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Friday, Sep 13, 2019
When it comes to what matters most at Christmas, people say that it's spending time with family and friends. United Methodist Communications' 2019 Unwrap Christmas event campaign is designed to help local churches offer meaningful places for people to connect with one another throughout the Advent season. United Methodist Communications is supporting these outreach efforts by offering event grants and other resources to local United Methodist churches. Congrega... continue reading
Friday, Sep 13, 2019
"Exciting and intimidating," Emily Wurster said of her first mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico. A member of the Peace United Methodist Church youth group in Pickerington, Ohio, Emily was headed south as a volunteer at the Tijuana Christian Mission orphanage. "It was my first mission trip and the first time going out of the country," said Emily, now a 17-year-old high school senior. "I was pretty nervous, going out of the country to a place where I didn't speak th... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019
  The Conference Nominations Team is responsible for identifying and recruiting lay and clergy to serve on conference boards, committees and lead-teams. This fall, they are beginning the process of identifying persons with passion, gifts and a commitment to serve beyond their local church. If you are interested in being considered, please complete the West Ohio Conference Leadership Interest Form. Your information will be taken into consideration as they discer... continue reading
Monday, Sep 9, 2019
West Ohio churches are invited to celebrate Disability Awareness Sunday on September 15  (or another Sunday designated by the church) by preaching, teaching, praying, and leading with the message of ministry with and leadership by persons with disabilities. For more resources visit https://umcdmc.org/ and https://www.westohioumc.org/pwd or contact Rebecca Hug, rhug [at] wocumc.org. Rev. Zach Holler has provided this scriptural message and prayer for congrega... continue reading
Monday, Sep 9, 2019
Bryan Wesley United Methodist Church has a long and faithful history in the city of Bryan, OH. Through the work, prayer and leadership of both clergy and laity, the church is once again seeing growth. In 2017, they had zero professions of faith and one baptism, and in 2018 they had ten professions of faith and four baptisms. Bryan Wesley UMC was chosen as the 2018 Northwest Plains District Light of the World award winner at this year's West Ohio Annual Conferen... continue reading
Monday, Sep 9, 2019
Bishops in Africa have vowed that The United Methodist Church will continue in Africa even after the 2020 General Conference. Therefore, the bishops have resolved not to support any proposed legislation or plans that call for dividing or dissolving The United Methodist Church. "We do not support any legislation that calls for the dissolution of The United Methodist Church. We uphold our values as a connectional and worldwide church committed to 'Making disciple... continue reading
Monday, Sep 9, 2019
Fifty years ago, Shungu Clinic was opened in Kamina, DR Congo. Thousands of babies took their first breath at Shungu. Surgeries and medical care have saved the lives of countless loved ones. And many have been trained to be community health workers, bringing live saving knowledge and practices into remote villages. All of this has happened in a clinic without running water or electricity. In 2018, North Katanga received a $500,000 grant from Global Ministries t... continue reading
Thursday, Sep 5, 2019
With just seven months in the role of University Chaplain, Rev. Maudy Muchanyereyi says that the assignment still feels like an adventure. Muchanyereyi, who earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Africa University in 2005, returned to her alma mater to serve as chaplain in January 2019. She is the first female chaplain in the institution’s 27-year history.   “Working with the young people and helping to shape them through (spiritual) guidance, counseling, an... continue reading
Thursday, Sep 5, 2019
Powell United Methodist Church will host the Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) - Reentry Edition simulation on Sunday, September 22, from 2:00-5:30 pm. COPE-Reentry is designed to give participants a glimpse into the lives of returning citizens and families living in our community. It portrays real stories of real individuals and families impacted by incarceration, going beyond the stereotypes. This All In Community experience is FREE and open to the public. Cl... continue reading
Thursday, Sep 5, 2019
Jessie Roark, one of this year's West Ohio Conference Harry Denman Evangelism Award winners, was recently featured in a story on the United Methodist news website, umnews.org.   Jessie is the director of St. Mark's Resource Center in Lima, OH, which offers free clothing, food, personal hygiene items, household items, internet access, and referrals to other community resources.In February of 2019, the Resource Center served 834 households, representing 2,383 ind... continue reading