Imagine No Malaria

Infected mosquitoes who bite children, youth, and adults – mosquitoes do not discriminate – are the cause of transmitting the disease of malaria.
Malaria was functionally eradicated in the United States in the 1950’s.
Africa, however, is still battling against this non-discriminatory disease that is claiming many lives.
Getting the help they need, not only in health treatment, but in prevention nets, education of families and health workers, and communication delivering messages about malaria and how to prevent it.
In the last decade, there has been a 50% reduction in malaria deaths worldwide. However, in 2013 there were nearly 200 million cases worldwide and an estimated 584,000 deaths.
Ninety percent of these deaths occurred in Africa and 430,000 of these malaria deaths were children before their fifth birthday.
Every 60 seconds, a child in Africa dies of malaria!

Now is the time to join in the movement to provide Prevention, Education, Communication, and Treatment in regards to malaria to the people of Africa.
Our West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church as well as Hyde Park Community UMC have joined the movement.

Make the choice to individually join in our efforts to BRING CHANGE to Africa.
An option to BRING CHANGE (alteration) to Africa is to literally BRING CHANGE (coins) to the church.
Let your red BRING CHANGE coin boxes sit in a prevalent place in your house.
At the end of each day, collect the change that you and your family members have accumulated over the course of the day and place it in the box.
Return your filled BRING CHANGE boxes to the church on November 8. Together, we will present them in worship this morning.
If you need to return them early, please place them on the Imagine No Malaria display table in the Welcome Center on Sunday mornings or bring them to the church office during the week.
Answer the call to help eradicate malaria in Africa!

“God’s Got This…”

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8.

Over the last eight weeks my life has changed. I left a good and flourishing life in New York. I’ve had to say farewell to close friends and that has been painful. I have made painful changes before. But this was different, I felt a divine intensity pushing me.

This past July, my wife, Mary, our two boys, Oscar and Oliver, ages four and three respectively, made our yearly vacation home to Ohio. That meant we drove to Cleveland for her family or Cincinnati for mine. We loved coming to Ohio, and making memories here. For certainly the gulf of lost memories with family was widening as the years mounted, but when things are going fine, why upset the apple cart? When we returned home after this vacation, as we pulled up our driveway, we looked at each other and knew this was no longer our home.

The following week, my wife complained that she was incredibly distracted and couldn’t stop looking for work in Cincy. I didn’t dissuade her from being distracted. I felt it too. A week later she had a job. We snapped into action. And that, my friends, is an understatement. In less than five weeks from packing the first box to unloading the truck, we both had landed jobs, got our kids in school, and maneuvered a thousand other details- it all went off without a hitch.

And through those five weeks we knew we weren’t alone! We were being fed by an insuppressible joy! We were elated that we would be so close to family, creating memories. And I still hadn’t heard of Hyde Park UMC yet. However, we were not immune to the uncertain, the fear of the unknown. We did not know if we would find housing in Cincy, or a multitude of other stresses. But deep inside us we just kept moving forward knowing that questions would be answered and that no matter what, the answers would be fine.

On the phone each night, talking to one another seven hundred miles apart, we would bolster each other with a comforting reminder, “God’s got this.”

I admit, I was nervous during that time. I hadn’t a job. And I like to work. And then the job listing appeared, from my wife, in an email. Worship and Praise Leader/Producer. The job had all the ingredients of my vocational life, yet what will never cease to humble me, this was all His doing. Here He was directly answering years of prayers. And as this story ends, 10 days later, Praise God, your church offered me the job.

“God’s got this.”

In spite of the clear and tangible signs of His presence in the course of my life, I cannot tell you God’s will. All I can say is that I am certain that there are times when we are tapped into a river of faith so strong, that there is nothing to do but give yourself over to the current and see where you end up. If it means entertaining impossible thoughts, following that still small voice, and doing radical acts of love, so be it. If we believe that Jesus is God’s love incarnate, and we accept the change that Jesus brought and continues to bring millennia later, then there is nothing to fear in change. You might just find the coming “Worship at 11” speaking to your spirit in new ways. Come join us in the river or keep where you are. Either way, God’s got this.

Christopher Schaljo

Community Highlight

As a church, we are looking forward to the Worship @ 11 service that will be beginning sometime in the fall. Many are asking God that this service will meet a need for worship within our current congregation and reach out to meet the needs of our community to bring more people to Christ. Some have asked how the Worship @ 11 service will affect our Children and Family programs during the 11:00 am hour. We think the Worship @ 11 service will be positive change for our children and families, and here is why.

Both Children’s Choirs, the Sunshine Choir (3rd-6th grades) and the Joy Singers (K-2nd grade) will continue to meet during the 11:00 hour after the Worship @ 11 service begins. Because it is important for children to be a part of the church in worship and to learn to worship God by attending services with their families, children will attend the first part of the Worship @ 11 service with their families. This is a continuation of what are doing now at the 11:00 service. After the Children’s Moment during the Worship @ 11 service, children will be invited to either attend choir or stay in the service with their parents.
Our Children’s Choirs are a wonderful way for our kids to learn about worship. Children’s Choirs will be singing in worship services many times throughout the year. It is always a joy to have our children lead us in worshipping God!

Preschool Worship is taking the place of Kids Worship this fall and is for preschool age children (3-5 years old) during the current 11:00 worship service and will continue with the new Worship @ 11 service. Preschoolers will be invited to attend Preschool Worship, like Children’s Choir, if they do not stay in worship with their family.

For families that are worshipping together during the Worship @ 11 service, updated Children’s Worship Bags will be provided for services, and a weekly Children’s Bulletin that goes along with the sermon will be available for children attending the service.

Our 9:30 Sunday School will remain unchanged by the start of the Worship @ 11 service. This hour is a designated educational hour for both children and adults – a time for faith development and relationship development.

We hope you will join us at the Worship @ 11 service and for Sunday School at 9:30! Together we will grow in our love and understanding of Jesus and as a church that loves others as we worship!

Sara O’ Connor
Director of Children’s Ministries

Over- the- Rhine Community Church

We have officially and publicly changed our church name from “Nast Community UMC” to “Over-the-Rhine Community Church”. While this is an exciting step in our calling as a new church start, continuing to grow into a community church for Over-the-Rhine and the city of Cincinnati, this shift can bring with it many questions. To serve as a source of clarity around this decision, I’d like to share some of the reasons behind the name change, as well as plans to maintain our connection to the historic Nast-Trinity UMC.

This decision has been a remarkably collaborative process. Over-the-Rhine Community Church has been blessed with many profoundly devoted people who are truly committed to what God is doing in Over-the-Rhine. The name change came out of significant conversation and reflection among the church’s Launch Team, made up of 9 leaders from the church and myself. The purpose of this collaboration was to insure that significant changes, such as this name change, had ownership from the church community.

The primary reason for this name change is to better reach the current demographic of Over-the-Rhine. The name “Nast-Trinity” still carries much familiarity and appreciation among the faithful church-goers who have been affiliated with this historic community for decades and even generations. However, for many of the residents of Over-the-Rhine, both new and long-term, who do not identify with a church community, the name and history of Nast-Trinity is simply unknown. While these assumptions should not cast a negative light on the history of Nast-Trinity UMC, they do represent a disconnection between the church and those outside of the church.

While the heritage belonging to the name Nast-Trinity is significant and unique, maintaining it as the primary identifier of this local church has been causing unfortunate stumbling blocks to connecting with the community. Eliminating confusion and clarifying who we are as a church for the neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine will allow us to more fluidly touch the lives of the people living here. This is the primary reason for the Launch Team’s decision to change the church name to Over-the-Rhine Community Church.

With that said, this decision was made with the caveat that we would do all we could to maintain a rich and active appreciation for our historic heritage. So far, ideas for maintaining the history of Nast-Trinity have been including historic information on the new website, renaming the sanctuary or Gathering Place “Nast Memorial”, and including this information in future new membership classes, so that anyone joining this church will know where we began. This is where the historic information, much of which has been maintained by Hyde Park Community UMC, will prove invaluable in this transition. I truly believe that by changing the name to a neutral Over-the-Rhine Community Church, we will be able to be more intentional in remembering our living heritage as the first German-Methodist Church.

In response to our connection with the United Methodist Church, the title “UMC” was left off the new name of Over-the-Rhine Community church intentionally. The reason for this is that the primary demographic moving into Over-the-Rhine tends to, at best, not identify with a church denomination and, at worst, has had negative experiences with denominations and, therefore, may initially be turned off by a church tied to one. In light of this reality, the Launch Team decided the simple title “Over-the-Rhine Community Church”, would best represent the church we are hoping to become. The bottom line is that we’re hoping to make this church as welcoming and hospitable to the community as possible, while not losing our theological and heritage integrity.

Over-the-Rhine Community Church is and will continue to be a United Methodist Church. We are in full connection to the district, conference and overall Church and have no intention of hiding that component of our identity. It will be clear in any information about the church on the website, and we will maintain all of the UMC policy, theology, and doctrine.

Dropping UMC from the front sign is simply a way of being able to control this part of our church identity in an environment where folks may have assumptions and misconceptions of what the UMC is.

I hope this information is helpful in understanding why we’ve made these changes and how we intend to appreciate and respect our identity as a United Methodist Church, coming from the historic Nast-Trinity UMC.

Pastor Ian Strickland

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.