Summer is in full swing — at our Pilgrim Hills Camp! There has been laughter and fun, children, youth and adults learning and loving in Christian community. What a blessing!
Summer is in full swing — in Baltimore for the United Church of Christ biennial national gathering, General Synod. The young and more mature alike have been in conversation, worship, laughter, song and fun. General Synod is always filled with the Spirit, as the church gathers to share the Word and work together. Ohio Conference Vice Moderator Cathy Green and I will attend a meeting that includes all conference moderators. We look forward to bring back to the Ohio Conference what we learn from our colleagues.
Summer is in full swing — how amazing God is!
Psalm 8 says, “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the earth!” (CEB) God is majestic and awesome and filled with love. As the wider church in Ohio, West Virginia, and northern Kentucky, we are called to live God’s love and majesty. As your elected Board of Directors, we work hard to live out what the Spirit is calling us to do and be.
Even as we enjoy the energy of the summertime, we are planning and preparing for our camps’ transition from Pilgrim Hills to Templed Hills. The Operations team has been working hard to begin the work at Templed Hills property in Belleville, so that our faith formation program move there by the end of the year. The Business team has been in discussion and continues to put together the business plan that will support and sustain Outdoor ministries and faith formation. The board is putting together a faith formation team to look at ways to share faith formation for all ages. The German Partnership Working Group is hosting a young adult counselor, Deena Engler, who is learning about faith formation and youth ministry Pilgrim Hills this summer. That team also has a group of young ambassadors from Central Ohio heading to Unna, Germany in July.
What a privilege it is to be the moderator of the wider church in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Thank you for supporting me in this ministry that we are in together.
Rev. Melinda Quellhorst
Pastor of Grace United Church of Christ
Moderator of the Ohio Conference