In March 2010, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. More than 30 million people were able to get health insurance for the first time, and the uninsured rates dropped to historic lows. Since then, the House of Representatives has voted to repeal the law over 60 times.
With a new administration and Republican control in both the House and Senate, Congress has introduced a new bill, the American Health Care... (read more)
The West Ohio United Methodist Rural Advocates (UMRA) are accepting nominations for the 2017 William Murray Town and Rural Vital Church Awards, to be presented at Annual Conference. These awards, presented to one church in each district, along with a Conference award winner, bring focus to the ministry of churches with worship attendance under 100. Each district winner will receive $500, with the overall winner receiving $1000 and a plaque presented by Bishop P... (read more)
The Ohio chapter of the the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) will hold its Spring Conference on Tuesday, April 18, at Oak Chapel United Methodist Church in Wooster, starting with breakfast and registration at 8:00 am. Guest speakers will be Stan Ling, Associate Director of the Council on Development, and Kay Panovec, Director of Communications, both from the West Ohio Conference. The registration fee of $25 for members or... (read more)
The West Ohio United Methodist Retired Ministers' Association will be having their Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, April 4, beginning at 10:00 am, at North Broadway United Methodist Church, 48 E North Broadway, Columbus, OH. All retired United Methodist pastors and spouses are invited to attend. Please send your reservations and checks to The Rev. Darrel Loar, 6000 Riverside Dr, Apt A409, Dublin, OH 43017. The cost is $10 per person. You can also email your reserva... (read more)
Appalachia has long been known for being 'coal country.' Born and raised in the foothills of Appalachia, the Rev. Ryan Grace, videographer and pastor at Maize Manor United Methodist Church, decided to journey into the heart of coal country to look at the history of coal, how coal mining has changed, and what small-town Appalachia is doing to prepare for a future without Big Coal. Ryan and his wife, Mariellyn Grace, a Church and Community Worker,... (read more)
COAL GROVE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A large white box now sits outside of Memorial United Methodist Church in Coal Grove, Ohio. Inside the box are items that community members can take if they need them. The box thrives off of donations.
The "Blessing Box" is home to non-perishable items like canned food, toiletries and even clothes.
"Jesus talks about how we welcome those around us that are in need," said Pastor Brad Jenkins. "It is there for anybody who needs it."... (read more)
Seven churches in the Baltimore and Thurston, OH, area come together every March to hold a fundraiser called "Empty Bowls" to raise money for local food pantries and community programs. Each church brings a different variety of soup, as well as items to auction. This year, the Empty Bowls event raised $6,000 for the Baltimore/Thurston Food Pantry, Good Neighbors Senior & Summer Lunch Program, Thurston UMC Lunch Program and the Liberty Township Community Che... (read more)
On March 4, representatives from New Hope UMC, St. Mark's (Lima), Rockport UMC, Gilboa UMC, Leipsic UMC, Perry UMC, Westminster UMC, Douglasville UMC, and Westminster UMC went 'All In' at a Life Builders information session. Hosted by Gilboa UMC, the group learned about the impact Life Builders, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s Faith-Based Mentoring Program, is having across the state. Presented by ODRC's Faith-Based Initiatives Coordinato... (read more)
After noticing the high rate of female repeat offenders, Montgomery County, OH, has created a drug court that specifically addresses the issues of women addicts. The concept of the women-only drug court is to move away from treating all offenders in the same manner, while still providing resources such as prenatal care, education, housing, and nutrition. Those assigned to the Women’s Therapeutic Court appear before the judge weekly, where expectations are given... (read more)
After years of dreaming and months of planning, Church of St. Andrew United Methodist in Toledo, OH, launched a new family worship service, Wiggles and Giggles Family Worship, that is held the fourth Friday of each month. Rev. Laura Bensman shares, “Our goal was to create a high energy, fun, engaging worship service for the whole family. Church of St. Andrew has been intentional about designing a worship service for the whole family, not simply a service for on... (read more)