The Miami Valley District is On Fire!
There are many things to celebrate here in the Miami Valley District! At our recent Spring Gathering hosted by Medway United Methodist Church, over 140 folks from all over the 8 counties came together for a time of worship, fellowship, celebration and fun. In addition to a powerful Pentecost worship led by the district staff and Medway’s band and preaching by our Superintendent, participants gathered for our first annual Ministry Expo.
Each year, the district offers grants for special ministries and projects. Every recipient was invited to set up a booth at the Ministry Expo, designed to tell the story of their ministry. The expo provided a great opportunity to see our connectional giving put to work in meaningful ways all across the district. If you are interested in learning how your ministry can receive a grant, you can contact Jon Ferguson who leads the Mission Grant Team.
Our time together also involved celebrating some of the ministry milestones occurring among us this conference year. (Recognitions listed in the Spring Gathering Program below.) Pastors who are retiring and those who have been reappointed outside of our district were recognized and received an olive wood hand cross – our prayers go with them in their next season of ministry. We also recognized those who received their local pastor license this past conference year and presented them with a pocket Book of Worship. Finally, we celebrated with our 4 new Certified Lay Ministers who recently completed the CLM Academy and have been certified by the conference for assignment by the Superintendent.
Before we feasted on the sumptuous hors d’oeuvres provided by Medway, we took a look ahead at what will be taking place at Annual Conference and throughout the next several months within the district. Don’t miss out on these opportunities (More information detailed in the Spring Gathering Program below):
- June 1, 2016 MIV/ORV The Right Start 10am - 3pm Centerville UMC, 63 E. Franklin St, Dayton
- July 9 & 16, 2016 The Creative Worship Conference & Resource Training 9am - 4pm Tipp City UMC, 8 W Main St, Tipp City $10/person
We want to celebrate the ways that God is setting your ministry on fire. Do you have a story to share? We’d love to hear your stories and share them in future communications!