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Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020
During the summer of 2020, lay leader Linda Elam Young earned certification in Spiritual Formation from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Her pastor, the Rev. David Meredith of Clifton United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, encouraged her to complete the process. With two degrees in education and counseling and a certificate from the Academy for Spiritual Formation of the Upper Room, Young has led many retreats, workshops and classes, both wit... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020
Teddy Brawner didn’t sound so good, but he wanted to tell anyone still skeptical that the coronavirus is serious business.  The 65-year-old retiree and member of Gleason First United Methodist Church in West Tennessee is one of 14 members of the church who caught the virus. He has no idea how he got it. “I can talk a little bit, but I don’t have much wind,” he said. “I’ve still got the pneumonia.” Brawner fought the virus at home for a week before going to the... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020
I was attending our online Sunday School class for first through fifth graders. The kids got on the conference call happy, waving hello to each other with smiles on their faces! As usual, their energy was great and it took us a few minutes to help them settle and focus! I thought to myself, “My, these kids have really adjusted so well to COVID-19, the racial tensions, the upcoming election stresses, home school and wearing masks!” Outwardly, these kids looked a... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020
Abuse in any form, but particularly against children in the care of trusted organizations, is a serious matter that affects people throughout their lives. Earlier this year, the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) filed for bankruptcy to protect itself against a growing number of sexual abuse claims. The deadline for claims against the BSA is November 16, 2020. Pastors, if your church has a history of, or is currently sponsoring a Boy Scout troop, Cub Scout pack or... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 20, 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 Capitol Area North is Centenary United Methodist Church. Centenary United Methodist Church in Columbus, OH, is an historically African American congregation whose mission is to follow God’s call to create healthy, ju... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020
The United Methodist Women of West Ohio invite you to cuddle up in comfy clothes, grab a warm beverage, and share a fun morning with United Methodist Women in the comfort of home. Rev. Amy Aspey will provide an experiential program called YoWo (yoga + worship) that will help us find peace through gentle movement, meditation and breath. Special messages will be shared from: Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, his wife Cynthia Palmer and Harriett Jane Olson. Although the e... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020
Enjoy the fall colors while exploring our miles of hiking trails, including a brand-new trail. There will be self-guided activities like geocaching and disc golf, along with hayrides which will depart hourly from Albright Lodge. Apple cider, hot chocolate, and a hotdog roast will also be provided. Free admission, donations appreciated. Guests must wear a mask when inside and on hayrides.
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020
Mozambique Area Bishop Joaquina Nhanala, the first and only female United Methodist bishop in Africa, has learned to weigh when and how to respond to falsehoods prompted by blatant acts of sexism. “At the beginning, I would try to clear my name by responding to it,” she explained during a virtual gathering to promote and celebrate women’s leadership in the church. But that took energy and time. Eventually, Nhanala realized that “deeds speak louder than words.”... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020
United Methodists and their partners are putting resources together to address worsening food insecurity in Zimbabwe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The government-imposed lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus left many people without income and the ability to access food, leading to chronic household food shortages. Many in the country already were vulnerable because of the country’s economic crisis and poor rain and erratic weather patterns that have aff... continue reading
Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020
Prototype expected to launch in November; the total project will help more than 2,000 students Two-thirds of students in the Paris Independent School District have limited or no access to wifi or a stable internet service. It’s a startling reality magnified by COVID-19, which caused many school districts – including Paris’ – to close buildings to in-person learning last spring. A partnership spearheaded by CitySquare Paris and First UMC Paris – and includes oth... continue reading