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Monday, Feb 25, 2019
Two General Conference 2019 petitions related to potential plans for the future of The United Methodist Church have been declared unconstitutional by the denomination’s top court.  The decision was in response to a petition for a declaratory decision received by the United Methodist Judicial Council Feb. 22 from the Council of Bishops. Petition 90052 is unconstitutional, the court said in Decision 1375 “because it infringes upon the right of the annual confer... continue reading
Thursday, Feb 21, 2019
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer will host a simulcast next Saturday, March 2, at 10am. YOU are invited to join us at one of four locations in the MWD: Epworth UMC - 4855 W. Central Ave. Toledo, OH Maumee UMC - 405 Sackett St, Maumee, OH Napoleon Christ UMC - 1255 Glenwood Ave, Napoleon, OH Sylvania First UMC - 7000 Erie St, Sylvania, OH Bishop Palmer will review the actions of the special session of General Conference (February 23-26) where they are examining parag... continue reading
Thursday, Feb 21, 2019
Each year the West Ohio Districts are allotted a specified number of additional Lay Members to Annual Conference. These are called At-Large members and they are voting members of the Conference. Those interested in serving, please indicate your willingness to serve by completing and returning the applicatio nattached below. Our goal, as always, is to have a balanced and diverse group to represent our diverse district. This means that we will do our best to be d... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019
The Society of St. Andrew is offering "Seasons of Joy and Gladness," a Lenten devotional series, as a free resource for personal or congregational use. The daily Scripture readings, reflections and prayers are written by pastors, missionaries and lay people from all walks of life. Bulk orders must be placed by TODAY, February 20. Click here for more information or to download the devotional.
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019
The 2019 Special General Conference will begin later this week, February 23, in St. Louis, MO. Even if you will not be attending the event, there are several ways in which you can be involved in the proceedings. Here are just a few: PRAY - Pray for the Bishops, delegates, support staff, and for the Church. WATCH - All open sessions will be livestreamed on umc.org, and you can also get to the livestream from The West Ohio Conference webpage. GET THE FACTS... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019
1758 John Wesley baptizes two “Negro slaves,” at least one woman, thus setting the pattern for receiving people of color into the societies and the church. These two return to Antigua to start the Methodist society in the “new world.” 1760s Anne Schweitzer, a black woman, becomes a founding member of the first Methodist society in Maryland. Two years later, another black woman, known to us only as Bettye, is one of five persons to attend the Methodist services... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019
Training is a critical ingredient for quality youth ministry. That is why West Ohio Camps is excited to offer youth training to church leaders on March 18 at Camp Widewater in Liberty Center, OH. This opportunity aims to enhance the skills of new and longtime staffers and provide useful tools for improving and expanding your youth ministry. The training runs 9am-4pm with lunch included.  Keynote speaker will be Jeremiah Lewis. Lewis is a coach for Leadership D... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019
Doing little things has resulted in big changes at New City United Methodist Church in Dayton. It sounds obvious, said Local Pastor Chris Reese, but those little things really matter. He offers an example that he says might seem trivial. Usually, when someone says, “thank you,” the response is “you’re welcome.” At New City UMC, members respond to “thanks you’s” with, “my pleasure.” Because, Reese said, “We’re there because we want to be. We’re not there because... continue reading
Monday, Feb 18, 2019
On February 23, elected United Methodist delegates along with our bishops will gather in St. Louis, Missouri, for a called special session of General Conference. The goal of the meeting is to find a way forward through our disagreements about same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ clergy. You and I may feel far removed from what is happening in St. Louis, but there are ways we can follow what’s happening and support those doing the work. Begin with prayer Th... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019
This year, the All In Community Leadership team decided to leverage video conferencing technology to make training opportunities more accessible across the Conference. On each day of training, participants can choose one of three options. Option one is to attend the training "live on location" with the content trainer. Meals and hard copies of training materials are provided with this option. The second option is to watch a simulcast of the training with other... continue reading