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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
This year the West Ohio Conference joins The United Methodist Church and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in celebrating the 25th. anniversary of the Order of Deacon.  On this silver anniversary, we continue to share stories of deacons serving in West Ohio. Teaching Youth the Power of Locally Sourcing Food A year after being ordained a deacon in 2017, the Rev. Jessica Stonecypher launched an agriculture program for Zanesville City Schools. Thi... continue reading
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
If you are a faithful United Methodist who would like to make a difference in the lives of people in your church, community, or across the globe, but are not sure about the best way to make a gift or which organizations to support, the Foundation can help!  Follow this helpful guide to carefully consider your personal giving, then give us a call. Step 1: Get some clarity. Before you consider what to give, consider why you want to give. Think about what is impo... continue reading
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
All the world is a stage. And so is a new option at Camp Wesley this summer! Campers will sing, act and dance their way through the week as they learn a new production taught by Sole180. This premier production company is out of Palm Bay Florida and will be bringing their most talented instructors who will be designing a production just for Camp Wesley.  Sole180 is a cutting edge urban live show production company consisting of inspiring vocal performances, hig... continue reading
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
A diverse group of motorcyclists and their families came together as one for the annual Blessing of the Bikes on May 2 at Shawnee United Methodist Church.  Before the COVID-19 pandemic, each biker was blessed individually. This year, the Rev. Bryan Bucher gave a group blessing. This was Bucher's last blessing before moving to a new appointment in the Ohio River Valley District this Summer. Click here for story
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Deacons are clergy leaders called by God and ordained by a bishop to bridge the church and the world while proclaiming the transformational news of Jesus Christ. Most ordained deacons have a primary appointment at a secular location with a secondary appointment to a local church. West Ohio Division of Deacons Chairperson the Rev. Rachel Miller said, “I am grateful to God for those who had the foresight and the vision for the Order of Deacon. I am in awe of the... continue reading
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
This summer, campers attending Widewater will be greeted by Larry Wiliford, the interim camp director who joined the West Ohio Camps staff on April 30. Wiliford has a long history in camping ministry. His love of camping began as a high school student when he worked each summer at camp. He began as a counselor-in-training, then on kitchen crew. Eventually, he served as a counselor and Program Director. Following his call to ordained ministry, Wiliford served a... continue reading
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected health systems globally, crippling service delivery in both high and low-resource countries. However, the effects on already weakened health systems in the developing world have been far more devastating. In recent weeks, the COVID-19 case count - first in Brazil and now in India - has risen dramatically, stressing health systems as well as the supply of essential drugs and medical equipment. Global Ministries and... continue reading
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Each year, a memorial service is held during Annual Conference to remember the life and ministry of clergy and spouses of clergy who have served the United Methodist Church in West Ohio. In a gesture of honor, the family members are gifted a prayer shawl. A prayer shawl symbolizes the love of Christ holding these families as they grieve their loss. Each shawl created is prayed over before being given to the bereaved family. This year, 29 prayer shawls were mail... continue reading
Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021
2021 West Ohio Annual Conference: A Virtual Session The 52nd session of the West Ohio Annual  Conference will be held virtually via Zoom Webinar on:   - Sunday June 6, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm and   - Monday, June 7, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. This year's theme is “Run the Race with Perseverance” based on Hebrews 12:1-2. Registration: Registration is required and ends at 5:00 pm on May 5. To register click here. *Note: You will need to log in to our system to register.... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021
On Memorial Day of 2019, the Dayton, OH, area was devastated by 15 tornados, including an EF-4 with winds over 165 miles per hour. The tornados destroyed at least 1,500 buildings and damaged 7,000 across four counties – Greene, Mercer, Miami, and Montgomery. In the immediate aftermath of the tornados, many Dayton area United Methodist churches provided food, water, prayers, and volunteers who helped to clear debris. In the months that followed, United Methodist... continue reading