In 1927 the following became the invitation and mission of HPCUMC: “To all who mourn and need comfort – To all who are tired and need rest – To all who are friendless and want friendship – To all who are lonely and want companionship – To all who are homeless and want sheltering love – To all who pray, and to all who do not, but ought – To all who sin and need a Saviour and to who – so – ever will, this church opens wide its doors, and in the name of Jesus, our Lord, bids WELCOME!” As a vibrant faith community in 2019 our “Invitation” remains the same and our mission reframed, “To share the love of Jesus to transform Lives, Cincinnati and the World.”
We are grateful for your generosity over this past year that has allowed our ministries at HPC to flourish. Because you gave:
• The Senior Adult Ministry offered: “Walking with Paul” a Health and Wellness program; and a Blood Drive resulting in 114 potential lives saved.
• Partnering with MEAC (Madisonville Education and Assistance Center), over 901 unduplicated households were served across all MEAC programs; and 163 households in crisis were served with Emergency Financial Assistance.
• HPC partnering with IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network) provided 1,820 bed nights and 5,460 meals over the course of a year.
• Summer Impact connected 154 people (13 different groups, from3 different states) in ministry, offering the light of Christ to the most vulnerable.
• We partnered with the Summer Reading Camp and Wesley Chapel Mission Center to improve and enhance the reading abilities of at-risk children in OTR. The class average is 281% improvement in sounding out words, 15% in reading words and 44% in oral reading fluency. This is in contrast to the 10% summer learning loss for children in under-resourced neighborhoods.
• Our Preschool maintains the highest ranking in the State of Ohio (5 star), with over 97 children participating in the Summer Camp.
• Our Adult Discipleship Ministry, through 5 Sunday morning classes, 4 midweek classes, 10 Bi-weekly Connect Groups and 2 retreats, deepened the relationships of 2,442 lives with God and one another.
• 237 children lead by over 100 volunteers learned about and embraced God’s Unfailing Love through Vacation Bible School: “ROAR”.
• The Organ Concert Series begins its Sixteenth season hosting internationally acclaimed concert artists.
• Inspiring worship is offered weekly through music and the spoken word.
We look forward to what God will do through HPCUMC in 2020 as we “bid Welcome” to all God calls beloved, transforming lives, Cincinnati, and the world!
Pastors Cathy and Doug