It was good to see the support we have from those of you who want us to continue feeding the hungry.
The West Ohio Conference chose South Webster Christ UMC (Shawnee Valley) as the overall smaller congregation vital church. They received the WO-UMRA William B. Murray Vital Town and Country Church Award and $1,000 to use for a mission/outreach project of their choice. Presentation of the award was made at Annual Conference by Bishop Palmer.
Rev. Lee and Beth Strawhun from Westwood UMC are hosting a trip in November, 2015 to retrace Paul's 2nd and 3rd journeys to Greece, Turkey and Italy. Opportunities are also available for pre-tours in Rome and a post-tour in Barcelona.
Maintaining an actionable strategic plan is imperative for church growth and contagious ministry.
On Tuesday, April 29, the Rev. Jim Waugh, the Retiree Representative on the Board of Ordained Ministry welcomed eighteen members of the 2014 retiring class of clergy to a day apart designed to address the issues of transition from active ministry into retirement. In addition several spouses of the retiring class also participated in the event. The theme for the day was “Your Retirement: Realities and Surprises.”