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Tuesday, Dec 14, 2021
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth. Dear friends in Christ Jesus: Advent is almost over and I pray that you have immersed yourself in the intentional watching, waiting, preparation and expectancy that will allow Christ and Christmas to be born in you again. Absent an appropriate ramp up Christmas can become just another day of over consumption for many a... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 14, 2021
In early 2022, clergy and leaders in the West Ohio Conference will have four opportunities to participate in regional leadership training. Four District Leadership Development events have been planned across the West Ohio Conference to serve all eight districts. Each event will offer a hybrid format; in-person with local COVID-19 practices and an online option. Each training will include a keynote speaker, highlighting key annual conference initiatives, as well... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 14, 2021
Are you called to lead a mission team? Join West Ohio for a Volunteers in Mission (VIM) Team Leader Training! With experienced team leaders as instructors, you will learn how to plan and lead a mission experience in Ohio, the United States, or around the world. You will also be provided with practical resources for nurturing the spiritual life of your team. The training will be held Saturday, January 8, from 9:00am to 1:00pm at Stonybrook UMC in Gahanna (near C... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 14, 2021
West Ohio Camping and Retreat Ministry is gearing up for the return of Winter Camp. This year Camp Otterbein and Camp Wesley will host two different options for Winter Camp. Camp Otterbein’s is scheduled December 28 -30 and will include all the fun Camp Otterbein has to offer. Camp Wesley’s is scheduled for January 14 -16 and will include an off-site trip to Mad River Mountain for snow tubing. Winter Camp is the perfect opportunity for youth ages 7 to 17 to exp... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 14, 2021
If you made a list of things you would do on your ideal day, what items would you write down? This may seem like a wild stab, but there’s a good chance that very few of the items on your actual “to-do” list for today are also on your list of items for your ideal day. There’s a tension here between the things we would ideally do and the things we have to do. Most of us feel like the list of things we have to do is ever-growing, often at a pace quicker than our a... continue reading
Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021
There are at least three reasons hope is a big deal, especially this time of year. As you listen to Episode 207, reflect on why hope is a big deal to you. Then, join us as we make a big deal about hope throughout 2022. Continue Reading & Listen to Episode 207  
Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021
Join us for a Special “MLK” Edition of Bishop Palmer’s Leadership Clinics on January 11, 2022, from 10a-12p EST featuring Dr. Willie Jennings, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School. An author of several books and over 40 scholarly essays, Dr. Jennings is a Calvin College graduate. In addition, he earned his M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in religion and ethics from Duke Divinity School. An ordained Baptist pas... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021
2021 W-2s are due to all employees by January 31, 2022. 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 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 which are now taxable if paid or reimbursed are not in the sam... continue reading
Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021
As the Light the Way campaign enters its final phase, we’d like to say thank you for your generosity and commitment to growing new faith communities across the conference. To hear their gratitude directly from some of our new faith community leaders, click below. Click here for "Thank You" Video
Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021
Are you called to lead a mission team? Join West Ohio for a Volunteers in Mission (VIM) Team Leader Training! With experienced team leaders as instructors, you will learn how to plan and lead a mission experience in Ohio, the United States, or around the world. You will also be provided with practical resources for nurturing the spiritual life of your team. The training will be held Saturday, January 8, from 9:00am to 1:00pm at Stonybrook UMC in Gahanna (near C... continue reading