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Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020
One of the marks of being United Methodist is that we sing our theology.  That is one of the things that many congregations have missed most in  this pandemic - the ability to sing their faith in community!  But whether you sing only with a mask or sing quietly to yourself music still gives us a way to declare what we believe.  Whether you sing from the hymnal or not, the words of the songs that we sing should reflect the theological theme of the day and be in... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020
Clergy leaders are not immune to contracting the coronavirus. Pastors have contracted the virus, fallen ill and recovered. Few are long haulers, who suffer symptoms long after they have recovered or tested negative. One West Ohio leader who has decided to remain committed to his health and wellness in this vulnerable time is the Rev. Brad Olson of Loveland United Methodist Church. Olson, an award-winning powerlifter and competitor, is aware of his vulnerability... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020
Effectively reaching new people for Christ is the hallmark of West Ohio’s Light of the World award, given to one church from each district that demonstrates a commitment to shine the light of God’s love into their community. This year’s winner from the Miami Valley District is Catawba UMC. The mission of Catawba United Methodist Church is to share the good news of God's love made known in Jesus Christ. Led by Rev. Douglas Bovey, Catawba UMC is located in the ru... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020
Each month, The West Ohio Conference joins together in praying for the ministries, mission projects, and missionaries of The United Methodist Church. In December, we pray for people with HIV/AIDS and the many ways in which United Methodists love and support them. Since AIDS was first discovered in 1981, over 60 million people have become infected with the disease, and 25 million have died. Worldwide, more than 7,000 people contract the HIV virus (which causes A... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020
Over the past nine months, many mission teams have been forced to cancel their travel plans due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet ministry at Volunteers in Mission sites continues, as does their need for financial support. Many sites rely on the presence of VIM teams not only for their volunteer efforts, but also for the income they provide. Now, there is a virtual option for how to learn about, ‘visit,’ and support West Ohio’s mission partnerships! The first of... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020
In a year when one disaster seemed to follow another, the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s longtime investment into the training and support of church members who respond — both in the U.S. and globally — is paying off. As directors of UMCOR and its parent agency, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, learned during their annual meetings, UMCOR currently is working 38 active grants of $19 million in the U.S. and has supported responses to 99 un... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
Nashville, November 2020 – The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) is extending full permission to all churches for use of UMPH copyrighted worship materials through July 31, 2021. Due to the extraordinary challenges faced by churches and others, UMPH (Cokesbury and Abingdon Press) is assuring easy access to essential worship aids and use of the Common Eng-lish Bible for online worship and studies.  The copyright page in the 1992 United Methodist Book of... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
Dear Faith Community Partners, As we go through another surge of COVID cases, we know that you have seen coverage in the media about stress on healthcare workers. OhioHealth is providing many resources to help with the resiliency of our staff. But this is hard. And we are also asking faith communities for encouragement. We know that you are holding healthcare workers in your thoughts and prayers. And we are wondering if you’d like to provide some other concrete... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
Since 2017, the worship attendance at Liberty Chapel Scrub Ridge has doubled. The increase is a result of community outreach. A few years ago, the congregation was looking for a way to meet an immediate need of the community: access to food. Under the leadership of the Rev. Chuck Reeves, the church invested $50 to secure a membership to the FreeStore food bank in Cincinnati and launched a food pantry. With food filling the fellowship hall, the pantry served 60-... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
Effectively reaching new people for Christ is the hallmark of West Ohio’s Light of the World award, given to one church from each district that demonstrates a commitment to shine the light of God’s love into their community. This year’s winner from the Maumee Watershed District is Toledo Wesley United Methodist Church. Led by Rev. Waverly Earley, Toledo Wesley United Methodist Church is a 130-year-old congregation of 70 members that worships about 25 on Sundays... continue reading