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 [...]

Creative Leadership Adapting Ministries during Pandemic to Share the Love of Christ

By Rick Wolcott* On Sunday, May 31 the Tuscarawas District held its Spring District Conference via Zoom video communications. “It was the safest way to gather the district to complete our business and welcome our incoming district superintendent the Rev. Cara Stultz Costello,” said current superintendent the Rev. Benita Rollins, who will retire at the [...]