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Sunday, Jan 23, 2022
Please read Luke 4:14-21 Don’t you wish you were there? The synagogue in Nazareth, that’s where. The day Jesus was handed the Isaiah scroll, read a portion and then handed it back to the attendant "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing." (vs.21)  Can't you just hear the inaudible gasp?  You can just see it. The whole family is there. A meal is planned afterward; extended family has come into town. The very proud parents are bursting at the ... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022
Near High Street United Methodist Church in Springfield, Ohio, a tent city lines a bike trail. These are homes to a growing homeless population. An encounter with a possible resident of that community changed the lens through which the Rev. Cynthia Atwater viewed ministry. While serving a weekly meal at Central Community Center, housed at High Street UMC, a man requested a shower. “It was an overwhelming feeling,” said Atwater, the church’s lead pastor. Her... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022
January 18-25 marks the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This annual observance, sponsored jointly by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity since 1968, invites all Christians everywhere to remember one another in prayer and strengthen the bonds of love and mutual mission we share in Jesus Christ.  While the observance is commonly referred to as a Week of Prayer, it lasts eight full days. The number eight is importan... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022
The Rev. Jeremy Squires was done. “The pandemic was the hardest year I have ever experienced in 25 years of ministry,” said Squires, lead pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. “In October, I went to my wife and said I am ready to call it quits,” he said. “I am not doing anybody any good and I am causing harm so why keep doing this? I don’t understand what is needed now and I am failing.” The pandemic dramatically... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022
Determined, dedicated, disciplined” is the mantra that Ernestine Shepherd lives by. This 84-year old body builder, who holds world records and recently added a Beyoncé video cameo to her resume, exudes strength and confidence.  Known for her spunk and candor, the lifelong United Methodist speaks openly about her struggles with anxiety and depression.   How it started Shepherd’s fitness story, which began at age 56, is legendary. Shepherd and her big siste... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022
Many years ago, Rushsylvania United Methodist Church in the Capital Area North District created “Blessing Bags” as part of a youth project. Volunteers filled bags with various items and delivered them to shut-ins on a Sunday in Advent. Over the years, the number of bags increased.  Inspired by the ministry, the congregation and lead pastor, the Rev. Jessica Cavinee, decided to use the ministry to connect with the community. In 2020 Gov. Mike DeWine issued the... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022
“I got your letter today and thank you for making me feel like a person again. When I am at my lowest, you can bring me back up to the top.” In December 2021, the HOPE Letters program celebrated two years of correspondence with men and women who are incarcerated. Since HOPE Letters started in December 2019, it has grown from five writers at Grace UMC in Dayton writing to women at the Ohio Reformatory for Women (ORW) to 100 writers from 10 churches and faith-ba... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022
As you begin to plan for another year of ministry, consider how the UM Foundation of West Ohio can help you achieve your goals. We’ve been serving the West Ohio Conference for over forty years, and have a long track record of success helping churches thrive, growing generous givers, and meeting the charitable goals of congregations and donors across the Conference. Contact us if you are interested in: Investing in your future by creating an endowment. Incr... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022
On January 16, United Methodists around the globe will join in celebrating Human Relations Day, a special offering that supports ministries that bridge the gap between the church and community. Celebrated on Sunday before the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (or on a date that is convenient for your congregation), Human Relations Day is a time to highlight the social justice commitment of The United Methodist Church and to partner in... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022
Consider an African proverb: “If the lion does not tell its story, the hunter will always be the hero.” “Persons who are depressed and oppressed have a tendency not to tell their story,” said retired Bishop Forrest Stith, who played a pivotal role in founding the African American Methodist Heritage Center in 2001 to document the history of Black Methodists. Without the center, “the story of Methodism is told by those who are in a better position,” he added, “... continue reading