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Tuesday, Jan 5, 2021
The 52nd session of the West Ohio Conference will be held Sunday June 6, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Monday, June 7, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Bishop Palmer and the Planning Committee unanimously decided to hold a virtual conference since the COVID pandemic is still a serious concern. The theme of Annual Conference is “Run the race with perseverance” based on the scripture Hebrews 12:1-3. “A vaccination is here and brings great hope. However, it is unclear as to how... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 5, 2021
Human trafficking is the illegal trade in human beings for the purposes of commercial or sexual exploitation or forced labor: a modern-day form of slavery. According the Ohio Human Trafficking Commission: More than 1,000 Ohio children are estimated to be trafficked every year in the sex trade, over 3,000 Ohio youth are at risk of becoming victims. Average age of victims is 13 years old. Toledo is the fourth largest recruitment site for minor sex trafficking... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 5, 2021
Human Relations Day is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. Human Relations Day calls United Methodists to recognize the right of all God’s children in realizing their potential as human beings in relationship with one another. The special offering benefits neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, community advocacy through United Methodist Voluntary Services and work with at-risk teens through the Yo... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 5, 2021
Clergy Session will be held virtually on Wednesday, May 19 - 9:30 am -12:00 pm. Ordination and Commissioning 3:00 p.m. Details will be forthcoming. 
Thursday, Dec 17, 2020
Online Leadership Training Event Saturday, February 13, 2021 - 8:30 am to 12:00 pm The West Ohio Conference is pleased to offer this online training to our pastors and church leadership across the conference this year, featuring three nationally-known, dynamic speakers. We hope that they will inspire you with ideas about how to navigate beyond our current environment and work together to reach others and make Disciples for Jesus Christ. Because... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 15, 2020
As we celebrate Advent, churches across the West Ohio Annual Conference find creative ways to share the message of Jesus’ birth. Maize Manor United Methodist Church in Columbus created the “Maize Manor Christmas Countdown Calendar.” With such activities as making Christmas cards and singing carols, the calendar brings church members together while being physically apart. Maize Manor also hosted a drive-thru Nativity. Several churches across the conference also... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 15, 2020
Effectively reaching new people for Christ is the hallmark of West Ohio’s Light of the World award, given to one church from each district that demonstrates a commitment to shine the light of God’s love into their community. This year’s winner from the Shawnee Valley District is Wellston Hope UMC. Wellston Hope United Methodist Church is located in a small city of about 5,500 people in Jackson County. In addition to worship and Sunday school, they offer a child... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 15, 2020
Mark your calendars for two virtual church leadership training events. The first event, Resisting Injustice: Leading through Divided Times, will be held on January 30th, 2021. The second event, Moving Forward: Creating a Nimble Church is scheduled for February 13th, 2021. The Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr. will be the keynote speaker at both events. Dr. Powe is the Director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. An ordained elder in the Baltimore/Washington... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 15, 2020
Do you feel God's call on your life but are uncertain how to discern that call or what to do next? If so, then the Laity Discernment Retreat is for you! At the retreat, we will talk about call, discernment and what it means to be "called by our baptism." Participants will learn ways to intentionally enter into a time of prayer about discernment and will discover Spiritual Rhythms that can help guide their journey. We will also discuss the variety of ways laity... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 15, 2020
We know the stories in the Bible, attend Advent and Christmas Eve worship each year, listen to tons of Christmas carols, and have seen just about every Christmas movie and special. We United Methodists know a lot about Christmas, but like most things there is always more to learn. Here are a few lesser-known tidbits. John Wesley never published a Christmas Sermon If you search for Christmas sermons by John Wesley, you won’t find any. He never published one. One... continue reading