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Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
Dear Friends In Jesus Christ: The Council of Bishops would like to announce an opportunity for young people throughout The United Methodist Connection. Stewards Program for the World Council of Churches Central Committee meeting in Geneva, Switzerland this coming March. The program brings together 20 young people from different church traditions, backgrounds and regions all over the world. For the time period of March 12 - 25, 2020, they will serve at the ce... (read more)
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
During the month of October, Wesley Williams (age 7) decided to challenge Coburn United Methodist Church to bring in socks for Socktober.  With the tagline "Put a Sock in It," Wesley challenged church members to bring in socks to give to the homeless shelter and free store. He explained to the church that these are "the most needed and least donated item." He set the goal of 1,000 pairs of socks.  With the help of his brother Walter (age 4), he manned a Lemonad... (read more)
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
Want to learn how you can assist neighbors and communities impacted by floods and tornadoes? Come to the January 11, 2020 Early Response Team (ERT) class where you will learn how to assist survivors of natural disasters in their time of need. As a member of an ERT, you will provide a Christian presence while taking steps to prevent further damage to the family's personal property by tarping, debris removal and cleaning flooded homes. Federal Emergency Managemen... (read more)
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
World AIDS Day is December 1, and this year's theme is "Communities Make the Difference." The day provides an opportunity to recognize the essential role that communities - including faith communities - have played and continue to play in the AIDS response at the international, national and local levels.  To help your congregation commemorate World AIDS Day, the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee has shared a variety of resources, including a bulletin inser... (read more)
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
Sony Pictures invited Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church to produce the faith-based study guide to accompany the movie, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." The film stars Tom Hanks and Matthew Rhys. Discipleship Ministries produced the official faith-based discussion guide in collaboration with Sony Entertainment. It was written by staff from the Strategic Programming unit and the Office of Communications of Discipleship Ministries. The g... (read more)
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
Connection Blueprint teaches churches to forge partnerships – and share God’s love – with their neighbors. Look at your church’s neighborhood. Do you know your neighbors by name? Do they know yours? As director of faith formation and community engagement for the West Ohio Annual Conference, the Rev. Sam Rodriguez considers these important questions. He wants congregations to answer with honesty and conviction and, then, to be intentional about initiating conver... (read more)
Monday, Nov 11, 2019
On Sunday, November 17, at 4:00 pm, The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church will present, "Crossing the Color Line: 400 Years of Race in America," an afternoon of worship, learning, and discussion about the history of racism in the U.S. The event will include a screening of the documentary, "Underground," which takes viewers on a journey through Black history in America, including the eras of slavery, segregation, and separation. Directed by Wes... (read more)
Monday, Nov 11, 2019
The West Ohio General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation will meet later this month. Part of their time together will include moving through a discernment process to name elders in West Ohio who could be a good fit for exploring Episcopal candidacy. The role, work and call of a Bishop is found in P. 403 and following in the 2016 Book of Discipline.The 2018 Conference Journal (which includes a listing of all clergy) can be found here. Members of the 2020 d... (read more)
Monday, Nov 11, 2019
'Tis the season for Amazon boxes to arrive on your doorstep. Now you can shop til' you drop on Amazon while providing life-changing camp experiences at the same time. West Ohio Camps is registered as an eligible charity on the AmazonSmile website. This website operated by Amazon lets customers enjoy the same selection of products on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0... (read more)
Monday, Nov 11, 2019
The West Ohio Conference Council on Development office has received several calls recently asking about stock donation. If you are considering a charitable contribution, let us help. Gifting appreciated stock is one of the most effective means of tax savings available. The Benefits of Gifting Appreciated Stock The satisfaction of knowing your money is invested in a cause important to you. Capital gains taxes on the stock are avoided. You will be... (read more)