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Thursday, Mar 21, 2019
Since 1940, when UMCOR's forerunner was established to meet the needs of those suffering overseas at the onset of World War II, we've continued to respond to those in desperate need-today throughout more than 80 countries around the world. The response of UMCOR isn't something "they" do, it's something "we" do. That's because your generous giving to UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is what allows UMCOR to act as the arms and legs of Christ's ch... continue reading
Thursday, Mar 21, 2019
In a 3 to 0 decision, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that the clergy cash housing allowance under section 107(2) of the Internal Revenue Code is constitutional. The Court issued its decision March 15, 2019, in Gaylor v. Mnuchin-the case in which the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been challenging the constitutionality of the clergy cash housing allowance under Code section 107(2). A copy of the decision is here. Wespath and its Church All... continue reading
Thursday, Mar 21, 2019
Please be in prayer for the country of Mozambique in Africa, which was recently hit by a cyclone in the north and central regions. The United Methodist Church there is unable to communicate with two of its districts, Sofala and Manica, and the most devastated city, Beira, is where the Mozambique North office of the UMC is located. Although the death toll is currently under 100, officials estimate that as many as 1,000 are likely dead, and hundreds of thousands... continue reading
Thursday, Mar 21, 2019
This will be our second year to host Camp Connect, being offered to children of families attending the West Ohio Annual Conference this year. It will be held at Camp Widewater in Liberty Center, OH. The camp is open to all kids ages 7-17 who desire a first-time experience or a short two-day camp. The mission is to have fun in God's outdoor creation while also worshiping and learning a biblical message - plus enjoying air-conditioned lodging. The price is $80 pe... continue reading
Monday, Mar 18, 2019
Bishop Gregory V. and Mrs. Cynthia Palmer will be leading two educational trips to Europe, this year and next. First, from October 1-9, 2019, they will lead the Wesley Heritage Tour through England. Stops will include Epworth, Oxford, Bath, and of course, London. For more information, click here. Then in 2020, Bishop and Cynthia will lead the Alpine Odyssey, a nine-day European adventure to see the Oberammergau Passion Play, from July 27-August 4. Since 1634, t... continue reading
Sunday, Mar 10, 2019
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer is appointing the Rev. Calvin Alston Jr. to serve as the Shawnee Valley District superintendent. This appointment is effective July 1, 2019. “Rev. Alston brings to this ministry a tremendous depth of faith in Jesus Christ and the church,” Palmer said. “His life is bathed in prayer. He has an extraordinary ministry tool box born of serving churches of varying sizes, urban and rural and culturally diverse. He has never had a flock he didn... continue reading
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019
It is not unusual to hear a parishioner say, "We are a friendly church. Why don't visitors come back?" Many congregations struggle to understand why they get visitors who seem to enjoy their visit and say they are returning soon, but never visit again. This can be extremely frustrating, especially for a congregation seeking to grow. The question is, "Why don't they come back?" Lewis Center Director F. Douglas Powe says it's important not only to attract visitor... continue reading
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019
Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent, a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. Although Ash Wednesday has ancient roots, it does not appear in the rituals of The United Methodist Church or our predecessor denominations until the 20th century. Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helpin... continue reading
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019
Many of our youth are trying to navigate the next steps of their faith journey in relation to recent decisions made at GC 2019. Some lament, others rejoice. Some feel ostracized and disheartened while others feel supported and encouraged. Regardless, our youth are asking for a space to talk about the ripple effect of the Conference results. Here are some resources to start or continue the conversation:   Ministry with LGBTQ youth after GC 2019 Helping... continue reading
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019
Several local churches and pastors from the Foothills District of The West Ohio Conference have joined together to promote healthy habits in their congregations through the new Walk with a Pastor initiative. In partnering with the Walk with a Doc program, churches in Morgan County and the Zanesville area are becoming healthier simply by taking a walk with their pastors. Pastor Elizabeth Reed from Malta United Methodist Church led the first walk on the first Thu... continue reading