Churches Find New Ways to Reach Families During Pandemic

By Brett Hetherington* Summer has come and gone. As teachers welcome back students to largely digital classrooms, we look back at one summer tradition that children look forward to every year – Vacation Bible School. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, many churches were not able to host VBS programs in the traditional mode and made [...]

Daring to be Davids: Akron’s Park UMC Builds a Hospital In Zimbabwe

By Rev. Pamela Buzalka* Onias Magwe mourned the passing of his father. His grief was compounded by the sad fact that his father had not received adequate medical care because it was simply not available in his town of Gweru, Zimbabwe. For in this place the nearest medical services are 30 miles away; both a [...]

Family Dinners Serve as the Cornerstone for One Church’s Online Ministries

By Brett Hetherington* During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, churches have been tasked with finding new and different ways to remain connected with one another. For many churches in the East Ohio Conference this has involved some form of online streaming of Sunday morning services. Some churches have opened their online doors a tad further and [...]