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Friday, Mar 5, 2021
Please read the Book of Jonah Jonah is not widely thought of in the Lenten narrative, but I would like to suggest we should add it to our reading for reflection. Lent is a season of self-denial, of taking up our cross and following Jesus.  Jonah is an interesting story.  Some scholars have debated whether the story is fact or a fictional allegory. [1] While this may be an interesting discussion it is not the purpose of this devotion. The story of Jonah is a won... continue reading
Wednesday, Mar 3, 2021
Bishop Gregory Palmer has announced the appointment of the Rev. Amy Haines as the Northwest District superintendent effective July 1, 2021. “The wealth of experiences and service in a variety of ministry settings positions Pastor Amy Haines to be an effective and fruitful superintendent,” Bishop Gregory V. Palmer said. “Her life and vocation are deeply rooted in the Triune God and the Wesleyan way. She combines in healthy ways self-direction and team collaborat... continue reading
Wednesday, Mar 3, 2021
If you’ve ever visited a United Methodist church at Christmas time, you may have encountered a tree decorated with paper angels, each with the name of a child written on it. These are Angel Tree children – or, the children of incarcerated parents – that many churches ‘adopt’ at Christmas, providing gifts as a symbol of God’s love for them. But Angel Tree Ministries is more than just gifts at Christmas, and this summer, at least 50 Angel Tree children will have... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021
When God calls a person to preach the gospel, the journey can be a life-changing experience and unlike any other vocation. When you are a woman receiving the call, the journey can be especially unique. This Women’s History Month, we honor all of the clergywomen in West Ohio who toil in ministry to make disciples of Jesus Christ in Ohio and beyond. We thank them for sharing the God-given gifts that help shape our lives. Each week this month, we will hear from a... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021
Bishop Palmer’s next Leadership Clinic guest is Carey Nieuwhof, best-selling author, pastor, and leading voice in church innovation. Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church in Canada. He's the author of several best-selling books, including his latest, Didn't See It Coming: Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects But Everyone Experiences. Carey’s LIVE training will be followed by an interactive interview wit... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021
On February 15, a severe winter storm hit many parts of the Midwest, including southeastern Ohio. The storm left behind a thick layer of ice, causing power outages and fallen debris in Lawrence and Gallia counties. The Ohio National Guard was called in to help clear roadways, but residents are still struggling with damaged property, power outages, and now flooding. In the midst of it all, United Methodist churches from across West Ohio have taken action. Aided... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021
General Conference organizers announced that the denomination’s top lawmaking assembly — long postponed by pandemic — must wait to meet another year. The global gathering is now scheduled Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 2022, in Minneapolis. At the same time, the Council of Bishops has announced a special one-day General Conference on May 8. The special global gathering has only 12 pieces of legislation before it — all basically intended to help the church function until the... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021
Thinking about leading a mission team in 2021 or beyond? Join West Ohio for a virtual Volunteers in Mission (VIM) Team Leader Training on Saturday, March 20, from 9am-1pm. With experienced team leaders as instructors, you will learn how to plan and lead a mission experience in Ohio, the United States or around the world. You will also be provided with practical resources for nurturing the spiritual life of your team, as well as sample forms and information abou... continue reading
Friday, Feb 26, 2021
Please read 1 Corinthians 12 On Thursday February 25, 2021 the Rev. Junius B. Dotson died after a brief battle with cancer. While I did not know him personally, Rev. Dotson had an impact on my life. Dotson was the top official at Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Rev. Dotson pastored local congregations and worked at many levels in the connection. His death is an enormous loss to his family, friends, colleagues and the Church, and in part... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021
Dr. Josephine Whitely-Fields, a retired elder, saw an opportunity when she found limited historical records of Black clergywomen and their contributions to The United Methodist Church. “There was little written about us (Black clergywomen) in our denomination,” she said, “and all we achieved despite the isms in the church.” Whitely-Fields began interviewing other clergywomen to document their journeys of living out God’s call on their lives. She compiled the st... continue reading