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Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019
As climate change becomes more pronounced, communities around the world will have to become more self-sufficient and sustainable. Faith communities have a unique opportunity to guide others by providing space, pastoral care, education and leadership.  MTSO, the Center for Earth Ethics, the Climate Reality Project and the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation at Ohio State University will host a conference for faith leaders, "On Food and Faith: Min... (read more)
Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019
All kids deserve to go to camp. They can with your help.  Our camping ministry aims to create a culture of call across The West Ohio Conference. As campers experience the beauty of God's creation through nature, our intent is to provide a recreational, relational and spiritual environment in which each individual is able to hear God's voice calling in new ways on the journey of faith in Christ. It is our intent that all children be able to experience this.  Wes... (read more)
Thursday, Mar 28, 2019
Early Response Team training is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at Groveport UMC. This training, sponsored by the West Ohio Conference in cooperation with the Capital Area South District, will begin at 8:00 am. The eight hour basic class will teach individuals how to assist survivors of natural disasters in their time of need. ERT volunteers provide a Christian presence while taking steps to prevent further damage to a family's personal property through tarping,... (read more)
Thursday, Mar 28, 2019
It’s a two-hour drive roundtrip from Westwood UMC in Cincinnati to Dayton Correctional Institution. But that didn’t deter five Westwood UMC women from saying “yes” to a new Life Builders team. Last week, their team finally launched and for the next six months, Westwood’s Life Builders will travel twice a month to mentor five of their neighbors currently living at Dayton Correctional. Led by Barb Vogt the Westwood Life Builders team of Valdasia Merrick, Theresa... (read more)
Thursday, Mar 21, 2019
Jesus met fishermen Simon and Peter as they cast their nets into the sea and called them, instead, to fish for people. Traveling through Jericho, he met Zacchaeus and, to the astonishment of many, invited himself to the tax collector’s house. Jesus met the Samaritan woman as she drew water from the well and called her to repentance and new life. Jesus didn’t sit in the synagogue waiting for people to come to him. He went out and met people where they were. He c... (read more)
Thursday, Mar 21, 2019
Since 1940, when UMCOR's forerunner was established to meet the needs of those suffering overseas at the onset of World War II, we've continued to respond to those in desperate need-today throughout more than 80 countries around the world. The response of UMCOR isn't something "they" do, it's something "we" do. That's because your generous giving to UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is what allows UMCOR to act as the arms and legs of Christ's ch... (read more)
Thursday, Mar 21, 2019
In a 3 to 0 decision, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that the clergy cash housing allowance under section 107(2) of the Internal Revenue Code is constitutional. The Court issued its decision March 15, 2019, in Gaylor v. Mnuchin-the case in which the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been challenging the constitutionality of the clergy cash housing allowance under Code section 107(2). A copy of the decision is here. Wespath and its Church All... (read more)
Thursday, Mar 21, 2019
Please be in prayer for the country of Mozambique in Africa, which was recently hit by a cyclone in the north and central regions. The United Methodist Church there is unable to communicate with two of its districts, Sofala and Manica, and the most devastated city, Beira, is where the Mozambique North office of the UMC is located. Although the death toll is currently under 100, officials estimate that as many as 1,000 are likely dead, and hundreds of thousands... (read more)
Thursday, Mar 21, 2019
This will be our second year to host Camp Connect, being offered to children of families attending the West Ohio Annual Conference this year. It will be held at Camp Widewater in Liberty Center, OH. The camp is open to all kids ages 7-17 who desire a first-time experience or a short two-day camp. The mission is to have fun in God's outdoor creation while also worshiping and learning a biblical message - plus enjoying air-conditioned lodging. The price is $80 pe... (read more)
Thursday, Mar 21, 2019
Beloved in Christ Jesus: I am inviting us to come together as The West Ohio Conference in the study of Galatians: Gospel of Grace over the weeks of the Easter season. While we are not united in our thinking on all matters, we can all be united in our commitment to turn to the scripture for guidance. As we read, study, and discuss scripture together, we trust the Holy Spirit to move in our midst and to speak to us through the living word of God. I hope you will... (read more)