Sharing God’s Love By Sharing Food

By Brett Hetherington* “If there are people in your community who do not have food, or enough food, this is what churches exist for, to be a blessing to the community,” said Pastor Brett Bartels of Heart 4 the City Ministries (Canal District) in Akron. His words are not lip service given to a problem [...]

Faith Communities Come Together to Serve God and Neighbor

By Rick Wolcott* First Serve brings together hundreds of people from different faiths and backgrounds for a day of worship, celebration, and volunteering in the city of Akron. This year’s mission outreach on Sunday, September 9 marked the eighth year of the day of service. “I think it’s a great idea that changes lives,” said [...]

Church Shares Love with Community through Free Meals and More

By Brett Hetherington* The United Methodist credo of “Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Doors” is one that inspires images of the church being a loving, welcoming place where anyone can come, no matter their life station or circumstances. Recently I was able to see this motto play out in a very real way. On the [...]