Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019
Sam Rodriguez has been named the Director of Faith Formation and Community Engagement for The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. He will begin his new role on February 4. “I am excited about building relationships with clergy and laity and seeing what God is going to do through me and the leadership of the West Ohio Conference," Rodriguez said. A lifelong United Methodist, he comes to West Ohio with vast experience in relationship development,... continue reading
Friday, Jan 11, 2019
The government shutdown is affecting all of us and will continue to provide barriers to food and housing. Here’s how the shutdown is and will be affecting West Ohio communities: FOOD INSECURITY Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) The Department of Agriculture (USDA) cannot guarantee funding of SNAP benefits beyond February. SNAP supports 38+ million people, of whom 76% are children, older adults, or persons with disabilities. SNAP supports 1,39... continue reading
Thursday, Jan 10, 2019
Human Relations Day is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. Human Relations Day calls United Methodists to recognize the right of all God’s children in realizing their potential as human beings in relationship with one another. The special offering benefits neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, community advocacy through United Methodist Voluntary Services and work with at-risk teens through the Yo... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019
The Leading Ideas Talks podcast debuted in January 2018, providing a new way for church leaders to learn cutting-edge leadership strategies from some of today's most relevant thought leaders, including Robert Schnase, Kenneth Carter, Adam Hamilton, Ginger-Gaines Cirelli, and Olu Brown. Leading Ideas Talks focuses on issues such as navigating change, reaching younger people, financing your ministry,and communicating effectively. These 10 episodes from the Lewis... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019
Each month, we join together in praying for our brothers and sisters doing mission and ministry around the world... For the past 20 years, The West Ohio Conference has been sending VIM teams to a clinic at a non-denominational church in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico. During that same time, a Methodist Church in the neighboring colonia was growing to the point that it could support a medical clinic within its own complex. In January 2011, it was decided that West Ohio... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019
With support from its generous donors, Methodist Theological School in Ohio has announced an extension of its commitment to every qualified applicant who pursues United Methodist candidacy: an opportunity to earn a master's degree with no out-of-pocket tuition expenses or tuition debt. The pledge applies to every qualified prospective student who pursues United Methodist candidacy as an elder or deacon and applies to a master's degree program by July 1, 2019, f... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019
The West Ohio Conference United Methodist Men will hold their first Brown Bag Zoom Video Conference on Tuesday, January 15,  12:00-12:45 pm. The topic will be focused on overcoming the major obstacles of discipling men today, with speaker Brett Clemmer, President of 'Man in The Mirror.' The hope is that pastors and lay leaders will join in to kick off the UMM Third Tuesday Brown Bag Lunch Video Conference Calls to create a vision, capture momentum, and sustain... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019
In 144 days, West Ohio's Camps will open for the summer season. This summer, campers have 47 different camp sessions to choose from, including everything from treehouse camp to cooking camp to STEM camp! Camps are offered mainly during the months of June and July for campers ages 6-18 at Camp Otterbein in the Hocking Hills, Camp Wesley near Bellefontaine, and Camp Widewater in Northwest Ohio. For more information about 2019 summer camps, visit the West Ohio Cam... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019
At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.   The theme for t... continue reading
Friday, Dec 28, 2018
Dear Friends in Christ Jesus: Please join me in prayer for Bishop Judy Craig who is currently hospitalized. She and her family are making decisions about her continuing care. The family requests no calls or visitors at this time. Your prayers are a gift sufficient. Yours in Christ, Gregory V. Palmer