Monday, Mar 21, 2016
Don't forget to sign up for the TARRP workshop "From Charity to Changing Lives." Pastors and laity can greatly benefit from receiving tools to help change and transform lives.  At the workshop, tools will be offered which will shift a church's mission from giving money and things to hands-on ministry.   This is important because it builds new and deeper relationships, so those in the church can begin to understand, and then advocate to help eliminate the stumbl... continue reading
Friday, Mar 11, 2016
The Good Friday Relay If you have ever watched a relay race you know it is about one runner passing the baton to the next.  Success is based on the accuracy and speed of the many handoffs. We are finishing our journey in Lent.  We are approaching the Cross where Jesus died, the end of His earthly race.  I want to suggest there are several handoffs of the Cross in His story. A year ago January I was in Jerusalem and preached the story of Simon of Cyrene.  We... continue reading
Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016
Visit for more information and take a look at our Camping Opportunities.   Sign up your children today!Camp Otterbein, Camp Wesley & Camp Widewater.  
Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016
The Maumee Watershed District Men are selling Easter lilies, hyacinths and tulips this year in support of the Ministerial Scholarship fund.  Since 1950, the district UMM have used the proceeds from flower sales to support district students going into ministry.  Cost is $8 per plant, and orders must be placed by March 6.  Pickup will be March 26.  Please call Jim at 419.779.1406 or e-mail the form attached below to njsjgs [at] 
Monday, Feb 8, 2016
Advance Special Offering  2016The United Methodist Church designates a number of Sundays throughout the year as opportunities for recognizing and supporting particular ministries. These are referred to as Special Sundays and most include an offering used to fund the work of these programs.These denomination wide offerings enable United Methodists like you to offer refuge in times of disaster, promote peace and justice, provide scholarships and student loans, re... continue reading
Monday, Feb 8, 2016
 Ash Wednesday 2016    “How Much Will We Invest?”     Rev. Scot Ocke D.S.Mark 8:31-37  And he began to teach them that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.  32And he said this plainly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.  33But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter, and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not on the... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016
Check out the story written by Tim McDonough for The Crescent News, highlighting Holgate UMC, which finished an $840,000 capital campaign project late in 2015. Their new space includes: a multi-purpose room for worship seating 120, a youth “cave” room, a children’s room, a kitchen, and a new lobby.  Read the full article attached below. 
Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016
Is God calling you? Do you desire to know how the Certified Lay Ministry Academy will further equip you for ministry?  Join us at one of these regional informational events.  Listen to personal call stories from CLMs serving across West Ohio. Learn about NEWLY designed CLMA, curriculum and course instructors, class schedule, fees, steps to certification and District Superintendent assignments.Certified Lay Ministry Academy is recommended for paid and unpaid lai... continue reading
Thursday, Jan 7, 2016
Praying for Our Sick Loved OnesMany of us are struggling with loved ones and friends who are sick.   They become a large part of our prayer life. The book of 2nd Kings chapter 20, tells the story of Hezekiah, who was a good King in Israel but became very ill.  The prophet Isaiah confirmed to him that his sickness was terminal. Hezekiah began to pray to the Lord, "Remember, Lord, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have don... continue reading
Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015
I’m excited to let you know about a new feature that Mike Hickcox has added to our website to assist congregations and individuals wishing to give to SoSA through UMCOR/The Advance! (all lowercase on the umc) automatically redirects to the SoSA Donate page on the UMCOR/Advance website.The purpose of this feature is to offer an easy-to-remember link that saves a lot of steps ... folks who want to give through The Advance... continue reading