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Wednesday, Jun 23, 2021
Rest, relaxation, and play are possible...even with demanding schedules. Ministry and leadership are demanding. There's no way around that fact. But, ministry and leadership are life-giving when we care for ourselves as leaders. In today's short episode we offer two ideas to make rest, relaxation, and play possible in your life. And they’re easier than you might think! Continue Reading and Listen to Episode 183...
Tuesday, Jun 22, 2021
Many college students in 2020 didn’t expect to experience college life in isolation. That happened, however, during the statewide stay-at-home order enacted by Gov. Mike DeWine last spring at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Summit on 16th United Methodist Church became aware of the challenges the young people were facing as they lived in isolation on The Ohio State University campus. Through the university’s Interfaith Council, Summit strategized for wa... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 22, 2021
The International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities (IAMSCU), composed of more than 1,000 higher education institutions around the globe, recently issued a declaration regarding the need for equitable distribution and accessibility of the COVID-19 vaccine worldwide.   “We worship a God whose character is equity and who intends the well-being of all people,” stated Bishop Joaquina Nhanala of Mozambique. “Therefore, advocating for vaccin... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 22, 2021
Though spared early in the pandemic, the country of Laos in southeast Asia has recently experienced a surge in COVID cases, resulting in a month-long lockdown. This has caused economic hardship and food shortages for many.   The Laos Mission Initiative, in partnership with the Lao Samphan Methodist Church, is committed to providing food packs and health kits to 1,200 families (about 5,000 individuals). To do so, they need your support!   Each pack costs about $... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 22, 2021
Scripture is clear about the importance of showing honor to our pastors. This is why Camp Otterbein has set aside one camp this season specifically for church leaders and their families.   Otterbein Family Camp for Church Leaders is scheduled for Sunday, July 25 through Tuesday, July 27. It is the perfect opportunity to spend time making memories with your family and growing in your faith together.   Church leaders, you and your families will have your own priv... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 22, 2021
United Methodist Communications will celebrate Social Media Day on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 with free learning opportunities throughout the day, featuring a special live learning session Q&A at 12pm CT – all at Facebook.com/UMCom.   United Methodist Communications (UMCom) seeks to equip churches with tools to effectively minister daily via social media platforms. Some of the ways the agency helps local churches are through providing social graphics, how-to-... continue reading
Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021
We have one big question and short episode for you this week: What are the ingredients for joy and meaning in your life? “Ingredients for Joy and Meaning,” is all about taking a moment to name what it looks like when things are going really well in your family. Said just a bit differently, “What are the specific conditions that are in place when everything feels good in your life?” To go with our theme of "rest, relaxation, and play" for June and July, join us... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021
Nonprofit organizations with a United Methodist affiliation have a new partner in the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio. While these organizations are known in their local communities, donors in other parts of West Ohio may not know how they are extending the love of Christ and living out the Gospel. Now a newly revamped program is shining a light on their good works.   “We really want more folks to know about these organizations,” said Foundation Execut... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021
Over the past several years, West Ohio has been touched by multiple natural disasters, and each time, the people and churches of the West Ohio Conference have stepped up to help. This year, West Ohio’s Annual Conference offering will be split between West Ohio Disaster Response ministries and UMCOR’s U.S. Disaster Response fund.   By giving generously and volunteering when needed, West Ohio congregations have assisted with tornado response in Dayton, flood reli... continue reading
Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021
Safe Sanctuaries® is the name commonly given by United Methodist Annual Conferences and local churches to their individual efforts to make conference, district and local church programs welcoming and safe for children, youth and vulnerable adults.   Safe Sanctuaries is more than implementing a policy with guidelines and procedures. Safe Sanctuaries creates an environment with boundaries of safe space for children, youth, and vulnerable adults, and the adults wh... continue reading