small parts of a thing
A two-page summary of the material to discuss at Annual Gathering is on its way to clergy and congregations There will be two opportunities at the Annual Gathering for discussion and recommendations plus a request for a consensus regarding the report.
Vision Team requests congregations to add prayers to their Sunday prayer time. We have embarked on a journey “for such a time as this” in the life and ministry of the Associations and Conference. A simple request for God’s wisdom and will to prevail will be appreciated. Two more complete prayers prepared by Vision Team members may be folded into pastoral prayers, if you wish. You can find them on the website www.ohioucc.org/vision-team-documents.
ANNUAL GATHERING SEPTEMBER 28-29
More excitement than usual this year!! Two Associations asking to be named one Association. By law amendments offered to make that happen. Vision Team workshops. Outstanding songs and music by Ken Medema to interpret and comment about our work throughout the two days, including a concert on Friday evening. Bring friends! Dynamic preaching by Starsky Wilson.
German Partnership and Young Ambassador presence. Food. Friends. Fellowship. Forward thinking. Y’all come! Register online now.
Do you know them? United Camps, Conferences and Retreats, Inc. UCCR is the management company with whom the Conference contracts to oversee the operation and staff of Templed Hills. When you want to reserve the facilities for times other than the Conference-sponsored events, you do that by contacting UCCR.
There are not enough words to express how welcome and effective this arrangement has been – especially with the sudden death of Jeff Thompson, long time site manager at Pilgrim Hills and recently Templed Hills. Jeff’s demise was a traumatic experience for all of us. It would have been a time for chaos to reign if UCCR were not on the scene. UCCR brought a staff member, Matthew, to Templed Hills immediately to help us through this desperate time. Support for the remainder of the Conference sponsored summer season, and preparations for hosting other users of the property moved ahead without a hitch. Support for Carolyn and Greg Thompson was offered. Without their professional sensitive response to the loss of our beloved friend and colleague, we would be floundering still! So hearty thanks to UCCR and to Matthew, as well as to Joyce, Andy and Miranda who have carried on in spite of deeply felt grief. And a special commendation to Tom Hart and the staff of Sports Camp who were on the camp when Jeff died. Their over and above effort to help the campers and all of us through the first days of this tragedy will always be remembered with gratitude!
Learn It! Live It! Share It!
The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel will help Ohio Conference take huge steps toward the mission of making Faith Formation a core value. Mark your calendar for a dynamic workshop on February 27-28, 2019. Dr. Daniel’s books will be on sale at Annual Gathering to set the stage for this exploration of how we can invigorate abroad emphasis on Faith Formation by revisiting the sacred texts for what they mean more than what they say; explore our unique commitment to live out those faith values in every day; and share this faith in community service, outdoor ministries, and other imaginative ways.
LIVING WHILE BLACK
Leonard Pitts, Jr, a widely-acclaimed columnist for the Miami Herald, Pulitzer Prize Winner, and outspoken commentator on current events, will keynote a workshop co-sponsored by Ohio Conference and Ohio Council of Churches: August 27, 2019. Goal is to collaborate interdenominationally and with the National Council of Churches in effective follow up and action which began with the Rally to End Racism on April 4, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Ohio sent three buses of participants plus many others who traveled to that rally on their own. Now we’ll explore concrete action opportunities and impressive resources as we confront racism and seek a more just world for all.