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Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020
General Conference organizers are exploring potential new dates in 2021 for The United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly after the coronavirus pandemic forced postponement. The Commission on the General Conference determined that multiple factors meant it would not be feasible to reschedule to hold the international 10-day gathering this year. "These issues include the undetermined length of the pandemic, uncertainty around travel bans in different ar... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Methodist Women today announced changes for two of its major program events scheduled for April through May 2020. The organization will seek to reschedule four of its five quadrennial Jurisdiction events where members elect United Methodist Women's national Board of Directors and Program Advisory Group members. Also, the organization is exploring online distance learning resources for those registered for its annu... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020
This month, we celebrate women who are visionaries and look for the possibilities of what can happen when we dream. In 2002, the Rev. J. Kabamba Kiboko had a vision. Ordained in the South Congo Annual Conference and serving in the Ohio River Valley District of the West Ohio Conference, Kiboko shares, "My altar was established between the Northern and Southern hemispheres, I have two worlds in me, and I love them both." Kiboko sought to see a day to have Bla... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020
The West Ohio Conference Center is closed to visitors but the work of the staff continues. The majority of the staff will be working remotely. You should expect responses by telephone and email. Messages left in the general voicemail will be forwarded to staff the same day. The district offices are following the same pattern. Please check the appropriate conference or district webpage for precise details.
Sunday, Mar 22, 2020
On Sunday, March 22, Governor Mike DeWine issued a stay at home order for the residents of the state of Ohio effective at 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020, to remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. The order in its entirety may be found here. I encourage you to read this document particularly as it relates to religious entities. Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, said, “Life is not shutting us down, life is waking us up.” Ther... continue reading
Thursday, Mar 19, 2020
To support our local churches during this unprecedented time, the Conference will provide benefit grants up to the lesser of 3 months of total benefit payments or $3,500, to help offset the cost of clergy benefits. Please follow the instructions on the application form. Should you have any questions, please contact Mike Kremnitzer at mkremntizer [at] wocumc.org or by phone at 614-505-7430.
Thursday, Mar 19, 2020
The Conference will waive members' cost share, including copays, coinsurance and deductibles, for diagnostic testing related to COVID-19. This includes fees for the in-network visit associated with COVID-19 testing whether it takes place at a doctor's office, urgent care center or emergency department. If an in-network provider isn't available, Anthem will work with you to make sure you are covered. *You must be on the Conference health plan through Anthem.
Thursday, Mar 19, 2020
We recommend you use telehealth when possible to help prevent the spread of infection and improve access to care. Anthem's telehealth provider, LiveHealth Online, is a safe and effective way for you to receive medical guidance related to COVID-19 from your home using a smartphone, tablet or computer with a web cam. To promote the use of telehealth services, the Conference is waiving your cost shares for LiveHealth Online visits and provider telehealth visits fo... continue reading
Thursday, Mar 19, 2020
The West Ohio Conference, in partnership with OhioHealth, offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to provide short-term, mental health support. This no cost, confidential program will provide up to six visits (in person) per person each calendar year. Call (614) 566.3348 or (800) 992.8533, or email EAP [at] ohiohealth.com Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Learn More... *Certified lay ministers, pastors appointed to a local church, clergy appointed to... continue reading
Thursday, Mar 19, 2020
Check symptoms and get doctor visits from home: You can download the free for a quick and easy way to evaluate symptoms. You can also connect with a doctor through a Virtual Care text session right from your smartphone. The doctor you connect with can evaluate your symptoms, help understand whether you're at risk for COVID-19, and let you know whether you need to visit a local health care provider in person for COVID-19 testing. Sydney Care is available to down... continue reading