Wesley Honors and Remembers Loved Ones with Easter Tulips

                 EASTER TULIPS IN HONOR OF…….

Dr. Marvin J. Hudson; in honor of his wife, Marilyn.

Dr. Marvin J. Hudson; in honor of his wife, Marilyn.

Frank & Lila Arney; in honor of their daughters.

Bob & Doris McKown; in honor of Guy Ramsey and Barbara Parker.

Roi Helen Naboulsi; in honor of Alex Haley, Odie Haley & Zain Naboulsi.

Ken & Carolyn McPherson; in honor of Ron Otte.

Jason Bush and Jennifer Long; in honor of Marge Long (Grandma).

Jason Bush and Jennifer Long; in honor of Janie & Bill Bush-Nana & Grandpa

Patricia Harris; in honor of Cole and Conner.

John Woodson; in honor of Ken and Carolyn McPherson.

John Woodson; in honor of Jack and Darla Clouse.

Pat Crigler; in honor of family and friends.

Jim and Vonda Rice; in honor of Abigail Rice.

Jim and Vonda Rice; in honor of Audrey Rice.

E.W. Keller; in honor of Pat Crigler.

E.W. Keller; in honor of Dr. Frank Ragsdale.

Paula Hiller; in honor of Frank, Pat and Brandon.

Paula Hiller; in honor of my family.

The Mears Family; in honor of Bob & Mary Sheets-all they do for Wesley.

Martha Butler; in honor of Susan Howard.

Martha Ellis; in honor of her daughters, Brooke and Madison.

Jack & Darla Clouse; in honor of their children and grandchildren.

Jack & Darla Clouse; in honor of their children Todd, Cathy, Kevin & Jackie.

Jack & Darla Clouse; in honor of Melisa, Steve, Landry and Taylor.

Jack & Darla Clouse; in honor of their grandchildren-

             Ashley, Blaine and Jenny, Chelsea and Ryan.

Cynthia Smith; in honor of Martha Ellen White.

Cynthia Smith; in honor of Ralph and Paula Hiller.

Cynthia Smith; in honor of Rosemary Hiller.

Cynthia Smith; in honor of Pat Crigler.

Alyse Ramsey; in honor of her children.

Alyse Ramsey; in honor of her grandchildren.

Meredith & Lee Cocklin; in honor of their family.

Rev. Don & Melodie Toland; in honor of Collin & Mariah Toland;

             Tiffany & Scott Kanney and Amber & Gene Packer, children.

The Tucker family; in honor of Grandan and Grammy.

                EASTER TULIPS TO REMEMBER SOMEONE…

Barbara Parker; in memory of Jon & Dale Parker.

Barbara Parker; in memory of John & Elizabeth Lawhon

Barbara Parker; in memory of the descendents of Hiram A. Doty.

Andy & Gay Abarr; in memory of Bessie Hinton.

Andy & Gay Abarr; in memory of Billye Haun.

Andy & Gay Abarr; in memory of David McBride.

Andy & Gay Abarr; in memory of Mark Morrell, Jr.

Kenneth & Carolyn McPherson; in memory of Jon Parker.

Tom & Tiffiny Lewis; in memory of Karen Bittner, Tiffiny’s mother.

Patricia Harris; in memory of her mother and father.

Christa Waehler; in memory of her parents, Harold and Rita Waehler.

Christa Waehler; in memory of her uncle, Haydon Waehler.

John Woodson; in memory of Leroy and Martha Woodson.

Pat Crigler; in memory of family members.

The Mears Family; in memory of Glenn & Ruth Mears.

E.W. Keller; in memory of Jesse Huffman.

E.W. Keller; in memory of Clarence and Frances Huffman.

Paula Hiller; in memory of Earl and Dwayne Hiller.

Paula Hiller; in memory of Jean and Keith Gentry.

Alyse, Guy and Bill Ramsey; in memory of Robert Ramsey.

Kevin & Martha Ellis, Madison, Brooke and Andrew;

             in memory of Bob Ramsey.

Jack & Darla Clouse; in memory of John & Margaret Dies & Dean Dies.

Jack & Darla Clouse; in memory of Mildred Clouse, Jack and Theo Clouse.

Rosemary Hiller; in memory of Earl and Dwain Hiller.

Pat Fuller; in memory of Bob and Kathryn Roberts.

Pat Fuller; in memory of Robert Croft.

Alyse Ramsey; in memory of Robert G. Ramsey.

Johnna Sue Acers; in memory of Clark “Sonny” Boyles.

Gayle & Lee Bullock; in memory of Lois and B.E. Blankenship.

Gayle & Lee Bullock; in memory of Myrtle and H.E. Bullock.

Frances Boatright; in memory of Peter Boatright.

Sarah Hausner; in memory of Jessica Beaver North.

Rev. Don and Melodie Toland; in memory of Keith & Jean Gentry &

             OJ & Bunny Toland.

The Tucker family; in memory of Frankie Taylor.

AUTO Show part of Changing the World Campaign

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* Proceeds from this event will supplement Wesley UMC literacy missions and outreach programs including WhizKids, a reading enrichment program in conjunction with Church of the Servant and Edgemere Elementary.

Bell Choir Memories

Our bell choir in San Antonio for regional competition mid-70s.

Join us Thursday evenings @ 7:30 p.m.  The Chancel Ringers are open to all ages.  Our youngest is 13 years and our Elder Ringer is 90+

UMC National NEWS

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS WOMEN PASTORS FIND SUPPORT MISSING

In front, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, center, president of the Council of Bishops, celebrates opening worship at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference with Bishop Larry Goodpaster and the Rev. April Casperson. While some clergywomen, like Wenner, reach top positions in the denomination, a study shows that a lack of support is the reason other women pastors leave local church pulpits for other ministries.

Photo by Washington State Patrol

 MUDSLIDE CALLS ERT Team into response

United Methodist Early Response Teams stand ready to assist after the deadly mudslide in Washington State, but Jim Truitt doesn’t expect a call soon.

Because of the extensive debris and damaged roads, “it’s going to be a very long time before they allow anything like an ERT in that area,” said Truitt, the United Methodist Volunteers-in-Mission coordinator for the denomination’s Pacific Northwest Annual (regional) Conference.

The unexpected March 22 mudslide blocked a state highway and flattened homes and property near Oso. By the morning of March 25, 14 people had been found dead and more than 170 people were considered missing.

Authorities were beginning to allow trained, FEMA-certified search and rescue teams into the affected area, Truitt said. “Up until now, they haven’t let the search dogs or the cadaver dogs go in because the ground was just too unstable,” he explained.

Bishop Grant Hagiya called for prayers after the disaster. The conference has asked churches to start collecting monetary donations for those who lost possessions and homes in the mudslide. The Rev. L. George Abrams, co-coordinator of the conference’s disaster response team, is evaluating the need for a long-term recovery committee.

 

Courtesy of the General Council on Finance and Administration

UMCmarket  has moved to UMCMarket.net due to shady practices

The United Methodist Church’s finance agency has filed a lawsuit, alleging a vendor contracted to promote a program for giving has failed to pay the amount due and is now infringing on the denomination’s trademarks. The general church agency filed the suit Friday, March 28, in the federal court in Nashville, Tenn.

The General Council on Finance and Administration’s lawsuit said the agency signed an agreement with Foundation Automation to market, provide a helpdesk and communicate with donors to UMCmarket. The online service, launched last year, allows United Methodists to shop online retailers such as Amazon with a percentage of the sale donated to a local church or United Methodist ministry of their choice.

What the finance agency does not dispute is that the money collected by the UMCmarket program so far has reached the designated United Methodist churches and ministries. As of March 2014, users who made purchases through the program have donated more than $54,000 to United Methodist churches and denominational entities, the lawsuit says.

Instead, the finance agency’s lawsuit contends that Foundation Automation has paid only $5,000 of $100,000 it owes to the finance agency as an “annual sponsorship fee” and has not paid a 10 percent royalty fee based on donations collected. The suit also says that the company is now squatting on the program’s Facebook page and the website UMCMarket.org.

In the meantime, the finance agency announced late April 2 that it has launched UMCmarket.net to continue the online giving program.

“We are confident that donations made through the old web address have reached or will reach their intended United Methodist church or organization, and that they will continue to receive their donations through participation in the enhanced UMCmarket.net system,” said Scott Brewer, an executive with the finance agency.

 

 

DOROTHY HEIGHT, UNITED METHODIST WOMAN EXTRAORDINAIRE

Throughout the U.S. civil rights movement, Dorothy I. Height often kept to the background and worked tirelessly behind the scenes for racial equality and women’s rights. But now Height’s name is front and center on a Washington, D.C., landmark. The U.S. post office near Union Station has been renamed in honor of the longtime United Methodist, who died on April 20, 2010 at the age of 98.

The post office is the first federal building in the district to bear the name of an African-American woman, according to The Associated Press.

Her many United Methodist friends and admirers say such a distinction is a fitting tribute to the woman who was known as “the godmother of the civil rights movement.” ”I think she would be very pleased,” said friend, the Rev. Mamie Alethia Williams, pastor of John Wesley United Methodist Church in Glen Burnie, Md. “The post office is used every day. It is the kind of place that connects people not only locally but also nationally and globally, and it is no respecter of persons. That represents what she was about.”

A trailblazer

Height spent 33 years on the national board of the YWCA and more than 40 years at the helm of the National Council of Negro Women. During the 1960s, as the council’s president, Height helped organize voter registration in the South, voter education in the North and scholarship programs for student civil rights workers. She also tackled issues of poverty as her organization supported free school breakfasts for children, promoted community gardens and advocated for improved housing. She helped organize the women’s caucus in the National Council of Churches in the 1970s, and later worked toward empowering black families as the founder of Black Family Reunion Celebration.

Erin Hawkins, the chief executive of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race, called Height “a living embodiment” of the United Methodist mission to transform the world. She also was one of the few women in the inner circle of civil rights leaders.

“No gathering of national civil rights leaders was complete without her presence.”
Bishop Woodie White.

When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, Height was the only woman, besides Coretta Scott King, invited onto the platform. When Barack Obama was sworn in as the nation’s first African-American president more than 45 years later, she was on the platform once again. That historic inauguration was not her first encounter with an occupant of the White House. She was friends with Eleanor Roosevelt and recognized by three U.S. presidents. She received the Presidential Citizenship Medal from Ronald Reagan in 1989, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Bill Clinton in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal from George W. Bush in 2004.

“She played a far more important role in influencing race and social justice in America than many realize,” said retired Bishop Woodie White, the first chief executive of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race. She offered advice on policy decisions and held her own in a room full of men, White said, and she did it all with quiet dignity and courage, usually wearing one of her trademark hats. ”No gathering of national civil rights leaders was complete without her presence,” the bishop said.

Naming a post office

It quite literally takes an act of Congress to name a U.S. post office. The naming process begins with a U.S. representative proposing the dedication of a post office building. Members of Congress have an informal agreement that a state’s entire delegation (Democrats and Republicans alike) will co-sponsor the dedication. A post office dedication bill must pass the House and Senate before the President signs it into law.

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 6118, the
President Barack Obama signs H.R. 6118, the “Dorothy Height Bill” in the Oval Office on Dec. 15, 2010. The bill designates the United States Postal Service near Union Station in Washington as the “Dorothy I. Height Post Office.” A web-only photo courtesy of Pete Souza/The White House.

Of the 31,871 post office buildings in the United States, only 599 bear the names of an individual. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) shepherded the bill to honor Height through Congress. As the District of Columbia’s sole congressional representative, Norton cannot vote on the U.S. House floor, but she can vote on procedural matters and in House committees. She also can introduce legislation.

President Barack Obama signed H.R. 6118 naming the post office for Height on Dec. 15, 2010. A plaque with her name now hangs in her post office.

“My colleagues in the House and Senate may argue about closing the government down or raising the debt limit, but both sides of the aisle knew better than to delay a bill to name a federal building in Washington, D.C., for Dr. Dorothy I. Height,” Norton said at the dedication on Feb. 22.

The congresswoman said Height was “a mentor to millions because she accommodated no division in the human family.”

Memorial Service for Jon Daris Parker

Jon Daris Parker

Jon Daris Parker, 54, passed away March 18,2014. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 19, 1959 to The Reverend Wayne B. Parker and Barbara Lawhon Parker. The family moved to Oklahoma City in 1961 and Jon was in United Methodist Churches in Oklahoma and New Mexico where his father served as pastor. Jon received an Associate’s Degree at Murray State College in Tishomingo and was a reporter for the Johnson County Democrat. He later moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he was a technical writer for Becton Dickinson, a medical supply company. He returned to Oklahoma in 2012 when his health began to decline. Jon had a lifelong passion for cooking and delighted family and friends with his talents. He also volunteered at Wesley United Methodist Church in the Mobile Meals program, cooking for college students, and assisting in the church kitchen. Jon was preceded in death by his brother, Dale. He is survived by his parents, his step-mother Katherine; former wives Elizabeth McDonald Hall, and Marnita Meador Foster; sister Robyn Janelle Tovar; and children Daris Parker, Heather Brown, and Chad Williams; grandson Samuel Kruman and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He adored all of them and their children. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 21, at Wesley United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City. Memorials may be sent to the Mobile Meals program at Wesley United Methodist Church

Drawing of Wesley as Watermark

AUTO Show part of Changing the World Campaign

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UMC National NEWS

 WOMEN PASTORS FIND SUPPORT MISSING In front, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, center, president of the Council of Bishops, celebrates opening worship at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference with Bishop Larry Goodpaster and the Rev. April Casperson. While some clergywomen, like Wenner, reach top positions in the denomination, a study shows that a lack of support …

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Community Garden @ Wesley

April 10 UPDATE:  The first two beds are constructed and the soil is on its way. The seedlings are growing inside where the temp remains consistent, and are 2-3″ high. We have the seed money to purchase the supplies to build 3 raised beds for the first phase of our Neighborhood Community Garden.  Wesley hopes …

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March is Women’s History Month

United Methodist Women Making History In 1987, the U.S. Congress designated the month of March as Women’s History Month.  The history of Women in Methodism begins in 1770.  Here is a timeline of events of Women in the Church. c. 1770  Mary Evans Thorne is appointed class leader by Joseph Pilmore in Philadelphia; she is probably …

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UMC offers Summer Camps for Children, Youth and Speciality

YOUTH Our summer camping programs, for youth from 6th grade through young adults, offer a wide variety of programming and activities. Wilderness camp is a unique adventure in creating a Christian community while living in the outdoors. Senior High Treks for the more adventuresome with an unforgettable experience that offers amazing views and mountain-top highs. …

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What Can Happen from a few to many Who believe and Don’t Fear

Wesley is only as strong as its members. Members who do not fear the future and are willing and open to new and exciting possibilities. This video inspires us all.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQLCZOG202k

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WORLD BOOK NIGHT IS APRIL 23, 2014

Spreading the Love of Reading, Person to Person    Whether giver or recipient, teacher or student, lives are changed by World Book Night. “Thank you for the opportunity to give away books to my students. They absolutely love the title and students that I haven’t been about to motivate all year are addicted to reading it. …

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Wesley presents Special service for Easter

We welcome our new minister, Dr. Marvin J. Hudson to Wesley United Methodist Church.  Dr. Hudson has been serving at the First United Methodis Church in Mooreland, OK..  To find out more on Dr. Hudson’s experience, background and previous ministries you can go to this link:  http://marvinjhudson.blogspot.com/p/bio.html Are you not available to attend a Sunday …

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Wesley Women United’s Unique Thrift Store

THE BOUTIQUE IS OPEN. If you have not had a chance to come by since their remodeling this past summer, take a few minutes and check out their ever-changing selection of women’s wear. It’s a brighter-fresher boutique with new paint, new carpet, new lights and a new changing room. The Weather is always nice in …

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OUR CURRENT Monthly eNEWSLETTER, March/April

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Take a peek at the church’s weekly news and events.  Get a weekly calendar, a column from Dr. Marvin J. Hudson, Minister,  Sunday School news, special events and outings, and a snip-it of Wesley’s architectural history. To view our newsletter simply click here: If you would like to receive our newsletter each week via internet mail. Please …

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