Church, Leadership Assisting Community Impacted by Train Derailment

By Rev. Ed Fashbaugh and Rick Wolcott* Two weeks ago today, the eyes of the world focused on East Palestine as flames and smoke filled the sky of the 4,800-person town near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border following the derailment of nearly three dozen cars of a Norfolk Southern Railway train. The fire burned for days, and [...]

East Ohio Churches and Agencies Helping Ukrainian Refugees Begin New Lives in America

By Rick Wolcott* Twenty minutes. That’s all the time Olga Loiko had. One bag. That’s all she could take. In what seemed like both an eternity – and a blink of an eye – a widowed mother of two young boys had to make impossible decisions. When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Loiko and [...]

Fire Destroys a Church’s 142-Year-Old Sanctuary but Not the Spirit or the Mission of the Congregation

Editor’s Note: this article has been updated from its original version to include new information about the time of the lightning strike and to correct the number of years Rev. Quillen has been in ministry. By Rick Wolcott* On the morning of Friday, May 20, Mary Hughes drove past the parking lot of Grace United [...]