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Friday, Jun 23, 2017
Last year at Annual Conference as Jean Sherman listened to Bishop Palmer speak, she felt moved to do something about a situation that had given her pause. As Elizabethtown UMC's lay member, she noticed that a lot of perfectly good food went to waste at the end of conference. So last year and again this year she arranged for leftover food to be collected and delivered to Victory Kitchen in Sandusky. But she didn't stop there. She went back up the following week... continue reading
Friday, Jun 23, 2017
C4AP History The United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus, OH grew out of a message of unconditional love and an atmosphere of radical hospitality. It is intentionally cross-class and multi-racial, living into its vision of building the ‘Front Porch to the Kingdom of God.’ The worship at C4AP reflects the diversity of the community, with multicultural worship music ranging from contemporary, to old hymns, to gospel, and sung in many styles and languag... continue reading
Friday, Jun 23, 2017
Not many know what it’s like to be raised by a United Methodist pastor. To find out, we asked some PKs (pastor’s or preacher’s kids) from across the connection to share their experience as TOs (theological offspring).   Fun perks Pastor’s children often attend church every Sunday. Sixteen-year-old Hanna Hjerpseth, daughter of Norway district superintendent the Rev. Steinar Hjerpseth, shares, “I have to get up early and go to service on Sundays—the days I actual... continue reading
Friday, Jun 23, 2017
Do you remember the jars that sat on counters at sub shops and convenience stores? They often had a photo of a child taped to the front. The kid might have had leukemia, and the family needed money to pay medical expenses.  Maybe you attended a spaghetti dinner fundraiser in a church’s fellowship hall for a neighbor recently diagnosed with cancer. Perhaps you were the one suddenly facing a life-threatening disease with no way to pay for your treatment. I have... continue reading
Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017
The West Ohio Conference met June 4-7, at Lakeside on the shore of Lake Erie. Bishop Gregory V. Palmer presided over the conference under the theme “Be Not Afraid, Facing the Future!” The conference celebrated the return of Bishop Palmer for his second quadrennium as episcopal leader. Bishop Palmer leads 162,842 members 1,568 clergy in the 1,020 churches within the West Ohio Conference. Palmer, who through his Episcopal Address and preaching, reminded the congr... continue reading
Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017
On the final afternoon of the 2017 West Ohio Annual Conference, leaders from across the Conference were recognized for their work in evangelism, outreach, and social justice - the work of Connectional Ministries. These are men and women, youth and young adults, who were faithful to answer God's call to come and labor in God's harvest fields. Some help to sow the seeds; others water them; and still others reap the bounty come harvest-time. The Harry Denman Evang... continue reading
Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017
"Did you know God's allowed to do stuff beyond the walls of our church?" In her second day of teaching, Dr. Elaine Heath, Dean of Duke Divinity School, spoke about joining the work God is already doing in our communities. "We're used to thinking we own God. God is already at work out there - and in us. How can the God in us join the God out there in what God is doing?" To join God in the new things God is doing is risky business, however. Elaine remarked, "When... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017
"God is doing a new thing. But the vast majority of people can't imagine this new thing until they see it." So stated Dr. Elaine Heath, Dean of Duke Divinity School, in her first teaching session at the West Ohio Annual Conference. An elder in The United Methodist Church, Elaine's recent work has been with emergent expressions of church, including establishing new communities with people who have been marginalized.  Leaders in the church - pastors, bishops, dis... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017
A new Safe Sanctuaries policy was presented at this year's Annual Conference session. Safe Sanctuaries is the name commonly given by United Methodist Annual Conferences and local churches to their individual efforts to make conference, district and local church programs welcoming and safe for children, youth and vulnerable adults. During the 2014 West Ohio Annual Conference, members passed a rule requiring each local congregation to establish a Safe Sanctuaries... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017
Each year, the West Ohio Conference Missional Report provides a snapshot of the work of the Conference in Connectional Giving, Developing Clergy Leaders, Equipping Congregation, Seeking Mission & Justice, and Growing Disciples & Lay Leaders. "At times...I am reminded of the magnitude of what is required of us, both locally and globally, in order to be faithful, focused, and fruitful," Bishop Gregory V. Palmer states. "Within the pages of this Missional... continue reading