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Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020
Effectively reaching new people for Christ is the hallmark of West Ohio’s Light of the World award, given to one church from each district that demonstrates a commitment to shine the light of God’s love into their community. This year’s winner from Capitol Area North is Centenary United Methodist Church. Centenary United Methodist Church in Columbus, OH, is an historically African American congregation whose mission is to follow God’s call to create healthy, ju... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020
The United Methodist Women of West Ohio invite you to cuddle up in comfy clothes, grab a warm beverage, and share a fun morning with United Methodist Women in the comfort of home. Rev. Amy Aspey will provide an experiential program called YoWo (yoga + worship) that will help us find peace through gentle movement, meditation and breath. Special messages will be shared from: Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, his wife Cynthia Palmer and Harriett Jane Olson. Although the e... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020
Enjoy the fall colors while exploring our miles of hiking trails, including a brand-new trail. There will be self-guided activities like geocaching and disc golf, along with hayrides which will depart hourly from Albright Lodge. Apple cider, hot chocolate, and a hotdog roast will also be provided. Free admission, donations appreciated. Guests must wear a mask when inside and on hayrides.
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020
Mozambique Area Bishop Joaquina Nhanala, the first and only female United Methodist bishop in Africa, has learned to weigh when and how to respond to falsehoods prompted by blatant acts of sexism. “At the beginning, I would try to clear my name by responding to it,” she explained during a virtual gathering to promote and celebrate women’s leadership in the church. But that took energy and time. Eventually, Nhanala realized that “deeds speak louder than words.”... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020
United Methodists and their partners are putting resources together to address worsening food insecurity in Zimbabwe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The government-imposed lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus left many people without income and the ability to access food, leading to chronic household food shortages. Many in the country already were vulnerable because of the country’s economic crisis and poor rain and erratic weather patterns that have aff... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020
Prototype expected to launch in November; the total project will help more than 2,000 students Two-thirds of students in the Paris Independent School District have limited or no access to wifi or a stable internet service. It’s a startling reality magnified by COVID-19, which caused many school districts – including Paris’ – to close buildings to in-person learning last spring. A partnership spearheaded by CitySquare Paris and First UMC Paris – and includes oth... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020
United Methodist bishops based in the United States issued a statement October 12 on Faith and Democracy, calling on the people of The United Methodist Church to support voter registration and encourage people to vote in the November 3 elections. Council of Bishops President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey made it clear that the statement is not a statement of or from the Council of Bishops but is a conciliar statement by United Methodist Bishops living in the Uni... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020
West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church has received a grant of $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish the Fear+Less Congregations Initiative (FCI). The program is funded through Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative. The aim of the national initiative is to strengthen Christian congregations so they can help people deepen their relationships with God, build strong relationships with each other and contribute to the flo... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,   Welcome to October! I love this month! Crisp air, beautiful changing leaves, pumpkins, good apples and cider, wiener roasts, college football, and fun-filled events at church! Did you know October is Clergy Appreciation Month? Your pastor does not need to be given any undue special treatment just for doing his or her job. But your pastor does deserve appreciation, respect, and affirmation. Being a pastor today is not easy. In fact, in... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020
Voting is the core of American democracy. The months leading up to an election are filled with advertising and social media posts about issues and candidates, which can prove overwhelming. One Saturday, a group of women decided to be a positive light amid the election chaos. “Sister Circle,” a women’s Bible study group at Gaines United Methodist Church in Cincinnati decided to plan a voter registration drive. “We were looking for ways to be in service in the mi... continue reading