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Tuesday, Oct 12, 2021
October is Clergy Appreciation month. Pastors and church leaders work hard to spread the Word and support those they serve. Now it is time for them to relax and renew with an adventure! All youth leaders, church staff, and clergy are welcome to join Camp Otterbein for a day of rock climbing and fellowship in beautiful Hocking Hills. No experience or gear necessary. We have you covered. Not one for heights? That’s OK, you can hike along with us and enjoy the fel... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 12, 2021
The United Methodist Men of the West Ohio Conference will hold a men’s retreat at Camp Wesley in Bellefontaine, OH, on Friday, October 29, at 6:00pm through Saturday, October 30, at 4:30pm. The event will feature two renowned speakers with a strong background in men’s ministry as well as testimonies from leaders in our jurisdiction and local churches. There will also be several activities to engage participants and provide them with resources to energize men’s... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 12, 2021
I’ve sat in front of this blank screen for quite a while trying to answer the question, “Do you believe God has a plan for your life?” The knee-jerk response is, “Yes” followed by bible passages like Jeremiah 29:11 that states: I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. If I could leave it at that, this would be the shortest article I’ve ever written. But something k... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021
People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021
On Saturday, September 25, Clintonville -Beechwold Community Resource Center (CRC) and North Broadway United Methodist Church celebrated the CRC’s golden anniversary with their Octoberfest Fundraiser in the parking lot of the church. The event included food trucks, live music, games for children and contests for adults. The Clintonville Community Resource Center was founded in 1971 by several North Broadway members to respond to the needs they saw. Social chall... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021
No matter how humble or unassuming they may be, most people get a warm glow inside when someone says “thank you” for what they’ve done or expresses appreciation simply for who they are. Clergy and others who fill pastoral roles are no exception. October is Pastor (or Clergy) Appreciation Month with the second Sunday designated as Pastor Appreciation Day. It is a time to say “thank you” to the people who may be most visible as preachers and teachers, but who, in... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021
You say I'm not from here and they say I'm not from there. But I say I am from there y soy de aquí. I don't belong to the culture I live in, and I feel out of place in the culture I'm from. My American peers say I'm Hispanic/Latinx and my Hispanic/Latinx community says I'm American. When I'm home, in the USA, I feel like something is missing. When I am home, in Puerto Rico, I feel a sense of disconnect. "Will I always feel like this?" I ask myself. Will I alway... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021
United Methodist Native Americans involved with the new museum say it's worth the wait The Native American experience during and after colonization has been told before, often inaccurately. For examples, seek out most Hollywood Westerns. The First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City aims to get it right, at least the Oklahoma part. The $175 million, 175,000-square-foot facility is an effort to cover the history of Oklahoma’s 39 federally recognized tribes. Its gr... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021
What is a real man? “Guys should not cry,” Bob Pickett said. “Anger equals strength. Guys who are physically weak aren’t as good as other men. Men should always be able to provide for their family, and a good job proves your masculinity.” Catching on yet? Pickett, who heads the United Methodist Men ministry in the Rappahannock River District in Virginia, is reeling off some assumptions that can lead to trouble in men’s relationships. Such attitudes can cause mi... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 28, 2021
Beloved in Christ Jesus, Grace to you and peace from God who is made known to us most fully in the life death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our savior. Tuesday, September 21, marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of The Reverend Henri Nouwen. As you likely know, Nouwen was a Dutch, Jesuit priest. The significance of his contribution to the body of Christ and humanity writ large transcended his Catholic roots. He truly had a “catholic spir... continue reading