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Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
The Liturgical Resources subgroup of the Hymnal Revision Committee seeks the submission of new materials for possible inclusion in the next United Methodist Hymnal. The collection of liturgical and music resources will be presented to the 2024 General Conference for approval. While all worship-related resources are welcome at any time, the Committee particularly invites the submission of resources for the following until June 30, 2019: Baptism Confirmation Re... continue reading
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
Over the last several weeks you have been faithful in your prayers for our beloved bishop, Judith Craig. She passed away earlier today surrounded by her loving family and dear friends. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made. Further information will be shared at a later date. Please keep her family in your prayers.
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference (OIMC) is now accepting registrations for its third annual Native immersion experience to be held March 13-17, 2019 in Oklahoma City. The experience provides history, context, and unique perspective on Native peoples in The United Methodist Church. In addition, Oklahoma Natives proudly share their traditions and culture throughout the event. "The immersion experience is important because it teaches you so much more than... continue reading
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
The Council of Bishops is offering up to six partial scholarships for young adults and seminary students participating in the 2019 UMEIT:USA. The United Methodist Ecumenical and Interreligious Training in the USA will be held April 1-4, 2019 in St. Louis, MO. It is held in conjunction with the annual National Workshop on Christian Unity. Go to www.nwcu.org for more information about the event. The UMEIT: USA portion will include basic training on The Ecumenical... continue reading
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
The Fierce Conference, to be held February 7-8 at Ginghamsburg UMC, is a gathering for women who lead spiritually and professionally within the church. This conference will provide a safe space, support and encouragement from those who have "been there and yet still do that," with tough love challenges, tools and a network that will help women clergy and other women church leaders rediscover their call and thrive in an industry that provides kingdom of God impa... continue reading
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
The Ohio Council of Churches is part of the initiative "Breaking the Chains of Slavery and Racial Bias," including an effort to involve churches in a discussion of the book and documentary titled, African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (video can be obtained through Amazon). OCC's participation in this effort is linked to its anti-racism priority and connection with the ACT NOW to End Racism effort of the National Council of Churches. Toward that end, a discus... continue reading
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
It's W-2 Time! 2018 W-2's are due to all employees by January 31, 2019. Information to help with preparing IRS Form W-2 for clergy, which can be complicated, can be found on the Conference website. Use the worksheet and example here as a guide for preparing your pastor's W-2. This sample spreadsheet and W-2 are just that, samples. Your pastor's compensation and benefits may be different than the sample provided (for example, moving expenses which are now taxabl... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019
The Bible instructs all of God's children to build Sabbath time into their lives. For clergy to truly have a Sabbath, it is oftentimes necessary to get away from home! Lakeside Chautauqua is making that possible. Lakeside invites United Methodist clergy to apply for a Renewal Scholarship that will provide hotel lodging, up to 2 or 3 nights, in the Fountain Inn at Lakeside Chautauqua. Take time with God along the shores of Lake Erie for rest and renewal. You can... continue reading
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