Retreat for Associate Members & Local Pastors is August 19-22

The Fellowship of Associate Members & Local Pastors will host 'A Fearless Yes' retreat at Lakeside-Chautauqua, August 19-22. Spiritual formation classes will be led by Sue Nilson-Kibbey, West Ohio Director of Missional Church Development; Rev. Brent Watson will provide the Faith for Living Hours.

Registration is $25, plus $75 per night per room for accommodations (meals are included).

Registration deadline is this Friday, August 10.


Linworth Youth Trips to Laos Featured in Mission Magazine

Jessica Cavinee serves as the pastor of youth and discipleship for Linworth United Methodist Church in Columbus. Linworth UMC participates with the In Mission Together program to support Methodist communities in Laos. Cavinee has traveled with two mission trips to Laos and plans a third youth trip for 2019. In 2017, she led a mission trip of older youth to visit. Jessica was interviewed about her experiences for an article in New World Outlook, the mission magazine of the General Board of Global Ministries.


Way Forward report released in all four official languages of General Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in all four official languages of the General Conference: English, French, Portuguese and Swahili. The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Subject to final copy editing, the report will be printed in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) in November. Here is a statement from the moderators of the Commission and the President of the Council of Bishops on the release of the report:

“To the People of The United Methodist Church,


VIM Midwest Mission Distribution Center

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 12:20am to Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 11:20pm
Phyllis Bidlack
Location Name: 
Midwest Mission Distribution Center
Location Address: 
1001 Mission Dr, Pawnee, IL 62558

2018 Fall Mission Trip to Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, Illinois

Lodging will be in a heated/air conditioned, handicap accessible dormitory with two people per room. You will need to bring ned linens, towels, and toiletries. There are bunk beds in each room; we usually use only the lower bunks. However, if you would use a top bunk we would be able to allow for more than 16 participants. If you are a comaper with an RV, there is full hook-up available.

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Sponsored by the Northwest Plains District

Labor Day Weekend is Family Time at Camp Widewater

Labor Day is considered the unofficial end of summer. What better way to mark the occasion than experiencing how God's love can be felt in the great outdoors with Wallapalooza? Families can bring their own campers and tents to enjoy a weekend of faith, fellowship and fun. Join other families in outdoor worship, community meals, and fun activities as you enjoy all that Camp Widewater has to offer. This year's theme is "Stone Soup." We will be exploring how everyone can contribute their skills and gifts to their community. Break-out Bible studies for all ages, 2-108! 


West Ohio Young People Lead at Young People's Convocation

Last week, three young people from The West Ohio Conference - Emily Kvalheim, Dominic Mejia, and Allison Stickley-Miner - traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa, for the 2018 Global Young People's Convocation (GYPC). Held every four years, the GYPC brings young people together from all over the globe for worship, fellowship, leadership, and conversation. This year, the 331 delegates represented 40 different countries.