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Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021
Advent: the time Christians set aside for spiritual preparation for the birth of Christ. It's a strange time. It's a time of busy-ness and movement. It's also a time of waiting.  We wait for the hope delivered at Christmas, we exercise patience, we are expectant as we count the days to Christmas Day, and we hope. For many, waiting conjures up images of a docile, passive condition, twiddling our thumbs and fidgeting while we wait for something to happen. But Adv... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 30, 2021
The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church is searching for a creative, multi-media producer who will play a key role in content creation for the conference website and social media channels. The Media Producer will assist in bringing creative concepts to life through the development and execution of video, podcasts and multimedia productions from start to finish. If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter to Kay Panovec, Director of Co... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021
As a child, Rev. Curnell Graham woke every Saturday morning to the smell of bacon and the sound of his grandmother, Hattie Maude, singing hymns and praying aloud. From his room in his family home in South Carolina, he could hear her calling out the name of each of her 11 children praising God and offering prayers on their behalf. “My grandmother had only a third-grade education, but she read her Bible, knew the scriptures and she could sing! I can still hear he... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021
The United Methodist Church believes, “The ministry of the laity flows from a commitment to Christ's outreaching love. Lay members of The United Methodist Church are, by history and calling, active advocates of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional. The witness of the laity, their Christ-like examples of everyday living as well as the sharing of their... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021
Church and Community Ministries, a missionary program through The United Methodist Church, is seeking both applications and project sites. Church and Community Workers respond to God’s call to uplift the disenfranchised and poor in rural and urban areas in the United States. CCWs facilitate communication and collaboration to equip churches to recognize and respond to needs in their community. They serve as a bridge between these two groups, working to change th... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 23, 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. The class will be taught by UMCOR-certified West Ohio ERT trainers and held over two days: January 14, 6:00pm-9:00pm; and January 15, 9:00am-2:00pm. You must attend both sessions. Cost of the class is $30. A... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 23, 2021
The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church is searching for a creative, multi-media producer who will play a key role in content creation for the conference website and social media channels. The Media Producer will assist in bringing creative concepts to life through the development and execution of video, podcasts and multimedia productions from start to finish. If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter, to Kay Panovec, Director of C... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021
Friends,  On November 4, the Council of Bishops overwhelming approved A Narrative for the Continuing United Methodist Church. Last week, the delegates of the North Central Jurisdiction voted to affirm the document. I commend the following for your prayerful reflection and earnest conversation. United Methodists all over the globe are liturgical, contemporary, charismatic, social activists, urban, suburban, small town, rural and much more. We are childr... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021
When Rev. Ron Bell was in high school, his father became superintendent of the Eastern District of the Delaware Annual Conference. As their family was moving into the superintendents’ big, beautiful parsonage in Eastern Maryland, the entire local police department surrounded the house with guns drawn and told Bell and his father to get on the ground with their hands behind their heads. Why? “Because a little white girl across the street saw black folk in her ne... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 16, 2021
Just weeks before Thanksgiving, two residents have moved into newly built, tiny homes thanks to the work of the Monroe Street Neighborhood Center (MSNC). Located in the Toledo’s Monroe-Auburn area, the tiny homes are adjacent to Monroe United Methodist Church where Rev. Larry Clark serves as pastor and project director of Bluff Street Village. This once nearly abandoned neighborhood is part of a much larger development project. The completion of the first two h... continue reading