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Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019
Conversations about race can be challenging, even and especially in church settings. And yet, Christ came for all people. The Gospel and Race is a free resource offered by the West Ohio Conference for Christians, faith leaders and ministers interested in exploring what the Bible says about God, humanity and race. The Gospel and Race is a four-week study that can be used at any time of the year; West Ohio will be sharing this content in our NewsNet email newslet... continue reading
Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019
Each month, The West Ohio Conference joins together in praying for the ministries, mission projects, and missionaries of The United Methodist Church. In December, we pray for people with HIV/AIDS and the many ways in which United Methodists love and support them. Since AIDS was first discovered in 1981, over 60 million people have become infected with the disease, and 25 million have died. Worldwide, more than 7,000 people contract the HIV virus (which causes A... continue reading
Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019
March 19-21, 2020 at Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, Lewis Center, OH The Crossroads Retreat is a retreat for ministry leaders serving in cross-racial and/or cross-cultural settings. Working across difference is the key to vitality in our current and future churches. In West Ohio, we affirm that diversity takes many forms, including racial, political, theological, and generational. Come and gather alongside colleagues in diverse ministry settings to... continue reading
Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019
Get Your Spirit in Shape has partnered with Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church and their Give Love campaign, to speak with a different missionary each week of Advent 2019. Be inspired by their stories of love of God and neighbor and their faithfulness to the work to which God has called each of them. As you prepare for Christmas, what are you listening for? https://www.umc.org/en/content/listen-for-love-a-podcast-series-for-advent
Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019
You, your small group, and your congregation are invited to join us this Lent in a conference wide series A Perfect Love: a 5-Sunday worship and study series for Lent (March 1) based on John Wesley's A Plain Account of Christian Perfection.   A complimentary copy of the book will be available for each participant, provided you order directly from the West Ohio Conference by January 15th by clicking here. Additional series materials for worship and small groups... continue reading
Monday, Nov 25, 2019
It's nothing new. Membership in many United Methodist churches is aging and declining. It's not that congregations aren't trying to find ways to attract new disciples. But for many people, especially young adults and young families, church doesn't seem relevant or welcoming enough to be worth giving up the scant free time available in today's world. "In West Ohio Conference, there is a genuine desire to see new people transformed by the love of Christ," said Br... continue reading
Monday, Nov 25, 2019
  There are approximately 1 billion migrants worldwide. 60 million are forcibly displaced. 25 million are registered refugees. At least 25 million people are known to be trafficked, and over 10 million have become stateless people, meaning they do not have a nationality ofany country. Migration flows are part of the world as we know it today. Migration is not going away. UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, is working to alleviate the suffe... continue reading
Monday, Nov 25, 2019
Are you looking for a mission team to join in 2020? Several teams are forming now and have room for you.   New Jersey Construction Team - Hurricane Sandy devasted New Jersey in 2012. Families are still recovering. David Tharp is leading a construction team March 22-April 4, 2020. Serve for one week, or both weeks. The choice is yours to make! To learn more, click here, or contact David Tharp at dtharp681 [at] gmail.com. SOWER Henderson Settlement Team... continue reading
Monday, Nov 25, 2019
When the Rev. Jonathan Kollmann answered the call to serve, he knew his ministry would concentrate on revitalizing existing churches and starting new communities of faith. He probably never imagined that some of the worship communities would originate at local breweries.  But, after 20 years of working toward revitalizing different churches, Kollmann found himself struggling to repeat the success at one of his recent appointments. "It was an older congregation,... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
During the month of October, Wesley Williams (age 7) decided to challenge Coburn United Methodist Church to bring in socks for Socktober.  With the tagline "Put a Sock in It," Wesley challenged church members to bring in socks to give to the homeless shelter and free store. He explained to the church that these are "the most needed and least donated item." He set the goal of 1,000 pairs of socks.  With the help of his brother Walter (age 4), he manned a Lemonad... continue reading