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), [...]

Congregations Offer Hope to School District Impacted by Six Student Suicides

By Rick Wolcott* Love Perry is a network of churches committed to the safety, growth, and potential of the youth of the community.  The partnership receives additional support from Perry Rotary and the Perry Local Schools, which lost six teens to suicide during the 2017-18 school year. After each of the seven home Massillon Perry [...]

Congregation Exceeds Missions Challenge, so it’s Pastor Kisses a Pig

By Rick Wolcott* In her 2017 Episcopal Address, Bishop Tracy S. Malone challenged and encouraged every East Ohio Conference church – regardless of size, location or demographic makeup – to commit to engage in at least one new, bold, courageous ministry that would share the love of Christ, expand the church’s reach beyond its four [...]