Prayers are requested for the family of Bishop William B. Oden who passed away on Dec. 22, 2018 at age 83. Oden served as Bishop of both the Louisiana and North Texas conferences, and served as Council of Bishops president from 2000 to 2001. He later served on the council as the ecumenical officer, after retiring as an active bishop in 2004. Oden was married to Marilyn Brown Oden for 61 years. The service for Oden will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 19, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 9203 S University Blvd, Highlands Ranch, Colorado 80126.