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Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020
Like many annual conferences, we will be holding a virtual annual conference session on September 12, 2020. We will convene with opening worship at 9 a.m. and hope to conclude business by 1 p.m. The business session will include action on legislation, election of new lay leaders, election of leaders for all conference boards/committees/lead teams, and the commissioning of two United Methodist Deaconesses. At 3:30 pm, we will reconvene for the commissioning and... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020
Biweekly, you can find a group of women gathered at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lewistown, Ohio, to crochet and knit walker bags, prayer shawls and other items. Beginning with a time of prayer and devotion, the “Happy Hookers,” as they affectionately call themselves, laugh and share as they stitch. Less than a year ago, Mary Fulton and Mary Moon were discussing ideas for mission projects. They recruited a group of retired women connected with the church... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020
Two new interactive town hall discussions are planned as part of the “Dismantling Racism: Pressing On to Freedom” initiative’s town hall series on anti-racism to explore both old and new approaches to organizing for racial justice in church and community. In the first of the two discussions, participants will hear from a panel of seasoned leaders on August 19 at 12:00 noon CT, followed by a discussion featuring a panel of emerging leaders on August 26 at 12:00... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020
A blast that has killed over 150 people and injured another 5,000 to-date, has also left an estimated 300,000 displaced from their homes in Beirut, according to Reuters. Longtime ministry partners that live and work in Lebanon are being offered assistance by UMCOR to help meet the most immediate and basic needs of those affected by the explosion. You are there for people who are impacted by disasters when you give to UMCOR. Please help UMCOR respond to this and... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020
As we end our two-part series about VBS in West Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic, we share stories of a program that took participants into their backyards and another that unknowingly changed the lives of the leaders. BOLT! VBS Focuses on Outdoor Activities Some young people may have become tired of virtual learning. At Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, children’s minister Laura McCoy selected a Vacation Bible School study designed specifically for famil... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020
The U.S. criminal justice system is often anything but 'just.' With only 5% of the world's population, the United States contains about 20% of the world's prisoners, imprisoning its residents at a higher rate than countries such as China, Russia, and Rwanda. For years, the ‘war on crime’ has consistently targeted inner cities, tearing at the fabric of families and communities. At the same time, few programs have existed to help inmates better themselves, or to... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020
Renovation of what will be the Charitable Pharmacy's second location is scheduled to begin in September, with a planned Spring 2021 opening. The new location will be housed in the former Eagle Market at 1464 Cleveland Avenue. In addition to providing non-narcotic prescription medicine and pharmacy services at no cost for low-income individuals and families, the new location will share space with a fresh food market run by Community Development for All People. T... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many church leaders to be creative in ministry to fulfill the mission of the church; to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Vacation Bible School is one of those disciple making ministries children look forward to each Summer. Over the next two issues, we will feature a few of the many congregations that held VBS in new ways and changed lives of children, families and the leaders themselves. Parking-lot VBS Reaches Out to Famili... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020
The Revs. John Lewis and Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian were models of authentic religion who proved that people of faith can change a nation, said the Rev. James Lawson, a United Methodist pastor who worked side-by-side with both men in the early days of the civil rights movement. Lewis and Vivian both died on July 17. Lawson said the news stories that have followed — while mentioning the two men were clergy — leave out that important religious component and the... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020
Sid Davis never thought he’d be driving all over his sprawling city to have masked, socially distanced curbside visits with choir members. But Davis, director of music and worship arts at Houston’s St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, has faced an empty choir loft and no in-person rehearsals since early March. So he and wife Cindy are going ZIP code by ZIP code to check on more than 100 adult choir members. The couple even have a magnetic “Operation Curbside Con... continue reading