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Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021
Dear Friends in Christ Jesus: As much of the culture is ramping up for Halloween I am praying and singing my way to All Saints Day, November 1. That said please take a moment and join me in singing, reciting, praying the words of hymn For All the Saints: For all the saints, who from their labors rest, who thee by faith before the world confessed, thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest. Alleluia, Alleluia! Thou wast their rock, their fortress, a... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021
The North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops has announced a virtual conference to be held November 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and November 11, from 9:00 a.m. ending at 12:30 p.m. The agenda will focus on three critical areas: dismantling racism, the future United Methodist Church, and the role and deployment of episcopal leadership within the jurisdiction. These topics were suggested by delegates or have been identified as critical for the on-going mi... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021
Global Ministries is launching a new initiative and joining interfaith partners in an effort to increase the equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine around the world. Funds donated to a new Advance giving project will support “Love Beyond Borders: The Interfaith Movement to End the Pandemic” campaign supporting UNICEF’s global vaccine distribution efforts. Proposed to Global Ministries by First United Methodist Church of Boise, Idaho’s, missions team, “L... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021
Almost 30 years ago, WOC leaders made sure that donors across West Ohio knew about the benefits of establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) with the Council on Development (now the Foundation). As a result of that effort, today the UMFWO is pleased to partner with dozens of committed United Methodists in our conference who chose to increase income in retirement while also supporting a United Methodist cause. In addition to retirement income, other uses for... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021
Interested in learning how to respond with compassion to natural disasters across the U.S.? West Ohio will be hosting a virtual Early Response Team Basic Class to train new responders in providing a caring Christian presence in the aftermath of a disaster. This virtual class will be taught by UMCOR-certified West Ohio ERT trainers and held over two days: November 19, 6:00-9:00pm; and November 20, 9:00am - 2:00pm. You must attend both sessions. Cost of the clas... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021
Joyce Long isn’t asking for all that much. “I want to use this (tablet) for communication,” she said, as she waited for a recent Project Connect class to begin at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church. Long, 88, with glasses, a mask to protect her from COVID-19 and a blue baseball cap obscuring much of her face, was hoping to get competent on Zoom so she can visit with relatives and keep connected to church when she can’t be there personally. She was in the... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021
By now millions of Americans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are beginning to safely gather and travel again. However, many communities (particularly in rural and low-income areas) are behind much of the country when it comes to vaccinations. Vaccine distribution is complicated by lack of access in some areas and distrust/misinformation in others. Congregations have a unique opportunity to assist with vaccine advocacy and distribution within the... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021
Aley United Methodist Church had dipped their toes into the digital pool, but it took a pandemic, a dream and a few grant applications to dive into the deep end. “Our goal is to grow the church and bring people into a relationship with Jesus Christ. The digital space provides one way to that,” said Abby Lightle, Pastor of Outreach & Family Life.  When she heard that communications grants were being offered by the West Ohio Conference and Miami Valley Distri... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021
Join us for our next edition of Bishop Palmer’s Leadership Clinics featuring Jemar Tisby on Tuesday, November 9 from 10am to 12pm. Tisby will speak on the topic:What We Get Wrong About Fighting Racism…And How to Get it Right. Jemar Tisby is a New York Times bestselling author, the Deputy Director of Narrative and Advocacy at the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, and the founder of The Witness, Inc. His bestselling books, The Color of Compromi... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021
After a thorough insurance renewal sesson, and in consultation with our broker McGohan Brabender, the Board of Pensions has finalized the insurance plan and rates for 2022. Open enrollment is November 1 through 19. Below are the major highlights: A move to a richer dental plan which will not only cover cleanings and screenings, but a percentage of basic and major dental services up to a $1,000 annual maximum. Additional details will be coming soon. This is in... continue reading