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Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018
Dear friends in Jesus Christ: On Wednesday, October 17, the last of 10 I Believe in the Church events will be held at Trinity UMC in Chillicothe. These have been wonderful opportunities to affirm our shared faith rooted in baptism. We have been generously hosted by 10 wonderful local churches and have been wowed by three dozen powerful testimonies by lay and clergy. Local church staff and volunteers and Conference staff worked tirelessly to make everything com... (read more)
Monday, Oct 15, 2018
Join thousands for 4 days of discipleship, worship, Bible study, service opportunities, and life-changing fun! Expect inspiration, support, and challenges to grow authentically as a world-changing disciple of Jesus Christ. YOUTH 2019 will provide youth and their leaders with chances to connect with each other, denominational leaders, and connectional agencies to help them discover the wide variety of ministries of the United Methodist Church.  YOUTH 2019 event... (read more)
Monday, Oct 15, 2018
The West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church has created a new position, Director of Faith Formation and Community Engagement. This ministry of engagement is rooted in the love of Jesus Christ that calls us to invite people into communities of faith who transform the community and world. A qualified candidate should bring leadership, vision, integrity, and a team-oriented philosophy to empower and support congregations and leaders to develop asset-ba... (read more)
Monday, Oct 15, 2018
This past week, an Early Response Team from North Broadway UMC went on a disaster relief and recovery mission in Wilmington, NC. The team of 7 worked on the home of a young family that had been displaced for 2 weeks after Hurricane Florence swept through that region. Alongside community neighbors, the team gutted the entire interior of the home and removed all the siding that had been saturated with flood waters.    This West Ohio Team was was one of the first... (read more)
Monday, Oct 15, 2018
ERT members are some of the first on site after a disaster, however teams must always wait for an invitation before deployment. Both North Carolina and South Carolina have extended invitations for Early Response Teams to help with disaster clean up, relief and recovery.  If you would like to lead an ERT team or be paired up with an existing team, please contact Kris Shoaf at kshoaf [at] wocumc.org, or you can visit the  West Ohio Disaster Response Efforts  pag... (read more)
Monday, Oct 15, 2018
Is your church using Facebook Live for worship? Do you have permission to "broadcast" music performed by your choir or praise band? Do real estate matters make your head spin? How can we protect the people of our churches from harassment?   These are just a few of the topics to be covered at The West Ohio Conference's 22nd Annual Legal Forum will be held on Friday, October 26, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at Ohio Northern University Law School in Ada, Ohio. Topics w... (read more)
Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018
All West Ohio clergy are invited to the 2018 Clergy Day Apart on Tuesday, December 4, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at Bethel International UMC in Columbus. The Clergy Day Apart is for all active clergy serving in ministry in The West Ohio Conference. This year's speaker will be Rev. Magrey deVega, Senior Pastor at Hyde Park UMC in Florida. In addition to being a pastor, Rev. deVega is the author of 10 books, his latest being Hope in Hard Times: Lessons on Faith from... (read more)
Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018
The 7th Annual Holy Spirit Seminar at United Theological Seminary will be held Friday, December 7, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The 2018 Holy Spirit Seminar will reveal how the New Testament Church can embrace the identity of "prophetic community" to live more fully into the promise of the New Covenant. Guest speaker will be Dr. Kim Maas, international speaker and the founder of Kim Maas Ministries, Inc. Early bird registration by November 3 is $59 ($69 regular). F... (read more)
Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018
Mark your calendars for West Ohio Camps' 2019 Confirmation Retreats. This is a great opportunity to supplement the confirmation experience for 6th-9th grade UMC youth who are part of a confirmation class at their church. Confirmation Retreats are a fun opportunity for them to connect with other young believers in a camp and retreat setting. This year's theme will be "My Story." There are two retreat options to choose from: Camp Otterbein on February 15-17 or Ca... (read more)
Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018
For 37 years, Good Works, Inc. has formed a Community of Hope with and for people in poverty in Southeast Ohio. This fall, Good Works is hosting the 6th annual one-day seminar called "Going Deeper," which will be held Saturday, October 27, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm in Athens, OH.  Learn more about the practices that cultivate and nourish relationships and sustain Christian community. A donation of $30 per person is requested, and lunch will be provided for those... (read more)