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Tuesday, Sep 7, 2021
The Revs. Michelle and Jason Harris, a clergy couple, serve United Methodist churches that took a direct hit from Hurricane Ida as it moved with devastating force through southeast Louisiana earlier this week. St. Charles United Methodist, in Destrehan, had three buildings before the storm. It’s pretty much down to two. “The Sunday school building — it’s a total loss,” said Michelle Harris, St. Charles’ pastor. “The roof blew off. We’ll lose everything in that... continue reading
Thursday, Sep 2, 2021
Dear Friends in Christ in the North Central Jurisdiction,  In early July, when we issued a call for a special session of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference, we hoped that we might engage in robust, thoughtful, grace-filled and prayerful conversations about our denomination and its future, and do so in person. At the time, vaccination rates against COVID-19 were rising and case rates were falling. We were optimistic that the most severe days of the co... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 1, 2021
As we wrap up our focus on a growth mindset and being a learning leader, here’s a simple reminder: as leaders, relationships are central to everything we do. Episode 193 invites you to consider five ways practicing a growth mindset can help you navigate the local and global challenges that continue to emerge. Some of these practices are simple. Others take ongoing practice and persistence. Together, they remind us that as Christ-centered leaders, the love of... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021
Dear friends in Christ Jesus: At this writing two themes are intersecting for me. They are the passage of time and the connection to work. Specifically as I begin my 10th year among you on September 1 and that reality intertwines with realizing that this is the start of my 22nd year as an active bishop who also realizes that he has a mere 36 months remaining in this work. Wow. Where did the time go? As a part of my processing all this spiritually, emot... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021
With the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, thousands of Afghan citizens are attempting to flee the country, fearful of a regime that has ruled by terror in the past. So why is it taking so long for refugees to arrive in the U.S.? The answer is complicated. The airport near the capital city of Kabul has been overrun by those trying to leave, and there are not enough flights available to transport them all. The U.S. is focused on evacuating American citizens fi... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021
Sixteen years to the day after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city of New Orleans, Hurricane Ida blew ashore as a Category 4 storm. Though Ida has not caused the same level of destruction as Katrina, survivors in Louisiana and beyond will still need our care and compassion in the days to come. Here are some ways you can help: SUPPORT – Give to UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response and Recovery fund (Advance #901670). Write a check to ‘West Ohio Conference’ w... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021
The Building Bridges 2021 Community Experience will offer a wide variety of sessions during this free, online event October 14-16. Reentry Family Panel Discussion - Join families who have walked with loved ones as they return home for a frank and community-focused discussion on the challenges and support needed during this transition period. (With Michelle Lewis Smith & Barbara Vogt; October 14, 12:15-1:15pm) Communities of Faith Reentry Best Pra... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021
With fall Charge Conferences just around the corner, now is a great time to consider starting an endowment.  Here are some scenarios in which many churches make the decision: When your church has accumulated assets that aren’t “working” (earning money) for your church, and there is no immediate need to utilize the majority of the funds for capital needs or ministry support When your church sells a parsonage When your church receives a large bequest   The... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021
For the first time in more than a year, a team of 12 people (eight from Amelia UMC and four from Emmanuel UMC) answered the call to go and be the hands and feet of Christ to the people of Las Brisas del Mar, Colombia. The team, comprised of eight adults and four minors, was finally able to make the journey this June after their original trip had to be canceled in 2020. The team spent three days working on service projects, removing chipped paint and repainting... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021
The ultimate goal of ministering to people where they are is to see lives transformed by the love of Jesus Christ. Pastor Ben Webster of St. Paul UMC and Pastor Andy Reider of Crossroads Community Church in Dayton formed a partnership to be the hands and feet of Christ in the community. The below video shows how this partnership in serving not only meets physical needs but spiritual needs of the community. Click here to see video