Saturday, Nov 9, 2013
Dear Members of the West Ohio Annual Conference,Truly it is a privilege to be in Christ’s service with you in the West Ohio Conference. As we serve together, I am reminded of Jesus’ last instructions to the Disciples in Acts 1:8 (NIV): But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.For many years, the people of the West Ohio Conference have been... (read more)
Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013
Congress will once again have to address several tax laws at the end of 2013 that are not only beneficial for the donor as a tax deduction but the charity as well. One of those laws is related to distributions from an IRA to a charity. Unless it is extended, it will expire December 31, 2013. As the end of the year approaches, now is the time to utilize any tax advantage still available prior to the unknowns of 2014.  Did you know that after the age of 70 ½ a di... (read more)
Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013
Located in Springfield, Ohio, a city northeast of Dayton whose economy has seen better days, Faith United Methodist Church (UMC) was born from a merger of three churches, Central, Story-Hypes, and Lagonda UMC. Merger discussions took place over five years among seven United Methodist Churches, with the goal of creating a single church whose combined resources would enable it to effectively spread the gospel and serve neighbors throughout Springfield. Three of t... (read more)
Friday, Oct 25, 2013
 With over 28 buildings to maintain, Camp Wesley Director Heather Brake is very appreciative when West Ohio United Methodist church groups come to visit and help out. This summer several congregations provided construction help by improving and in many cases rebuilding four decks on the main dining hall. They also built two bridges on the walking paths and will be completing a 3rd this fall. Then a church youth group water sealed the decks!   The conference and... (read more)
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
Last weekend's Breakthrough Prayer Lab Training Retreat, sponsored by the West Ohio Conference at Maria Stein Retreat Center, was awesome. Ten churches (their clergy plus 3-5 unpaid leaders) attended this training, as well as 9 "breakthrough prayer coaches" who were present to help them form a breakthrough prayer strategy plan to take home and implement...and who will follow up with each church over the next 6 months to guide them with implementation. The churc... (read more)
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
As a task group of friends of the Rev. Vance Summers, we write to share with you that on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 12:00 noon, a luncheon will be held to pay tribute to and celebrate the life and ministry of THE REVEREND VANCE SUMMERS. The luncheon will be held at Broad Street United Methodist Church, 501 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215. Vance and Leslie will be our guest at that time.Many of us appreciate and have high regard for the work and the... (read more)
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
We welcome Reverend Scott Morris, MD to the West Ohio Conference. Reverend Morris is founder and CEO of the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tennessee, the largest faith-based health care ministry of its type. For more than 25 years Reverend Morris has spurred ecumenical and interfaith support among 200 congregations to provide quality health care to the uninsured population of Memphis working in low-wage jobs. The Church Health Center seeks to reclaim the Chur... (read more)
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013
Six regional meeting have been set to introduce the 2014 Health Insurance plan and answer your questions about them.  If you are currently on the Medical Mutual of Ohio insurance plan, the meetings will be from 9:30 to 11:00.  If you are a retiree on the Humana Medicare Advantage Plan, your meetings will be a “lunch and learn” from 11:30 to 1:00.  Look for electronic and US mail communications specific to the plan you’re on in the next couple of weeks.  In the... (read more)
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
By Mike Estep, Team Leader It’s the rainy season in Colombia, when the dirt roads become impassable and dirt floors become…well, you can imagine. Thatched roofs leak and life becomes harder, if in fact it can become any harder than it already is. The community is Brisas del Mar, Colombia. But in the midst of hardship, God is there. The Ohio River Valley District Medical/Education Mission team is back from an amazing week of serving the Lord and being served by... (read more)
Monday, Oct 7, 2013
Come out and support our conference camp sites by serving missionally to maintain and enhance our camp facilities. Groups of volunteers, ages 18 and up and 13-17 with a parent, will form teams to tackle different projects at each site. Please let us know if you have any special skills or tools that you can volunteer. Needs vary by camp but might include painting, cutting trees, clearing paths, plumbing, building and use of power tools.Plan to arrive between 8-8... (read more)