Sometimes camp isn't just about fun and friends. Sometimes it is about celebrating faith and sharing that with others. Campers at Camp Wesley's Challenge and Mission Camp experienced that first-hand this summer.
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 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.
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!
On Saturday, September 15, the Town and Rural Resource Program (TARRP) of West and East Ohio will offer "Worship: Plan, Enhance & Enrich - Doing a Lot with a Little." Rev. Robin Knowles-Wallace, seminary professor at MTSO, will teach Theology of Hymns for the 21st Century and Creative Worship Planning. Rev.
Last week, three young people from The West Ohio Conference - Emily Kvalheim, Dominic Mejia, and Allison Stickley-Miner - traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa, for the 2018 Global Young People's Convocation (GYPC). Held every four years, the GYPC brings young people together from all over the globe for worship, fellowship, leadership, and conversation. This year, the 331 delegates represented 40 different countries.
The West Ohio Conference is currently seeking an Administrative Coordinator for the Council on Development and Office of CFO. This full-time position supports the Executive Director of COD, the Chief Financial Officer, both members of the Bishop’s executive staff, and the Associate Director of COD. This position works with church leaders, pastors, and a host of individual donors from across the West Ohio Conference. Because of the range of responsibilities, adaptability that insures responsive, coherent, and appropriate action is critical.
The Council of Bishops, in partnership with The Upper Room, is launching the next phase of Praying Our Way Forward in anticipation of the 2019 Special General Conference. Phase 1 involved 84 members of the Council of Bishops praying for The United Methodist Church's way forward for 15 minutes daily, from August to December 2016.
If you care for God's Creation and are called to guide your church's response to environmental crises, we invite you to attend the first offering of the Environmental Stewardship Advanced Course. Intended to develop a cadre of UMC laypersons to lead local church efforts in caring for the environment and ensuring ecojustice, this course is open to any layperson in the Conference regardless of their previous association with the Certified Lay Servant program.