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Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021
Grace to you and Peace from God and God’s Son Jesus Christ. I continue to marvel at your resilience and perseverance in this season of unending change. In many ways, it feels like a long lesson in patient endurance. I have informally been cataloguing little sayings that have encouraged me along the way. Here are two of them. One I heard years ago from a clergy colleague who said she kept a plaque in her kitchen that said: “Persist and Enjoy.” The other I hea... (read more)
Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021
When God calls a person to preach the gospel, the journey can be a life-changing experience and unlike any other vocation. When you are a woman receiving the call, the journey can be especially unique. This Women’s History Month, we honor all of the clergywomen in West Ohio who toil in ministry to make disciples of Jesus Christ in Ohio and beyond. We thank them for sharing the God-given gifts that help shape our lives. Each week this month, we will hear from a... (read more)
Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021
Bishop Palmer’s next Leadership Clinic guest is Carey Nieuwhof, best-selling author, pastor, and leading voice in church innovation. Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church in Canada. He's the author of several best-selling books, including his latest, Didn't See It Coming: Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects But Everyone Experiences. Carey’s LIVE training, Burning Out and Coming Back, will be followed b... (read more)
Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021
On February 15, a severe winter storm hit many parts of the Midwest, including southeastern Ohio. The storm left behind a thick layer of ice, causing power outages and fallen debris in Lawrence and Gallia counties. The Ohio National Guard was called in to help clear roadways, but residents are still struggling with damaged property, power outages, and now flooding. In the midst of it all, United Methodist churches from across West Ohio have taken action. Aided... (read more)
Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021
General Conference organizers announced that the denomination’s top lawmaking assembly — long postponed by pandemic — must wait to meet another year. The global gathering is now scheduled Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 2022, in Minneapolis. At the same time, the Council of Bishops has announced a special one-day General Conference on May 8. The special global gathering has only 12 pieces of legislation before it — all basically intended to help the church function until the... (read more)
Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021
Thinking about leading a mission team in 2021 or beyond? Join West Ohio for a virtual Volunteers in Mission (VIM) Team Leader Training on Saturday, March 20, from 9am-1pm. With experienced team leaders as instructors, you will learn how to plan and lead a mission experience in Ohio, the United States or around the world. You will also be provided with practical resources for nurturing the spiritual life of your team, as well as sample forms and information abou... (read more)
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021
Beloved in Jesus Christ: For at least the last fifteen months I have been reflecting on the role the wilderness plays in our lives. Here at the start of Lent I am in apparently good company. Every year the Gospel reading for the First Sunday in Lent (drawn from either Matthew, Mark or Luke) is on Jesus in the wilderness. According to these writers and depending on the version one is reading Jesus is lead, forced or driven into the wilderness following his ba... (read more)
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021
Dr. Josephine Whitely-Fields, a retired elder, saw an opportunity when she found limited historical records of Black clergywomen and their contributions to The United Methodist Church. “There was little written about us (Black clergywomen) in our denomination,” she said, “and all we achieved despite the isms in the church.” Whitely-Fields began interviewing other clergywomen to document their journeys of living out God’s call on their lives. She compiled the st... (read more)
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021
To make up for the fun we missed last Summer, West Ohio camp directors have planned exciting programs for the upcoming camp season. Ken Overholser, West Ohio Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries said, “We really missed having Summer camp last year. But, we look forward to making up for what we missed. We have great programs planned as we enjoy the outdoors.” Registration is now open for all summer camps. New health protocols as well as limits on capacitie... (read more)
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021
Last week’s ice storm caused extensive damage in Lawrence County due to fallen trees, burst pipes, and downed power lines. Many homes are under a boil advisory, and some residents may be without power for weeks to come. In partnership with New Hope UMC in Proctorville and Chesapeake UMC, both located in Lawrence County, the West Ohio Conference is providing funds for bottled water, non-perishable food items, and heating fuel. Donations to the West Ohio Disaster... (read more)