Church Shows Love to Local Teachers with a Free Dinner

By Brett Hetherington* For a church to truly serve their community it requires getting outside the walls of the church building. Recently, Otterbein United Methodist Church (Tuscarawras District) in Navarre had the opportunity to do just that, serving the teachers at its local elementary school in a very tangible way. On the day that parent-teacher [...]

Polar Vortex Creates an Opportunity for a Church to Serve the Homeless

By Brett Hetherington* What does a church that loves look like? That is a question that the leadership of Lakewood United Methodist Church (North Coast District) is walking through with the congregation this year. In fact, the current sermon series at Lakewood UMC is entitled “Our Purpose is Love.” During the Rev. Laura Jaissle’s sermon [...]

Communities Come Together to Honor the Life and the Impact of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Rick Wolcott* January 15 was the 90th anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr. The life of the Baptist minister and civil rights activist was cut short by an assassin’s bullet in 1968, but his words and actions continue to be an inspiration for people today. “Dr. King’s teachings are more relevant [...]