Upcoming & News


  • Ongoing - Project Manna distribution: 2nd & 4th Fridays at Bethesda UMC, 9:30-11:30am (pantry will reopen in January - see below)
  • Ongoing—Mid-Ohio Foodbank Mobile Market: 1st & 3rd Thursdays at Union Local, 9:00 am
  • Ongoing - Real Life Community of Faith, a United Methodist congregation, meets for worship, Sundays 10:45 am
  • Ongoing - Host Wednesdays at noon - Belmont, Bethesda, Morristown Rotary meeting

The Epworth Center is excited about having Summer Lunches and Garden SOXX for our community. 

Both of these are ways to help meet the needs of our neighbors.  More information about both initiatives may be found by clicking on the header above. 

Health Fair, Walk & Bike Giveaway

Saturday, July 12 during Chautauqua Days  

**Fun for everyone**

Footprints in the Park Walk beginning at 9:00 am - all ages are invited to join; free pedometers for participants (while supplies last)

Health Fair from 9:00a - 1:00p
Screenings, information, free stuff! 

Lab screenings by Barnesville Family Health Center from 8-10:30a (call 425-5160 to schedule appointment); counselors available to discuss expanded Medicaid application/Marketplace

Youth/Children activities! -- Around 11:30 am (after the parade) - including a youth bike giveaway!!!! Lots of fun for the whole family!  Join us!


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Bridges Out of Poverty News

06/11/14 - Our next Bridges Out of Poverty session will be on Saturday, October 18th.  Contact us for more info.

04/14 - Sherri and Dawn just returned from Indianapolis and the Bridges Out of Poverty certified trainer session.  What an amazing time of learning and reflecting how God is at work through this initiative.  

We are planning to host a Bridges Out of Poverty session at the Epworth Center on Saturday, May 24.  We would like to invite interested parties to join us for this training or contact us with interest in hosting a training of your own. If  you plan to attend the May 24th training we need to know in advance who will be attending.  There is a $10.00 per person cost for the training materials.


The schedule is as follows:  

8:30 registration and breakfast goodies

9:00 Training

12:30 lunch

1:15 - 3:00 Additional Bridges information -- we are attempting to cover the basic Bridges principles in the morning, but for those who want to learn more, we invite you to stay until 3:00 pm. 


Sherri and Dawn believe that Bridges is important and will help in making a real difference to our local communities. It's not simply some "program," but a way to...

- improve relationships at the individual level

- improve outcomes at the organizational level

- change systems at the community level


Bridges helps...

- prevent poverty

- alleviate suffering

- support people in transition

- eliminate poverty


We will  offer more sessions and further training sessions at a later time, and we are willing to do on-site sessions (one-three hour; half day; full day) - contact us for more information. 


Begin thinking of who in our local communities could benefit from Bridges Out of Poverty - local businesses, churches, organizations, agencies... We are trying to spread the word so we can work towards helping our neighbors in need. 

Bridges Out of Poverty Info Sheet & Registration Form


Ongoing - Painting with a Purpose Fundraiser

**We had so much fun we're scheduling more!  Contact us or visit our facebook page for upcoming dates. 


What is Painting with a Purpose? You can help make a difference by supporting the Epworth Center! oin us for a fun evening of painting and good food (appetizers/desserts) – no painting experience necessary! And did we mention how much FUN it is?!?!?!

$40/person - includes art instruction and you take your painting home! We also have appetizers and desserts. 

Advanced reservations required
*Limited to 12 seats*


Just for kids!! 

(includes art instruction, all supplies and you get to take your painting home!)

We have painting instruction and each child will paint a scene of their color of choice.  Each child MUST have an adult with him/her. We will provide snacks and goodies during the day. Please reserve spots in advance. 


Contact 740.484.4705 to reserve your spot! 

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The Epworth Center is a beacon of light and hope to our neighbors in need through the SOWER Work Mission building repair program, Project Manna food pantry, poverty advocacy/education, partnership with local group homes & much more! 



SOWER Scholarships Available for 2014!

The Epworth Center is excited to announce three scholarships for camper fees for summer 2014. Because of a grant received through the Youth Service Fund of the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, other funding can be designated to help first time work mission participants.  Two scholarships are available for youth, ages 12-17, on their first mission trip through the First-Steps program. One scholarship is available for a full week SOWER participant, ages 12-24, on his/her first mission trip.  Visit our SOWER Forms page for more information or to download the applications. Deadline for application is April 15, 2014. It is our prayer that these scholarships will allow youth / young adults who may not be able to afford the mission trip to be able to have the experience of helping others and faith building. 

Project Manna reopened in January

We decided to reopen the Project Manna food pantry in January 2014, instead of waiting until February.  Because of the hurting economy and difficult circumstances in our area, we recognize the need for the pantry to open earlier. Project Manna distributes the 2nd and 4th Fridays, monthly, from 9:30a - 11:30a from the Bethesda UMC.  Please note: During the winter months, if Belmont County is under a level 1, 2, or 3 emergency, we will NOT open the food pantry. You may contact us to make other arrangements to pick up food items, if needed. Please keep Project Manna in your prayers, as we continue to reach out and make a difference to our Union Local School District. 

SOWER Celebration event recap

What a wonderful time we had! Visit http://epworthcenter.wordpress.com/ for a recap or to see the slideshow presentation.

PAUMCS Fall Workshop *Thanks to all for a great event!

The Ohio Chapter of PAUMCS (Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries) offers an opportunity to enjoy the Fall colors and the true "time away" feel of the Epworth Center as we worship, learn and grow together. Join us on Tuesday, October 8 for this event! This year's Fall Workshop offers two unique opportunities to ALL, paid and volunteer, current or former, United Methodist Church office personnel, to learn techniques to share our spiritual gifts as we minister to those we serve:

Discover Your Gifts & Equip Others - Spiritual Gifts in the Bible (Sherri Buehl, Deaconess, Director of Community Development at Epworth Center)

Tackle the Tough Issues Surrounding Poverty in our Communities (Rev. Ashley Barker Steele, Urban Mission)

**Questions? Registration info?  See the flyer below or visit http://ohiopaumcs.com/ 


Operation Christmas Child Relay Site Announcement

We are excited to announce that we will serve as a relay site for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes again this year!  National Collection Week is     November 18-25, 2013 and we will accept shoeboxes each day from 11a—1p, and also 4-6p on Tuesday and Thursday of that week.  Need more info about OCC? Visit them online at http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/Pack_A_Shoe_Box/