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 [...]

Church Serves as First Responder to Community Servicemen and Women

By Brett Hetherington* In the fall of 2019, Main Street United Methodist Church (Mid-Ohio District) began opening its doors to serve police officers, paramedics, firefighters and other first responders. The church wanted a way to serve men and women in the Mansfield area who routinely place their lives on the line to serve and protect [...]

Grandparent Ministry Offers Support to those in Need

By Rick Wolcott* For 100 years Ontario UMC (Mid-Ohio District) has been active in school ministry.  To celebrate the milestone, church leadership invited all 215 employees of Ontario Local Schools to an in-service day luncheon last August. In meeting with the district superintendent to plan for that lunch, the Rev. Peg Welch inquired how the [...]