Cory UMC Receives Grant to Preserve its Heritage, Prepare for the Future

By Brett Hetherington* Cory United Methodist Church (North Coast District) in Cleveland is one of three historically Black congregations in Northeast Ohio – and one of 35 churches in total – receiving a grant to help preserve its rightful place in Civil Rights history. The announcement was made on January 16, the day the nation [...]

ChurchLights Outreach Ministry Teaches about Jesus through Lights and Songs

By Brett Hetherington* The Christmas season is a time of year that tends to lend itself to an easy opportunity for churches to welcome new faces into their buildings for special services, choir concerts, parties, and other events. Pleasant Hills United Methodist Church (North Coast District) in Middleburg Heights has dedicated this season to invite [...]

Bowling, Burgers, and Bibles: EOC Churches Ministering in New Ways Beyond the Walls of Their Buildings

By Brett Hetherington* A prominent message to laity and clergy during East Ohio Annual Conference 2022 was the importance of finding new and fresh ways to do ministry outside the walls of the church. For some congregations in East Ohio that may have been a new and even challenging idea, but for many others in [...]