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Monday, Nov 11, 2019
Does your church have a Safe Sanctuaries policy but you're not sure how to effectively and creatively train others on your policy? New training resources are available including a powerpoint and tips for good facilitation. Check out the tab "Local Church Training Resources". Reach out with questions and to learn how to organize a district-wide training: Contact Rebecca Hug, rhug [at] wocumc.org. Congratulations to the 12 congregations from Maumee Watershed Dist... continue reading
Monday, Nov 4, 2019
After a challenging renewal process with carriers, the Board of Pension and Health have selected the carrier and set the premium rates for 2020. Moving from Aetna, the Conference will join Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for medical and Delta for dental. VSP will continue to provide vision services. Deductibles and HSA/HRA contribution levels will remain the same. Premium rates are as follows: For more information regarding the plan and what these changes mean... continue reading
Monday, Nov 4, 2019
On average, $5.5 million is awarded to students who apply through the United Methodist Scholarship and Loan Programs. Unfortunately, each year up to 1,000 qualified students do not receive a scholarship due to lack of funding. 100% of the donation you provide is used for loans and scholarships to help prepare leaders for our church. The funds are distributed at 45% for loans, 37% for scholarships, 16% for United Methodist schools and 2% for grants. Your gifts h... continue reading
Monday, Nov 4, 2019
A growing number of United Methodist churches, outreach ministries and other non-profits are using Reverse Advent calendars to encourage Christians to give love and charity throughout the season leading to Christmas. Many people are familiar with traditional Advent calendars and use them at home to guide their devotional time in the days before Christmas. Parents may use interactive Advent calendars with their children, opening a different box or door each day... continue reading
Monday, Nov 4, 2019
It is a hallmark of Christianity: gratitude, giving thanks, showing appreciation for all that we have and the wonderful world God gave us. Gratitude journals and lists are all the rage in popular culture, but how often do we plan expressing gratitude or thankfulness as an activity of the church?  Here are several ideas for bringing people together in the joyous practice of gratitude.  POST ON FACEBOOKUse your church's Facebook page to post what your chur... continue reading
Monday, Oct 28, 2019
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Globally, one in three women experiences sexual or gender-based violence. In the United States, one in four women and one in nine men experience severe physical violence (Centers for Disease Control). The numbers are staggering, and those who seek to survive the violence exist in each of our communities. The United Methodist Church has a long witness standing against domestic violence. "We recognize that family viol... continue reading
Monday, Oct 28, 2019
Would your church convert the parsonage into affordable housing for sober living? What about tearing up the church lawn and replacing the grass to plant crops for the neighborhood? How about turning the garage into a bike shop? Perhaps providing the "unemployable" with job training is something your church would consider. These are just a few ways Calvary Hilltop Church is redefining community in the North College Hill area of Cincinnati. "This is the Chris... continue reading
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019
Prayer is central to the Rev. Lee Strawhun's ministry at Westwood United Methodist Church, Cincinnati. Two years ago, he and his congregation heard about the Breakthrough Prayer Initiative and knew it would be perfect for them. It is one of several short Traction Tracks courses - specific training, resourcing, coaching and implementation components developed within the Missional Church Consultation Initiative. Launched in 2011 by Bishop Bruce Ough, and conti... continue reading
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019
LoveThe614 is a missional movement bringing people together through serving. This vision was born at Trinity United Methodist Church through a missions team with a deep desire to spread God's hope and love with Columbus, aka "The 614."  Recently, a group of United Methodist churches invited their communities from the 614 to pack meals for starving children across the world. 1,700 people experienced what it is like to serve like Jesus in an airplane hangar at Do... continue reading
Thursday, Oct 17, 2019
Hurricane Dorian devasted the island nation of the Bahamas. UMCOR has been working with the Methodist Church in the Bahamas and Caribbean. Together, they are developing a comprehensive relief program for the area.  The Bahamas Disaster Ministry, Bahamas Methodist Habitat, is addressing the needs of vulnerable people being sheltered in their building. The church is also providing food, water and hygiene items to vulnerable people on Grand Bahama. Your gift to UM... continue reading