Beloved in Christ Jesus:

It seems like we just adjourned Annual Conference a few days ago. Here we are now, schools are open in most places around the conference and the push into Fall is in full swing. Please know that the summer has been busier than usual. But we are sustained by the grace and mercy of the God made plain in the life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

By now you have received the call I have issued for a Special Session of the West Ohio Annual Conference on Saturday October 28. I expect that it will be a full day replete with opportunity, for worship, thoughtful conversation and decision making. Several of the action items that will be before the conference will set the course for a foreseeable future. Please be sure to do your part to prepare for meaningful participation. The first step is prayer.

As we turn into Fall, I look forward to what will likely be my last series of district visitations. I have named this series: “Grace Upon Grace” – Fall Tour. These district gatherings will have two key components: Teaching on the Means of Grace and Organizing the work of the new districts. Our time together will include Reaffirmation of Our Baptismal Vows and Celebration of Holy Communion. The gatherings will begin at 6:30 PM and all are welcome. The dates and locations are listed below. I cannot wait to join you and your District Superintendent for an exciting evening of worshipful work. You will be hearing more as we enter September. 

Tuesday, 9/26/2023

Western Lakes District - Springfield, High Street

Tuesday, 10/3/2023

Maumee River District - Bowling Green, First

Tuesday, 10/10/2023

Olentangy River District - Westerville, Messiah

Tuesday, 10/17/2023

Hocking River District - Athens, The Plains 

Thursday, 10/19/2023

Great Miami District - West Chester, Faith Community

Tuesday, 10/24/2023

Scioto River District -Chillicothe, Trinity

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer