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Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022
Churches across the WOC will have access to a new stewardship program from the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio beginning in January 2023. The program, called Generosity Abounds! utilizes a stewardship education toolkit developed with available resources from across the Connection that helps churches approach their stewardship as a holistic process for creating a culture of generosity within the church that ultimately: ·       Increases congregational... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022
Lovett Weems and Ann Michel share eight key lessons to help churches deal with the financial aftershocks of the COVID crisis. Now is the time to create a healthier financial future by managing resources wisely, engaging givers more effectively, and seeking more creative approaches to economic sustainability. In the aftershocks of the COVID-19 crisis, many churches face a period of financial reckoning. These eight principles can help right the ship. They are a... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022
Members of the women’s organization in the South Africa Conference marched in the streets of Gugulethu to protest gender-based violence.  The march was organized in conjunction with the conference’s United Methodist Women (rebranded United Women in Faith) and United Methodist Men 19th annual gathering at Bishop Abel Muzorewa United Methodist Church in Cape Town.  The groups joined with the South Africa government’s Department of Sports, Arts and Culture to or... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022
Paragraph 603.5 of the 2016 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church outlines the provisions by which a Special Session of the Annual Conference may be called “by the bishop with concurrence of three-fourths of the district superintendents.” Having the unanimous concurrence of the district superintendents, I am calling a Special Session of the West Ohio Annual Conference for Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 9:30 am for the following two purposes:   A... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022
In the aftermath of a disaster, survivors are often left with nothing. Whether their home was destroyed or is simply unlivable, survivors find themselves in need of basic toiletries, such as toothbrushes and combs, band-aids and wash cloths. Women and teen girls need menstrual supplies, which are expensive and sometimes hard to find. Right now, the Sager Brown Depot in Louisiana is in desperate need of hygiene and menstrual kits as they seek to provide whole co... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022
Please join Bishop Palmer for his final “Committed, Connected, Community” on Monday Oct. 17 at 7 pm at New Vision UMC at 4400 Reading Rd. Cincinnati 45229. All laity and clergy are encouraged to attend
Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022
Bishop Gregory Palmer’s Leadership Clinics are live, online opportunities to give you access to leadership insights from local, national, and global leaders. When we focus on growing our leadership skills for positive kingdom influence, we can strengthen relationships and maximize the church’s impact, leading to transformation in our communities. On Tuesday, October 18, Bishop Palmer is joined by Dr. Kristina M. Johnson, President of The Ohio State University... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022
What is GHX? GHX is Greenhouse Expressions GHX is West Ohio's new incubator and training open to all clergy and laity teams with new ideas for new ministries to connect with people outside the walls of the church. GHX is a new approach to revitalization, bridging your established church to those in your community. GHX is a four-month cohort for clergy and laity teams, including: Hands on training with West Ohio’s GHX Practitioners Opening Retreat on Nove... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022
The National Observance of Children’s Sabbath is always designated for the third weekend in October. This year, it is October 14–16, 2022. However, many places of worship participate on alternate dates—other weekends in October and even different months—for a variety of reasons. What’s most important is finding a date that will work for your place of worship. As you celebrate, we encourage you to share information with the Children’s Defense Fund so we can c... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 11, 2022
No matter how humble or unassuming they may be, most people get a warm glow inside when someone says “thank you” for what they’ve done or expresses appreciation simply for who they are. Clergy and others who fill pastoral roles are no exception. October is Pastor (or Clergy) Appreciation Month with the second Sunday designated as Pastor Appreciation Day. It is a time to say “thank you” to the people who may be most visible as preachers and teachers, but who, i... continue reading