This Week at United
The Week of January 21 to 26
Exploring the Faith
Exploring the Faith - Willow Valley will be Sunday and Monday in Willow Valley, PA.
    • Exploring the Faith - Willow Valley The Exploring the Faith Lecture Series will be Sunday and Monday in Willow Valley, Pennsylvania, featuring Dr. Luther Oconer.  More information is available here.
    • Campus is closed in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
    • Dr. Lisa Hess to Participate in Blog Series: The Wabash Center for Teaching Theology and Religion is instigating an eight-week blog sereis, "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda," aimed at assisting younger professors in the transition into teaching, and they invited Dr. Lisa Hess to open the series Tuesday.  More information is available here

LIBRARY HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday

COKESBURY HOURS: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday


REMINDER: The D.Min. Intensive will run from January 28 to February 1.  This intensive's theme will be "Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: A Faithful Response" and will feature speakers including Dr. David Watson, Dr. Marie Fortune and Dr. Tony Talbott.  For more information, click here. 

Communications Manager - Castleton UMC; Indianapolis, IN
Castleton United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, IN, is seeking a Communications Manager.  To apply for this position, email a resume to
or mail it to:
c/o Staff Parish
re: Communications Manager Position
7160 Shadeland Station
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Children's Ministry Director - Pleasant Hill UCC; Pleasant Hill, OH
The FEED Ministry at Pleasant Hill United Church of Christ in Pleasant Hill, Ohio, is seeking a part-time, paid Children's Ministry Director.  The position would be for a primary children's leader for the church's new program named FEED - Family Encouragement, Evangelism and Development of faith.  Contact for more information.
Director of Children's Ministry - Grace UMC; Franklin, IN
Grace UMC in Franklin, Indiana, is seeking a Director of Children's Ministry, which will be open until filled.  For more information, contact Pastor Jenothy Irvine Rather at 317.736.7062 or at  Send a resume to:
Grace UMC
1300 E. Adams Dr.
Franklin, IN 46131
Part-time Pastor - United Church of Christ; Covington, OH
United Church of Christ in Covington, Ohio, is seeking a part-time Pastor.  Interested applicants should contact John Young, the chair of the search committee, at 937.890.2578 or at

Youth Ministry Coordinator - First United Methodist Church; Marysville, OH

Marysville First United Methodist Church, located in central Ohio, is searching for a full-time (40 hours/week) youth ministry coordinator to work in conjunction with and report to the youth ministry director. For more information, call 937.642.4712 or click here. Qualified applicants can e-mail their cover letter and resume by
February 1 to Kathy Rohrs at
or by postal mail:
207 S. Court St.
attn: Kathy Rohrs
Marysville, OH 43030 

Director of Youth Ministry - Goshen UMC; Goshen, OH


Goshen United Methodist is located in a growing area in Clermont County, Ohio.  They are looking for a highly motivated individual to oversee and grow their youth ministry, which currently consists of about 15 youths.  The position will start out at 20 hours a week with the expectation of increasing hours as the ministry grows.  This individual will be working with sixth to 12th grade students and will work in conjunction with a Youth Council to help in planning and supporting the ministry.  If interested in applying, contact Goshen UMC directly via e-mail at to submit a resume and obtain a complete job description.



Children/Youth Education Director - United Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); Clayton, OH


United Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Clayton, Ohio, is searching for a dynamic, enthusiastic individual with a passion for furthering the spiritual education of children. The program will include children from nursery age through post-high school.  The job would entail developing an overall program for various age levels and overseeing these programs.  Expected hours at the church would be Wednesday evenings (approximately 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.), Sunday mornings (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and Sunday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Please send letters of interest and resumes to  All applications must be submitted by February 15.

Nursery Worker - Concord United Methodist Church; Englewood, OH


Concord United Methodist Church, Englewood, Ohio is seeking a nursery worker to provide quality child care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon and periodic weeknights during special events.  A high school diploma or GED is preferred.  For job description and application forms, contact the church office at 937.836.3773 or at





Ministry for Persons with Disabilities Intern - The Special Gathering; Space Coast area, FL


The Special Gathering is looking for an intern to serve the Space Coast area in Florida for a 12-month internship to prepare the candidate to lead/establish a ministry for persons with disabilities.  Candidates must submit a cover letter, a resume, a list of coursework and GPA and the name, address and phone number for two ministry related references.  For more information, call 321.252.9391.  Applications must be postmarked no later than 
March 1 and mailed to:
Richard Stimson
The Special Gathering
P.O. Box 685
Cocoa, FL 32923 
 Birthdays This Week
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28th Annual Dr. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast

The largest event of its kind in the United States honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be observed on the national Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday commemorating the fallen civil rights leader.  United alumnus Dr. DeForest Soaries '92, is the keynote speaker.  The public is invited to this event on Monday at The Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Columbus.  Doors open at 7 a.m., and the program begins at 7:30 a.m.  Tickets are $35 per person and $350 per table seating 10.  For more information, click here.

UD Speaker Series - MLK Celebration

Eboo Patel, founder of a global movement promoting interfaith cooperation, will keynote the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration at the University of Dayton at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the RecPlex.  The celebration will begin with short student reflections and performances.  Part of the University of Dayton Speaker Series, the evening events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in C and P lots.  A book signing will follow.  For more information, contact Teri Rizvi at 937.229.3255 or at


Online Discussion About Human Trafficking

In commemoration of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Office for Victims of Crime, in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, will present a web forum discussion at noon (EST) Tuesday with Fiona Mason and Danny Stewart on best practices for providing services to runaway youth and victims of human trafficking.  Click here to visit the OVC Web Forum to submit questions for Ms. Mason and Mr. Stewart.  On Tuesday, click here for instructions on how to participate.


Jeremy Winston Chorale Performance  The Jeremy Winston Chorale will be performing at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 27 at Concord United Methodist Church.  Tickets are $17 per person and are available by calling the church office at 937.836.3773 or by clicking here.  Winston is United's Music Director, and the ensemble professional ensemble won one gold and two silver medals this summer at the World Choir Games and also sang for the President, First Lady and many distinguished guests and the White House in December 2012.  Concord United Methodist Church is located at 1123 S. Main St., Englewood, OH. 

Upcoming Events


Ohio Ministries Convocation

The 2013 Ohio Ministries Convocation will be held in two locations this year, with Brian D. McLaren as the keynote speaker at both locations. The first will be Monday, January 28 in Columbus at the Broad Street Presbyterian Church, 760 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH, and on Tuesday, January 29 at Sylvania First United Methodist Church, 7000 Erie St., Sylvania, OH. For more information, click  here.


Pedals, Pipes and Pizza 

Pedals, Pipes and Pizza, presented by the Dayton Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, will be a fun-filled morning including introduction to the organ, its history and sounds, organ crawl and an opportunity to play a piano piece on the organ, as well as a pizza lunch. Students in grades first to 12th with piano skills (adults are welcome to watch) are invited to develop an appreciation of organ in worship from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 2 at South Park United Methodist Church, 140 Stonemill, Dayton (corner of Brown and Stonemill near UD). The cost is $5 and includes the pizza lunch. To register students, contact Priscilla Acuff at 937.296.1430 or click here
Student Pizza Nights

There will be Student Pizza Nights in the spring on the following dates at 5 p.m. in Corl Lounge: Tuesday, February 5; Tuesday, February 12; Thursday, February 21; Tuesday, March 5; Thursday, March 14; Tuesday, April 9; Thursday, April 25; Tuesday, May 7; Thursday, May 16; Tuesday, May 21.

Preaching the Great 50 Days
The Center for Worship, Preaching and the Arts is sponsoring Preaching the Great 50 Days, which will be held at United on February 15, featuring Dr. Richard Eslinger.  More information is available here.

Clergy and Lay Leadership Conference

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference Inc./10th Annual Clergy and Lay Leadership Conference will be February 18 to 21 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dallas, Texas.  More information is available here.


Gathering of Young Eagles 2013

Gathering of Young Eagles 2013: A Call, A Gospel, A Task will be at the J.H. Ross Sr. Family Life & Community Center, 907 Lexington Ave., Columbus, OH, on February 22 and 23.  Registration Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m., with the session at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 22.  Registration Check-in will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, February 23, with the session beginning at 9 a.m.  For more information, call 614.299.7069.


Bill Chidester Lecture Series

Nationally renowned theologians Martin Marty, Alan Jones, Diana Butler Bass and Daniel Spencer will explore what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century as part of the four-part Bill Chidester Lecture Series in 2013 at Sylvania United Church of Christ in Sylvania, Ohio. Alan Jones will speak March 16 to 17. Diana Butler Bass, author, speaker and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture, will speak September 21 to 22. Daniel Spencer will be the fourth and final speaker November 16 to 17. Saturday lectures will be from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. including 30 minutes of Q&A, followed by light refreshments and conversation. Sunday lectures will be from 9:20 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. between services. All are welcome to worship.   Child care is available throughout the morning on Sunday.  Tickets are $10 for each speaker, or $35 for the entire four-part series.  Download the registration form here or call the church office at 419.882.0048.   The church is located at 7240 Erie Street in Sylvania, Ohio. 


Pohly Center 

Returns to Australia

Marilyn and Roger Evans, Co-Directors of the Kenneth H. Pohly Center for Supervision and Leadership Formation, return to Perth, Western Australia the end of January to lead two five-day intensive seminars for the Uniting Church of Western Australia.   The Introductory Supervision Intensive Seminar and Advanced Supervision Seminar are designed for pastors, chaplains, field educators and other ministry leaders.   A Pohly Supervision Certification program in Western Australia was established in 2012 as a partnership between the Pohly Center and Perth Theological Hall.
United Methodist Dollars for Scholars
Each year through the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program, The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation provides a $1,000 scholarship from their local United Methodist church to help them attend a United Methodist-related college, university or seminary.  Awards are made for the Fall term of each school year.  Additional matching funds may be available to eligible applicants through the Triple Your Dollars and/or the Quadruple Your Dollars components of the UMDFS program.  The number of available matching scholarships is determined annually.  Available matching funds include 25 scholarships designated for Hispanic-, Asian- and Native American (HANA) students funded by the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.  The application period runs until March 1 for all UMHEF scholarships.  Apply online here.  NOTE: These scholarships are not from United; all inquiries should be directed to UMHEF.
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The D.Min. Intensive is next week -- running from 
January 28 to February 1.  If you are able to help on Monday, January 28, please let Ginnene Peavie know at