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Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
We know we are missing each other and Summer camp. While we can’t have fun in person, we’re creating a series of videos to share some of our favorite camp activities and faith-filled moments with you. Videos will be released from June 8-July 24 around the theme, "Love God - Love Others".   Mondays- Camp pastors will share a message.   Wednesdays and Fridays - Camp staff will share games, songs, and activities that you can do by yourself or with your fam... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
That we are in a challenging season is the understatement of the year and maybe the decade. The church and the society are for example fighting for health and shalom for all God's children as we face two prominent viruses. The one is the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and the other is virulent racism. The one is new, the other old. This doesn't even name the anxiety about what's ahead for the United Methodist Church. So I say again, this is a challenging season.... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
Peace with Justice Sunday is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. Peace with Justice Sunday enables The United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. This special offering benefits peace with justice ministries in the annual conference and through the General Board of Church and Society. Here in West Ohio, 50% of the Peace with Justice Offe... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
Each month, The West Ohio Conference joins together in praying for the ministries of The United Methodist Church. In June, we pray for all people affected by the realities of racism. Racism is not dead. In fact, racism is an everyday reality. Often this racism goes unnoticed, like the Black child who is never considered for the gifted program at school or the White woman who crosses the street when she sees a Black man walking towards her. Much of the time, rac... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
As this COVID-19 crisis continues, the Ohio Health Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is providing confidential telephonic and videoconferencing counseling options to support West Ohio Conference members, spouses, and dependent family members. WOC members, spouses, and dependents can also call for brief phone support - no appointment necessary to speak with a clinician for emotional support by phone during business hours M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. In a time when man... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
The West Ohio Conference recently provided a $100,000 grant to the Native American Comprehensive Plan (NACP) of The United Methodist Church. The funds will provide support to organizations already active in helping Native communities combat COVID-19. Native tribes in the southwest United States have been hit hard by the coronavirus, particularly the Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo peoples. In fact, Navajo Nation has the highest per capita infection rate of any place in... continue reading
Monday, Jun 1, 2020
The West Ohio Conference recently provided a $100,000 grant to the Native American Comprehensive Plan (NACP) of The United Methodist Church. The funds will provide support to organizations already active in helping Native communities combat COVID-19. Native tribes in the southwest United States have been hit hard by the coronavirus, particularly the Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo peoples. In fact, Navajo Nation has the highest per capita infection rate of any place in... continue reading
Friday, May 29, 2020
Dear friends in Jesus Christ: What a season we have been through and what a week we are in. The angst and pain are palpable. I need you to know I share that pain and I see me in some way shape or form every time I see video clips from Minneapolis and around the country. I have no illusion. It could have been me. That’s the world in which we live. The death of George Floyd is a painful sequel to much that we have seen before. God help us if you please. I grie... continue reading
Thursday, May 28, 2020
On a whim, Judy Robinson purchased a bucket of wire at a farm auction for 25 cents. She had no use for it at the time. Later, however, she would use the wire for a mission to fight COVID-19. A member of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church in Sugar Grove, Ohio, Robinson wanted to respond to the pandemic. "We had a feeding ministry," she said, "but the state restrictions kept us from it." A seamstress and textile business owner, she recruited three other women to... continue reading
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Many of the repair and rebuilding needs of Dayton's tornado survivors were put on hold when the pandemic hit. Now, skilled adult volunteers are needed for day-only work in Dayton (no overnights - teams drive in and out each day).  Volunteers must follow specific protocols including no more than 10 people per work site (larger teams may be split between sites), maintaining 6 feet between volunteers, wearing masks, not sharing and/or disinfecting tools after use,... continue reading