Rev. Edinson DeArco is a pastor in our conference who leads a Hispanic/Latino church, “Esperanza Viva,” which is housed within Mason UMC in the Ohio River Valley District.
The church was buzzing as people began to gather for the grand opening of The Market Place For All. Outside, pockets of people waited for 10:00 a.m., first a few, then more, and by the time the doors opened, more than 200 people came in and filled the sanctuary of the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in downtown Toledo, OH. Greeters gave them a membership paper to fill out, then showed them the way to the Sanctuary where tables and chairs were set up and hospitality was teeming. So many came in that the conversations roared with excitement.
The 2016 Healing Weekend is scheduled for August 19-21. Healing Weekends are for all people affected by or living with HIV/AIDS, as well as their partners, friends, families and caregivers. The West Ohio Conference has supported this event for 26 years, providing safe space for community, fellowship and spiritual renewal. This year, nearly 100 people are expected to gather at Widewater Camp to support each other in times of difficulty, as well as celebrating each others’ victories.
Elizabeth Heft, a member at St. Paul UMC in Dayton, is returning to Bethlehem, Palestine, for another year of teaching at a Christian school there.
We want to make all of you aware of the selection of At-Large Delegates from among our laity for the upcoming West Ohio Annual Conference. The Shawnee Valley District will be allowed 35 At-Large delegates to the 2015 Annual Conference at Lakeside, Ohio and we currently have only 10 At-Large Delegates signed up. There is still the opportunity for 25 more people to attend, vote and to demonstrate their commitment to Christ and the church.
Dear Beloved in Christ Jesus:
I have been humbled by the generosity you have extended over this past year to people affected by hurricanes throughout the United States. Today, I am inviting you to once again extend the light of Jesus’ love – to assist neighbors and communities in our own conference who are affected by rising rivers and the destructive force of flooding water.
On behalf of the entire Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, I greet you as we enter the Lenten Season – a season of reflection and preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ triumphant resurrection on Easter.
The pattern of our Lenten journey was set by Jesus during his 40 days of solitude, fasting, prayer and testing in the Judean desert. This was an essential period of preparation for Jesus’ public ministry.
An international group of United Methodist leaders heard more details on three possible models for how the church ministers with LGBTQ individuals.
Three participants in the Commission on a Way Forward presented an update on their work to four denominational leadership bodies holding a joint meeting in this western African country.
Together, the four groups have members who span the denomination’s global membership and theological spectrum. Many came from central conferences — church regions in Africa, Europe and the Philippines.
Do you want to learn to be an active listener and reach out to others in a distinctively Christian way? On Saturday, March 17, Epworth UMC (across from Wildwood Metropark) will host a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop from 9am-1pm. Registration begins at 8am, and refreshments will be served.