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Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022
Many years ago, Rushsylvania United Methodist Church in the Capital Area North District created “Blessing Bags” as part of a youth project. Volunteers filled bags with various items and delivered them to shut-ins on a Sunday in Advent. Over the years, the number of bags increased.  Inspired by the ministry, the congregation and lead pastor, the Rev. Jessica Cavinee, decided to use the ministry to connect with the community. In 2020 Gov. Mike DeWine issued the... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022
“I got your letter today and thank you for making me feel like a person again. When I am at my lowest, you can bring me back up to the top.” In December 2021, the HOPE Letters program celebrated two years of correspondence with men and women who are incarcerated. Since HOPE Letters started in December 2019, it has grown from five writers at Grace UMC in Dayton writing to women at the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW) to 100 writers from 10 churches and faith-ba... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022
As you begin to plan for another year of ministry, consider how the UM Foundation of West Ohio can help you achieve your goals. We’ve been serving the West Ohio Conference for over forty years, and have a long track record of success helping churches thrive, growing generous givers, and meeting the charitable goals of congregations and donors across the Conference. Contact us if you are interested in: Investing in your future by creating an endowment. Incr... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022
On January 16, United Methodists around the globe will join in celebrating Human Relations Day, a special offering that supports ministries that bridge the gap between the church and community. Celebrated on Sunday before the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (or on a date that is convenient for your congregation), Human Relations Day is a time to highlight the social justice commitment of The United Methodist Church and to partner in... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022
Consider an African proverb: “If the lion does not tell its story, the hunter will always be the hero.” “Persons who are depressed and oppressed have a tendency not to tell their story,” said retired Bishop Forrest Stith, who played a pivotal role in founding the African American Methodist Heritage Center in 2001 to document the history of Black Methodists. Without the center, “the story of Methodism is told by those who are in a better position,” he added, “... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022
Dear friends in Christ Jesus: Welcome to 2022. An all-new year, all new opportunities has unfolded. What is true about the turn of the year is quite frankly true about the gift of every new day. The reality that each year and each day places before us a fresh opportunity to become more fully who God intends for us to be does not at all signify that we are without challenges. It makes me ponder whether or not our challenges are in fact our opportunities.... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022
In response to the killing of George Floyd in 2020, Bethel International United Methodist Church in the Capital Area North District made a commitment as a congregation to do the work to stand against racism of all forms. Along with many events hosted by Bethel to bring people together with the same commitment, Bethel hosts Micah Mondays, a weekly physical presence of members of the congregation and community in front of the church as a sign of their stance agai... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022
Two Early Response Team trainings will be held in the first two months of 2022 to prepare individuals to respond to the disasters in Kentucky and around the U.S. The first training will be held online via Zoom on January 14-15, and the second will be held in-person at Aley UMC in Beavercreek on February 12. Both trainings will be taught by UMCOR-certified West Ohio ERT trainers and will include the 8-hour Basic ERT class to train new responders in providing a c... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022
In October of 2021, we celebrated with the City of Dayton the conclusion of the individual homeowner recovery process, following the 2019 Memorial Day tornadoes. Yet the recovery process has been ongoing for survivors whose rental units were destroyed in that same storm. Now, West Ohio work teams and congregations have the opportunity to serve these neighbors. The Pathways to Home Ownership Project assists families displaced from tornado-damaged rental housing... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022
The General Council on Finance and Administration has updated minimum property and liability insurance guidelines. As your church trustees review your coverage levels in 2022, it would be beneficial to review the current guidelines. Click here for guidelines