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Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022
The North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) will convene in Fort Wayne, Indiana, November 2-5. The theme for the conference is We Press On. This Jurisdictional Conference will gather delegates (lay and clergy) from across Illinois (Northern Illinois, Illinois Great Rivers), Indiana, Iowa, Ohio (East Ohio and West Ohio), Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin for a time of worship and collective discernment regarding the election of episcopal l... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022
Bishop Palmer has rescheduled his “Clergy Questions and Conversations" in the Miami Valley District on Monday, October 31, 2002, at 2:00 pm at Ginghamsburg UMC, 6759 S. County Rd. 25A, Tipp City, Ohio. Bishop Palmer invites all clergy to attend this informal conversation. He will open with some words of encouragement but most of the time will be open for questions and conversation. All Clergy are welcome!
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022
A few years ago, Kris Shoaf a lay member of Powell United Methodist Church shared her personal journey with mental illness during a worship service. Afterward, someone listening in the pew approached the associate pastor, the Rev. Katya Brodbeck, about taking part in the National Alliance on Mental Illness walk fundraiser. Since then, Powell UMC in the Capital Area District has partnered with NAMI by participating in the annual walk, becoming educated on menta... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022
Pastor Rich Villodas of New Life Fellowship in Queens, New York will be the guest in the final installment of Bishop Palmer's Leadership Clinics. On Thursday, November 17 at 10:00 am, Pastor Villodas will join Bishop Palmer for a conversation around the topic, Good and Beautiful and Kind: Becoming Whole in a Fractured World. Pastor Villodas is the author of The Deeply Formed Life and lead pastor of New Life Fellowship, a large, multiracial church with more th... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022
UMCOR’s Early Response Team (ERT) Basic class will be offered on Saturday, November 12, 8:00 am-4:00 pm at Jerome UMC in Plain City. West Ohio ERT trainers will teach you how to assist survivors of natural disasters in their time of need. You will learn how to provide a caring, Christian presence while taking steps to prevent further damage to the family's personal property. Skills that are taught include tarping, debris removal, mucking out flooded homes, etc... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022
Churches across the WOC will have access to a new stewardship program from the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio beginning in January 2023. The program, called Generosity Abounds! utilizes a stewardship education toolkit developed with available resources from across the Connection that helps churches approach their stewardship as a holistic process for creating a culture of generosity within the church that ultimately: ·       Increases congregational... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022
Lovett Weems and Ann Michel share eight key lessons to help churches deal with the financial aftershocks of the COVID crisis. Now is the time to create a healthier financial future by managing resources wisely, engaging givers more effectively, and seeking more creative approaches to economic sustainability. In the aftershocks of the COVID-19 crisis, many churches face a period of financial reckoning. These eight principles can help right the ship. They are a... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022
Members of the women’s organization in the South Africa Conference marched in the streets of Gugulethu to protest gender-based violence.  The march was organized in conjunction with the conference’s United Methodist Women (rebranded United Women in Faith) and United Methodist Men 19th annual gathering at Bishop Abel Muzorewa United Methodist Church in Cape Town.  The groups joined with the South Africa government’s Department of Sports, Arts and Culture to or... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022
Paragraph 603.5 of the 2016 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church outlines the provisions by which a Special Session of the Annual Conference may be called “by the bishop with concurrence of three-fourths of the district superintendents.” Having the unanimous concurrence of the district superintendents, I am calling a Special Session of the West Ohio Annual Conference for Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 9:30 am for the following two purposes:   A... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022
In the aftermath of a disaster, survivors are often left with nothing. Whether their home was destroyed or is simply unlivable, survivors find themselves in need of basic toiletries, such as toothbrushes and combs, band-aids and wash cloths. Women and teen girls need menstrual supplies, which are expensive and sometimes hard to find. Right now, the Sager Brown Depot in Louisiana is in desperate need of hygiene and menstrual kits as they seek to provide whole co... continue reading