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Monday, Mar 30, 2020
We are fortunate to live in a state with multiple health systems, many county seat hospitals and urgent care centers. During this difficult time, many West Ohioans have asked how they can assist our healthcare workers. The West Ohio staff has been in contact with many hospital systems across our conference. Here are ways you can help. Prayers—Never underestimate the power of prayer. If you know a healthcare provider, send them a text or email to let them know... continue reading
Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
View this interactive workshop with Audio Visual Specialist Andrew Jensen as he discusses preparing to go live for the first time. He will discuss different streaming platforms and how to use the gear you (probably) already own. This is Video 1 in the series. (Source: gcfa.org) View the Video Here
Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
Thursday, April 2, 1:00 - 3:00 pm  Almost overnight, we find ourselves in a new, unfamiliar world. The COVID-19 virus has changed everything about our lives, including how we worship. What is the church to do in such a time as this? With the social distancing practices preventing our physical gatherings, how do we connect and make our message resonate with a world in chaos? Now more than ever, the church has the opportunity to lead the charge in a world looking... continue reading
Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
One of Ohio’s highest priorities during the ordered school-building closure period, which seeks to diminish the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), is to ensure that students receive nutritious meals. This is fundamental to supporting the whole child. Find a Location Here
Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
As students looked forward to spring break, few anticipated that their weeklong vacation would stretch into a month or longer. For many, a school year that still had three months has already ended abruptly. Families are practicing social distancing. How can pastors, staff and congregations respond? Show support for teens by sending them texts, messages and cards. Let them know you are thinking about them. Acknowledge their pain in the midst of this. Don’t pre... continue reading
Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
Tips for Congregations: How can people and congregations support youth who are faced with an abrupt end of the school year? Recognize the difficulty of this situation for the teens. Avoiding the conversation or invalidating their feelings makes them feel less valued. Even if your personal feelings don't align with how the youth is feeling, recognize and validate their feelings. Their worries, anxieties, fears, sadness and uncertainty are real. If possible and s... continue reading
Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
The United Methodist Financial Credit Union is offering "Ministry Relief Loans" to local churches, active clergy and spouses as well as church staff. These loans will be made at very favorable rates for the purpose of income replacement and the first payment will be deferred for 90 days.  Please contact our office for more information at 800.373.1059 or reach out to us via email at service [at] umethodist.com.  
Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
Trying to find information you need quickly can be frustrating especially when you are not sure where to look. We are committed to equipping churches throughout West Ohio with the information they need. Click here for a list of helpful resources. We will continue to add information as it becomes available. 
Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020
Greetings Sisters and Brothers in Christ Jesus. You cannot over do Thank You, so once again I say Thank You for who you are and all you are doing to face the unwelcome crisis caused by the Coronavirus. I know you will continue to do all you can to stay connected to God and neighbor even as you participate in "flattening the curve." Throughout this season there have been references to adapting to our current crisis driven reality. It is not lost on me th... continue reading
Tuesday, Mar 24, 2020
For many churches, mission experiences provide valuable opportunities for members to learn about new people and places, form lasting relationships, and be the hands and feet of Jesus to people near and far. Yet in this uncertain time, you may be wondering if you should be thinking about mission at all!  Here's what we know: traveling anywhere in the near future with a group of people is not advisable, so if you have a mission experience planned in April, now is... continue reading