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Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
Distributing 8,000 pounds of food every Tuesday is a vital ministry to the community surrounding the St. Paul's United Methodist Church food pantry in Defiance. Partnerships with the Northwest Ohio Food Bank, Arps Dairy and Coppers Farms, along with many volunteers, keep this ministry operating like a well-oiled machine. "On March 12, everything seemed to change," recalled the Rev. John Schlicher. Gov. Mike DeWine closed Ohio Schools for the next three weeks, d... continue reading
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
Bags for adults and children were passed out to the community surrounding Maple Grove UMC. Bags for adults included palm branches, pre-packaged communion, a wooden cross, a candle and a devotional handout with scripture and activities to accompany the items in the bag. Bags for children and youth included age-appropriate devotional activities, a palm branch, communion, a Holy Week Easter book, dramas to act out the week, Holy Week songs, a breath prayer, ideas... continue reading
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
The Rev. Leo Cunningham of Glenwood United Methodist Church joined with the Rev. Meredith McDougal, executive director of the Shalom Zone, to fill a void MacDougal had predicted. Many food pantries on the west side of Columbus began closing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Hilltop YMCA, across the street from Glenwood, offered monthly food distributions, but their parking lot created congestion. The entrance and exit presented the same dilemma. Aware of the YMCA cha... continue reading
Monday, Apr 6, 2020
This is a complicated week. Many of us would like to skip over most of it - moving from the waving palms and Hosanna to the spring flowers and Alleluia! We don't like the frustrated Jesus of Monday and Tuesday, the suffering Jesus of Friday, or the silence of Saturday. Yet they are an important part of Jesus' story and of our faith journey. We need the whole experience. Skipping over the frustration, suffering and silence makes Easter a shallow victory. Yet get... continue reading
Monday, Apr 6, 2020
Needed supplies stored at the United Methodist Committee on Relief's Sager Brown Depot are being distributed to first responders in Louisiana as part of the agency's effort to help fight the spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Coronavirus cases in Louisiana have spread faster in the first two weeks of the state's outbreak than they have in other states and countries across the world, according to news reports detailing an analys... continue reading
Monday, Apr 6, 2020
Two grant opportunities are available for West Ohio churches.  The Racial/Ethnic Local Church Grant is to assist local racial/ethnic congregations and/or annual conferences with projects and programs related to one of four focus areas: Leadership Development, Church Growth and Development, Ministry with the Poor, and Health Ministries. The grant also provides a 1-year pastoral salary support of $10,000.Applications are due May 1, 2020.  Community Developer Prog... continue reading
Monday, Apr 6, 2020
The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church supports a wide variety of mission partners, both local and global, in advancing our common mission to 'make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.' Each month, we will join together in praying for our brothers and sisters doing mission and ministry around the world. The global pandemic that is COVID-19 has recently become a reality for many Americans. What we had seen happening in... continue reading
Monday, Apr 6, 2020
In a letter to the delegation and alternates, Rev. Paul White, Secretary of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference, announced that the dates for all U.S. Jurisdictional conferences have been postponed. New dates will be released by the Committee on General Conference and the Council of Bishops, likely for 2021. Once the dates for the General Conference are finalized, the Council of Bishops will set the date for the Jurisdictional Conference. The Commission... continue reading
Monday, Apr 6, 2020
A century ago, the Friendly Center began as a safe living space for young women as they learned a vocation and found work in Toledo, Ohio. Today, the non-profit organization serves women, children, families and people struggling with addiction and extreme poverty. Avis Snyder lived in the Friendly Center in the 1950's before she was married. She recalls her living quarters as comfortable but sparse. She could walk downtown and enjoyed having meals in the common... continue reading
Monday, Apr 6, 2020
The West Ohio Conference Center remains closed to visitors but the work of the staff continues. The majority of the staff will be working remotely. You should expect responses by telephone and email. Messages left in the general voicemail will be forwarded to staff the same day. The district offices are following the same pattern. Thank you.