We hope that as finals end and summer begins you are able to take a breath before jumping in to the next part of your life. If you need a place to take that breath, the Wesley will still be open. Make sure to drop by during office hours if you need a break!
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Rev. Sam Powers will be leading the UCO Wesley through a self-made Bible Study that focuses on scripture based arguments on sex and faith. Join us in reading and discussing some of the controversial scripture. We have also invited our friends from the Edmond First Love in Action Group to show our support and love of all involved. So whether you are straight, gay, bi, trans, questioning, or whatever else, you are welcome to attend this bible study with the love and grace of God.
Everyone from avid golfers to those just looking to have fun is invited to come and take part in the 4th annual UCO Wesley Campus Ministry Golf Tournament, benefitting the works and ministries of the UCO Wesley Campus Ministry at the University of Central Oklahoma. The tournament will be on Saturday May 18, 2019 at The Golf Club of Edmond.
The day begins at 7 am with registration and continental breakfast and a shotgun start at 8 am. Golfers receive cart access, green fees, a range token and a full lunch included with their registration fee. Scramble teams of four are encouraged but not necessary. Individual players will be paired if a team is not already specified at registration.
Lunch will be provided at noon accompanied by awards and prizes.
The fee to participate is $100 per golfer and includes cart access, green fees, range balls, breakfast and a full lunch. There are also various levels of sponsorships ranging from $100 to $1000. The sponsorships comes with various publicity opportunities for your organization.
We hope to see you all there!
IS POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT SEMESTER.
We spread ourselves too thin and need to make time to rest in between projects. We have not yet decided on a date just yet. If you are interested in helping, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sharing a book with someone is a view into their heart. It is a vulnerable act between friends.
-Michaela Drain, UCO Wesley Director
The current UCO Wesley Director, Michaela Drain, loves to read! You will always find her with a book on her somewhere. Her favorite thing to do is swap book suggestions. Below are some of the books she most often suggests to church leaders and students alike. Once you read them, Michaela would love to discuss them with you. Feel free to stop by the Wesley with a book to discuss or suggest!
Book List (Organized by Topic)
Motivating the Middle by TJ Sullivan**
How to Lead When You Are Not In Charge by Clay Scroggins**
Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territories by Tom Bolsinger
The Practices of Adaptive Leadership by Ronald Heifetz
Moral Leadership for a Divided Age by David Gushee and Colin Holtz
Good to Great by James C Collins
Lean-In by Sheryl Sandberg
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain
Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
Gen Z Goes to College by Corey Seemiller**
Sustainable Youth Ministry by Mark Devries
Living Your Strengths by Winseman, Clifton, and Liesveld**
Heart of the Artist by Rory Noland
Beyond the Screen: Youth Ministry for the Connected but Alone Generation by Andrew Zirschky
Leading from Second Chair by Bonem and Patterson
The Servant as Leader by Greenleaf
Youth Worker’s Guide to Helping Teens in Crisis by Van Pelt and Hancock
The Thinker’s Guide to God by Vardy and Arliss
Spiritual Disciplines by Calhoun
When Religion Becomes Lethal by Charles Kimball
Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry by Andrew Root
The Social Principles
The Book of Discipline
All Around Good Books
Still Christian: Following Jesus Out of American Evangelism by Dr. David Gushee
Changing Our Mind by David Gushee, Brian McClaren, Phyllis Tickle, and Matthew Vines
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequest
Love Does by Bob Goff*
Searching for Sunday by Rachel Evans Held
Mere Christianity by CS Lewis
When the Church Gets It Wrong by Adam Hamilton
Love Wins by Rob Bell
What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam by Esposito
A Call to Action by Jimmy Carter
Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof
Life of the Beloved by Henry Nouwen
Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
*Books we will read in Bible Study in Spring 2018
**UCO Wesley Student Council must reads
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!
Website for camp registration:
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.