Shawnee Valley District 2014 Fall Focus
 “Transforming Our Communities”
Our District is located in a beautiful part of Ohio and we have the wonderful opportunity to engage every community- from the smallest to the largest- with the life-giving power of Jesus Christ. Every person matters to God! He seeks after every lost sheep in every pasture! God has established his church in every locale so that we would become a light for Christ and would work to change the dynamics of where we live. How often we pray, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”, but do we really mean it? This Fall we want to focus on how we can continue to impact our communities, build trusting relationships, improve the health of our neighborhoods  and share with folks the good news of Jesus. The following opportunities are open to pastors and laity alike

September 9th- The Shawnee Valley District Leadership Team meeting will take place at the Friendship UMC (582 Edward Warren Dr, Friendship, Ohio). The teaching segment will begin at 10:00 a.m.*  and Eric Smith will be speaking on “Investing in Your Community” and why our churches should be involved in their neighborhoods from a biblical and theological perspective. He had the privilege of learning under the authors who wrote the book- When Helping Hurts. Eric works as a Community Coordinator for the Springfield Promise Neighborhood. 
Please RSVP to the District office if you will be staying for a complimentary lunch.  
*The District Leadership Team will be meeting from 9:30-10:00 a.m. to take care of any “official business”

October 7th- The Shawnee Valley District Leadership Team will be held at the Frankfort UMC  (30 Church St, Frankfort, Ohio). Brad Thie, who is the Director of the Thriving Rural Communities Initiative at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, will be with us. He will be teaching on the topic, “The Pastor as Community Shepherd”, and you will find the focus very helpful in the community of which you are a part.
Please RSVP to the District office if you will be staying for a complimentary lunch.  
*The District Leadership Team will be meeting from 9:30-10:00 a.m. to take care of any “official business”

November 1st will be our Annual Charge Conference at the Cornerstone UMC (808 Offnere St., Portsmouth, Ohio ). It is expected that every church will send a team made up of their pastor and key lay leaders to this event. We will worship, pray together, receive a special offering for Prison ministry here in our region and take care of our charge conference business. Our focus will be on Community Development and how the church is called by God to invest in the places where we live in order to bring God’s light to the people all around us. Our keynote speaker will be Alan Rice and we will offer 4 practical workshops on how the church is investing in communities similar to ours. There will be more details coming but please reserve this date in your calendars!!

Here are some resources worth reading
"When Helping Hurts" by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
"Churches that Make a Difference" by Sider, Olson & Unruh
"Vital Churches Changing Communities and the World" by Jorge Acevedo 
"Holy Currencies" by Eric Law 
"Toxic Charity" by Robert Lupton


Vinyl Decals (4 x 6") are available for purchase from the District Office.

All proceeds will go towards supporting our Vietnam Mission.  

Each decal costs $3.

Contact the District office to check out a bundle 

to sell to your church members.

Important Dates for the Shawnee Valley District

Leadership Team Meeting and District Pastors Training Event - September 9, 2014 9:00 a.m. - Friendship UMC, West Portsmouth, Ohio

Leadership Team Meeting and District Pastors Training Event - October 7, 2014 9:00 a.m. - Frankfort UMC

District Charge Conference and Leadership Event - November 1, 2014 - Cornerstone UMC, Portsmouth

Vietnam Mission Trip - November 10-17

Contact the District Office

 (740-851-5243 or reddy@wocumc.org)

for information on any of these events.