Edmond First and UCO Wesley college age students will be going to Canyon Camp from January 3rd-6th. If you are in college or age 18-25 and not in college, this retreat is for you. The same people that lead Camp Spark for Junior High and High school students have put together a mid-winter camp experience for us college and career folk. The schedule is a loosely based itinerary for worship, small groups, and relaxation. We will have lots of time to see friends, be in nature, play games, or just chill. Come recharge your spirit with some much needed time in the canyon.
To sign up for the retreat, you have two options. Either you can sign up yourself through going to the OK UMC Camps pages or you can contact Michaela Drain. If you fill out registration, and say that you are with the University of Central Oklahoma or Edmond First UMC, the UCO Wesley will cover some of the cost for camp. In the simplest of terms, it will cost $85 if you say you are with another church or school, or say you are with the University of Central Oklahoma or Edmond First UMC and it will cost $20…But it is totally up to you! Edmond First and UCO Wesley will be taking a bus but you are welcome to drive yourself. Can’t wait to see you there!
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Contact info for Michaela Drain:
Last Wednesday, November 28th, Michaela Drain (the UCO Wesley Director and Edmond First College Minister) was sworn into the Oklahoma Army National Guard as a 2nd Lieutenant Chaplain Candidate. Since she is in the Oklahoma National Guard, she will be able to continue in her role here as our college minister. This just means once a month, she will be ministering to soldiers around the state and during the summer she will be shipped to South Carolina to complete Chaplain and Officer training at the Army Chaplain School in Fort Jackson.
Michaela was previously in the Oklahoma Army National Guard as a Chaplain Assistant. In that role, she aided the Chaplain in tasks such as guarding, setting up the chapel, contacting units, facilitating community building events. In her new position as a Chaplain Candidate (also can be described as a Chaplain Student), she will be the one in charge of a units religious needs. Meaning that she will be helping guide the fulfillment of the spiritual needs of up to 1000 people. 2LT Michaela Drain will be training soldiers on suicide prevention, counseling soldiers on spiritual issues of marriage/finances, responding to natural disasters, visiting soldiers in hospitals, leading chapel services, holding memorial ceremonies, and things of the like. We are very proud of her achievements so far and we will continue to pray for her ministry and continued training.
The previous UCO Wesley Director, Matt Borum, and the current director, Michaela Drain, came together at the UCO Wesley Auction and Gala to present an award. This award was created for CD and Louise Kelley to honor their years of hardworking and dedication to ministering to college students. They were surprised at the Gala with a plaque to commemorate the establishment of the award. The perpetual plaque is now hanging in the dining room of the UCO Wesley building. Every spring the name of a Wesley volunteer will be added to this plaque. CD and Louise will help to decide which Wesley volunteer has stood up to the standards of campus ministry that they have set. Campus ministry in Edmond has been forever changed by their example of living the gospel and will continue to be greatly impacted by this loving couples care for young adults.
If you would like to nominate anyone for this award, please contact the UCO Wesley Staff.
Thank you to all who participated in the UCO Wesley Golf Tournament! Together, we were able to raise more than $8,000 to benefit UCO students with meals, facilities for Christian fellowship, Bible study, and missional work!
We are so glad you have joined us! We look forward to what the 2017-2018 year will bring! Stay tuned for more news.