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Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023
On the Rev. Greg Gardner’s first day at Hallsville United Methodist Church in 2014 he found a small gathering and not many children. Gardner, lead pastor of Hallsville, believed anything was possible. Located in the picturesque hills of Kingston, Ohio in the Shawnee Valley District, the church had a food pantry ministry and held in high regard service to local veterans. Yet, in looking to grow the church, Gardner knew he needed to start with prayer. The forme... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023
Cincinnati's Martin Luther King Day celebration consisted of thousands marching downtown, beginning with an Interfaith Prayer Service at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and concluding with a program of speakers and song at Cincinnati Music Hall. United Methodists from the Ohio River Valley District had a strong showing – with presence of nearly one hundred United Methodists from more than twelve congregations braving the cold. The “United Meth... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023
All clergy serving in ministry in the West Ohio Conference are invited to join us for a Clergy Day Apart on Tuesday, February 7th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church, 4343 Dublin Rd., Hilliard, Ohio 43026. Our speaker will be Rev. Dr. Joni Sancken.  She will be speaking on the theme: "From Grief to Easter."  Dr. Sancken is the Professor of Homiletics at United Theological Seminary. She is an ordained pastor with the Mennonite Churc... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023
Mark your calendar for the upcoming Retiree Day Apart scheduled for Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at the West Ohio Conference Center. More details to follow.
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023
As stipulated in our conference rules, all legislation must be submitted to and received by the Conference Secretary Chris Clough by 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, March 1. Any legislation received after that date will be returned. The maker of that legislation can decide if they want to suspend the rules for consideration of the Annual Conference body. Legislation should be sent to me at: Conference Secretary, Chris Clough at cclough [at] wocumc.org.
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023
The Global Mission Fellows International and US Application are ending soon! Global Mission Fellows are young adults ages 20-30 who spend 2 years living and working with a local community on issues of social injustice. If you or a young person in your life are passionate about alleviating suffering in the world and looking for a way to put their faith into action, consider applying for the Global Mission Fellows program. International applications have closed... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023
The Foundation for Evangelism is hosting an informational session for its upcoming grant cycle. The foundation is now accepting applications for the 2023 Equipping the Local Church grant cycle. A total of $350,000 is available for grants of $5,000 or $10,000 to small and medium* church congregations, or clusters of churches working together, in a Wesleyan-tradition denomination. To help clarify the grant criteria and application process, an information sessio... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023
We are excited to introduce West Ohio’s Director of Faith Formation and Lay Ministry, Julie Carter. Julie is an exceptional teacher and leader who naturally invites people into community where they experience Jesus and are mutually transformed. This new position was created when Sam Rodriguez left West Ohio to be the Executive Director of Congregational Development in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. Julie comes to us from Sylvania First UMC where she wa... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023
The West Ohio Conference is celebrating the ministry of Tracy Chambers, who served as Lay Servant Ministries Director from 2017-2021. Chambers is continuing to fulfill her calling to serve Jesus Christ by pursuing certification as a candidate for ordination as an Elder. She also works for intercultural competence through pastoral care and social justice with All in Community, West Ohio’s ministry to equip and connect laity and clergy to embrace our church membe... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023
The 2023 Virtual Laity Discernment Retreat will hold its first session at the end of January, so be sure to register now! At the Laity Discernment Retreat, we will talk about call, discernment, and what it means to be "called by our baptism." We will learn ways to intentionally enter into a time of prayer about discernment, and we will discover Spiritual Rhythms that can help guide our journey. We will also discuss the variety of ways laity can serve both in o... continue reading