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Monday, Sep 9, 2019
West Ohio churches are invited to celebrate Disability Awareness Sunday on September 15  (or another Sunday designated by the church) by preaching, teaching, praying, and leading with the message of ministry with and leadership by persons with disabilities. For more resources visit https://umcdmc.org/ and https://www.westohioumc.org/pwd or contact Rebecca Hug, rhug [at] wocumc.org. Rev. Zach Holler has provided this scriptural message and prayer for congrega... (read more)
Monday, Sep 9, 2019
Bryan Wesley United Methodist Church has a long and faithful history in the city of Bryan, OH. Through the work, prayer and leadership of both clergy and laity, the church is once again seeing growth. In 2017, they had zero professions of faith and one baptism, and in 2018 they had ten professions of faith and four baptisms. Bryan Wesley UMC was chosen as the 2018 Northwest Plains District Light of the World award winner at this year's West Ohio Annual Conferen... (read more)
Monday, Sep 9, 2019
Bishops in Africa have vowed that The United Methodist Church will continue in Africa even after the 2020 General Conference. Therefore, the bishops have resolved not to support any proposed legislation or plans that call for dividing or dissolving The United Methodist Church. "We do not support any legislation that calls for the dissolution of The United Methodist Church. We uphold our values as a connectional and worldwide church committed to 'Making disciple... (read more)
Monday, Sep 9, 2019
Fifty years ago, Shungu Clinic was opened in Kamina, DR Congo. Thousands of babies took their first breath at Shungu. Surgeries and medical care have saved the lives of countless loved ones. And many have been trained to be community health workers, bringing live saving knowledge and practices into remote villages. All of this has happened in a clinic without running water or electricity. In 2018, North Katanga received a $500,000 grant from Global Ministries t... (read more)
Thursday, Sep 5, 2019
With just seven months in the role of University Chaplain, Rev. Maudy Muchanyereyi says that the assignment still feels like an adventure. Muchanyereyi, who earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Africa University in 2005, returned to her alma mater to serve as chaplain in January 2019. She is the first female chaplain in the institution’s 27-year history.   “Working with the young people and helping to shape them through (spiritual) guidance, counseling, an... (read more)
Thursday, Sep 5, 2019
Powell United Methodist Church will host the Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) - Reentry Edition simulation on Sunday, September 22, from 2:00-5:30 pm. COPE-Reentry is designed to give participants a glimpse into the lives of returning citizens and families living in our community. It portrays real stories of real individuals and families impacted by incarceration, going beyond the stereotypes. This All In Community experience is FREE and open to the public. Cl... (read more)
Thursday, Sep 5, 2019
Jessie Roark, one of this year's West Ohio Conference Harry Denman Evangelism Award winners, was recently featured in a story on the United Methodist news website, umnews.org.   Jessie is the director of St. Mark's Resource Center in Lima, OH, which offers free clothing, food, personal hygiene items, household items, internet access, and referrals to other community resources.In February of 2019, the Resource Center served 834 households, representing 2,383 ind... (read more)
Thursday, Sep 5, 2019
He came on a tourist visa in 2017. Joined by his wife and two children, they disembarked in the US. As the vacation unfolded, visiting family in Ohio, the same God who got hold of his grandfather and father captured his future. Both his grandfather and father were pastors in Colombia, and now God was calling him to stay in Ohio and be a youth pastor and worship leader for a Hispanic United Methodist Church.   His wife and children agreed. Now he waits for a stu... (read more)
Sunday, Sep 1, 2019
Hope United Methodist Church is located on the southeast side of Dayton in Greene County. Last year, the church decided to emphasize an understanding of baptism – what it means and why it matters. After having no baptisms in 2017, Hope Church had 13 baptisms in 2018 along with 3 professions of faith. Hope UMC was chosen as the 2018 Miami Valley District Light of the World award winner at this year’s West Ohio Annual Conference. Light of the World churches are o... (read more)
Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019
Seeking to return sacred lands they have held in trust for 176 years, leaders of The United Methodist Church and the Wyandotte Nation will hold a ceremony on September 21 during which lands held by the agency will be formally returned to the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma. A rare occurrence in United States history, the event will include local dignitaries and leaders of Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma and the Wyandot Nation of Kansas. In 1844, the Wyandotte tribe d... (read more)