Tuesday, Nov 21, 2017
We have seen an increased interest in matters involving church security, and it’s likely you have as well.  Because we are always concerned about the safety of all, please consider the following when providing guidance to your churches.  Plans should be in place to protect people from several types of adverse events, not only active shooter events (e.g., tornado, flood, fire, etc.). Your district emergency response team leaders are good resources as is UMCOR’s... continue reading
Monday, Nov 20, 2017
A Cemetery is Not a Nice Place to Live Mark 5:1-20  They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes.  (2)  When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him.  (3)  This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain.  (4)  For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him.  (5)  Nigh... continue reading
Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017
This Advent season District Superintendent, Scot Ocke will be providing an Advent series entitled, "Journey to Bethlehem" Click here for message 1: Walking with Mary of NazarethClick here for message 2: Walking with Joseph of NazarethClick here for message 3: Mary's Journey to ElizabethClick here for message 4: Nazareth to BethlehemClick here for message 5: Christmas Eve    
Thursday, Nov 2, 2017
Join us Saturday, January 27th at Maumee UMC for the Keynote Speaker: Sue Nilson Kibbey, Director of Missional Church Initiatives.  Class topics include (choose 2): Building your Children's Ministry-Don't Overcomplicate it presented by Callie Jacoby & Jamie Lawrence The driving principles and process for establishing and growing a long lasting and ever evolving youth and  children outreach. How we have reached the next generation with only a few mighty h... continue reading
Thursday, Nov 2, 2017
Maumee Watershed District Clergy: Save-the-Date for the annual District Christmas party on December 1 from 6-9pm.  Join us for an evening of food, fun, fellowship and the Christmas Spirit! We’ll even have a spontaneous Christmas Pageant. This year, it will be held at Perrysburg Grace UMC on December 1. See the Calendar.
Thursday, Nov 2, 2017
Dear colleagues, I am happy to announce that Rev. Mary Sullivan has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Friendly Center.  This is a part time extension appointment and she will continue to serve part time as the pastor of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Toledo, where she is in her tenth year of serving. Pastor Sullivan has been immersed in urban ministry most of her career.  She also brings the strength and compassion to witness in such an... continue reading
Thursday, Nov 2, 2017
“Traction Tracks” are specific training/resourcing/coaching/implementation components developed within West Ohio’s Missional Church Consultation Initiative (MCCI), now available in individual short courses for churches of any size and setting.  Does your congregation need to gain a new specific aspect of traction in order to begin moving forward into renewed vitality? Consider which of these next Traction Track offerings might be right for you. Every Traction T... continue reading
Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017
Over 100 people gathered to Re-connect, Re-envision and Re-commit to Toledo Campus Ministry (TCM) as the group celebrated 50 years of ministry in September. Rev. Dee Baker, Executive Director Emeritus, reminded the gathered of the four pillars of TCM: 1) God is a God of Love; 2) All People are sacred creations, worthy of respect; 3) Jesus Christ is the Way, our example for life and faith in this world; and 4) the Holy Spirit is the Presence of the Risen Christ... continue reading
Thursday, Oct 26, 2017
Join us for a free seminar on Genetics and Mental Health! Hosted at Central Mennonite Church in Archbold on Sunday, November 5 from 5-7pm. Leaders from theNational Institute of Mental Health will be sharing research developments regarding causes,  treatment, inheritance and the impact it can have on the family. Bev Miller from Wauseon will be sharing tips for "those who care" and ways to walk with alongside those with depression from her personal experience wit... continue reading
Thursday, Sep 14, 2017
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! When thinking about helping those recently affected by natural disasters here in the US and across the world, do you ever think to yourself, “what could I possibly do to make a substantive impact in their lives?” or “how can someone in Ohio realistically help?” or “I’ve donated supplies, but now what?” The answer is A LOT!! Sometimes we don’t realize the significance of Early Responders and the tremendous relief they bring both physic... continue reading