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Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017
Last year at Annual Conference as Jean Sherman listened to Bishop Palmer speak, she felt moved to do something about a situation that had given her pause. As Elizabethtown UMC's lay member, she noticed that a lot of perfectly good food went to waste at the end of conference. So last year and again this year she arranged for leftover food to be collected and delivered to Victory Kitchen in Sandusky. But she didn't stop there. She went back up the following week... continue reading
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Welcome to our website! Located in Southwest Ohio, the Ohio River Valley District of the United Methodist Church is comprised of 27,837 disciples in 121 congregations throughout Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties. Our vision is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world... a world of justice, love and peace filled with people growing in the likeness of Jesus Christ. We hope you will join us!
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The strategic planning process for the Ohio River Valley District took place during the first quarter of 2017. From a district-wide survey and town hall meetings made up of pastors and laity in the Ohio River Valley District, our consultant, Sheri Chaney-Jones of Measurement Resources, was able to analyze the current state of the ORV and understand the vision of the future. With input from the ORV leadership team, a 3-year plan was developed that highlights 5 s... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017
In response to the surveys participants at the January 28 Leadership Training Day completed, we have identified and scheduled some "go deeper" workshops. We're calling them #TeachingTuesdays. Most are being held at the district office and are 2-3 hours each and include a free meal! March 7: Digital and Social Media Communications March 21: Bloom Where You Are Planted April 25: Discipleship Pathways   May 16: Providing SanctuaryMay 16: Leaving Well (for trans... continue reading
Monday, Dec 12, 2016
Each summer, Hyde Park Community UMC helps church groups, youth groups, and young adults put their faith into action through Bible study, worship, and hands-on experiences working to impact those living in poverty and homelessness. To help coordinate these experiences, they employ 3-5 interns each summer. Interns spend their time leading Bible studies, serving alongside the teams for the week, helping to lead nightly worship, and serving as the connection point... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016
On the first Thursday of each month members of Lindenwald United Methodist Church in Hamilton and senior pastor Rev. Valerie Waibel line up along Pleasant Avenue holding signs that announce “FREE PRAYER DRIVE THRU.” They wave at passing motorists and invite them to take a break and stop for prayer. It is an amazing, spirit-filled experience for both the volunteers and those who stop. When first proposed in 2008 by Bruce Dickerson, the Director of Transformation... continue reading
Thursday, Oct 20, 2016
To help keep the emphasis on giving instead of getting this time of year, mark your calendar for UMC #GivingTuesday Nov. 29. Last year, nearly 6,000 donors from 27 countries who donated $2.8 million through The Advance to support mission and ministries around the world. Thank you for your faithful giving! In an effort to change even more lives this year, we've created a host of UMC #GivingTuesday resources to help you get involved and spread the message of gene... continue reading
Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016
Several weeks ago Rev. Suzanne Allen wrote an article about the current heroin epidemic and offered some ideas for how your church might respond. She also asked for you to share some of the ways you've stepped up to minister to your community. Rev. Joni Manson shared these words about how Sabina United Methodist Church has responded:   "Sabina Church hosts an ecumenical ministry called "Arms of Hope" that is in the process of opening a storefront location in do... continue reading
Monday, Oct 3, 2016
In August, our UMC General Council on Finance & Administration (GCFA) updated their online Tax Packet, a wealth of tax resources for clergy, local church treasurers, finance committees and staff-parish relations committees. It is compiled and maintained by the GCFA Legal Department and includes resources regarding:  Tax Information for Clergy Housing Allowance ​ IRS Audit Guidelines Accountable Reimbursement Policies Spousal Travel Expenses Other tax inform... continue reading
Friday, Sep 30, 2016
Two new series have been developed for ORV churches for Lent and beyond. Check out these new resources at www.orvseries.org. Included are graphics, creative elements (such as videos), Sunday message outlines and notes, small group materials, children and youth lessons and more. LENT - DARE YOUR CONGREGATION to get out of the church and LOVE. This Lent Series follows Jesus' life on earth as his own journey of love culminates on the cross. Scriptures are from the... continue reading