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Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023
Mark your calendar for West Ohio Clergy Day Apart scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2023 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church. 2023 Clergy Day Apart: From Grief to Easter All clergy serving in ministry in the West Ohio Conference are invited to a Clergy Day Apart on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Scioto Ridge United Methodist Church in Hilliard, Ohio. Rev. Dr. Joni Sancken will present ‘From Grief to Easter.’ She... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023
2022 W-2's are due to all employees by January 31, 2023. Information to help with preparing IRS Form W-2 for clergy, which can be complicated, can be found on the Conference website. Use the worksheet and example here as a guide for preparing your pastor's 2022 W-2. This sample spreadsheet and W-2 is just that, a sample. Your fact set may include more or fewer items to report (for example, moving expenses that are now taxable if paid or reimbursed are not in th... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023
West Ohio clergy are invited to participate in a Clergy Tax Seminar via Zoom on January 28, 2023. Sponsored by the Brethren Academy, the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry, and Bethany Theological Seminary, this five-hour seminar will cover clergy tax law, tax preparation and clergy compensation. This seminar will be presented by the Rev. Deb Oskin, an ordained pastor and a tax professional with 12 years of experience with H&R Block. Rev. Oskin is... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023
The Foundation for Evangelism is pleased to announce it will open the 2023 Equipping the Local Church grant cycle on January 15. A total of $350,000 is available for grants of $5,000 or $10,000 to small and medium* church congregations, or clusters of churches working together, in a Wesleyan-tradition denomination. During the 2022 Equipping the Local Church Grant Cycle, 31 grants were awarded totaling $230,000. The projects included a wide range of evangelisti... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023
United Methodists will come together this Sunday, January 15 to participate in a special offering that helps bridge the gap between church and community. It’s a chance to recognize that all are God’s children and that all have a right to live into their full potential. The Human Relations Day Special Sunday offering is used to change lives through social justice ministries and outreach through Community Developers, Volunteer Service and Youth Offender Rehabili... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023
With the start of the New Year come opportunities to reflect on how you wish to grow and change.   If you are looking for a new way to serve your church and are passionate about the ministries of the wider United Methodist community, then we have an opportunity for you!   The West Ohio Conference is accepting Self-Nominations from those who are interested in serving in leadership on a board, committee, or lead team at the Conference Level.   If you are in... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023
Each region looks forward to hosting training events that support local church leaders in ministry. Four themes will guide the training days in each region. Please review the information below, paying special attention to the location for your district.   This year, you have the option to attend in person or register for on-demand access.   All in-person registrants will also receive on-demand access when the recordings are available. A small sampling of wo... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023
Over the last nine months, the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio has been developing a new, comprehensive stewardship education program for the West Ohio Conference. The program includes materials, consultation, clergy education, and a Conference-wide Generosity Summit. Full materials for the new church stewardship education component promised last October are now available. Click here for more information, downloads, and requests for consultation. Th... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 10, 2023
Get your calendars ready to save the dates for the exciting opportunities West Ohio Camping and Retreat Ministries will be offering this winter, spring, and summer! Regional Camp2Go West Ohio's Camping and Retreat staff will be traveling across the conference to bring camping fun to each region. These regional events will be an open house and will include camp games, crafts, snacks, and an opportunity to register for summer camp or ask questions. Each event... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 4, 2023
Beloved in Christ Jesus:  We have just crossed the threshold of a new calendar year. 2022 gave way to 2023 as Christmas faded all to quickly into the background and we either rejoiced or bemoaned the outcome of College Bowl games. In one sense I feel like I am frequently starting some “new year”. Like you I live with multiple and overlapping timetables. Think about it. We have the calendar year, the liturgical year, the school year, the conference year, the... continue reading