Thursday, Feb 8, 2018
  Breakthrough Prayer Initiative (one-session training) Every new movement of church renewal always begins through prayer, asking God to bring new possibilities and hope. Learn how to lay a foundation of churchwide prayer that will move your congregation from looking down and in, to up and out!  identical Traction Track single sessions are available. Learn more about the Breakthrough Prayer Initiative here.  The Breakthrough Prayer Initiative is led by Rev. Sue... continue reading
Thursday, Nov 9, 2017
  The Power of One: Inspiration Leads to an Upwelling of Good Works   What began as a single act of good will and compassion for one Pandora woman has grown into an enduring program of generosity and kindness, fostered by a church and a community.  On Sunday, October 22, parishioners at Pandora United Methodist church gave praise, thanks, and a well-deserved pat on the back to Rev. Carolyn Scott and themselves for their efforts to help the homeless by providi... continue reading
Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017
All In Community, the West Ohio Conference's response to the impact of mass incarceration, is offering several upcoming opportunities for equipping and engaging with our incarcerated and/or returning neighbors. These include the 30-For-30 Pilot Program, Healing Communities training, the Re-entry COPE Simulation, Grow the Good, and All In Community trainings. More information about each of these programs can be found by clicking here.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Welcome to the website of the Northwest Plains District of The United Methodist Church! Our District includes 164 congregations in 11 counties in northwest Ohio. In all 11 counties, the members of our congregations are inviting God to use us to impact our communities and to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. From rural farm land, to small towns, to county seats, to cities like Findlay and Lima, we invite you to join us in asking... continue reading
Monday, Jul 25, 2016
Pastor Mark Fuerstenau and members of Mount Cory and Pleasant View United Methodist churches recently loaded two-and-a-half tons of books onto an old school bus and trailer bound for Henderson Settlement in Frakes, KY. Three years ago, Fuerstenau went to White Oak, TN, a satellite mission of Henderson Settlement, where he got the idea for the bookmobile. More than 4,000 books were donated by nearby communities. Henderson Settlement ministries include thrift sto... continue reading
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016
Lima City churches are set to open the city’s first Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom School to open this summer serving scholars currently in grades kindergarten thru fifth grade. For the past three years, several representatives from various ministerial alliances partnered together in an effort to bring the program to Lima, including Shawnee United Methodist Church, Trinity United Methodist Church, Second Baptist Church and Providence Missionary Baptist C... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 22, 2016
On a busy Saturday morning, March 19th, 126 volunteers from the Farmer and Ney churches in Northwest Ohio showed up to package 10,000 meals. The two churches, literally right down the road from each other, cross paths in all aspects of the community including school, work, being neighbors and relatives.  They share the same pastor, Ron Adkins.  They also share the same mission statement, “Loving, Sharing, and promoting a Godly life in our church, our community,... continue reading
Monday, Dec 21, 2015
At 4:30 a.m. most mornings during Advent, Monica Kleman leaves home to drive to the Findlay Elder Beerman where she stocks shelves and unloads trucks of inventory all day. The extra cash would come in handy for household, school and other expenses plus help provide a nice Christmas for the family of seven. But Monica feels God has placed another purpose for that money on her heart. With her family's blessing, last week Monica donated all $650 of her first payc... continue reading
Monday, Nov 16, 2015
With the harvest season upon this rural community, Lisa Hawk, Harpster United Methodist Church's Outreach Chair, wanted to let farmers know that they are appreciated and supported in the prayers of her congregation.  So she shared her vision and rallied her fellow members of Harpster UMC to connect with farmers hauling grain to their local elevator.  With the help of her team, 60 sack lunches were prepared and distributed to farmers starting at 11 AM on Monday,... continue reading