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Foothills All In Community Discussions

The Foothills District has taken seriously God’s call upon our lives as individuals and congregations to be welcoming communities of faith for those who are returning citizens from incarceration. The West Ohio Conference’s "All in Community" Initiative stands ready to partner with us and resource us on this journey of loving others as Jesus would have us to do. Oftentimes, we feel inadequate or unsure of the next step of inviting folks to become participants in the congregations where we worship. I don’t want us to miss seeing Jesus in the lives of those who have served their time and lived out the consequences of their offense. They want to know Christ’s love and to make a difference in the lives of others just like the rest of us.

You are invited to join me in a discussion with Reba Collins, “All in Community” Consultant for the West Ohio Conference and other state reentry leaders on sustaining relationships and tangible support throughout the incarceration/reentry experience. Learn what our imprisoned, formerly imprisoned, and families of both need and want from our churches. Discover local, state, and West Ohio Conference resources that support our friends, neighbors, and loved ones as they strive to lead full lives of purpose and faith inside and out. Learn how to reduce the unique fear, shame, and stigma associated with incarceration.

District Discussions are scheduled at the following dates, times, and locations:

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Lunch Discussion from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Grace United Methodist Church
516 Shinnick St.
Zanesville, Ohio 43701

Afternoon Discussion from 3:30 to 5:00pm
First United Methodist Church
126 S. High Street
New Lexington, Ohio

Evening Discussion from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Richland United Methodist Church
60 Pomeroy Rd.
Athens, Ohio 45701

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Lunch Discussion from 12 Noon to 2:00pm
Grace United Methodist Church
600 Second St. Gallipolis, Ohio 45631

I hope you will put one of these discussions on your calendar and bring several leaders with you from your congregation. We're picking up the food tab! Please RSVP to the Foothills District office (srogers [at] wocumc.org) at the District office by November 5th so we can anticipate the number attending. Thanks!

All the best in Christ Jesus,
Dennis Miller
Foothills District Superintendent