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Thursday, Jun 27, 2019
The Discipleship Ministries Racial Ethnic Local Church Grants (RELCC) provide funding to strengthen the ethnic local church through leadership training, small groups, worship, stewardship and spiritual formation within and beyond the church. Grants up to $10,000 are available. Applications are due September 10. For full details and the application form, click HERE. 
Thursday, Jun 27, 2019
Mission u, sponsored by The United Methodist Women, is an opportunity to study current issues impacting society with particular attention to the responsibilities of women in fulfilling the mission work of the church. It also provides opportunities for all to grow in faith, hope, and love in action. Both members and non-members of UMW are encouraged to attend.  The deadline to register for the 4-day Mission School is June 26, deadline to register for the 1-day s... (read more)
Thursday, Jun 27, 2019
Early Response Team (ERT) training teaches how to assist survivors of natural disasters in their time of need by providing a Christian presence while taking steps to prevent further damage to a family's personal property including debris removal, cleaning out flooded homes and more. After completion of the 8 hour course, you will receive a badge from UMCOR, which is recognized by FEMA. There are 3 opportunities to take an ERT class over the next few months.... (read more)
Thursday, Jun 27, 2019
"People were bringing children to Jesus so that he would bless them. But the disciples scolded them. When Jesus saw this, he grew angry and said to them, "Allow the children to come to me. Don't forbid them, because God's kingdom belongs to people like these children. I assure you that whoever doesn't welcome God's kingdom like a child will never enter it.'  Then he hugged the children and blessed them." Mark 10:13-16   2,081 children held in detent... (read more)
Friday, Jun 21, 2019
On June 8, 526 students graduated from Africa University, including two youth from the Kamina Children's Home, Chantal and Claudia. Most of the students are first-generation college graduates, and 54.6 percent are women. The university has a current full-time enrollment of 1,800 students, a 97 percent graduation rate and more than 9,000 alumni as of June 2019. More than 90 percent of Africa University's graduates have remained on the continent of Africa. Read M... (read more)
Friday, Jun 21, 2019
Etna United Methodist Church will host the African Children's Choir on Tuesday, July 16, at 7:00 pm on their 'Just As I Am' Hymns Tour. The African Children's Choir was created in 1984 in the midst of Uganda's civil war as a way to support orphaned children. Donations raised by the tour have gone to support orphanages, schools, literacy programs, water wells, and other relief and development programs. Etna UMC is located at 500 Pike Street, Etna, OH.
Friday, Jun 21, 2019
It's "moving season" for United Methodist clergy across the United States. If your congregation is welcoming a new pastor this year, take a moment to discover 50 ideas for saying a "healthy" goodbye and providing genuine welcome, thanks to this article from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. In addition, let's keep in our prayers all clergy, clergy spouses, and clergy children who will be transitioning to new homes, churches, and communities in the coming... (read more)
Friday, Jun 21, 2019
Since the Memorial Day tornadoes that rocked several Ohio communities, 2,167 West Ohio volunteers have reported giving 13,893 hours to help with disaster response efforts across the Conference. This includes Early Response Teams, congregations, youth, and community residents who came to churches and disaster sites to help out. And more help is needed! Efforts are currently underway in Trotwood and Logan County, OH, and the needs in the Dayton area are still bei... (read more)
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019
Greetings in Christ Jesus: We are about to start a new Conference year, so to speak. Some of our clergy are retiring from active itinerant ministry. They have served wonderfully in local churches and in settings that extend the ministry of the local church in institutions and communities. Other clergy still under appointment are moving to new appointments. Still others are starting their first appointment. Please hold all these folks, their families and their n... (read more)
Monday, Jun 10, 2019
After passing resolutions on immigration at the past two Annual Conference sessions, this year’s West Ohio Annual Conference heard a report on what is being done to meet the challenges posed by those resolutions. Soraya de Arco, a Church & Community Worker, and Rev. David Meredith, part of West Ohio’s Immigration Task Force, gave the report, first in Spanish, and then in English. “In this nation today, and in the State of Ohio, there are individuals and fam... (read more)