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Thursday, May 28, 2020
On a whim, Judy Robinson purchased a bucket of wire at a farm auction for 25 cents. She had no use for it at the time. Later, however, she would use the wire for a mission to fight COVID-19. A member of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church in Sugar Grove, Ohio, Robinson wanted to respond to the pandemic. "We had a feeding ministry," she said, "but the state restrictions kept us from it." A seamstress and textile business owner, she recruited three other women to... continue reading
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Many of the repair and rebuilding needs of Dayton's tornado survivors were put on hold when the pandemic hit. Now, skilled adult volunteers are needed for day-only work in Dayton (no overnights - teams drive in and out each day).  Volunteers must follow specific protocols including no more than 10 people per work site (larger teams may be split between sites), maintaining 6 feet between volunteers, wearing masks, not sharing and/or disinfecting tools after use,... continue reading
Thursday, May 28, 2020
On Tuesday, June 2, 1-2:30 pm, All In Community will offer a webinar on "Volunteering from 6-Feet Away: How to Activate your Community Mission Ministry During the COVID-19 Crisis."  Join in this deep dive with three leaders who are meeting the challenge of keeping volunteers safe in their service and making the most vulnerable feel safe being served. Our guest presenters will discuss strategies for engaging your church's mission-minded volunteers safely and com... continue reading
Thursday, May 28, 2020
"Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?" Isaiah 58:6 (NIV) Yesterday, video footage posted on social media showed George Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed African-American man, handcuffed and pinned to the ground at the neck by a Minneapolis police officer's knee. Mr. Floyd can be heard gasping, "I can't breathe!"  Bystanders also begged officers... continue reading
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Organizers have announced that the next General Conference will be Aug. 29-Sept. 7, 2021, in Minneapolis, despite pleas that the decision-making body not meet at the start of the academic year. However, the organizers are still looking for ways to ensure delegates, even if they can't meet in person, can participate online in what many expect to be a historic legislative meeting. The United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly - postponed from this May by... continue reading
Thursday, May 28, 2020
On Pentecost Sunday, we remember the day the disciples received the Holy Spirit in a special way. The story in Acts 2 describes a powerful wind and tongues of fire as the Holy Spirit was poured out on people from all over the world who came to Jerusalem to celebrate a Jewish feast. At the first Pentecost over 3000 people were baptized, creating the first church.This is why Pentecost is known as the birthday of the Christian church. The word Pentecost comes from... continue reading
Thursday, May 21, 2020
The Conference is navigating a challenging financial landscape, and our position reflects good financial stewardship in recent years. We have maintained reserve levels as directed by the Council on Finance and Administration. Conference staffing levels (excluding Camps and Retreats) are down 20% from recent year peaks and sound investment management have worked together to make this happen. Nevertheless, the COVID-19 pandemic has combined with underlying denomi... continue reading
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Correctional facilities across the country have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and West Ohio is no exception.  As returning neighbors are released from prisons and jails, they bring with them a higher risk of spreading the virus within their community. They also have fewer resources to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, which is why All In Community, along with the West Ohio Conference United Methodist Women and West Ohio's Disaster Re... continue reading
Thursday, May 21, 2020
In downtown Columbus, Manna Café has become a place of community to share a hot meal with an offering of prayer and Holy Communion. Manna Café at Broad Street United Methodist Church provides weekly meals sponsored by organizations or groups and served by countless volunteers. As COVID-19 began to unfold in early March, Manna Café did not stop ministry to their neighbors; they modified. A boxed lunch consisting of a sandwich, soup, dessert and bottled drink "to... continue reading
Thursday, May 21, 2020
The Rev. Diane Dyson doesn't wear a clergy collar. If she did, no one would see it these days because of everything else she has on. Her work garb for 12-hour-plus shifts includes an N95 mask, face shield, protective cap, gloves and floor-length gown. "I don't want to whine but it's hot and heavy," Dyson said. "It's nice to leave at the end of the day and get some fresh air." Dyson is a United Methodist deacon and registered nurse who since mid-March has been c... continue reading