Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016
June 28, 2016 "Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”—Lamentations 3:21-23 Beloved in Christ Jesus: West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin called the flooding that began June 23 “among the worst in a century”.  President Obama signed a major disaster declaration for three of the hardest hit counties- Greenbr... (read more)
Friday, Jun 17, 2016
United Methodists were well represented at this year's Living Faith Awards sponsored by The Spirituality Network of Columbus, Ohio. The 25th year for this celebration of 'individuals who create a more hopeful, peaceful, and faithful world.' Over the past 25 years more than 200 laypeople and clergy from many traditions have been recognized for living out their dynamic faith in the world.    This year three United Methodists were among those recognized. ... (read more)
Friday, Jun 17, 2016
The William B. Murray Vital Church Awards are presented by the West Ohio chapter of the United Methodist Rural Advocates (UMRA) to rural and smaller member churches that display passionate worship, radical hospitality, risk-taking service and mission, extravagant generosity, and faith-forming relationships. The goal of these awards is to help smaller town and country churches tell their story beyond just the reporting of numbers. The winners were recognized at... (read more)
Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016
The Harry Denman  Evangelism Award honors clergy and lay United Methodists selected by the annual conference for their exceptional ministry of evangelism expressed in Word, Sign, and Deed, that brings people into a life transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. A Harry Denman Evangelism Award recipient consistently introduces those they serve to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Their ministry is outstanding for the number of new Christ followers who credit enc... (read more)
Monday, Jun 13, 2016
June 13, 2016 Beloved in Christ Jesus: Like all of you I awakened on Sunday morning June 12 to the tragic, devastating, jaw-dropping reports of yet another mass shooting. This time the worst one in recent American history. But this is not a competition or race that  is worth winning. It is however a deeply sobering reminder of our lack of capacity to reign in violence and hatred. The layers of complexity of this particular shooting are still being peeled back.... (read more)
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016
Lima City churches are set to open the city’s first Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School to open this summer serving scholars currently in grades kindergarten thru fifth grade. For the past three years, several representatives from various ministerial alliances partnered together in an effort to bring the program to Lima, including Shawnee United Methodist Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, Second Baptist Church and Providence Missionary Baptist C... (read more)
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Children and youth are invited to a special day for ages 6-13 at any of our three West Ohio United Methodist Camps on June 8, 9 or 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  One-Day Adventure Camps are perfect for:  First-time campers Younger campers Parents' day out Youth groups or Sunday school classes School age child care groups  All the great camp activities are included like hiking, swimming, canoeing, archery, singing, game playing, cook-outs and much mo... (read more)
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The One Matters Initiative was created to celebrate West Ohio Conference churches that are extending the love of Christ into the community and bringing new members into their congregations. These churches are doing extraordinary work to build God’s kingdom here in West Ohio. Each District Superintendent was asked to nominate one church from their district for the 2016 West Ohio Conference One Matters Award, which was presented at this year’s Annual Conference m... (read more)
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Missional Church Defined: Five Habits by Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey, Director of the Office of Missional Church Development   Habit #4: Deploying Gifts and Strengths It’s clear in the teachings of Jesus that serving the needs of God’s transformational work is woven thoroughly into the fabric of what it means to become a disciple. Christ himself said that he came “not to be served, but to serve….” (Mark 10:45)  We are all designed to use the... (read more)
Thursday, May 12, 2016
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” -Matthew 25:23 (NIV) Throughout his life and ministry, Bishop Ntambo Nkulu of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been faithful in many things. Prior to becoming Bishop of the North Katanga Area of The United Methodist Church, Ntambo held a number of positions both inside... (read more)