Welcome West Ohio Conference

Posted on June 11, 2012

Kevin Sibbring

Lakeside Chautauqua President/CEO

Kevin_compressed.jpgIt is with joy that we wel­come the West Ohio Confer­ence of the United Method­ist Church back to Lakeside. Since last year, there have been many improvements at Lakeside that we are eager to share.

First of all, many will notice a number of positive changes in Hoover Auditori­um, including the installation of four new large-scale ceil­ing fans. These energy effi­cient fans were a direct result of a record year for the Lake­side Fund, our annual fund­raising effort. Thanks to the generosity of many Lakesid­ers, conference attendees will now be able to enjoy the cool­ing effect of these fans during conference proceedings.

Many will also notice aes­thetic upgrades, including a new lobby gallery space, as well as fresh paint on the interior and exterior of this sacred building where ordina­tion services have been held for decades.

Additionally, we have up­graded the sound board in the facility, saving money for both Lakeside and the con­ference, as we will no longer need to bring in additional equipment to meet the audio needs of Annual Conference.

Another major initia­tive Lakeside is launching in 2012 is the establishment of the Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park, which will serve as a final resting place for those who share a deep commitment to the spiritual heritage and unique mission of this institution.

You can read more about the memorial garden and Lakeside’s fourth major park in this issue of the Lakesider. This new space should have special meaning for active and retired clergy, laity and their families who have gath­ered here for many years.

Over the past seven years, Lakeside has embraced and deepened its commitment to the Chautauqua ideal by fur­ther researching the move­ment, visiting and meeting with the leaders of other communities on the Chautau­qua Trail, a North American cultural heritage trail (visit http://www.chautauquatrail.com to learn more) and promot­ing our Chautauqua heritage with Lakeside residents and guests.

The Chautauqua Move­ment holds an honored place in North American history, and Lakeside remains a leader of this cultural phenomenon. To fully honor this history and acknowledge Lakeside’s mission, the Lakeside Board of Directors recently made a decision to adopt a new pub­lic-facing name for our cher­ished institution, Lakeside Chautauqua.

While not a big change, it is significant because it will better ensure that guests and residents understand and value the uniqueness of the community.

Please join us by using Lakeside Chautauqua in your vernacular so that we can promote the true value and character of our community to all who visit or wish to learn more.

In an effort to fully intro­duce conference attendees to Lakeside Chautauqua, we wish to offer a complimenta­ry Daily Gate Pass (including auto) with the encouragement to return to Lakeside this summer and experience the Chautauqua program. We think many conference attend­ees will be pleasantly surprised to learn our program depth focuses on religion, education, cultural arts and recreation. The Chautauqua program is what defines our community. Please pick up a 2012 Calendar of Events brochure or visit http://www.lakesideohio com f.or more information.

Additionally, Lakeside Chautau­qua will be extending a 15% discount to active and retired clergy for over­night accommodations at either the Hotel Lakeside or Fountain Inn.

There is really no reason for you not to get a taste of Lakeside Chautau­qua during our gated season.

In closing, we want you to know  that we are strengthening our commit­ment to the religion pillar of Lakeside Chautauqua with the hiring of the Rev. Dr. Norman E. “Ned” Dewire as Lakeside Chautauqua’s new Director of Religious Life and Church Rela­tions.

Dewire comes to us from a sister Chautauqua in Michigan, Bay View Association. He has served as Gener­al Secretary of The United Methodist Council on Ministries and President of the Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio. Please join us in welcoming Dewire and his wife, Shirley, to Lake­side Chautauqua. We hope each of you enjoys your time with us this week. Once again, welcome home.

WOC.Logo_compressed.jpg“Unleashed! Proclaiming the Good News and Heal­ing People Everywhere” is this year’s West Ohio Con­ference theme, as clergy and members of its 1,100 churches gather for “Holy Conferencing.” This year, the conference will celebrate the multiple ways it contributes to im­proving the health of indi­viduals, congregations and communities in West Ohio and in all four corners of the world.

Members will explore how they can more fully embrace Jesus’ ministry of “proclaiming the good news and healing people every­where.” (Luke 9:6 NIV) Preachers and guest speakers for the week in­clude Bishop Thomas Bick­erton of the Western Penn­sylvania Annual Conference at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, June 10; Thomas Kemper, gen­eral secretary for the Gen­eral Board of Global Min­istries at 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 11; Bishop Ntambo Nkulu of the North Katanga Area, Democratic Repub­lic of Congo at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12; and West Ohio’s Bishop Bruce R. Ough preaching at the Cel­ebration of Life and Minis­try Service, which includes ordination of clergy, com­missioning of clergy provi­sional members, celebrating the ministry of clergy about to retire and clergy/clergy spouse memorials at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. Live streaming of all sessions and worship ser­vices can be found at http://www.wocumcsecure.org/ac/2012 . In addition to the cash offering for Wings of the Morning, the Love First Miracle Offering has a goal of providing 10,000 health kits to improve health glob­ally. The health kits will be distributed by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to people in the conference, country and around the world with critical health needs. In an effort to bring atten­tion to health issues locally, the West Ohio Conference has partnered with Ohio­Health to host a free Health Fair at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12 for members. The Health Fair will in­clude: four workshops fo­cusing on health; a General Health Assessment that in­cludes screenings of blood pressure, glucose, cholester­ol and triglycerides; overall health screenings of a per­son’s B.M.I., height, weight, exercise level, stress level, vehicle safety risks, proper nutrition and smoking risk, along with screenings for memory and depression and a current medication review. United Methodists of West Ohio would like to thank the staff, volunteers and residents of Lakeside for assisting with the confer­ence and for their generous hospitality. They would also like to thank Gale McDou­gall and Hughies Audio.