Thursday, Feb 1, 2018
Many of our folks enjoy hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities.  The intention is to enjoy the great outdoors, interact with fellow enthusiasts and meet new friends.  The first opportunity to join us will be Saturday, March 17 at 9:00 a.m. at The Edge of Appalachia Preserve near West Union.  Plan to join the D.S. and others.  Watch for more details.
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, Dec 14, 2017
Two sessions have been scheduled in 2018 to provide insight to those who serve smaller churches in our district. These are two-hour sessions led by clergy in the Shawnee Valley District.   January 20 -  "Bereavement and Funerals: How to Minister to Families in Their Time of Need".  Deacon Jane Karl will lead this session. RSVP to the District Office. April 7 - "Marriage Preparation & Wedding Ceremonies".  Rev. Brent Watson will lead this session. RSVP to t... continue reading
Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017
  Three dates have been selected for SHV Ministry Sessions in winter of 2018.  Each session will focus on a different ministry a church can develop in their community. These sessions are open to anyone in your church with interest and a heart to serve. January 9 - focuses on Health Ministries.   Kate Whitman from Mt Carmel Hospital will speak.  She is a Faith Community Nurse and Manager of Church Partnerships at Mt. Carmel. (DETAILS) March 13 - focuses on Veter... 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
Friday, Sep 22, 2017
When the Winchester United Methodist Church decided it wanted to fill 100 five-gallon buckets with hurricane relief items, pastor Greg Roberts said it was because the church members saw a need. Little did he know how much others would help fill that need. “You see a need, you’re mission minded, people put money in the plate every week and expect it to be used for something worthwhile, and this is what was on everyone’s mind after the Houston floods,” said Rober... continue reading