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Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020
Jesus calls his followers to love their neighbor. So why have Christians found ways to refuse their neighbors not just love but basic dignity? “We know better,” said the Rev. Mai-Anh Le Tran of United Methodist Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. “Why don’t we act or live differently? It strikes me as that we are still befuddled by our human fallibility.” For an hour, she and two other theologians wrestled with why racism re... continue reading
Thursday, Sep 17, 2020
Please help us celebrate the Commissioning and Ordination of the following individuals in the Capitol Area North District: Joy Bronson - Provisional Deacon Katya Brodbeck - Full Elder DJ Kim - Full Elder Andy Burns - Provisional Elder Herman Dick - Associate Member Kris Shoaf - Deaconness   View a video tribute to them here.
Thursday, Sep 17, 2020
Please help us celebrate the Commissioning and Ordination of the following individuals in the Capitol Area North District: Joy Bronson - Provisional Deacon Katya Brodbeck - Full Elder DJ Kim - Full Elder Andy Burns - Provisional Elder Herman Dick - Associate Member Kris Shoaf - Deaconness   View a video tribute to them here.
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2020
The 51st session of the West Ohio Annual Conference was a virtual gathering of nearly 1,600 clergy and lay members. Bishop Gregory V. Palmer presided over the conference under the theme, “Be Not Afraid, God Is With Us.” Using the 21st chapter of Revelation, Bishop Palmer preached about the uncertain times facing our nation, world and global church. “In spite of the chaos; in spite of the wars; in spite of the rumors of war; in spite of the repression and suppre... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2020
Each year at Annual Conference, churches and individuals from across West Ohio are recognized for their extraordinary mission and ministry. This year, with Annual Conference shortened to a four-hour business session, the Awards & Recognition Ceremony will be held separately in a virtual event on Thursday, September 17, at 7:00 pm. Tune in to the Conference’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/westohioumc) to see just a few of the many ways in which ‘Be... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2020
After weeks of worshiping online, some United Methodist congregations are beginning to resume in-person services. We are excited to go to church again, but it would be unrealistic to expect things to be as they were before the global pandemic. “Worship will be different and feel strange,” one United Methodist church shares with their 'Guidelines for Reopening.' That’s good for each of us to keep in mind as we prepare to go back to church. Please note: Those con... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2020
Last year the Benefits office and the Office of Ministry teamed up and hosted our first ever “Mapping Your Journey to Wellness” seminars. Speakers from OhioHealth, Ernst and Young (EY) and our very own conference were brought in to inform and inspire as we continue to refine our financial, spiritual, physical and emotional health. By all accounts everyone had a great time and left with more than just knowledge. They took away actionable steps to help improve th... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020
This weekend, we will convene the 51st session of the West Ohio Annual Conference. Bishop Palmer invites congregations and individuals to support an offering for the COVID-19 Relief Funds. In Galatians, Paul reminds us to carry each other’s burdens. Your gifts and your prayers will lighten the burdens of your neighbors, both near and far away. Your generous gift will be divided equally to support the following ministries: UMCOR COVID-19 Fund—Funds are used to... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020
Over 20 years ago, Laura Smith had an idea to connect with youth away at college. She recognized a void in service to the young people. A member of North Broadway United Methodist Church in Columbus, Smith was encouraged by the Rev. C. Joseph Sprague, senior pastor, and began working with the youth pastor to plan the College Cares ministry. (Sprague was elected bishop in 1996). College Cares, a small-group ministry, sends packages to college students to make th... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020
“We wanted to do something to help churches lift up the issue of racism and stand firm,” said Linda Bales-Todd, West Ohio Conference representative to the Ohio Council of Churches. On September 20, all Christians in Ohio are asked to join the OCC and declare that day “Anti-Racism Sunday – Becoming a Beloved Community.” Led by director Jack Sullivan, the OCC is a partnership of 17 Christian denominations and 23 judicatories throughout Ohio. For over 100 years, t... continue reading