Looking Forward

Beloved in Christ Jesus:

It will not be long before we gather ourselves online for the 2021 West Ohio Annual Conference. June 6-7 will be the time when we can all, lay and clergy), connect. On May 19, the Clergy Session will convene. On the same day the Service of Commissioning and Ordination will take place

I am pleased that across the last two Sundays the Memorial Service and a Service of Retirement were held and recorded; both will be shared on June 6 and 7. This year’s retirees and the family members of deceased clergy and clergy spouses of the conference had the opportunity to be onsite for these services. For this I am grateful. Be assured that these services were orchestrated with diligent attention to appropriate health enhancing and safety protocols. This will hold true on May 19 as well.

I have reviewed the recommendations that will be in front of the Annual Conference this year. I will continue to review them as I prepare. The material will be posted online by May 1. Shortly thereafter, printed versions will be mailed to those who requested them by the deadline. I have every expectation that we will have lively and substantive conversations. When you have the materials that will occupy a good bit of our conferencing together, I encourage you to prepare diligently so that our conversations and choices can help us on to grace and keep us on point missionally. Attending one of the information sessions will also enhance your familiarity with the material. Prayer must always permeate everything we do and is absolutely essential for effective Christian conferencing. To that end, join me in this prayer:

Gracious and eternal God, we are grateful to be a part of the church. As we prepare for a season of conferencing, open our hearts and minds to see the mission that you have called us to. As we co-mission with you in the power of your Holy Spirit give to us a clarion focus on mission and purpose. Help us to see our opportunity to make disciples of Jesus Christ who join us in your love in the transformation of the world. So bless our work not for vain glory but that you might be glorified by a humanity and a world made new with love, salvation, justice and peace. We pray this now in the name of Jesus the Christ. AMEN.

Yours In Christ,

† Bishop Gregory V. Palmer