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Thursday, Feb 11, 2021
Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing through Easter Sunday, you are invited to engage daily in the Leaning into Justice Challenge as a unique Lenten Spiritual practice. As a tangible way to live out our faith, seek justice, and pursue peace, we will share resources and ideas for learning, reflection, and action organized around a specific justice topic for that week with guidance about the estimated time commitments. Saturdays (and Friday of Holy Week) wil... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021
Annual Conference Recommendations are due by March 1st in order to be considered at this year’s Annual Conference session. Recommendations can be submitted to Conference Secretary Rev Amy Haines at ahaines [at] wocumc.org.
Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021
Every third Saturday of each month, outdoor enthusiasts meet to hike a park trail located in the Shawnee Valley District. The Outdoor Enthusiasts Group was formed three years ago by former district superintendent, the Rev. Brent Watson. Watson loved the outdoors and created a time for fellow hikers to come together and experience God’s creation. Jon Hall, technical director at Bainbridge United Methodist Church, approached the Shawnee Valley district superinten... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021
Inside a state correctional facility, a man was introduced to the ministry of Amlin United Methodist Church by a fellow inmate. “Joe”* connected with the pastor of Amlin, the Rev. Steve Putka. Putka began to minister to this new member as he became active in the Amlin church community. Joe is passionate about helping those like him in addition to the homeless and those struggling with addiction. He inspired the creation of the “Friendly Fare” ministry, a partne... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021
Ralph L. Kendall lived a life of service and left a legacy of devotion to family, charity, and community investment. He grew up in Winchester, OH and never forgot the lessons he learned at the side of his father, Wilmer, and mother, Mary, who were both active in Winchester UMC. In fact, Ralph grew up surrounded by at least three generations of the Kendall family in the pews with him each Sunday including his maternal and paternal grandparents. Before his passin... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021
While working at Discipleship Ministries in Church Planting Resourcing, I became acutely aware of the fact that church planting was not that different from a church that is attempting to engage in a new beginning – both are about having a keen sense for the work God is already doing and getting on board. In Seven Seasons of Planting a New Church, a strategic paper written by members of Path1, we find the following regarding the Season of Visioning: The soil in... continue reading
Thursday, Feb 4, 2021
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” — Mark 16:15 On January 31- February 2, nearly 70 members of the West Ohio Conference Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Suzanne Allen, Chairperson; Rev. Meshach Kanyion, Vice-Chairperson, Rev. Steve Putka, Secretary, and Rev. David Cady, Interview Prep Coach, participated in the annual Interviews for those requesting credentials in the United Met... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021
At least once a month, Kathy Moore preaches the gospel on Sunday, leads a workshop or serves as liturgist for a worship service. This certified lay minister is responding to God’s call in her retirement. For over 40 years, clergy spouse Kathy served beside her husband Roland in the East and West Ohio annual conferences. Moore says, “No other role compares to the role of clergy spouse.” Moore is thankful for the many clergy spouses who have supported her, in goo... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021
The Harry Denman Evangelism Award, sponsored by The Foundation for Evangelism, honors United Methodists in each Annual Conference whose exceptional ministry of evangelism brings people into a life transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. What distinguishes a Harry Denman Evangelism Award recipient is the commitment to consistently introduce others to the Good News of Jesus Christ in all ministry settings. Their ministry is exceptional for the number of new... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021
Each month, The West Ohio Conference joins together in praying for the ministries, mission projects, and missionaries of The United Methodist Church. In February, we pray for immigrants and refugees and the United Methodist ministries that advocate for and support them. Immigration is an issue with the power to deeply divide the Church. Yet God’s Word is clear on one aspect: no matter what side of the issue we fall on, we are to love the stranger among us. Levi... continue reading