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Tuesday, Apr 19, 2022
Since 1989, United Methodist congregations have observed the third Sunday after Easter as Native American Ministries Sunday. The purpose is to elevate and support the contributions and voices of Native/Indigenous people in our church. With more than 20,000 Native Americans within the denomination, this Special Sunday helps to ensure that Native American United Methodist leaders are recognized and to celebrate their special voice in The United Methodist Church.... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 19, 2022
The Church’s Ministry with Dementia is a hybrid-model teaching series designed to help churches see and engage with those living with dementia and other vulnerable adults. In this four-month online cohort, you will read the book Ministry with the Forgotten: Dementia through a Spiritual Lens. Be sure to take advantage of Cokesbury's discounted pricing and purchase your copy before you start the course. Get it here. Participants will have the opportunity to eng... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 12, 2022
The Shawnee Valley District will be taking a disaster recovery team to Mayfield, KY, in May of 2022, in response to the tornadoes last fall. The experience is open to anyone 18 and older who is willing to work hard – tool skills are helpful but not required. In addition to being a caring, Christian presence, the team will work on clean-up from wind damage, as well as debris removal and light construction. The cost of the trip is $150 per person, plus evening m... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 12, 2022
Community is God’s desire for us. This year at Mission u, as we study Luke 13, we find ourselves in a period of disruption and uncertainty. In the midst of a devastating pandemic, divisive political climate, unaddressed systemic racism, ecological crises and economic turmoil, we turn to the stories of Jesus that have anchored Christian communities for two millennia. Our hope is that we will leave Mission u with a bigger and broader vision of the community Chri... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 12, 2022
On Thursday, May 5, at 7:00pm, Willie Berman, missionary with Manos Juntas in Rio Bravo, Mexico, will be featured on Global Ministries’ Still in Mission series. These virtual events allow churches and supporters to connect with missionaries, no matter where they live or serve. Willie helps to coordinate all of West Ohio’s medical teams to Mexico, and works with Manos Juntas on projects like House of Hope, a children’s home. Each Still in Mission event lasts abo... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 12, 2022
In April of 2020, the West Ohio Conference provided our local churches an online giving platform during the difficult and uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, we have processed $300,000 to 92 local churches. We are pleased to have fulfilled this need and trust the resources have been helpful. We understand online giving is a long term need and we want to help you move toward a permanent solution. To help with this, we are partnering with Vanco... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 5, 2022
In partnership with Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and with financial support from the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio, the West Ohio Conference Office of Ministry is offering a special cohort with the Methodist Theological School in Ohio Doctor of Ministry program beginning in July 2022. This partnership between West Ohio and MTSO is designed to support United Methodist clergy who are seeking next-level leadership opportunities and academic tr... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 5, 2022
The West Ohio Conference is seeking a Regional Missional Specialist to join its team. The position is full-time, exempt, reports to the Assistant to the Bishop, and will work remotely from home most of the time. If interested, please submit your resume with a cover letter to Rev. Linda Middelberg @ lmiddelberg [at] wocumc.org by April 18, 2022. Click here for full job discription
Tuesday, Apr 5, 2022
Communications Specialist, Amy Graham received a first-place writing award from United Methodist Association of Communicators. The awards celebration was livestreamed from McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee to communicators, bishops and others across the denomination. The celebration was a highlight of the United Methodist Association of Communicators’ annual gathering, held via Zoom March 30-31. Work was submitted across 10 classes of c... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 5, 2022
Through faithful financial giving, the mission of the United Methodist Church can expand its reach beyond local communities. The expansive impact of UMC ministries could not happen without the contributions from members of the local churches. Churches, like any other organization must maintain transparent and honest financial practices for their membership and its leaders. Likewise, church leadership must be equipped to respond to any allegations of financial... continue reading