“Radical hospitality” requires intentional invitation and welcome. It goes beyond greeters at the door and handshakes during worship to welcome every person as an honored guest. Certainly, being a “friendly” church is good. But being in ministry in a confused and hurting world calls for “radical hospitality,” which breathes our
What is the most important thing to you about Oberlin United Methodist Church?” What does it mean for churches to be like a family? Families are, by their very nature, concerned primarily about the individual family members and their unity as a family. People usually mean intimacy, affirmation, and stability.
All present-day fathers should thank a United Methodist for the creation of Father's Day. The reason is straightforward: the origin of the day can be traced back to two United Methodist churches bearing the same name. The celebration's religious history is mired in tragedy, an event serving as a kind
During the Easter season, many United Methodists sing, “Every day to us is Easter, with its resurrection song.” These words open the last verse of “Easter People Raise Your Voices” (United Methodist Hymnal #304) penned by United Methodist pastor the Rev. William M. James. The hymn reminds us that we
Dearest Family, Extended Family, Members and Constituents of Oberlin United Methodist Church: May these words of a borrowed prayer written Rev. Magrey deVega, Senior Pastor, of Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Tampa Florida, be a blessing to you, not only on Valentine’s Day, throughout 2019: Eternal God of Love
Education is a core value of The United Methodist Church that dates back to the earliest days of the Methodist movement in 18th-century England. Founder John Wesley believed education was the key to a fuller, richer life. “Knowledge, for him, was not so much a purely intellectual attribute but rather
Hospitality is defined as the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers. Synonyms include: friendliness, hospitableness, warm reception, welcome, helpfulness, neighborliness, warmth, kindness, congeniality, geniality, cordiality, courtesy, and amenability. How does our congregation live into the words of Matthew 25:35, 40: “...I was a stranger