There is nothing more important than spending time with your favorite people, especially at Annual Conference! Unite with other West Ohio Conference families, kids and campers at three CONNECT opportunities. Discover new friendships, experience intentional faith conversations, grow as a disciple, and have fun. Family CONNECT brings families and kids together for events like a scavenger hunt, pool party, and mini golf. Kid CONNECT is an action-packed 1.5 hours especially designed for children ages 5-12.
Two guest preachers have been announced for this year's West Ohio Annual Conference session at Lakeside-Chautauqua. Rev. Lou Seipel, Head Pastor at Stonybrook UMC in Gahanna, as well as Rev. Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of St. Luke "Community" United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX, will both bring messages during Annual Conference. Rev. Seipel, who is in her 38th year of ministry, has served in a variety of contexts, from a six-point rural charge to campus, urban, and suburban settings, as well as in ministry with the poor.
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer serves as a member of the Commission On A Way Forward. In this edition of West Ohio Conversations, he shares his thoughts about the present state of the church, rising anxiety leading up to the special session of General Conference in 2019, and the recent work of the Council of Bishops.
For the first time, Camp Widewater is offering an overnight camp during Annual Conference. Open to all campers who desire a first-time experience or just a short two-day camp, whether at conference or not. Have fun in God's outdoor creation while also worshiping and learning. For those at Annual Conference, a bus will pick up kids on Monday, June 4, at 8:00 am on the west side of Hoover Auditorium. They will return to the same spot on Tuesday, June 5, at 5:30 pm. Registration deadline is May 25 with no exceptions and no same-day registration.
The United Methodist Sierra Leone Conference has opened a health center in the remote community of Joyah, an off-road settlement in southern Sierra Leone.
The conference’s Community Empowerment for Livelihood and Development program, supported by The United Methodist Church in Norway, provided nearly $40,000 to build the rural health center, which includes a maternal and child health post.
On Wednesday, April 4, The West Ohio Conference will hold a Remembrance Service for the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The service, titled "I Am The Dream," will acknowledge the life and legacy of Dr. King, as well as recognize all those who lost their lives in the Civil Rights movement. It will also be a time of encouraging and celebrating the God-Dreams we have for our own lives, as well as those for the beloved community of Christ.
The snow was 70 to 80 inches high on Feb. 1 in northwestern Montana, home to the Blackfeet Nation. Now it’s up to 240 inches and that’s not even the worst part, said the Rev. Calvin Hill, pastor of the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish in Browning, Montana.
Following the tragic high school shooting in Florida last week, Bishop Palmer is inviting The West Ohio Conference to join him in praying for the people, churches, pastors, and leaders of the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Conference issued this statement following the shooting: