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Thursday, Oct 15, 2020
Despite the democratic ideals held by many in the United States, our country has a turbulent history when it comes to voting rights. For more than two centuries, Africans who were brought to this country as slaves were - of course - denied any rights of citizenship, including the right to vote. Yet when slavery ended in 1865, their right to vote was still not guaranteed, as many state legislatures enacted Black codes to govern Black behavior and deny them equal... continue reading
Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020
Effectively reaching new people for Christ is the hallmark of West Ohio’s Light of the World award, given to one church from each district that demonstrates a commitment to shine the light of God’s love into their community. This year’s winner from Capitol Area North is Centenary United Methodist Church. Centenary United Methodist Church in Columbus, OH, is an historically African American congregation whose mission is to follow God’s call to create healthy, ju... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020
United Methodist bishops based in the United States issued a statement October 12 on Faith and Democracy, calling on the people of The United Methodist Church to support voter registration and encourage people to vote in the November 3 elections. Council of Bishops President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey made it clear that the statement is not a statement of or from the Council of Bishops but is a conciliar statement by United Methodist Bishops living in the Uni... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020
West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church has received a grant of $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help establish the Fear+Less Congregations Initiative (FCI). The program is funded through Lilly Endowment’s Thriving Congregations Initiative. The aim of the national initiative is to strengthen Christian congregations so they can help people deepen their relationships with God, build strong relationships with each other and contribute to the flo... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,   Welcome to October! I love this month! Crisp air, beautiful changing leaves, pumpkins, good apples and cider, wiener roasts, college football, and fun-filled events at church! Did you know October is Clergy Appreciation Month? Your pastor does not need to be given any undue special treatment just for doing his or her job. But your pastor does deserve appreciation, respect, and affirmation. Being a pastor today is not easy. In fact, in... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020
Voting is the core of American democracy. The months leading up to an election are filled with advertising and social media posts about issues and candidates, which can prove overwhelming. One Saturday, a group of women decided to be a positive light amid the election chaos. “Sister Circle,” a women’s Bible study group at Gaines United Methodist Church in Cincinnati decided to plan a voter registration drive. “We were looking for ways to be in service in the mi... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020
The United Methodist Women of West Ohio invite you to cuddle up in comfy clothes, grab a warm beverage, and share a fun morning with United Methodist Women in the comfort of home. Rev. Amy Aspey will provide an experiential program called YoWo (yoga + worship) that will help us find peace through gentle movement, meditation and breath. Special messages will be shared from: Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, his wife Cynthia Palmer and Harriett Jane Olson. Although the e... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020
Sometimes you need a break, and that’s OK. Resting is not merely being unproductive and inactive--it is restoring our energy for the work that is still ahead of us. In the midst of a highly-anxious time, of a strenuous effort, of a stressful stretch, it is important to find moments of rest. We need moments to mentally and spiritually refresh. Taking a break from the stressful to pay attention to our spiritual well-being helps us move outside of ourselves. The M... continue reading
Wednesday, Oct 7, 2020
A United Methodist congregation in the Cincinnati area has been awarded a $10,000 Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns (RELCC) grant by Discipleship Ministries of the UMC. Forest Chapel UMC is located on the north side of Cincinnati in a multicultural area, home to many African, Bhutanese, and South Korean immigrants. As the largely Euro-American congregation watched the community around them change, the church realized the need to change with it. “Forest Chapel... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 6, 2020
Beloved in Christ Jesus: Thanks for all the ways you continue to extend the love and grace of God made known in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to more and more and more people. I don’t stop giving thanks to God for you when I remember you in my prayers. (Ephesians 1:16) Fall is officially upon us! With the cooler weather we are all facing additional challenges keeping everyone as safe as possible. Flu season has begun. Outside meetings an... continue reading