Early Response Teams are needed in Wisconsin to assist in the aftermath of recent severe weather. A number of tornadoes and high winds ripped across central Wisconsin on August 28, 2018, resulting in massive destruction and flooding. Up to 7 counties have been declared a State of Emergency and the clean up phase has just begun.
Wait and See - NWP Clergy Spouse Retreat
OCTOBER 5-6, 2018 SPIRITUAL CENTER OF MARIA STEIN
2365 St. Johns Road MARIA STEIN, OHIO 45860
The West Ohio Conference is seeking a full-time, on-site Director for Camp Wesley, one of our three conference-owned camps in Bellefontaine, OH.
Did you know that 13% of all Americans are food insecure? The Society of St. Andrew is looking for a new Hunger Relief Advocate to help feed hungry people in need who live in the West Ohio area. The Society of St. Andrew's gleaning network allows farmers to donate produce from their fields and orchards after the harvest. Volunteers glean these fruits and vegetables by hand, one piece at a time, and the food is then taken to local pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters.
The evening session of vacation Bible school was just wrapping up at First United Methodist Church in Redding, California, when the word came - the Carr Fire was advancing and it was time to evacuate. The Rev. Joe Major, his wife, Julia, and dozens of church members loaded into cars and navigated clogged roads, along with thousands of other residents leaving the area on July 26. "This fire was explosive," Major recalled.
According to Bill Hull, author and founder of The Bonhoeffer Project, "the gospel we preach determines the disciples we make." Using this core truth as a guide, the Bonhoeffer Project provides a process through which each participant works with other pastors/ministry leaders to develop and refine a Discipleship Flow Process/Strategy for their specific context. Beginning in September, this training is coming to Northwest Ohio. Rev. Rich Rakay (Delphos Trinity UMC) will be leading a cohort for interested clergy.
In a moving ceremony filled with song, word and action under the shadow of Chief Joseph Mountain, The United Methodist Church took a small step toward righting an historic wrong. As 115 people gathered from the Nez Perce Tribe, United Methodist Church, camp supporters, and community, The Oregon-Idaho Conference returned a 1.5 acre parcel of land in Oregon to the Nez Perce nation. "I never thought I would see a day come when we would have a hand of friendship from the larger community to the Nimíipuu," said Mary Jane Miles, a member of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee.
While United Methodists differ on how the denomination should regard homosexuality, they speak with much broader agreement on immigration. Both division and consensus were apparent in recent months as annual conferences, the denomination's regional bodies, met to worship and conduct church business. As happened last year, a number of conference voters approved resolutions on the treatment of immigrants as well as the denomination's longtime debate around the status of LGBTQ individuals.
Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, is an official celebration of American citizens whose ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The celebration starts in the middle of the month, as opposed to the end, because the 15th marks the independence days of five Latin America countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
United Methodist Communications is offering resources to help your church celebrate and build awareness of Hispanic-Latino culture and traditions.