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

God’s Steadfast Love Endures Forever

Psalm 136 is a Psalm of gratitude. An attitude of gratitude is life transforming, and moves us to proclaim with the Psalmist: “God’s steadfast love endures forever!” Consequently with a grateful heart I take this opportunity to say thank you for your acts of gratitude through your financial support of the mission and ministry of Hyde Park Community/Over The Rhine Community United Methodist Church. Through your generosity “God’s steadfast love endures forever!”  Because of your generosity, hospitality has been extended, and lives have been transformed . . .

Our Community Easter Egg Hunt offered an opportunity for our neighbors to experience the unconditional love of Hyde Park Community. 

Over 350 children, youth and adults experienced an amazing VBS: “Shipwrecked”.  The Church was transformed into God’s Island of love and acceptance.  Over the course of 5 days participants and volunteers experienced the transforming love of God. The children raised over $1,000 to supply the Faith Academy, Haiti, library with books.

20 adults participated in a Mission Trip to Haiti. The mission had a dual focus: 1). A Medical Mission – 5 doctors saw over 1,000 adults and children, and 2). Over 3,000 prescriptions were filled.

The annual Youth Mission Team traveled to Rural Mission, Johns Island, S.C.  Working in the rural areas of the Sea Islands of Charleston, our youth and adults extended love, care and support through home repair and renovations.

The Martz Scholarship Fund awarded 26 HPCUMC college students financial assistance (6 of the 26 are incoming freshmen).  The total awarded for the 2018-2019 school year is $78,500.

S.A.M. (Senior Adult Ministry) provided programing through First Friday Nighters and Thursday Edition.

Weekly worship connects God with God’s people, where we find renewal and strength through a fresh anointing of God’s spirit.

The fruit of your generosity is abundant, and “God’s steadfast love endures forever!” It’s a privilege to serve in ministry with you.  May God’s blessings abound as you choose a life of gratitude.

Through Christ,

Pastor Doug

Update on Town Hall Meetings/ Master Plan

Nearly 150 people have attended Town Hall meetings in June and July to hear about the exciting report of the Building Committee. The group, chaired by Paul Lisi, has worked for nearly two years to formulate Phase 1 of the Master Plan. We are thankful for their creative vision which respects the integrity of our historical building while opening fresh spaces to welcome all in Christ’s name. The Master Plan is the long-range view that aligns our physical space so that we can fulfill our mission:  to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The Ohio River Valley District has enthusiastically endorsed this plan and given Hyde Park Community United Methodist permission to hold a Church Conference in September.  Each member has voice and vote.   

Next steps for moving forward:

Continue to pray for God to guide us as we seek to be faithful servants of Christ

August 26, 12:15 p.m. Final Town Hall Meeting prior to Church Conference.  All are welcome to come to the Little Theater to hear this exciting presentation.

September 16 Church Conference to vote on moving forward with a capital campaign for Phase 1 of the Master Plan.

First Quarter 2019  Capital Campaign begins (pending affirmation on September 16, 2018)

May God continue to fill us with vision, courage, and great joy as we seek to continue to faithfully serve our community with excellence, welcoming all in Christ’s name.

Peace,

Pastor Cathy Johns

Johns Island Mission Trip

“The passing over the coming back is the greatest spiritual adventure of our time.” John S. Dunne

A small, but mighty team left their Homeland to pass over to the wonderland of Johns Island, South Carolina in the middle of June. They were commissioned to serve alongside Rural Mission as they continued Kingdom work in the Sea Islands. While many people visit this area for vacation, there is a rich history with a diverse group of people. With the boom in the economy due to tourism, many are unable to keep up with the rise of prices of living costs and find themselves in need of assistance. Rural Mission has been active in the community since the 1960’s providing support and relief to their island neighbors.

The team was able to not only serve in the community, but support Rural Mission as well with a variety of work projects. One group helped with laying flooring and finishing up drywall for dorms on the grounds in order for more people to visit Rural Mission and serve. Other projects included installing a handrail outside a home so the neighbor can go up and down the stairs himself rather than being carried; building benches, and doing finishing touches on a roof for homeowners of the Johns Island community.

Work was only part of the trip. The team also spent plenty of time getting to know each other through team building activities and games. This very shy group transformed by the end of the week and laughter and conversation could be heard regularly. The teaching focus for the week was on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount as a way to deepen their relationship and understanding of God. The group reflected on the Kingdom of God in their work, study, and play in the Wonderland.

The team came back to their Newfoundland in Cincinnati ready to continue with the momentum they had in building their relationship with God, each other, and serving in their community.

Peace,

Pastor Kate

Bishop Palmer Invites you into Conversation

In May of this year, the Council of Bishops voted on a recommendation from the Commission on the Way Forward re: United Methodism and human sexuality.  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: umnews.org/en/news/bishops-propose-pl).

In an effort to communicate the decision/recommendation of the Council of Bishops to the West Ohio Conference, Bishop Palmer is going to travel across the Conference holding a series of gatherings, “I Believe in the Church”.  There will be two events in our District, Groesbeck UMC on September 5th; and Milford First UMC on September 25th. You are welcome to attend any event in the Conference, but participants are asked to register. To register, please go to the Conference website: westohioumc.org. At the top of the page there is a banner that scrolls various events. Click on the left or right arrow on the banner until you get to the “I Believe in the Church” and click. This will take you to the list of venues, click on the venue you wish to attend and follow the instructions.

This is your opportunity to hear from our Bishop, and the Bishop’s opportunity to hear from you.  There will be a lot of information from numerous sources leading up to the special session of General Conference, some reliable and some that are not.  Join your pastors at one of the evenings Bishop Palmer is in our District, and hear directly from one who was instrumental in the workings of both the Commission on the Way Forward and the workings of the Council of Bishops.

It is a privilege to serve in ministry with you; my door is always open for discussion.  Join your Pastors in prayer as we seek to be faithful to God’s calling, as a denomination, as a local church and as individual members of the body of Christ.  May God’s blessings abound as we place ourselves at the center of God’s will!

Through Christ,

Pastor Doug

The Psalms: How to Handle my Anger

Anger is a normal feeling. We all get angry at times. And everyone deals with anger a little differently. A simple definition is, “the strong human emotion that you feel when you think that someone (a person, a group, an organization or institution) has behaved in an unfair, cruel, or unacceptable way towards you or others. In many cases we feel we have been hurt by others words, actions or both. Anger is our response to this hurt. There is emotional, spiritual and physical consequences to our anger, if not handled properly.

Anger has been around from the beginning of time. However, it seems to me there is so much more anger today! Family anger! Workplace anger! Road rage anger! Social media anger! Racial anger! Political anger! Sad to say at times, there is even anger in the institutional church!

How can we get a handle on it?

I honestly confess, there are times I have been angry at someone or something that deeply concerns me. I usually do fairly well with channeling my anger. Other times it is “not pretty at all” and I need to seek forgiveness. We’ve all been there at one time or another. You may even be there right now.

I wonder what God thinks about all this uncontrolled anger and angst in our world today? Are we part of the problem or part of the solution to this problem? There is plenty of scripture that encourages us to deal with our anger. And as Christians, just maybe, we can find healthier ways to process our anger.

“Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret, it leads only to evil.” Psalm 37: 8

Please join me in worship this week as I will be speaking to and preaching on this topic. It’s my hope you will take with you a better understanding of anger and “how better to handle it.”

Blessings,

Pastor Dave Weaver