Churches Spread Christmas Cheer in New and Creative Spaces

By Brett Hetherington* Throughout the month of December churches across the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church were greeted with opportunities to share the message of Christmas and God’s love with their communities. Some, like Grandview UMC (Canal District), reached beyond the church walls by taking on a never-tried-before venture while others, like [...]

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 [...]

Fresh Bread: Reaching Beyond the Walls of the Church One Meal at a Time

By Brett Hetherington* Hosting a ministry around a meal is commonplace within The United Methodist Church, creating an opportunity to connect with others around a shared experience within fellowship halls, gymnasiums, and kitchens. However, a fresh expression of being the church is growing in the Firelands District because the people of Lakeside Chautauqua asked the [...]