WI Conference Weekly ENews - October 19, 2022

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Conference News


The Anti-Racism Task Force Training Series
“How Long, O Lord, ‘til the New Wine Burst the Wineskin?” 

In-Person or via Zoom- October 22
Zoom Only- November 10 & 17

This training, led by Rev. Dr. Don Kim, will address the issues of intersectionality of the Christian faith and diversity in multiculturalism and effective church leadership through critical theological interpretations of assessing the culture and navigating the so-called “discipleship,” to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world in today’s stigma of racial crisis and multicultural challenges. Our congregational life tends to keep us separate from those who are different in race, class, or life experiences. We need to do some serious thinking about ecclesiology and public theology.

Why Should You Attend:
Most diversity and inclusion efforts in an organization focus on particular observable demographics such as race, gender, age, etc. This presentation will expand the concept of diversity by addressing the more global concept of cultural competency within organizations. Participants will develop the knowledge and skills needed to lead a culturally competent and strategic organization.
Learn more & register

Save the Date to Welcome Our Newest District Superintendent:
Rev. Dr. Ebenezer K. Insor

You are invited to welcome DS Ebenezer Insor and celebrate the ministry in the South East District at an Installation Service on Saturday, October 22, 2022; 1:00 PM at Brown Deer UMC, 5736 W Brown Deer Rd, Brown Deer, Wisconsin. If you cannot come to the event, please send a welcome card or letter for Ebenezer and send it to:

Brown Deer UMC
Attn: DS Ebenezer Insor
5736 W Brown Deer Rd.
Brown Deer, WI 53223

Groat Grant Gratitude: Algoma UMC

Thank you so much for granting us $1,200 from the Groat family funds. That, in combination with memorial funds from two retired pastors and their wives (Ginny and Rev. Al Briggs and Jane and Rev. Bob Kuhn) made it possible for us to install an automatic ADA door opener to our main entrance to allow those with mobility issues greater access to our building. Installation was completed in September and we celebrated with the children of those two couples as we dedicated it to God's service in worship on Sunday, October 13. 

The above photos show the installation process and a few of the people gathered for our dedication. We appreciate the help in making our building more accessible to all!

Application Deadline Extended to October 21st!
Now Seeking an Executive Administrative Assistant to The Wisconsin Resident Bishop Episcopal Office

The Wisconsin Conference of The United Methodist Church announces a search for an Executive Administrative Assistant, providing administrative support to the Resident Bishop of the Wisconsin Conference and the Episcopal Office staff. This role is responsible for collaborating with internal and external partners to schedule and offer meeting support appropriately and is responsible for coordinating travel appropriately. Must be proficient at: formatting and writing documents, developing, and distributing meeting materials, facilitating travel arrangements, and creating and maintaining expense reports and budgets.
View full job description

To apply, click here or email a cover letter and resume to jobs@gcfa.org 

WUMF Grant Cycle Applications Due Nov. 1

WUMF’s Fall Grant cycle applications are due Nov. 1. This grant is for new projects only, with the potential to apply for second and third cycles. Please view the application here and read the qualifying criteria carefully.

Please mail grant applications to WUMF, 750 Windsor Street, #305, Sun Prairie, WI 53590, fax to 608-837-2492, or email to wumf@wumf.org when completed. 

Local Church Stories


Successful Hunt Hill Trip with North West District Youth, Oct. 8th, 2022

What a great day we had with the youth at Hunt Hill on October 8th, 2022. I felt so blessed and happy to know we, together, impacted some youth and I am sure they impacted us. To recap: There were 10 youth who attended the event; 4 Clergy - Pastor Paolo, Pastor Samuel, Pastor Hakki and myself. 2 Adults from Pastor Hakki's church and not only Carrie who is on our Team, but, her husband Dale.

The Theme of our day set apart at Hunt Hill was: "Being a Good Steward of the Earth: Keeping God's Creation Litter Free". Pastor Samuel, Pastor Paolo, Pastor Hakki, Carrie and I spoke briefly about our different countries and their litter problem. Scripture was also shared regarding being good stewards of God's Earth. The youth expressed how much fun it was to go over bumpy roads, twists and turns and dogging the many muddy ponds on the trails. - Submitted by Pastor Jean Waldron, Pastor Paolo Vasquez, Pastor Samuel Subramanian, Carrie Romsos
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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


Bishop Mande Muyombo to Transition to Connectional Table Chair

The Connectional Table (CT) executive committee announced at their October 6th meeting the transition of the CT Chair.  Bishop Mande Muyombo will transition to the role as the chair of the Connectional Table on December 1, 2022. Bishop Muyombo will succeed Bishop Christian Alsted, who has served as chair since 2016. Bishop Muyombo is the resident bishop of the North Katanga Episcopal Area, which includes the North Katanga, Tanganyika and Tanzania annual conferences.
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Resource UMC
October is Pastor Appreciation Month

October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and like other people, you probably want to show your pastor just how much they mean to you. They are on call 24/7 and help to guide and shepherd your congregation into new seasons of ministry and growth. United Methodist Communications has put together some great tips to help you determine the best ways to show your pastor appreciation.
Get ideas for honoring your pastor

Resource UMC
Resources to Help Your Church Celebrate United Methodist Student Day

United Methodist Student Day (UMSD) is November 22, 2022! (But you may celebrate Student Day on a date that is convenient for your congregation).Gifts to UMSD offering support undergraduate and graduate college students. Help our students unite their faith with their spiritual foundation.

Planning a United Methodist Student Day celebration is one way to include church members in the mission of the church. We created resources that will help you inspire your congregation to support scholarships for United Methodist Students. Claim your celebration resources today!

Mission News


Wisconsin Council of Churches
Ongoing Needs for Afghans in Wisconsin

Do you know someone who can translate Pashto? The Catholic Multicultural Center in Madison is in need of additional translators as they prepare legal immigration/asylum applications for Afghans. If you can help them or refer someone to them, they'd greatly appreciate it! Contact: 
Carmel A. Capati, J.D.
Managing Attorney | Catholic Multicultural Center
1862 Beld Street | Madison WI 53713
Direct Phone: 608-405-1703 (talk or text)

Read more about how you can help Afghans in WI

Upcoming Events

October 22 - WI United Methodist Foundation's Stewardship "Spook"-tacular 
October 22 - Anti-Racism Task Force “How Long, O Lord, ‘til the New Wine Burst the Wineskin?” 
October 22 - Introduction to Lay Ministry: The BASIC Course 
October 22 - NW District LSM Meet & Greet First UMC Rice Lake 
October 22 - Our Community In Concert- Sparta, UMC 
October 29 - NW District LSM Meet & Greet Trinity UMC Elk Mound 
November 2 - North Central Jurisdictional Conference 
November 5 - Salem Methodist Bake Sale, Bazaar and luncheon 
November 8 - ICD- Season of Maturing 
December 6 - ICD- Season of Multiplying

Other Resources


United Methodist Communications
10 Free Services for Local Churches

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — United Methodist Communications has a menu of services and tools as extensive as the menu of dishes at The Cheesecake Factory. Greg Petree has assembled a list of the top-10 services United Methodist Communications offers for free to help local congregations reach out to their communities. 
Read list

Wisconsin Council of Churches
Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service in Madison

Thanks be to God! Churches throughout the Madison area will be hosting an ecumenical Thanksgiving service on Monday evening November 21st, 6:30pm at Queen of Peace Church (401 S. Owen Drive, Madison). With many different churches involved, this event offers not only a chance to express our thanks to God for our many blessings, but also provides an opportunity to demonstrate unity and encouragement for our entire community. Nonperishable items and cash contributions will be collected for area food pantries. 

Discipleship Ministries
Planning Guide for your 2022 Advent Services

Isaiah is our anchor text for this Advent worship series. But Psalms gives us the mood, theme, or even soul. “I was glad when they said to me ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’” The opening line from Psalm 122 captures something of the Advent spirit this year. From “I was glad” to “go to the house of the Lord.” We are singing a song of ascent this Advent season.
Advent 2022 Resources 

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