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

June 2016 -- Please click on the link above for more information about the open position of executive director of the Epworth Center.

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.

SOWER Celebration Dinner

Join us on Saturday, October 1st 5:00 pm and celebrate with us for the wonderful 20th season of the SOWER Work Mission! Mark your calendars NOW -- more info soon!

You can help Project Manna

Do you have an over abundance of cloth shopping bags? Located at the Epworth Center, Project Manna Choice Food Pantry allows our neighbors to choose the food items they know their families will eat, being good stewards of God’s provision. Since the pantry opened we’ve done our best to offer each family two cloth bags they can bring each month in order to carry their items home. We would like to offer you a mission opportunity by collecting cloth shopping bags. We will take any and all cloth shopping bags! If you’re able to help or would like more information please contact us at 740-484-4705 or slbuehl(at)gmail.com.

Bridges Out of Poverty News

We are scheduling trainings for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. Contact us for more information.

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. 

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!