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Metro Ministries of the West Ohio Conference


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Volume 1, Issue 2 May 2009

Do you have a United Methodist Ministry project that contributes directly to the mission and ministry of making disciples of Jesus Christ? Does it focus on developing and strengthening the racial ethnic local church for witness and mission? Is it related to one or more or the essential services provided by the General Board of Discipleship’s ministry areas? You might want to check out the Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns funding application available through General Board of Discipleship. A complete description of the requirements and criteria

are listed in their application booklet. You can download a PDF version of the application on the General Board of Discipleship webpage. Just go to their home page and type in the search box “Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns” and it will direct you to the information. If you have any questions or are interested in pursuing and need assistance in filling out the application, contact Gwen Roberts at the West Ohio Conference Center or call 1-800-437-0028. She will be glad to help.

Community and Church Partnership It looked like communion: the movement forward, the hush, the uneasy anticipation of not knowing where the Spirit may be moving. The communion rail was open and expecting, stretched out and waiting were two rows of egg cartons. Each partaker of this strange communion took a sunflower seed from an usher and moved forward to gently push the seed into the dirt. Some moved quickly like a passing storm cloud. Others moved softer, slower, like a long sunny day. Children moved like bubbling brooks. Pastor Karen Shepler made sure the seeds were spaced and measured like prayer beads slipping through fingers. She

carefully closed each carton lid as they filled with the seeds that would sprout hope in church and community. The worshipers at The Monroe St. United Methodist Church in Toledo were gathered to celebrate Native American Awareness Day in combination with Earth Day. They were celebrating creation and people in a ceremonial ritual of seed planting as a renewal of both earthly and spiritual growth. Worshipers and the community had been invited after the morning service to a plant give away and a workshop on container gardening provided by two of Monroe Street's master gardeners, Mark Stewart and Bea Maugeri. "Mary, Mary, quite contrary/How does your garden grow?" Monroe Street answers that gardening question with a twist and a focus on worship, prayer, and the fellowship of community. Out of the disciplines of worship, prayer, and community come the garden flowers and vegetable plants that will


Special points of interest: • RELC Funding Application • Disciple Making Churches Grant Timeline • Calendar of Events

Inside this issue:

Community and Church Partnership


2009 Youth Harambee


Grace Korean UMC Partnership for Campus Ministries


Partnership with Habitat for Humanities


Disciple Making Churches Grant Timeline


Calendar of Events


Where is God’s Power


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feed the surrounding neighborhood; however, it isn't about the flowers or the vegetables as much as it is about the people. The Monroe Street church worships shoulder to shoulder with the surrounding community. The worship experience overflows into ministries with outreach to her neighbors. The Bridge Ministry, under the direction of Sandra Avilez, is a ministry that provides food, clothing, and other needs to single men and women and families who come to visit on Wednesdays, whereas the Community Garden is a ministry that is highly visible in the spring and summer seasons. It is a partnership of volunteers from the church, the Bridge Ministry, and other agencies. People gather in the Garden because they want to give something back. They

and produce for the neighborhood. It offers an atmosphere of cooperation, fellowship, and learning opportunities...

come because this is their community. They come as members of a work project. They come as volunteers, as church members, as corporations, and as our neighbors. Dirty hands, sweaty necks, exhaustion, and a feeling of peace are the gifts they take home with them. Every volunteer is a blessing and a driving force in the Garden ministry. The Community Garden does more than provide plants and produce for the neighborhood. It offers an atmosphere of cooperation, fellowship, and learning opportunities as the various partners in ministry bring the greenhouse, the raised beds, and lush green produce to summer's fruition. The vision for the Community Garden began as an angel's flicker in the dreams of Marilyn DuFour and Bea Maugeri of the Monroe Street congregation. The dream opened with four plastic wading pools in which the children grew strawberries, to-

matoes, and cucumbers. The following year a circle of sunflowers was planted and became a shaded play area so the children might learn to dance and play among the flowers. In the third year the addition of raised beds offered a larger variety of plants and produce, as well as a soil balance check-up and the advice of the master gardeners at Toledo Grows. Twenty raised beds were erected and surrounded with wood chips to keep weeds and moisture under control. The wood for the remaining beds was used in the greenhouse to support the new seedlings that would be given away when they had matured to transplanting strength. The youth at Monroe Street were instrumental in assuring that the garden would continue to expand. The vision for the Community Garden continued to grow. It also began to grow partners. The ProMedica System provided the greenhouse so small seedlings would have a chance to become plants which are given away for neighborhood gardens. The young men and women of St Francis and St Ursula High Schools and Braden UMC came to build a fence. The Toledo Campus Ministries, The University Church, Americorp workers, Bridge volunteers, master gardeners from the community and Central UMC helped plant seeds in early spring. The day prior to the plant give-away the garden was filled with volunteers who had come to erect a split rail fence to enclose the garden. Within the confines of the fence the plans for a chicken coop were included. Just before the time for the plant give-away arrived, the volunteers had nearly completed the fence. The post hole digger was lying on its side and quiet for the first (continued on page 6) time in several hours.

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2009 YOUTH HARAMBEE What is Harambee? The word harambee is South African in origin and means “Let’s come together.” Every other year the national office sponsors the National BMCR Youth Harambee. This event’s purpose is to be a celebration of gifts, talents, and willing hearts of ethnic United Methodist youth. These events also focus on helping youth and young adults understand BMCR’s history, purpose, and focus on equipping and supporting Christian youth. Besides great music, praise, drama, dancing, delicious food, prayer and Bible study, youth have opportunities for creative expressions—talent shows, skits, games— mission work, youth-led worship services and activities, and much more. Youth learn leadership qualities that help them become better students and better Christians in a fun, no-pressure, relaxing way.

We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you. All of this is for your benefit. And as god’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving and God will receive more and more glory. 2 Corinthians 4:14-15 (New Living Translation)

Partnerships and shared ministry enable the individual to live into the command to love neighbor as self by establishing con-

“God's Grace in MySpace” July 16-19, 2009

structive, transfor-

Grace Korean UMC in Partnership for Campus Ministry The campus ministry was developed by Grace Korean United Methodist Church to feed students every Tuesday between the hours of 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This ministry has been going on since the first Tuesday of January 2007. The women’s group gets together at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday morning to pray for the ministry as well as prepare the meals. The ministry began with a fellowship of about forty, to its current communion of

mative, and renewing relationship beyond selfselected Acquaintances.

more than a hundred. Every week we prepare food for about 150 students. By doing this, they can experience God’s love, connectedness to the church, as well as form new bonds with students who do not currently attend church or know God. We are thankful and blessed to have had three new Asian students (one Japanese and two Chinese) who were baptized directly as a result of the campus feeding ministry. We pray we can continue this special ministry that is so vital in spreading God’s love and word to the Asian ministry.

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Partnership with Habitat for Humanity

”We may have to put our building on hold,” says Berry, “but that not going to stop us from reaching out to the community and building for others.”

God has been blessing Medway UM Church the past five years. The congregation has grown from 70 to over 300. “We knew we had outgrown our space two years ago,” stated Mike Berry, the church’s pastor. The church searched for over a year for land to build on. In February 2008, God finally produced 17 acres on a major road not far from the original church site. Even better, the new land was a drive in movie theater. Medway held three successful events at the new site—free family movies. Over 1,300 people attended the last event alone. The goal was to break ground on a new facility this summer 2009, but with the downturn in the economy, building was put on hold. “We may have to put our building on hold,” says Berry, “but that not going to stop us from reaching out to the community and building for others.” A recent ground “blessing” took place on Saturday, March 7 in Springfield, Ohio, as twelve Clark County churches will help Bernita Bush build a Habitat for Humanity home for herself and her two sons. This house will be the 40th built in Clark County, but this is the first “Apostles Build” project which is based on the way Jesus’ apostles served: going out into the community to serve others. The actual build began Sat-

urday, March 14th and will continue for at least twelve weeks. Medway will send over 20 servants to do their part of the build. These churches are raising $60,000 to purchase the necessary materials for building and providing the labor as well. Not only will they be providing a home for someone in need, but also laying the foundation of a stronger faith, extending bridges between denominations and strengthening the sense of community in their congregations. Habitat for Humanity (HFH) is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that was organized in 1976 to build houses as a witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has become a familiar name throughout the United States and in many other countries around the world. HFH is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payment, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, into building the HFH house and the houses of others. The house is sold to the family via a no-interest mortgage. The price is determined by the cost of materials, in-kind donations, and administrative costs. The monthly payments go towards the construction of more homes.

Churches participating the first Clark County Apostle Build are:


Asbury United Methodist Enon United Methodist Medway United Methodist New Moorefield United Methodist High Street United Methodist Christ Episcopal Covenant Presbyterian Maiden Lane Church of God Middle Urbana Missionary Baptist Northminster Presbyterian Risen Christ Lutheran St. Joseph’s/St Raphael’s Catholic

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Disciple Making Church Grant Timeline March 31, 2009 April 2, 2009 April 20, 2009 April 21, 2009 May 12, 2009

To qualify for grant application, a representative from each church or group must attend one of the pre-application work shops. The party writing the grant is strongly encouraged to attend.

May 29, 2009

Grant applications must be received by Gwen Roberts in the West Ohio Conference Office.

June 17, 2009

Copies are forwarded from the Conference Office to District Superintendents and DMC Review Panels. Districts are responsible to review all applications submitted from churches within their district.

July 31, 2009

District recommendations must be prioritized by rank [1st 2nd 3rd] and received by Gwen Roberts in the West Ohio Conference Office. Conference will forward electronically the district prioritized recommendations to Disciple Making Churches Review Panels.

Sept. 24, 2009

Review Panels submit their recommendations to the Disciple Making Churches Team for final decisions.

Oct. 2, 2009

Notification letters will be sent to grant recipients with copies sent to district superintendents.

Questions should be directed to Gwen Roberts at (800) 437-0028 or

Disciple Making Churches Grant Training Session

What can be found at •

Grant Process Timeline

Congregational Effectiveness Assessment

DMC Revitalization Appointment Certification

Grants awarded in 2009

Grants Awarded in 2008

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary/How does your garden grow? The Monroe Street church knows exactly how its garden grows. It sprouts from the hope of the gospel, from the seeding of the earth, from her people, and from the sweat and dirt mixed with the laughter and soft grunts of exhaustion. The wind blows and we hear that Gardener's voice, "Well done thou good and faithful servant[s]."

Calendar of Events July 2009:


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2009 HARAMBEE “God’s Grace in My Space” An Unconventional Youth Conference — July 16-19 Philander Smith College, Little Rock , Arkansas School of Congregational Development—July 29-Aug. 2 Chicago Orrington Hotel, Evanston, Illinois


Connecting to the Community — September 6-13 Mark the Dates on your Calendar

WHERE IS GOD’S POWER? A city full of churches Great preachers, lettered women & men, Grand music, choirs and organs; If these all fail, what then? Good workers, eager, earnest, Who Labor hour by hour; But where, oh where, my brother, Is God’s Almighty Power?

It is the Holy Spirit, That quickeneth the soul. God will not take man-worship, Nor bow to man’s control. No human innovation, No skill, or worldly art, Can give a true repentance, Or break the sinner’s heart.

Refinement: education! They want the very best, Their plans and schemes are perfect, They give themselves no rest; They get the best of talent, They try their uttermost, But what they need, my brother, Is God the Holy Ghost!

May we have human wisdom, Grand singing, great success; They may be fine equipment, But these things do not bless. God wants a pure, clean vessel, Anointed lips and true, A man filled with the Spirit, To speak His message through.

We may spend time and money And preach from wisdom’s lore, But education only Will keep God’s people poor. God wants not worldly wisdom, He seeks no smiles to win; But what is needed, brother, Is that we deal with sin!

Great God, revive us truly! And keep us every day; That men may all acknowledge, We live must as we pray. The Lord’s hand is not shortened, He still delights to bless, If we depart from evil And all our sins confess. — Samuel Stevenson

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