WI Conference Weekly ENews - February 23, 2022

Conference News


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


Statistical Reporting deadline - Monday, February 28
Thank you to the 210 churches who have already submitted their 2021 statistical reports!  We appreciate your work.  And the 128 churches who have started.  We hope you are able to gather your last bits of information and HIT THE SUBMIT button by Monday.  For those 120 churches who have not yet started, please let us know how we can assist you.  Sometimes the first year is hard.  Please send your questions to statistics.wisconsinumc@gmail.com and we will be happy to assist.
We have found some churches keyed and saved their information but did not submit.
To verify you have submitted,  log back in, look on the top left of Table 1 for Status.  If it says Submitted, then you are done.  If it says Not Submitted, you need to take one more step.  See the tab marked SUBMIT, then select Submit Church Stats.


Sun Prairie UMC Shares Confirmation Retreat

The 2022 Confirmation Class had their confirmation retreat this past weekend. We had 20 confirmands and 8 adult leaders do prayer reflection,  play together and took a color personality test to find out how best to work with people who are different than we are. We also had 3 mission projects that we took part in. We made 600 cookies to donate to a free weekly community supper in Sun Prairie, made 60 Blessing Bags to take to the new tiny shelter homeless encampment in Madison, and we volunteered at Cards Closet, a community organization that gives away clothing to families within our school district who are in need. It was great to be able to retreat together after 2 years of the pandemic, and to be able to laugh together, bond together, and serve our community.


Afghan Refugee Response Team Update

Greetings, friends in Christ! I give my personal thanks to the people of the UMC, Wisconsin Conference, for your generosity to the Afghan Refugee Response Program of the Wisconsin Council of Churches. My name is Rev. Peder Johanson and I serve as the Volunteer Coordinator for this new ministry. Thanks to the gifts of your church and others throughout Wisconsin, we have been able to serve congregations and communities as a point of connection and support as they seek to serve our new Afghan neighbors and the agencies and organizations helping them begin a new life here. Read More

BSA Update - Questions About Chartering & Membership

A webinar was held on Feb. 17, led by BSA Chief Scout Executive, Roger Mosby, and UMC Leadership Team lead, Bishop John Scholl. Some 800+ persons attended.
Also presenting at the webinar were Jeff Hunt, VP of Council Operations for the BSA, and Steven Scheid, Director of the Center for Scouting Ministries of United Methodist Men
The point of the webinar basically was to clarify the distinction between BSA chartering and membership:
  • Chartering is organization to organization (UM local church to Scout unit)
  • Membership is about the scouts themselves and their membership in BSA

Read more



Stewardship Isn’t Just About Giving
Saving Grace Grant – Offering Financial Wellness for Churches and Communities
The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation wants to help your church improve financial wellness in your church and community through the Saving Grace Grant.  The Saving Grace Grant Program is designed to offer training, financial incentives, and seed money for
launching Saving Grace in your context. The program has two tracks. Track one is for clergy and their spouse/partner, is six sessions long, and includes financial incentives up to $865.99 for attending all sessions.  Track two is three sessions, is designed for potential local Saving Grace leaders (lay or clergy), and offers up to $765.99 in financial incentives for attending all sessions.  All sessions for both tracks will be held via Zoom.  For more information, session dates, a breakdown of financial incentives, and to sign-up, visit: https://www.wumf.org/assets/SavingGraceGrant2022.pdf  Questions? Email Rev. Jason Mahnke, Director of Programming and Campaigns at jason@wumf.org.  Groups start in April and space is limited. Register today!


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 April 16, 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


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

Second Bolivia Motorcycle Purchased

Pastor Anita Lang shared the good news that the Methodist church in Bolivia was able to purchase the 2nd motorcycle for the Kollasuyo Norte District. Brothers and sisters from the Bolivia Methodist Church greet our Bishop and the WI Conference and thank them for this vehicle. This will be used as an instrument for  Evangelism, visiting the sick, and much more. Bishop Antoino Huanca greeted Bishop Hee-Soo Jung and informed that the second motorcycle will be for the Norte District.Thanks for the support and prayers. Watch video here


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  For bulletin inserts click here.


Upcoming Events

Other Resources

UMW and Black History Month

February is Black History Month — a time to reflect on the history of black Americans and to honor the individuals and groups who have worked tirelessly toward racial justice.

As outlined in the Racial Justice Charter, United Methodist Women works to eliminate all forms of institutional racism; to study, understand and appreciate the historical and cultural contributions of each race to the church and community; to support and participate in the worldwide struggle for liberation in the church and community, and much more.  Read More

Why Does Lent Begin with Ashes?
As the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday is a time for reflecting on our humanity, sins and mortality.
Take a moment to watch this video from The United Methodist Church to discover the history and traditions of Ash Wednesday, as well as how you can participate in this holy day of repentance. Watch Video


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