Churches Provide a Night to Shine for People with Special Needs

By DeAnn McKillips* God works in mysterious and miraculous ways. He was front and center with every step we took in the planning and preparation for Night to Shine, a prom event for special needs people sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Over 600 churches around the world hosted this event on February 8, and [...]

Polar Vortex Creates an Opportunity for a Church to Serve the Homeless

By Brett Hetherington* What does a church that loves look like? That is a question that the leadership of Lakewood United Methodist Church (North Coast District) is walking through with the congregation this year. In fact, the current sermon series at Lakewood UMC is entitled “Our Purpose is Love.” During the Rev. Laura Jaissle’s sermon [...]

East Ohio Conference Youth Changing the World One Meal at a Time

By Rick Wolcott* “Today is about bringing the community together to work as one to accomplish an amazing goal of packing 75,000 meals,” said Brady Smith, assistant community engagement manager for Rise Against Hunger. For the fourth-consecutive year, East Ohio’s Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) teamed with the international hunger relief organization to pack [...]