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Thursday, Sep 5, 2019
With just seven months in the role of University Chaplain, Rev. Maudy Muchanyereyi says that the assignment still feels like an adventure. Muchanyereyi, who earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Africa University in 2005, returned to her alma mater to serve as chaplain in January 2019. She is the first female chaplain in the institution’s 27-year history.   “Working with the young people and helping to shape them through (spiritual) guidance, counseling, an... continue reading
Thursday, Sep 5, 2019
Powell United Methodist Church will host the Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) - Reentry Edition simulation on Sunday, September 22, from 2:00-5:30 pm. COPE-Reentry is designed to give participants a glimpse into the lives of returning citizens and families living in our community. It portrays real stories of real individuals and families impacted by incarceration, going beyond the stereotypes. This All In Community experience is FREE and open to the public. Cl... continue reading
Thursday, Sep 5, 2019
Jessie Roark, one of this year's West Ohio Conference Harry Denman Evangelism Award winners, was recently featured in a story on the United Methodist news website, umnews.org.   Jessie is the director of St. Mark's Resource Center in Lima, OH, which offers free clothing, food, personal hygiene items, household items, internet access, and referrals to other community resources.In February of 2019, the Resource Center served 834 households, representing 2,383 ind... continue reading
Thursday, Sep 5, 2019
He came on a tourist visa in 2017. Joined by his wife and two children, they disembarked in the US. As the vacation unfolded, visiting family in Ohio, the same God who got hold of his grandfather and father captured his future. Both his grandfather and father were pastors in Colombia, and now God was calling him to stay in Ohio and be a youth pastor and worship leader for a Hispanic United Methodist Church.   His wife and children agreed. Now he waits for a stu... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019
Dear pastors and laity in the MWD, Our Bishop, Bishop Palmer along with other bishops in the United Methodist Church have asked that we recognize the struggles, hurts, and loneliness of the lives of many people trying to come across the borders and those who have been granted permission to cross.  We have been asked to be in prayer for these children, their families, and many who are seeking asylum from the dangerous conditions in other countries as well as tho... continue reading
Sunday, Sep 1, 2019
Hope United Methodist Church is located on the southeast side of Dayton in Greene County. Last year, the church decided to emphasize an understanding of baptism – what it means and why it matters. After having no baptisms in 2017, Hope Church had 13 baptisms in 2018 along with 3 professions of faith. Hope UMC was chosen as the 2018 Miami Valley District Light of the World award winner at this year’s West Ohio Annual Conference. Light of the World churches are o... continue reading
Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019
Seeking to return sacred lands they have held in trust for 176 years, leaders of The United Methodist Church and the Wyandotte Nation will hold a ceremony on September 21 during which lands held by the agency will be formally returned to the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma. A rare occurrence in United States history, the event will include local dignitaries and leaders of Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma and the Wyandot Nation of Kansas. In 1844, the Wyandotte tribe d... continue reading
Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time when all United Methodists in the United States can celebrate diversity and the positive contributions of their Hispanic/Latino brothers and sisters to their communities and congregations. During the September 15-October 15 observance, many Hispanic/Latino people are remembering their traditions and celebrating their families' countries of origin and their independence. It offers an opportunity for all church members to better... continue reading
Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019
Are you a lay person with a love of God and neighbor currently volunteering in your local congregation? Do you hunger to serve God with a greater sense of direction?   If so, consider joining others from across the Conference in the upcoming Certified Lay Minister (CLM) Academy! The one-year CLM Academy starts on March 14, 2020 and concludes in March 2021 with recognition occurring at the 2021 Annual Conference. In order to apply, you must complete the basic co... continue reading
Monday, Aug 26, 2019
The New Holland United Methodist Church, located in the corner of Pickaway and Fayette Counties, is turning 0’s into whole numbers. In 2018, the New Holland church received seven persons by profession of faith while baptizing two adults. New Holland was chosen as the 2018 Capitol Area South Light of the World award winner at this year’s West Ohio Annual Conference. Light of the World churches are outstanding in their commitment to shine the light of God’s love... continue reading