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Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
The United Methodist Financial Credit Union is offering "Ministry Relief Loans" to local churches, active clergy and spouses as well as church staff. These loans will be made at very favorable rates for the purpose of income replacement and the first payment will be deferred for 90 days.  Please contact our office for more information at 800.373.1059 or reach out to us via email at service [at] umethodist.com.  
Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
Trying to find information you need quickly can be frustrating especially when you are not sure where to look. We are committed to equipping churches throughout West Ohio with the information they need. Click here for a list of helpful resources. We will continue to add information as it becomes available. 
Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
Greetings Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus. You cannot over do Thank You, so once again I say Thank You for who you are and all you are doing to face the unwelcome crisis caused by the Coronavirus. I know you will continue to do all you can to stay connected to God and neighbor even as you participate in "flattening the curve." Throughout this season there have been references to adapting to our current crisis driven reality. It is not lost on me th... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020
For many churches, mission experiences provide valuable opportunities for members to learn about new people and places, form lasting relationships, and be the hands and feet of Jesus to people near and far. Yet in this uncertain time, you may be wondering if you should be thinking about mission at all!  Here's what we know: traveling anywhere in the near future with a group of people is not advisable, so if you have a mission experience planned in April, now is... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020
How are you doing? Really. As people of faith, we trust God is present in the midst of our everyday lives. Maybe you spent last week learning new technology, creating new systems, and checking in on people in your community. Maybe you were exhausted and maybe you're missing people you usually see on a weekly basis. All of those experiences, and many more, are normal for what we're experiencing. Stay at Home As a leader of a congregation, a family, or a bu... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020
General Conference organizers are exploring potential new dates in 2021 for The United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly after the coronavirus pandemic forced postponement. The Commission on the General Conference determined that multiple factors meant it would not be feasible to reschedule to hold the international 10-day gathering this year. "These issues include the undetermined length of the pandemic, uncertainty around travel bans in different ar... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Methodist Women today announced changes for two of its major program events scheduled for April through May 2020. The organization will seek to reschedule four of its five quadrennial Jurisdiction events where members elect United Methodist Women's national Board of Directors and Program Advisory Group members. Also, the organization is exploring online distance learning resources for those registered for its annu... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020
This month, we celebrate women who are visionaries and look for the possibilities of what can happen when we dream. In 2002, the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko had a vision. Ordained in the South Congo Annual Conference and serving in the Ohio River Valley District of the West Ohio Conference, Kiboko shares, "My altar was established between the Northern and Southern hemispheres, I have two worlds in me, and I love them both." Kiboko sought to see a day to have Bla... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020
The West Ohio Conference Center is 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. Please check the appropriate conference or district webpage for precise details.
Sunday, Mar 22, 2020
On Sunday, March 22, Governor Mike DeWine issued a stay at home order for the residents of the state of Ohio effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020, to remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. The order in its entirety may be found here. I encourage you to read this document particularly as it relates to religious entities. Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, said, “Life is not shutting us down, life is waking us up.” Ther... continue reading