Monday, Aug 21, 2017
Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm The Foothills District has planned a family friendly fun day for our Foothills District clergy families. We will tour The Wilds in the morning and then share lunch together following the tour. We will gather at 10:00 a.m. and the tour will leave promptly at 10:30. We will share a picnic style lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta salad, fruit salad, baked beans, chips, fresh baked cookies and assorted bottled bever... continue reading
Monday, Jun 26, 2017
Implementing a Culturally Relevant Method of Preaching By DS Dennis W. Miller As I travel around the Foothills District, occasionally I hear individuals inquire whether we are being faithful to our Wesleyan heritage regarding preaching and worship styles. A few have even suggested that we need to “return to the way John would do it.” As one deeply rooted in our tradition, I believe this is sound advice. The key, however, is to truly understand our history, and... continue reading
Thursday, Jun 1, 2017
By DS Dennis Miller Last year at Annual Conference, I woke up very early one morning and walked from Lakeside to the Marblehead Lighthouse. As the sun arose over the lake and filtered through the trees, I captured this amazing photo on my iPhone! The scripture that came to mind was 2 Corinthians 4:6, "For God, who said, ‘Let there be light in the darkness, has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesu... continue reading
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Welcome to our website! Located in beautiful hill country of Appalachian Ohio, the Foothills District of the United Methodist Church is comprised of 15,286 disciples in 172 congregations throughout Athens, Fairfield, Gallia, Hocking, Meigs, Morgan, Muskingum, Perry, Washington, and Vinton counties. During any given week our members are engaged in ministry and mission to make God’s love real in their communities and the world beyond. We desire to provide radical... continue reading
Friday, Mar 31, 2017
By Foothills DS Dennis Miller At the end of the month of April, I will be part of the Foothills District Mission Team to Vietnam. This will be my sixth visit to Southeast Asia. Our plan this time is to fly to into Hanoi, the center of the communist government in Vietnam, then ride motorbikes north to visit mountain villages near the Chinese border. Several years ago while in Hanoi, I visited the most revered place in the entire country: The mausoleum of Ho Chi... continue reading
Monday, Mar 6, 2017
By DS Dennis W. Miller Do you simply need a word of encouragement right now? During the month of March eleven years ago, Rachel and I were in southern California and we visited Saddleback Community Church. We attended their early Saturday evening service at 4:30 p.m. and had to sit in the balcony because the place was packed. Even though we were surrounded by around 4000 people that evening, I felt that Rick Warren was speaking directly to me. By the close of t... continue reading
Monday, Jan 23, 2017
Foothills DS Dennis W Miller discusses his Christian baptism in 1969 and why United Methodists don’t practice re-baptism. In the distance I could hear voices singing softly the third verse of “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.” I’ll never forget that day in 1999 that I stood on the bank of the muddy Jordan River just south of the Sea of Galilee. As I stared across the water in silence, I remembered Jesus’ baptism…and I remembered my baptism. I could not recall, h... continue reading
Friday, Dec 30, 2016
By DS Dennis W. Miller. As we begin 2017, America is polarized, with ever-hardening positions held by people less and less willing to listen to one another. The 2016 election exposed an America of deep divides over race, ethnicity, and culture. Yet, one thing that unites many Ohioans this holiday weekend is college football. Ohio State University will play Clemson Saturday night in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. For long-time Buckeyes fans, the thought o... continue reading
Friday, Dec 23, 2016
By DS Dennis W. Miller. Hebrews 10:19-22, “Dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us draw near into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him.” This scripture passage contains two words that summarize the Book of H... continue reading
Thursday, Dec 1, 2016
By DS Dennis W. Miller. A few weeks before Christmas 1998, I found myself on a busy street in Bristol, England surrounded by hundreds of holiday shoppers quite oblivious to their historic surroundings. For situated across the street, within a row of elegant clothing stores all beautifully decorated for the season, was an old iron gate leading into a darkened courtyard. Just inside the gate was a statue of a young Anglican priest named Charles Wesley. Here, Char... continue reading