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Wednesday, Nov 25, 2020
The O Antiphons are generally prayed from December 17 to Christmas Eve. Over 1,300 years old, the O Antiphons were prayed in monastic communities and then began to be shared by the broader church. Deeply spiritual, each antiphon begins with the invocation of the word “O" as a sign of reverence, and then, followed by one of the names of the Promised One, the Messiah – the Savior of Israel. For centuries, the O Antiphons have been prayed silently and out loud. Th... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
Nashville, November 2020 – The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) is extending full permission to all churches for use of UMPH copyrighted worship materials through July 31, 2021. Due to the extraordinary challenges faced by churches and others, UMPH (Cokesbury and Abingdon Press) is assuring easy access to essential worship aids and use of the Common Eng-lish Bible for online worship and studies.  The copyright page in the 1992 United Methodist Book of... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
Dear Faith Community Partners, As we go through another surge of COVID cases, we know that you have seen coverage in the media about stress on healthcare workers. OhioHealth is providing many resources to help with the resiliency of our staff. But this is hard. And we are also asking faith communities for encouragement. We know that you are holding healthcare workers in your thoughts and prayers. And we are wondering if you’d like to provide some other concrete... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
Since 2017, the worship attendance at Liberty Chapel Scrub Ridge has doubled. The increase is a result of community outreach. A few years ago, the congregation was looking for a way to meet an immediate need of the community: access to food. Under the leadership of the Rev. Chuck Reeves, the church invested $50 to secure a membership to the FreeStore food bank in Cincinnati and launched a food pantry. With food filling the fellowship hall, the pantry served 60-... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
Effectively reaching new people for Christ is the hallmark of West Ohio’s Light of the World award, given to one church from each district that demonstrates a commitment to shine the light of God’s love into their community. This year’s winner from the Maumee Watershed District is Toledo Wesley United Methodist Church. Led by Rev. Waverly Earley, Toledo Wesley United Methodist Church is a 130-year-old congregation of 70 members that worships about 25 on Sundays... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
On March 27, 2020, the CARES Act was signed into law to help provide relief in response to the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States. Part of the CARES Act relief package includes measures that incentivize charitable contributions by both individuals and corporations. Some of the CARES Act incentives include: An above-the-line tax deduction for cash donations to qualified charitable organizations, up to $300 for Individuals and $600 f... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
This year, because of COVID-19 and the inequalities it has exacerbated, adults are reporting considerably higher mental stress. According to the CDC, “younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers reported having experienced disproportionately worse mental health outcomes, increased substance use, and elevated suicidal ideation.” The degree and types of suffering is immense, and we may not understand its full ramificat... continue reading
Thursday, Nov 19, 2020
"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”  - Colossians 3:15 State Avenue United Methodist Church has been a beacon of Christ’s light in Lower Price Hill since 1904.  We see many beautiful children and neighbors each week.  We are both a small church and a larger mission outpost.  We pray for more people to come to know and love our Triune God more deeply. In the 2020 pandemic, we’ve been bl... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020
Effectively reaching new people for Christ is the hallmark of West Ohio’s Light of the World award, given to one church from each district that demonstrates a commitment to shine the light of God’s love into their community. This year’s winner from the Foothills District is Buchtel United Methodist Church. Buchtel United Methodist Church is located in the heart of southeastern Ohio, in Athens County, and in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The Villag... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020
Thinking about retiring in the next 3-5 years? If so, Wespath will be hosting a Pre-retirement webinar Thursday, November 19 from 11:00 a.m. until noon, Central time. To register, please click here. Topics to be covered include the 2021 retirement process, distribution options for cash balance plans, annuity options for lifetime income plans, and options for deferring your benefits.