Environmental Stewardship Lay Servant Course Offered

If you care for God's Creation and are called to guide your church's response to environmental crises, we invite you to attend the first offering of the Environmental Stewardship Advanced Course. Intended to develop a cadre of UMC laypersons to lead local church efforts in caring for the environment and ensuring ecojustice, this course is open to any layperson in the Conference regardless of their previous association with the Certified Lay Servant program.


Stewardship 101 for the Smaller Church is August 11

The purpose of Stewardship 101: Growing Generous Givers is to equip local churches to develop generous stewards to advance their mission and vision. However, the culture of a smaller church has many nuances that prevent application of some strategies. Toward that end, a workshop focused on smaller churches has been developed that takes into consideration the unique issues of smaller congregations, both rural and urban. Pastors, finance committee members, stewardship team leaders, and church leaders growing generosity would all benefit from this workshop.


Family Camp Celebrates 36th Year at Camp Widewater

Family Camp is a retreat where your whole family can enjoy summer camp fun while strengthening family bonds and learning more about Jesus. This is the 36th year for Family Camp at Camp Widewater. Throughout the week of July 18-22, you will explore family and faith through worship and other learning sessions. Experience and trust God through inter-generational worship, vespers, and singing. Meet with friends while enjoying volleyball, swimming, archery, and kiddie train rides.


Bishop Invites All to I Believe in the Church Events

Join Bishop Gregory V. Palmer for an evening of inspiration, worship, testimony and sharing. All West Ohio United Methodists are encouraged to attend. Each event is FREE; however, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for dinner and to receive printed materials. Each person wanting to attend MUST complete a registration form. Dinner will start at 6:00 pm and programming will begin at 6:45 pm and end at 8:30 pm.

Annual conferences mixed on bishops' plan

After singing “And Are We Yet Alive,” a number of U.S. annual conferences have weighed in on how The United Methodist Church might live in the future.

Various annual conferences have voted on resolutions related to the Council of Bishops recommendation for a way forward through the denomination’s potentially church-splitting divisions over homosexuality.

In May, a majority of United Methodist bishops recommended what they call the One Church Model.


Order ending family separations welcomed

United Methodist leaders expressed relief at President Trump’s executive order ending the separation of parents and children apprehended crossing into the U.S. illegally.

But they cautioned that details of any policy shift are important and stressed that the executive order isn’t enough.

“We welcome anything that reunites families but insist on a complete and humane approach to dealing with these cases of people seeking asylum in the United States,” said Bishop Scott Jones, who leads the Texas Conference and is a member of the Council of Bishops’ immigration task force.


Zimbabwe students motivate others through partners for success

After United Methodists in Maryland offered him hope and a chance to succeed, Albert Mashambanhaka, 22, started paying it forward. His ministry — Partners for Success — reaches more than 250 secondary-level boarding school students from Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe District in northern Zimbabwe. The students attend Mashambanhaka Secondary Mission School. 

Mashambanhaka credits much of his academic success to David Grant Booney, a member of Smithville United Methodist Church in Dunkirk, Maryland.


Church’s ministry makes 'safe zone' for young people

A conversation with the Rev. Timothy Kirven begins with his enthusiasm level on high and rises up from there, as he talks passionately about the new Safe Zone ministry at Worship and Praise Church on Richmond’s East End.

But, then suddenly, the enthusiasm is gone, as he considers the recent past.

“I’ve probably done over 100 funerals for young people under the age of 25 over the last four to five years,” Kirven said.