W.Va. Methodist Men gather online


West Virginia United Methodist Men held their annual gathering again this year — on Sept. 12 — but instead of gathering at WVU Jackson’s Mill, the men met online, via Zoom.

During his update on the opioid epidemic, Rev. Dr. Barry Ball mentioned two books by Beverly Conyers. They are, “Addict in the Family,” and “Everything Changes.” Rev. Dr. Ball also mentioned “Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic,” by Eric Eyre. All three books are available on Amazon.

  Rev. Dr. Ball’s presentation on the program titled, “Developing the Next Generation,” mentioned the Girl Scout and the Boy Scouts.

The Girl Scouts contact for the program is Beth Casey. You can reach her by e-mail at beth.casey@bdgsc.org

The Boy Scouts contact is Larry Wunderly. His e-mail address is larry.wunderly@scouting.org

To support the program personally or financially, contact Rev. Dr. Ball at steinerball@gmail.com

Also speaking at this year’s gathering were:

* Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball, The importance and value of connection.

* William Deel, Milton UMC, A Roy Blessing Moment.

* Rev. George Webb, W.Va. Men’s Prayer Advocate,  Holding fast to faith

* Steven Scheid, director, Center for Scouting Ministries,

General Commission on UM Men, Internet safety is critical for protecting youth

We also had a brief business meeting plus awards, including the “Man of the Year” Award. The 2020 Man of the Year is Rayman P. Richardson of LIFE United Methodist Church, Fairmont.

The mission of the West Virginia United Methodist Men is to help men grow in Christ, so others may know Christ.