WI Conference Weekly ENews - February 2, 2022

Conference News

2021 Statistics Update

The North West District is the leader this week with 12% of the churches having completed the statistical report and another 19% started.  For years, the deadline has been 1/31.  We decided last year and again this year to extend it to 2/28 so you can make sure the numbers are accurate and your pace is not so rushed.  Many of you make it a team effort to involve many different people in gathering the attendance, income, expenses, asset information…. And we know this takes time.  THANK YOU!  The numbers are very important because we use certain lines for the subsequent year apportionment calculations and for planning purposes.
We’d like to recognize anyone out there who has worked on statistical reports for a long time.  Send us your name and the number of years you have been completing the report.  We’ll recognize those >10 and if we have them >20 years or more.

 For more information – head to the Finance section of the website Finance & Administration - Wisconsin Conference of the UMC (wisconsinumc.org)

As of 2/1/22 Completed In Progress Not Started
North Central 4% 19% 77%
North East 7% 13% 81%
North West 12% 19% 69%
South East 6% 16% 78%
South West 11% 14% 74%
Total  8% 16% 76%

Black Women Pioneers in Methodism

In celebration of Black History and Women’s History months, Ask The UMC remembers four of the pioneering and groundbreaking Black women in U.S. Methodist history in a two-part series.

Part 1 celebrates Ida Bell Wells-Barnett and Mary McLeod Bethune.

Part 2 celebrates Rev. Sallie Crenshaw and Bishop Leontine T.C. Kelly.


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


Good Advice from Church Mutual 

As a major winter storm heads toward the Northeast, we are reminded how unpredictable weather can be, especially in winter. Temperatures across much of the United States drop dramatically during winter, increasing the chances of frozen pipes and resulting damage to your building.

Whether your organization is used to harsh winters and cold temperatures, struggling to cope with the cold, or you just want to plan ahead, we want to help you reduce your risk! Use our Winter Storm & Freeze Preparedness Plan to ensure you are properly assessing and planning for these risks.

CLICK HERE for information on the CM Sensor Program.

Bishop's Convocation of Laity Leadership 2022

Online Event via Zoom
Saturday, February 12, 2022
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

Wisconsin Conference UMW Mission u 2022

Building Communities of Hope and Joy - COMMUNITY is God’s desire for us!  Join us at Mission u 2022 as we reflect on the community that Jesus is calling us to be! The newly designed Mission u 2022 is more flexible than ever.  You may choose to do an In Person class or a Zoom class.  Read More


The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation Presents
the Super Bowl of Stewardship - Registration Deadline - Feb 5

What’s your stewardship game plan? Attend the Super Bowl of Stewardship to make the right calls! 

Workshops include:

  • The Purpose of a Stewardship Plan
  • We Aren’t Broke - Uncovering Hidden Resources for Mission and Ministry*
  • Small Group Breakout Sessions**

Host: Algoma Boulevard United Methodist Church; 1174 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Who will benefit: Pastors, Finance Teams, Stewardship Teams, Lay Leaders, Council Members, Accountable Leadership Boards. 
Price: $20 per person, $50 for 3 or more from same church. Includes lunch and materials.
Register at wumf.org by February 5, 2022.
Sponsored by the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation. For questions visit wumf.org or call 1-888-903-9863. 
*Register by January 31st to receive a copy of this new book by Rev. Mark Elsdon https://www.melsdon.com/
**Agenda of workshops: Visit: wumf.org

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 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



#BeUMC Campaign - New Tools launched

United Methodist Communications has launched a new #BeUMC online toolkit to assist church leaders in creating engagement in their church communities focused on the work of the Holy Spirit being done through the people of The United Methodist Church. #BeUMC is a grassroots effort built upon powerful stories of congregations and individuals living their faith. Read more.

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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