WI Conference Weekly ENews - February 17, 2022

Conference News



2021 Statistical Reporting deadline is approaching – February 28.
Thank you to the 29% of churches who have already completed and submitted their 2021 statistical reports.  We understand the work that goes into these and your time is appreciated.  Thank you also to the 27% who have started.  We encourage you to complete the report by 2/21 – a week ahead of the deadline.   That leaves 44% who have not started the reports yet.  We encourage you to start soon and contact us with any questions  - 608-837-7320 or by e-mail to statistics.wisconsinumc@gmail.com
A few reminders:

  1. We know the pastor name is wrong on many of the churches.  Don’t worry about this – we have the correct names in our main database
  2. Here is the link to the Finance web page with log in info, a 30 minute video, and the slides from our training  Statistical Reporting
  3. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just needs to be reasonably correct!  Don’t fret, feel free to call us.
  4. Lines 28-36 are the amounts that you have sent to the Conference. Since we have that information we will fill that out for you. You don't need to enter any data on these lines.


Pastor Lynne Hines-Levy invited to give opening prayer

On January 25th, Cudahy and Summerfield UM churches were honored to have their pastor, Lynne Hines-Levy invited to give the opening prayer for the Wisconsin House of Representatives.  Representative Chris Sinicki who is a great friend to Cudahy and their Safe Haven Center, invited Pastor Lynne to give the opening prayer.  Lynne is one of only 6 women to be honored this way and, as far as Ms. Sinicki is aware, the first United Methodist.  
Pastor Hines-Levy's prayer, which invited the members to join her in the tradition of their faith family, called for all representatives to work for peace, justice, and full representation of all persons in our state. 
Pastor Hines-Levy was praised by many of the representatives for her inclusion of all faiths and her passion for equity and justice for all our citizens.
(Story submitted by Cudahy UMC)

Wauwatosa Ave UMC Jazz Sunday Celebrates 17th Year on February 27th

Sunday February 27th, One All-Church Community Service at 10:30 

The first WAUMC Jazz Sunday Service was celebrated in 2005. One of the earliest references made to the church preparing for Lent through a musical Jazz celebration dates back to 1982. Found in the bulletin archives, it advertises a Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner presented by the Boy Scouts, with music provided by the Don Nedobeck Dixieland Trio.  Over the years, the choirs and instrumentalists have shared all kinds of music from the genre as part of this special Sunday service in preparation for Lent. This year will be no different.  Our service will feature music from Art Blakey and the Messengers, the Louis Armstrong Hot 5, and musical prodigy jazz artist Grace Kelly.  We hope the special music arrangements, hymn-singing and interpretation of the morning scripture will prepare your “Walk with Jesus” for Lent. Join us for the music, share in our worship, and leave inspired for the journey. "The light of Jesus will indeed shine brightly!" says  Tim Karth, director of the praise team and coordinator for the special service, "Come and be prepared to experience the Transfiguration as never before...step into your Lenten journey and be transformed!"

A Special Sunday of Giving at Parkview

On Sunday, January 30 the people of Parkview and the community of Turtle Lake brought in their final contributions to the annual clothing collection for our local schools. We call it the "Undie Sundays of January.". We collected dozens of pairs of socks, underwear, and other clothing items to give to the teachers of Turtle Lake and Clayton Elementary Schools to have on hand when and if their students ever need fresh and clean clothes during the school day. 

Also during worship, our "Little Disciples" carried around metal coffee cans so the coin donations toward the Motorcycles for Bolivia fund would ring loud and clear as the congregation made a "noisy offering" toward this mission. In total we collected $139 on that Sunday to help purchase these vehicles for evangelism, social service, and other church needs among our siblings in Christ in Bolivia.


WI UMW Mission Action Day (Virtual) - April 9!
WI UM Women's Mission Action Day will be 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. 

For more information click here. To register, please click here

Nominations for Annual Awards now being accepted

We are currently accepting nominations for our Annual Awards given out at Annual Conference.  Nomination deadlines are May 2, 2022.  For a complete list of the awards and how to submit nominations, click here. Application for the Thelma Gregg Award can be found here

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


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

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 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


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


29 Ways You Can Participate in Black History Month

No matter your heritage, culture, or racial background, Black history is EVERYONE’s story. Here are 29 ways you, your family, and your congregation can celebrate and participate in Black History Month. Read more


Upcoming trainings and open applications through
Global Ministries and UMCOR:

The General Board of Church and Society is recruiting interns for the summer of 2022. If you know a young self-identified person of color interested in vocation, advocacy, and justice, encourage them to become an Ethnic Young Adult intern!  

Students are encouraged to apply by March 1, 2022.

You can find the application & more information at https://www.umcjustice.org/internships 


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