Cross
News
Monday, Apr 27, 2020
“Good Works exists to connect people from all walks of life with people in poverty so that the kingdom of God can be experienced.” In the midst of coronavirus, many of the ministries provided through Good Works have slowed down or been placed on “pause.” And yet, they continue to operate Timothy House, which provides shelter to people experiencing homelessness in 9 southeast Ohio counties. They work hard to provide a clean, safe, temporary home for adults and c... (read more)
Monday, Apr 27, 2020
Jennifer Henneman is a United Methodist missionary serving as a Church and Community Worker with OhioHealth and the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio. Within the past six weeks, we have all seen so much change in our world, our nation, our communities, our churches, our jobs, our families, our lives. As a church and community worker and registered nurse, I serve as a church and community nurse liaison on the Southside of Columbus. During the COVID-19 crisis,... (read more)
Monday, Apr 27, 2020
On Friday, March 21, hard rains caused flooding across central Ohio, including the area around Asbury South United Methodist Church in southeast Franklin County. With much of the state shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rev. Mary Jo Yeakel, Pastor at Asbury South, wasn’t sure if help would come when water started pouring into the church sanctuary. But come it did. Our neighbors were sheltering in our fellowship hall after being rescued from their flooding... (read more)
Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
Beloved in Christ Jesus, Dear ones, I think we all can agree that the coronavirus has changed us. Personally, I cannot count the times in recent weeks, that I have spent in prayer for all of God’s people. I lay it before God and ask for direction. I know you are praying fervently also for safety, wisdom and guidance. Each day, several members of our leadership team tune in to hear what Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton sa... (read more)
Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
The mission of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church is to share the love of Jesus to transform lives, Cincinnati and the world. In March, that statement was put into action. Lead by co-senior pastors, the Rev. Cathy Johns and the Rev. Doug Johns, Hyde Park Community UMC is rooted in an affluent neighborhood bordered by communities of various economic and racial backgrounds. With many partners in mission, this church removes barriers to serve beside their... (read more)
Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
Social distancing measures due to the coronavirus pandemic have not prevented The United Methodist Church for All People in Columbus from continuing to provide support and hope to its community.  The All People's Fresh Market has distributed free produce to more than 2,000 households every week for over 10 years, and after adapting its delivery methods to adhere to current health recommendations, the market is busier than ever. In fact, it is the largest dis... (read more)
Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
Have you checked on your property since safer-at-home orders were put in place?  While your ministry leadership and community engage in social distancing, there are some steps you can take to help ensure the security of your church's property and facilities.  Secure Valuables Out of sight - out of mind. Making valuable equipment and property less visible or moving them to a secure location can make your church less of a target for burglars. If possible, move th... (read more)
Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
UMCOR and the General Board of Global Ministries have provided updated guidelines for mission teams, early response teams, and individuals volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic.  These best practices are meant to supplement and not take the place of any medical recommendations issued by the CDC.  DO plan for extra time for briefing and preparation for service. DO clean and wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds before, during, and after volunteering... (read more)
Thursday, Apr 23, 2020
Podcasts are a wonderful way to think about and grow in your faith while driving the car, getting some cardio on the treadmill, walking the dog, or folding laundry. In this time of self distancing, we can learn and find encouragement from leaders throughout the connection. West Ohio leaders, Bishop Palmer, Katelin Hansen, director of operations and minister of music for Church for All People and Rachel Billips, lead pastor of Ginghamsburg UMC, have been feature... (read more)
Tuesday, Apr 21, 2020
Since the start of the novel coronavirus outbreak, UMCOR has been working with health boards, medical professionals, disaster management coordinators and faith leaders to prevent the further spread of this disease. Now it is clear that the impact of COVID-19 will be far-reaching and demands an even greater response.  The UMCOR COVID-19 Advance #3022612 will award grants of up to $20,000 to United Methodist partners in the U.S. and around the world to assist vul... (read more)