Stepping Forward Together in Faith: Congregation and Faith Community Merge to Reach New People for Christ

By Rick Wolcott* “Today is a service of commissioning where we are bringing together two churches that have been meeting in this space for seven years now, Regeneration a faith community and Otterbein United Methodist Church, and we’re marking coming together and sending out,” said the Rev. Kyle Tennant during the Sunday, June 13 service [...]

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 [...]