Last week in Ada, Ohio the chants of "Good Job, Good Job, G-O-O-D-J-O-B, Good Job, Good Job!" could be heard resonating across the campus of Ohio Northern University (ONU) as United Methodists and guests of all ages encouraged each other in new global missional learning experiences.
2014 Mission u, a cooperative global mission experience from West Ohio United Methodist Women and the West Ohio Conference, attracted over 500 diverse people in learning how to join personal and social holiness in today's world context. Leading Mission u are Dean, Rev David Meredith, pastor at Clifton United Methodist Church and Assistant Dean, Jane Benner of South Park United Methodist Church.
Adults, youth and children participated in one of several custom tracks (including an Hispanic Track) during a choice of a Four-Day, Weekend or One-Day immersion event. Studies included Spiritual Growth, Global and Geographic Understanding, Social Justice Understanding, and Children and Youth Study on People with Disabilities. Read more about what was offered in the Mission u brochure.
Participants enjoyed the expertise and preaching from a variety of teachers, leaders and preachers during daily worship, activities, study groups, ministry fairs and fellowship. West Ohio United Methodist Women coordinated a large pool of dedicated volunteers to help with hospitality, transportation, displays and registration. See the Guidebook for program and speaker details
During the week $7120 in offerings were taken at worship services, at ministry fair tables and during events for Missions, Horizon Prison Ministry, West Ohio Freedom Schools, North Katanga Deaf Ministries and Camp Aldersgate in Arkansas.
At Sunday afternoon's closing worship, West Ohio Bishop Gregory V. Palmer preached and led communion in the ballroom of ONU's McIntosh Center, praising the event and the work of the United Methodist Women as "one of the best kept secrets in United Methodism."
The Bishop's sermon focused on Paul's letter to the Philippians and the "peace that keeps watch at the door of our hearts", aligning with one of the studies "How is it with your soul?" featured during the week. He noted that the devil's specialities are hurry, worry and crowds. Our protection against these demons are found by allowing the peace of Christ's protection guard the door of our hearts and soul through rejoicing in the Lord, being gentle with one another and not worrying.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)
Bishop Palmer shared a resource with the worshippers to add to their continued study of global community connection, "Living into Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us" by Christine D. Pohl.
To learn more about Mission u or the work of the United Methodist Women, contact your local chapter of United Methodist Women, visit the West Ohio United Methodist Women website, the global United Methodist Women website.
Photos of Mission u are found in the Mission u photo album on our West Ohio Facebook page (you do not need to have a Facebook account to view photos)
Read UMW communications person Beth Vanoli's daily updates on the Mission u Facebook page.