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Monday, Nov 25, 2019
It's nothing new. Membership in many United Methodist churches is aging and declining. It's not that congregations aren't trying to find ways to attract new disciples. But for many people, especially young adults and young families, church doesn't seem relevant or welcoming enough to be worth giving up the scant free time available in today's world. "In West Ohio Conference, there is a genuine desire to see new people transformed by the love of Christ," said Br... continue reading
Monday, Nov 25, 2019
  There are approximately 1 billion migrants worldwide. 60 million are forcibly displaced. 25 million are registered refugees. At least 25 million people are known to be trafficked, and over 10 million have become stateless people, meaning they do not have a nationality ofany country. Migration flows are part of the world as we know it today. Migration is not going away. UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is working to alleviate the suffe... continue reading
Monday, Nov 25, 2019
Are you looking for a mission team to join in 2020? Several teams are forming now and have room for you.   New Jersey Construction Team - Hurricane Sandy devasted New Jersey in 2012. Families are still recovering. David Tharp is leading a construction team March 22-April 4, 2020. Serve for one week, or both weeks. The choice is yours to make! To learn more, click here, or contact David Tharp at dtharp681 [at] gmail.com. SOWER Henderson Settlement Te... continue reading
Monday, Nov 25, 2019
When the Rev. Jonathan Kollmann answered the call to serve, he knew his ministry would concentrate on revitalizing existing churches and starting new communities of faith. He probably never imagined that some of the worship communities would originate at local breweries.  But, after 20 years of working toward revitalizing different churches, Kollmann found himself struggling to repeat the success at one of his recent appointments. "It was an older congregation,... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
During the month of October, Wesley Williams (age 7) decided to challenge Coburn United Methodist Church to bring in socks for Socktober.  With the tagline "Put a Sock in It," Wesley challenged church members to bring in socks to give to the homeless shelter and free store. He explained to the church that these are "the most needed and least donated item." He set the goal of 1,000 pairs of socks.  With the help of his brother Walter (age 4), he manned a Lemonad... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
Want to learn how you can assist neighbors and communities impacted by floods and tornadoes? Come to the January 11, 2020 Early Response Team (ERT) class where you will learn how to assist survivors of natural disasters in their time of need. As a member of an ERT, you will provide a Christian presence while taking steps to prevent further damage to the family's personal property by tarping, debris removal and cleaning flooded homes. Federal Emergency Managemen... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
World AIDS Day is December 1, and this year's theme is "Communities Make the Difference." The day provides an opportunity to recognize the essential role that communities - including faith communities - have played and continue to play in the AIDS response at the international, national and local levels.  To help your congregation commemorate World AIDS Day, the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee has shared a variety of resources, including a bulletin inser... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
Sony Pictures invited Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church to produce the faith-based study guide to accompany the movie, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." The film stars Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys. Discipleship Ministries produced the official faith-based discussion guide in collaboration with Sony Entertainment. It was written by staff from the Strategic Programming unit and the Office of Communications of Discipleship Ministries. The g... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
Connection Blueprint teaches churches to forge partnerships – and share God’s love – with their neighbors. Look at your church’s neighborhood. Do you know your neighbors by name? Do they know yours? As director of faith formation and community engagement for the West Ohio Annual Conference, the Rev. Sam Rodriguez considers these important questions. He wants congregations to answer with honesty and conviction and, then, to be intentional about initiating conver... continue reading
Monday, Nov 11, 2019
On Sunday, November 17, at 4:00 pm, The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church will present, "Crossing the Color Line: 400 Years of Race in America," an afternoon of worship, learning, and discussion about the history of racism in the U.S. The event will include a screening of the documentary, "Underground," which takes viewers on a journey through Black history in America, including the eras of slavery, segregation, and separation. Directed by Wes... continue reading