House of the Carpenter Serves Needs and Offers Hope

By Brett Hetherington* The United Methodist Church is built on connections: connections within local congregations, connections within districts and conferences, and connections around the globe. Working together to advance the Kingdom of God here on earth is a hallmark of The UMC, and many times the Kingdom advances through meeting the physical needs of people. [...]

Youth Group Finds a Creative Way to Raise Money for the Teach • Reach • Bless Campaign

By Brett Hetherington* When you think of school in Africa you might not associate it with squash or gourds. But the youth at Carrolton First United Methodist Church (Ohio Valley District) found a way to incorporate pumpkins into a fundraising project for the Teach • Reach • Bless campaign, and it netted them so much [...]

Portable Porch Parties Keep Congregation Connected

By Brett Hetherington* Connecting with one another amidst the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for all of us the past nine months. Virtual vacation bible school, Facebook live family dinners, and neighborhood caravans are a few of the many ways that East Ohio Conference congregations and faith communities are creatively reaching [...]