Congregations Offer Hope to School District Impacted by Six Student Suicides

By Rick Wolcott* Love Perry is a network of churches committed to the safety, growth, and potential of the youth of the community.  The partnership receives additional support from Perry Rotary and the Perry Local Schools, which lost six teens to suicide during the 2017-18 school year. After each of the seven home Massillon Perry [...]

New Way UMC Charters as New Church Start

By Rick Wolcott* “This is historic,” Tuscarawas District Superintendent the Rev. Benita Rollins said.  “In my 36 years in ministry we have not chartered many churches.” On a rainy summer night, parishioners gathered upstairs at the Perry Grange in Massillon – in the worship space that has been home to the New Way faith community [...]

Congregation Continues Its Mission to Change the World

New Philadelphia First United Methodist Church (Tuscarawas District) celebrated Pentecost on May 20 by holding its annual Change the World Sunday.  The day began with the normal three celebrations of worship combined into one 9:00 a.m. service.  Rev. Jim Humphrey preached from James 2, putting faith into deeds and actions, and commissioned the congregation to [...]