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  • Episode 266: Blessed Are The Meek

    “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)

     

    Meek does not mean weak.

     

    Now that we have that out of the way, what is meant by “blessed are the meek?”

     

    If what comes to mind when you hear the word meek is weak, harmless, or spiritless, it’s time to reconsider. If what you think of is someone who is a “doormat,” quiet, timid, or does not want to offend anyone, let’s reframe it in the biblical understanding of meek.

     

    Continue reading and Listen to Episode 266

  • Circuit Ministry

    Circuit Ministry

    Each week, we’re holding in prayer one of our circuits in the Capitol Area District. Pray specifically for God’s guidance as the churches seek to collaborate to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world in their local community.

     

    January 18-24, 2023

    Centenary UMC

    Church of the Good Shepherd UMC

    Columbus Korean UMC

    Ebenezer UMC

    Epworth UMC

    Lee Avenue UMC

    Maize Manor UMC

    Vietnamese Congregation at Maize Manor

     

    January 25 - 31, 2023

    Church of the Master UMC

    Church of the Messiah UMC

    Church of the Saviour UMC

    Harlem Road UMC

    New Albany UMC

    Stonybrook UMC

     

    February 1-7, 2023

    Etna UMC

    Kirkersville UMC

    Pataskala UMC

    Summit Station UMC

    Wagram UMC

     

    February 8-14, 2023

    Alexandria UMC

    Bennington Chapel UMC

    Croton UMC

    Johnstown UMC

     

    Questions about Circuit Ministry? Contact Sara Thomas sarathomas [at] wocumc.org or Karen Cook kcook [at] wocumc.org

     

  • Episode 240: Hope in the Ordinary: Do It Again!

    Hope in the Ordinary: Do It Again!

     

    This week's ordinary moment focuses on a simple moment between a parent and child. You've likely experienced this moment for yourself at some point in time. What is it?

     

    Listen and find out.

     

    This series of devotions are meant to serve as a simple reminder of God’s presence in the ordinary moment of everyday life. This is the seventh and final devotion in the series. Throughout the summer, we've been sharing a devotion each week to remind you of God’s presence and the power of hope. You’ll find the scripture, prayer, and reflection question on the website along with links to other devotions.

     

    Continue Reading and Listen to Episode 240

  • Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Bias, Superintendent

    Welcome to our Capitol Area Districts website!

    Bias Opinion

     

    Is Being A Christ-Centered Leader - Worth Your Life?

     

    Is being a Christ-centered leader worth your life? You are still feeling the effects of a Covid shutdown, the information, misinformation, and disinformation regarding your denomination, and the general care needed to keep people focused upon God’s love. With the unexpected challenges, chaos, and confusion being a Christ-centered leader, at this time, is taking a toll on many who are seeking to be faithful. 

     

    Some of you have navigated the challenges with courage and grace. Others of you have met unexpected obstacles and are stuck. Still others of you are weary. I get it. On any given day I can experience all three. That is why I am asking the question. 

     

    At your best, you have the opportunity to live within a community of grace-filled Jesus followers.

     

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  • Trustees

    Annual Form Requirements

    The Trustee Legal and Property Report and Parsonage Inspection Form are required to be submitted at the church's fall church conference. 

    Trustees Legal and Property Report - this form should be completed annually by June 1 and should also be submitted by to the District Office annually.    Click here to find out the date of last filing for your Statement of Continued Existence.

    Parsonage Inspection Form - this form should be completed annually by June 1.

    Parsonage Standards

    Forms can be mailed/emailed to the District Office.  Alternately, to submit either the Trustees Legal and Property Report or Parsonage Inspection Form electronically, first go to www.westhioumc.org and log in. (Trustee Chairs, Pastors and Church Data Administrators have access to these electronic forms.)  Once you have logged in go to My Church, Local  Church Reports, Annual Reporting, 2022.    You can enter the data or upload a scanned copy of your completed form.  Contact the District Office if you need assitance logging in to the website. 

    Insurance

    Updated Minimum Insurance Recommendations from the General Council on Finance and Administration

    West Ohio Insurance Guidelines and Insurance Company Listing

    The Book of Discipline recommends that churches perform insurance reviews annually.  

    Perform an annual "Building Checkup"

    Safe Sanctuaries

    Every church should have a Safe Sanctuaries policy in place.  Here are resources for helping your church with that process: Safe Sanctuaries.  Find more information about Safe Sanctuaries policies and trainings in the West Ohio Conference here

    Book of Discipline

    Armed Intruder Resources

  • Clergy Resources

    One on Ones  - The 2021 One on One Form can be here, and should be submitted one week before your One on One with Rev. Tim Bias.  

    Clergy Clusters  All clergy are encouraged to be a member of a clergy cluster.  The current list of clusters and their meeting information is below.

    Mission Insite  This site allows each church to design demographic studies for their area.  Login instructions and the Mission Insite Mosaic Guide are below.  Mission Insite Website

    Church Data information - click here or here for previous demographic data for your church

    Apportionments

    WesPath Retirement Benefits Information

    Preacher's Relief Society information and application

    Online Version of 2016 Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions

     

     

     

  • ORV Lay Servant Ministries Advanced Core Course - Life Together in the UM Connection (Polity)

    Sunday, March 12, 2023 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, March 21, 2023 - 9:00pm

    Life Together in the United Methodist Connection gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church. A copy of the 2016 Book of Discipline is recommended for this course.

    What we believe about God and God’s relation to the world shapes who we are and how we organize our church. The Method of Our Mission, especially written for United Methodist classes, uses a Wesleyan theological frame to help readers understand United Methodism’s principles and structure, and the relationship between our beliefs, mission, and practice. The book is arranged into four parts—United Methodist beliefs, mission, practice, and organization.

    This LSM core advanced course is being offered via Zoom on the following dates from 7-9pm:
    • Sunday, March 12
    • Tuesday, March 14
    • Thursday, March 16
    • Sunday, March 19
    • Tuesday, March 21

    Your Zoom link will be emailed to you 3 days prior to the first class.

    Students will need to purchase their own text: The Method of Our Mission, Laceye C. Warner, Participant’s Book  -  Available from Cokesbury, Amazon and more.

    Location Name: 
    Zoom
    Contact: 
    Glen Lash
    Email: 
    glash@cinci.rr.com
    Price: 
    $20 + the cost of the book
  • Doing Restorative Justice TODAY

    Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
    Sponsored by All In Community, a mission initiative through the West Ohio Conference

    In the United Methodist Social Principles on criminal and restorative justice (164.V.H.), “we urge the creation of a genuinely new system for the care and restoration of victims, offenders, criminal justice officials, and the community as a whole.”

    But how?  Restortative justice, rooted in indigenous traditions of healing and accountability, offers a solution.  Focused on repairing the relational and communal damage done by harmful actions, restorative justice offering pathways and practices for righting the wrong and bringing healing to all involved—including the one harmed, the one who harmed, the families of both, and the community at large.

    Restorative justice is the Church’s work of reconciliation and redemption in the face of woundedness and in the reality of harmful systems of retribution and injustice.  This session provides a basic understanding of the restorative justice framework and some basic restorative practices for doing restorative justice today.

     

    Location Name: 
    Virtual Only through ZOOM
    Contact: 
    Jami Nathan
    Email: 
    jami.nathan.22@gmail.com
    Age Group: 
    Any
    Price: 
    $10 - General, $15 - CEU (UMC)/Certificate of Participation
  • Exciting Work Happening In West Ohio

    Dear Ones in Christ Jesus:

    Grace and Peace to you.

    I want to take this opportunity to give you an update on some exciting work going on in the West Ohio Conference that has an affect on all of us. So, here we go.

     

    • At the 2022 regular session of the Annual Conference, the members established a Connectional Table. The group convened in the Fall and took up their work. Recently they acted to move forward with a Strategic Planning Process for the conference to help envision the work to which we are called over the next several years. Measurement Resources has been engaged as a consulting partner for this process. This work will ultimately engage lots of people and voices. It is anticipated that the process will be completed by early September. Stay tuned for more as it emerges.
    • Last June the lay and clergy members of the West Ohio Annual Conference also voted to reduce the number of districts from eight to six effective July 1, 2023. I promised to report the what and the where of the six new districts by March 1, 2023. I share with you now that we are on track, and you can look for an announcement said date. Many people have given generously of their time, skill, experience, and opinions in this process. I am grateful to each and all of them. I look forward to living into our new six district reality.
    • The work related to disaffiliation continues. I want to alert you that I intend to call another Adjourned Session of the West Ohio Annual Conference to vote on disaffiliations under par. 2553 of the Book of Discipline. Please hold Saturday October 21, 2023 for this special session. Keep in mind that this heads-up is not the official Call to Conference. Rather it expresses my intention. There are details still to be worked out including formally specifying all agenda items, technology etc.

    As we journey from Epiphany to Lent to Easter let’s choose to keep our eyes on Jesus and boldly engage the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

    Yours in Christ Jesus,

    + Bishop Gregory V. Palmer

     

  • Help God’s Love Take Flight this February!

    Bishop Palmer, the West Ohio Conference Office of Connectional Ministries and the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio invite you to show your love for Wings of the Morning during the month of February through a special urgent appeal.

    Due to supply chain issues and government paperwork delays, the much-loved Cessna aircraft, purchased by West Ohio for the North Katanga Conference Wings of the Morning Ministry has been unexpectedly grounded for nearly six months awaiting necessary repairs.

    With the grounding of this aircraft, the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo lost access to emergency medications, supplies and the ability to evacuate in case of emergency. Although the costs for the major maintenance are covered, thanks in part to the Wings of the Morning Endowment Fund, operating reserves are now depleted with no corporate sponsorships to offset operating costs. Soon, staff may need to be laid off.

    West Ohio, we can make a difference and help lighten the load for missionaries Jeanne and Gaston Ntambo!

    Just $20,000 would help cover immediate needs for operational support including staff salaries, airplane documentation fees, hanger fees, and fuel costs – all necessary costs for getting the ministry back up and flying by spring, just in time for the rainy season in the DRC.

    You can help! 

    As an individual donor: Send your tax-deductible gift via check to the UMFWO with the following information in the memo line: NKWOTM Advance # 08597A or click here to donate and choose Wings of the Morning in the drop down menu to donate online.

    As a church: Mail your gift to: West Ohio Conference 32 Wesley Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio 43085 C/O Finance & Administration with the following information in the memo line: NKWOTM Advance # 08597A.

    Please follow us on our website, social media channels and NewsNET for updates on this fundraising effort.

    Thank you, West Ohio!

    Click here to learn more about Wings of the Morning

    Click here to watch a video