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Thursday, Mar 19, 2020
The Conference Center is open during regular business hours with the majority of the staff working from home. Just a reminder that all in person meetings have been cancelled through April 13 and our camp programs have been temporarily suspended. Please be patient as we all adjust to this "new normal."
Thursday, Mar 19, 2020
Grace to you and Peace in Christ Jesus: Here is the promised Thursday "Update" in this season being shaped by the Coronavirus but more importantly the efforts to "flatten the curve." Thanks for all you are doing in all the places you live and serve. Below you will find important and useful information to assist you in ministry. Before you scroll down, let me offer a few updates. The 2020 General Conference has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.... continue reading
Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 18, 2020 Nashville, Tenn.: The Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference has been notified by the Minneapolis Convention Center that they are restricting events at the venue through May 10, 2020, following recommendations by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Governor of Minnesota and the Mayor of Minneapolis to postpone or cancel events involving 50+ people in order to slow the spread of coronavirus. As a... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020
The West Ohio Conference Board of Pensions and Health Care Benefits passed an emergency plan to support clergy benefit payments for local churches in need. Eligibility and application information are expected to be released on Friday, March 20. Should you have questions once the information has been released, please contact Mike Kremnitzer at mkremnitzer [at] WOCUMC.org.
Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020
Today, fewer and fewer people use cash or checks to may donations to the church. If your church hasn't already done so, please consider online giving options. The following is a list of companies that offer this service. These companies are currently working with some of our West Ohio churches.  Vanco (GivePlus) Givelify Push Pay Easy Tithe   Please refer to this article for additional financial suggestions.  
Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020
Many congregations are considering livestreaming worship services in this time of concern for the health of vulnerable people. Livestreaming can be an effective way for church and community members to remain connected with worship. There are a number of copyright considerations in order to legally livestream your worship service. Copyright Permissions or Licenses All copyrighted content must have specific written permission from the copyright holder(s) or a str... continue reading
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