources

Save the Date: 2023 Mission Trip to Lima, Peru
March 3-13, 2023  l  Faith UMC, Sheboygan Falls, WI

Faith United Methodist Church located in Sheboygan Falls Wisconsin will be leading a Mission Trip to Lima, Peru in March 2023. The total cost for the trip will be $1,500 plus airfare to and from Lima. Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2022. Please email Jody Pratt at prattgji09@gmail.com for applications and more information. Stay posted for updates about this trip!

Upcoming Events

Other Resources


How Can I Help When Disaster Strikes?

When disaster strikes anywhere in the world, many United Methodists want to know how they can help. 

The simplest answer is to go to https://www.umcmission.org. If there is a disaster of significant magnitude, United Methodist Global Ministries will place a link at the top of the page to donate to either the U.S. or International Disaster Response and Recovery fund, depending on where the disaster occurs.
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UMC Communications- Keep Your Holy Week Stress Free: Tips For Keeping Your Ministry Copyright-Proof

Is your church planning on live-streaming your Holy Week services this year? UMC Support has compiled our best resources to make sure your ministry has the right information to keep your online services up-and-running, without worry of possible copyright infringement! Download the resource below and let us help you make your Easter services as smooth, meaningful, and stress-free as possible! Copyright Tips For A Successful Holy Week

Professional Administrators of the United Methodist Connectional Structure- Take Your Career To The Next Level

Are you looking to take your career to the next level, have fun while doing so, and still make disciples of Jesus Christ? The Professional Administrators of the United Methodist Connectional Structure, or PAUMCS, is holding its next Advanced Certification Class July 24-27. Come together and fellowship while also learning vital ministry administrative skills covering topics such as:
  • Breakaway Churches and Trust Clause Issues
  • Church Safety Issues
  • Virtual and Hybrid Event Planning
  • IT Security

Class size is filled on a first come first serve basis. Remember, class members must be a certified PAUMCS member in good standing. Not a PAUMCS member? Learn more here. Ready to register? Sign Up Here!


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