Join Bishop Palmer for I Believe in the Church

In May of this year The Council of Bishops voted to recommend “The One Church Plan” to the special session of General Conference to be held in February, 2019. To review the Council of Bishops decision, and read details of The One Church Plan, as well as the other two plans that were considered go to: www.umnews.org/en/news/court-docket-details-proposed-plans-for-umc.

This fall Bishop Palmer is holding “I Believe in the Church” events, for the purpose of communicating The Council of Bishops recommendation. All West Ohio United Methodists are encouraged to attend. Each event is Free, however, Pre-Registration is Required (for dinner and to receive printed materials). Dinner will start at 6:00p.m and programming will begin at 7:00 p.m and end at 8:30p.m.  The following locations are hosting events:

September 5 at Groesbeck UMC in Cincinnati

September 11 at Indian Run UMC in Dublin

September 12 at Peace UMC in Pickerington

September 25 at Milford First UMC in Milford

September 26 at Broad Street UMC in Columbus (downtown)

October 3 at Coburn UMC in Zanesville

October 8 at Kenton First UMC in Kenton

October 10 at Bowling Green First UMC in Bowling Green

October 16 at Sulphur Grove UMC in Dayton

October 17 at Trinity UMC in Chillicothe

Plan now to participate in one of the events. I look forward to seeing you in Church!

Through Christ

Pastor Doug

We Welcome Pastor Zak McIntyre

Over the past 2 months there have been a number of conversations with the District Superintendent, the Personnel Team of HPCUMC, and the leadership of OTRCC, to identify the right Pastor for OTRCC. Bishop Palmer in consultation with our District Superintendent, Todd Anderson, has appointed Zak McIntyre to the staff of HPCUMC as the Pastor of OTRCC, our second location in Over-the-Rhine. Zak’s official start date was August 15. Zak (a Local Pastor transfer from the Missouri Conference to the West Ohio Conference) possesses the necessary gifts and passion to embrace and lead the newly developed OTRCC Strategic Plan. Zak’s Bio follows:

I grew up, attended school and started my family in southeast Missouri. My wife, Robin, and I have been married for over 12 years, though we’ve been “together” since 8th grade! We moved to Southwest Ohio in the summer of 2016. In addition to my ministry, I work for Procter and Gamble. Robin teaches kindergarten in Springboro. We have two children, Sophie and Redic. Sophie is 12 and Redic is 9 and are in the 7th and 4th grades, respectively.

My years in ministry have taken various forms, but most recently I was a Preaching Pastor at Normandy UMC in Centerville, OH. Before that, I was an associate and new church start pastor in the Missouri Annual Conference. My passion lies in gathering people’s stories and helping them to connect with God’s story. I’m an avid reader, Apple fanboy, podcast junkie, horror movie aficionado, St. Louis Cardinals and Duke basketball fan.

Please introduce yourself to Zak when you have the opportunity. In addition, take a Sunday and visit OTRCC in worship and experience what we are doing together, one Church, two locations! May God’s blessings abound as we continue to strive to transform Lives, Cincinnati, and the World!

Through Christ,
Pastor Doug

Mark Your Calendars: Church Conference( September 16th 4:30 PM)

The Servant Leadership Board, with the permission of the District Board of Church Location and Building, has set a Church Conference for September 16, 4:30p.m.  The agenda for the Church Conference will be to:

Vote to support the recommendation of the Building Committee and the Servant Leadership Board and move forward with a capital campaign to raise funds to support implementing Phase One of the Master Plan.

Authorize the formation of a Capital Campaign Committee that will organize and conduct a capital campaign to raise the funds necessary to complete Phase One of the Master Plan.

At a Church Conference every member of Hyde Park Community United Methodist church has voice and vote. 

Important Dates to Note:

August 26, 12:15 p.m. Final Town Hall Meeting. Come and hear the presentation of Phase 1 of the Master Plan, including conceptual drawings and a model from architects,  so that you can be an educated voter.

September 16, 4:30 p.m. Church Conference at Hyde Park Community United Methodist.

Spring 2019 (If approved in September 2018):  Vote at a second Church Conference on the decision to build, following the completion of the capital campaign.

Please pray for God to guide our path as we seek to be faithful witnesses for Christ.

Pastors Cathy and Doug Johns

What Would Your Totem Pole Say?

The first week of August, Pastor Doug and I enjoyed a continuing education class at the University of British Columbia.  While we were on the campus we visited the Museum of Anthropology.  Beautiful totem poles were part of the museum that is devoted to honoring the first nations of the Pacific Northwest.

Totem poles are normally made of red cedar which are abundant in supply in the Pacific Northwest.  They would be placed visibly within a community.  Totem poles do not necessarily “speak,” telling a story, but they do serve to document the history and stories that are familiar to people from the family or members of the clan.

Symbolic forms, human, animal, or supernatural, adorn the totem poles. They show kinship, functioning as a type of family crest.

The thunderbird for example, would be a part of the Kwakwakawakw families of northern Vancouver, members of the Thunderbird Clan.  Killer whales, frogs, eagles, and beavers are common. Totem poles also honor specific events or significant individuals.

Sometimes we forget that our lives “tell a story.”  A totem pole communicates to others what is important.  As Christians who follow Jesus the Christ, we have the opportunity to be bearers of the gospel story. May our words and actions reflect the heart of Christ, the Lord of love who came to transform the world with life-giving love.

Please welcome Rev. Don Dixon, former pastor at Hyde Park Community United Methodist, as he preaches the message of God’s love and grace.

Peace,

Pastor Cathy Johns

A Disciple-Making Church

The mission of the United Methodist Church is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Every local church in their own context is to be making, maturing and multiplying disciples. A church is always advancing the mission of Jesus Christ in transforming lives and communities.

So what is a disciple? A very simple dictionary definition describes a disciple as “a pupil or follower of a teacher.”  A Christian disciple is a follower of Jesus. We are not only to learn His teachings, but we are to live His teachings. Christian disciples are in the process of becoming more Christ-like. And Christ commissioned us “to make other disciples.”

When you joined Hyde Park Community UMC you took membership vows to give of your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. Did you ever think of these as your “vows of discipleship?” Being a church member and part of this faith community is wonderful! Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is even better!

As the Pastor of Discipleship here at Hyde Park Community I challenge you to renew these “vows of discipleship.” As we continue to mature as disciples, we multiply and grow the church. This is our mission. Maybe Christ is calling you into the deeper waters of your baptismal vows of being a disciple.

Jesus said, “Follow me, I will make you fishers of people.” How will you respond to His calling?

As the church, let us continue on our journey of discipleship!

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Dave