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Monday, Sep 2, 2013
As Labor Day in the United States approached I reflected on the 90th Psalm once again. To be sure it was not written at any conscious level to be suitable for a Labor Day reflection. But a part of its timelessness and timeliness is that it speaks to a variety of situations that we as human beings face and struggle with. In it is praise and acclamation about God’s greatness, lament, reflection on the relationship of God, mortals and time and there is supplicatio... (read more)
Sunday, Sep 1, 2013
As Labor Day in the United States approached I reflected on the 90th Psalm once again. To be sure it was not written at any conscious level to be suitable for a Labor Day reflection. But a part of its timelessness and timeliness is that it speaks to a variety of situations that we as human beings face and struggle with. In it is praise and acclamation about God’s greatness, lament, reflection on the relationship of God, mortals and time and there is supplicatio... (read more)
Monday, Aug 26, 2013
Brad Wise is a 20-something who grew up and eventually worked at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, then later moved to Vineyard Church in Cincinnati as their worship arts director.Brad had a dream to write and produce a movie that would be the kind of film that everyone could see - with Christian values, but without seeming too traditionally "Christian." From this dream Rebel Pilgrim Productions was born and the production company's first movie debuts on Se... (read more)
Monday, Aug 19, 2013
For the sixth year, church members from the Shawnee Valley District have gathered to celebrate their collective efforts to support The United Methodist Church in Vietnam. Throughout the year, churches have committed to designating contributions toward the district's mission initiative -- supporting pastors and building churches in Vietnam.   Working closely with The Reverends Ut and Karen Vo-To, several mission teams have visited Vietnam to see how the monies h... (read more)
Friday, Aug 2, 2013
Pastors in new appointments were introduced and welcomed to the Capitol Area South District.  Over sixty people gathered at Trinity United Methodist Church in Grove City, for the first of two pre-Charge/Church Conference briefings for the churches of the Capitol Area South District.  These briefings are held each year in advance of local church charge conferences to fellowship, worship and then review the process for upcoming charge conferences..District Superi... (read more)
Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013
July 17, 2013 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus:To say that I was surprised by the decisions of the jury in Sanford, Florida in the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin is an understatement. I offer this because as one who by trade traffics a fair amount in hyperbole, I don’t do understatement nearly as well. To be sure I had no predictions about the outcome of the trial. Maybe that is why I was and continue to be so surpri... (read more)
Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013
July 17, 2013 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus:To say that I was surprised by the decisions of the jury in Sanford, Florida in the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin is an understatement. I offer this because as one who by trade traffics a fair amount in hyperbole, I don’t do understatement nearly as well. To be sure I had no predictions about the outcome of the trial. Maybe that is why I was and continue to be so surpri... (read more)
Sunday, Jun 16, 2013
The 44th of the West Ohio Annual Conference has come to a close, and we hope you found your time at Lakeside rewarding, spiritually fulfilling, and inspirational.  We have much to celebrate in West Ohio and much to be thankful for. This first annual conference with our new bishop, Gregory V. Palmer, gave all of us another opportunity to witness what an inspiring leader and preacher he is.  If  you wish to review or revisit any of the week’s highlights, please g... (read more)
Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013
On this, the final morning of the West Ohio Annual Conference, the week’s attendees came together to enjoy Christian fellowship, hear a final powerful message from Bishop Palmer, a third teaching from Biblical Scholar Elaine Robinson, finish some business and bring this year’s session to its conclusion. Abounding chords and bold choruses immersed those gathered at Hoover Auditorium in reverberant praise and worship as the music team from Grove City United Metho... (read more)
Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013In the early morning on Tuesday, the third day of the 2013 West Ohio Annual Conference Session, over 300 runners and walkers, as well as several supporters and observers, gathered in downtown Lakeside for the 2nd annual 5k run/walk. Bishop Palmer was in attendance to pray and start them on their course that would crisscross through the streets, shore and trails of the Lakeside campus. Shortly after all participants finished and conference... (read more)