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Friday, Nov 15, 2013
Dear friends in Christ Jesus:I have throughout this week been at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina for the Council of Bishops (COB) annual meeting. It has been a week of beauty around the lake. Those who have travelled in the region know the beauty of which I speak.My colleagues and I have spent much time together in meaningful worship and in our covenant and accountability groups. Our committees have met to review progress on their responsibilities, and we have a... (read more)
Friday, Nov 15, 2013
  STATEMENT OF THE COUNCIL OF BISHOPSOn October 26, 2013, retired Bishop Melvin Talbert conducted a ceremony celebrating the marriage of a same-gender couple in Center Point, Alabama.  Prior to October 26, 2013 Bishop Talbert advised Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, resident bishop of the North Alabama Conference, of his intention. Bishop Wallace-Padgett requested that Bishop Talbert not perform the ceremony in the area in which she serves. After conversation with... (read more)
Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013
The United Methodist Commitee on Relief (UMCOR) approved an emergency grant in response to Super Typhoon Haiyan, a category 5 storm, which barreled through the Philippines on Friday, November 8. The $97,000 grant will provide emergency food, water, and water purification tablets to 7,500 individuals (or 1,500 families) in Tacloban City, Leyte Province, an area worst hit by the typhoon.  To ensure that food is delivered in a timely fashion, it has been UMCOR’s s... (read more)
Monday, Nov 11, 2013
Lake Junaluska, N.C.: Delivering the President's address at the Council of Bishops today in Lake Junaluska, N.C., Bishop Rosemarie Wenner said that discipleship in the 21st century, as in Biblical times, means that we sometimes travel difficult or uncharted roads.Council of Bishops President Rosemarie Wenner addressing the plenary body at General Conference 2012. Photo by Patrick Scriven."Disciples are like scouts. They find a path where the road ends. And they... (read more)
Sunday, Nov 10, 2013
United Methodist bishops from around the globe, including West Ohio's Bishop Gregory V. Palmer are gathering in North Carolina at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center for the Council of Bishops meeting, November 10-15, 2013.“The clear priority for the Council of Bishops is to increase vitality in our congregations in all the regions where we are present,” said Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, president of the Council. “We will engage in prayer, theological... (read more)
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013
NEW YORK (UMNS) —Typhoon Haiyan, possibly the strongest storm ever to make landfall, battered the Philippines Friday, Nov. 8. With sustained winds of 195 mph, the category 5 storm cut a swath of devastation across the northern tip of Cebu and tore through the three large island provinces of Samar, Leyte and Bohol. The United Methodist Committee on Relief is working with partners in the Philippines to provide assistance immediately.Please be in prayer for our br... (read more)
Saturday, Nov 9, 2013
Dear Members of the West Ohio Annual Conference,Truly it is a privilege to be in Christ’s service with you in the West Ohio Conference. As we serve together, I am reminded of Jesus’ last instructions to the Disciples in Acts 1:8 (NIV): But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.For many years, the people of the West Ohio Conference have been... (read more)
Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013
Congress will once again have to address several tax laws at the end of 2013 that are not only beneficial for the donor as a tax deduction but the charity as well. One of those laws is related to distributions from an IRA to a charity. Unless it is extended, it will expire December 31, 2013. As the end of the year approaches, now is the time to utilize any tax advantage still available prior to the unknowns of 2014.  Did you know that after the age of 70 ½ a di... (read more)
Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013
Located in Springfield, Ohio, a city northeast of Dayton whose economy has seen better days, Faith United Methodist Church (UMC) was born from a merger of three churches, Central, Story-Hypes, and Lagonda UMC. Merger discussions took place over five years among seven United Methodist Churches, with the goal of creating a single church whose combined resources would enable it to effectively spread the gospel and serve neighbors throughout Springfield. Three of t... (read more)
Friday, Oct 25, 2013
 With over 28 buildings to maintain, Camp Wesley Director Heather Brake is very appreciative when West Ohio United Methodist church groups come to visit and help out. This summer several congregations provided construction help by improving and in many cases rebuilding four decks on the main dining hall. They also built two bridges on the walking paths and will be completing a 3rd this fall. Then a church youth group water sealed the decks!   The conference and... (read more)