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Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020
The first Sunday in October is World Communion Sunday. United Methodist congregations join many Christian churches around the globe for this celebration of unity among churches across denominations. According to the 1972 Book of Discipline paragraph 263.3 there shall be a World Communion (formerly Fellowship of Suffering and Service) offering to support the division of chaplains and ministries, Crusade Scholarships and the scholarship fund for minority groups. ... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020
Since 2004, First United Methodist Church, Newark, has donated school supplies to students in the community. Through the years, the outreach has expanded to a community fair to include services such as haircuts, health screenings, school uniforms and a brown-bag meal. This fair became a mission outreach project for the church and community to get to know each other and to invite the community to become a part of First Church. There began a shift from a transact... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020
Kingdom building is happening throughout the West Ohio Annual Conference through creating relationships and transforming lives. New worshipping communities, celebrations and baptisms witness that Christ is moving and living among us. Mosaic Church celebrates three years in ministry! On Sunday, Sept. 13, Mosaic Church in Dayton, Ohio, held a drive-in worship service celebrating three years of ministry in the Dayton Area. The day was filled with worship and socia... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020
Most afternoons, the Rev. Carlton R. “Sam” Young spends a few hours in the upstairs office of the Nashville, Tennessee, home he occupies with his wife of 74 years, Marjorie Lindner Young. If he has a text to set music to, he makes a double-spaced copy, marks all the accents, then reads the words aloud with emphasis. “The rhythm comes up from the page and with it, invariably, comes a melody,” Young said. “It just happens. I can’t explain it.” Within church music... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16). For Jack Reif, member at Milford First UMC in the Ohio River Valley District, his 30+ years of service as a Volunteers in Mission (VIM) team leader and coordinator has been all about glorifying God. Jack’s good works have taken him to Alaska, North Carolina, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Panam... continue reading
Friday, Sep 25, 2020
Psalm 62 - Inclusive Bible In God alone my soul finds rest, for my deliverance comes from God, who alone is my rock, my salvation, my fortress: I will never be shaken. How long will you besiege me as though I were a crumbling wall or a tottering fence? They connive to push me off a cliff; they delight in telling lies. With their mouths they utter blessing, but in their hearts they curse. -Selah- In God alone my soul finds rest, for my deliverance co... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020
As United Methodists we “hold governments responsible for the protection of the rights of the people to free and fair elections” believing that “the form and the leaders of all governments should be determined by exercise of the right to vote guaranteed to all adult citizens.” (2016 Book of Discipline, ¶164A) In the United States, generations of advocates fought to expand the right to vote beyond the original electorate of land-owning white men. And despite con... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020
“Antwerp United Methodist Church has always been a church committed to reaching their community,” says Northwest Plains District Superintendent Barry Burns, “but they have renewed that commitment to engage their community as it is, and not just as it once was.” Recipient of this year’s West Ohio Conference One Matters Award, Antwerp UMC is a rural congregation in Northwest Ohio with a blended worship service that typically sees about 90-100 attendees on Sunday... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer and Director Annette Chambers-Smith from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction are scheduled to welcome over 350 UM members, Ohio state agency staff and leaders, local reentry professionals, community service partners, restored citizens and people of various faiths to the virtual Building Bridges Community Experience on October 1-2. The Community Experience offers two days of creating community for and with people who are... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020
Each month, the Henry County Chamber of Commerce selects a business of the month. This month, West Ohio's Camp Widewater was given the honor. “I have worked with the camp director, Rachel Palmer, on many projects. It was my honor to select Camp Widewater this month,” said Joel Miller, director of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations, Rachel and Camp Widewater! Camp Widewater is nestled in the arms of the Maumee River and the fertile farmlands o... continue reading