Wednesday, Dec 7, 2016
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. A local non-profit... (read more)
Thursday, Sep 15, 2016
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. I was asked to share with you the process of working in and with your community- both the successes and the setbacks. I pray you are encouraged by my story. YJA has... (read more)
Thursday, Sep 15, 2016
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 for West Ohio. Led by Doug Walker, GB... (read more)
Thursday, Aug 18, 2016
Day Set Apart for Extension Ministers to BeEncouraged! Join Bishop Palmer and clergy colleagues for a day to BeEncouraged! As discussed at Lakeside during the gathering of Extension ministers, we want to do more to connect with those who work beyond the settings of the local church. Wednesday, September 14th, will be a day of refreshment and fellowship for you!  We will gather at the West Ohio Conference office from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for worship, conversati... (read more)
Thursday, Aug 18, 2016
Bishop Palmer Calls for Action after Historic Louisiana Flooding The Apostle Paul states in Romans, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."  Today, we have an opportunity to make this benediction a lived reality in the lives of people and communities impacted by unprecedented flooding across the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana. On Friday, August 12, torrential rain pounded... (read more)
Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016
“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.”  Cynthia Defibaugh knew God was calling her to “step up” but just how and where was a great mystery. Cynthia discerned through prayer that God was nudging her to enroll in the West Ohio Conference Certified Lay Ministry Academy (CLMA).  She applied to enter the 2015-16 CLMA, and by her second class, with the guidance of the spiritual... (read more)
Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016
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. I rejoice also in the many important min... (read more)
Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016
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."The violence .... which we all too easily accept as... (read more)
Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016
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.We will gather around the theme Becoming the Beloved Community – Given. I am pleased that as we come full circle on our four-year theme, we will be nourished with worship and study. The Rev. Dr. L. Gregory Jones, Senior Strat... (read more)
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016
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.I am pleased to introduce t... (read more)