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Monday, Mar 18, 2019
Bishop Gregory V. and Mrs. Cynthia Palmer will be leading two educational trips to Europe, this year and next. First, from October 1-9, 2019, they will lead the Wesley Heritage Tour through England. Stops will include Epworth, Oxford, Bath, and of course, London. For more information, click here. Then in 2020, Bishop and Cynthia will lead the Alpine Odyssey, a nine-day European adventure to see the Oberammergau Passion Play, from July 27-August 4. Since 1634, t... continue reading
Sunday, Mar 10, 2019
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer is appointing the Rev. Calvin Alston Jr. to serve as the Shawnee Valley District superintendent. This appointment is effective July 1, 2019. “Rev. Alston brings to this ministry a tremendous depth of faith in Jesus Christ and the church,” Palmer said. “His life is bathed in prayer. He has an extraordinary ministry tool box born of serving churches of varying sizes, urban and rural and culturally diverse. He has never had a flock he didn... continue reading
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019
It is not unusual to hear a parishioner say, "We are a friendly church. Why don't visitors come back?" Many congregations struggle to understand why they get visitors who seem to enjoy their visit and say they are returning soon, but never visit again. This can be extremely frustrating, especially for a congregation seeking to grow. The question is, "Why don't they come back?" Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe says it's important not only to attract visitor... continue reading
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Although Ash Wednesday has ancient roots, it does not appear in the rituals of The United Methodist Church or our predecessor denominations until the 20th century. Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helpin... continue reading
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019
Many of our youth are trying to navigate the next steps of their faith journey in relation to recent decisions made at GC 2019. Some lament, others rejoice. Some feel ostracized and disheartened while others feel supported and encouraged. Regardless, our youth are asking for a space to talk about the ripple effect of the Conference results. Here are some resources to start or continue the conversation:   Ministry with LGBTQ youth after GC 2019 Helping... continue reading
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019
Several local churches and pastors from the Foothills District of The West Ohio Conference have joined together to promote healthy habits in their congregations through the new Walk with a Pastor initiative. In partnering with the Walk with a Doc program, churches in Morgan County and the Zanesville area are becoming healthier simply by taking a walk with their pastors. Pastor Elizabeth Reed from Malta United Methodist Church led the first walk on the first Thu... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
Beneath the Arch that symbolizes the U.S. Gateway to the West, more than 820 General Conference delegates worked to open a gateway in the denomination’s longtime homosexuality debate. But after four days of prayers, speeches, protests and votes, it remains to be seen whether The United Methodist Church has found a way forward or remains stuck. “It was our aspiration that we would find a way forward beyond our impasse. That was to try to really listen to people... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
A workshop entitled, "House of Worship and Community Safety in Today's Environment," will be held on Friday, March 22, from 8:15 am to 12:30 pm at Church of the Ascension, 2025 Woodman Dr., Dayton, OH. It is important for faith communities, other community groups and individuals to partner with first responders to develop and improve awareness in order to act to prevent crime and address emergency situations. This workshop is designed for faith community nurses... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
The Harry Denman Evangelism Award, sponsored by The Foundation for Evangelism, honors United Methodists in each Annual Conference whose exceptional ministry of evangelism brings people into a life transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. What distinguishes a Harry Denman Evangelism Award recipient is the commitment to consistently introduce others to the Good News of Jesus Christ in all ministry settings. Their ministry is exceptional for the number of new... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
Kids aren't the only ones who need camp. Sometimes adults need a getaway too! That is why a special retreat has been planned at Camp Otterbein to cater to those who love to cook. The first ever Otterbein Culinary Retreat is planned for March 29-31. Participants will spend the weekend cooking, baking, and tasting new foods while enjoying spring beauty on Camp Otterbein's picturesque campus. You will earn timesaving and prepare ahead techniques, and even prepare... continue reading