In Matthew 4: 18-22 we read for the first time about Jesus selecting his disciples. Peter, Andrew, James and John were doing what they had probably done every day for years with no idea that their lives soon would be changed forever. When called by Jesus to do something different, they answered His call and followed.
Likewise, the bright spots follow the path traveled by Bishop John Hopkins last fall during his district-by-district tour of the conference.
These articles are samplings of the hundreds of congregations across East Ohio that are answering Jesus’ call, stepping out in faith into the mission field – and in so doing, transforming the world.
The United Methodist Church has so much to offer this high-tech, world-serving generation of young people. You will discover as you read this issue that East Ohio is blessed with youth and youth leaders who are doing amazing work locally and around the world in the name of Jesus Christ.
"In every moment of the day, God’s Living Word, Jesus, awaits our companionship in a multitude of ways –
service, witness, prayer, meditation, sacrifice, etc. But I believe, in my heart of hearts, that God’s perfect
communication apprehends us through His written words and leads us into the life-giving, recalibrating,
transformational and restorative ways that are unique to this mysterious Book." - Rev. Dave Scavuzzo (page 3)
Throughout this issue of Joining Hands, you will read about the ways churches and individuals have been adapting to change. The quotes below suggest why change is good.
“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn
This issue of Joining Hands is dedicated to Christian education. The magazine highlights creative youth ministries and innovative cross-generational studies. It includes testimonies of how Sunday school as a child impacts our life as adults. Each page introduces you to outstanding East Ohio Methodists who are impacting lives in their individual communities and across our conference.
This issue of Joining Hands answers the question, “What are the major issues facing General Conference?” The topics and divergent viewpoints contained within the articles provide insight into some of the major issues
General Conference 2012. This issue contains many thought-provoking articles on topics that affect millions of United Methodists worldwide.
This issue dedicated the entire content to one topic: 3Cs. Read first-hand accounts of those who have been blessed to be a blessing to others as they traveled to Russia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Zimbabwe, making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Whether you assist with pre-trip logistics, fundraising, loading gear, baking, knitting, financial support, or simple prayer, each of us, together, is showing what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
This issue highlights the many ways churches in
East Ohio speak of and display our faith stories during the course of a day. You will notice these stories take place on different days of the week and at different times. Church is more than just the time spent in worship on Sunday morning. Of course, we know that God can change our lives at any moment but think about how many people don’t know that. In making disciples for Jesus Christ, we need to make people aware of the life-changing power of God. That’s how we transform the world.
We are the people of The United Methodist Church. We believe in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
We live by two kinds of holiness. - Personal and Social.
We follow three simple rules. - Do no harm: Do good: Stay in love with God.
We work in four areas of focus. - Developing leaders, creating places for new people, eliminating poverty, and improving health globally.
Hymn # 558: We Are the Church
"I am the church! You are the church!
We are the church together!
All who follow Jesus, all around the world!
Yes, we’re the church together!
1 The church is not a building,
the church is not a steeple,
the church is not a resting place,
the church is a people."
Author: Richard K. Avery (1972)
Author: Donald S. March (1972)
Copyright: © 1972 Hope Publishing Co