Diners and Volunteers Each Served by Drive-thru Community Meals

By Brett Hetherington* Providing a community meal has been a ministry of West Austintown First United Methodist Church (Mahoning Valley District) since 2016. There’s never a cost for the meal, just a basket inviting the 80 – 100 diners to give if they felt called – and a resounding assurance that it’s not an expectation [...]

Church Transforms Sanctuary’s West Wall into a Prayer Wall

By Brett Hetherington* Prayer is essential to the life of any church. What is a building block in the faith walk of individuals and congregations, alike, is now part of the physical building of West Austintown First United Methodist Church (Mahoning Valley District). “We had spent over four months trying to figure out a way [...]

Mahoning Valley Church Leaders Speak Out Against Racism

The community was invited to Poland UMC on July 26 to hear religious leaders from across the Mahoning Valley share their powerful personal Stories of Racism in the Valley. Following the rally, those present had the opportunity to register to vote and to sign up for classes led by the Greater Youngstown Community Dialogue on [...]