Churches Foster Connection during time of Pandemic Isolation

By Rick Wolcott* “We are glad you are here with us during these interesting times in our nation. We are glad that we can worship together in Spirit and in truth.” With those words, the Rev. Dr. Tom Joyce began Sunday’s worship service, which was livestreamed from the empty sanctuary of Fields UMC (North Coast [...]

Remembering What is Civil and Doing What is Right. Celebrating the Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Rick Wolcott* “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” That quote from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., printed on the bulletin cover, set the tone for the commemorative celebration of King’s life that brought nearly 200 people to Calvary Baptist Church in Boardman for an [...]

Love in Action: The Church Responds When Disasters Strike

By Rick Wolcott* Mission projects offer opportunities for each of us to bear lasting fruit and to live into our East Ohio Conference vision of being, making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ; being God’s agents of transformation in our communities and throughout the world; and boldly reaching new people with God’s love. The United [...]