WI Conference Weekly ENews - September 21, 2022

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Religion & Race
30 Days of Anti-Racism

September 1st began the Religion & Race 30 days of anti-racism campaign. Each day we will engage in an activity that helps us to become more anti-racist in the ways we think and act. Share your progress with a picture or a reflection using #30DaysAntiRacism.

GCORR invites allies to spend the month of September doing #30DaysAntiRacism. Please post photos of your activities using #30DaysAntiRacism and encourage your friends, members of your congregation, Sunday school class, pastors, and community partners to join for these 30 days. Learn more / View Daily Activity Calendar

WUMF- You're Invited To The Foundation's Saturday Stewardship "Spook"-tacular, Saturday, October 22nd

Stewardship doesn’t have to be scary. Attend the Foundation’s Fall Stewardship seminar to get the resources your leaders need. Come in-person at Hudson United Methodist Church or take part virtually via Zoom Webinar. Workshops include:

  • Offering with No Plate
  • ABC’s of Financially Healthy Churches
  • Say What? Invitational Language & Messaging

We're Hiring! 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 

October is Pastor Appreciation Month! Are You Prepared?

The #IGiveUMC campaign is designed to help you treasure your spiritual leaders while funding the ministry of your local church. Find resources specifically designed to appreciate clergy and all the blessings they share in our churches.
UMC Support also wants to help you say thanks to your pastor. Here are some free social media graphics to share with your community. Graphics come in the correct sizing for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Wisconsin Council of Churches
What to do When the Packer Game is on Sunday Morning: 
An Interview with Oshkosh UMC Pastor, 
Rev. Cathy Weigand

Doing ministry in Wisconsin, many church leaders know that the Green Bay Packers' schedule is an important thing to be aware of when planning church events. Did you know that the Green Bay Packers play at 8:30am on October 9th? What does that mean for Sunday morning worship? Rev. Cathy Weigand, pastor at Algoma Boulevard UMC in Oshkosh sees this as an opportunity for outreach, a reminder that faith is woven to every part of life, and a chance to have a little fun. On this week's WCC Wednesday, she shared her church's plan to show the game and worship during commercial breaks, timeouts, and halftime. Listen to our conversation to hear details (the breakdown of timing is in the chat), creative ideas, and add some of your own brainstorming. A reminder that we do need to be careful about copyright (click here to learn more). We love to hear about churches engaging their communities in new ways! -From WI Council of Chuches

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


UM Communications
Unidos: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to highlight the impactful ministry of Hispanic and Latin communities throughout the United Methodist Connection. This series from Discipleship Ministries seeks to show that Hispanics are diverse in shade, style and culture, and that their ministries are just as vibrant.
Find inspiration

World Communion Sunday Pastor & Leaders' Kit

On World Communion Sunday, United Methodists join Christians of different traditions to recognize our oneness in Christ and our shared generosity. Find multilingual resources in the pastor and leaders’ kit to help you prepare for your World Communion Sunday service. It will help you define how and why we give and the impact we make through connectional efforts.
Get your kit

Mission News


Global Ministries
UMCOR Helping With Drought-Related Hunger

ATLANTA — Hunger caused by severe drought threatens lives in East Africa, and the United Methodist Committee on Relief is stepping up with emergency grants to get people fed. Nearly 18 million people in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are in danger because the region has had lower-than-average rainfall for four consecutive years, according to the U.S. State Department. The United Nations notes the cost of an average food basket has risen by 66% in Ethiopia and 36% in Somalia. Many people are unable to afford even basic items. Christie R. House has the story.
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Upcoming Events

September 22 - Summerfield UMC Volunteers Party 
September 23 - Lay Speaking/Servant Advanced Class - Black River Falls UMC 
September 24 - Anti-Racism Task Force Cultural Competency Forum Presents “How Long, O Lord, ‘til the New Wine Burst the Wineskin?” – Theological Hermeneutics of Diversity toward Effective Multicultural Discipleship 
September 24 - Community Resource Fair With Pet Blessing 
September 24 - Breakthrough Prayer Initiative 
September 24 - Application for Basic and Preaching Course 
September 24 - NW District Meet & Greet-Faith UMC Superior 
September 25 - Volunteers in Mission at Lake Lucerne 
September 25 - Fall VIM Work Week at Lake Lucerne Camp 
September 25 - FALL 2022 SEASON OF CREATION- Worship

Other Resources


The Grieving, Healing & Hope Project's 2022 Grief Retreat 
Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15 / 7-8:30PM ET

The Grieving, Healing & Hope Retreat project seeks to shift from the hurt and anger making us more susceptible to violence and trauma, to one of comfort, connection and healing. 

  • Restorative
  • Interfaith
  • Inter-spiritual
  • Hybrid (Online/ in-person)
  • No tuition (donations welcomed, not required)

To address our vulnerability to further spread violence, we must acknowledge our grief and loss. And we must do so together. 

For more information, contact office@unionucc.net 


United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
Tips For Raising Funds For Scholarships

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Methodist Dollars for Scholars award, offered by the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation, is a unique program that kicks off with a $1,000 scholarship from an applicant's church. For some congregations, however, money is not readily available but the desire to support students is. The foundation offers tips for raising that $1,000. See tips

Resource UMC
Create A Church Safety Plan

The recent surge of mass shootings in public places has caused many congregations to worry about the safety of their own buildings. Creating a strong safety plan and making some needed changes will help keep congregants safe and protected should the unthinkable happen. ResourceUMC has provided some suggestions to help your church be prepared.
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Religion and Race Announces New Grant Cycle Funding Initiatives that Transform the UMC and the World

WASHINGTON – The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) is proud to announce a new cycle of the CORR Action Fund (CAF) grant program that will support creative initiatives that will transform the United Methodist Church (UMC) and the world. The 2022-2023 grant program will provide up to $10,000 to fund projects that increase intercultural competency and support vital conversations about race, cultural diversity, and systemic equity leading to action.
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