WI Conference Weekly ENews: A Call to Prayer & Support for the People of Waukesha, Arlington UMC Hat & Mitten Drive

Happy Thanksgiving!
The Conference Offices will be closed on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, November 29th.
Wishing everyone a blessed Thanksgiving Holiday!

Conference News


A Call to Prayer and Support for the People of Waukesha

From Bishop Hee-Soo Jung: "Today I invite our siblings in Christ to a time of prayer for the people of Waukesha. May we remember in prayer those who grieve, those recovering,  community leaders, our responder community, and the spiritual leadership of our congregations, as well as our ecumenical and interfaith partners. We lift parents and teachers and all who plant seeds of meaning in the face of tragedy. These are days to increase the neighborliness of the gospel as we learn more details of the tragedy that took place during their Christmas parade. As families gather this week,  may prayers at our table give thanks for our God and seek the Shalom for which we wait."
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Save the Date! 
WI Annual Conference is June 10-13, 2022

The Wisconsin Annual Conference is scheduled to be held June 10-13, 2022 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay, WI. The conference may be attended in-person or by online webinar. The conference is by invitation only. Please be sure to go to the Brick River portal to update your "Mailing List of Leaders" for your church to ensure you receive an invitation to Annual Conference. For questions, please contact Angela Ulrich at aullrich@wisconsinumc.org or 608.837.7328 ext. 2227.

Arlington UMC Hat & Mitten Drive

Arlington United Methodist Church in Poynette is hosting a hat and mitten drive to benefit the local elementary school. The drive dates are November 21 to December 31. The drop off basket is located in front of the AUMC church altar. Please contact Michelle K. or Pastor Michelle at  608-635-2424 / michele.koopmans@gmail.com if you need items picked up or you can drop off items at the Poynette UMC Church Office (402 S Main Street, Poynette) anytime on Wednesdays. 

Salem Iron Creek's 160th Celebration

Iron Creek: Salem UMC, established in 1861, celebrated their 160th anniversary on October 10, 2021.   Eighty (80) people attended the joint worship service with guests, Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, and past interim pastor Tony & Barbara Hill were present to help celebrate.
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Farewell Wishes to Dawn Suchomel, Admin. Assistant

Farewell wishes to Dawn Suchomel, Administrative Assistant in Ministry and Outreach and Congregational Development Conference offices. Dawn worked with the conference since late January, 2021. She has taken a new position at UW-Madison, which is a great match for her training and skills. We thank Dawn for her months working in our Conference offices and wish her well in her new position.

The position of Administrative Assistant in M&O and Congregational Development is now open. View the job post or contact Sue D'Alessio at sdalessio@wisconsinumc.org with questions.

Wisconsin UM Camps Prepare Giving Tuesday Campaign to Support Camper Scholarships

The annual Giving Tuesday campaign is on November 30th and is an opportunity to unite around one day of giving and one BIG project. For 2021, we will be raising funds for our summer camp scholarship fund. This fund is utilized to make sure camp is affordable for as many people as possible. We desire that anyone who wants or needs to have time away with a camp experience will have that opportunity regardless of economic status. Please partner with us on November 30th as we work to make sure every child, young adult, adult, and family who wants to come to camp this summer can gather around the campfire with us! 

On Giving Tuesday, head to our donor page (https://wiumcamps.campbraingiving.com/)  to make a donation and watch our camp Facebook pages for updates on our progress throughout the day! 
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Denominational News


Connectional Table Aims to Restructure

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The United Methodist leadership body that coordinates the denomination's mission and ministry is looking to both shrink and become more global in membership. The goal is to become a body that serves the whole church rather than certain constituencies. Heather Hahn reports.
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Setting Criteria for a 2022 General Conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — General Conference organizers plan to decide early next year whether the pandemic-postponed legislative assembly can go forward as scheduled next summer. In the meantime, commission members approved a list of values that will guide their decision. Heather Hahn reports.
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What do the Candles in the Advent Wreath Mean?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — This Sunday, many United Methodist churches will light the first candle of the Advent wreath. Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, explains why Christians do this and what it means.
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Churches who help Afghans eligible for grant

ATLANTA — Churches helping refugees from Afghanistan resettle in the U.S. are eligible for $1,000 grants through a partnership between the United Methodist Committee on Relief and Church World Service. Recognizing that providing resettlement support to refugees presents congregations with new responsibilities, the relief agency is offering to share some of the costs. Applications are being taken through April 30.
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UM News: Global Ministries, UMCOR approve $10M in grants

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