MRD: Dist. & Conf. Resources

CLICK HERE to view the lasted MRD Weekly Updates & Events email. 

Want the email to come directly to your inbox?  Email Kris at the district office at  

Wed, 06/13/2018, 2:00pm – 7:00pm

Thurs, 06/14/2018, 8:00am – 6:00pm


UMCOR Truck at Annual Conference

CLICK HERE for a flier from Hollie Tapley regarding the UMCOR truck being at Annual Conference for drop off of Hygiene, Cleaning (Flood Buckets) and School Kits.  No other kits are being accepted at the Annual Conference drop off.  Neither the district or conference has other drop off sites so each church is responsible for getting their own kits to Annual Conference.   

Update from Hollie Tapley: If you have questions regarding the School Kits : cloth bag verses Ziploc bag, the correct answer is : gallon Ziploc bag.  IF cloth bags have already been used and/or made, UMCOR will accept them.  Thank you in advance!!

Due 5/15/2018

2018 Assessments




Please follow the instructions carefully. If you have questions, contact your district office.

Return to District Office by May 15.


Due 06/30/2018


Fund Balance Report for 2017 Yearend

Fund Balance Reports are due June 30th and a copy of the Fund balance report can be found on the GPUMC website at then scroll down to the bottom and under “Local church audit…..” The link for “Fund balance (local church audit) report with instructions.”  Since we have many churches that are “First United Methodist” please make sure to identify your church with the location (i.e. First UMC or FUMC should be identified as Omaha First, Nebraska City First, Falls City First etc.). 

Please follow the instructions carefully. If you have questions, contact your district office.

Return to District Office by June 30.

Due 7/10/2018


Clergy Continuing Education Report

Continuing Education Reports are based upon the appointive year: July-June are required from those serving in an appointment or assignment (including DSA’s, CLM’s and retired clergy).  Twenty hours of continuing education is required for full-time and those less than full time must complete a proportional number of hours.  More information regarding the GPUMC Policy and a Fillable PDF form can be found on the conference website at  Those moving to a new appointment in a different district, if sent in before June 30th please send to Missouri River office after June 30th send to the new district.   

Please follow the instructions carefully. If you have questions, contact your district office.

Return to District Office by July 10.

04/19/2018 - 05/19/2018



Ralston Trinity UMC
Sunday's 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Do you know someone who needs free clothing or books? If so, send them to 8009 Q Street, Ralston NE and Ralston Trinity has a Lost and Found Clothing Center on Sunday's 1-4.  Questions call 402-331-4054.  CLICK HERE for more information. 

01/28/2019 - 02/16/2019

Holy Land Journey
January 28, 2019 - February 1, 2019

Bishop Ruben Saenz is taking the Ordinands from 2017 & 2018 on a Holy Land Tour and has opened up this travel opportunity to the entire Great Plains Conference from January 28, 2019 - February 6, 2019.  There are limited number of seats available for the trip.  CLICK HERE for a link to the brochure with pricing, deposit info. and deadlines and tour information.  Please watch the GPConnect for more latest information as it is released. 


Omaha Olive Crest

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Omaha Olive Crest UMC would like to invite the ladies of our district to High Tea on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon.  Must have a ticket to attend and High Tea Apparel would be fun but definitely not required.  

CLICK HERE for a flier with more information and how to order tickets.


Omaha Clair Memorial UMC

Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Omaha Clair would like to invite everyone to their "LOT-TO-KNOW, Parking Lot Party" on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  

CLICK HERE for a flier with more information.  



Omaha Living Faith UMC

Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Omaha Living Faith would like to invite everyone to their Auto & Cycle Show on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Admission is free but they are accepting donations of canned goods for the food bank.  

CLICK HERE for a flier with more information.  


6/13/2018 Dinner & Auction

6/24/2018 BBQ Fundraising Dinner

United Methodist Mens 100 Club

29th Annual Scholarship Dinner & Auction:  Every is invited!  Wednesday, June 13, 5:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 330 N Broadway St, Wichita, KS CLICK HERE for a flier more information. 

2018 BBQ Fundraising Dinner: The 2018 BBQ Fundraising Dinner will be hosted by Bette & Dwight Trumble at their farm at 12400 Buffalo Rd., Springfield, NE on Sunday, June 24th at 5 p.m. CLICK HERE for a flier more information. 




Partners in Ministry 

Golf Scramble Thursday Morning, June 14, 2018 - Partners in Ministry invite you to spend time in fellowship with other Clergy Spouses.  All levels of golfers are welcome.  CLICK HERE for a flier with more information who to contact for registration.  

Brunch Meeting Friday, June 15, 2018, 9:30-11:30 a.m. - Partners in Ministry invite you to Clergy Spouses to join them for a brunch meeting (childcare provided) followed by a trip to the zoo.  CLICK HERE for a flier with more information who to contact for registration.  Information for dropping off items for Silent Auction also included in flier.



06/04/2018 - 07/09/2018

Bellevue Aldersgate

Monday's, June 4, 2018 - July 9, 2018 at 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Bellevue Aldersgate is hosting a Powerful Tools for Caregivers class.  

CLICK HERE for a flier with more information and registration information. 


06/23/2018 Spaghetti

08/25/2018   Chuck Wagon

Omaha Lefler

Join Omaha Lefler (1501 Madison St, Omaha, NE) on the following evenings for dinner:

June 23, 2018 Spaghetti Dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

August, 25, 2018 Chuck Wagon Dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m.




Young Preachers Festival

June 27-28, 2018 at The Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS campus. 

CLICK HERE for more information. 






Confirmation Camp at Camp Fontanelle

The camp is being held July 16-19, 2018 and is an excellent opportunity for any church (small or large) that has confirmation-aged students this year! 

Confirmation Camp is being facilitated by Rev. Bill Ritter, Blue River DS and Rev. Emily Spearman Cannon, Auburn First UMC.

CLICK HERE for more information. 





Summit Youth Academy

Summit Youth Academy Would like to invite all High School Juniors and Sophomores to the Summit.  The Summit aims to assist current high school sophomores and juniors in hearing and responding to God’s voice with an intentional focus on vocational discernment.  

CLICK HERE for more information. 

Order Deadline 08/16/2018

Game 09/13/2018

United Methodist Family Night at the “K”

The United Methodist Men is having a Family Night at the KC Royals baseball game on Thursday evening, September 13, 2018 vs. the Minnesota Twins. CLICK HERE for more information and a registration flier. 

Ticket ordering deadline is August 16, 2018. 




09/18/2018 - 09/19/2018










Attention All Church                                Administrative Assistants and Secretaries! 

Have you ever wished there was a place where you could receive training especially centered around church work?  Have you ever wanted to experience spiritual renewal, networking with other administrative professionals, made friendships within the church administrative circle, and had the opportunity to receive confidence building opportunities? 

In accordance with the 1988 General Conference legislation and the 2012 Book of Discipline ¶807.19 the Professional Administrators of the United Methodist Connectional Structure (PAUMCS) was formed.  The newsletter is from the Great Plains PAUMCS announcing the Fall Workshop which will be held on September 18-19, 2018 at the new Conference Office in Topeka, KS. 

Several of the District AA’s in the Great Plains Conference are members and/or are involved in the Great Plains chapter and we would like to encourage each of you to consider this education as a growth opportunity.  Any questions please contact one of the Co-Presidents, contact information is listed in the newsletter. 

CLICK HERE for more information. 

09/26/2018 - 09/28/2018

Leadership Institute 2018

September 26-28, 2018 at The Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS campus. 

CLICK HERE for more information.


Omaha Olive Crest UMC

Omaha Olive Crest UMC invites everyone to their C.A.Y.A. (Come As You Are) Worship Experience which is EVERY Sunday Evening 5:00 p.m. Join US at 4:30 for coffee and a snack!









Omaha First UMC - Taize Prayer Services

On the first Saturday of each month, First UMC hosts a community Taizé Prayer service at 5:00 p.m. in Mead Chapel

Taizé prayer services are inspired by the Taizé ecumenical monastic community in France where people – young and old – come to pray, to be silent, to listen, to be simple, to be faithful. They come seeking space in which to be with God. The community was founded by Brother Roger Schutz during the Second World War. 

Perhaps the most distinctive character in the service is the music, simple meditative songs with few words that are repeated again and again.  This allows the words to penetrate deeply as a way of listening to the Divine Presence.  The service also includes short readings, spoken prayers, a period of silence and the use of candles adding to the meditative aspect of the service. 

The service, about 40 minutes in length.  All are welcome.


Omaha Clair Memorial ​

Alan Black a member of Omaha Clair Memorial has published a book titled, "Here I Am Lord" CLICK HERE for an Amazon link to the 2nd edition of the book.  






Please contact Christy at the Great West District Office at 308-284-8922 or by email at for more information or click here for an order form.   


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The United Methodist General Conference Next Global Health Initiative: Abundant Health: Our Promise to Childern.

In our Great Plains Conference, United Methodist congregations – whether large or small -- are uniquely blessed with the availability of the all the resources necessary to develop an effective congregational health ministry.

For more information regarding Congregational Health Ministry, The NE Faith Community Health Network and the Health Ministry at Omaha Faith Faith Westwood UMC click here