November 18, 2016

My Dear Friends,

I give thanks to God for you and for the ministry we share. You are a blessing for me, for each other, to this community, and especially to God! In these past months I have come to love and cherish you. I’ve learned from you.  And I have enjoyed living here.

I’m writing this letter to let you know that, for the advancement of our shared mission, the bishop and cabinet asked me to consider a particular appointment where they needed someone with my skill set, and I said “yes.” So in January I will be moving to another appointment. One of the attractive things about this move for me personally is that gives me the opportunity to share my gifts and training with yet another congregation.

Larry Bauman, our district superintendent, has met with the Staff Parish Relations Committee to consult about future leadership. Meanwhile, I invite you to pray for your next pastor and for the church in this transition time. Your next pastor will bring a new set of gifts to bless your shared ministry. I believe that you will have a fruitful partnership together!

Please do me the honor of welcoming your new pastor into your lives as you so graciously did for me!  Weddings, funerals and baptisms are wonderful bonding times for families and pastors, so I encourage you let your new pastor truly be your pastor. Meanwhile, I will hold you in my heart, even as I serve elsewhere as pastor, for you will always be my sisters and brothers in Christ.

Let’s make the most of the remaining time that we still have together. There is much to do and prepare, as we walk toward a future rooted in hope.

 Dr. Marvin J. Hudson



The Ministerial Alliance of Holdenville announces a community thanksgiving service this year on Nov. 17 @ 7 pm at the Assembly of God church, 315 S Creek,  in Holdenville.  (MAP)

Dr. Hudson, Pastor of BMUMC, To Participate in Panel

A panel discussion, part of Rose State College's Great Debates: Politics, Power, & People Series. an ongoing educational program, and held at Oklahoma City University 2501 N Blackwelder, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)  will address 'Religion and Diversity in the 21st Century.'  Dr. Marvin J. Hudson, Pastor of BMUMC, will be a participant on the panel.

The event will be Thursday  3 November  2016  2:00 PM-4:00 PM 

Dr. Marvin Hudson, Oklahoma United Methodist Church
Rabbi Vered Harris, Temple B'Nai Isreal, Oklahoma City
Priscilla Galstaun-Khader, Surayya Anne Foundation - Tulsa
Dr. John Starkey, Professor of Religion, Oklahoma City University

Speaker bios:

Dr. Hudson is an ordained minister, experienced, pastor, and New Testament Scholar. He has a Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Master of Divinity from Phillips Graduate Seminary. He has pastored in Kansas & Oklahoma and has taught Biblical languages, theology, and leadership courses.

Rabbi Vered Harris became the Temple B'nai Isreal's spiritual leader in 2012 - only the 5th rabbi in the congregations 109 year history. Prior to coming to Oklahoma City, Rabbi Harris was the Education Rabbi at Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Partk, KS. She brings a strong record of successfully developing award-winning congregational programming. She received her rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and her Master of Arts degree in Jewish Education from Rhea Hirsch School of Education. Rabbi Harris was awarded the title of Reform Jewish Educator in 2002.

Priscilla-Galstaun-Khader immigrated to the United States from India. She is a founding member of the Surayya Anne Foundation, the only Muslim women-run non-profit organization in Oklahoma that provides transitional housing for disenfranchised women, children, & families. She currently serves as the organization's president. Mrs. Galstaun-Khader also serves on the board of CAIR Oklahoma and represents the Oklahoma Chapter of Muslims 4 Liberty.

Dr. John Starkey is a professor of religion at Oklahoma City University. He has received a number of teaching awards and has served as President of the Southwest Region of the American Academy of Religion. His courses include World Religions, Peace and Non-Violence, Forms of Faith, Spirituality, and Ethical Conviction.

This event is sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies, Templeton Foundation, Social Sciences Division of Rose State College; The Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University, and SoonerPoll.com


Sunday, November 6, 2016 remember to set the clock back 1 hour and be on time to join with friends and neighbors in Sunday School and Worship!