An Update from Pastor Ian

Our first monthly Formation Gathering started us off strong! We had a solid group of folks attend in order to discuss how the vision for our church is developing and to hear of some big and exciting upcoming changes.

The gathering also benefited from the fantastic leadership of our church’s Launch Team. The Launch Team is a group of leaders from the church, collaborating around the question, “Who is God calling us, as a Body of believers, to be?” In other words, “What is our church identity?” Our Launch team includes:

Bobby                                                              Ian Strickland
Cathleen Fagan                                             Ally Senefeld-Naber
Andrew Fitspatrick                                       Kevin Morrow
Joel Miller                                                      Jan Peck
John Moseley                                                 Mary Viato

Below is a snapshot of what we discussed in the gathering. Be on the lookout for information on September’s Formation Gathering. All are encouraged to participate!

House Keeping Items:

There are a variety of improvements headed our way in terms of our church building;
-A new paint job of the entire interior of the church
-New tables for the Gathering Place
-A projection system in the sanctuary to replace the TV’s
-New carpet or refinished hardwood on the chancel
-The removal of the center kneeling rail in front of the chancel
-Sound Panels throughout the sanctuary

Church Name Change:

In all we do, we seek to be a church for our community. While our current name, “Nast Community Church” has a rich and important history, it has, unfortunately, served as a road block to our ability to connect with many OTR residents. For those who have never heard of our church, the name “Nast” sounds like a confusing acronym. Though we have no intention of losing our heritage as the birth of German Methodism in the U.S., the reverence of history can become harmful when valued more than our current call to be a community church in Over the Rhine. Therefore, after weeks of collaboration among the Launch Team, we have decided to change our church name to “Over the Rhine Community Church.” This name allows us to communicate who we are clearly and quickly to our neighborhood and larger community. While not exclusive to OTR, this name shows where our primary investment lies.

With this said, the Launch Team decided we could only move forward with a name change if we remained committed to developing creative ways in which to preserve our historic heritage. So far, ideas in preserving our “Nast” roots have been:

-Renaming the sanctuary or Gathering Place to “William Nast Memorial
-A dedicated web page on our site with historic information
-Incorporating our historic identity into future membership classes for
anyone who wishes to join our church
-Creating a small group and/or sermon series on where we come from as
a church

This is an exciting new season for our church as a whole as we continue the hard work of discerning and living into who God is calling us to be. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ian Strickland at as well as any member of the Launch Team. Let us pray that we continually step closer in our dedication to serving the community around us in all that we do.

Pastor Ian

Education Ministry Report

Preschool: We have been keeping busy in the Preschool even though our doors are closed during the summer months. Enrollment continues to increase and we continue to welcome new families to our collective preschool family. We have been preparing for a new after-school program, ‘Explore More’, that will run from 11:45-1:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for our current preschool families. Summer Fun Camp was attended by 29 campers ages 3-5 the week of August 17-21. The first day of Preschool is September 8 and our enrollment will be near 190 children this year.

Children & Family Ministry. It has been a full and exciting summer for Children and Family Ministry. We started off the summer with an awesome VBS, where we climbed Everest and learned about God’s mighty power. It was a week to remember with many at HPC coming together to serve for VBS. An average of 152 children attended each evening. Children and Family Ministry ended the summer with our annual Family Camp. Twenty-nine families attended Family Camp, with a total of 51 children. Many memories were made, and faith and relationships grew. If you haven’t experienced Family Camp – you will have to come next summer! Children and Family Ministry will be starting September off with a bang! We are excited about our ministry team of 23 children’s Sunday School teachers, who will be teaching our children using the D6 curriculum. D6 emphasis Deuteronomy 6:4-7 and connects the church and the home to help our families live as disciples of Jesus. In addition to Sunday School beginning Rally Day, September 13th, 2nd Grade Communion Class and 3rd Grade Bible are also starting as special faith milestone classes for our children. Join us for Sunday School this year!

Student Ministry. We had many of our youth students serve in mentoring roles during VBS, where they were able to demonstrate God’s love to those in elementary school in our church and community. We also had an incredible trip to Haiti with 10 individuals who were able to share the love of Jesus with Haitian children in an outdoor VBS program and help construct three homes for Haitian families. We also had a time of building up our volunteer team of adult leaders.

All students in 7th through 12th grade, can be a part of the student ministry family. We have a new team of leaders and new curriculum to begin the new school year, and want you to be a part of the fun! On September 13th, Rally Day, we will combine middle school and high school for the annual “messy party clothes party.” Our middle school students will be using the D6 curriculum for their study time this year at church and at home. Our high school students will be using small group curriculum from Life Tree Café that will shape their faith. Both groups of students will share in a fellowship meal each week. We will have several new counselors joining the Student Ministry leadership team this year.

Adult Education. A few of our adult Sunday School classes and Connect Groups did not meet this summer. However, on Rally Day, September 13th, we get back in full swing with classes. There will be 3 adult classes at the 9:30 am hour and 3 adult classes at the 11:00 am hour on Sunday mornings. There will be 1 adult class on Sunday night, a Tuesday morning and a Tuesday evening study this year. More information about the variety of classes will be in an upcoming worship insert. All classes are open. Several of our Connect Groups are receiving new people in their groups. If they fill up, we’ll work to create new ones. We want you connected. It is our hope you will take one of these opportunities to grow in your faith and Christian discipleship.

Blessings, Pastor Dave Weaver

VIM Report

This year the Volunteers in Mission Mexico Medical Team served on a team composed of nineteen doctors, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, nurses, nursing students, translators, and helping hands. We saw a total of 225 patients in the three days we worked, and we felt good about the care we were able to give. All worked very hard to make the mission fruitful, by making sandwiches for our patients, putting together gift bags of toothbrushes and paste, crayons and coloring pages, and the students created a video project as a class requirement which was awesome. You can watch this on the HPCUMC Facebook page.

We had many blessings on this mission, in addition to the video. One amazing moment was when we took $710 in Walmart gift cards from a church in Cincinnati to the store to pay the bill for our over-the-counter medications, and when the cashier finished, the bill was $713.36. Another poignant moment was when a photo was taken of our doctor, Kris Sandlund, and our translator from Harlingen, Texas, Pastor Jake Vincent, while they were praying for a patient. Following the clinic they reported that the patient with whom they were praying was held hostage by the drug cartel, and he is living in fear for his life and the lives of his family. He has much difficulty sleeping at night.

Our first day at El Buen Pastor Church in Colonia, Francisco Madera was at our base clinic, where all the supplies are kept. The day afforded us an opportunity to see our dear friends from Mexico and get our pharmacy and supplies in order. That day our very first patient proved to be the most difficult of the mission. Gorgonia has a large goiter, which has been aggravating her for the past two years. Please pray for her during this time of preparation for surgery. The money donated to this mission helped pay for the tests and her follow-uptreatment.

Our second day was spent at City Hall in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico. It is always a privilege to be asked by government officials to work in a government-owned facility. We were very pleased to be able to work in the center of town and dispense some Christian love at the same time. Even more pleasing was the fact that we were treated to lunch by the Mayor of Nuevo Progreso.

Our third day of mission was spent at the Christian deportation camp, Senda De Vida. It is just across the border from the U.S. in Reynosa, Mexico. It is such a wonderful place for newly deported individuals to be housed while they figure out the next steps in their lives. We also see people from the neighborhood surrounding the center. Hector Silva, himself a deportee from the U.S., has built this beautiful, Christian Center for the people who come here, where the staff surrounds them with prayer, worship and counseling during their visit.

This team was blessed with many monetary donations, which pay for the things the team cost does not cover. The money goes to pay for a team fee to Manos Juntas, our Mexican Methodist partner in this mission. It covers all prescription medications, the fee for translators, our lab tech, and our Mexican doctor. The donations also cover the cost of over-the-counter medications (see above), labels and bags for the medication, sandwiches for our patients, gas for our vans, and extra laboratory and x-ray expenses, and a generous donation to Senda De Vida. Each team member pays his/her own expenses for the mission, which makes the help of our donors indispensible, and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Dios les bendiga! God Bless you!
-Martha Brice, West Ohio Conference VIM Team Coordinator

Nast Community

Nast has a number of exciting updates from the last few months as we continue to open up the church doors and participate in the life of Over the Rhine(OTR) and Downtown Cincinnati. In June, Nast served as a site for Cincinnati’s Fringe Festival. Over the course of ten days, the Nast building was host to hundreds of residents as they gathered together to celebrate the city’s appreciation for performance arts. With around two performances each evening, Nast enjoyed the new life brought in by local actors, writers, dancers, and artists. As the event was organized by OTR’s Know Theatre, God is already providing strong connections between the church and neighborhood.

We’re also ramping up our dedication to prayer in the church. In May we held our first church-wide prayer service. In lue of the typical church service, we asked folks to celebrate together in song and pray throughout and around the church. The people of Nast participated in communal prayer, breath prayer around the outside of the church, and abstract prayer through the arts. In the end, we were left with four banners in our sanctuary with the names Worship, Community, Mission, and Equity. These were the four images that God has given us as we continue discerning our vision for the church.

These four banners will also serve as Nast’s first independent sermon series beginning on August 9. For eight weeks, we will focus on how God is calling Nast Community UMC into Worship, Community, Mission and Equity. This series will involve a number of communal responses including a forgiveness/healing service and prayer walking the neighborhood of OTR. All are welcome to join!

A very exciting development at Nast is our new Launch Team. Having identified Easter of 2016 as Nast’s “launch date” when we will celebrate how God has reformed Nast Community UMC into a new and revitalized congregation, we now see this current season as a “launch” period. The Launch Team, therefore, will serve until next Easter as a group of leaders and collaborators around further discerning our church identity and call. The Launch Team’s first official meeting met after service on July 26. This is a clear example of God’s raising up leadership from among the church, for the church!

As a final note and invitation, Lumenocity is coming to OTR this week, August 5-9, and Nast is eager to participate in the festivities. For the weekend, we will be hosting a hospitality tent on our vacant lot at 1330 Race Street. From Friday though Sunday, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, we will be handing out waters and other cold treats, hosting some fun yard games, and offering prayer for anyone in the area. We need volunteers! If you would like to join in, contact Pastor Ian at as soon as possible.

Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support from Hyde Park, and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Nast!

Pastor Ian Strickland

HPCUMC Staff Serve at Madisonville Education and Assistance Center

Three to four times per year the HPCUMC staff rolls up their sleeves to serve as a mission team.

On fifth Wednesdays of the calendar year, they step out in mission to assist some of our mission partners in the community.

In the past they have assembled blankets for Wesley Chapel Mission Center, and put together bags for Rothenberg students, who attend school in Over-the-Rhine, to encourage them during finals week. The staff also served lunch to the clients of the Center for Respite Care. The Center for Respite Care provides post-surgery care for people who are homeless and need a safe, sanitary place to recover from medical procedures.

Madisonville Education and Assistance Center (MEAC) serves individuals and families in need primarily in Fairfax, Madison Place, Madisonville, and Mariemont and surrounding communities. MEAC serves people who struggle with poverty and assists people who need help with filling out applications for public benefits for food and medical care. Additionally courses are offered in financial education so that progress toward self-sufficiency can be achieved,

This July the staff served Christ as volunteers for the literacy program at MEAC as well as assisting with projects including painting and restoring the donation bin, assembling a desk, and cleaning and moving furniture.

If you would like to hear more about ways to help serve Christ through MEAC, please contact Carolyn Moseley, a member of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, who serves as the Operations Manager and Volunteer Coordinator at MEAC: 513-271-5501, ext. 13. You may also contact Sarah Putman, Community Ministry and Global Outreach Assistant of Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church: .

Block Party! Saturday August 22, 2015

Join us! Please join our entire church family on Saturday August 22nd in the church parking lot for food, fun and fellowship as we wind down summer with friends!
What is it? The purpose of this event is threefold: a fellowship opportunity for our entire church congregation in a fun family-friendly atmosphere, a chance to practice radical hospitality by inviting our neighbors to join a church wide celebration to showcase what HPCUMC is about, and to share information about our ministries with our church family and the community at large.

This event is FREE and we have a lot of fun activities in the works for kids and adults of all ages. There will be hot dogs & brats, drinks, music, games for all ages, crafts for all ages, blanket service project, bouncy houses for preschool ages kids, a fun game for tweens and youth, corn hole for all ages, church open house & tours and entertainment, scouting demonstrations and an ice cream sundae bar with all the toppings. This event is rain or shine (held in refectory in the event of bad weather).

Mark your calendar now! Our Welcome Center will be set up with tables highlighting our church ministry areas. So mark your calendars now for Saturday August 22nd and plan on stopping by for a few hours or the whole afternoon and catch up with old friends and make some new ones! Join us in praying for this event, that it might open some new doors for those in our community and for the weather to cooperate!

Can you help? Would you like to share your time and talents at this event? Do you have a corn hole set you could loan for the day? Would you like to serve as a greeter or tour guide? Are you a ministry leader and would like to display information about your area in our Welcome Center? Contact Mary Schap to learn more about how you can get involved at or 513-919-7587.

On Sunday, August 16th, after church services we need volunteers to invite our immediate neighbors to join us for this event. Bring your walking shoes and spend 15-30 minutes as we pass out door hangers throughout the Hyde Park neighborhood. Maps and door hangers will be provided in the Welcome Center on Sunday, August 16th, so please consider helping if you are able.

Intern Introductions

This is our sixth year hosting youth from local and regional churches and providing them opportunities to serve in mission in the city. God has moved in mighty ways in years past and we expect will do so again this year as we serve and focus on studying “The Potter’s House” as found in Jeremiah. Our Summer Impact program would not be possible without the leadership of our Summer Impact Interns! In case you did not get a chance to meet them in worship on June 14th, here is a brief introduction for each of our wonderful interns:

Meet Alex! In her spare time she likes to slide down volcanoes, travel the world, and cuddle puppies (but no cats!). What’s her next adventure? College. She will be a Miami RedHawk in the fall.

Meet Julia! She is a math wizard, professional ice cream server, and animal lover! In her spare time she likes to solve math equations and drink milk. She is in her third year as a Capital University Crusader!

Meet Elizabeth! She is an aspiring scientist and wicked good dancer (don’t challenge her to a dance-off). She tends to be the fashionista of the group. She calls Wittenberg her home for most of the year and she will be entering her second year there this fall.

Meet Sam! His self given persona is Nogman ( he makes people happy by giving them eggnog). He took Beyonce’s advice and “put a ring on it”- he will be getting married this summer! The married couple will be moving to Saint Louis this fall where Sam will be attending seminary!

Meet Emily! In her spare time she likes to drink an exorbitant amount of coffee, read books, and take artsy pics. She is an aspiring world changer, majoring in international studies and economics. She will be entering her second year at Ohio Wesleyan University!

Annual Conference Highlights

The West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church held Annual Conference June 7 – 10, on the shores of Lake Erie, Lakeside, Ohio.  Over 1600 Lay and Clergy gathered to worship, approve a budget, hear reports of mission and ministry, and elect delegates to the General and Jurisdictional Conferences (Denominational Conferences held every four years).  As I reflect on our time together, I share with you some of the highlights of this year’s Conference:

Two years ago West Ohio Conference set a goal of 3.5 million dollars for the eradication of Malaria on the continent of Africa (Imagine No Malaria).  At the start of the Conference, West Ohio was short of the goal by a little over $250,000 (includes pledges and cash).  The offering from Tuesday morning worship went to “Imagine No Malaria”, collecting $403,733.

Rev. Dr. Thomas Long, Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, was our teaching pastor, leading us in a refreshing look at the four Gospels.

Bishop Palmer inspired us in worship, under the theme of “Taken, Blessed, Broken, Given”, reminding us we are the Body of Christ, privileged to be a part of God’s redemptive work in the world.

We honored retirees (the retiring class, collectively, had over 700 years of service), ordained, and commissioned clergy.

We Elected 8 Clergy, and 8 Lay representatives to General Conference, and an additional 8 Clergy, and 8 Lay representatives to Jurisdictional Conference.

It was reported that West Ohio Conference led the denomination in Advance Special giving (Missional support given above and beyond apportionment giving), giving $2,568,210 in 2014.

Bishop Palmer read and fixed the appointments of all Clergy.  Cathy, Dave Weaver and I are privileged and honored to return to Hyde Park for another year of ministry.

God continues to refresh, empower, and inspire God’s church.  In God’s grace we partner with God to bring God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven!  See you in Church!

In Christ,
Pastor Doug

Summer Impact 2015

Summer Impact 2015 will be in full swing for six weeks starting on June 21. Our five interns moved into the Peebles House on Friday – they will be formally introduced during worship on June 14th. If you see them, please welcome them!

This will be our 6th year hosting youth from local and regional churches and providing them opportunities to serve in mission in the city. God has moved in mighty ways in years past and we expect He will do so again this year as we serve and focus on studying “The Potter’s House” as found in Jeremiah.

For Summer Impact to be as impactful as it can be, we need your help! We have a particular need for people interested in serving with and continuing our partnership with Wesley Chapel Mission Center. There is a 3 hour day camp every day and our participation in sending volunteers is vital to the success of their camp. If you are interested in serving with Wesley Chapel the time commitment is from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm any weekday between June 22 and July 31. However, we also have needs for people to provide desserts, welcome teams upon arrival, help serve dinners, host the interns for dinner on weekends, and more.

For all volunteer opportunities and to sign up, please visit Call Sarah Putman at (513)979-8162 with questions or for more information.

Sarah Putman

Job Search Focus Group

A marketplace ministry of HPCUMC offering Hope, Help & Healing for the unemployed –serving over 13,000 over 25 years.

Unemployment is tough …it’s an emotional roller coaster …it harms self-esteem …it’s confusing and frustrating

It’s also be a time for self-discovery – for resurrecting dreams – for finding Purposeful Employment.

As the largest, longest running job search support group in America, JSFG provides weekly advice, resources, connections to employers, and a positive environment for job seekers to find their way.
Advice – Accountability – Achievement

Join us Mondays in The Little Theater.
8:00 am Welcome Orientation for 1st timers
9:00 am Advice, Networking, Speakers, Seminars
11:30 am Workshops: Strengths, Purpose, Resume, Networking, Interviewing, Negotiating, Financial and more…

JSFG graduates have said:
“JSFG is a great group of folks who provide encouragement and tools to help in a process that can be daunting and discouraging”

“I can honestly say I used a piece of everything at some point. From the strength workshops, through the resume writing workshops, to networking, and ending using what I learned in the negotiation workshops”

“This is truly a special group and a blessing to have in Cincinnati. God Bless You!”

“What impressed me was the emphasis on helping others: people from the Job Search Focus Group reached out time and again to help me, encourage me, or give me a lead on a company or a job posting. You can pay someone to help you polish a resume but you can’t pay someone to give a dang about you”

Purposeful Employment contact: Bob Pautke