Faith Kitchen Connects Communities and Congregations through Food and Prayer

By Rick Wolcott* “This helps. If it wasn’t for them giving out food, I probably wouldn’t have anything.” Tammy Klingenberger’s words were echoed by many of the other 148 individuals who drove through the parking lot of Crystal Park UMC (Tuscarawas District) in just two hours on March 28 picking up groceries for the coming [...]

Creatively Ministering to All During the Current COVID-19 Pandemic

By Brett Hetherington* East Ohio Conference congregations and faith communities are changing the ways that they are in ministry to others because of restrictions put in place to thwart the spread of the coronavirus. Needing to reach a population increasingly living in isolation, church leaders have moved on from what was and have prioritized what [...]

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 [...]