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Monday, Nov 4, 2019
It is a hallmark of Christianity: gratitude, giving thanks, showing appreciation for all that we have and the wonderful world God gave us. Gratitude journals and lists are all the rage in popular culture, but how often do we plan expressing gratitude or thankfulness as an activity of the church?  Here are several ideas for bringing people together in the joyous practice of gratitude.  POST ON FACEBOOKUse your church's Facebook page to post what your chur... (read more)
Monday, Oct 28, 2019
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Globally, one in three women experiences sexual or gender-based violence. In the United States, one in four women and one in nine men experience severe physical violence (Centers for Disease Control). The numbers are staggering, and those who seek to survive the violence exist in each of our communities. The United Methodist Church has a long witness standing against domestic violence. "We recognize that family viol... (read more)
Monday, Oct 28, 2019
Beloved in Christ: "I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of h... (read more)
Monday, Oct 28, 2019
Would your church convert the parsonage into affordable housing for sober living? What about tearing up the church lawn and replacing the grass to plant crops for the neighborhood? How about turning the garage into a bike shop? Perhaps providing the "unemployable" with job training is something your church would consider. These are just a few ways Calvary Hilltop Church is redefining community in the North College Hill area of Cincinnati. "This is the Chris... (read more)
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019
Prayer is central to the Rev. Lee Strawhun's ministry at Westwood United Methodist Church, Cincinnati. Two years ago, he and his congregation heard about the Breakthrough Prayer Initiative and knew it would be perfect for them. It is one of several short Traction Tracks courses - specific training, resourcing, coaching and implementation components developed within the Missional Church Consultation Initiative. Launched in 2011 by Bishop Bruce Ough, and conti... (read more)
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019
LoveThe614 is a missional movement bringing people together through serving. This vision was born at Trinity United Methodist Church through a missions team with a deep desire to spread God's hope and love with Columbus, aka "The 614."  Recently, a group of United Methodist churches invited their communities from the 614 to pack meals for starving children across the world. 1,700 people experienced what it is like to serve like Jesus in an airplane hangar at Do... (read more)
Thursday, Oct 17, 2019
Hurricane Dorian devasted the island nation of the Bahamas. UMCOR has been working with the Methodist Church in the Bahamas and Caribbean. Together, they are developing a comprehensive relief program for the area.  The Bahamas Disaster Ministry, Bahamas Methodist Habitat, is addressing the needs of vulnerable people being sheltered in their building. The church is also providing food, water and hygiene items to vulnerable people on Grand Bahama. Your gift to UM... (read more)
Monday, Oct 7, 2019
Life Enriching Communities (LEC) is an integrated family of lifestyle communities and senior living services. We have made aging well a top priority for over 120 years. Established in Yellow Spring Ohio as the Methodist Home for the Aged, LEC now serves over 1700 older adults annually in Southwestern Ohio primarily with two established senior living communities - Twin Towers in the College Hill neighborhood of Cincinnati and Twin Lakes located in Montgomery, Oh... (read more)
Monday, Oct 7, 2019
Otterbein SeniorLife communities help seniors experience life the way it's meant to be: full of opportunities and freedom, connected to family, faith and community. In fact, Otterbein SeniorLife's commitment to serving older adults is at the heart of its mission, which - in keeping with our United Methodist tradition - is to "enhance the quality of life and holistic growth of older persons." With locations throughout Ohio (and one in Indiana), Otterbein SeniorL... (read more)
Monday, Oct 7, 2019
The Wesley Communities is an affiliate of the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church providing quality housing, health care and services for seniors in Central Ohio on our three campuses - Wesley Glen Retirement Community in Clintonville, Wesley Ridge Retirement Community in Reynoldsburg, and Wesley Woods at New Albany, in New Albany. Wesley Hospice also provides hospice services for our residents and the wider communities. The Wesley Communities i... (read more)