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Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021
On Memorial Day of 2019, the Dayton, OH, area was devastated by 15 tornados, including an EF-4 with winds over 165 miles per hour. The tornados destroyed at least 1,500 buildings and damaged 7,000 across four counties – Greene, Mercer, Miami, and Montgomery. In the immediate aftermath of the tornados, many Dayton area United Methodist churches provided food, water, prayers, and volunteers who helped to clear debris. In the months that followed, United Methodist... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021
This story features Lorraine Charinda, a West Ohio Missionary Before the installation of solar panels at Kamisamba Farm in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the property had no power source. Electric lines did not extend from the town of Kamina, a little over four miles away. Even in Kamina, particularly during the rainy season, residents can go without electricity for a month or more.  Although the farm has a water source from wells dug a few years ago, wi... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021
Disability Awareness Sunday is an opportunity for us to celebrate the inclusion of people affected by disabilities into the body and family of the church. We celebrate this every time we come together, but this day is a special reminder and a good starting point for new activities and ministries. The definition of a disability is broad and diverse, giving us the opportunity to seek ways of including people with any and all gifts. The Americans with Disabilities... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021
Have you ever wanted to learn ways to engage people in my community who don’t come to my church? Have you ever thought, "I poured so much out in the past year, I need some new prayer practices for myself.” The upcoming May Multiply Minis may help answer these questions. May 12 Morning Innovative Expressions May 12 Afternoon Reimagining Your Sacred Rhythms of Prayer May 26 Morning Where Do We Go From Here?   Multiply Minis are interactive, relevant, and t... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021
Reba Collins, West Ohio’s All In Community Consultant, will be featured in an event sponsored by Strengthening the Black Church in the 21st Century (SBC21) that seeks to bring awareness to National Reentry Week (April 26-30). RELEASED: I’m Home, Now What will highlight reentry work, give voice to directly impacted persons from various annual conferences, and offer resources to help churches see all the people who are impacted by incarceration. Join Reba and ot... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021
“Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zachariah 9:9b, NRSV Many Palm Sunday church celebrations feature children in parades and other festivities as part of their worship service to celebrate the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem days before his Crucifixion. One Capital Area North church decided to hold a different kind of parade outside the church walls. When the Rev. Glenn... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021
Bishop Palmer is excited to announce his next Leadership Clinic guest, Bishop Michael Curry, on May 18, 10a-12p EST. The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry is Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as Chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church. Join us for his teaching titled, “Leadership and the Dangerous Liberation of Love.” Following Bishop Curry’s teaching,... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021
After eight years as the Director of Camping & Retreats Ministry for the West Ohio Conference, Ken Overholser will retire on August 31, 2021. After becoming the interim director in 2013, Ken realized his calling to a position that used both his skill set and his passion for children’s and youth ministry. “Thousands of children, youth, young adults and families have been impacted through Ken’s leadership,” says Dee Stickley-Miner, Director of Connectional Mi... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021
West Ohio is seeking a Director of Camps, Retreats and Next Generation Engagement. Do you want to be a difference maker? You can by joining a strong, diverse, and collaborative conference team committed to making the love of Jesus accessible, real, and life transforming for all. Never doubt that camp changes people. 92% of our campers say that camp helped them feel good about themselves, and 70% of our parents say that their child gained self-confidence at camp... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021
We are seeing the trends, and they are troubling. As churches return to in-person gatherings, they are abandoning their digital and streaming services. At the very least, they are not giving them the attention they did during the quarantine. It’s a mistake. It’s a big mistake. Here are seven reasons why we believe strongly your church must continue to emphasize and invest in digital and streaming services.  It will grow slowly after it declines. One pastor... continue reading