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A reunion of a man and his mentor - Pastor Luigi Perez welcomed Rev. Javier Diaz to the pulpit at Willard Grace UMC.
  • A reunion of a man and his mentor - Pastor Luigi Perez welcomed Rev. Javier Diaz to the pulpit at Willard Grace UMC.
  • Ninety-six youth of the Ohio Valley District participated in a Winter Beach Party while outside temperatures measured below zero.
  • Susan Brown invited to participate in the Consultation on the Social Principles held in Washington D.C.
  • Firestone Park UMC (Canal District) finds easy way to make a difference in the world.
  • Sunday service at Aldersgate UMC (North Coast District) concluded with prayers at the site of a a triple-fatal shooting that occurred across the street from the church on Feb. 5

UMC Highlighted in USA Today

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The United Methodist Church is featured in a special Black History Month edition of USA Today.  Two ads in the issue highlight the critical role the UMC has played throughout groundbreaking moments in U.S. history. 

The first highlights the Black College Fund, which supports the largest number of historically Black colleges and universities of any church body in the country.

The other ad urges readers to Rethink Church through “conversations that build understanding.”

These resources are also available from the UMC to help congregations celebrate Black History Month.

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 25 The Shepherd's Table
Smithville UMC

February 27

Canton Charge Faith and Family Night

Feb. 27-Mar 1 Confirmation Retreat
Camp Wanake
March 1 Violinist Jamie Jorge/Pianist Timothy Noble Concert - Roscoe UMC
March 5 Transformational Leadership Academy
   
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Bishop Hopkins’ Lenten Message

Instructions for Lent

Beginning with Ash Wednesday, we slow down on our journey to Easter in order to appreciate the extent of God’s love for us.  We shed all that is keeping us from knowing, loving and serving God. 

As we look toward the cross of Christ and reflect on our lives, I offer some Instructions for Lent that will be my self-talk as I seek to be more faithful.  In short, Lent is a time to: slow down, breathe in, let go, and look up.

Read Bishop Hopkins’ Lenten Message in its entirety.

Jesus is Calling Us Up to Plan, Disciple, Transform and Join

Lent

PLAN - Ash Wednesday is February 18.  You can prepare your congregation for Lent (Feb. 18 – April 4) and Easter (April 5) using the resources offered by The United Methodist Church and by Discipleship Ministries.

2015 Annual Conference

DISCIPLE - Annual Conference 2015 will focus on encouraging disciples of Jesus Christ.  This year’s theme is Jesus Is Calling Us Up.  During business sessions, delegates will be elected for 2016 General & Jurisdictional Conferences.

YAC2015 - Shine

TRANSFORM – Youth Annual Conference (YAC) 2015 is a great opportunity to develop as a teen leader. Fellowship with other United Methodist teens and understand the connection we have with one another across Ohio and around the world.

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JOIN - Be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.  The East Ohio Conference offers many great opportunities to participate in community service ministries here at home or to join a mission team traveling abroad.

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