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Thursday, May 6, 2021
Each week during 2021, the staff of the Ohio River Valley District will be praying for one or more of our churches. During the month of May we pray that the congregations, pastors and church ministries of the following churches will find joy in the daily work of responding to God's direction, a joy that generates perserverance for all that is set before us this year.                                                       Week of May 2 Clough - Pastors Paula Ste... continue reading
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Deacons are clergy leaders called by God and ordained by a bishop to bridge the church and the world while proclaiming the transformational news of Jesus Christ. Most ordained deacons have a primary appointment at a secular location with a secondary appointment to a local church. West Ohio Division of Deacons Chairperson the Rev. Rachel Miller said, “I am grateful to God for those who had the foresight and the vision for the Order of Deacon. I am in awe of the... continue reading
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
This summer, campers attending Widewater will be greeted by Larry Wiliford, the interim camp director who joined the West Ohio Camps staff on April 30. Wiliford has a long history in camping ministry. His love of camping began as a high school student when he worked each summer at camp. He began as a counselor-in-training, then on kitchen crew. Eventually, he served as a counselor and Program Director. Following his call to ordained ministry, Wiliford served a... continue reading
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected health systems globally, crippling service delivery in both high and low-resource countries. However, the effects on already weakened health systems in the developing world have been far more devastating. In recent weeks, the COVID-19 case count - first in Brazil and now in India - has risen dramatically, stressing health systems as well as the supply of essential drugs and medical equipment. Global Ministries and... continue reading
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Each year, a memorial service is held during Annual Conference to remember the life and ministry of clergy and spouses of clergy who have served the United Methodist Church in West Ohio. In a gesture of honor, the family members are gifted a prayer shawl. A prayer shawl symbolizes the love of Christ holding these families as they grieve their loss. Each shawl created is prayed over before being given to the bereaved family. This year, 29 prayer shawls were mail... continue reading
Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021
2021 West Ohio Annual Conference: A Virtual Session The 52nd session of the West Ohio Annual  Conference will be held virtually via Zoom Webinar on:   - Sunday June 6, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm and   - Monday, June 7, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. This year's theme is “Run the Race with Perseverance” based on Hebrews 12:1-2. Registration: Registration is required and ends at 5:00 pm on May 5. To register click here. *Note: You will need to log in to our system to register.... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021
On Memorial Day of 2019, the Dayton, OH, area was devastated by 15 tornados, including an EF-4 with winds over 165 miles per hour. The tornados destroyed at least 1,500 buildings and damaged 7,000 across four counties – Greene, Mercer, Miami, and Montgomery. In the immediate aftermath of the tornados, many Dayton area United Methodist churches provided food, water, prayers, and volunteers who helped to clear debris. In the months that followed, United Methodist... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021
This story features Lorraine Charinda, a West Ohio Missionary Before the installation of solar panels at Kamisamba Farm in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the property had no power source. Electric lines did not extend from the town of Kamina, a little over four miles away. Even in Kamina, particularly during the rainy season, residents can go without electricity for a month or more.  Although the farm has a water source from wells dug a few years ago, wi... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021
Disability Awareness Sunday is an opportunity for us to celebrate the inclusion of people affected by disabilities into the body and family of the church. We celebrate this every time we come together, but this day is a special reminder and a good starting point for new activities and ministries. The definition of a disability is broad and diverse, giving us the opportunity to seek ways of including people with any and all gifts. The Americans with Disabilities... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021
Have you ever wanted to learn ways to engage people in my community who don’t come to my church? Have you ever thought, "I poured so much out in the past year, I need some new prayer practices for myself.” The upcoming May Multiply Minis may help answer these questions. May 12 Morning Innovative Expressions May 12 Afternoon Reimagining Your Sacred Rhythms of Prayer May 26 Morning Where Do We Go From Here?   Multiply Minis are interactive, relevant, and t... continue reading