Thursday, Apr 12, 2018
Effective July 1, 2018 The Reverend Linda Middelberg will begin serving as the Executive Assistant to the Bishop. She will continue to serve as the Superintendent of the Capitol Area North District. It is anticipated her time will be divided equally between the district and conference. This new staffing approach is made possible by the willingness of the cabinet, Episcopal Office staff, and the Capitol Area North and Capitol Area South Districts, to think di... continue reading
Thursday, Apr 12, 2018
Boundary training focuses on developing healthy boundaries in ministry and is specific to the role of a clergy person. One of the most interesting dynamics is the power difference between a person in a ministerial role and a member of his or her congregation. Other topics include personal and professional health and the use of social media. This training is required for all actively serving clergy and retired clergy under appointment, and for Certified Lay Mini... continue reading
Friday, Mar 23, 2018
Easter!  John 20:18 Written by Rev. Linda Middelberg   Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”   One of my favorite hymn writers is Brian Wren.  When I was planning worship, I would have us sing “Christ is Risen” all year long.  The third verse reminds us that because Christ is risen the world has changed forever!    Christ is risen! Earth and heaven Nevermore shall be the same. Break the bread of new creation Where the wor... continue reading
Thursday, Mar 1, 2018
Rev. Dr. Brenda Buckwell offers several opportunities for training this year.  Some offerings include: One-hour Webinar on The Heartbeat of Leadership Desert Spirituality II Going Deeper – The Seeker and the Saint online course April 9 – May 18 Habits of the Heart – Exploring the Basics of Spiritual Discipline May 7 – June 2 Soul Companioning – An Introduction to Spiritual Direction September 3 – 29 AR – The Advent of God’s Word  - A Devotional Retreat December... continue reading
Thursday, Feb 15, 2018
To our CAN Churches and Clergy - You are invited to be a part of the FRESH EXPRESSIONS VISION DAY on Friday, April 13, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, at New Albany UMC. Fresh Expressions Vision Days are one-day, interactive-learning experiences that inspire and equip individuals, church leaders and denominations to pioneer new ways to be the Church.  At the Vision Day you will discover: How Fresh Expressions are renewing the church around the world What it means to be... continue reading
Thursday, Feb 15, 2018
Look what’s coming up with All In Community… Want to see continue Christ’s ministry of healing?  See more families and individuals thrive during an incarceration experience? Support successful transitions home after incarceration? Then, come to any of the following trainings, networking, and experiential learning opportunities going on within the West Ohio Conference mission field. Healing Communities Training :: March 3, 10:0 am – 3:0Pm, Maumee Watershed Distr... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018
Many thanks to the clergy and laity from the Capitol Area North and Capitol Area South Districts who attended our annual Leadership Training Day on Saturday, February 3, at Powell UMC.  Over 400 people learned about different ministries, committees, and ways to better serve the church.  We were blessed by your presence and look forward to next year!    Here is contact information for our presenters.  Presentations that we have received can be found below. Board... continue reading
Thursday, Feb 1, 2018
ACT NOW: Unite to End Racism is both a rally and a call to action, organized by the National Council of Churches with partners: the National African American Clergy Network, Conference of National Black Churches, Sojourners, Franciscan Action Network, Churches Uniting in Christ, and Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and its member communions. The Ohio Council of Churches invites you to join us in a transformational journey, beginning this April. Join u... continue reading
Friday, Jan 19, 2018
Saturday, March 3 in Cambridge, OH So, what happens in an emergency at your church—lost child, unresponsive adult, accident, a disorderly person, gas line break, smoke, tornado, utility failure, intruder or active shooter?  Who directs the members?  What’s the plan?  Who to call?  We should know.  Come and learn how to:  · Use the Assessment Tool for safety and security in and around your church. · Develop Emergency Plans for a multitude of emergencies in and a... continue reading
Friday, Dec 22, 2017
Isaiah 9:2-3, 6-7 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince... continue reading