Polar Vortex Creates an Opportunity for a Church to Serve the Homeless

By Brett Hetherington* What does a church that loves look like? That is a question that the leadership of Lakewood United Methodist Church (North Coast District) is walking through with the congregation this year. In fact, the current sermon series at Lakewood UMC is entitled “Our Purpose is Love.” During the Rev. Laura Jaissle’s sermon [...]

Christ’s Healing Light Brightens Blue Christmas for Many

By Rick Wolcott* The Blue Christmas service at Chapel UMC (Western Reserve District) in Madison drew people from communities across northeast Ohio to hear the Christmas story, light a candle, sing familiar Christmas songs, and experience Emmanuel – God with us. “This is a service for people for whom Christmas might not be the happiest [...]

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), [...]