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Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
Connection Blueprint teaches churches to forge partnerships – and share God’s love – with their neighbors. Look at your church’s neighborhood. Do you know your neighbors by name? Do they know yours? As director of faith formation and community engagement for the West Ohio Annual Conference, the Rev. Sam Rodriguez considers these important questions. He wants congregations to answer with honesty and conviction and, then, to be intentional about initiating conver... continue reading
Monday, Nov 11, 2019
On Sunday, November 17, at 4:00 pm, The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church will present, "Crossing the Color Line: 400 Years of Race in America," an afternoon of worship, learning, and discussion about the history of racism in the U.S. The event will include a screening of the documentary, "Underground," which takes viewers on a journey through Black history in America, including the eras of slavery, segregation, and separation. Directed by Wes... continue reading
Monday, Nov 11, 2019
The West Ohio General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation will meet later this month. Part of their time together will include moving through a discernment process to name elders in West Ohio who could be a good fit for exploring Episcopal candidacy. The role, work and call of a Bishop is found in P. 403 and following in the 2016 Book of Discipline.The 2018 Conference Journal (which includes a listing of all clergy) can be found here. Members of the 2020 d... continue reading
Monday, Nov 11, 2019
'Tis the season for Amazon boxes to arrive on your doorstep. Now you can shop til' you drop on Amazon while providing life-changing camp experiences at the same time. West Ohio Camps is registered as an eligible charity on the AmazonSmile website. This website operated by Amazon lets customers enjoy the same selection of products on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0... continue reading
Monday, Nov 11, 2019
The West Ohio Conference Council on Development office has received several calls recently asking about stock donation. If you are considering a charitable contribution, let us help. Gifting appreciated stock is one of the most effective means of tax savings available. The Benefits of Gifting Appreciated Stock The satisfaction of knowing your money is invested in a cause important to you. Capital gains taxes on the stock are avoided. You will be... continue reading
Monday, Nov 11, 2019
The North Katanga Episcopal Area is one of the fastest growing in the United Methodist Church worldwide. One reason is the church's investment in local communities within North Katanga, particularly in the areas of medical care, education, farming and caring for children. In isolated areas of the DR Congo, the inaccessibility of medical care often complicates treatment for those who are ill. The United Methodist Church has built clinics and hospitals to offer c... continue reading
Monday, Nov 11, 2019
Does your church have a Safe Sanctuaries policy but you're not sure how to effectively and creatively train others on your policy? New training resources are available including a powerpoint and tips for good facilitation. Check out the tab "Local Church Training Resources". Reach out with questions and to learn how to organize a district-wide training: Contact Rebecca Hug, rhug [at] wocumc.org. Congratulations to the 12 congregations from Maumee Watershed Dist... continue reading
Monday, Nov 11, 2019
Dear Friends In Jesus Christ: The reading from the Hebrew Bible for November 10 was striking at least to me. It seemed it spoke to the mood of the Church, The United Methodist Church and more local congregations than I care to number. These words of Haggai a post exilic prophet speak volumes to our context. Take a read and a listen if you can. Go slow, pause, reflect, question and imagine. ...on the twenty-fourth day of the month, in the sixth month.... continue reading
Monday, Nov 4, 2019
After a challenging renewal process with carriers, the Board of Pension and Health have selected the carrier and set the premium rates for 2020. Moving from Aetna, the Conference will join Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for medical and Delta for dental. VSP will continue to provide vision services. Deductibles and HSA/HRA contribution levels will remain the same. Premium rates are as follows: For more information regarding the plan and what these changes mean... continue reading
Monday, Nov 4, 2019
On average, $5.5 million is awarded to students who apply through the United Methodist Scholarship and Loan Programs. Unfortunately, each year up to 1,000 qualified students do not receive a scholarship due to lack of funding. 100% of the donation you provide is used for loans and scholarships to help prepare leaders for our church. The funds are distributed at 45% for loans, 37% for scholarships, 16% for United Methodist schools and 2% for grants. Your gifts h... continue reading