WI Conference ENews: Rededication at Waukesha Salem UMC, Social Justice Retreat Success, Rev. InSun Lee in Rural WI, Hispanic Heritage Month, Registration for UMW Assembly 2022 Open, Afghan Refugee Resources

Conference News

Rededication of the Sanctuary at Waukesha Salem UMC

On Sunday, September 12, Salem UMC in Waukesha celebrated a re-dedication of the sanctuary. This Special Sunday celebrated a major building renovation project that has been a couple years in the making. Included was a building re-dedication litany from the UMC Book of Worship and Bishop Jung delivered the message of the morning. Forrest Wells, the District Superintendent also presided and took part in the worship service. 

Social Justice and Anti- Racism Training Retreat Provided a Positive Learning Experience

On September 10th and 11th, a training retreat at Pine Lake Camp led by Lamarr Gibson, Grace Cajiuat, and Afi Dobbins-May guided participants on a training journey about discrimination and marginalizing behaviors and provided participants with tools and resources to eradicate those behaviors. This was an opportunity to learn from presenters and pastors who possess a wealth of knowledge; from their education, training, and own life experience.

A positive, accepting, spiritual and biblical focus provided the comfortable atmosphere to learn from these esteemed teachers. Their presentations included time to apply skills, along with PowerPoint, videos, handouts, and additional resources. Read More

Ministry Journey Takes CST Alumna the Rev. InSun Lee to Rural Wisconsin

After InSun Lee met a missionary at vacation Bible school when she was 9, she dreamed of becoming a missionary herself. Born in Korea, she went to the Philippines as a lay Methodist missionary in 1992. “During the five years in the Philippines,” InSun said, “I realized that my concern was church ministry, and the ordained ministry would be effective for it.

“I received my Master of Divinity in 1996 at Union Theological Seminary in the Philippines and my Bachelor of Arts (majored in education, minored in English) at Sungshin Women’s University in Korea,” InSun added.

Serving as Korean Methodist missionaries in Mozambique (2004-14), the Rev InSun Lee and her husband, the Rev. SunJung Hwang, trained lay leaders through Bible studies and seminars in Sofala and Manica. Their focus was church planting. Read Full Story

Denominational News

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15- Oct. 15 each year in the United States. The United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race has an infographic with facts about Hispanics' impact on The United Methodist Church and suggestions for ways to celebrate. United Methodist News has an overview in Spanish about the month’s development. The article can be read in English through Google Translate.

See Infographic
UM News: What is Hispanic Heritage Month?
UM News Video: " A Source for United Methodist Identity"

Registration for UMW Assembly 2022 Open

Registration for the United Methodist Women’s Assembly 2022 is open. The quadrennial event titled “Turn it Up!” is scheduled for May 20-22 at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, with an optional Ubuntu Day of Service on Thursday, May 19. Early-bird registration discounts are available through Nov. 30.
Learn more and Register

Mission News & Information


The UMC Walks With Crop Hunger Walk

If you don’t have a local CROP Hunger Walk in your community, join us for the 2021 National CROP Hunger Walk on World Food Day, October 16th.  We will walk to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world! Walk on your treadmill, in your neighborhood, in a park with friends – you choose the location and the experience. Walk one day - 3.7 miles (the average distance a woman walks for water) or take the Weekend Challenge and walk 11.1 miles (3.7 miles for 3 days). Every step you take, every dollar you raise makes the walk shorter for neighbors in need by providing clean water, emergency food as well as livelihoods and access to education. Sign-up and start raising funds TODAY at www.crophungerwalk.org/usa / Contact info@cwsglobal.org for more info.

CSW: Welcoming Afghan Allies and Friends Webinar

Church World Service is hosting a virtual gathering on Zoom Thursday, September 30th from 1-2:30 PM EST. This is a call for clergy and judicatory/regional/conference leaders to hear how faith communities can partner with CWS to welcome our Afghan allies and friends. This call will provide a programmatic update on our Afghan Assistance and Placement Program as well as an advocacy update from our CWS Advocacy team. Learn More or Register Now

Welcome.US- Let's Welcome our New Neighbors

Join the national effort to welcome and support Afghan families as they build new lives in communities across America. As Americans from every corner of the country are stepping up to welcome Afghan newcomers into our communities, consider the many ways that you can help:  donate, volunteer, housing, legal aid, sponsor a family, help as a business, and anything else!
Learn more about helping Afghan Refugees

Midwest Mission- El Salvador Shipment in Transit

Volunteers worked hard assembling Home Care Kits and Personal Dignity Kits to provide much needed supplies to the people of El Salvador. They packed this container to the brim with items that we may take for granted.
Next time you put toothpaste on your toothbrush or wash your hands with antibacterial hand cleaner, stop and give thanks. You are blessed!
To donate text MMDC to 91999, mail in a check or collect supplies and take to your nearest collection site

September's needed items are cleaning supplies. Items such as dish soap, household cleaner, laundry soap, diapers, and monetary donations are requested. Click here Midwest Mission: Immediate Needs to see a full list of needs.

#StillinMission October Conversation

Despite the pandemic, United Methodist missionaries remain deeply engaged in work around the world. Normally, a number of them "itinerate" each year to visit the churches and individuals that support them in ministry. Covid-19 has put a stop to most travel but that doesn't mean the missionaries aren't available to meet virtually! Each month, we invite four missionaries to be in conversation with laity and clergy throughout the church to share the joys and challenges they've experienced. 

Register for Zoom Conversation on Oct. 14 at 12PM


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