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Friday, Feb 17, 2017
The 50th General Meeting of Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) will be held in Cincinnati, OH, March 8-11, 2017 at the historic Cincinnati Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel. A Spirit Awards Banquet will be held on Friday evening, March 10, with approximately 200 guests from West Ohio Conference churches attending along with 300 registered meeting attendees. This special meeting of BMCR commemorates a meeting held in Cincinnati on February 6, 1968, where our... (read more)
Monday, Feb 13, 2017
Church of the Master United Methodist sits on a corner surrounded by the Otterbein University campus in Westerville, OH. The University was founded in 1847, and the church came into existence in 1851. The connection of Church of the Master and Otterbein University has played out in many ways over the past 166 years. With a strategic location to the campus and a mission to make new disciples, Church of the Master’s Crossroads Campus Ministry leadership wanted to... (read more)
Monday, Feb 6, 2017
January 28, 2017 was Ohio Northern University’s second annual “Food Fight,” as students, faculty, and staff participated in the 30-Hour Famine and Pack Away Hunger events on campus and in the community. The 30-Hour Famine has been a tradition at ONU for the last several years, and this year’s event, as in years past, was entirely planned and put on by students involved with Religious Life. Under the direction of Kara Horvath, a fourth year Pharmacy student, thi... (read more)
Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer and The West Ohio Annual Conference appointive cabinet seek to match clergy and congregations as we strive toward our missional purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!  As part of our appointive process, the West Ohio cabinet is piloting a concept employed in other annual conferences (Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Rocky Mountain, & Michigan) called “clear open churches." Presently there are c... (read more)
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017
Dear friends in Christ Jesus: In the Gospel of John 17:20-21 we find these words: I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. This is a small part of what has sometimes been referred to as the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus. This particular petition on the... (read more)
Friday, Jan 13, 2017
Forty members of the 115th Congress – just beginning its work in Washington – are United Methodists. That’s a decline by three from the 114th Congress. In the Senate, United Methodists remain at 10. The number of United Methodists in the House has decreased from 33 to 30. But the number of United Methodists in the Senate could fall by one soon. Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions from Alabama, a member of Ashland Place United Methodist Church in Mobile, is President-... (read more)
Friday, Jan 13, 2017
  The Kickstarter-launched rock album. The Indiegogo-funded science lab. The GoFundMe-aided charity. In this increasingly connected online world, is crowdfunding that one weird trick churches need to bolster giving? Crowdfunding is the commonly used term for raising small amounts of money from a large number of people for a project or venture — typically via certain websites and related social media. The General Council on Finance and Administration, The Unite... (read more)
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017
Greetings, Beloved in Christ Jesus: I write today still basking in the texts, preaching and worship of the Baptism of the Lord.  All that I experienced was rich in the reminders of belovedness – yours and mine and our call. We need to frequently visit who and whose we are and what we have been asked to do. Last week as we prepared for the Baptism of the Lord we had any number of incidents where it was pretty clear that people were not living out of their belov... (read more)
Saturday, Jan 7, 2017
Shortly after 1 p.m. Friday a man opened fire on passengers waiting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport baggage claim area, killing five people and wounding eight. Schlicher said he witnessed a man carrying a handgun and aiming it at people. “Get down! Get down!” He heard people screaming. Schlicher hit the ground. Separated from his family, the pastor of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Beaverton, laid on the floor and started... (read more)
Thursday, Jan 5, 2017
List of Clear Open Churches for the 2017 Appointment Year CAPITOL AREA NORTH DISTRICT: DS Linda Middelberg, lmiddelberg [at] No Clear Open Churches CAPITOL AREA SOUTH DISTRICT: DS Tim Bias, tbias [at] Summit Station UMC: Pataskala, Ohio  (Full Elder Open)  (Average Worship Attendance -200). Summit Station UMC is in the eastern suburbs of Columbus in a stable to growing community. The congregation has been involved in the Missional Church... (read more)