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Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021
Join us for our next edition of Bishop Palmer’s Leadership Clinics featuring Beth Comstock on Thursday, October 14 from 10am to 12pm. Comstock will speak on the topic, Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change. Beth has built a career as storyteller, marketer and innovation champion as GE's first female Vice Chair, as well as Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer. She was President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal as part of her journey through media, w... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021
Early September, Otterbein Senior Life held a grand opening celebration for their newest assisted living community, the Oakwood. The occasion was attended by residents, Otterbein Pemberville and corporate board members. Integrated into the Otterbein Pemberville community, the Oakwood was built with cutting edge design to provide a comfortable lifestyle for assisted living residents. “The Oakwood is a beautiful addition to our Pemberville community and advances... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021
What comes to mind when you think about hospitality in the church? Good coffee and fresh doughnuts? Smiling ushers and friendly greeters? A visitor gift bag with premium goodies? But what about family ministry volunteers who are screened and trained, or classrooms with visibility into the space, or supervision procedures that reduce the possibility of abuse, or a compassionate response plan should an incident of abuse be reported?  Implementing a Safe Sanctuari... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021
With the number of natural disasters occurring across the United States in the past few years, opportunities abound for recovery efforts. Here are several examples: Hurricane Ida – open only to ERT-led teams during this initial phase. Early Response Teams, Register here. Detroit flood relief – the city has been hit by multiple floods in the past few years. Basements in more than 2,000 homes need muck-outs. Teams may Register here. Southern Ohio Ice Storm – debr... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021
The time is always right to make sure we safeguard the church and its ministries. This year's Legal Forum, hosted by Ohio Northern University Law School, will tackle some emerging challenges and include topics that are always timely.  The forum will be presented in a hybrid format via Zoom and in person from the Law School auditorium. Registration is required whether attending the event in person or participating via Zoom. Lunch will be included for those atten... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021
Does this statement sound familiar to you? “I’m a part of a small church, and we all know each other, so we don’t need all of those Safe Sanctuaries rules.” I know when my husband has served small churches, it has felt like a huge weight to have Safe Sanctuaries policies. Sometimes many members have been related. In small towns it seems like everyone knows everyone else who comes to church. Although it may seem like a mountain to climb when developing such poli... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021
Melting ice caps. Rising sea levels. Global wildfires. Mass extinctions. Rev. Ryan Grace spent most of his life believing global warming was a problem too big to do anything about."After years of caring about the environment without doing much to care for it, I began looking for local solutions to the global crisis of climate change," Rev. Grace says. "I discovered a growing network of people who were building local, sustainable ways of life in the Appalachian... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021
On Saturday, October 23, the West Ohio Conference will host an all-day webinar on ministering to people with memory issues. The workshop will be led by Bishop Kenneth L. Carder, author of the book Ministry with the Forgotten: Dementia Through a Spiritual Lens. The webinar will be held online from 8:30am-5:00pm (EDT), beginning with a time of worship and prayer and ending with a panel discussion. As part of the $30 event fee, you will receive a copy of Bishop C... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021
United Methodist Women member Vickie Powell-Bass works in her community to uplift schoolchildren through her local school council. After my husband died in 2002, I started attending Wesley United Methodist Church in Chicago. Soon after I joined the church two women who sat behind me passed me a card. It was an invitation to join in the next local United Methodist Women meeting. I decided to attend. I have always been a supporter of women’s rights. When I found... continue reading
Tuesday, Sep 7, 2021
Dear friends in Christ Jesus:  I have been thinking about anniversaries lately. There are multiple reasons why my heart and mind have gone there. Some of my thoughts have been filled with joy and thanksgiving because they have brought to mind my marriage, or birthdays of cherished people. Other anniversaries have brought with them tinges of grief, even a tear because they recount something painful. They are reminders of loss, tragedy, grief. For example... continue reading