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.


Update on California Wildfires from Bishop Carcano

Today was another very meaningful day. United Methodists from our beloved California-Nevada Conference continue to amaze me with their faithfulness. Rev. Linda Caldwell and I traveled to Napa where we met with clergy and lay leaders from our churches in Napa, St. Helena, and Vallejo. We learned new things about the impact of the fires. Our youngest participant at any of our pastoral itineration visits this week was little Adeline who with her friends had made "Thank You" posters for first responders and then delivered them.


Boy Scouts of America Expand Programs to Include Girls

The Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors unanimously approved welcoming girls into its Cub Scout program and to deliver a program that will allow girls to advance to the rank of Eagle.


 “This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law,” said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s Chief Scout Executive. “The values of scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both young men and women.”