First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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Conference & Connections

General Conference 2019 Listening Sessions

Why is there a special General Conference coming February 23 – 26, 2019 in St. Louis, only a year before the regularly scheduled 2020 session in Minneapolis? How might my church be affected by this talk about choosing among a One Church, Connectional Conference and Traditionalist plan? Will other possibilities emerge? Change is coming for The United Methodist Church, and there will be meetings this fall to help Wisconsin United Methodists understand what is being proposed.

Formed following authorization by General Conference 2016, the Commission on a Way Forward identified three possible options, or plans, for our denomination as we move into the future. The Council of Bishops has recommended adoption of the One Church Plan.

The Wisconsin Delegation to GC 2019 is hosting eight educational and listening sessions around the state to allow feedback about the proposals. These sessions for
interested clergy and laity will each last between 60- 90 minutes. The dates and locations are: 

Sun, Sept 30, 3 pm, Webster Grace UMC

Mon, Oct 1, 7 pm, Eau Claire Lake Street UMC

Sat, Oct 6, 10 am, Wausau Wesley UMC

Tues, Oct 9, 7 pm, Onalaska UMC

Sat, Oct 20, 10 am, Kaukauna Peace UMC

Tues, Oct 23, 7 pm, Waukesha First UMC

Thurs, Oct 25, 7 pm, Sun Prairie UMC

Sat, Oct 27, 10 am, Janesville Cargill UMC

In addition, invitations have been extended to Conference boards, agencies and other groups to provide their feedback to Delegation members.

The purpose of all this information gathering is for the Delegation to hear from the diversity of membership that makes up Wisconsin United Methodism. The desire
is to better understand the thinking and feeling within our Annual Conference membership about our denomination’s future. All are welcome to participate!

The Wisconsin Conference Delegation to the 2019 General Conference consists of six voting delegates, along with reserves. Clergy are Dan Dick, Sam

Royappa, Steve Zekoff. Lay delegates are Lisa King Barbara Dick, Gail Burgess. All remain engaged in the Delegation’s preparations for the upcoming General

Advanced Lay Servant Course

Accountable Discipleship

September 15th & October 13th

9:00 AM - 2:30 PM (1/2 hour for lunch)

Rhinelander First UMC, 724 Arbutus St.
Instructor: Rev. Keith Wolf

Text: Accountable Discipleship by Steven W.
Manskar. Paper and e-copies available through
The Upper Room, Cokesbury, Amazon, etc.
Janke Book Store will probably order it if requested.

(Participants are responsible to order their own book
and read the Forward, Prologue, and chapters 1, 2,
& 3 before the first session.)

Please register at (include your name, church, preferred email address and phone number)
This course focuses on the concept of the household of God, Scripture as divine revelation, Wesleyan understandings of grace, and the importance of the class leader in the development of the Methodist movement. Manskar explores a systematic approach for undertaking and accepting the challenge of personal discipleship for life. In addition, Manskar outlines a process
for developing leadership that could help transform the life of the congregation. We will order sub sandwiches to be delivered or bring your own lunch.

Note from Jayneann: Steve Manskar is the organizer and leader of the Wesley Pilgrimage, which I joined two years ago, learning about and exploring many Wesleyan sites in England and learning about promoting Wesleyan Discipleship in the local church