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Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
Podcasts are a wonderful way to think about and grow in your faith while driving the car, getting some cardio on the treadmill, walking the dog, or folding laundry. In this time of self distancing, we can learn and find encouragement from leaders throughout the connection. West Ohio leaders, Bishop Palmer, Katelin Hansen, director of operations and minister of music for Church for All People and Rachel Billips, lead pastor of Ginghamsburg UMC, have been feature... (read more)
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2020
Since the start of the novel coronavirus outbreak, UMCOR has been working with health boards, medical professionals, disaster management coordinators and faith leaders to prevent the further spread of this disease. Now it is clear that the impact of COVID-19 will be far-reaching and demands an even greater response.  The UMCOR COVID-19 Advance #3022612 will award grants of up to $20,000 to United Methodist partners in the U.S. and around the world to assist vul... (read more)
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2020
Traction Tracks training courses are available online. These short videos provide insight for church leadership through this pandemic and beyond. Topics include: First Quick Steps to Connection with online Worship Visitors Rev. Terry McHugh, Executive Pastor and Rev. Curt Bissell, Online Pastor Garfield Memorial United Methodist Church  Cleveland, OH Strategies for Making your Church the "Go to" Place during the Pandemic Season Pastor Krysta Deede Fi... (read more)
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2020
Clergy leadership in West Ohio adjusted quickly to connect with their congregations once Ohio was issued a stay at home order. Members without internet access were the immediate focus for the pastor of Coburn United Methodist Church. Lead pastor, the Rev. Justin Williams, was excited to offer a conference call for worship using the Zoom platform. Worship can be heard every Sunday at 11:00 am or 2:00 pm. Before and after the service, callers can talk with eac... (read more)
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2020
In the account of Jesus walking on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35), the disciples do not recognize Jesus until they invite him to stay with them and he sits and breaks bread. Similarly, in our churches, it is through sharing with one another that we experience Christ among us.  The Covid-19 crisis has an increased impact on those who live paycheck to paycheck and weren't able to stockpile basic needs. And in places like the Yankton Sioux Tribe on the Whit... (read more)
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2020
We often do not have much time to think about what we need to do when an emergency arises - we just do it.  This, I imagine, has been true for many churches recently, both big and small. All this talk about change is focused on the need to adapt and accommodate to effectively continue the ministry of the Church in this time of rapid change.  Recently I was reminded of a strategic paper prepared by the staff at Discipleship Ministries, titled Multiplication Dyna... (read more)
Friday, Apr 17, 2020
Greetings in the name of Jesus, the resurrected Christ, United Methodists are people of faith, people who are willing to adapt and change when faced with difficult times. Resilience. As I preached in an empty sanctuary on Easter Sunday, I thought of pastors across our conference who provided incredible opportunities for people to celebrate Holy Week when gathering in our church buildings was not possible. Resilience. Over the past several weeks, we have al... (read more)
Thursday, Apr 16, 2020
Community meals are part of the ministry culture of Asbury North United Methodist Church. What began as a monthly hot-meal service to the community evolved into a ministry of radical hospitality. With rides to doctor appointments and assistance with navigating social services, the relationship between the church and its community solidified. When COVID-19 reared its head, Asbury quickly adjusted to continue the community ministry. "In March," said the Rev. Mich... (read more)
Thursday, Apr 16, 2020
In Gilboa, a village in northwest Ohio, the people are resilient and self-reliant. Agriculture and manufacturing are the core of the economy. When the Pandora-Gilboa Schools closed due to COVID-19, Gilboa United Methodist Church members knew they had to act. The only church in the village, Gilboa UMC responded to the families experiencing unemployment and already-stretched budgets. The Rev. Ruth Carter-Crist is pastor. Financial support was already in place... (read more)
Thursday, Apr 16, 2020
The OhioHealth Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has moved to teleEAP and is now providing confidential telephonic and videoconferencing options to support West Ohio Conference members and dependent family members during this COVID-19 crisis. We know there are many feelings of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty right now and we want to make sure you have the resources you need to support your emotional well-being. The EAP has increased our resources to add brief ph... (read more)