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Tuesday, Nov 22, 2022
What You Need to Know: Same healthcare plan, no plan or insurance carrier changes! If you are not making ANY changes, you do not need to complete a new enrollment form. If you are waiving coverage, joining for the first time, adding or dropping a family member/s from your plan, enrolling or making changes to your Health Savings Account Plan (HSA) you will need to complete the appropriate forms and email them to: Dgyimah [at] wocumc.org or mail to the C... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2022
By now, you would have received a letter from Wespath if you contributed at least 3% of your compensation (before taxes) to the UMPIP 403B plan, explaining the 1% annual automatic escalation feature. Please find Q&As below to assist you with navigating your UMPIP personal contributions and the automatic escalation feature: How the Automatic Contribution Escalation Works: The escalation feature will automatically increase your contribution by 1 percent ea... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 22, 2022
Online giving is an important tool for church stewardship and a recommended practice for creating a culture of generosity in your church. The United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio has negotiated a special rate for West Ohio churches with Vanco, the preferred vendor for all West Ohio Conference churches wishing to offer online giving. If your church has not yet switched to Vanco and has been using the West Ohio Conference online giving portal for offertory g... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
Please join together in welcoming the return of Bishop Gregory V. Palmer and his wife, Cynthia, to West Ohio. Bishop Palmer has been the Resident Bishop of the Ohio West Area since 2012. With his reassignment at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference last week, he will remain resident bishop of the West Ohio Conference for the remainder of this quadrennium, until August 31, 2024. He was elected to the episcopacy by the North Central Jurisdictional Confere... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
After electing 13 new bishops during their Nov. 2-5 meetings, the denomination’s five U.S. jurisdictional conferences announced episcopal assignments effective Jan. 1. Jurisdictional leaders recommended electing 14 new bishops; however, the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference voted to suspend its rules and delay the election of a second bishop until the 2024 jurisdictional conference. The elections bring the number of active U.S. bishops to 39, but the U.S.... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
The Commission on the General Conference announced today that the 2024 United Methodist General Conference will be held April 23 – May 3, 2024, at Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. “The Commission selected Charlotte as the site that best met our varied needs. We believe that delegates and attendees will be pleased with all the city has to offer,” said Kim Simpson, Chair of the Commission on the General Conference. “Charlotte is a part o... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
The five jurisdictional conferences — meeting simultaneously across the U.S. — elected a new class of United Methodist bishops that includes a higher percentage of women and people of color than previous election cycles. The 13 new U.S. bishops, who take office Jan. 1, are taking the helm as The United Methodist Church faces the ongoing fallout of a global pandemic and a slow-motion separation after decades of debate on LGBTQ inclusion. Council of Bishops Pre... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
The United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio held its annual Non-Profit Partners Summit at the West Ohio Conference Center in Worthington last week. The Non-Profit Partners Summit is an educational and informational opportunity for United Methodist-related 501(C)3 organizations. Close to twenty organizations participated in this hybrid event including New Path, Wesley Chapel Mission Center, Family Promise of Delaware and Short North UMC. Susan Black, Executiv... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
For the third year in a row, the West Ohio Conference and its community partners convened the Ohio reentry community at the Building Bridges Community Experience, on October 12-13. Over 400 reentry allies, criminal justice professionals, community service providers, ministry volunteers, and returning neighbors gathered in-person and online to focus on creating more safe, stable housing and meaningful employment for and with our neighbors coming home from an inc... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
Africa University has a major role to play in the development of the continent, said the keynote speaker at the United Methodist institution’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Michael Ugwueke, president and chief executive officer of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee, lauded the university’s accomplishments during the Oct. 22 festivities, while also acknowledging room for growth.  “Let us look forward to all that might be accomplished in the... continue reading