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Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019
As climate change becomes more pronounced, communities around the world will have to become more self-sufficient and sustainable. Faith communities have a unique opportunity to guide others by providing space, pastoral care, education and leadership.  MTSO, the Center for Earth Ethics, the Climate Reality Project and the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation at Ohio State University will host a conference for faith leaders, "On Food and Faith: Min... continue reading
Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019
All kids deserve to go to camp. They can with your help.  Our camping ministry aims to create a culture of call across The West Ohio Conference. As campers experience the beauty of God's creation through nature, our intent is to provide a recreational, relational and spiritual environment in which each individual is able to hear God's voice calling in new ways on the journey of faith in Christ. It is our intent that all children be able to experience this.  Wes... continue reading
Monday, Apr 1, 2019
Since childhood you have known the holy scriptures that help you to be wise in a way that leads to salvation through faith that is in Christ Jesus.  2 Timothy 3:15 John Wesley believed we experience God’s grace through the study of the Holy Scriptures.  He also knew that understanding what you read is not always easy.  Wesley had rules about how to read scripture that I have incorporated into the suggestions listed below. When reading scripture for understandi... continue reading
Thursday, Mar 28, 2019
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Thursday, Mar 28, 2019
Early Response Team training is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at Groveport UMC. This training, sponsored by the West Ohio Conference in cooperation with the Capital Area South District, will begin at 8:00 am. The eight hour basic class will teach individuals how to assist survivors of natural disasters in their time of need. ERT volunteers provide a Christian presence while taking steps to prevent further damage to a family's personal property through tarping,... continue reading
Thursday, Mar 28, 2019
It’s a two-hour drive roundtrip from Westwood UMC in Cincinnati to Dayton Correctional Institution. But that didn’t deter five Westwood UMC women from saying “yes” to a new Life Builders team. Last week, their team finally launched and for the next six months, Westwood’s Life Builders will travel twice a month to mentor five of their neighbors currently living at Dayton Correctional. Led by Barb Vogt the Westwood Life Builders team of Valdasia Merrick, Theresa... continue reading
Sunday, Mar 24, 2019
Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.  Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.  Isaiah 55:1-2 This passage from Isaiah, always makes me think about Communion, especially the Wesleyan concept of an open com... continue reading
Thursday, Mar 21, 2019
Jesus met fishermen Simon and Peter as they cast their nets into the sea and called them, instead, to fish for people. Traveling through Jericho, he met Zacchaeus and, to the astonishment of many, invited himself to the tax collector’s house. Jesus met the Samaritan woman as she drew water from the well and called her to repentance and new life. Jesus didn’t sit in the synagogue waiting for people to come to him. He went out and met people where they were. He c... continue reading
Thursday, Mar 21, 2019
Since 1940, when UMCOR's forerunner was established to meet the needs of those suffering overseas at the onset of World War II, we've continued to respond to those in desperate need-today throughout more than 80 countries around the world. The response of UMCOR isn't something "they" do, it's something "we" do. That's because your generous giving to UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is what allows UMCOR to act as the arms and legs of Christ's ch... continue reading
Thursday, Mar 21, 2019
In a 3 to 0 decision, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that the clergy cash housing allowance under section 107(2) of the Internal Revenue Code is constitutional. The Court issued its decision March 15, 2019, in Gaylor v. Mnuchin-the case in which the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been challenging the constitutionality of the clergy cash housing allowance under Code section 107(2). A copy of the decision is here. Wespath and its Church All... continue reading