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Tuesday, Dec 6, 2022
Each region looks forward to hosting training events that support local church leaders in ministry. Four themes are guiding the training days in each region. Please review the information below, paying special attention to the location in your district. This year, you have the option to attend in person or register for on-demand access. All in-person registrants will also receive on-demand access when the recordings are available. A small sampling of workshop... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2022
Fear+Less Congregations Initiative To support congregations in SEEing the gifts of individuals and the shifting values in their communities, HEARing God’s vision for wholeness, and amplifying CHANGE through partnership and hope. The process of the Fear+Less Congregations Initiative(FCI) involves intentional internal work that benefits each of us. Going deep into fear and asking and answering hard questions. How does fear of the unknown and fear of strangers h... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2022
It has been confirmed by Bishop John Schol (Greater New Jersey Area) that the current Boy Scout charter agreement extensions will be December 31, 2022.   The options for remaining in relationship with the Boy Scouts include two different affiliation agreements, or a facilities usage agreement:   Link to the original affiliation agreement, where the Boy Scout Council is the charter organization, owns the EIN and the property, and handles banking.   Link to an... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2022
West Ohio clergy are encouraged to take advantage of two new courses and a two-day conference that will be available in 2023 through the support of the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio. All three opportunities help clergy tackle the challenge of church stewardship and personal finances – and how the two intersect. Generous Church Leadership February 2023 Beginning February 6, a West Ohio clergy cohort of the Generous Church Leadership Course from Disc... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2022
The District Early Response Team Coordinators will be deploying to the hurricane damaged area of southwest Florida in February 2023.   Plans are to travel Saturday, February 4 & 5, work February 6 - 9 and come home February 10 & 11.  The only cost for each participant will be evening meals and incidentals. Shawnee Valley District has a Disaster Response Fund that will cover all other expenses. An Early Response Team certification is not required. Ther... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2022
Ministries across the West Ohio Conference were celebrated for their creative and innovative ways they engage with their communities at the 2023 Bishop’s Go Awards Ceremony held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Columbus Ohio. The Bishop’s Go Awards recognized 45 congregations who were recipients of Go Grants to resource innovative ministry ideas to help develop relationships beyond the walls of their buildings and within our communities, to make new disci... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2022
“One part of the world does not know what the other suffers. Many of them do not know, because they do not care to know: they keep out of the way of knowing it; and then plead their voluntary ignorance as an excuse for their hardness of heart.”  John Wesley, Sermon 98, Visiting the Sick Over the years, the BREAD organization has been the engine behind improvements in systems that negatively impact communities in Columbus, Ohio. BREAD (Building Responsibility,... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2022
Giving Tuesday this year is Tuesday, November 29 - a day set aside to give back and support organizations doing vital work in our communities and around the world. Considering supporting one of West Ohio's mission partnership ministries or disaster response in West Ohio and around the United States. Find more information and giving links below! North Katanga Wings of the Morning is an aviation ministry of The United Methodist Church in the Democratic Republic... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2022
Dates have been set for the 2023 Regional Leadership Training Days. Each region looks forward to hosting training events that will be full of educational and informative content to support local church leaders in ministry.  The dates and topics for each region are as follows: Foothills and Shawnee Valley: January 21, 2023 - Fresh Starts and New Beginnings with Sam Peters Maumee Watershed and Northwest Plains - January 28, 2023 - Discipleship with Tim Bias... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2022
What You Need to Know: Same healthcare plan, no plan or insurance carrier changes! If you are not making ANY changes, you do not need to complete a new enrollment form. If you are waiving coverage, joining for the first time, adding or dropping a family member/s from your plan, enrolling or making changes to your Health Savings Account Plan (HSA) you will need to complete the appropriate forms and email them to: Dgyimah [at] wocumc.org or mail to the C... continue reading