WI Conference Weekly ENews - November 16, 2022

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Conference News


First United Methodist Church Hosts Event to Acknowledge Ancestral Ho-Chunk Land

MADISON, Wis. — The First United Methodist Church is acknowledging that it resides on the ancestral homeland of the Ho-Chunk people.

An acknowledgment ceremony was held Monday at the church, which sits at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Dayton Street. As part of the event, a red granite stone embedded with a plaque marking the ancestral homeland was unveiled.

The acknowledgment is the culmination of the work within the Racial Equity and Justice class at the church. Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway was one of the guests at the ceremony and spoke as part of the event.- Borrowed from Channel3000 News

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Transition for Lake Lucerne Site Director, Tanner Clark

Tanner Clark, Site Director of Lake Lucerne Camp and Retreat Center, has taken a position to be Site Director in his home conference and home camp at Storm Mountain in the Dakotas. After a year of serving capably at Lake Lucerne, where he has brought a United Methodist spirituality and spirit of grace to this position, has developed new and renewed relationships to expand the offerings of the camp, and has worked to help improve the facilities and all aspects of the camp, we grieve that he is leaving us all too soon. At the same time, we rejoice that Tanner is able to return to his home conference and camp. He will serve them well. We wish Tanner the best for his future ministry. Please hold our camp ministries in your prayers as we make transition plans for Lake Lucerne.

Renewing Rural Ministry- Online Via Zoom
January 28, 2022  /  9:00am - 12:00pm 

Across North America, urban centers are growing, creating new challenges and opportunities for rural cities and towns. Rural churches, once a centerpiece of small- town life, need new tools for loving their neighbors, sharing the gospel, and connecting in community. This gathering will help our churches be prepared for the next season of ministry.

If you are a pastor, lay leader, or are simply interested in vital ministry in small towns, this opportunity is for you. There is an $18.00 non-refundable registration fee.
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Weekly Lectionary Gatherings for Clergy
Tuesdays at Noon / Begins November 22 / Greenfield Memorial UMC

Rob Odum and Tom Garnhart invite colleagues to join them for weekly gatherings. The intent is to build collegial relationships and to probe the lectionary for the following Sunday. Bring a Bible and a bag lunch if you wish. We will begin with informal conversations and end with prayer. Lessons will be read out loud. Conversations about what we've heard will follow.

Why listen to the word? Virtually all of scripture was intended to be heard by the ear rather than seen by the eye. Even letter writer Paul expected Corinthian letters to be heard when read to the congregation by a literate member. Focusing on written texts without having heard them can distract us from their main point.

Contact Rob at <robdodum@gmail.com> or Tom at <tgarnhart@mac.com> for further information. Let Rob know if you plan to attend.

Local Church Stories


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

Share Your Event!

We're looking for events that celebrate local church communities across the state. Help us spread the word about your upcoming event by sharing it with us here!  Please be sure that your submission provides complete details. Subject to our editorial review, we will add your event to our Events Calendar and share it in the weekly Enews. Submit your event here 

Denominational News


November is Native American Heritage Month
Nov. 1- 30

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — While The United Methodist Church observes Native American Ministries Sunday on the third Sunday after Easter, United Methodists are also encouraged to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November. Also this month, United Methodists elected the denomination's first Native American episcopal leader, Bishop David Wilson.
See worship resources UM News: South Central elects Wilson as bishop

Global Ministries
Give Love Encourages Year End Giving

ATLANTA — Global Ministries, the worldwide mission and development agency of The United Methodist Church, invites churches and individuals to give love, joy, hope and peace through a denomination-wide yearend giving campaign. The United Methodist Committee on Relief, the denomination’s relief arm, is part of Global Ministries.  Read press release To give

Support United Methodist Communications on Giving Tuesday

Nashville, Tenn.: You can support the communication ministries of The United Methodist Church by participating in Giving Tuesday on November 29, 2022. Your financial contribution will help enhance ministry and reflect the church to the world.

The pandemic underscored the importance of communication and technology. United Methodist Communications continues to serve the church in essential and relevant ways: providing resources to equip church leaders for ministry, building infrastructure to connect the church globally, and sharing the stories of United Methodists making a difference in the world.
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Mission News


Midwest Mission Distribution Center
Person Dignity Kits Make a Difference in El Salvador

Imagine a home in rural El Salvador.

Inside that home are rooms full of children. These children have come from a variety of different backgrounds, but most are without family and without basic necessities. But they have been welcomed into this children’s home. Now, they wake up, take a shower with their bottle of shampoo, and put on a freshly laundered set of clothes. They head to school and come back home. They eat a meal, do the dishes, then clean up the house. Finally, they get ready for bed, brush their teeth, and wipe their faces with a washcloth and soap.

Food For The Poor started the Angels Of Hope program to sponsor vulnerable children; clothing them, feeding them, and giving them an education, all within a caring and nurturing environment. When Midwest Mission sends Angels of Hope shipments, each and every item goes to a children’s home that is much like the one described above. These children are finally receiving the care they have always needed, in an environment that shows them God’s love.
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UM Religion & Race
Advent 2022: God's Unimaginable Surprises

Our free four-week Advent resource for clergy is out now! It includes sermon starters and children's sermons based on the Isaiah lectionary texts and the theme of God's unimaginable surprises.
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