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Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019
On September 9-11, 2019, the Board of Ordained Ministry in partnership with the Office of Ministry will launch the first group for the newly-created Reflecting, Equipping, and Flourishing Process. Dr. Brian Law, chairperson for the Board of Ordained Ministry ("the Board"), shared in his Annual Conference report the following:"The work that we do in licensing and credentialing candidates for ministry is about helping people identify and celebrate new adventures.... continue reading
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019
Next year, Bishop Palmer and Cynthia will lead the Alpine Odyssey, a nine-day European adventure to see the Oberammergau Passion Play, from July 27-August 4, 2020. Since 1634, the most famous Passion Play in the world has taken place in Oberammergau once every 10 years. Other stops on the adventure will include Munich, Innsbruck, Salzburg, and more. Registrations must be received by January 29, 2020, to avoid a late payment fee. For more information, click here...
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019
Thanks in large part to the leadership of United Methodist Missionary Lorraine Charinda, the Kamisamba Farm in the DR Congo was able to produce enough corn and vegetables to supply the Annual Conference session of the North Katanga Episcopal Area - about 900 people! In addition, the farm provided produce for the recent Pastor's School, which was co-led by a team from West Ohio. You can learn more about Lorraine or support her work in the Congo by visiting her w... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019
One hundred volunteers gathered at Westwood United Methodist Church on a warm August afternoon to build Cincinnati’s Longest Ice Cream Sundae with ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, cherries and sprinkles. It took a year of Sundays to create this special sundae. In 2018, Jack Crego, a fifth-grade student, developed the idea as a See All The People project at Westwood UMC. Every ministry group and individual at the church was challenged to share ideas th... continue reading
Monday, Aug 12, 2019
Known as ‘the church with the warm heart,’ RiverPoint Ministries United Methodist Church, located in the Maumee Watershed District, was awarded the 2018 West Ohio Conference One Matters award from Discipleship Ministries. The One Matters Initiative was created to celebrate churches that are extending the love of Christ into the community and bringing new members into their congregations. It recognizes a congregation who has transformed zero professions of faith... continue reading
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019
Why am I a Wesleyan Christian? In one word - Grace! "You are saved by God's grace because of your faith. This salvation is God's gift. It's not something you possessed. It's not something you did that you can be proud of. Instead, we are God's accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives." -Ephesians 2:8-10 (CEB) I was raised in a church that spent a lot of time teaching ab... continue reading
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019
Kathi is a law and order person whose grandparents emigrated to the US just prior to WWII. Eventually called to the order of clergy, Kathi served an urban church with a growing Spanish-speaking population. She overheard her Anglo members in the hallways wondering how they could connect with their new neighbors. Soon, they offered an English as a Second Language course (ESL) taught by their own members. Kathi carried this experience with her to her new church on... continue reading
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019
Are you a youth group, women's group, men's group, or young adult group, with a desire to serve and learn? Your group is invited to come and serve for a week (Sunday-Friday) next summer alongside ministries in Cincinnati participating in building projects, day camps, delivering furniture, communing with those who are experiencing homelessness and sickness, and more. Registration is now open for Summer Impact 2020 with SUPER Early Bird pricing of $190/participan... continue reading
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019
The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church supports a wide variety of mission partners, both local and global. Each month, we will join together in praying for our brothers and sisters doing mission and ministry around the world. The U.S. criminal justice system has become anything but 'just.' With only 4.4% of the world's population, the United States contains nearly 25% of the world's prisoners, imprisoning its residents at a higher rate than cou... continue reading
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019
The Council of Bishops invites applications for two programs designed to strengthen ecumenical and inter-religious relationships. Groups within annual conferences can apply for 2020 local initiatives grants in the amount of $1,000 for special projects related to ecumenism. United Methodist young adults between the ages of 22-30 can apply for a scholarship to attend the Ecumenical Institute in Bossey, Switzerland. The deadline to apply for both programs is Septe... continue reading