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Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
Nashville, November 2020 – The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) is extending full permission to all churches for use of UMPH copyrighted worship materials through July 31, 2021. Due to the extraordinary challenges faced by churches and others, UMPH (Cokesbury and Abingdon Press) is assuring easy access to essential worship aids and use of the Common Eng-lish Bible for online worship and studies.  The copyright page in the 1992 United Methodist Book of... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
Dear Faith Community Partners, As we go through another surge of COVID cases, we know that you have seen coverage in the media about stress on healthcare workers. OhioHealth is providing many resources to help with the resiliency of our staff. But this is hard. And we are also asking faith communities for encouragement. We know that you are holding healthcare workers in your thoughts and prayers. And we are wondering if you’d like to provide some other concrete... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
Since 2017, the worship attendance at Liberty Chapel Scrub Ridge has doubled. The increase is a result of community outreach. A few years ago, the congregation was looking for a way to meet an immediate need of the community: access to food. Under the leadership of the Rev. Chuck Reeves, the church invested $50 to secure a membership to the FreeStore food bank in Cincinnati and launched a food pantry. With food filling the fellowship hall, the pantry served 60-... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
Effectively reaching new people for Christ is the hallmark of West Ohio’s Light of the World award, given to one church from each district that demonstrates a commitment to shine the light of God’s love into their community. This year’s winner from the Maumee Watershed District is Toledo Wesley United Methodist Church. Led by Rev. Waverly Earley, Toledo Wesley United Methodist Church is a 130-year-old congregation of 70 members that worships about 25 on Sundays... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
On March 27, 2020, the CARES Act was signed into law to help provide relief in response to the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States. Part of the CARES Act relief package includes measures that incentivize charitable contributions by both individuals and corporations. Some of the CARES Act incentives include: An above-the-line tax deduction for cash donations to qualified charitable organizations, up to $300 for Individuals and $600 f... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020
This year, because of COVID-19 and the inequalities it has exacerbated, adults are reporting considerably higher mental stress. According to the CDC, “younger adults, racial/ethnic minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers reported having experienced disproportionately worse mental health outcomes, increased substance use, and elevated suicidal ideation.” The degree and types of suffering is immense, and we may not understand its full ramificat... continue reading
Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020
Are you prone to action bias? Do you have an impulse to act to gain a sense of control over a situation and eliminate a problem? That’s action bias. Or, do you tend to think about things, ponder them for a period, turn the idea over in your head, and contemplate different scenarios? If you said, “I do both.” You’re in for a treat today. Joe Graves is Co-Lead Pastor at Central City Church. We have a conversation about leading with the Activator talent during... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020
Effectively reaching new people for Christ is the hallmark of West Ohio’s Light of the World award, given to one church from each district that demonstrates a commitment to shine the light of God’s love into their community. This year’s winner from the Foothills District is Buchtel United Methodist Church. Buchtel United Methodist Church is located in the heart of southeastern Ohio, in Athens County, and in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The Villag... continue reading
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020
Thinking about retiring in the next 3-5 years? If so, Wespath will be hosting a Pre-retirement webinar Thursday, November 19 from 11:00 a.m. until noon, Central time. To register, please click here. Topics to be covered include the 2021 retirement process, distribution options for cash balance plans, annuity options for lifetime income plans, and options for deferring your benefits.
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020
The spread of the coronavirus continues to challenge our West Ohio Camping directors and staff. In their ongoing effort to keep people safe, they have made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Winter Camps program which is usually held at all three camps. Family Camp rentals are still available at Otterbein and Wesley with a maximum of 10 people. Should families choose to participate they will be responsible for their own meals.  2020 has been a difficul... continue reading