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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The requested information from Recommendation #5 for all West Ohio MCCI churches is listed below and can be found at the corresponding links: Conference apportionments paid (click here).  This spreadsheet also reflects the years in which these churches experienced a senior pastor appointment change and whether the church proceeded to an MCCI weekend and approved a prescription report. District apportionments paid (click here) Average yearly attendance figures f... (read more)
Friday, May 12, 2017
West Ohio's camping ministries can only thrive when we are able to partner with United Methodist churches to maintain camp facilities. Despite our limited staff resources, with the help of these churches, our camp and retreat facilities are able to remain attractive and continue to support our programs year-round. At the same time, families are able to serve together in ministry and invest in a special place that will not only be a blessing to their own childre... (read more)
Monday, May 8, 2017
Birthdays are fun! The day belongs to you. Young or old, we all like the idea of a birthday party with presents and cake and decorations. If you are a child, you especially look forward to receiving lots of gifts from family and friends. What if I told you there is a young girl who asked her parents for a birthday party when she was about to turn ten years old and the only thing she wanted in the form of presents was diapers and baby wipes?! Kayla Smith and her... (read more)
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Key to early Methodist success on the American frontier was a dedicated contingent of Circuit Riders. Their itinerant ministry provided preaching, the sacraments, and church structure to communities that would not otherwise have been able to attract or afford a minister. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, their zeal for God resulted in a movement later described as the First Great Awakening. A Circuit Rider's horse was a key component of the itinerant ministry. Beca... (read more)
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Breakfast, worship and a message of a Chain Breaking God, was the prelude to the Lewistown-Trinity UMC’s Blessing of the Bikes.  Over 40 motorcycles and 6 bicycles, one antique, were blessed.  Following the blessing, 30 bikes participated in our first annual Grace (Poker) Run that progressed to Quincy UMC, West Liberty UMC, and Belle Center UMC, ending at Lewistown-Trinity UMC with a smoked pork lunch.  Riders were amazed at the hospitality at each stop and t... (read more)
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The Connection Blueprint is an innovative experiential learning process designed to help congregations maximize the impact of Jesus’ redemptive and healing love in neighborhoods and congregations. It builds on the foundational value that developing relationships of mutuality with our neighbors will change communities and congregations. This 12-18 month journey will gather congregational teams of lay and clergy leaders from across the conference into a dynamic l... (read more)
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017
Beloved, You have heard me say this before. Today is no different. We are all children of God. Period. Hard stop. On this day, some of our church family are rejoicing, while others are mourning. Emotions are running high regarding the recent decisions of the Judicial Council. It remains a difficult time for our church family. As your bishop, I will work very carefully with other leaders in the church to interpret faithfully, and I pray missionally, how we will... (read more)
Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017
There have been many nicknames for the band of believers who followed the lead of John and Charles Wesley in their early ministry in England: Enthusiasts, Sacramentarians, Bible Moths, Methodists. Their methods, values, and tradition laid the groundwork for what would become The United Methodist Church, 240 years after John and Charles Wesley began their Holy Club at college. On April 23, 1968, Bishop Reuben H. Mueller, of The Evangelical United Brethren Church... (read more)
Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017
This week West Ohio Camps would like to introduce you to our "Acorn Camp" at Camp Widewater. Campers who are physically challenged will enjoy a full schedule of games, crafts, swimming, campfire gatherings, worship experiences, music programs and a talent show. A questionnaire will be sent to applicants and must be returned prior to acceptance. This camp is offered as a joint event with Michigan Area UMC Camps. To register or for more information, call 800-334-... (read more)
Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017
The Summer Institute is a United Methodist Collegiate Ministry Conference that seeks to carry out UMCMA's mission of Support, Advocate, Connect, and Equip. The Summer Institute will be hosted at St. Paul's School of Theology in Oklahoma City, OK, from July 17-21. The focus this year is "Bless the Space Between: Missional Conversations." If you'd like to learn more about this great opportunity, contact Rev. David MacDonald at Ohio Northern University at d-macdon... (read more)