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Tuesday, Jul 20, 2021
Meet West Ohio’s Missionary toSoutheast Asia – Virtually! B. Barte, a West Ohio-supported missionary to Southeast Asia, will be participating in a virtual itineration session on Thursday, August 19, at 7:00 pm Eastern. The #StillinMission virtual itineration sessions are hosted by the General Board of Global Ministries to keep missionaries in touch with their supporters at a time when international travel is still difficult – and in some places, simply not pos... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 20, 2021
Church History: Looking Back to Move Forward The saying “those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it” suggests the past is only full of blunders. While learning from past mistakes is a big part of history, it also means following the positive examples of those who came before us. For congregations with deep roots in their communities, history can either be a great teacher or a severe burden. Four churches located in different corners of the Unit... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 13, 2021
Evangelism extends God’s love in a variety of contexts and settings; it impacts and engages all generations; and evangelism is built upon relationship – both with God and with those around us. The Harry Denman Evangelism Award honors United Methodists in each annual conference whose exceptional ministry of evangelism brings people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Worship Technology Leadersh... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 13, 2021
Camp is the ultimate way to spend your summer. Short on time? No problem! Wesley Ultimate Camp is a three-day experience that will give you all the excitement and fun of a week of camp with a shorter stay.  This camp is filled with activities such as canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, gaga ball, archery, and crafts. Light up the night with glow-in-the-dark games, brave the mud pit and fly down the turbo-shoot water slide. Campers will fellowship during morning... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 13, 2021
Every year the Legal Forum tackles timely matters, and this year is no different. The 2021 Legal Forum, hosted by Ohio Northern Law School, is scheduled for Friday, October 22, 2021. The forum will be presented in a hybrid format via both Zoom and in-person from the Law School auditorium. Agenda and more information to come by early September.
Tuesday, Jul 13, 2021
Starting Sept 1, United Methodist bishops across the United States will take on additional work as some of their colleagues retire. With the second pandemic-caused delay of General Conference, the Council of Bishops also has postponed the jurisdictional conferences that elect U.S. episcopal leaders. The five U.S. jurisdictional conferences are now scheduled for Nov. 2-4, 2022, with central conference elections in Europe, Africa and the Philippines to follow. Ge... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 13, 2021
In the aftershocks of the COVID-19 crisis, many churches face a period of financial reckoning. These eight principles can help right the ship. They are all sound practices in the best of times, but are even more critical now as the church navigates uncharted territory in the post-pandemic world. The COVID-19 shutdown was a dramatic illustration of the church’s dependence on place-based giving linked to worship. But traditional ways of cultivating generosity hav... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 6, 2021
The Rev. Ann Marie Carley has been named West Ohio’s director of Camps, Retreats and Next-Gen Engagement. She begins her new role on July 6. “Camp changed my life,” Carley said. “The skills and relationships I formed during my camp experiences fueled my passion for helping the next generation of leaders build community, confidence and faith-filled purpose in their own lives. I am humbled to serve the people of West Ohio in this role.” The director is ultimately... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 6, 2021
In the summer of 2020, many churches became nimble as the spread of COVID-19 changed the ways they do ministry. What they learned continues to be useful for the upcoming VBS season. In the Capital Area North District, Linworth United Methodist Church plans to host VBS with a few changes. The Rev. Brooke Hilliard, director of discipleship ministries, said, “With the vaccination rollout, we landed on evening classes outside for families, while our day care/camp k... continue reading
Tuesday, Jul 6, 2021
Craft Camp is an at-home, weeklong event offered by Gaines United Methodist Church, Cincinnati, in the Ohio River Valley District. Upon registration, children ages 7-12 receive a kit that includes one craft per day to be completed. When Gaines was awarded a grant from a local organization, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) component was added. This year, forensic science is part of the camp kit. The kits allow students to work at their... continue reading