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Monday, Feb 11, 2019
The California-Pacific Conference includes the island of Saipan where super typhoon Yutu destroyed many of the island's homes and businesses in 2018. Volunteers are needed to help re-build, but certain conditions apply: preferably Early Response Team trained; skilled in construction work; ability to withstand long working days with warm temperatures and high humidity; willingness to eat the island food and respect the cultural differences. Teams would work for... continue reading
Monday, Feb 11, 2019
United Methodist Insurance (UMI) and its partner, AmVenture Insurance Agency, Inc. (AmVenture), are working together to provide more competitive pricing and enhanced coverage for United Methodist churches and other related properties. Unfortunately, those UMI clients with renewal dates in January 2019 were not given much time to take actions necessary to implement their new policies. Because of this, UMI has received a number of questions, and some properties h... continue reading
Monday, Feb 11, 2019
Meet Benton Stull, Intern in Restorative Justice & Peace Building. Grace UMC (Dayton) is privileged to be hosting Benton for his Master's level practicum in Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA. His areas of interest are church mobilization for restorative justice and support for people impacted by incarceration. Benton will be working with prison, jail, and reentry ministry at Grace UMC through Seeds of Grace and the H.O.... continue reading
Monday, Feb 11, 2019
Just under a month remains to apply for scholarships from the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation. A variety of scholarships are available for United Methodist students who need help with tuition expenses at 117 United Methodist-related colleges, universities, and seminaries. Last year, UMHEF awarded over $2 million in scholarship funds! Application forms and additional required documents must be postmarked no later than March 1, 2019. For more informa... continue reading
Friday, Feb 1, 2019
The Praying Our Way Forward team of the Council of Bishops has released details of the Day of Prayer, which will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST in the St. Louis America’s Center Convention Complex on Saturday, February 23, the first day of the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. The event will be live-streamed at www.umc.org/live. In releasing the details, Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and Bishop Al Gwinn of the Praying Forward team thanked t... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019
The deadline to submit a recommendation for the 2019 Annual Conference is Friday, March 1, 2019. This is in accordance with the West Ohio Annual Conference Rules as indicated in the 2018 Annual Conference Journal. To submit a recommendation or if you have questions, please email Rev. Amy Haines, Conference Secretary at ahaines [at] wocumc.org. More information is available on the conference website here. 
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer will host a simulcast on Saturday, March 2 at 10am in response to the actions of the special session of General Conference which will be held in late February. All interested West Ohioans are welcome to participate. A recording of the event will be made available on the West Ohio website at a later time.   To date, there are 26 host sites throughout West Ohio. Capitol Area North Marysville First United Methodist Church, Marysville Trin... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019
As the first month of the new year ends, are you feeling good about your resolutions, financial goals and healthy lifestyle choices? What would your life look like if you were emotionally healthy? How would your life be different if your debt was gone? How much energy would you have if you were at your ideal weight? What would your ministry accomplish if you were on fire for God? The Clergy Wellness Task Force along with the West Ohio Conference Benefits Office... continue reading
Monday, Jan 28, 2019
January 24, 2019 Dear Friends in Christ in the North Central Jurisdiction,               We, the bishops of the North Central Jurisdiction, greet you in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit.  Together we all stand on the edge of the special called session of General Conference in St. Louis in February.  We are grateful that you have been praying with us in the months and days leading up to this significant gat... continue reading
Monday, Jan 28, 2019
Dallas, Texas: The General Conference Committee on Reference has determined that 78 petitions submitted for consideration by the 2019 General Conference are in harmony with the purpose of the special session to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. All those petitions must receive a vote in legislative committee, according to a 2016 provision in the Book of Discipline, and all those approved by legislative committee must receive a plenary vote. T... continue reading