Maumee Watershed District
September 9, 2015
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Lay Servant Training at Camp Widewater

The deadline to register for the Lay Servant Training at Camp Widewater is September 30!  Here is your opportunity to continue the path you started.  The training will take place Friday, October 23, 2015 - 5:00 p.m. to Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 4:00 p.m.  We are offering the following courses: Basic Course (required), Leading in Prayer, Living Our Beliefs, and Go Preach. For more information or to register, see the MWD webpage by clicking here!
Leadership and Racial Justice Event

The United Methodist Women are hosting a Leadership and Racial Justice Event! Saturday, September 12, registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with workshops from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Only $12 for lunch and materials.  For more details, see the MWD website by clicking here!
PAUMCS Fall Workshop
The Ohio Chapter of the PAUMCS (Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries) is offering a Fall Workshop on Tuesday, September 22 at Christ UMC in Baltimore, OH.  For more information, visit the MWD events page by clicking here!
Circles of Grace
We are not of one mind when discussing human sexuality and the United Methodist Church. Specifically, the issues of ordination and homosexuality have proven to be particularly divisive.
This September, all clergy and laity of the West Ohio Conference are invited to participate in a respectful, grace-filled conversation called Circles of Grace around these issues. We pray these conversations are the beginning of a way forward as we strive to minister together in unity rather than division.
Please prayerfully consider being a part of these intentional opportunities for dialogue. Any learnings from this Circles of Grace process will become a resource to the Annual Conference's life, including the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegates as well as the Extended Cabinet and the Board of Ordained Ministry.  You can find this information on the MWD webpage as well by clicking here!
Circles of Grace conversations will be held at the following locations, beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m. and lasting two hours:
September 27 - Grove City UMC
September 28 - Jackson Christ UMC
September 29 - Middletown Christ UMC
September 30 - The DOCK at Findlay St Mark's UMC

Learn Another Way To Pray

Over the past few years some United Methodist Churches have started holding workshops where you make your own prayer beads and learn to pray using beads.
Why? "Prayer Beads" or "Prayer Ropes" serve as a visual cue and remind us to pray while helping us remain focused on prayer so that we do not wander mentally and they guide us through a time of prayer. Prayer beads serve as a concrete reminder of God with us. The goal is to learn to pray with greater intentionality, focus and clarity. The beads are just a tool to help you accomplish the goal.

At this workshop, October 4th from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., you will make your own set of beads and leave with a prayer booklet to guide you through the seasons of the church year as you pray. For registration information, visit the MWD website by clicking here!

Huge Yard Sale

Church of St. Andrews is hosting a HUGE yard sale on Saturday, October 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. located at 3620 Heatherdowns Blvd.  There will be tons of furniture, toys, tools, electronics, paintings/pictures, and collectibles of all kinds to choose from.  Will pick up donated items too.  For more information, please call the church office at 419.385.6160.
19th Annual Legal Forum

The West Ohio Conference is hosting the 19th Annual Legal Forum which goes over local issues churches may run into.  The topics this year are:

Sexual Misconduct
- How We Take Charge Together
Affordable Care Act - Your Local Church Responsibilities
Twenty Years of Chancellor Inquiries - Top Ten
Your Church Insurance - Why You Likely Need Changes

The Forum is taking place Friday, October 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Cost is $35.  To register or for more information, see the MWD Webpage by clicking here!
Seeking Medical Professionals

Church of the Cross is seeking medical professionals (doctors, nurses, practitioners, pharmacists, etc.)  for a Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic next summer. If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact the church office at 419.382.6722 and ask for Jane.

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