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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda of East Congo is asking The United Methodist Church to be in prayer for the people of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, as they flee a volcanic eruption. The eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano has forced the evacuation of the city of Goma, in the Kivu Annual Conference. “More than 5,000 faithful United Methodists are on the run,” reports Philippe Kituka Lolonga, a communicator for the conference and correspondent for UM News. “People... continue reading
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Many years ago, an ancient civilization suffered severe famine that lasted years. During this famine, people struggled with their very survival. Eventually, as the historian Herodotus writes, the people of Maeonia developed games involving dice, knucklebones, and balls. They ate every other day, and on alternate days, they played games. Herodotus said it was only because of these games that people endured and survived. For millennia, games have helped people su... continue reading
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
This year the West Ohio Conference joins The United Methodist Church and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Order of Deacon. On this silver anniversary, we continue to share stories of deacons serving in West Ohio. Living out the Call of a Deacon Before being ordained a deacon, the Rev. Kara Jones felt a strong call to youth ministry. Jones is a youth minister for a collaborative ministry with three chu... continue reading
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has assigned Bishop Gregory V. Palmer as interim presiding bishop of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference (IGRC) effective July 1. He will stand in for Bishop Frank Beard who will begin medical leave at that time. Bishop Palmer will continue to serve the people of West Ohio. He and his wife Cynthia will remain in the Columbus area. “I am humbled to take on this short-term assignment,” Palmer said. “My respec... continue reading
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
The Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church is requesting long-term recovery volunteers to assist after last year's hurricanes. The rebuilding efforts have been hampered by the pandemic, but teams are now welcome and needed. Click here and go to 'Mission Team Volunteers' for more information on taking a mission team to Louisiana. You may also email sringwald [at] team-umc.org (Susan Ringwald) in the Louisiana Conference or call 225-400-5080.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
May is designated Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Asian Pacific Islanders are not from one country, or even from one continent. The people we honor during this month are from the continent of Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Polynesia. This category includes people from China, India, Hawaii, and several places in between. During this month we remember the Japanese immigrants who were instrumental in finishing the transcontinental railroad. We remember the presence... continue reading
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Each year, United Methodists prepare for faithful living and action by participating in Mission U, a transformative education program that offers study on biblically grounded curricula. These curricula are intended to motivate, inform and enrich our commitment to be in ministry for a more just and equitable world, locally and globally. This summer, Virtual Mission U will offer 3 studies, 3 worship services, a plenary session and a movie night. The studies offer... continue reading
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
You may have received information recently regarding MCO selection, involving your workers’ compensation managed care organization. The Conference will be moving forward with Sedgwick Managed Care Ohio to serve our members as MCO, and that will take effect on Monday, June 28.  There is no need for you to take any action, as the Conference will handle the selection details on your behalf. You will receive a “welcome” packet from Sedgwick Managed Care Ohio in ear... continue reading
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Annual Conference is upon us once again!  Clergy Conference happens on May 19th.  For those who are new to United Methodism, this is the time once a year when pastors and elected lay persons gather together to participate in what John Wesley (our founder) called “holy conferencing.”  Wesley believed that sharing your life and faith journey with other Christians was one of the ways that we experience God’s grace. Wesley knew that devoting your life to Christ’s w... continue reading
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
This year the West Ohio Conference joins The United Methodist Church and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in celebrating the 25th. anniversary of the Order of Deacon.  On this silver anniversary, we continue to share stories of deacons serving in West Ohio. Teaching Youth the Power of Locally Sourcing Food A year after being ordained a deacon in 2017, the Rev. Jessica Stonecypher launched an agriculture program for Zanesville City Schools. Thi... continue reading