Friday, May 11, 2018
Des Moines, Iowa: The Rev. Gary W. Graves, Secretary of the General Conference, announced today that an error was made in the text of a proposed Constitutional amendment as it was presented for voting, and which subsequently failed to pass. Amendment #1 of the five constitutional amendments that were approved by the 2016 General Conference--and which narrowly failed to be ratified--included a sentence which had been removed by the legislative body. Graves, who... continue reading
Monday, Apr 23, 2018
The West Ohio Conference is currently seeking an Accounts Receivable. This is a part-time position that is expected to average 25 hours per week Monday through Friday. For information click here.
Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018
On Monday, June 4, The West Ohio Conference will present the documentary, "Reservations," at the movie theater at Lakeside. "Reservations" follows Rev. Ryan Grace and his family as they journey to the land of the Hopewell in Ohio, the land of the Cherokee in Georgia and North Carolina, and the land of the Sioux in North and South Dakota. By visiting a massive ancient earthworks, walking along trails used to remove the Cherokee from their land, and witnessing th... continue reading
Thursday, Feb 1, 2018
Calling All Outdoor Enthusiasts in the SHV District!  Our next adventure is Saturday, June 9 at Great Seal State Park near Chilicothe.  The history of the Shawnee nation and Ohio's early statehood is centered in these rugged hills. Challenging trails through the 1,862-acre park take visitors to scenic vistas of distant ridgetops and the Scioto Valley below. These very hills are depicted on the Great Seal of the State of Ohio, from which the park gets its name.... continue reading
Thursday, Feb 1, 2018
DISTRICT DISASTER RESPONSE TEAM RETURNS FROM TEXAS   When the immediate danger is over, the media tends to move on to the next news-making story.  Hurricane Harvey administered its wrath on the Gulf Coast in August of 2017.  Five months later there are still hundreds of homes that were flooded, cleared out and now awaiting rebuilding.   READ ARTICLE WITH PICTURES WATCH VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS SEE VIDEO OF FLOODING   As our team toured the Beaumont and Lumberton areas,... continue reading
Thursday, Nov 30, 2017
 November 23, 2017 Dear friends, I am now back to Vietnam after visiting churches for 11 weeks. It was my first long-time itineration. Though it was a time of “living out of a suitcase,” I had much for which to be grateful. I give thanks for the blessing of relationship and partnership in mission. I was deeply moved that every church I visited, big and small, had glad and generous hearts for mission. Thank you for the extra efforts you made, the joy you brought... continue reading
Thursday, Nov 30, 2017
To my Brothers and Sisters of the Shawnee Valley District, I am so grateful for who you are and what you do to bring God’s Kingdom to the 9 counties of our District and beyond. You are truly striving to be good neighbors to those all around us. Please observe in your church and community the various ways we are already accomplishing our mission to make disciples for the transformation of the world as well as opportunities we can still live out. Your church and... continue reading
Friday, Nov 10, 2017
United Methodist bishops are exploring three possible models for how the church should handle LGBTQ inclusion. The models come to the bishops from the Commission on a Way Forward, which has the task of trying to find a way for the church to stay together despite deep divides over homosexuality. The bishops have been meeting in closed session Nov. 6-9 to discern whether the commission is heading in the right direction. The bishop-appointed commission has three... continue reading
Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017
Maxine's Closet to open up in new, larger location • The Lawrence Herald • Oct 12, 2017 CHESAPEAKE - After two years of success, Chesapeake United Methodist Church is preparing to open a new, larger location of Maxine's Closet Thrift Shop. That means more folks can shop for bargain-priced items while helping to feed more people in Lawrence County.   A mission of Chesapeake UMC, Maxine's Closet, located on 3rd Avenue is Chesapeake, has a mission of "offering gen... continue reading
Friday, Sep 29, 2017
  On a hot, sunny day in late September, District Staff members, Roberta Eddy and Diana Hall embarked on a 400 mile, 9 hour trip to collect clean up kits at the churches in the Shawnee Valley District.    Thanks to the generosity of a local U-Hall Rental business, C&J Auto in Washington Court House, a 20-foot truck was rented at a discount price.  The trek began at the District Office, where several churches had brought their completed kits. ... continue reading