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Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020
According to Fresh Expressions US, "a Fresh Expression is a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of those who are not yet part of any church." The Fresh Expressions movement is introducing people to Jesus, expanding the kingdom and revitalizing churches. Each fresh expression of church is unique, designed for a particular context: rural or suburban, in public spaces, housing projects and college dormitories. Dur... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020
What form The United Methodist Church takes next will remain unclear until the 2020 General Conference meets this spring.  In a gathering that emphasized the denomination’s uncertain future, United Methodists received a preview of some of the possibilities that will be before 862 delegates when they meet May 5-15 in Minneapolis. “Minneapolis is likely to be our Massah, our testing place, and Minneapolis is likely to be our Meribah, our quarreling place,” said... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020
The West Ohio Conference will hold an Early Response Team (ERT) training on Saturday, April 25, 8:00 am-4:00 pm at Sylvania First UMC. ERT volunteers provide support in disaster response situations and must go through specific training with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). This ensures that ERT volunteers will be productive and caring while causing no further harm or burden on the affected community. Topics covered in the class include the who, wha... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020
Each month, The West Ohio Conference joins together in praying for the ministries, mission projects, and missionaries of The United Methodist Church. In February, we pray for immigrants and refugees and the many United Methodist churches who are welcoming them.   Immigration is an issue with the power to deeply divide the Church. Yet God's Word is clear on one aspect: no matter what side of the issue we fall on, we are to love the stranger among us. Leviticus 1... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020
How would your life be different if you focused on all God has already given you? Katelin Hansen serves the United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus, Ohio as their Minister of Music & Strategic Initiatives Director. Her ministry has given her the opportunity to see what God can do with what we are willing to offer, like the young boy's lunch that Jesus turns into enough to feed more than five-thousand people (see John 6:1-13). As you... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020
In a meeting last week in Chicago, the North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) Committee on the Episcopacy and the NCJ College of Bishops have proposed to only elect one bishop during the NCJ Quadrennial Meeting, July 15-18 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The two groups have agreed to form a task force to make recommendations on episcopal leadership for the jurisdiction over the next four years. In late August 2019, David Bard, Michigan Area Bishop and current President of th... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020
Volunteers in Mission of the North Central Jurisdiction is hosting a two-hour webinar for all leaders of youth mission teams on February 29 at 10:30 am. This is a time for learning, conversation, and connection for all things related to youth mission. "It's Their Mission" is a youth mission model created by Rev. Dr. Jan Yandell with step-by-step instructions for a youth designed/youth owned work mission program. The youth make the decisions and do the planning... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020
United Methodists are among those assisting some of the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the Taal volcano eruption on Luzon Island in the Philippines.  Kusina ng Taal, an outreach ministry of Tagaytay United Methodist Church in Tagaytay City, began providing hot meals for evacuees on Jan. 21. Kusina ng Taal, which means "kitchen of Taal," was created to respond to the immediate needs of evacuees in the Asisan barangay, which is 13.4 miles away from... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020
All In Community will present a Good Samaritan Workshop at Maumee UMC on Saturday, February 15, from 8:30am-12:30pm. This workshop will enhance your church's care ministry to those who have been a victim or witness of a relational harm or violence and will equip and resource Stephen Ministers, Care Ministers, and Lay Servant Ministers to provide better holistic care with those already in our midst who remain silenced by shame and pain. The first half of the ses... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020
You want to live a life of significance. That makes you human. You want to make a difference in the lives of your children, spouse, friends, colleagues, community, and world. That makes you a compassionate human. You work to make your efforts be worth something. But, let me ask this question: Are your actions aligned with your values and what you do best? It's likely there is a lack of focus for you. Again, welcome to being human. It could even be that as much... continue reading