Earthkeepers Initiative Offers Environmental Trainings

The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is looking for laity and clergy who want to develop or deepen environmental initiatives in their communities by participating in the mission agency's EarthKeepers program.

Applications are invited for two upcoming trainings, where Global Ministries will provide lodging and meals.

The trainings are September 27-30 in Detroit, with a September 6 application deadline, and November 1-4 in Salt Lake City, with an October 11 deadline.


Retreat for Associate Members & Local Pastors is August 19-22

The Fellowship of Associate Members & Local Pastors will host 'A Fearless Yes' retreat at Lakeside-Chautauqua, August 19-22. Spiritual formation classes will be led by Sue Nilson-Kibbey, West Ohio Director of Missional Church Development; Rev. Brent Watson will provide the Faith for Living Hours.

Registration is $25, plus $75 per night per room for accommodations (meals are included).

Registration deadline is this Friday, August 10.


Linworth Youth Trips to Laos Featured in Mission Magazine

Jessica Cavinee serves as the pastor of youth and discipleship for Linworth United Methodist Church in Columbus. Linworth UMC participates with the In Mission Together program to support Methodist communities in Laos. Cavinee has traveled with two mission trips to Laos and plans a third youth trip for 2019. In 2017, she led a mission trip of older youth to visit. Jessica was interviewed about her experiences for an article in New World Outlook, the mission magazine of the General Board of Global Ministries.


Way Forward report released in all four official languages of General Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in all four official languages of the General Conference: English, French, Portuguese and Swahili. The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Subject to final copy editing, the report will be printed in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) in November. Here is a statement from the moderators of the Commission and the President of the Council of Bishops on the release of the report:

“To the People of The United Methodist Church,


2018 Fall Mission Trip

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 12:20am to Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 11:20pm
Phyllis Bidlack
Location Name: 
Midwest Mission Distribution Center
Location Address: 
1001 Mission Dr, Pawnee, IL 62558

2018 Fall Mission Trip to Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, Illinois

Lodging will be in a heated/air conditioned, handicap accessible dormitory with two people per room. You will need to bring ned linens, towels, and toiletries. There are bunk beds in each room; we usually use only the lower bunks. However, if you would use a top bunk we would be able to allow for more than 16 participants. If you are a comaper with an RV, there is full hook-up available.

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Sponsored by the Northwest Plains District

Labor Day Weekend is Family Time at Camp Widewater

Labor Day is considered the unofficial end of summer. What better way to mark the occasion than experiencing how God's love can be felt in the great outdoors with Wallapalooza? Families can bring their own campers and tents to enjoy a weekend of faith, fellowship and fun. Join other families in outdoor worship, community meals, and fun activities as you enjoy all that Camp Widewater has to offer. This year's theme is "Stone Soup." We will be exploring how everyone can contribute their skills and gifts to their community. Break-out Bible studies for all ages, 2-108!