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Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021
A simple but game-changing shift in perspective is putting DeAmon Harges at the vanguard of helping neighborhoods rejuvenate.   Harges, founder of The Learning Tree and faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University, is one of five Tom Locke Innovative Leader Award winners. The award, given for the first time this year by the Wesleyan Investive, goes to people “who exemplify innovative spiritual leadership and missionally... (read more)
Wednesday, Jun 9, 2021
The 52nd Session of the West Ohio Annual Conference was a virtual gathering of nearly 1,800 clergy and lay members. Bishop Gregory V. Palmer presided over the conference under the theme, Perseverance, rooted in the scripture, Hebrews 12:1-2. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus... (read more)
Wednesday, Jun 9, 2021
During the 52nd session of the Annual Conference, three deaconesses were commissioned: Cheryl Bender, Jody Stevens and Beth Kwolek Vanoli.  Bender will be serving as the Executive Director & Social Worker at Dream Builders Group and The Clubhouse in the Miami Valley District. Stevens will be a Hospice Healthcare Volunteer for Interim HealthCare in the Foothills District and Vanoli will serve as the Coordinator of Spiritual & Social Education for the Aca... (read more)
Wednesday, Jun 9, 2021
Over the last year and half, all of us have pivoted and adapted to a “new” normal. It wasn’t always easy. Let’s take a look at how some of our brothers and sisters in Christ persevered this year.        
Wednesday, Jun 9, 2021
The West Ohio Conference, along with the Foundation for Evangelism, is recognizing multiple recipients for this year’s Harry Denman Evangelism Awards. The Harry Denman Evangelism Award program honors United Methodists in each annual conference whose exceptional ministry of evangelism brings people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. This year’s recipients include a group of lay people, as well as four clergy, and are as follows: Lay Recipie... (read more)
Wednesday, Jun 9, 2021
Margaret Madison, a United Methodist missionary serving as a Church and Community Worker at Community Development for All People (CD4AP) in Columbus, will retire on June 30, 2021. Margaret was a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries for 26 years, previously serving in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan before coming to West Ohio in 2006. Margaret has served as the Housing Specialist at CD4AP, overseeing the development of $100 million of affordabl... (read more)
Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021
A Word of Thanks   Dear friends in Christ Jesus:   Thou that hast given so much to me, Give one thing more, a grateful heart… Not thankful, when it pleaseth me; As if thy blessings had spare days: But such a heart, whose pulse may be Thy praise. (George Herbert 1592-1633)   I am so pleased to be back in the proverbial saddle after some precious time spent with my Dad, Reverend Herbert Edward Palmer (1925-2021), during a brief illne... (read more)
Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021
What is better than camping in the great outdoors? Camping among the treetops!  Campers at Treehouse Camp at Camp Otterbein will experience nature in a new and exciting way. They will spend the night in rustic treehouse cabins which give them amazing views at the stars at night and a breathtaking sunrise experience in the morning.  Campers aged 12-17 will learn valuable survival skills, including how to cook over a fire, build a raft and float it across the lak... (read more)
Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021
Summer is the perfect time for personal development and team training. Multiply Minis is your source for learning tools for ministry in a 90 - minute sessions. June schedule is as follows: June 16 - Growing Spirit-Led Leaders Utilizing the Enneagram Click here for preview June 16 - Building Trusting Teams Utilizing the Enneagram  Click here for preview June 30 - Leading thru Uncertainty Click here for preview Multiply Minis are interactive, relevant, and tim... (read more)
Tuesday, Jun 1, 2021
Three years ago, West Ohio launched Fresh Expressions. Fresh Expressions are a great option for established churches to reach their communities in new and creative ways, engaging with people who have yet to walk inside the doors of the church. Over 50 people were in the first cohorts. This summer, we are launching another cohort for churches to learn and experiment with Fresh Expressions. Our very own West Ohio Fresh Expressions practitioners will be leading th... (read more)