WI Conference Weekly ENews - February 10, 2022

Conference News


Bishop's Convocation of Laity Leadership 2022 

This Saturday February 12, 2022!

Online Event via Zoom
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

All are invited to join us in connecting with our Conference Lay Leadership. Please invite others in your congregations to join us!
Bishop Jung has asked all participants to have read John Wesley’s sermon 
“The Unity of the Divine Being”.
Registration deadline is February 11, 2022, at noon.

Sponsored by the Conference Board of Laity. For questions about the event, contact Ben Brancel at brancelangus@gmail.com. No cost to join the event but you need to be registered.

Register here    Download Bishop Jung's Study

2021 Statistics Update

Thank you to the many church leaders who have been working to accumulate and key in their congregations’ 2021 statistics.  The Northwest District is still leading the way with 22% of the churches completing and another 32% in progress.
Note for this week:  We know that many of the pastors showing on the reports are incorrect.  We are working with GCFA and the EZRA software to correct this.  Don’t worry.  We have the correct information in our Brick River database.
If you have any questions, check out the recorded training video and the Power Point slides at Statistical Reporting - Wisconsin Conference of the UMC (wisconsinumc.org)
Contact statistics.wisconsinumc@gmail.com if you have questions on the report, or Sarah Sneider at 608-837-7320.


Black History Month: Wisdom from an Icon

Civil rights icons like John Lewis cite his influence often. United Methodist pastor and activist James M. Lawson is known as the "architect of the nonviolence movement" in America. Lawson was a close ally to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and trained the young people whose peaceful witness at lunch counters in the South sought to end racial discrimination in businesses and public places. In 2016, at age 88, he looked back at the pivotal moments that shaped his life and ministry. Watch video here

Tony A. Kearney, Sr., Executive Director of Northcott Neighborhood House Receives 2022 Black Excellence Award
Tony A. Kearney, Sr., Executive Director of Northcott Neighborhood House is honored to be one of the award recipients for the 2022 Class of the Black Excellence Awards.
Mr. Kearney said, "this is a reflection of the Northcott Neighborhood House team, staff, board members and partners; fulfilling the mission daily by dedicating their lives to the people of Milwaukee for the last 61 years. We THANK YOU Black Excellence Awards for this distinguish honor."
Please find below the link to review the WISN interview with Diana Gutierrez, and please feel to share the good news of Northcott Neighborhood House.   


WI UMW Mission Action Day (Virtual) - SAVE the DATE!
Save the date for the WI UM Women's Mission Action Day, April 9, 2022 from 9:00 am to Noon.  The theme this year is "A Time to Connect with our Wisconsin Native American Sisters". The presenters this year are  Candi Cornelius, MSN RN, CLC-Oneida Prenatal Care Coordinator and Alice Skenandore, Founder and Director of Wise Women Gathering Place.  Registration information coming soon!  If your church would like to host a watch party for the event, please contact Josie Gobel at josiegobel@charter.net. 

First Aid for Mental Health – See the world through the eyes of others

Live, virtual training – March 10 and 24

Recognizing the need to create a more empathic community and environment within the United Methodist Church for those struggling with mental health, Wespath is offering first aid training for mental health. First Aid for Mental Health is for EVERYONE. Clergy and their spouses, Church leaders, staff and congregation members are all invited to attend—at no cost. The skills acquired can be applied to many situations, including home, social and professional environments. For more information and to register, scan the QR code or visit the First Aid for Mental Health event page at Wespath.org/r/firstaidmh


Anti Racism Task Force Cultural Competency Forum

Power, Internalized Oppression and Cultural Competency
This forum is an emerging platform created to enable persons and congregations to become culturally competent.

            February 25, 2022, 7pm - 9pm
             February 26, 2022, 10am - 12pm

             Via Zoom - Register here


Continuing Education Event for both Clergy and Laity

The Wisconsin Conference and the North West District are hosting continuing education seminars for clergy and laity.  Rev. Dr. J. Samuel Subramanian, Ph.D., an elder in The United Methodist Church, will lead the study based on his recent publication "The Four Gospels".  The dates of the seminars are Feb. 28, Mar. 28, Apr. 25, 2022 from 9:30-12:00 pm. To register or find out more information, click here


Wisconsin Conference Workshop,  “Leading the Church through the Pandemic World”

April 30, 10:00-3:00 pm, In-Person and Zoom
What kind of church are you planning to be moving through the pandemic world?  Bring your team of leaders and come experience this interactive workshop where you will create a Ministry Action Plan (MAP) to enact the needed game changing leadership strategies in your church.
Leader:  Kay Kotan, author of  “Being the Church in a Post Pandemic World”.  Other books include:  “Mission Possible”,  “Strategy Matters”  and “Impact!  Reclaiming the Call of Lay Ministry”. Kay Kotan is known throughout the country for her coaching, consulting, training and workshop! For more information and to register please click here.

Option for a local church: Because of distance or reluctance to attend large in-person gatherings;  a church may request a Video Projection in their church by registering 4 or more persons from one church and contacting Dick Jones to arrange for connection.  djonesgrafton@gmail.com


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

Denominational News

UMC Bishops Rebuke Hatred and Racism

 WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has condemned the recent hatred and racist attacks on houses of worships and institutions of learning in the United States.

In a statement released today, the Council of Bishops referred to the recent attack on a synagogue in Texas and bomb threats against historically Black colleges and universities. Read full statement here

Mission News


Annual Conference 2022 Ingathering 

While plans still are coming together for Annual Conference 2022, the Ingathering list has been finalized. We encourage all churches to participate in providing much needed hygiene kits during during our campaign. Monetary donations may also be collected with a memo that designates it to go toward Ingathering 2022. For a complete list of kits being collected please click here


Other Resources

Easter Outreach Resources

Encourage those in your community to take part in your Easter worship services with the help of our outreach resources. Choose from banners, signs, postcards, invitation cards, posters and more that feature a wide variety of designs and messages. Order here and use promo code UMCEA22 to get up to $200 off. Resources are also available in Spanish here (use promo code UMCEASP22). This offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once funds are depleted, the code will expire.

Closer to Christ: Grow Spiritually this Lent

During this season of reflection, Amplify Media presents two new studies to help you, your small group, and your congregations grow spiritually.  Join host Magrey deVega as he converses with two of our most popular authors – Adam Hamilton and Amy-Jill Levine – about the lessons from Christ’s life and death.
February 8 and 10 at 1 p.m. on Amplify’s YouTube and Facebook channels.
FIND OUT MORE & REGISTER: https://amplifymedia.com/lent-2022/


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