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Monday, Dec 9, 2019
Advent is here. And with it, all the preparations for Christmas. Over the next few weeks, we're going to look at a few people who appear in the story of Jesus' birth and how they demonstrated courage. Today we're beginning with Mary. And before you say, "what about Joseph?" we're exploring the Courage of Joseph on the Transforming Mission blog. We're pretty sure if you've ever spent any time with an expecting mom and dad, excitement, joy, and wonder aren't th... continue reading
Monday, Dec 9, 2019
A new survey from United Methodist Communications found willingness to visit a United Methodist Church rose to 42 percent in 2019 among U.S. adults seeking more spirituality in their lives and who are aware of the denomination. That's up from 28 percent in 2017. About half of those who would be willing to visit a United Methodist church said they would definitely or probably do so in the next three months. Millennials are more likely than GenX-ers to say they... continue reading
Monday, Dec 9, 2019
Registration closes Wednesday morning, December 18 for all three camps Winter Camp sessions on December 28-30. All three camps have openings and financial assistance is available. What better way to spend some of Christmas vacation than to be at camp and having some winter outdoor and indoor fun!  For any questions or assistance with registration please call 614-781-2630.
Monday, Dec 9, 2019
Following a meaningful first event in Central Ohio, The West Ohio Conference will offer three additional presentations of "Crossing the Color Line: 400 Years of Race in America," a time of worship, learning, and discussion about the history of racism in the U.S.  The events will take place in January and February 2020 in the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Toledo areas, and will include a screening of the documentary, "Underground," which takes viewers on a journey... continue reading
Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019
Conversations about race can be challenging, even and especially in church settings. And yet, Christ came for all people. The Gospel and Race is a free resource offered by the West Ohio Conference for Christians, faith leaders and ministers interested in exploring what the Bible says about God, humanity and race. The Gospel and Race is a four-week study that can be used at any time of the year; West Ohio will be sharing this content in our NewsNet email newslet... continue reading
Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019
Each month, The West Ohio Conference joins together in praying for the ministries, mission projects, and missionaries of The United Methodist Church. In December, we pray for people with HIV/AIDS and the many ways in which United Methodists love and support them. Since AIDS was first discovered in 1981, over 60 million people have become infected with the disease, and 25 million have died. Worldwide, more than 7,000 people contract the HIV virus (which causes A... continue reading
Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019
March 19-21, 2020 at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, Lewis Center, OH The Crossroads Retreat is a retreat for ministry leaders serving in cross-racial and/or cross-cultural settings. Working across difference is the key to vitality in our current and future churches. In West Ohio, we affirm that diversity takes many forms, including racial, political, theological, and generational. Come and gather alongside colleagues in diverse ministry settings to... continue reading
Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019
Get Your Spirit in Shape has partnered with Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church and their Give Love campaign, to speak with a different missionary each week of Advent 2019. Be inspired by their stories of love of God and neighbor and their faithfulness to the work to which God has called each of them. As you prepare for Christmas, what are you listening for? https://www.umc.org/en/content/listen-for-love-a-podcast-series-for-advent
Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019
You, your small group, and your congregation are invited to join us this Lent in a conference wide series A Perfect Love: a 5-Sunday worship and study series for Lent (March 1) based on John Wesley's A Plain Account of Christian Perfection.   A complimentary copy of the book will be available for each participant, provided you order directly from the West Ohio Conference by January 15th by clicking here. Additional series materials for worship and small groups... continue reading
Monday, Nov 25, 2019
It's nothing new. Membership in many United Methodist churches is aging and declining. It's not that congregations aren't trying to find ways to attract new disciples. But for many people, especially young adults and young families, church doesn't seem relevant or welcoming enough to be worth giving up the scant free time available in today's world. "In West Ohio Conference, there is a genuine desire to see new people transformed by the love of Christ," said Br... continue reading