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Clergy Day Apart is December 4; Registration Now Open

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.

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Holy Spirit Seminar is December 7 at United

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).

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Confirmation Retreat Dates Set for West Ohio Camps

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.

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Good Works Hosts 'Going Deeper' Seminar on October 27

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.

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West Ohio Pastor, Wife Named Missionaries to Congo

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.

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Campers have Gone, but Work Continues at West Ohio Camps

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.

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