Gymnasium Update

The Good News:

The work in the gymnasium is on-going, but, as you’ve probably seen, the plastic and plywood have been removed and we are able to use the gym again even though there’s more to be done.  Here’s an update.

  • The ceiling work has been completed. The new materials sprayed to cover all of the exposed ceiling/roof structure provide our gym with improved thermal and acoustical (noise reduction) properties.
  • New L.E.D. lighting fixtures have been installed which give us “instant-on” lighting, better and brighter lighting coverage and also include dimming capability. Also, defective wiring issues have been corrected and the breaker panel in the gym brought up to code.
    This will give us some flexibility as we grow in the future, 
  • 6 new sound-system speakers will be installed within the next week or 2. We are waiting on the delivery of the mounting hardware which is expected by Tuesday (11/26/19).
  • HVAC work continues.  The old air exchange hardware has been removed and new heating units being fabricated by Trane Corporation are due to ship in the next 10-12
    days. Installation will begin upon arrival. The new air conditioners are pretty much ready to be placed, but are waiting for final determination of the location of roof mounted equipment.  This is to ensure the AC equipment location does not impact/interfere with a potential new kitchen design (see next item).
  • The church and UMC Food are exploring the feasibility of updating and creating a more efficient configuration for the kitchen next to the gym.  A meeting has been held with a kitchen architect who has worked with UMC Food on other similar projects. Currently we are waiting for completion of drawings for our review.

The not-so-good news:

2 weeks ago, the water being used in the spraying of the new ceiling material did not get completely shut off at the end of the work day and the issue was not discovered until the next morning.  This resulted in a significant amount of water accumulating on the gym floor and leaking down into some areas on the level below the gym. Water damage remediation immediately commenced upon discovery of the issue and the drying out continues today.  The lower level damage is primarily in the parlor kitchen, a hall closet and some in Rev. Lee’s office. The gym floor has obviously been affected, but determination of what will be needed to get back to pre-flooding condition can not be done until the drying out process is completed.  Work continues to try and speed up this process as much as possible. During this time, all of the affected areas are still useable with, perhaps, some small limitations in the gym. Unfortunately, once the gym floor remedies start, the gym will again be off limits for probably a minimum of 2-3 weeks.  Due to the many upcoming activities scheduled in the gym, we do not anticipate this work starting until sometime in the first quarter of 2020.


If you have any questions, feel free to ask Trustee Co-Chair Roger Lindle or email him at rlindle21@gmail.com


Cincinnati’s Longest Ice Cream Sundae Building and Eating Party

Wrap up summer by helping to construct an ice cream sundae that’s 1.5 blocks long!

Come on Saturday, August 10 at 5:30 pm to enjoy more than 700 feet of ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, cherries and sprinkles that has been a year in the planning!  The ice cream build is set to begin right at 5:45 pm.  

Fifth grader Jack Crego won Westwood United Methodist Church’s challenge to create a way to help members of the local community to meet each other and develop relationships.

The event is being funded by a mini grant inspired by the Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church’s #SeeAllThePeople project, with other contributions from Kroger and Home Depot.

Construction supplies will be donated to Habitat for Humanity after the event.

You can help make Jack’s delicious dream a reality! Bring your family, friends and camera to make lasting memories and meet new friends.

The ice cream event and sampling is free and open to the public.

Clean-up and tear-down volunteers also welcome.  For more volunteer information, contact sarah@westwoodunitedmethodist.org

The event is being held during Westwood Second Saturday Splash block party, and we will build the ice cream sundae at 3460 Epworth Ave.  


Hunger Walk and Pancake Breakfast

Spend your Memorial Day with us and walk, run, skip, or stroll around the Ohio River!Now is the time to lace up your shoes and hit the pavement for a tremendous cause! Join us on Monday, May 27th for the 16th Annual Hunger Walk and 5K Run! This year’s race starts bright and early at 9AM. Sign up at http://cincinnatihungerwalk.org/2019/ to join the “My Neighbor’s Place Food Pantry Team” and select “My Neighbor’s Place Food Pantry”
Troop 107 is sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday May 26 from 10:00 a.m. – noon in the Westwood UMC gym. All the donations will benefit the My Neighbor’s Place Food Pantry Hunger Walk Team!

Employment, Uncategorized

Student Ministry Team Leader Ministry Opportunity

Student Ministry Team Leader, salaried

Westwood United Methodist Church

3460 Epworth Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211


Church Size: 450, urban-suburban, west side

Full-Time, benefits (vacation, pension, continuing education, medical), some moving expense provided if needed

Salary range: $43,000-49,000 based upon experience

Education: college graduate, preferred in a related field of ministry


The primary purpose of this position is to provide, along with a team of adults and youth, programming and relational ministry to youth and young adults. The aim is to reach current and future students of diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds through the creation and implementation of a system of clubs, recreation, small groups, fun, faith, mentoring, and work in the vision of Westwood United Methodist Church.

SUPERVISION: The Student Ministry Team Leader will report to the Senior Pastor.


  1. Gospel focused in a Wesleyan theological understanding
  2. Transformation, not stagnation of individuals and ministry
  3. Team approach to ministry through scouting, training, vision casting and release
  4. Able to work with support staff
  5. Familiar with use of social media and growing use of other media
  6. Pursuit of excellence
  7. Responsibility for church growth and support of the church vision
  8. Continued enhancement of skills and knowledge


Team building: Build teams, view them as essential, and work with adults and youth weekly in order to champion their leadership skills and vision for working with youth from 7th grade to post high school. Will grow and welcome new students and families through this ministry to the life of the church.

Leadership: Create a system which will develop team leaders who will then recruit others to assist them to grow the ministry with, for and to students and their families.

Communication: Provide systematic communication with families, students, staff (paid and unpaid). Develop relationships with the Church, schools, and the community which convey the vision and substance of our student ministry.

Teaching: Create age-appropriate settings to worship, teach and experience the Gospel’s breath, measured by students who are able to communicate with others and live as disciples of Jesus Christ within the church and their culture. Help students understand how to have a relationship with Christ in the present and in the future.

To create a safe, friendly, welcoming environment for all, they often do special events to pray the sick and the ones in need, many personas with different conditions come to feel better and with more faith. In this website you’ll see more about mental disease and how to manage it with the love of your family, faith and positiveness https://homecareassistance.com/blog/the-real-truth-about-alzheimers-disease.

Exhibit excellent conflict management skills and discipline.

Work with the paid and unpaid staff of Westwood United Methodist in a professional and supportive manner indicative of the role of a senior staff member.

Additional assignments as designated by the Senior Pastor.


▪  Character:

Take criticism and offer ideas with grace
Be flexible, and willing to help out as needed

Actively engaged in becoming more like Christ

▪  Work Ethic: Show an urgency to reach multiple groups of youth and young adults through the flexibility of the Gospel using strategic plans, teams, and scheduling, as reported to the Senior Pastor.

▪  Education: Continue growing in personal and work goals as agreed upon by Senior Pastor.

▪  Life: Demonstrate a deep relationship with Jesus, a balanced life and work ethic.


▪ Sincere call to reach current and future students of all ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds with creative methods and faith.

▪ Ability to lead and build teams of paid and unpaid adults and youth for this objective.
▪ Ability to create, implement, and oversee programs, activities, and events to help

teens and young adults grow in faith, learn more about worship, and become more

involved in the church and the community as Christian disciples.
▪ Excellent communication skills and technology savvy: i.e. computer skills, use of church data system, web and other communication methods as well as verbal.

▪ State a commitment to the doctrine and vision of the United Methodist Church


Provide personal introduction and discuss your call to student ministry.

Provide resume with experience, education

Provide contact information for 3 work references (must accompany application)

Provide past two years of continuing education: conference attendance, books, podcasts subscribe too, etc. that were beneficial to you in your work.

To apply: Send the above to apply@westwoodunitedmethodist.org