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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.
Thursday, Apr 2, 2020
The internet and social media have exploded with information about federal and state legislation that's been enacted to help ease the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. To make sure you're getting the information most helpful in your context , prioritize these sources: State of Ohio and Federal government agencies, West Ohio Conference and United Methodist General Agencies, your church's financial institutions and reputable organizations whose missions f... continue reading
Thursday, Apr 2, 2020
You have likely seen the videos of choirs and studio singers coming together (digitally) and singing uplifting songs and hymns - creating works of art that in times like these are needed and incredibly inspiring. Now is your chance to be a part of an epic cell phone choir! To participate is easy, just follow the steps here.  
Thursday, Apr 2, 2020
Recently, Rev. Andrea Curry longed to be in the sanctuary of Trinity UMC in Bowling Green, the church she serves. "I felt like God was calling me to make a special space in our home where we could come to meet with Him to pray." Curry thought her congregation might be feeling the same way so she shared, "How to Make a Sacred Space in your House," on their church website. "I thought about all the people in the Old Testament who worshipped before the Temple was b... continue reading
Thursday, Apr 2, 2020
Do you have questions about livestreaming your worship services, using technology to connect with small groups and individuals, or encouraging and promoting online giving? Our Local Church Services team is here to help! As you navigate leading your congregation during this uncharted time, reach out to us. We're available Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CT, via online live chat or phone, 888-346-3862. Ask the UMC
Thursday, Apr 2, 2020
This Holy Week and Easter will be unlike any in recent memory. Families will not be gathering with their church families to participate in Easter Egg Hunts or Holy Week activities together. The following offers similar activities designed for families practicing physical distancing. This Holy Week Scavenger Hunt/Easter Egg Hunt activity may be used in a variety of ways. The activities could be done throughout Holy Week or on Easter Sunday. They may be done indo... continue reading
Thursday, Apr 2, 2020
I'm going to be honest with you. For whatever reason, I don't follow the news as I should. I usually get just enough information to sound silly in a conversation with someone who actually knows what they're talking about. It's a gift, really. So, honestly, I was surprised when it felt as though COVID-19 went from something I thought should probably pay attention to, to something I had no choice but to pay attention to. It felt as if we transitioned from "coug... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security or CARES Act was signed into law on March 27. The 840-page Act provides $2.2 trillion in relief for the US economy and your church may be among those eligible for financial support.  The benefit would be in the form of a loan that covers about ten weeks of pay, benefits and certain other expenses. If you maintain your payroll, the loan is forgiven. As, experts work through details, here are ways you can prepare... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) recognizes that the coronavirus pandemic will cause financial hardship for many graduate and undergraduate students. In response to the economic impact of the global pandemic, the GBHEM Office of Loans and Scholarships has made some important updates to its policies.  New 2020 guidelines - including a loan payment suspension option - are outlined below. Anyone with questions regarding these items should... continue reading