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Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 highlights the need for worship alternatives like livestreaming. “There’s cause for prayer and bereavement care,” Jeremy Smith wrote recently, “but also [the need] for preparation [among] faith communities to continue to function amidst public health concerns - and indeed assist in the effort to contain this virus’ spread.” This article was fast-tracked to walk you through the planning needed to serve members stuck at hom... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020
Disease and uncertainty and lead to stress and anxiety in adults. Getting updates in a 24-hour news culture can be overwhelming. How we cope impacts our families and communities. We don't have all the answers but the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has resources to help adults remain calm and keep children calm in the midst of uncertainty. Click on the topics below for help. Managing Stress and Anxiety Talking with Children about COVID-19  
Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020
Questions: Has the Holy Spirit been whispering in your heart. stirring a fresh dream about how to cultivate new relationships with people outside your church that will open the possibility of connecting them to Jesus Christ? Are you longing to experiment with a new risk-taking faith venture that might require a small financial boost? Purpose:West Ohio's Missional Church Development Team (MCD) seeks to make new, one-time immediate "Boost Grants" of up to $5,0... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020
When elected to the Episcopacy at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference in July of 1980, newspaper headlines across the country read, "The bishop is a woman." Bishop Matthews was called to ministry after working 17 years for an auto parts manufacturer. This single mother earned three degrees in 10 years while serving small churches in Michigan, New York and Florida.  Nominated by three annual conferences, Bishop Matthews became the first woman elected to... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020
In the midst of the urgencies, challenges, chaos and uncertainty created by the continuing need to respond nimbly to the Covid-19/Corona Virus I wanted to reach out to you again. First of all kudos to you one and all for what you are doing to stay healthy and to help all of your neighbors to do likewise. I am blown away at the creativity that is running rampant throughout the West Ohio Conference to help people worship in new and fresh ways for many and to ca... continue reading
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020
As a result of the spread of COVID-19, The West Ohio Conference Center staff  is taking precautionary measures. Effectively immediately, the following changes have been implemented and will be in affect until April 13. All meetings scheduled at the conference office have been postponed. All programs at West Ohio Camps have been temporarily suspended. Beginning March 16,  our offices will be open during regular office hours. Some staff will... continue reading
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020
As the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak continues to unfold, ONE LICENSE-together with hundreds of our Member Publishers-is honored to assist worshipping communities worldwide during this extraordinary time. We are able to provide two different gratis license options valid through April 15, 2020. A ONE LICENSE license grants churches, schools, religious communities, retreat centers, and other worshiping bodies permission to reprint or project music for their congr... continue reading
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020
It can be overwhelming for adults to grasp all the information regarding COVID-19. Imagine what it must be like for our children. The links below provide helpful Information about discussing COVID-19 with your children.  When we don't have all the answers, but the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a resource that can help adults remain calm and keep their children calm in the midst of uncertainty. Talking with Children How to Talk to your Kids about Coro... continue reading
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020
We have been hearing some beautiful stories of how United Methodists are reaching out to others during this difficult time. Some of these examples include: offering childcare options for people who desperate need it, teaching others how to use Facebook Live live streaming, and online-giving, sending cards to the elderly who have been quarantined. How is your church enhancing the ministry you provide? What new ministry opportunities have presented themselves? Le... continue reading
Saturday, Mar 14, 2020
The outbreak of COVID-19 in the US and the resulting cancellation of group gatherings has led many United Methodist churches to plan online virtual worship experiences. To assure that local churches have the resources they need, the United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) announced that it is granting permission to use and post online selected contents from the United Methodist Book of Worship (BOW) as congregations care for their members during the interna... continue reading