CHICAGO – United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward. At the conclusion of the discernment process, the Council of Bishops strongly approved the following motion and rationale:
Having received and considered the extensive work of the Commission on a Way Forward, the Council of Bishops will submit a report to the Special Session of the General Conference in 2019 that includes:
The West Ohio Conference is currently seeking an Accounts Receivable. This is a part-time position that is expected to average 25 hours per week Monday through Friday.
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On Monday, June 4, The West Ohio Conference will present the documentary, "Reservations," at the movie theater at Lakeside. "Reservations" follows Rev. Ryan Grace and his family as they journey to the land of the Hopewell in Ohio, the land of the Cherokee in Georgia and North Carolina, and the land of the Sioux in North and South Dakota.
Effective July 1, 2018 The Reverend Linda Middelberg will begin serving as the Executive Assistant to the Bishop. She will continue to serve as the Superintendent of the Capitol Area North District. It is anticipated her time will be divided equally between the district and conference.
The Global Ministries EarthKeepers program will hold three trainings in 2018: May 17-20 in Atlanta, GA; September 27-30 in Detroit, MI; and November 1-4 in Salt Lake City, UT. EarthKeepers training equips United Methodist laity and clergy to develop or deepen environmental initiatives in their communities. Training topics will include eco-theology, intersectionality, strategies for social change, and United Methodist resources. Participants will leave the training with a plan to develop a project in their community. Applications for the Atlanta training are due by April 26.
Did you know there is a United Methodist Motorcycle Association (UMMA)? Did you know Ohio is one of 18 states currently represented in UMMA? Ohio currently has 11 UMMA members. If you are a rider, have riders in your church, or if you just want more information about UMMA, contact Emory Clark, UMMA Ohio State Coordinator, at revem2007 [at] gmail.com () or 740-603-7577.
Have you ever wanted your child to try camp, but they aren't sure about it yet? Then Explorer Camp at Camp Wesley may be just what you are looking for. This three-day, two-night camp is packed with all of our favorite activities for them to try out, like archery, Adventure Island, the turbo shoot water slide, canoeing and more! They can also spend time with new friends growing closer to God in worship around the camp fire. Come join the fun! For more information, check out our website at www.westohiocamps.org.
If you are the historian of your local church or have an interest in United Methodist history in the state of Ohio, you'll want to consider taking part in the annual gathering of the United Methodist Historical Society of Ohio. "Crossroads of Ohio United Methodism" will be the theme on Saturday, April 21, at the Canal Lewisville UMC just east of Coshocton. Optional Friday afternoon visits are available to historic Chalfant Church and the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum.