Christ’s Healing Light Brightens Blue Christmas for Many

By Rick Wolcott* The Blue Christmas service at Chapel UMC (Western Reserve District) in Madison drew people from communities across northeast Ohio to hear the Christmas story, light a candle, sing familiar Christmas songs, and experience Emmanuel – God with us. “This is a service for people for whom Christmas might not be the happiest [...]

Fitchville UMC – A Holy Spirit Summer

The Heart of a Small Church - Part 2 By Rev. Timothy McCollum Fitchville UMC (Firelands District) is a small church on Rt. 250 about halfway between Ashland and Norwalk. Many folks have driven by it, few have stopped. This is farm county, so it can feel spread out and sparse, besides one other church [...]

Growing Arts Ministry Births Modern Baptismal Font

By Rick Wolcott* Baptismal fonts often have ornately designed exteriors, but their interiors are usually not visible to worshippers in the pews. “I want to be able to see the water,” said the Rev. Steve Stultz Costello, co-pastor with his wife Cara of Faith United Methodist Church (Tuscarawas District) in North Canton. “In seminary we [...]