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Monday, Oct 15, 2018
Is your church using Facebook Live for worship? Do you have permission to "broadcast" music performed by your choir or praise band? Do real estate matters make your head spin? How can we protect the people of our churches from harassment?   These are just a few of the topics to be covered at The West Ohio Conference's 22nd Annual Legal Forum will be held on Friday, October 26, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at Ohio Northern University Law School in Ada, Ohio. Topics w... continue reading
Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018
All West Ohio clergy are invited to the 2018 Clergy Day Apart on Tuesday, December 4, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at Bethel International UMC in Columbus. The Clergy Day Apart is for all active clergy serving in ministry in The West Ohio Conference. This year's speaker will be Rev. Magrey deVega, Senior Pastor at Hyde Park UMC in Florida. In addition to being a pastor, Rev. deVega is the author of 10 books, his latest being Hope in Hard Times: Lessons on Faith from... continue reading
Friday, Sep 28, 2018
By Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Miller. As we navigate the days ahead, we are praying for a Christ-centered way forward for the United Methodist Church. 2 Chronicles 7:14 assures us that prayer and repentance are honored by the Lord with healing of our land. It is my prayer that our hearts will align with God’s heart and that God will lead us to a solution that we are not yet able to see with human eyes. During the month of October, I invite you to pray the words of Matt... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018
World Communion Sunday is October 7, 2018. This is one of six Special Sundays in The United Methodist Church and commemorates the world-wide and connectional nature of the UMC. The United Methodist Church has created a wide selection of resources to celebrate this Sunday in your congregation, including Facebook images and videos, worship videos, e-books, infographics, bulletin inserts, and more. Click here to download resources for free.
Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018
As Hurricane Florence continues its path toward the east coast, the people of The West Ohio Conference are asked to pray for those who will be impacted by the storm. At present, the Category 4 hurricane is expected to strike land late Thursday or early Friday, with strong winds and rain coming as early as Wednesday evening. Hurricane and storm surge watches have already been issued, and major inland and river flooding is also expected. More than one million peo... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018
By Foothills DS Dennis Miller I will never forget the Sunday morning a couple of years ago when I arrived unannounced to worship at one of our Foothills District churches. The pastor did not see me enter the sanctuary and the greeters and ushers were unprepared for visitors. I was finally greeted with the words, “Who are you and what are you doing here this morning?” I guess they were not expecting visitors that morning! Now if surveyed, they may have said they... continue reading
Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018
The West Ohio Conference is seeking a full-time, on-site Director for Camp Wesley, one of our three conference-owned camps in Bellefontaine, OH. As a member of our Camping & Retreat Ministries team, the Wesley Camp Director will be a spiritually-led, dynamic, energetic, dedicated, and experienced camping professional who will lead and oversee our growing camping and retreat ministry. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to overseeing day to... continue reading
Wednesday, Aug 1, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in all four official languages of the General Conference: English, French, Portuguese and Swahili. The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Subject to final copy editing, the report will be printed in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) in November. Here is a statement from the moderators of the Commission and the President of... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018
The Council of Bishops, in partnership with The Upper Room, is launching the next phase of Praying Our Way Forward in anticipation of the 2019 Special General Conference. Phase 1 involved 84 members of the Council of Bishops praying for The United Methodist Church's way forward for 15 minutes daily, from August to December 2016. This was followed by Phase 2, which resulted in 18 continuous months of daily individual and corporate prayer by faithful members of a... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 17, 2018
If you care for God's Creation and are called to guide your church's response to environmental crises, we invite you to attend the first offering of the Environmental Stewardship Advanced Course. Intended to develop a cadre of UMC laypersons to lead local church efforts in caring for the environment and ensuring ecojustice, this course is open to any layperson in the Conference regardless of their previous association with the Certified Lay Servant program. The... continue reading