March 23, 2021 - WI Conference ENews: Holy Week Devotions, Board of Laity update, Forestry Plan, Bolivia Partnership

Conference News


Bishop Rodolfo Juan offers this weeks devotion for Council of Bishops Lenten series

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan is the Resident Bishop of the Davao Area, which includes Bicol Philippines, East Mindanao, Mindanao Philippines, Northwest Mindanao Philippines, and Visayas Philippines conferences in the Philippine Central Conference of The United Methodist Church. Each Wednesday during Lent and every day during Holy Week, a 15-minute recorded devotion, led by a bishop and leaders from their episcopal areas will be released.  Read More

 6th Sunday in Lent Children's Sermon with Pastor Tshishinen Mpoyo

On Palm Sunday, as we shout “Hosanna,” we honor Jesus as King of kings and Lord of all. Jesus comes for everyone. Jesus is the savior for ALL. This Lent, through the Children’s Messages from pastors of color, we truly witness and celebrate how the story of Jesus has power to the whole world, to Mexico, Brazil, Korea, Laos(Hmong), and, with this week’s message, to the Democractic Republic of Congo in Africa. Check out the video here and hear the song Pastor Tshishinen Mpoyo sings in Swahili language. 

Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults to serve as Lay Members of Annual Conference

Any youth and young adults who are interested in participating in our Wisconsin Annual Conference Sessions are invited to apply to serve as a lay member. Annual Conference will be held virtually on June 18-19, 2021. The Board of Laity offers a scholarship to each accepted applicant, so your cost is only $15.00. We will find ways to connect with each other before and during the Conference Sessions. You will receive more information after you apply. Read More

Lake Lucerne Engages Forestry Plan for the Future

Lake Lucerne Camp and Retreat Center’s Forestry Health Task Team is caring for God’s Creation through a new forest stewardship plan with opportunities for supporters to participate in creating greater long-term health of the Lake Lucerne forest. Read More

Conference Board of Laity Offering Online Outreach

The Wisconsin Conference Board of Laity has opened a new page in the website, giving an online source for regular updates through letters and videos addressing fellow church members. The first addition is a letter from the Board of Laity highlighting the vastly understated significance of laity in the church and the necessity of connection through the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE.


Sister Church in Bolivia In Need of Motorcycles

Pastor Anita Lang serves as the Chair of the Partnership between the Wisconsin Conference and The Evangelical Methodist Church in Bolivia.  A new project has begun to to purchase four motorcycles that will help the pastors to reach out to the communities far from the cities, bring resources for the communities and assist them in their spiritual life.  To learn how you can help, please click here.  You can also give by visiting the Conference website at and clicking on the "2021 Annual Conference Offerings" button on the home page. 

5 Things Your Visitors are Thinking but Won't Ask - Webinar with Jason Moore

It's been said that every church wants to grow. If that statement is true, are we really poised for it in the way we treat and attend to our new visitors? Join us for this Virtual Event held on April 13, 2021 from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM.  Read More


"Still in Mission" - Zoom Meeting April 1, 2021

With Covid-19 in full swing, we still have to do what we can to support our Missionaries in the field.  To that end Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church is inviting you to attend a Zoom Conference with a few selected Missionaries in the next month and to follow-up with your Missions Committee and other Church Groups reaching out to Missionaries of your choice to Support with your Prayers and monetary support through a Covenant Relationship and/or Project Support.  Read More

Local Church News


Having learned throughout the COVID lockdowns about the connectional work being done with the assistance of the Safe Haven Teen Center of Cudahy & Cudahy United Methodist Church feeding and caring for Milwaukee's homeless population at the Day Center and Meal Program at Summerfield United Methodist Church in Milwaukee, a new partnership began to form. 
Through the month of February, due to the extreme cold, the snow, and in honor of St. Valentine's Day, both station houses of the Cudahy Fire Department and Safe Haven Teen Center of Cudahy broadened their partnership to run  a "Warm Hearts/Warm Feet" sock drive during which they collected 4 55 gallon drums of  new socks of all sizes which were all delivered to the Day Center and Meal Program for the homeless and other less fortunate persons in need at Summerfield UMC in downtown Milwaukee. 
4 drums full of socks during a very cold, wet February. That's a lot of feet warmed by warm hearts guided by the love of a warm God. This wonderful partnership is growing in April to include the South Milwaukee Fire Department as the 3 entities will be collecting supplies for the Cudahy Project Concern and Human Concerns of South Milwaukee, 2 other community programs serving God's last and least.   In the South East District, Jesus has left the building and is definitely walking the streets of of our communities.



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Free Webinar - Avoiding Unexpected Surprises with Church Compensation
Church Law & Tax content editor Matthew Branaugh and CPA Elaine Sommerville will sit down to answer key questions about housing, love gifts, sabbatical plans, expense reimbursements, and other compensation situations that churches face.  Read More


Day by day guide to Holy Week

The United Methodist Communications Team invites you to journey through the sacred events of Holy Week that lead us to Jesus' Resurrection on Easter in this new devotional series written by United Methodist pastors.   Read More