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Thursday, Apr 9, 2020
The economic impact of COVID-19 is felt by businesses and churches alike. Federal and state legislation has been enacted to help ease the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Conference Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration Bill Brownson held a Facebook live event to provide information and advice in the midst of this fast-evolving environment. To view this event, click here. Reliable information may be found on the websites of these trus... continue reading
Thursday, Apr 9, 2020
Social isolation during a pandemic can have damaging effects on mentalhealth. Residents of nursing homes and those who live alone are atespecially high risk. The Rev. Scott Miller, Wilmington United Methodist Church, and Pastor Julie Rudd of the Wilmington Friends House, a Quaker community, had planned to bring their choirs together to create a social-distance ensemble. The ensemble was created to sing outside shut-ins' homes in the community. On Monday, March ... continue reading
Thursday, Apr 9, 2020
For five weeks, we shared a question each week, inviting you to consider the following: 1. Who are the people entrusted to your care? 2. What are the longings, losses people are experiencing? 3. What big lie do people believe that prevents them from hearing the gospel? 4. How do you make spiritual sense of the longings and losses? 5. How do you express that spiritual meaning as a shared story of future hope?   These questions are an invitation into a jour... continue reading
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
Looking for a way to connect with your congregation online? Zoom is the perfect solution. Local churches with less than 100 in average worship attendance can now request a free Zoom web conferencing license provided by United Methodist Communications and the General Council on Finance and Administration that will be active through January 28, 2021(a ~$142 value.)  Interest Form
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
Hundreds of Christians from across the globe have joined together virtually to sing a celebration hymn for Easter Sunday. The Virtual Easter Choir Project will sing "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today," written by Charles Wesley in 1739. The United Methodist Church produced this piece as a gift to the world, allowing all people to hear this hymn and celebrate Easter in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check back to watch the full video at 9am CDT on... continue reading
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
We have heard from many United students, alumni/ae and friends of the seminary about the creative ways their churches are serving congregations online during this time. To help local churches expand virtual ministry to small groups, United Theological Seminary is holding a free webinar series, "Online Strategies for Small Group Ministries." During 3 sessions from April 28 to May 12, this webinar will cover: How to transition your small group ministries from i... continue reading
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
Click here for an extensive list of free resources are available to support youth ministry during COVID- 19. To download additional resources click here. Worried about how to keep Safe Sanctuaries guidelines? Best Practices Include:  Use online spaces with a login code, host permissions to stop videos/mute participants, record sessions, and only share host screen (like Zoom) Text or chat with student groups; if texting only one minor include the parent/guard... continue reading
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
Two Safe Sanctuaries training videos are available to churches. To view online click here and go to, "Local Church Training Resources." History and Purpose (12 min)  Overview of Policies and Procedures (22 min)    For support writing, refining, or implementing your policy contact your district office to be connected with a Safe Sanctuaries Trainer! Discipleship Ministries also has a resource available. Click here to view. For more information or questions... continue reading
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
Distributing 8,000 pounds of food every Tuesday is a vital ministry to the community surrounding the St. Paul's United Methodist Church food pantry in Defiance. Partnerships with the Northwest Ohio Food Bank, Arps Dairy and Coppers Farms, along with many volunteers, keep this ministry operating like a well-oiled machine. "On March 12, everything seemed to change," recalled the Rev. John Schlicher. Gov. Mike DeWine closed Ohio Schools for the next three weeks, d... continue reading
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020
Bags for adults and children were passed out to the community surrounding Maple Grove UMC. Bags for adults included palm branches, pre-packaged communion, a wooden cross, a candle and a devotional handout with scripture and activities to accompany the items in the bag. Bags for children and youth included age-appropriate devotional activities, a palm branch, communion, a Holy Week Easter book, dramas to act out the week, Holy Week songs, a breath prayer, ideas... continue reading