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Friday, Jun 22, 2018
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer encourages all West Ohio United Methodists to participate daily in Praying Our Way Forward  until the conclusion of the Special Session of General Conference which ends February 26, 2019. Below are some suggestions and resources for your use. Engage in a weekly Wesleyan 24-hour fast from Thursday after dinner to Friday mid-afternoon.  Those who have health situations causing food fasts to be unadvisable might consider fasting from socia... (read more)
Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018
“The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.” -Leviticus 19:34 (NIV) “…I was a stranger and you did not invite me in…Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” -Matthew 25:43,45 (NIV) Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Nursing children taken away from their mothers? People warehoused in “cages?” This... (read more)
Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018
Beloved in Christ Jesus: It is with the greatest of ease that I say 'Thank You' for a wonderful Annual Conference. The days we spent by the lake were rich and meaningful. It feels like we got a lot done for the mission. Your thoughtfulness and kindness to me and Cynthia was and is heartwarming. Thank you for your generosity and love. As we move forward into the next conference year, I want to invite your attention to a few things: When I think back on the most... (read more)
Monday, Jun 11, 2018
The day was hot, and we were sweltering even in the shade at the elementary school. But the mother and her little ones waited patiently in the cement courtyard for their turn to see our medical mission team that she hoped would help her family. Though not a mom myself, I could recognize the distress of the infant screaming in her arms as she tried to comfort it. Too hot for a baby, even I knew, but what could be done? Our devotional that morning had challenged... (read more)
Friday, Jun 8, 2018
Bold testimonies, powerful worship and candid conversations were the focus of the 2018 West Ohio Annual Conference, June 3-6 at Lakeside Chautauqua on the shore of Lake Erie. Bishop Gregory V. Palmer presided over the conference under the theme, “Be Not Afraid, There Is Enough!” Palmer acknowledged the angst and anxiety of church members as the denomination moves toward the February 2019 special session of the General Conference, where delegates will decide on... (read more)
Tuesday, Jun 5, 2018
The Missional Church Consultation Initiative (MCCI) and West Ohio New Church Starts has issued a report regarding the top 25 West Ohio congregations in baptisms, worship increase, and professions of faith in the year 2017. The report also found that 544 West Ohio churches had at least one baptism in 2017; 287 churches had an increase in worship of at least one person; and 457 churches had at least one profession of faith. Let's celebrate with these congregation... (read more)
Monday, Jun 4, 2018
While much of Annual Conference is spent on business matters, this is also a time to learn about the stories of United Methodists who are passionate about the Church and its mission. This year, the Conference brought those stories to life through 'Fear Less' segments, which allowed individuals to speak their hearts on the issues of addiction, race, gun violence, and disaster response, and to challenge the Church to do better. Speaking first on addiction was Tam... (read more)
Monday, Jun 4, 2018
Thanks to the generosity of our churches and congregants, the Connectional Ministries of The West Ohio Conference can proclaim, along with all of you, “Be Not Afraid…There Is Enough!” Enough passion to proclaim the love of Jesus to the people around us. Enough vision to reach out into the communities around us with God’s grace. Enough energy to help children regain a love of learning. Enough compassion to help those who cannot always help themselves. And enough... (read more)
Monday, Jun 4, 2018
Want to know what's happening at Annual Conference this year? Here's how! Live Streaming: go to the front page of the website, scroll down to the video player, and hit play. Videos: go to the West Ohio Conference's YouTube channel and view the 2018 Annual Conference playlist. Photos: go to the West Ohio Conference's Flickr account. Facebook: see photos, videos, and live streaming all in one place on the Conference's Facebook page.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
When: June 24, 12pm - June 29, 5pm Where: Camp Widewater4050 Old US  24Liberty Center, Ohio 43532 Who: Ages 9 - 23  This camp overcomes the barriers of traditional camping programs and allows an opportunity for individuals ages 9 - 23, have physical disabilities (campers) to fully participate in a summer camp program. This camp is put on by the United Methodist Church, but individuals of any (or no) religious affliliation are welcome to attend. What: The best w... (read more)