All West Ohio clergy are invited to the 2018 Clergy Day Apart on Tuesday, December 4, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at Bethel International UMC in Columbus. The Clergy Day Apart is for all active clergy serving in ministry in The West Ohio Conference. This year's speaker will be Rev. Magrey deVega, Senior Pastor at Hyde Park UMC in Florida. In addition to being a pastor, Rev.
The 7th Annual Holy Spirit Seminar at United Theological Seminary will be held Friday, December 7, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. The 2018 Holy Spirit Seminar will reveal how the New Testament Church can embrace the identity of "prophetic community" to live more fully into the promise of the New Covenant. Guest speaker will be Dr. Kim Maas, international speaker and the founder of Kim Maas Ministries, Inc. Early bird registration by November 3 is $59 ($69 regular).
Mark your calendars for West Ohio Camps' 2019 Confirmation Retreats. This is a great opportunity to supplement the confirmation experience for 6th-9th grade UMC youth who are part of a confirmation class at their church. Confirmation Retreats are a fun opportunity for them to connect with other young believers in a camp and retreat setting. This year's theme will be "My Story." There are two retreat options to choose from: Camp Otterbein on February 15-17 or Camp Wesley on March 1-3, 2019. Both weekends begin at 7:00 pm Friday and end at 10:30 am Sunday. Cost for youth is $95.
For 37 years, Good Works, Inc. has formed a Community of Hope with and for people in poverty in Southeast Ohio. This fall, Good Works is hosting the 6th annual one-day seminar called "Going Deeper," which will be held Saturday, October 27, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm in Athens, OH. Learn more about the practices that cultivate and nourish relationships and sustain Christian community. A donation of $30 per person is requested, and lunch will be provided for those who register by October 23.
While attending General Conference 2016, Nick and Renee Shaw were browsing the display area when they came across an exhibit for the General Board of Global Ministries, the mission board of The United Methodist Church. After the encounter, both were convinced that missions would be a part of their future. Two years later, the couple and their four children have been assigned as missionaries to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. Nick and Renee will serve as missionaries at The English-Speaking School of Lubumbashi (TESOL) in Lubumbashi, DRC, the second largest city in the country.
The Methodist Church of Cambodia officially came into being in early September 2018 at a conference in Phnom Penh. "This new church is the culmination of many years of collaborative work among five mission agencies, their missionaries and the work of indigenous leaders," said Bishop Larry M.
This summer, more than 330 young people from 40 countries gathered in South Africa for the Global Young People's Convocation. Three young adults from The West Ohio Conference - Emily Kvalheim, Dominic Mejia, and Allison Stickley-Miner - joined them for five days of fellowship, dialogue, and worship.
Temperatures are cooling and leaves are falling, but that doesn't mean West Ohio Camps have rolled up the sidewalks. In fact, we are nearly as busy off-season as we are during the summer. The teams at Camp Wesley, Camp Widewater and Camp Otterbein are already hard at work making improvements and preparing for the 2019 summer camp season. At Camp Wesley we are busily finishing the first of three new log cabins and have already finished the new Stargazer night time sleep under the stars space.