WI Conference Weekly ENews: Bishop Jung Visits Fort McCoy, Basic Lay Servant and Advanced Preaching Class

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Basic Lay Servant and Advanced Preaching Class- In Person

Are you interested in becoming a Lay Servant? The South East District is offering an in-person class on November 6 and November 20. Learn the skills needed to become a Lay Servant using the spiritual gifts God has given to you.
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Bishop Jung Visits Ft. McCoy 

On October 21, 2021, Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, District Superintendent Tsuker Yang and Rev. Deborah Burkhalter met with the Team Rubicon Disaster Response team at New Lisbon: Winding Rivers UMC. After the meeting, they traveled to Fort McCoy where they learned about the resettlement process for the Afghan refugees.
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NCJ Special Session- Nov. 10-11, 2021

A Special Called Session of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference has been called on Nov. 10-11, 2021. It will take place virtually. Delegates from each conference will be part of the official Zoom meeting, and others can watch it live on this page. Below is a detailed agenda for the two days (times listed are for the Central time zone). The three big topics of conversation are dismantling racism, episcopal leadership, and the future of The United Methodist Church.  Click here for more information or to watch the livestream.

Daylight Savings Time Ends Soon

Our days of longer days will soon be no more, as Daylight Saving Time (DST) 2021 will come to an official end on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 a.m. On the night prior, before you head to bed for the night, remember to set your clock back one hour, allowing for an extra hour of sleep.

Conference COVID Updates

The Wisconsin Conference Covid Task Team continues to meet regularly to assess the ever-changing situation with the Covid pandemic.  We continue to stress 5 points for everyone to follow to ensure the safety of all.  

  1. Get vaccinated
  2. Wash hands regularly
  3. Wear a mask – Read the science behind masking
  4. Practice social distancing
  5. Ensure good ventilation in indoor spaces (click here for information)

We encourage you to read the FAQ that was published in August. 

Denominational News


Global Ministries, UMCOR Approve $10M in Grants

ATLANTA (UM News) — The board of United Methodist Global Ministries and the United Methodist Committee on Relief approved more than $10 million in grants at their fall board meeting. The money will provide support for migrants around the world, wildfire survivors in the Pacific Northwest, malaria sufferers in Africa and more. Jim Patterson reports.
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UMC Discipleship Ministries- 
Engaging the Community for Social Transformation

The monthly webinar series, Engaging the Community for Social Transformation, will take place Thursday, November 18, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, CDT. Our guest will be Rev. Piula Ala’ilima, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is involved in leadership in “Acts of Repentance” on the jurisdictional, conference, and district levels. He will talk about the work that is taking place in standing with the native peoples in Hawaii and in protecting the sacred land, in particular the Sacred Mountain, Mauna Kea, as attempts to install the 30 Meter Telescope are made.
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Public Domain vs. Copyrighted Christmas Songs

Is it too early to start planning for Christmas? When it comes to copyright clearance – definitely not! It’s about this time every year that we start getting questions from churches about what licensing, if any, is needed to use Christmas music during programs and special events. And while there are many songs you absolutely can use freely; many other Christmas songs, carols, and hymns are copyrighted and require permission. 
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Gammon Theological Seminary Presents Webinar on the Pandemic and Black Churches

ATLANTA — Gammon Theological Seminary has a fast-approaching webinar on its recent study of how COVID-19 affected Black United Methodist congregations. The webinar is scheduled for 1 p.m. U.S. Eastern time Nov. 4. Register for webinar

Tuesdays at the Table: Does God Love Everyone? Do I have to?

Join us on The United Methodist Church Facebook page, or watch afterwards on the event page, as we continue the Tuesdays at the Table discussions. This session on Tuesday, November 9, we'll talk about whether God loves everyone and if we need to. Rev. Dr. Traci C. West is Professor of Christian Ethics and African American Studies at Drew University Theological School will to about God's love for you, your neighbor and humanity as a whole. 
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A Preaching Workshop Led by Marvin A. McMickle

November 16-17, 2021 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Via Zoom

This workshop will examine ways to use scripture in addressing many of the pressing social, political, ecumenical, and personal challenges faced by people in the current national and global context. It will also examine ways by which such preaching can be done during the COVID-19 pandemic through the use of virtual, print, indoor, and outdoor settings. Register now

There is no cost to attend this virtual workshop but registration is required.

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