Creative Vacation Bible School Curriculum Reaches Children and Adults across the East Ohio Conference

By Brett Hetherington* This past summer the members of the two churches highlighted in this article stepped outside of their comfort zones and became the hands and feet of Jesus in their communities. The people of Grandview UMC (Canal District) in Cuyahoga Falls reached out to children in their neighborhood who had not had an [...]

Walking in the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul; EOC Clergy and Laity Take Pilgrimage to Turkey and Greece

By Rick Wolcott* Bishop Tracy S. Malone, resident bishop of the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, and the Methodist Foundation of Ohio hosted 34 clergy and laity on a pilgrimage to Turkey and Greece. Over the course of nine days, participants walked in areas where Paul had ministered in Laodicea, Hierapolis, Ephesus, [...]

East Ohio Churches and Agencies Helping Ukrainian Refugees Begin New Lives in America

By Rick Wolcott* Twenty minutes. That’s all the time Olga Loiko had. One bag. That’s all she could take. In what seemed like both an eternity – and a blink of an eye – a widowed mother of two young boys had to make impossible decisions. When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Loiko and [...]