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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
For the first time since January of 2020, a West Ohio medical mission team traveled to Rio Bravo, Mexico. Typically, West Ohio sends six medical mission teams each year, but because of the pandemic, most teams were forced to cancel last year. This team, led by West Ohio Coordinator for Medical Mission Chad Stoltz, was also the first hosted by the Manos Juntas Medical Clinic since the start of the pandemic. The team prepared for and ran a free medical clinic on... continue reading
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda of East Congo is asking The United Methodist Church to be in prayer for the people of Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, as they flee a volcanic eruption. The eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano has forced the evacuation of the city of Goma, in the Kivu Annual Conference. “More than 5,000 faithful United Methodists are on the run,” reports Philippe Kituka Lolonga, a communicator for the conference and correspondent for UM News. “People... continue reading
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Many years ago, an ancient civilization suffered severe famine that lasted years. During this famine, people struggled with their very survival. Eventually, as the historian Herodotus writes, the people of Maeonia developed games involving dice, knucklebones, and balls. They ate every other day, and on alternate days, they played games. Herodotus said it was only because of these games that people endured and survived. For millennia, games have helped people su... continue reading
Thursday, May 20, 2021
A West Ohio medical mission team traveled to Rio Bravo, Mexico, for the first time since January of 2020. Typically, West Ohio sends six medical mission teams each year, but because of the pandemic, most teams were forced to cancel last year. The team, led by West Ohio Coordinator for Medical Mission Chad Stoltz, was also the first hosted by the Manos Juntas Medical Clinic since the start of the pandemic. The team prepared for and ran a free medical clinic on t... continue reading
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
It has been a long difficult year for all of us. We have lived in a Red Light world – everything came to a Stop! Cautiously over the last several months we have moved to a Yellow Light scenario where we have slowly added back in activities with proper care for all participants. Now we have two good news announcements that point us in the Green Light direction. Some folks have found the Governor’s and CDC announcements to be confusing, however when you pa... continue reading
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
This year the West Ohio Conference joins The United Methodist Church and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Order of Deacon. On this silver anniversary, we continue to share stories of deacons serving in West Ohio. Living out the Call of a Deacon Before being ordained a deacon, the Rev. Kara Jones felt a strong call to youth ministry. Jones is a youth minister for a collaborative ministry with three chu... continue reading
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has assigned Bishop Gregory V. Palmer as interim presiding bishop of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference (IGRC) effective July 1. He will stand in for Bishop Frank Beard who will begin medical leave at that time. Bishop Palmer will continue to serve the people of West Ohio. He and his wife Cynthia will remain in the Columbus area. “I am humbled to take on this short-term assignment,” Palmer said. “My respec... continue reading
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
The Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church is requesting long-term recovery volunteers to assist after last year's hurricanes. The rebuilding efforts have been hampered by the pandemic, but teams are now welcome and needed. Click here and go to 'Mission Team Volunteers' for more information on taking a mission team to Louisiana. You may also email sringwald [at] team-umc.org (Susan Ringwald) in the Louisiana Conference or call 225-400-5080.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
May is designated Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Asian Pacific Islanders are not from one country, or even from one continent. The people we honor during this month are from the continent of Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Polynesia. This category includes people from China, India, Hawaii, and several places in between. During this month we remember the Japanese immigrants who were instrumental in finishing the transcontinental railroad. We remember the presence... continue reading
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Each year, United Methodists prepare for faithful living and action by participating in Mission U, a transformative education program that offers study on biblically grounded curricula. These curricula are intended to motivate, inform and enrich our commitment to be in ministry for a more just and equitable world, locally and globally. This summer, Virtual Mission U will offer 3 studies, 3 worship services, a plenary session and a movie night. The studies offer... continue reading