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Tuesday, Dec 20, 2022
“She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." Greetings in the name and sprit of Jesus the Christ. I am increasingly convinced that we well-meaning Christians have a bias toward emphasizing, dare I say over emphasizing, the proverbial “warm fuzzy” side of Christmas. Let me assure you that there is a place for “comfort and joy.” But in my opinion the message that a larger world gets about Christmas is one... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2022
Rev. Deanna Stickley-Miner has accepted a new position as the Executive Director for Mission Engagement with the General Board of Global Ministries, the international mission, humanitarian relief and development organization of The United Methodist Church. She will develop a strategy to broaden Global Ministries’ missional engagement within the UMC and with Pan Methodist, ecumenical and other global partners. This role will include oversight of the Advance, the... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2022
In Dayton, Ohio, a United Methodist Church food pantry serves the community twice a week and once a month on Saturday. Managed by volunteers, the pantry serves an average of 50 families per month. At the Fairview Dayton United Methodist Church food pantry, there was a desire to increase the operating hours to expand its reach into the surrounding community. The vision for the pantry required more funding for updates to the pantry to make it a reality. Northw... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2022
Each region looks forward to hosting training events that support local church leaders in ministry. Four themes will guide the training days in each region. Please review the information below, paying special attention to the location for your district. This year, you have the option to attend in person or register for on-demand access. All in-person registrants will also receive on-demand access when the recordings are available. A small sampling of workshop... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2022
West Ohio clergy are invited to participate in a Clergy Tax Seminar via Zoom on January 28, 2023. Sponsored by the Brethren Academy, the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry, and Bethany Theological Seminary, this five-hour seminar will cover clergy tax law, tax preparation and clergy compensation. This seminar will be presented by the Rev. Deb Oskin, an ordained pastor and a tax professional with 12 years of experience with H&R Block. Rev. Oskin is... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2022
Give the Gift of Family! For many people, the most important holiday traditions revolve around spending time with family. We make and send out picture-perfect holiday cards, decorate our homes together, spend hours searching for just the right gifts, and treasure those early Christmas morning moments. Yet for the children who live at the House of Hope in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico, and the youth at the Kamina Children's Home in the DR Congo, there would be no joyfu... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2022
Mark your calendar for West Ohio Clergy Day Apart scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2023 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Join your sisters and brothers in ministry as we prepare to enter a Holy Lent. More details will be available after the first of the year.
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2022
The Foundation for Evangelism is pleased to announce it will open the 2023 Equipping the Local Church grant cycle on January 15. A total of $350,000 is available for grants of $5,000 or $10,000 to small and medium* church congregations, or clusters of churches working together, in a Wesleyan-tradition denomination. During the 2022 Equipping the Local Church Grant Cycle, 31 grants were awarded totaling $230,000. The projects included a wide range of evangelisti... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2022
West Ohio churches and organizations that hold endowments with the UMFWO recently received the news that by the end of the first quarter of 2023, UMWFO will have a new asset manager: Wespath Institutional Investments. The decision to change providers was made after an extensive search and review process. The asset manager is a key partner for the Foundation, providing the investment services the Foundation needs in order to offer the best financial solutions f... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 20, 2022
United Methodists will come together on January 15 to participate in a special offering that helps bridge the gap between church and community. It’s a chance to recognize that all are God’s children and that all have a right to live into their full potential. The Human Relations Day Special Sunday offering is used to change lives through social justice ministries and outreach through Community Developers, Volunteer Service and Youth Offender Rehabilitation Pro... continue reading