Upcoming & News


  • Project Manna food pantry -- we are now a choice food pantry! We distribute the 2nd and 4th Fridays, monthly (Jan-Nov), at Epworth Center's first cabin, 9:00 am - 11:00 am. We've added 3rd Tuesdays from 5-6 pm as well! If Union Local schools are on a two-hour delay or closed, we will NOT open the pantry. Contact us for other arrangements if that would happen. Open to all Union Local School District residents. Late applications will not be accepted. 
  • Ongoing—Mid-Ohio Foodbank Mobile Market: 1st & 3rd Thursdays at Bethesda Christian Church, 9:00 am
  • Ongoing - Real Life Community of Faith, a United Methodist congregation, meets for worship, Sundays 10:00 am
  • Ongoing - Host Wednesdays at noon - Belmont, Bethesda, Morristown Rotary meeting

Announcement 04.25.16

The Hinton Rural Life Center has requested that Bishop John Hopkins appoint Rev. Dawn Livingston to be the Director of Program Ministries at this United Methodist Retreat Community in Hayesville, North Carolina.  Bishop Hopkins has consented to do so, effective August 15, 2016.  We invite your prayers for Dawn, her husband Craig, and the Epworth Center.

We appreciate Rev. Dawn Livingston’s years of service at Epworth Center, where she has been Executive Director for the past three years and has served on staff in other capacities since 2003. 

Rev. Gail Angel, as Southern Hills District Superintendent, will lead the search process for the next Director of Epworth Center as she works closely with the Epworth Center Board.  Please contact the District Office at 740-255-5691 (shillsdistrict(at)gmail.com) with any questions about this position to be filled.

Bridges Out of Poverty News

UPCOMING TRAINING: Monday, April 18 & Tuesday, April 19 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at the Walton Home, Barnesville (see below for registration form and flyer)

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



Now available -- register online!! 

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. 

SOWER theme contest!

***** And the winner is in! Thanks to Jeff Nowak for his inspired idea! *****

We can't believe it... next year, 2016, the SOWER Work Mission will celebrate 20 years!!! And we need YOUR help!  

We're looking for a theme and logo for our 20th anniversary... Now until April 1, you can email your drawing or graphic to epworthcenter(at)sbcglobal.net or send it to us on facebook.com/sower.mission.  Get creative and help us make next year a great celebration!  

If your idea is chosen and you are part of a 2015 SOWER Work group, your group will receive 5 free 2015 tshirts (that's worth $75) and you'll receive a $20.00 Amazon gift card.  If you aren't part of a 2015 SOWER Work group, that's okay... you'll receive a $40.00 Amazon gift card and one free 2015 SOWER tshirt.  

A few final details... artwork, ideas, graphics that are chosen will be used on Epworth Center's website, facebook, print materials, etc... Epworth will have the "rights" to use, but you (and your SOWER group, if applicable) will receive mention.  If you submit something to us, you will receive confirmation of receipt within 2 business days. If you don't receive confirmation - let us know! We love technology, but sometimes it doesn't love us. 

Have fun and good luck!

SOWER Celebration Dinner

Join us on Saturday, October 24 at 5:00 pm and celebrate with us for the wonderful 19th season of the SOWER Work Mission!

Exciting Project Manna News!

Families served through Project Manna continue to grow, and because of the increase we are converting cabin #1 to make a larger space for Project Manna.  This will equip us to also become a choice food pantry, which will not only help with the overall feel of Project Manna by providing our neighbors with a voice/choice, but also help us be better stewards of our resources. 

We’re repurposing the lumber from the bunk beds in the cabin, and we’ve had servant volunteer labor from local church youth groups (Calvary Presbyterian VBS, East Richland Evangelical Friends youth), and our SOWER work mission teams. We’ve also been working on securing grant funding, and have had donations through the East Ohio United Methodist Foundation and District Rotary grant through BBM Rotary.  We've also received a donation of two grocery carts and a bakery rack from Riesbecks.

We are hoping to be moved into our “new” pantry by the end of summer.  You’re invited to come and take a look – just contact us in advance to make arrangements.

We appreciate your prayers and support.  We have seen a larger number of retired folks who are utilizing the food pantry.  Just a few years ago, we assisted about 15-20 households a month. Our numbers are now running 45-50 per month, and we expect to see even more growth.


Visit our Facebook page (SOWER Mission) to see photos of the cabin renovation in progress!