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Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020
All Clergy and Lay Members of the Annual Conference are invited to participate in the 2020 Virtual West Ohio Annual Conference on Saturday, September 12th. We will begin at 9:00 am with Opening Worship and will proceed to Conference Business, which will end at approximately 1:00 pm. Commissioning and Ordination will also be held that day at 3:30 pm via live stream at www.westohioumc.org and Facebook Live (be sure to follow West Ohio Conference), and can be view... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020
As we end our two-part series about VBS in West Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic, we share stories of a program that took participants into their backyards and another that unknowingly changed the lives of the leaders. BOLT! VBS Focuses on Outdoor Activities Some young people may have become tired of virtual learning. At Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, children’s minister Laura McCoy selected a Vacation Bible School study designed specifically for famil... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020
The U.S. criminal justice system is often anything but 'just.' With only 5% of the world's population, the United States contains about 20% of the world's prisoners, imprisoning its residents at a higher rate than countries such as China, Russia, and Rwanda. For years, the ‘war on crime’ has consistently targeted inner cities, tearing at the fabric of families and communities. At the same time, few programs have existed to help inmates better themselves, or to... continue reading
Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020
Renovation of what will be the Charitable Pharmacy's second location is scheduled to begin in September, with a planned Spring 2021 opening. The new location will be housed in the former Eagle Market at 1464 Cleveland Avenue. In addition to providing non-narcotic prescription medicine and pharmacy services at no cost for low-income individuals and families, the new location will share space with a fresh food market run by Community Development for All People. T... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many church leaders to be creative in ministry to fulfill the mission of the church; to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Vacation Bible School is one of those disciple making ministries children look forward to each Summer. Over the next two issues, we will feature a few of the many congregations that held VBS in new ways and changed lives of children, families and the leaders themselves. Parking-lot VBS Reaches Out to Famili... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020
The Revs. John Lewis and Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian were models of authentic religion who proved that people of faith can change a nation, said the Rev. James Lawson, a United Methodist pastor who worked side-by-side with both men in the early days of the civil rights movement. Lewis and Vivian both died on July 17. Lawson said the news stories that have followed — while mentioning the two men were clergy — leave out that important religious component and the... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020
Sid Davis never thought he’d be driving all over his sprawling city to have masked, socially distanced curbside visits with choir members. But Davis, director of music and worship arts at Houston’s St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, has faced an empty choir loft and no in-person rehearsals since early March. So he and wife Cindy are going ZIP code by ZIP code to check on more than 100 adult choir members. The couple even have a magnetic “Operation Curbside Con... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020
While working 60 hours a week helping to feed the hungry in Columbus, Ohio, the Rev. John Edgar got word that his 98-year-old mother had come down with the coronavirus. “I couldn’t see my mother and then she got weaker and really sick,” said Edgar, executive director of Community Development for All People and the pastor emeritus for the United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus, which he founded. Edgar and his 99-year-old father finally were allowed t... continue reading
Thursday, Jul 23, 2020
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, All In Community shifted grant funding to support churches providing direct assistance to men and women returning from prison. One grant recipient, Stonybrook UMC, recently welcomed home the first beneficiary of their COVID-19 Pandemic Response Grant. In collaboration with Kindway and New Albany UMC, recent Kindway EMBARK alumni, Lori W., moved into her new home on July 12. This wasn’t any routine residential transition either. L... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 21, 2020
The deadline for registration for the West Ohio Conference Clergy Session is Friday, July 24th. You must pre-register to attend.  Registration will require a two-step process. Both steps must be completed in order to vote. Once you register, you will receive a link to connect to the Clergy Session Zoom Webinar. To Register, click here. It is strongly recommended that you attend the Zoom Webinar tutorial on Thursday, July 23 at 5 p.m. You will receive more infor... continue reading