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Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020
As United Methodists we “hold governments responsible for the protection of the rights of the people to free and fair elections” believing that “the form and the leaders of all governments should be determined by exercise of the right to vote guaranteed to all adult citizens.” (2016 Book of Discipline, ¶164A) In the United States, generations of advocates fought to expand the right to vote beyond the original electorate of land-owning white men. And despite con... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020
“Antwerp United Methodist Church has always been a church committed to reaching their community,” says Northwest Plains District Superintendent Barry Burns, “but they have renewed that commitment to engage their community as it is, and not just as it once was.” Recipient of this year’s West Ohio Conference One Matters Award, Antwerp UMC is a rural congregation in Northwest Ohio with a blended worship service that typically sees about 90-100 attendees on Sunday... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer and Director Annette Chambers-Smith from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction are scheduled to welcome over 350 UM members, Ohio state agency staff and leaders, local reentry professionals, community service partners, restored citizens and people of various faiths to the virtual Building Bridges Community Experience on October 1-2. The Community Experience offers two days of creating community for and with people who are... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020
Each month, the Henry County Chamber of Commerce selects a business of the month. This month, West Ohio's Camp Widewater was given the honor. “I have worked with the camp director, Rachel Palmer, on many projects. It was my honor to select Camp Widewater this month,” said Joel Miller, director of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations, Rachel and Camp Widewater! Camp Widewater is nestled in the arms of the Maumee River and the fertile farmlands o... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020
Jesus calls his followers to love their neighbor. So why have Christians found ways to refuse their neighbors not just love but basic dignity? “We know better,” said the Rev. Mai-Anh Le Tran of United Methodist Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. “Why don’t we act or live differently? It strikes me as that we are still befuddled by our human fallibility.” For an hour, she and two other theologians wrestled with why racism re... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2020
The 51st session of the West Ohio Annual Conference was a virtual gathering of nearly 1,600 clergy and lay members. Bishop Gregory V. Palmer presided over the conference under the theme, “Be Not Afraid, God Is With Us.” Using the 21st chapter of Revelation, Bishop Palmer preached about the uncertain times facing our nation, world and global church. “In spite of the chaos; in spite of the wars; in spite of the rumors of war; in spite of the repression and suppre... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2020
Each year at Annual Conference, churches and individuals from across West Ohio are recognized for their extraordinary mission and ministry. This year, with Annual Conference shortened to a four-hour business session, the Awards & Recognition Ceremony will be held separately in a virtual event on Thursday, September 17, at 7:00 pm. Tune in to the Conference’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/westohioumc) to see just a few of the many ways in which ‘Be... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2020
After weeks of worshiping online, some United Methodist congregations are beginning to resume in-person services. We are excited to go to church again, but it would be unrealistic to expect things to be as they were before the global pandemic. “Worship will be different and feel strange,” one United Methodist church shares with their 'Guidelines for Reopening.' That’s good for each of us to keep in mind as we prepare to go back to church. Please note: Those con... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 16, 2020
Last year the Benefits office and the Office of Ministry teamed up and hosted our first ever “Mapping Your Journey to Wellness” seminars. Speakers from OhioHealth, Ernst and Young (EY) and our very own conference were brought in to inform and inspire as we continue to refine our financial, spiritual, physical and emotional health. By all accounts everyone had a great time and left with more than just knowledge. They took away actionable steps to help improve th... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020
This weekend, we will convene the 51st session of the West Ohio Annual Conference. Bishop Palmer invites congregations and individuals to support an offering for the COVID-19 Relief Funds. In Galatians, Paul reminds us to carry each other’s burdens. Your gifts and your prayers will lighten the burdens of your neighbors, both near and far away. Your generous gift will be divided equally to support the following ministries: UMCOR COVID-19 Fund—Funds are used to... continue reading