WI Conference Weekly ENews - January 5, 2022

Conference News



Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance Worship Video

The Anti-Racism task force and Conference leaders are working to provide a worship video for churches to use either the Sunday before or after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 17th.  A link to a Dropbox file and YouTube video will be provided by January 13th for your use in worship.  The worship service will focus on promise, current reality, and future hope.  


First motorcycle purchased for Bolivia Ministry!

Through a Zoom call between Pastor Anita Lang and Bishop Huanca, the good news that the first motorcycle was purchased to support the Bolivian Ministry. The motorcycle will be presented in the Annual Conference on January 6th. And it will be delivered to the Lago District. They will send us a video, so we can enjoy this moment and continue working in our relationship and brotherhood as members of one body in Jesus Christ. Pastor Anita also shared that the money for the second and third motorcycle have already been collected. Thanks to all of you for your faith,  hard work and support of this ministry.



Coming Soon: Faith Alive! 2.0 
Faith Alive 2.0 will be offered in January and April of 2022. The goals remain the same: To help all participants to explore their faith – To offer an opportunity for learning and growth – To bring knowledgeable faculty members who can share their wisdom with those wishing to deepen their faith. This is a GREAT OPPORTUNITY for YOU to grow your faith!

These sessions will be open, via ZOOM, to all laity and clergy in Wisconsin Conference. NOTE: Past participants in Faith Alive! are welcome to join us in Faith Alive 2.0.  All participants may sign up for one or both sessions. We do ask that anyone signing up plan to participate for the full session(s). DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS JANUARY 15th!
Learn more and Register


2021 Apportionments need to arrive by Wednesday, January 12th
Thank you for your apportionment payments for 2021! Through November 30, we received ­64% of the Gross Apportionments billed to churches for 2021. Our goal for 2021 is 79% and we are on target to achieve this.  We typically receive 15-18% of our annual income in December and the first 2 weeks of January as churches make their final payments toward the prior year apportionment.  If your church is able, we hope that you can fulfill your apportionment. Your generosity is appreciated! You may send in your final giving by mail to arrive in our office by noon on January 12, or until 5 pm through the Ministry Financial website https://umcdata.net/WI  .  Click here for instructions if you are interested in making your payments and special gifts electronically.  Note that you can also see your apportionment statements and health/pension billing statements on this website and make any donations to advances/special giving.  We ask churches to hold their 2022 apportionment payments to pay electronically after January 12.  Starting January 13, all apportionments received will be recorded as 2022 activity.


2021 Statistical Reports will be on EZRA again and due 2/28/21

Each year United Methodist Churches complete Statistical Reports which compiles data on Membership and Participation (Table #1), Church Assets and Expenses (Table #2), and Church Income (Table #3) for the entire denomination. The year-end reporting will continue to be done through the Ezra website. Login information will be sent in January.  Our Conference Statistician Donald Cramer and Conference Treasurer Sarah Sneider will be offering several Zoom webinars to walk through the statistical report and answer any questions/share common problems.  These statistics are our primary tool to track membership and expenses of our churches and this information will be used to calculate the 2023 Apportionment.   Don and his wife are expecting their first child this summer, so we hope to get statistics in early and correct.  Your help in submitting accurate and timely statistics by February 28, 2022 is greatly appreciated.  Please select one of the following for training:

January 5th at 6:00 pm:  Registration

February 2nd at 12:00 pm:  Registration
February 2nd at 6:00 pm: Registration


2022 Clergy Tax Workshop – In-person and Virtual, January 24, 2021

The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation’s Clergy Tax Workshop is designed to assist you in the preparation of your 2021 Federal and Wisconsin state income tax filings. This year's tax workshop will be both in-person, at Sun Prairie United Methodist Church, and virtual. James Tarp, a tax consultant with Mennenga Tax & Financial Service will facilitate.  Feel free to bring your tax returns, which you can finish filling out during the workshop. If you are a church treasurer and have questions about clergy taxes or tax forms, this workshop could be informative to you as well.
This workshop is made possible through a grant from a bequest from the Rev. Carl Berry is provided at no cost to the Wisconsin Conference or to apportionments.
Workshop is January 24, 2022 from 1-4 pm.  
Registration closes on January 17. Register here: https://forms.gle/ZFVUmBA6twy4Df9o6
Livestream link:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnoKHEqbpJM2fKWdz7aa4jQ

The Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation Presents
the Super Bowl of Stewardship

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



Save the Date! Bishop's Convocation of Laity Leadership

Saturday, February 12, 2022 is the date set for the Bishop's Convocation of Laity.  Each year the Board of Laity hosts the Bishop's Convocation of Laity Leadership forum.  This is open to all lay persons in the Wisconsin Conference. More information about the gathering will be available soon! 

Mission News




Rainbow Covenant Reports due March 31, 2022

All churches are encouraged to check out the Rainbow Covenant brochure to see if they have qualified for recognition as a Rainbow Covenant church in 2021.  The brochure includes instructions for reporting and lists the various areas of mission and possible ministries and agencies you may have already contributed to in 2021. It could also help Mission Committees as they plan for 2022 activities!

To find the current Rainbow Covenant brochure, due by March 31, 2020, visit our website at: https://www.wisconsinumc.org/global-ministries  If you have any questions, please contact Gail Burgess at hb53104@aol.com or 262-945-8578.


Special Sunday - Human Rights Day, January 16, 2022

You are invited to be a part of building beloved community with your gifts on Human Relations Day, January 16, or a day of your choosing. Your contributions spark hope, develop skills and reimagine neighborhoods. Please give generously! Find resources to help your church celebrate this Special Sunday in the Pastor and Leader's Kit. 

Other Resources



Clergy Invited to Pastoral Support Group: Grief & COVID
4 Tuesdays at 1 pm beginning January 11 - Preregister

The Wisconsin Council of Churches is excited to partner with Anesis Therapy to offer a pastoral support group for clergy. This 4 part series will take place at 1pm on January 11, January 18, January 25, and February 1st over zoom. Total cost is $150. This reduced price is subsidized by the WCC to help make it more affordable. If cost is preventing you from participating, please reach out to us to discuss scholarship options. Read more

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