Appeal forwarded to NJC Court of Appeals

Bishop Gregory V. Palmer has received word that an appeal was forwarded to the North Central Jurisdiction Court of Appeals today. The appeal refers to the West Ohio Conference Committee on Investigation’s decision concerning a complaint filed against The Reverend David Wayne Meredith. This process is noted in paragraphs 2715 and 2716 of the 2016 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church.


Appalachian Trail Chaplain Nears End of ‘2,200 Miles of Ministry’

For most United Methodist itinerant pastors, changing churches can be a period of anxiety. But once the Rev. Matt Hall finishes his appointment now, he may welcome a pulpit that doesn’t move every day.


Hall is the fifth chaplain sent to hike the Appalachian Trail by the Holston Conference, which includes East Tennessee, northern Georgia and southwest Virginia — also a significant portion of the trail. He began his trek at Mount Katahdin in Maine on June 21 and is on track to finish his nearly 2,200 miles of ministry at Springer Mountain in Georgia around Nov. 19.


UMCOR Responds to Rohingya Refugee Crisis

The migrant crisis in Asia continues to escalate as more tragedies among Myanmar’s ethnic minority population, Rohingya Muslims, are exposed. Since August 25, 2017, more than 519,000 Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine have fled their homes to escape violence and persecution. The mass influx of refugees crossing the border to Bangladesh has caused a humanitarian crisis.



Betty Trotter: 70 Years of Sundays as Church Pianist

RICEVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 24, 2017) -- Betty Trotter was 16 years old when she began playing the piano for Spring Creek United Methodist Church. For 70 years of Sundays, the congregation has been blessed by her music.

On Sunday, Trotter’s congregation and family celebrated her 70-year ministry with a surprise luncheon, just one day before her 86th birthday.

“I can’t teach or do a lot of other things, but I can do this,” Trotter said during a party featuring a cake illustrated with piano keys. “This is my contribution.”


Marne UMC Creates Safe Space for Children and Families

Marne United Methodist Church in Newark has created a 'play cafe' for children - a safe space where parents can bring their children to play while they enjoy a cup of coffee and a chance to relax. Called 'Little Arrows,' the cafe is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers and open to anyone in the community or beyond. The cost is just $3 per child, with snacks and drinks available for $1 each. "Our value is in the repeat customers so we can develop relationships with them," Rev. Dave Warner said, especially people who might not go to an established church.


Clough UMC Helping Meet the Needs of Foster Children

Jack's Closet, a mission of Clough United Methodist Church in Cincinnati, helps to fill the needs of children in foster or kinship care, particularly the need for clothing. Each family that comes in gets four or five outfits for each child, a jacket, and one or two pairs of shoes. Families are invited to return for additional clothes when seasons change or when the child needs a larger size. Jack's Closet is available to all, regardless of location, but primarily serves families from Hamilton and Clermont counties.


Clarksburg UMC Partners with Local Schools for Grant

Clarksburg United Methodist Church in the Shawnee Valley District has partnered with the nearby school district to expand its after-school ministry. Together, the church and Adena Local Schools were awarded a grant just over $4,000 to purchase Chromebooks and kitchen appliances. The Chromebooks will allow church volunteers to better assist students with homework, and will also be available to parents to check grades, apply for jobs and fill out school forms. The appliances will be used to help children learn how to prepare nutritious meals.