Residents in the Norwood and St. Bernard areas of Cincinnati are still in need of assistance following the flash floods of August 28. On that day, 4.4 inches of rain fell in two hours, damaging 708 homes. Since no federal emergency was declared, all repairs and recovery will be completed using donations and volunteers. One place that was hit especially hard is the Hillcrest Elderly apartments, a senior living facility for anyone over age 62.
My name is Kaleigh and I have been a Leader Youth in the Young Justice Advocates movement for two years. Young Justice Advocates (YJA) is a justice and advocacy-based grassroots movement for youth, by youth. We learn how to become community organizers and seek concrete changes in our neighborhoods.
Leaders from five West Ohio Churches gathered August 27 to be trained on the Healing Communities framework: Fellowship Church (SV), Wesley Church of Hope (CAS), Grace (MIV), Church of the Messiah (CAN), and Embrace Church at Easton (CAN) now join Powell (CAN), Whitehall (CAN), Asbury North (CAN), Brice (CAS), Church of the Master (CAN), Westwood (ORV), and Summit on 16th UMC (CAS) on the journey to becoming Stations of Hope
Going to camp has always been the highlight of my summer. For as long as I can remember, I have set aside at least one week each summer, strengthening my relationship with God.
August 23, 2016 Dear Ones in Christ Jesus: I greet you in the strong name of Jesus who is the Christ.
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Bishop Palmer Calls for Action after Historic Louisiana Flooding
“Has God ever called you to ministry and you have no idea what that ministry is supposed to be? That is where I was a year ago.”
I stood just outside of the garden and looked toward the city, tears running down my cheeks. Now anyone who knows me isn’t surprised to read that I was crying; they all know that any encounter with strong emotion, either my own or someone else’s, no matter where I am or how silly the situation, will cause my eyes to immediately and uncontrollably well up with tears.
Dear Ones in Christ Jesus: I greet you in the strong name of Jesus who is the Christ.
Beloved in Christ Jesus:
June 28, 2016 "Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”—Lamentations 3:21-23
June 13, 2016 Beloved in Christ Jesus:
Dear Friends in the Risen Christ: I love seeing the people of God flourishing in the good work that God has invited us to do. I love the great ministry that I see, hear about and experience throughout West Ohio. Good, faith-filled, risk-taking ministry is busting out all over the place. Thanks for all the ways you share the stories of what you are doing in local churches and communities in West Ohio and around the world.
Beloved in Christ Jesus:Like many of you I awakened on Tuesday morning to the tragic, fear producing and unwelcome news of yet more terrorists bombings. This time Brussels, Belgium is the epicenter. Just last week it was Yemen, Nigeria and Turkey. The list is too long to enumerate here all of the places in the world that feel held in the death dealing grip of violence even at this very moment. They are legion.
Dear Ones in Christ Jesus:Where have the days gone? Quite soon we will be at Lakeside again for Annual Conference 2016. By then the 2016 General Conference will be history and the Jurisdictional and Central Conferences will be ahead of us.
At the 2015 session of the West Ohio Conference, Phil Moots indicated his intention to retire as Conference Chancellor prior to the next Annual Conference. Conference Chancellor is the legal advisor to the Bishop and the Annual Conference. Phil has given us extraordinary service for two decades. We are grateful and blessed. Phil will continue for a foreseeable future as an Associate Chancellor to shepherd some work already in process.
Greetings Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ:
Let There Be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me.Let There Be Peace on Earth, the peace that was meant to be!With God as our Father, brothers all are we.Let me walk with my brother in perfect harmony.Let peace begin with me. Let this be the moment now.With ev'ry breath I take, let this be my solemn vow;To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally!Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me!*Dear Ones in Christ Jesus:
Dear Ones in Christ Jesus:Almost a year ago the Breakthrough Dashboard underwent a significant re-work and facelift. The hope was to make it more useful to local congregations. The dashboard is a tool to assist local congregations to identify missional goals in several areas and then track their progress toward those goals. I rejoice at the 568 local churches that are actively using the Breakthrough Goals and Dashboard as a tool to keep reflecting on missions and ministry. The dashboard is not a pill or a proverbial “silver bullet” but it is a useful planning tool.
Dear Ones in Christ Jesus:During Annual Conference this year I shared that I had been nudged inwardly and outwardly about the need for us to find our “praying ground” together across the West Ohio Conference. Some of you have been especially thoughtful and helpful in suggesting that in this season leading up to the 2016 General Conference it would be good if we could embrace the time-honored practices of Christians of prayer and fasting. We who are Christians in the Wesleyan way call these means of grace that have nourished the personal and corporate lives of many.
June 27, 2015Dear colleagues and friends in Christ Jesus:
Dear Beloved in Christ:Cynthia and I would like to invite you to join us on a very special journey exploring the life and teachings of the Apostle Paul. This October, we will be visiting the Mediterranean on a tour to experience the very places where Paul witnessed for Christ. Traveling with us will be Bishop John Hopkins and his wife, Elaine, along with other friends from both the East and West Ohio Conferences.
Dear ones in Christ Jesus:
Beloved in Christ Jesus:
December 11, 2014Beloved in Christ Jesus:Greetings again in these Advent days of watching and waiting.
December 1, 2014Advent greetings beloved.
Dear friends in Christ Jesus:I spent November 2-7 in Oklahoma City where the Council of Bishops (COB) met. It was a long haul but I rejoice that at every turn it was bathed in prayer and worship. We engaged in worshipful work.
Friends in Christ,I recently spoke with Brian Milford at Ministry Matters where we discussed the shooting of Michael Brown, the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and justice and race issues as they relate to the body of Christ. Click here to listen to the interview and join the conversation.
Dear friends,Along with you, I have watched and read over the last few weeks the heartbreaking and deeply disturbing stories, both here in our country and across the world, of the horrifying affect today’s world has had on the safety and health of so many children. From the Middle East to the U.S. border, children lives seem to be ready pawns used in political arguments, economic wars and military conflicts.
On Monday, June 9 at the 2014 West Ohio Annual Conference, Bishop Palmer delivered his first Episcopal Address to the membership. In the address, he focused on the hope for change, community and transformation in a phrase from I John chapter 3, which says, “It does not yet appear what we shall be.”
Last June at our annual conference session, we announced our conference’s $3.5 million commitment toward Imagine No Malaria, the United Methodist Church’s worldwide effort to eliminate deaths due to malaria.I am excited and energized by this opportunity we have to save 350,000 lives!
April 16, 2014Dear friends in Christ Jesus:You already know that our Office of Diversity Initiatives is in leadership transition and I promised you an update by mid-April. I am so pleased to announce to you that Mr. Harris Tay will serve as Director of Diversity Initiatives for the West Ohio Conference effective July 1. Harris follows Rev. Jocelyn Roper who will begin serving as Superintendent of the Miami Valley District this July.
As God’s called children, we are offered the most important commandment from Jesus, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength… and love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31). To live out this call and obey the commandment, we must make a sincere inventory of our lives: mind, body and spirit. From the beginning God taught us in Genesis that we are both body and spirit.
One of the great privileges and joys that I have is to work with an extraordinary team of staff. This includes all of the superintendents, the staff in the Conference Center and the deployed staff of the conference. And there are of course those staff employed by the districts. They are wonderful servant leaders.
While we toil in the cold and snow we also anticipate the warmth and brightness of Spring and Summer.
We have in our midst a unique opportunity for our children and youth to hear the call of God in their lives. I am speaking of our annual summer camp program at our three beautiful West Ohio camps – Camp Wesley, Camp Otterbein and Camp Widewater. The excitement and joy of going to camp allows every child to hear and respond to God’s call on their life.
Dear beloved friends in the West Ohio Conference,You are abundantly aware that we are in the appointment season. Although appointment making goes on year-round there is an intensity and focus to this good work that comes with the winter and spring. For several months now I have been thinking and praying about those who I might appoint to serve as conference superintendents who in turn would be deployed to be servant leaders in specific districts. These are among the qualities I value in superintendents:
Beloved in Christ Jesus:
"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined." Isaiah. 9:2 (NRSV)
On the second Sunday of Advent I had the opportunity to worship with one of the congregations of our conference. It was a joy and privilege. One of the pastors appointed to serve the congregation preached from Luke 1:26-56 and as you might expect focused on the unique angle of view that Mary brings to the God who is with us in Jesus Christ.
Dear friends in Christ Jesus:I have throughout this week been at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina for the Council of Bishops (COB) annual meeting. It has been a week of beauty around the lake. Those who have travelled in the region know the beauty of which I speak.
Dear Members of the West Ohio Annual Conference,Truly it is a privilege to be in Christ’s service with you in the West Ohio Conference. As we serve together, I am reminded of Jesus’ last instructions to the Disciples in Acts 1:8 (NIV): But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Beloved in Christ Jesus:I greet you in the strong name of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace. As I write and as you read we are in a season of remembrance and recollection of the horrific and life altering events of September 11, 2001. It is hard to fathom sometimes that this is the twelfth anniversary. As I reflect I call to mind where I was, what I was doing, what changed for me and what I am called to do in the shadow of unspeakable violence. I assume that you go through similar mental, emotional and spiritual processes.
July 17, 2013 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus:
Beloved in Christ Jesus:On Sunday, some 24 tornadoes tore through five states—Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois—and destroyed 300 homes and claimed lives.
Dear friends in Jesus Christ:
March 1, 2013Beloved in Christ Jesus:In the Bible, there is a long history of God’s call and people’s response. “Moses!” God called from the burning bush and Moses answered, “Here I am.” “Samuel,” God called in the night. “Speak, your servant is listening,” young Samuel answered. “Who shall I send?” God asked in worship, and Isaiah spoke up, “Here I am, Lord, send me.” When God’s messenger visited Mary, the mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ replied, “Here I am.”