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Now is the Time to Pray, Donate, Prepare to Help Carolinas - Not to Go

Although Hurricane Florence weakened to a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall on the east coast, the storm has still dumped more than 30 inches of rain on parts of the Carolinas since last Thursday. Flooding quickly became the greatest concern and led to more than 30 deaths, plus thousands of homes destroyed. With officials still in crisis mode, this is not the time to go to the Carolinas to try and help. Instead, consider providing these other forms of assistance:
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8 Easy Steps To Help You Achieve Your Health Goals

Whether you’re looking to lose 10 pounds, reduce your stress or stop smoking, here’s how you can achieve health goals successfully.

Why wait until Jan. 1? Get a head start on those health goals — now.

However, many of us know all too well the disappointment in setting a lofty long-term goal, not seeing much return after a month, and then giving up. Terry Imar, M.A., a psychologist at OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, shares his best tips for setting the right goal and making it happen.

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World Communion Sunday Resources Now Available

World Communion Sunday is October 7, 2018. This is one of six Special Sundays in The United Methodist Church and commemorates the world-wide and connectional nature of the UMC. The United Methodist Church has created a wide selection of resources to celebrate this Sunday in your congregation, including Facebook images and videos, worship videos, e-books, infographics, bulletin inserts, and more.

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National Prison Summit on Mass Incarceration is October 25-27

The United Methodist organization, Strengthening the Black Church for the Twenty-First Century, will hold its fourth National Prison Summit on Mass Incarceration October 25-27 at Cathedral of Praise Church in Nashville, TN. The event aims to help local church leaders, pastors, laity, educators, community leadership and elected officials learn a holistic ministry to serve the incarcerated, formerly incarcerated and people affected by incarceration.

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Pray for Those Impacted by Hurricane Florence

As Hurricane Florence continues its path toward the east coast, the people of The West Ohio Conference are asked to pray for those who will be impacted by the storm. At present, the Category 4 hurricane is expected to strike land late Thursday or early Friday, with strong winds and rain coming as early as Wednesday evening. Hurricane and storm surge watches have already been issued, and major inland and river flooding is also expected.

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West Ohioan Joins Global Mission Fellows Program

Emily Burns, daughter of Northwest Plains District Superintendent Barry Burns, will be serving as a Global Mission Fellow (GMF) with The United Methodist Church. The GMF program is for young adults, ages 20-30, with a passion for justice and community. Emily will work for two years at Sunnyside United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo, MI, as a Community Organizer, helping with the church's free store and community garden, as well as their anti-racism work. "Mission work is important to me because the church is meant to be fully engaged in the world working to love God's creation," Emily says.

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