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Tuesday, Apr 28, 2020
Now in the second month of "sheltering in place," many United Methodist pastors and members are wondering about the effect on local church giving. The Rev. Stan Ling is optimistic. "While some local church operational costs may have gone down because of COVID-19," Ling said, "the mission is expanding beyond the walls of the physical church." Ling directs the West Ohio Annual Conference Council on Development. "Today," he noted, "church is not just one day a wee... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 28, 2020
Well, that escalated quickly. I suspect that we will look back on March 11, 2020 as the tipping point for the United States' response to COVID-19. It seemed to me to really start when the NBA announced that it was suspending the season. An avalanche of cancellations followed. I waved to my daughter as she stood at the bus stop on Thursday morning and felt like there was a good chance this would be the last time I would do that this year. Th... continue reading
Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
Beloved in Christ Jesus, Dear ones, I think we all can agree that the coronavirus has changed us. Personally, I cannot count the times in recent weeks, that I have spent in prayer for all of God’s people. I lay it before God and ask for direction. I know you are praying fervently also for safety, wisdom and guidance. Each day, several members of our leadership team tune in to hear what Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton sa... continue reading
Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
The mission of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church is to share the love of Jesus to transform lives, Cincinnati and the world. In March, that statement was put into action. Lead by co-senior pastors, the Rev. Cathy Johns and the Rev. Doug Johns, Hyde Park Community UMC is rooted in an affluent neighborhood bordered by communities of various economic and racial backgrounds. With many partners in mission, this church removes barriers to serve beside their... continue reading
Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
Social distancing measures due to the coronavirus pandemic have not prevented The United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus from continuing to provide support and hope to its community.  The All People's Fresh Market has distributed free produce to more than 2,000 households every week for over 10 years, and after adapting its delivery methods to adhere to current health recommendations, the market is busier than ever. In fact, it is the largest dis... continue reading
Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
Have you checked on your property since safer-at-home orders were put in place?  While your ministry leadership and community engage in social distancing, there are some steps you can take to help ensure the security of your church's property and facilities.  Secure Valuables Out of sight - out of mind. Making valuable equipment and property less visible or moving them to a secure location can make your church less of a target for burglars. If possible, move th... continue reading
Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
UMCOR and the General Board of Global Ministries have provided updated guidelines for mission teams, early response teams, and individuals volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic.  These best practices are meant to supplement and not take the place of any medical recommendations issued by the CDC.  DO plan for extra time for briefing and preparation for service. DO clean and wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds before, during, and after volunteering... continue reading
Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
Podcasts are a wonderful way to think about and grow in your faith while driving the car, getting some cardio on the treadmill, walking the dog, or folding laundry. In this time of self distancing, we can learn and find encouragement from leaders throughout the connection. West Ohio leaders, Bishop Palmer, Katelin Hansen, director of operations and minister of music for Church for All People and Rachel Billips, lead pastor of Ginghamsburg UMC, have been feature... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2020
Since the start of the novel coronavirus outbreak, UMCOR has been working with health boards, medical professionals, disaster management coordinators and faith leaders to prevent the further spread of this disease. Now it is clear that the impact of COVID-19 will be far-reaching and demands an even greater response.  The UMCOR COVID-19 Advance #3022612 will award grants of up to $20,000 to United Methodist partners in the U.S. and around the world to assist vul... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2020
Traction Tracks training courses are available online. These short videos provide insight for church leadership through this pandemic and beyond. Topics include: First Quick Steps to Connection with online Worship Visitors Rev. Terry McHugh, Executive Pastor and Rev. Curt Bissell, Online Pastor Garfield Memorial United Methodist Church  Cleveland, OH Strategies for Making your Church the "Go to" Place during the Pandemic Season Pastor Krysta Deede Fi... continue reading