One of the best reads in my faith journey that guided me in identifying and responding to my call is the book If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat, authored by John Ortberg.
Last year at Annual Conference as Jean Sherman listened to Bishop Palmer speak, she felt moved to do something about a situation that had given her pause. As Elizabethtown UMC's lay member, she noticed that a lot of perfectly good food went to waste at the end of conference. So last year and again this year she arranged for leftover food to be collected and delivered to Victory Kitchen in Sandusky. But she didn't stop there. She went back up the following week and collected leftover food after East Ohio's conference!
The United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus, OH grew out of a message of unconditional love and an atmosphere of radical hospitality. It is intentionally cross-class and multi-racial, living into its vision of building the ‘Front Porch to the Kingdom of God.’ The worship at C4AP reflects the diversity of the community, with multicultural worship music ranging from contemporary, to old hymns, to gospel, and sung in many styles and languages.
Not many know what it’s like to be raised by a United Methodist pastor. To find out, we asked some PKs (pastor’s or preacher’s kids) from across the connection to share their experience as TOs (theological offspring).
In 2016, we had 69 churches give 100% to their Conference Connectional Giving (aka Apportionments). THANK YOU! There were 11 churches in that list that went from paying less than 100% in 2015 to paying 100% in 2016 and I have marked them with an asterisk*. (Read More)
Over the past two weeks our neighboring state, Indiana, has experienced the brutal impact of natural disasters resulting in severe damage in South Bend and Kokomo. The Indiana Disaster Response Team has mobilized to connect people and communities with resources required for recovery. At this point in time, no invitations have been issued for outside volunteer teams. We ask people to practice the spiritual discipline of patience as our leaders on the ground and communities develop the capacity to host volunteers.
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.