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Monthly Prayer Walk Scheduled for December 12th

Please join us on Thursday, December 12th, at 10:00 a.m. at My Neighbor’s Place to pray for our surrounding neighborhood.  We will be walking and/or driving around praying for businesses, churches, residents and current issues/concerns.

Join us for this inspirational and powerful time of prayer. We have seen exciting answers to our prayers!  If any questions, contact Beth Strawhun at 

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UMW December Meeting

Join us on Thursday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. for brunch and a musical presentation “When Love Was Born” in Epworth Hall.  All UMW members and friends are invited.  Brunch will cost $5.00.  We will also be holding a Pledge Service for our 2020 pledges as well as installing the newly elected Officers for 2020.  Your presence is desired.  

For a brunch reservation, place call Sue Lunsford or the church office at 513.661.3139.  If childcare is needed, please contact Elaine Powers no later than November 29th so we can secure the care providers.  


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


My Neighbor’s Place Christmas Toy Shop & More

This year we are having a free Christmas toy shop on Monday, December 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon, for neighbors to pick out Christmas toys for their children.  We need toys for boys and girls ages  infants to 12.  Sport balls, craft kits, African-American dolls and games are often popular choices.  

We are also in need of warm accessories (gloves/hats/scarves) for boys, girls and men.  You can drop these items during the week at the church office and on Sunday, they can be left in the bin (labeled “My Neighbor’s Place Christmas toys”) in Eckel Hall.


Breakfast in Bethlehem

Breakfast in Bethlehem is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.  This day is filled with lots of fun for all ages.  Contact Leslie Rich at to help.  We have a great list of helpers and some great cooks and crafters.  

We also have our box  out for Secret Santa donations (items kids can purchase for change to give to their parents) so any little items you would like to donate bring to the office, but we need some folks for hospitality, set up and clean up, and we also need wrapping paper.