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Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020
Due to the recent Coronavirus Pandemic, Community Ministries is opening up a second phase of emergency grant funding. This grant is offering up to $500, available for Capitol Area District Churches to help with worship accessibility. These funds are to support you in following the Bishop’s recommendations for our worshipping life together as we move forward through the Covid-19 pandemic. An example of a Worship Accessibility Emergency Grant would be purchasing... continue reading
Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020
Rev. Linda Middelberg and Rev. Karen Cook recently held Town Hall meetings in the district on returning to worship. Below are the resources that our churches shared with one another, as well as documents on reopening strategy, seating capacity calculations, a sample congregational survey, and a COVID checklist for faith-based communities. Franklin County Public Health Shareable resources https://covid-19.myfcph.org/protect-yourself-others/ First United Metho... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
A change of appointment is a time of transition for the pastor and congregation. To help all parties successfully manage these changes, the Capitol Area North and Capitol Area South Districts are offering an online training event called “The Right Start” for newly appointed pastors and S/PPRC members. It is our expectation that each pastor who is moving to a new appointment and their new S/PPRC will view these online trainings.   You can find instructions for t... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
We know we are missing each other and Summer camp. While we can’t have fun in person, we’re creating a series of videos to share some of our favorite camp activities and faith-filled moments with you. Videos will be released from June 8-July 24 around the theme, "Love God - Love Others".   Mondays- Camp pastors will share a message.   Wednesdays and Fridays - Camp staff will share games, songs, and activities that you can do by yourself or with your fam... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
Peace with Justice Sunday is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. Peace with Justice Sunday enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. This special offering benefits peace with justice ministries in the annual conference and through the General Board of Church and Society. Here in West Ohio, 50% of the Peace with Justice Offe... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
Each month, The West Ohio Conference joins together in praying for the ministries of The United Methodist Church. In June, we pray for all people affected by the realities of racism. Racism is not dead. In fact, racism is an everyday reality. Often this racism goes unnoticed, like the Black child who is never considered for the gifted program at school or the White woman who crosses the street when she sees a Black man walking towards her. Much of the time, rac... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
As this COVID-19 crisis continues, the Ohio Health Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is providing confidential telephonic and videoconferencing counseling options to support West Ohio Conference members, spouses, and dependent family members. WOC members, spouses, and dependents can also call for brief phone support - no appointment necessary to speak with a clinician for emotional support by phone during business hours M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. In a time when man... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
The West Ohio Conference recently provided a $100,000 grant to the Native American Comprehensive Plan (NACP) of The United Methodist Church. The funds will provide support to organizations already active in helping Native communities combat COVID-19. Native tribes in the southwest United States have been hit hard by the coronavirus, particularly the Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo peoples. In fact, Navajo Nation has the highest per capita infection rate of any place in... continue reading
Thursday, May 28, 2020
On a whim, Judy Robinson purchased a bucket of wire at a farm auction for 25 cents. She had no use for it at the time. Later, however, she would use the wire for a mission to fight COVID-19. A member of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church in Sugar Grove, Ohio, Robinson wanted to respond to the pandemic. "We had a feeding ministry," she said, "but the state restrictions kept us from it." A seamstress and textile business owner, she recruited three other women to... continue reading
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Many of the repair and rebuilding needs of Dayton's tornado survivors were put on hold when the pandemic hit. Now, skilled adult volunteers are needed for day-only work in Dayton (no overnights - teams drive in and out each day).  Volunteers must follow specific protocols including no more than 10 people per work site (larger teams may be split between sites), maintaining 6 feet between volunteers, wearing masks, not sharing and/or disinfecting tools after use,... continue reading