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UTS Hosts Men's Gathering

United Theological Seminary is hosting a gathering called, "The Uprising: A Men's Morning With Brian Tome." On February 9, 2019, men will come together from a variety of communities for a morning of worship, encouragement, and inspiration. Brian Tome is the Senior Pastor of Crossroads, the ninth largest and fastest growing church in the United States. He has also published several books including 5 Marks of a Man.

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Still Time to Register for Winter Camp, December 28-30

What better way for kids to spend part of their winter break from school than with faith, fun and friendship? Winter Camp 2018 is quickly approaching! This year's camp runs Friday, December 28, through Sunday, December 30. All three West Ohio Camps have tons of fun planned for kids ages 7 to 17 while celebrating the Christmas season and the word of God. Experience God's backyard in a winter wonderland. Warm up with hot chocolate and worship around the campfire.

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A Litany of Blessing for the Newly Renovated Conference Center

On Friday, December 7, The West Ohio Conference Center was blessed and re-dedicated by Bishop Gregory V. Palmer following an extensive renovation. During that time, the following Litany of Blessing was read.
 
In the beginning,
           before time existed,
   God's Spirit hovered over this place,
                             leaving holy and sacred imprints of grace---
                 Waiting-
                             Anticipating --
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Conference for Women Church Leaders is February 7-8, 2019

Fierce is a gathering for women who lead spiritually and professionally within the church. This conference will provide a safe space, support and encouragement from those who have "been there and yet still do that" with tough love challenges, tools and a network that will help women clergy and other women church leaders rediscover their call and thrive in the industry that's responsible for sharing God's love. This two-day event will feature keynote speaker Jo Saxton with other guest speakers including Rachel Billups, Amy Aspey, Alethea Botts and Kim Miller.

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Miami Valley United Methodist Men Needs Your Input

The United Methodist Men's Ministry in the Miami Valley District is looking for input from men across The West Ohio Conference. In seeking to improve ministry and bring new life to UMM, they are asking a series of questions designed to collect information on the issues and concerns of the men they seek to serve. This online survey is just nine questions long and will take only a few minutes to complete. Feel free to share the survey link with others in your congregation.

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Good Works Seeks Interns

Good Works has been a Community of HOPE in rural Appalachian Ohio since 1981.  They are currently seeking interns who want to grow in their love for God and love for others as they reach out to people struggling with poverty. Good Works' 9-week Summer Service Internship provides participants with room and board and a stipend, and runs from June 9 to August 10, 2019. They are currently accepting applications and inquiries for all of their internships.

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Kamisamba Farm Improves Production, Sustainability

The Kamisamba Farm in the North Katanga Episcopal Area is helping to breathe new life into agricultural production in the D.R. Congo. In addition to being a working farm, Kamisamba also provides trainings to farmers from different communities on crop production, animal husbandry, marketing, and monitoring and evaluation. After the training, community trainers are then allocated to the different areas to monitor progress and act as a resource. Many lives have been impacted, and trainees have reported improved production, nutrition, sustainability, and conservation of natural resources.

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Ohio Land to be Returned to Wyandotte Nation

The global mission agency of The United Methodist Church will return to the Wyandotte Native American Nation a small tract of land in Ohio. The tribe deeded the land to the church 175 years ago to protect its sanctity when the federal government forced them off their last reservation in the state. Once returned, likely next fall, the plot at Upper Sandusky will be the first land in Ohio owned by the Wyandotte since they were driven out in 1844 by the federal government. The approximately one-and-a-half-acre tract is "holy ground" to both the Wyandotte and United Methodists.

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Ask The UMC: Why do we baptize at different ages?

As Mark Stamm, a professor at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, is fond of saying, “We always baptize babies.”

What does he mean by that? That we require every baby to be baptized? That we do not baptize children, youth or adults? Or that it’s too late to be baptized if you weren’t baptized as an infant?

No. He means that at whatever chronological age we are baptized, we are always, at that moment, babies or new creatures in Christ.

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