Assisting Neighbors in Indiana

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. 


Market Place For All Opens in Toledo

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.


Belpre St. Mark's Provides Quilts for Healing Weekend

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.


District At-Large Delegates to Annual Conference - 25 Spots Available!

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.