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Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019
The Society of St. Andrew is offering "Seasons of Joy and Gladness," a Lenten devotional series, as a free resource for personal or congregational use. The daily Scripture readings, reflections and prayers are written by pastors, missionaries and lay people from all walks of life. Bulk orders must be placed by TODAY, February 20. Click here for more information or to download the devotional.
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019
The 2019 Special General Conference will begin later this week, February 23, in St. Louis, MO. Even if you will not be attending the event, there are several ways in which you can be involved in the proceedings. Here are just a few: PRAY - Pray for the Bishops, delegates, support staff, and for the Church. WATCH - All open sessions will be livestreamed on umc.org, and you can also get to the livestream from The West Ohio Conference webpage. GET THE FACTS... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019
1758 John Wesley baptizes two “Negro slaves,” at least one woman, thus setting the pattern for receiving people of color into the societies and the church. These two return to Antigua to start the Methodist society in the “new world.” 1760s Anne Schweitzer, a black woman, becomes a founding member of the first Methodist society in Maryland. Two years later, another black woman, known to us only as Bettye, is one of five persons to attend the Methodist services... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019
Training is a critical ingredient for quality youth ministry. That is why West Ohio Camps is excited to offer youth training to church leaders on March 18 at Camp Widewater in Liberty Center, OH. This opportunity aims to enhance the skills of new and longtime staffers and provide useful tools for improving and expanding your youth ministry. The training runs 9am-4pm with lunch included.  Keynote speaker will be Jeremiah Lewis. Lewis is a coach for Leadership D... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019
Doing little things has resulted in big changes at New City United Methodist Church in Dayton. It sounds obvious, said Local Pastor Chris Reese, but those little things really matter. He offers an example that he says might seem trivial. Usually, when someone says, “thank you,” the response is “you’re welcome.” At New City UMC, members respond to “thanks you’s” with, “my pleasure.” Because, Reese said, “We’re there because we want to be. We’re not there because... continue reading
Monday, Feb 18, 2019
On February 23, elected United Methodist delegates along with our bishops will gather in St. Louis, Missouri, for a called special session of General Conference. The goal of the meeting is to find a way forward through our disagreements about same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ clergy. You and I may feel far removed from what is happening in St. Louis, but there are ways we can follow what’s happening and support those doing the work. Begin with prayer Th... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019
This year, the All In Community Leadership team decided to leverage video conferencing technology to make training opportunities more accessible across the Conference. On each day of training, participants can choose one of three options. Option one is to attend the training "live on location" with the content trainer. Meals and hard copies of training materials are provided with this option. The second option is to watch a simulcast of the training with other... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019
West Ohio's Next Generation Leadership Ministry Intern program is for undergraduate students interested in exploring a call to United Methodist ordained ministry. The 10-week paid summer internship allows selected mentors and host churches to play a critical role in the experience of each assigned intern discerning a call to ordained ministry. Each mentor and host church will develop a relationship with the assigned intern that will help the intern cultivate le... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019
When Lorraine Charinda, 30, arrived at Kamisamba Farm last year, she found two employees, barren fields, a rundown training center and four pigs in the sties. Today, the farm in North Katanga, Congo, boasts 20 hectares of various crops, 30 pigs and 15 employees. "There were some challenges when I started serving at Kamisamba," said Charinda, a missionary from Zimbabwe serving through the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. "The culture was very differe... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019
United Methodist Communications is offering local churches customizable Easter outreach tools to invite their communities to events and worship services. The resources, available in English and Spanish, include direct mail postcards, posters, invitation cards, yard signs, outdoor banners and free downloadable graphics. The agency also is offering $250 grants for local churches to help cover the cost of the resources and shipping. The offer will continue until g... continue reading