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Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018
World Communion Sunday is October 7, 2018. This is one of six Special Sundays in The United Methodist Church and commemorates the world-wide and connectional nature of the UMC. The United Methodist Church has created a wide selection of resources to celebrate this Sunday in your congregation, including Facebook images and videos, worship videos, e-books, infographics, bulletin inserts, and more. Click here to download resources for free.
Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018
The United Methodist organization, Strengthening the Black Church for the Twenty-First Century, will hold its fourth National Prison Summit on Mass Incarceration October 25-27 at Cathedral of Praise Church in Nashville, TN. The event aims to help local church leaders, pastors, laity, educators, community leadership and elected officials learn a holistic ministry to serve the incarcerated, formerly incarcerated and people affected by incarceration. The theme thi... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 12, 2018
As Hurricane Florence continues its path toward the east coast, the people of The West Ohio Conference are asked to pray for those who will be impacted by the storm. At present, the Category 4 hurricane is expected to strike land late Thursday or early Friday, with strong winds and rain coming as early as Wednesday evening. Hurricane and storm surge watches have already been issued, and major inland and river flooding is also expected. More than one million peo... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 11, 2018
Tyrone and Ceth met each other at the Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility. Jessica Jefferson, now the Female Administrator for the Department of Youth Services (DYS), was their social worker at the time. "I had hopes and dreams for these boys," Jessica said. "Yet I knew I wouldn't be their turning point. They had to come to it on their own. When I heard about what they are doing now, I almost fell over. I am so proud." On August 27, 2018, Jessica was the... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 5, 2018
The West Ohio Camps experience is about fun, friendship, and especially faith. To strengthen that faith component, several pastors join our camps each summer as Pastors of the Week. Their involvement greatly enhances our camps' Christian ministry. Camp Wesley was honored to have several pastors join camp this summer who are quite familiar with the surroundings. They were: Pastor Gary Wheeler from Germantown UMC; Pastor Matt Overman from Grand Lake UMC; and Past... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 5, 2018
Emily Burns, daughter of Northwest Plains District Superintendent Barry Burns, will be serving as a Global Mission Fellow (GMF) with The United Methodist Church. The GMF program is for young adults, ages 20-30, with a passion for justice and community. Emily will work for two years at Sunnyside United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo, MI, as a Community Organizer, helping with the church's free store and community garden, as well as their anti-racism work. "Missio... continue reading
Thursday, Aug 30, 2018
Royalties from the upcoming devotional We Pray with Her: Encouragement for All Women Who Lead will fund scholarships through the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry for young women pursuing a seminary education. The We Pray With Her group is a grassroots collective of United Methodist clergywomen under the age of 40 who are called to encourage other women in leadership through writings and prayers. The new book encourages women who lead in a variet... continue reading
Thursday, Aug 30, 2018
With its 1.5 billion users, YouTube is a valuable social media tool that churches can incorporate into outreach and communication plans. Get started by joining United Methodist Communications for a free webinar on September 12 at Noon central time (1 pm EST). This live learning session will teach you the basics of YouTube as well as in-depth tips and hints. There will even be an opportunity to ask the experts at UMComm all of your questions about utilizing YouT... continue reading
Thursday, Aug 30, 2018
As people spend more time online, social media has become one of the most effective and necessary ways for churches to communicate with their congregations and with potential new members. Your church has the opportunity to inform and inspire your congregation on a daily basis through Facebook, but it takes time to plan and post relevant content consistently. That's where a grant from United Methodist Communications can help. The grant will provide six Facebook... continue reading
Thursday, Aug 30, 2018
Studies suggest that many students who were connected to a local church during high school are walking away from active church connections during their college years. Other experts believe that many young adults have a desire to connect with other believers once away from home. That is why intentionally transitioning high school graduates in their faith is so critical. West Ohio Campus Ministry is the official presence of The United Methodist Church on college... continue reading