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Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021
Dr. Josephine Whitely-Fields, a retired elder, saw an opportunity when she found limited historical records of Black clergywomen and their contributions to The United Methodist Church. “There was little written about us (Black clergywomen) in our denomination,” she said, “and all we achieved despite the isms in the church.” Whitely-Fields began interviewing other clergywomen to document their journeys of living out God’s call on their lives. She compiled the st... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021
To make up for the fun we missed last Summer, West Ohio camp directors have planned exciting programs for the upcoming camp season. Ken Overholser, West Ohio Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries said, “We really missed having Summer camp last year. But, we look forward to making up for what we missed. We have great programs planned as we enjoy the outdoors.” Registration is now open for all summer camps. New health protocols as well as limits on capacitie... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021
Last week’s ice storm caused extensive damage in Lawrence County due to fallen trees, burst pipes, and downed power lines. Many homes are under a boil advisory, and some residents may be without power for weeks to come. In partnership with New Hope UMC in Proctorville and Chesapeake UMC, both located in Lawrence County, the West Ohio Conference is providing funds for bottled water, non-perishable food items, and heating fuel. Donations to the West Ohio Disaster... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021
On Thursday, February 25, 2021 Elesondra Deromano and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will lead a virtual event to discuss commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking and its intersection with inequities in our everyday life. Deromano, a member of Unity United Methodist Church in the Maumee Watershed district, is active within the denomination and ecumenically to serve the marginalized in the city of Toledo. Attendees will learn what i... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021
Interested in mission service? Attend a virtual mission discovery event! Participants will receive an overview of the basics of volunteer service, learn about different ways in which they may serve and engage in conversation with the Mission Volunteer and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) staff. The two-hour events will be offered: Tuesday, March 2, 10 am-12 pm Thursday, March 4, 5-7 pm Thursday, June 3, 3-5 pm Saturday, June 5, 10 am-12 pm C... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2021
Find out how you can get a communications grant and connect with social media learning groups during Bishop Palmer’s first Leadership Clinic set for March 4. Bishop Palmer’s Leadership Clinics offer live webcasts to access leadership insights from proven influencers around the world. Regardless of your title or position, you will be challenged, encouraged, and inspired as we navigate church leadership through this pandemic. We kick off the clinics on March 4, 1... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2021
In 2017, OhioHealth and Lutheran Social Services began a conversation about creating a space for people who are ready to be discharged from the hospital but have no place to go. Three years later, the Medical Respite at Faith Mission was opened in partnership with OhioHealth, which donated $350,000 for start-up costs. Located at Faith Mission close to Grant Hospital in downtown Columbus, the Medical Respite is a 3,000 square-foot space with 16 beds in eight roo... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2021
The Ohio Legislature is currently considering Senate Bill 17, which would create additional barriers for recipients of SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid, including a new work requirement for Ohioans over the age of 55. New paperwork and reporting will swamp an already-overtaxed Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services, leading to people in poverty waiting longer to be connected to the food and health care they need. The United Methodist Book of Resolutions,... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2021
The West Ohio Conference administrator of Bureau of Worker's Compensation (BWC) and Insurance has changed its name to Sedgewick; there are no other changes. Do not to respond to solicitation from other worker's compensation group plans or managed care organizations. Any questions, please contact Kathy Redmond at Kathy.redmond [at] sedgewick.org. Received a 1099 from BWC? If your church received a check from BWC and provided the BWC with an IRS Form W9, you may... continue reading
Sunday, Feb 14, 2021
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer intends to appoint the Rev. Mark Chow as Foothills District superintendent effective July 1, 2021.  “I could not be more pleased that Rev. Mark Chow has accepted my invitation to become a conference superintendent assigned to the Foothills District,” Palmer said. “Mark’s love for Jesus Christ, the church and The United Methodist Church in particular are conspicuous. He serves with love, skill and humility. He has itinerated widely in th... continue reading