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Thursday, Jan 21, 2021
Day 4: Praying together  “I do not call you servants any longer… but I have called you friends” (Jn 15:15)  Rom 8:26-27 | The Spirit helps us in our weakness  Lk 11:1-4 | Lord, teach us to pray   Meditation  God thirsts for relationship with us. He searches for us as he searched for Adam, calling to him in the garden: “Where are you?” (Gen 3:9)  In Christ, God came to meet us. Jesus lived in prayer, intimately united to his Father, while... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021
Day 3: Forming one body  “Love one another as I have loved you”;  (Jn 15:12b)  Col 3:12-17 | Clothe yourself with compassion  Jn 13:1-15; 34-35 | Love one another   Meditation  On the eve of his death, Jesus knelt to wash the feet of his disciples. He knew the difficulty of living together and the importance of forgiveness and mutual service. “Unless I wash you,” he said to Peter, “you have no share with me.”  Peter received Jesus at his... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021
Bishop Gregory V. Palmer has named Brad Aycock as director of Fresh Starts and New Beginnings. He has served on the conference staff for the last 5 years as the Director of New Church Development. This new role is intended to add to the training and resourcing needs of new and established churches. In this new position, Aycock will staff the Missional Church Development Team. He will continue to lead our efforts in New Church Development and Fresh Expressions.... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021
          Knowing how to navigate the church in a pandemic is a challenge. Adapting and improving the way we lead during this season is a must. Bishop Gregory Palmer’s leadership clinics are live, online opportunities to give you access to leadership insights from local, national, and global leaders. These proven influencers will challenge and inspire you, regardless of your title or position. You’ll have the opportunity not only to hear from these leaders, bu... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021
West Ohio work teams plan to return to Henderson Settlement in Frakes, KY, in the spring and summer of 2021. The SOWER Home Build Program allows teams to construct an entire house from the foundation up over the course of six weeks. Cost is $250 per volunteer, which covers room and board for one week. Funds and pledges are also needed to cover the cost of materials. The build schedule is below: May 2-8: Framing/roof truss/roof deck May 9-15: Roofing/siding/i... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021
When four Canaanville UMC members attended a West Ohio Conference Early Response Team training in 2017, they didn’t know what God had in store for them. Soon after becoming certified, the team was called out to do flood relief cleanup after the February 2018 flood in Marietta, Ohio. Six members helped clean out damaged drywall, appliances, and cabinets from the home of a family who had no flood insurance. Excited by this work, more Canaanville members became ER... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021
It would have been easy for the Christ United Methodist Church of Columbus, Ohio to cancel their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event because of the lingering COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of an in-person event, the planning committee adjusted the prayer breakfast to a virtual event. This annual event began seven years ago under the leadership of the Rev. Calvin Alston. One of the coordinators, Linda Wright said, “We wanted create an event for the church and c... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021
In autumn 2020, the district superintendent of the Capital Area North District formed creative partnerships to provide flu vaccinations to communities that are high risk but have limited access to resources. As the COVID-19 virus continued to linger, health officials began showing concern around this virus and the impact of the impending flu season. The Rev. Linda Middleburg, Capital Area North District superintendent and assistant to the bishop, decided this w... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021
Day 2: Maturing internally  “Abide in me as I abide in you”  (Jn 15:4a)  Eph 3:14-21 | May Christ dwell in our hearts  Lk 2:41-52 | Mary treasured all these things   Meditation  The encounter with Jesus gives rise to the desire to stay with him and to abide in him: a time in which fruit matures.  Being fully human, like us Jesus grew and matured. He lived a simple life, rooted in the practices of his Jewish faith. In this hidden life in N... continue reading
Friday, Jan 15, 2021
Day 1: Called by God “You did not choose me but I chose you”  (Jn 15:16a)  Gen 12:1-4 | The call of Abraham Jn 1:35-51 | The call of the first disciples  Meditation  The start of the journey is an encounter between a human being and God, between the created and the Creator, between time and eternity.  Abraham heard the call: “Go to the land I will show you”. Like Abraham we are called to leave that which is familiar and go to the place t... continue reading