Hospital Chaplains Called to Minister in New Ways in This Time of COVID-19

By Rev. Jared Gadomski Littleton and Rev. Lisa Morrison* In Rodney Stark’s The Rise of Christianity, Stark detailed how epidemics were a driving force for the rise of Christianity. Whereas the rich fled to the countryside estate, and the healthy abandoned their ill, Christians stayed and tended to the wounds, mopped the brows of the [...]

Discussing Fear and Faith Amidst Pandemic

By Brett Hetherington* Recently I had the opportunity to interview Sarah Knisely, a licensed clinical counselor, mother and the wife of Steve Knisely - the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of East Liverpool (Mahoning Valley District). During the current COVID-19 pandemic, Knisely has seen a great need to be a resource for people [...]

Congregation Provides Easter Basket Meals for Families in Need

By Brett Hetherington* “Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others.” - Philippians 2:4 (CEB) The words of the Apostle Paul, from his letters to the church at Philippi and to the Christians of Corinth, were motivation for congregation members of Chardon United Methodist Church [...]