Upcoming & News


  • Project Manna Christmas sign-ups: Friday, Oct 24 from 9:30-11:30 am at the Bethesda UMC (during pantry hours); Wednesday, Oct 29 from 9:00-noon at Epworth Center; Wednesday, Nov 5 from 9:00-noon and 4-6pm at Epworth Center; Flushing area- Thursday, Oct 30 & Nov 6th from 9-noon at Flushing Alliance Church. Open to all Union Local School District residents. Late applications will not be accepted. 
  • Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week - November 17-24, 2014 (see below)
  • Ongoing - Project Manna distribution: 2nd & 4th Fridays at Bethesda UMC, 9:30-11:30am (pantry is closed from 4th Friday in November through end of December; reopens in January)
  • 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

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, October 18.  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 October 18th 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:  

8:00 registration and breakfast goodies

8:30 Training

12:30 lunch

1:15 - 2:30 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 2:30 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


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. 

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! 

Please share this with your friends!

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! 



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 17 - 24, 2014 and we will accept shoeboxes Monday thru Saturday daily from 8:30 - 10:30 am, and also on Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 pm.  We will also collect on Sunday, November 23 from noon - 2:00 pm and Monday, November 24 from 9:30-10:30 am. 

A shoebox gift can teach a child about God's love and spread His Word into communities. Last year our area of nine counties along the Ohio River collected over 5,000 shoeboxes, contributing to the nationwide collection of 7.5 million gifts! Need more info about OCC? Visit them online at http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/



Project Manna Schedule

Because of our Christmas distribution, we close the regular pantry in November and reopen in January.  The pantry will be open the 2nd Friday of November, but not the 4th.  We will reopen the pantry in January.  Project Manna currently distributes the 2nd and 4th Fridays, monthly, from 9:30a - 11:30a from the Bethesda UMC.  Beginning in January 2015, we will open the pantry from 9:30a - 11:00a (please note closing time change).

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.