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Sunday, Jun 2, 2019
A series of devastating tornadoes and severe storms ripped West Ohio, leaving one dead and more than 200 injured. Gov. Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency in Greene, Mercer and Montgomery counties. Your contributions to West Ohio Disaster Reponse are desperately needed and greatly appreciated. To donate click here.
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Do you have a gift for organizing people and resources for success? Do you enjoy serving others, supporting others and assisting others in their ministry work? If you answered "yes" to these first two questions, you are exhibiting the spiritual gifts of administration and helping. So far so good. What about your spiritual walk...are you a Christ follower and growing in your faith? And finally, do you speak Spanish? If you answered "yes" to all four questions, w... continue reading
Thursday, May 30, 2019
There are many ways you can keep up-to-date with everything happening at the 2019 West Ohio Annual Conference. News News from the week's events will be posted on www.westohioumc.org and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/westohioumc).   Live Stream Watch the live stream of the Annual Conference Worship Services, Episcopal Address, Awards and Recognitions, and the Celebration of Ministry Service on The West Ohio Conference homepage at www.westohioumc.org and on Faceb... continue reading
Thursday, May 30, 2019
As we gather for the 50th session of the West Ohio Annual Conference, the Conference's Election Team co-chairs, Cyndy Garn and Bruce Boyd, would like to remind voting members of a few important items: All persons, created in God's image, are of inestimable worth. Unity is one of God's gifts to the Church. Every election should be a corporate discernment process. Elections should reflect the rich diversity of our conference. Elections should include theologi... continue reading
Thursday, May 30, 2019
By Kay Panovec A woman sweeps dirt off her front porch, seemingly oblivious that her entire house is in shambles. Windows blown out, uprooted trees, power lines strewn across the road and vehicles slammed against homes. Yet, she sweeps. The neighborhood is eerily quiet, the silence broken by the sound of footsteps. People carry wet clothes, photo albums and sparse but salvageable items to a waiting truck. In Northridge Township near Dayton, Ohio, a man nurses h... continue reading
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
A series of devastating tornadoes and severe storms ripped through 17 counties in the western half of Ohio, leaving one dead and about 90 injured. Gov. Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency for three counties that suffered serious damage including Greene, Mercer and Montgomery. The National Weather Service reports that each county was hit by EF3 tornadoes with winds up to 165 miles an hour. The hardest-hit areas were the cities of Celina, Dayton, Trotwo... continue reading
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Following the February 2019 session of General Conference, many United Methodists returned to their Sunday School classes, worship services and small groups asking the same question: "Where do we go from here?" In Where Do We Go From Here?: Honest Responses From Twenty-Four United Methodist Leaders, four bishops, several pastors, laypersons, campus ministers, students, general board directors and others share their honest responses to the question, "Where do we... continue reading
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
The Council at church asked him, "Can you help?" A Congolese family came to church every week for five months, walking across a field from their apartment. They bought an SUV, only to find the rear latch would not release. They needed help. Ken is semi-retired, raised by parents who reminded him consistently that God made him to be a blessing. One of his blessings is fixing things. Ken also has concerns about immigration. Despite the concerns, Ken said yes to h... continue reading
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Safe Sanctuaries policies prepare your congregation and its ministries to provide safety and care to children, youth, and vulnerable adults, as well as to those who serve them. In 2014, the West Ohio Annual Conference adopted a recommendation stating that every church would have a Safe Sanctuaries policy... Does your church have a policy?  When was it last updated?  Do you follow the policy? Can your church be doing more? We know that many churches nee... continue reading
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Nearly 700 clergy gathered at Otterbein University for the 2019 Clergy Session this week. This annual meeting, which focuses on the Business of the Annual Conference, included welcoming newly credentialed colleagues, celebrating those moving into retirement, and memorializing those who have died since July 1, 2018. Rev. Brian Milford, President and Chief Executive Officer of The United Methodist Publishing House, served as the featured preacher. In his opening... continue reading