Maumee Watershed District
September 23, 2015
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Maumee Watershed Office Hours

The office will be closed Friday, October 2, 2015.

Regular office hours Monday through Thursday will be maintained 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Casey Smith will be out of the office Monday, September 28-October 2, 2015 on a mission trip.
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.
Beginning this Sunday, 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.  For more information or to find registration information, visit the MWD webpage 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
Tools for Ministry

I love tools!  Tools for my hobbies - fishing, woodworking, yard work.   But most importantly tools for ministry.  It is hard to do work without the proper tools.  This is also very true for our work in ministry.

Rae Lynn and I value your work and want to do all we can in the District Office to equip you with the tools you need for exciting and fruitful ministry.   This survey is a way for you to communicate to us the tools you feel you are needing at the present time.   We will then do all we can to supply those necessary tools. 

              Ephesians 4:11-12  And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  (12)  for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ...

Grace to you,
Rev. Scot Ocke & Rev. Rae Lynn Schleif

This survey may be filled out online or by printing the attachment and sending it to the district office.
Blessing of the Pets

Join us Sunday October 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. for a special service of blessing of our pets.


St. Paul's United Methodist Church 1459 South Street (SR795) Millbury, Ohio 43477
Widewater Retreat & Ministry Center
Lay Servant Training

We are inviting all laity who enjoy learning and deepening their faith through study to consider attending one of the courses offered Friday evening and Saturday, October 23 and 24 at Widewater Retreat Center.  Four courses will be offered:  1) prayer, 2) living our beliefs, 3 )discovering ways to demonstrate and proclaim the love of God as a lay servant, and 4) a practicum for those who may feel called to preach.  Yes, these are the named courses for this fall's Lay Servant Ministry, but, did you know you can take a course in which you have interest without enrolling to become a trained Lay Servant?  

So, which one do you want to take to enrich your relationship with Jesus Christ and your walk as a disciple?  You are invited to go to the Maumee Watershed website for more information and how to sign up by clicking here!  P.S.  If you are interested in becoming a lay servant the course you want to take is "Lay Servant ministries-Basic Course." 

MWD VIM Trip to Henderson Settlement

29 people from Maumee Watershed, across the district, and a couple extras will be traveling to Frakes, KY.  We will be doing construction work at 3 job sites and helping out at the settlement. We are asking for your prayers for our travel, safety on the job, and for our well being as we stretch ourselves to do jobs we are not accustom to doing. (FYI The average age of the team is 67. The youngest is 44 and the oldest 91.)  The team will be start departing on September 26 and return on October 3.

Thank you in advance for your prayers and support.
EQUIP Catalog

This fall, West Ohio's EQUIP resource catalog highlights what it means to become holy and living sacrifices. Our goal should be to be able to look back on our own lives and say with Paul that we have stood for righteousness, grown abundant spiritual fruit and finished well. 

This issue includes:
  • Training events that will help you gain new ministry skills.
  • Breakthrough stories that remind us that our lives of sacrifice, surrender, service and sanctification.
  • New opportunities to help rejuvenate your church.
  • Key dates you'll want to add to your calendar.
  • Strategic alignment throughout all eight of our West Ohio districts.
Feel free to browse the catalog by clicking here!
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St. Paul's Community Center Available Positions!

St. Paul's Community Center is seeking individuals to fill the following positions:
Repairman, Van Driver, Assistant Cook, Residential Services Manager, Winter Crisis Manager, Winter Crisis Staff, Contingency Residential Staff, Representative Payee.
For the full description of the different positions and for contact information, please visit the MWD Website by clicking here!

How To Submit An Article to the MWD Newsletter


If you'd like to submit an article, event, or classified ad to be featured in the Maumee Watershed District E-Newsletter, please use the submission form found by clicking here or by going to the News & Events section of our website!

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