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Monday, Sep 23, 2019
Pork chops sizzle on the grill while the chef begins preparing a decadent mixed berry cobbler. The room fills with comforting scents reminiscent of grandma's kitchen. Patrons nibble on bits of filet mignon wrapped in bacon discussing everything from cooking experience to religion.This isn't a new restaurant, it's the Pastor's Pantry Cooking School.  This unique dining experience also serves as a dinner church in Wheelersburg, Ohio, led by chef and local pastor... continue reading
Monday, Sep 23, 2019
The deadline to submit legislation to the 2020 General Conference is now in the rearview mirror. So what is ahead? The coming months will provide a fuller picture of what options will be before delegates when The United Methodist Church's top lawmaking assembly meets May 5-15 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  A big focus of the coming assembly will be dealing with the fallout of this year's special General Conference. The contentious gathering has led to v... continue reading
Monday, Sep 23, 2019
Imagine being forced to leave your home and everything familiar to you. Imagine leaving the place where you learned, gathered with friends and worshipped; where your ancestors were buried. This was the reality for 664 Wyandotte people when the United States government enforced the Indian Removal Act of 1830. On September 21, United Methodist Global Ministries returned three acres of land, including the historic Wyandot Mission Church,to the Wyandotte people. Th... continue reading
Friday, Sep 13, 2019
Villar's Chapel and Martinsville United Methodist churches are located just eight miles apart in Clinton County, OH. These rural congregations had no professions of faith and just one baptism between them in 2017. In 2018, they baptized 15 and saw 9 professions of faith. Villar's Chapel and Martinsville were chosen as the Ohio River Valley District Light of the World award winners at this year's West Ohio Annual Conference. Light of the World churches are outst... continue reading
Friday, Sep 13, 2019
The West Ohio Camps' experience is about fun, friendship, and especially faith. To enhance that faith component, several pastors join our camps each summer as Pastors of the Week. Their involvement greatly enhances our camps' Christian ministry. Camp Wesley was honored to have several pastors join camp this summer who are quite familiar with the surroundings. They were: Pastor Gary Wheeler, Germantown UMC, Laura Ramsey, Rushylvania Church of Christ, Matt Ove... continue reading
Friday, Sep 13, 2019
When it comes to what matters most at Christmas, people say that it's spending time with family and friends. United Methodist Communications' 2019 Unwrap Christmas event campaign is designed to help local churches offer meaningful places for people to connect with one another throughout the Advent season. United Methodist Communications is supporting these outreach efforts by offering event grants and other resources to local United Methodist churches. Congrega... continue reading
Friday, Sep 13, 2019
"Exciting and intimidating," Emily Wurster said of her first mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico. A member of the Peace United Methodist Church youth group in Pickerington, Ohio, Emily was headed south as a volunteer at the Tijuana Christian Mission orphanage. "It was my first mission trip and the first time going out of the country," said Emily, now a 17-year-old high school senior. "I was pretty nervous, going out of the country to a place where I didn't speak th... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019
  The Conference Nominations Team is responsible for identifying and recruiting lay and clergy to serve on conference boards, committees and lead-teams. This fall, they are beginning the process of identifying persons with passion, gifts and a commitment to serve beyond their local church. If you are interested in being considered, please complete the West Ohio Conference Leadership Interest Form. Your information will be taken into consideration as they discer... continue reading
Monday, Sep 9, 2019
West Ohio churches are invited to celebrate Disability Awareness Sunday on September 15  (or another Sunday designated by the church) by preaching, teaching, praying, and leading with the message of ministry with and leadership by persons with disabilities. For more resources visit https://umcdmc.org/ and https://www.westohioumc.org/pwd or contact Rebecca Hug, rhug [at] wocumc.org. Rev. Zach Holler has provided this scriptural message and prayer for congrega... continue reading
Monday, Sep 9, 2019
Bryan Wesley United Methodist Church has a long and faithful history in the city of Bryan, OH. Through the work, prayer and leadership of both clergy and laity, the church is once again seeing growth. In 2017, they had zero professions of faith and one baptism, and in 2018 they had ten professions of faith and four baptisms. Bryan Wesley UMC was chosen as the 2018 Northwest Plains District Light of the World award winner at this year's West Ohio Annual Conferen... continue reading