Preschoolers Learn the Joy of Generosity in Action

By Jonathan Wilterdink* For many people, November starts a season of looking for ways to give back to their community. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we recognize the importance of giving both of ourselves and our time and talent. In preparation for #GivingTuesday, I was given the opportunity at Hope Ridge UMC (Western Reserve District), [...]

The Urban Mission: Listening with Compassion, Serving with Love

By Rick Wolcott* “We at the Urban Mission feel a deep passion to connect with the community,” says Kelly Jeffers, director of New Initiatives. The community the Mission serves has seen its share of hard times. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the population of Steubenville in 2017 was 18,003.  That’s a significant drop from [...]

Community Thanksgiving Dinner Feeds the Body and the Soul

By Rick Wolcott* Walking into Medina United Methodist Church (Canal District) on Sunday, November 19 for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner it was easy to see why members tout the church as “a place to begin, a place to belong.” Guests and members, alike, were greeted by a smiling person opening the exterior church door another [...]