My dear church family,
The hot days are summer are here, and life is moving along at a very quick pace. I’ve been praying without ceasing since all this violence erupted. Fear runs rampant. My hope and prayer is that love will prevail — that we shower each other with unconditional love, grace and justice like God does.
The Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ — the wider church in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky — is also hard at work at the local, association, conference and national levels. The Ohio Board of Directors continues its work in finding a new interim conference minister. The Search Committee has received profiles and has begun to interview candidates. We are hoping to call an Interim Ohio Conference Minister by the end of September. Please pray for the committee as they discern what God is calling us to do and be.
The Ohio Conference United Church of Christ and the Evangelische Church in Westphalia, Germany have been in faithful partnership for 25 years. Two young ambassador groups have been created from this partnership. One group traveled to Germany this July and another hosted a group of our German partners. The youth learned a lot together about what it means to live together and be the church.
Please continue to pray for the Ohio conference and discern where and what God is calling us to be.
Rev. Melinda Quellhorst
Pastor of Grace United Church of Christ
Moderator of the Ohio Conference