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Volume 28 No. 1 January-February 2012
The Advocate - A Publication of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of The United Methodist Church
Fulfilling our commitment as United Methodist When we join The United Methodist Church, we make a promise to participate faithfully in its ministries with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. It’s a big promise to make! It often means doing things outside our comfort zone, especially when it comes to giving. As we rethink church, perhaps we also should rethink giving. What if giving was less about obligation and more about joy? What if giving wasn’t just our Christian “duty,” but a way to express gratitude for God’s abundance? What if we stopped being afraid that we won’t have enough and instead realized that God always provides more than enough? In John 21:17-19, Jesus asked His loyal disciple, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” When Simon Peter assured Him that the answer was yes, Jesus instructed, “Follow me.” When we follow Jesus, we become more like Him – generous, spontaneous and unconditional givers. We give our all – whether it is in dollars and cents, hours of the day, talents or attention. How can we give any less when we have received so much? At Annual Conference in June delegates as well as clergy approved the 2012 budget for the OIMC that
included a total for apportionments of $187,326. The apportionment schedule reflects our connectionalism as well as our local church, district and conference needs for ministry. It was voted and approved to use the same apportionment formula for the churches as used previously. This formula is based on 75% average worship attendance and 25% local church expenditures for current program expenses, other operating expenses and all staff compensation as reported on the Local Church Report to the Annual Conference. The apportionments for the year 2012 have increased and reflect .01% of the total general church budget. This year eight Second Mile Givings were approved. Second Mile Giving is a challenge to the local churches. Once the apportionments and insurance have been met, can we go another mile and support another program. Apportionments: World Service, $6,305; *Conference Benevolences, $21,050; Black College Fund, $834; General Administration, $720; Interdenomination Cooperation, $166; Ministerial Education Fund, $2,092; Episcopal Fund, $1,921; Africa University, $187; Jurisdictional Administration, $787; Lydia Patterson Institute, $1,656; Mt. Sequoyah Retreat Center, $377; SMU Wesley Foundation
Campus Ministry, $207; Pastors Insurance, $55,000; Pastors Moving Allowance, $3,600; Unfunded Liability: Retired Pastors Insurance, $5,000; Course of Study School (28.57% of cost), $4,000; Advocate Newspaper, $5,000; General Conference Delegate, $6,000; Administrative Services, $72,424; TOTAL $187,326. *Conference Benevolences: Council on Finance and Administration, $3,000; Monitor and Review Committee, $300; Board of Ordained Ministry, $3,000; Nominations and Personnel, $500; Council on Local Church Ministries, $8,000; Episcopal Committee, $800; Archives and History, $900; Standing Rules and Journal Review, $350; Lay Leader/Board of Laity, $1,700; Conference Campus Ministry Board, $1,500; Continuing Education Committee, $1,000; TOTAL $21,050. Second Mile Givings: Cookson Hills Center, at least $65 per church; Church and District Facilities Repair Fund, at least $91 per local church; Youth Service Fund, $90 per local church; OIMC Campus Ministry Programming, $50 per local church; Conference Parish Partners, $50 per local church; Property Insurance Deductible Fund, $50 per local church; Local Church Mission Project (project of their choosing); Special Day Offerings.
Special Day Offerings include the following: Human Relations Day, January 15; Conference Campus Ministry Offering, February 19; One Great Hour of Sharing, March 18; Gold Cross Sunday, any Sunday in April; Native American Ministries Sunday, April 22; Peace with Justice Sunday, June 3; UM Volunteers in Mission Awareness Sunday, September 16; World Communion Sunday, October 7; Laity Day, October 21; United Methodist Student Day, November 25. As a missionary conference we are obligated to pay apportionments at 100%. As well as insurance, the conference has to make the monthly insurance premium whether the churches pay their share or not. The amount churches are requested to pay is only 65% of what the conference is charged for your specific facility. Therefore as we begin this new year churches are encouraged to examine their way of giving to insure the 100% comes directly from the churches. As our Bishop has reminded us, “we can’t go the second mile if we haven’t gone the first.” A special thank you to those churches that have made it a custom of submitting all their apportionments as well as their insurance at the beginning of the year!
of the kindness of people. They thought it was pretty cool! Happy children left with arms full of gifts and treat sacks. I am thankful to God Almighty for placing these brothers and sisters in Christ in our lives. The communication line has
been opened. Now it is time for everyone to build a relationship with each other. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Merry Christmas and Blessing in the New Year,”
Thank you for your assistance! The churches of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference would like to thank all of those who assisted our churches throughout the year whether that assistance was at Christmas time or any time throughout the year! If it were not for the assistance that some of our churches have received throughout the year they would not have been able to continue with their ministries such as VBS as well as upkeep of their facilities. From Rev. Donna Pewo, pastor of El Reno Fellowship and Clinton Church and Community Center: “On the beautiful afternoon of December 18th, the children of El
Reno Indian UMC were full of excitement and anticipation! By the generosity of several churches from the Oklahoma conference and individuals, the children of El Reno Indian UMC were giddy with laughter as they opened their gifts. With such speed in their little hands paper was torn and the smiles on faces were priceless. It was so rewarding watching the children, hearing the comments, ‘Look, look what I got!’ or ‘Wow! Look at this!’ and my favorite ‘Look at my new baby doll!’ There was not one disappointed child at that gathering!!! What a wonderful opportunity for our church to see God’s hands moving and touching the lives of these children. The youth were in awe
Conference Youth Winter Lock-in December 16-17, the Central Region held a lock in for the Conference Youth. Attendance was a total of 22 people, 14 youth and 8 adults. We did not stop worshipping God with a low number of attendances. We had lots of fun, learning new things, and a whole bunch of laughs. Rev. Chebon Kernell welcomed us to the church, which was Norman First, and he gave us some ground rules about the church, churchyard and surroundings. Josephine Deere taught us a valuable lesson about Christmas. The lesson was that gifts are not material things, but are things that we can do such as love someone; listen to problems, serve, and give good advice. It does not matter if we know them or not. Rev. Chebon Kernell introduced our speaker for the night. It was a young man from the church, his name was Wes Wilson. He taught us a lesson as well and it was if you want to be good
OIMC – OCU Day February 25, 2012 10:30 a.m. – Registration, Freede Center 11a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Free Throw and 3 on 3 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – lunch 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Admissions/ Games, Watson Lounge 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Tours 3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. – Worship, chapel Please respond by February 10, 2012 as to number attending as well as 3 on 3 team. 3 on 3 will be broken down to Jr. High, Sr. High and Adult and can be coed.
Kathleen Caroline Durant Jackson 1947-2011
at something, fulfill it not halfway do it. He taught us that someone believes in us even if we do not believe in our selves. He talked about family, friends and faith. We went glow bowling, and fellowshipped with one another. Josephine taught us how to make gingerbread houses with graham crackers. Netta (Lynnetta Eyachabbe, Central Region Coordinator) taught us how to make wreaths out of material and wire hangers. We played Bible baseball and then group games. Netta had this new group game and it was fun. Kiki was very competitive!! I hope to see everyone at our next event on February 25, 2012 – OCU Day. CCYM officers will meet January 29, 2012 at Norman First. This is all for now, but there is many more to come. Signing out for now, your CCYM PRBrandon Mckinney
Children and Youth Ministries Workshops “Re-Igniting Leadership within Children’s Ministry” “Dynamic Small Youth Groups” February 17 & 18, 2012 $10 Registration due by January 31, 2012 Northeast Region Center Preston, OK Sponsored by the Children’s Minisry team and the Youth Ministry Team of the Council on Local Church Ministries. Presenters: Dr. Melanie Gordon Ministry with Children Leadership Ministries Division, General Board of Discipleship Rev. Diana Northcutt Director of Discipleship for Small Membership Churches and Conference Youth Coordinator Oklahoma Conference
Kathleen Jackson was born January 15, 1947 in Hugo, Oklahoma to Reverend and Mrs. Forbis and Teola (Wooldridge) Durant. She passed away on Friday November 25, 2011 in Oklahoma City, at the age of 64. Kathleen graduated from Atoka High School in May of 1965; she attended Eastern State College to earn her Associates Degree, and graduated from O.C.L.A. with her Bachelors in Psychology in 1969. In August 1969 Kathleen married Louie Jackson and they were married for 42 years. Kathleen had an infinite patience and love for children and that was evident her entire working career. She began her career as a nurse’s aide at the Atoka Hospital in the newborn nursery. She has worked for Muskogee Public schools and most recently Sequoyah High School as a Special Education Paraprofessional. She supported the High School sports teams and was always excited for the boys and girls when they made state. Kathleen was very involved with the United Methodist Church growing up as her dad was a Methodist minister and District Superintendent for the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference. Kathleen was involved in the youth group and served as district and conference treasurer for several years for the M.Y.F. She was still involved at her home church of Fife Indian United Methodist Church and had attended there since 1979. She was full blood Choctaw and was very proud of her tribal heritage. Survivors include her husband Louie Jackson and daughter Kim Jackson of the home; son Kelley and wife, Melissa, and grandbabies Tony and Piper Jackson of Muskogee; twin sister Katherine Prince of Stigler, brother Bill Durant of Talihina, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Rev. and Mrs. Forbis and Teola Durant, brother Forbis Durant, Jr., and brother Nick Durant. A Wake service was held on Monday, November 28, at 6:00 p.m. at the Leshcer-Millsap Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church in Muskogee with Rev. David Wilson officiating. Pallbearers were: Jerry Dry, John Wilson, Jim Hoover, Byron Carter, Martin Fleming, Dave Long, III. Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home.
Summer internship deadline For U.S. ethnic minorities or Central Conference young adults By Wayne Rhodes, Editor, Faith in Action
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Deadline to apply for a 2012 Ethnic Young Adult (EYA) Summer Internship in Washington, D.C., is Feb. 1. The EYA program is for persons, ages 18-22, who have an interest in exploring issues of public policy, social justice advocacy and social change. Sponsored by the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS), the summer internship is for young adults representing the five ethnic minority caucuses of The United Methodist Church: Native Americans, PacificIslanders, Hispanic/Latinos, African Americans and Asian Americans. Interns will work in social justice placements in the U.S. capital June through July. Interns participate in weekly devotions and topical seminars to supplement their daily work experience. Interns also will visit the United Nations office of GBCS in New York City. They will participate in
seminars that educate interns about the international advocacy work The United Methodist Church does at the United Nations. Applicants must be in good academic standing at their college or university, demonstrate evidence of their concern for social justice through extracurricular activity, academic study and have some history of involvement in their church and/or community. If employed full-time, applicants must show active leadership and participation in their local church and community, including involvement in social justice activities. GBCS will provide round-trip transportation to and from Washington, D.C.; housing during the internship; commuter stipend for travel to work sites; and $1,500 for each intern for the eight-week period. Applications will be evaluated on an applicant’s passion and potential to engage in broad-based social justice ministries. Priority will be given to an (continued page 4 Application)
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Human Relations Day Observance January 15 is Human Relations Day, one of six United Methodist Special Sundays with offering. Your Human Relations Day offering supports vital community ministries that teach and advocate for justice, especially among people struggling to survive on the margins of society. Human Relations Day happens the Sunday immediately following the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. You glance at the calendar and realize Human Relations Day is just around the corner. It’s too late to do anything, right? Wrong! Here are a few ideas for promoting Human Relations Day 365 days a year. These simple steps will strengthen your outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico and encourage social justice and work with at-risk youth. 1. Recall how the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. opened doors for many people. Think of doors in your community that you can open: tutoring children and teens, teaching English to immigrants, donating new socks or gently worn coats to a homeless person, or helping with housing issues. The possibilities are infinite! 2. Draw attention to the millions of people who face hunger every day by hosting a “love feast” to raise money for mission and ministry. Invite people to bring their favorite main dish for a church potluck and ask those attending to donate a love offering. Use the money to buy gift cards for fast-food restaurants and share the cards with people who come to the church seeking food. 3. Encourage youth to get involved in the community. 4. Plan a celebration honoring church and community members who are advocates of social justice issues. Ask them to share the story of their ministry and to invite others to become involved personally and financially. Some people are just waiting for someone to ask them to help. In the process, you—and they—may discover untapped talents. 5. Recruit people to serve as mentors for at-risk children and youth. 6. Talk with local correctional facilities about leading Bible studies for incarcerated persons. It’s an opportunity to connect people to the church and to enrich their faith and yours. 7. Reflect on these words of Delia Ramirez, executive director of “The
Center for Changing Lives,” Chicago: “It doesn’t matter where we work, what we do, how many degrees we have or where we grew up. What matters is having the willingness to serve God in the most unusual places.” Invite your congregation to list “unusual places” where they can make a difference. Then work with them to make it happen! 8. Most importantly, give generously to the Human Relations Day offering. Ten dollars is helpful, but if you give up a movie or a meal out, you can double your gift. Your support is vital, especially in these difficult economic times. To learn more, please go to www.umcgiving.org. —Barbara Dunlap-Berg, creative resources editor, United Methodist Communications
Advocate list update needed As we begin a new year, new officers may be coming on board for your churches as well as with different organizations. And as you may be aware, postage will increase. Therefore it becomes more cost efficient for the conference office to obtain as many email addresses as possible to help alleviate the cost of mailing the Advocate. As you prepare your officer lists, please include email addresses. For those of your officers that do not have email, we will continue to send hard copies. The advantage of receiving the Advocate via email – you can receive it as soon as it is approved for printing. Otherwise as soon as it is approved for printing, it goes back to the printer for printing. Once they have been printed, they are brought to the conference office, where they have to be labeled and mailed. This ends up to be a 7-10 day process.
Due to funding the conference no longer has a disaster coordinator. If you need assistance or just have questions you may contact Rev. David Wilson or Josephine Deere here in the conference office, 405632-2006.
Happy New Year from Staff of OIMC David, Linda, Josephine and Dennis
United Methodist Women Isaiah 9:6 “For a child is born to us… and His name shall be called….the Prince of Peace.” Greetings to everyone! Looking forward to another year with United Methodist Women – changes are forthcoming – makes for an exciting time! Thanks to OIMC UMW who continue to be committed to the UMW Purpose with their participation, ideas, giving, prayers and sacrifices. We received a Thank You card from Jones Academy with the following words: Just wanted to extend our gratitude for all the student necessity/personal items as well as all the wonderful school supplies your organization so generously donated to us. These items are much needed and very appreciated. Thank you, Jones Academy students and staff. We have 3 great studies, Haiti, Joy to the World: Mission in the Age of Global Christianity; and Coming Out on the Side of Grace: Reconciliation this year. Hope the local units have at least one of these studies. 2012 Quadrennial Meeting June 2224 in Abilene, Texas. OIMC has 2 scholarships - $300 for a First Time attendee to Quadrennial; and $300 for a teen or young woman. If interested, please submit a letter stating why you want to attend and a brief bio – send to Linda Cusher, Conf. President, or Rowena Beach. Conf. secretary by 11-12. Decision will be made at Conf. Executive meeting on January 7, at Tohwali UMC, Broken Bow. Each conference is being asked to make a Banner. Banners are to be 3 feet wide by 5 feet tall and can be made with whatever material. Banner should have the name of Conference in 6 inch lettering and anything else you wish that refers to the Theme “Women Responding to God’s Love & Grace” or the scripture – Luke 1:46-48. How is OIMC responding to God’s grace? Please contact any Conf. officer if you have an idea for our banner. A PowerPoint presentation of “Mission Projects/Mission Happenings” across the jurisdiction will be presented during one the Plenaries and want to showcase each one of our Conferences. Please submit pictures and write-ups about your mission projects so OIMC will be part of this presentation. Creek Nation has been contacted about providing bus service to & from Abilene. We need an estimate of how
Special Sundays observed throughout the church Six times throughout the year, United Methodist congregations celebrate churchwide Special Sundays with offerings. Your support is critical to the survival of these important ministries and for sharing God’s gifts around the world. Churchwide Special Sundays with offerings enable United Methodists to offer refuge in times of disaster, promote peace and justice, provide scholarships and student loans, reach out to the community, teach skills to encourage self-sufficiency and share the love of Jesus Christ with God’s people everywhere. A resource is available for download that explains the six Special Sundays and how to promote them. Special Sundays for 2012: Human Relations Day: January 15 One Great Hour of Sharing: March 18 Native American Ministries Sunday: April 22 Peace with Justice Sunday: June 3 World Communion Sunday: October 7 United Methodist Student Day: November 25 Do you have questions about a specific Special Sunday? Go to www.UMCgiving.org to find the answers. On the conference level we also observce: Campus Ministry Day February 19 Golden Cross Sunday Anytime in April UMVIM Awareness Sunday September 16 Laitry Day October 21 many persons will ride the bus so local presidents give your count to your District President for our Executive meeting on 1-7-12. MISSION PROJECT MONTH IN APRIL, 2012 – Each local unit will do a local community mission project. Submit pictures and write up. May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope, and the peace of His love at Christmas and always. Peace and Love, Linda Cusher, UMW President
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6 Angie Smith Memorial UMC Indian Taco Sale, 4-8 p.m. 7 Confernece UMW Ex/MEE Meeting, Tohwali UMC 7 NE Region Youth Rally, Little Cussetah, 10 a.m. 7 Going Digital Workshop, OCU Meinders Bldg., 8:30 a.m. 9 Central Region Pastores Gathering, TBA, 6:30 p.m. 9 SW Region Trustees & Finance Mtg., Hog Creek, 6:30 p.m. 9 SE Region Council on Local Church Ministries, SE Reg. Cntr., 6 p.m. 12 Cabinet, Conference Office, 9 a.m. 13 & 14 Lead Seminar II, OCU 14 Council on Local Church Ministries, Conference Office, 4 p.m. 14 North Dist. UMW Ex. Meeting, Mission Planning 15 HUMAN RELATIONS DAY - special offering 15 SW Region Third Sunday Revival, Cedar Creek UMC, 5:30 p.m. 21 Angie Smith Memorial UMC Breakfast Sale, 7:30 - 11 a.m. 21 SE Region Trustees Meeting, SE Region Center, 9 a.m. 21 SE Region Finance Meeting, SE Region Center, 11 a.m. 21 SE REgion Youth Cake Walk, SE Region Center 23 NE Region Pastors Gathering, NE Region Center, 6:30 p.m. 24 SE Region Pastors Meeting, SE Region Center, 7 p.m. 28 NE Reg Leadership Trng., Local Church officers, NE Reg. Cntr. 8:30 a.m. 29 SW Region 5th Sunday Singing, TBA, 2:30 p.m
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SE REgion UMW Ex. Meting, SE Region Center, 9:30 a.m. Archives nd History Committee, Conference Office, 10 a.m. Angie Smith Memorial UMC, Indian Taco Sale, 4-8 p.m. NE Region Youth Rally, Pickett Chapel UMC, 10 a.m. Angie Smith Memorial UMC Birthday Singing, 2-5 p.m. SW Region Trustees & Finance Meeting, Hog Creek, 6:30 p.m. Lay Missioner Plnating North Dist. UMW Valentine Party, TBA Conference CF&A, Conference Office 9 a.m. SE Region UMW Planning Meeting, SE Region Center, 9:30 a.m. SE Region Martha Anderson Scholarship Mtg., SE Reg. Cntr., 3 p.m. Cabinet, Conference Office, 9 a.m. Children & Youth Workers Workshops, NE Reg. Center Angie Smith Memorial UMC, Breakfast sale, 7:30-11 a.m. SW Region Third Sunday Revival, Sherwood Tsotigh UMC, 5:30 p.m.
(Continued from page 2 Application) applicant’s commitment to public policy, demonstrated leadership and potential for leadership within The United Methodist Church and society. Initial criteria for selection will include a substantial written response, evidence of leadership within the denomination at the local church, conference or general church level. Academic achievements and a readiness to apply university study to the internship will also be considered. EYA is funded through GBCS’s Ethnic Local Church Grant program. Participants are expected to return to their schools, churches and communities with an increased commitment to working with and on behalf of marginalized groups in society. Participants are also expected to share their experience with other persons from their community, school
and church. An application form can be obtained online at 2012 Ethnic Young Adult Internship. For more information, contact the Rev. Neal Christie, assistant general secretary, Education & Leadership Formation, General Board of Church & Society, 100 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002, (202) 4885611, or via email to Cindy Heilman or Jennifer Gillyard.
Relief kit storage at UMCOR Depot, SagerBrown, Baldwin, LA
24&25 SW Region Lay Speaking School, UMC of Apache, 6 p.m. 25 OIMC-OCU Day, OCU 26 CONFERENCE CAMPUS MINISTRY DAY, Special offering to be taken 27 Central Region Leadership Training, TBA, 6:30 p.m. 29 CCYM Quarterly Meeting, Norman FAUMC, 3 p.m.
March “Call to Prayer and Self Denial” Month 2 Angie Smith Memorial UMC Indian Taco Sale, 4-8 p.m. 3 North Dist. UMW “Call to Prayer & Self Denial” program 3 North Dist. Region Youth Rally, Davis Chapel UMC, 10 a.m. 3 SE Region Children’s Lent Sunday, SE Region Center, 9:30 a.m. 4 Angie Smith Memorial UMC Birthday Singing, 2-5 p.m. 5 SW Region Trustees & Finance Meeting, Hog Creek, 6:30 p.m. 9&10 SE Region Lay Speaking School, SE Region Center 9&10 Lead Seminar III, OCU 10 Angie Smith Memorial UMC Wild Onion Dinner, 11:30-??? 12 Cabinet, Conference Office, 9 a.m. 12 Central Region Pastors Gathering, TBA, 6:30 p.m. 13 SE Region Pastors Meeting, SE Region Center, 7 p.m. 16-18 Youth Spring Retreat, SE Region 17 Angie Smith Memorial UMC, Breakfast Sale, 7:30-11 a.m. 17 SE Region UMW Prayer Retreat, SE Region Center, 9 a.m. 17 SE Region Trustees Meeting, SE Region Center, 9 a.m. 17 SE Region Finance Meeting, SE Region Center, 11 a.m. 17 SE Region UMW Prayer Retreat, SE Region Center, 9 a.m. 18 ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING, special offering to be taken 18 SW Region Third Sunday Revival, Little Washita UMC, 5:30 p.m. 19 NE Region Pastors Gathering, NE Region Center, 6:30 p.m. 24 Board of Laity Meeting, Conference Office 24 `SE Region Youth Spring Retreat, Rufe Circuit 25-29 VIM Project to Dulac, Louisiana 31 Conference CF&A, Conference Office, 9 a.m. Upcoming Events: April 24-May 4 - General Conference, Tampa, Florida June 7-10 - Annual Conference, SW Region Center, Anadarko July 16-20 - South Central Jurisdiction Youth Ministries (JYMO), OCU July 18-21 - South Central Jurisdictional Conference, Oklahoma City
One Great Hour of Sharing March 18, 2012 What is One Great Hour of Sharing? One Great Hour of Sharing is one of the six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. One Great Hour of Sharing enables the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to live out its mission to alleviate human suffering. UMCOR responds to natural or human made disasters those interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. One Great Hour of Sharing is celebrated the fourth Sunday of Lent. Monetary offerings are collected on this day, however relief kits are collected throughout the year.UMCOR has two relief kit depots one at
Baldwin, Louisiana and the other at Salt Lake City, Utah. Relief kits include cleaning buckets, layette kits, birthing kits, school kits, hygiene kits and sewing kits. To learn more about these kits you may go online at www.gbgm-umc.org/umcor or you may call the conference office.
The Advocate is published six times a year by the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference of The United Methodist Church. For subscription information, contact the office at 3020 S. Harvey, OKC. OK 73109. Phone: 405-6322006; Fax: 405-632-0209. E-mail: email@example.com; www.umc-oimc.org