We invite you to take the Choose Your Path 5-Week Challenge: In a nutshell, here it is: Clear your family's calendar for the next 5 Sunday mornings and join us at New Hope Baptist Church at 10:45 AM as Pastor Bill shares his new series The Path of Righteousness.
August 3: "The Bad, Better & Blessed Path"
August 10: "The Directed Path"
August 17: "The Taught Path"
August 24: "The Supported Path"
August 31: "The Right Path"
If you are new to New Hope. we would love to meet you! You can learn all about New Hope Baptist Church by visiting
www.newhopeloveland.com or calling 513-677-5377 to schedule a time to come by and meet us during the week. See you this Sunday at 10:45 AM!
Miami Township, Ohio - The Staff Parish Relations Committee of Epiphany United Methodist announced today that Rev. Dr. Stephen Swisher has been appointed as the next senior pastor at the Miami Township church.
Swisher is currently serving as Senior Pastor at Centerville United Methodist Church. He is a third generation United Methodist leader, known as a dynamic speaker and a pastor to pastors. As a child, he had the opportunity to live abroad as his parents served the United Methodist Church in multiple countries. He spent his high school and college years in New Mexico (NMSU) and then attended United Theological Seminary (UTS) in Dayton, Ohio. He holds advanced degrees including the Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Sacred Humane Letters.
Swisher has served and led churches of all sizes from less than 100 to more than 6,000 members. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at UTS and serves on the Miami Valley District Leadership team.
Swisher and his wife Kellie, who has a career in a Texas based ministry, have been married since 2008 and have a three year old daughter, Emily.
In a message he sent to the Epiphany congregation, he said"
It is a great privilege and a highlight in my ministry journey to join the Epiphany UMC family as your next Senior Pastor. You have a dynamic, giving, open and mission minded focus that I value deeply. And I am thrilled to be in ministry with you as together we discover the next chapter God has for us as a family of faith. Please keep me in prayer especially during the next several weeks of transition as I will each of you.
Your friend and partner in mission and ministry,
Swisher fills the vacancy of Rev. Dr. Doug Damron who recently accepted the appointment as the Senior Pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church of Toledo after serving at Epiphany for nearly 12 years. Swisher will begin work the first weekend of October.
Rev. Dr. Douglas Damron, on June 1st, preaching one of his last sermons as a Loveland area Pastor.
Loveland, strive always to live up to your name sake. We are making
strides but there is still more river to bridge.
-Rev. Dr. Douglas Damron
Rev. Dr. Douglas Damron serving communion on June 1st. He is leaving Epiphany United Methodist in Miami Township after 11-1/2 years. This was his last service in the church which is holding services this Summer at McCormick Elementary School. Damron's last day will be on will be June 22.
Miami Township, Ohio - After eleven and a half-years as Senior Pastor of Epiphany United Methodist Church, Rev. Dr. Douglas Damron is moving. He has accepted the appointment as the Senior Pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church serving the city of Toledo, and surrounding communities. Epworth United Methodist Church located in the Village of Ottawa is the largest church in the Maumee Watershed District of the United Methodist Church's West Ohio Conference.
Damron was born and raised in Amherst, Ohio between Sandusky and Cleveland.
He began his ministry 17 years ago as the Student Pastor of Marathon United Methodist Church on the eastern border of Clermont County. His first full-time appointment came upon graduation in 1998 from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky when he was appointed as the Associate Pastor of Church of the Saviour United Methodist in Montgomery.
In January 2003, Damron became the second Senior Pastor of Epiphany United Methodist Church in Miami Township. During his tenure he received his Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton.
Over the years Epiphany has grown from a church worshipping just under 300 persons a weekend to a congregation now averaging close to 750 in three weekend services.
The congregation has conducted two capital stewardship campaigns during Damron's tenure to reduce the building debt and most recently to continue debt reduction. Currently the growing church is expanding and renovating the sanctuary, the fellowship space, and office area. Also, the congregation now has a 20/20 Vision that will find the church completely debt free, with 10% of the operating budget, above and beyond the apportionments they pay to the larger United Methodist Church, going to the missions they support locally, nationally, and internationally.
Effective July 1, Damron begins his new appointment. He is married to Kimberly, who Damron said, “Lives out her call as a public school teacher.” The Damrons have two sons; Wesley (14) and Clayton (12) who attended the Loveland schools.
Damron's last Sunday at Epiphany UMC will be June 22. Because of remodeling, the worship services and Sunday School are being held at Milford's McCormick Elementary School, located at 751 Loveland-Miamiville Road. Services are at 9 and 10:30 AM.
One of legacies Damron leaves to the Loveland area is an increasingly, inclusive church, He passes on this message to his Epiphany family:
No matter how large God grows you, remember water is thicker than blood. Continue to live life as family, a spiritual family created before the foundation of the world, a family that cherishes, listens to, treasures the gifts of, and welcomes all of God's children unconditionally. This is what it means to live life as a baptismal family.
Damron said that the Toledo church is well established and stable, "But now looking to embark upon significant systemic changes that will result in moving it from stable to dynamic in terms of growth. Epworth UMC has plans for a multi-million dollar renovation/enhancement of their large facility. They were looking for a pastor who has capital campaign fundraising experience. The history of Epworth United Methodist Church dates back to 1894, when Epworth Methodist Episcopal Church was established.
In announcing his new job, Damron said, "After nearly twelve years serving Epiphany I believe it is time for me to take up a brand new challenge that will stretch and grow me professionally."
I was privileged to partner with our lay leadership to cast vision and raise capital funds for our current project, and now a new pastor with different gifts, fresh perspective, and new energy will work with you to strategize ways to reach more people and create new programming that can now be accommodated in our larger space.
To Loveland community he said, “Strive always to live up to your name sake. Living in Loveland means loving and including all of our neighbors, especially the ones who are different economically, socially, politically, and religiously. We are making strides but there is still more river to bridge.”
A replacement for Damron is expected to be announced in the next few weeks.
Damron said to the church he leaves behind, "Your best days as a faith community lie just beyond the next horizon."
The King of Kings (nicknamed "Big Butter/Touchdown Jesus") was a 62-foot (19 m)-tall statue of Jesus on the east side of Interstate 75 at the Solid Rock Church, a 4000+ member Christian megachurch near Monroe, Ohio. It was destroyed by a lightning strike and subsequent fire on June 15, 2010.
The statue was replaced by one called Lux Mundi (Latin for "Light of the World") and is 15.8 meters (52 ft) tall. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)
This photo was taken on Friday, June 13, 2014 as a full moon rose overhead.
"It's pretty rare for these two events to fall on the same day. The last time it happened was October 13, 2000. The next time will be August 13, 2049," according to Vox.
Found around the Internet, are these nicknames for the new statue:
Agency D3 Agents are trained to answer the most important question, "Who Is Jesus?"
They will use evidence to follow eyewitness reports, physical proof and biblical accounts to collect and log evidence about the Son of God.
Open to all kids going into grades 1 - 6 this fall, Agency D3: Discover, Decide, Defend is the theme to our Summer 2014 Wednesday night program at New Hope. The verse we will investigate is 1 Peter 3:15 ("But honor the Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.")
Throughout the summer we will tackle questions such as:
"Is Jesus Really God's Son?"
"Was Jesus More Than Just a Good Man?"
"Was Jesus' Death Real?"
"Is Jesus Alive?"
"What Do I Do with the Evidence About Jesus?"
BIBLE STUDIES AND ACTIVITIES PROVIDED FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY (ADULTS, TEENS, KIDS PRESCHOOLERS) AT NEW HOPE EVERY WEDNESDAY @ 7:00 PM.
We recognize that we are all on a journey. At New Hope we strive to journey together to the heart of God. We invite you to take this journey with us as we meet together and develop relationships in the fellowship of Christ. At New Hope we teach the Bible in a changing world with God's answers. The reason we exist is to share the love of Jesus Christ with a hurting world, and we really do want to make the difference for Him as we reach out with His love.
. ... all those who believed were of one heart and soul. (Acts 4:32)
Homemade Ice Cream and homemade food from 3 until 7 PM
Chuck and Chas Shebor dish it out at a past Ice Cream Social
The Little Miami Women’s Chorale will perform at 4:30 PM at the historic Bethel Murdoch Presbyterian Church during the kick-off of their annual Ice Cream Social.
Ten different flavors of homemade ice cream, plus barbeque sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, chips, drink and dessert.
In 1814 the Bethel congregation was founded by twelve pioneer settlers to Warren County. The location of their first meetings was in a maple grove near the site of the present Murdoch Cemetery, where many of the church’s early members were laid to rest.
The St Columban Festival 2014 in Loveland Ohio, is a golden opportunity for our entire community to come together to have a ton of fun and raise money to support the parish.
This year the Festival Committee will be making changes to the entertainment line-up with new bands.
Friday night they have a new band called My Sister Sarah.
Saturday the Rusty Griswalds will be back.
Sunday will feature Ben Alexander.
There will also be new rides, and the layout of the grounds will change to include a more booths and rides.
Performing on Stage Friday, 7-11pm
My Sister Sarah performs live at many of the Cincinnati tri-state area's prominent nightspots and also at occasional college parties, weddings, corporate events and benefits. They have played the legendary "Round House" in Put-in-Bay, and also have had the honor of being asked to perform at "Opening Day" in 2011 for their hometown team the Cincinnati Reds.
The Rusty Griswolds are an 80's cover band. They specialize in 80 hits, but not just the ones from the giant acts, but some of the one hit wonders that folks almost forgot about over the years. They have 6 pieces with a variety of musical instrument line-ups. Their music and vocals are tight. They also have great banter with the audience.
No what your age, they seemed to keep all ages entertained and the dance floor packed. So, if your into Journey, REO Speedwagon or even the lesser known bands like Nena, then get out your parachute pants and your mousse and get your dance on. You can visit the band's website at rustyg.com.
For more information on the Band go to www.therustygriswolds.com/ where you will find page with samples of their music, band members, shows and photos.
Performing on Stage Sunday (Time TBA)
Waiting on Ben is Cincinnati’s quintessential “flex-rock” band. Ben has played over 800 shows, released five independent cds, created a growing local following, Named after frontman, Ben Alexander’s “alarm clock malfunction” before a gig one evening, this revolving cast of players is as diverse in its lineup as it is in its style. Actually, the ONLY consistent elements are: Ben Alexander, a microphone, and six guitar strings.
Ben Alexander’s musical style has been compared to that of other acoustic-electric based singer/songwriters such as John Mayer, James Taylor, Dave Matthews, and Jason Mraz.
For more information on the Band go to www.waitingonben.com where you will find page with samples of their music, band members, shows and photos.
On Stage Sunday 5PM The Magic of Tom Bemmes
Tom Bemmes is one of Cincinnati’s finest magicians. He has been doing close-up, parlor and stage magic for over 40 years.
Tom does over 200 shows annually, including: company events, social gatherings, children/family/adult parties. He has performed at many restaurants, country clubs, libraries and festivals. Tom is The Great Wolf Lodge & Champion Window Magician! He has appeared on several television programs, worked with Nabisco on their nationwide promotion “Unlock the Magic of Oreo Cookies”, was the opening act for the legendary Leon Redbone and entertained at the National Governor’s Convention. Tom is a talented entertainer!
Here is a listing of some of thedelicious offerings . The Chicken Dinner is prepared from the original recipe passed on since 1935
St.Columban Food Booth Corn on the Cob $2.00 French Fries $2.00 Hot Dog $2.00 Brat / Met $3.00 Corn Dog $2.00 Chicken Nuggets (6) $3.00 Hamburger $3.00 Cheeseburger $3.50 Goetta Burger $4.00 Italian Sausage w/ Peppers & Onions $4.00 Montgomery Inn BBQ Sandwich $4.00 Fish Sandwich $4.00 Fish Dinner (Fries, Cole Slaw, Roll) $8.00 Famous St. Columban Chicken Dinner $10.00 (Half Chicken, Fries, Cole Slaw, Roll) Fresh pizza from LaRosa's
Major construction and remodeling is underway at Epiphany United Methodist Church. The worship area is being expanded and this addition will be new office space.
Begining on June 8th through August
Miami Township, Oh. - This summer, Epiphany United Methodist Church will be worshipping at McCormick Elementary School, located at 751 Loveland-Miamiville Road.
Epiphany is currently undergoing reconstruction of their sanctuary and building a new office.
Their worship services and Sunday School will be at the elementary school the months of June Through August.
There will not be the usual Saturday service during the summer and the Sunday worship times are 9 AM and 10:30 AM. There will be Sunday School for children in grades 1 - 6 as well as Nursery care during both services.
Epiphany's offices will remain open at the church on 6635 Loveland-Miamiville Rd.
If you have any questions, contact the church office at 513-677-9866 or Email.
Jeffries is a Cincinnati native, locally educated, employed and retired from the corporate world. His interest in photography began in high school with a Kodak Instamatic camera. His camera collection progressed to a “real camera” (a 35mm Olympus rangefinder) after college graduation and gainful employment. Jeffries’s collection of cameras grew to more than 35mm film cameras and lenses. Then his focus switched to digital photography. Recently, Jeffries began collecting and restoring vintage film cameras and reviving them with modern day black and white film.
“I find it rewarding to bring life back to classic cameras. I have enjoyed documenting my life’s adventures through the years (marriage, raising a son, hiking, and my other long-time hobby of bicycling) and sharing them through images I have captured,” said Jeffries. “I support local non-profit organizations, such as Cancer Free Kids, Christ Church Cathedral, Hebrew Union College, Hughes High School Alumni Association, with my photography.”
Local publications have featured Tim Jeffries’ images – a calendar at the Krohn Conservatory Butterfly Show; two Spring Grove Cemetery calendars; river steamboat Belle of Louisville notecards and posters; Music Hall Christmas cards; and the book Capture Cincinnati – “The Best of the Greater Cincinnati Area in Photography.”
The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati recently exhibited several of Jeffries’ images that will be on display at The Gallery at River Hills Christian Church. Jeffries wrote, “My passion for the history and architecture of Cincinnati is evident in the images I capture: local iconic landmarks, buildings, and structures inside and out and from every possible angle; landscapes and cityscapes in all areas of town at all hours of the day and night and in all seasons.”
The Gallery is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sundays 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., closed on Mondays. Call River Hills office, 513/677-7600, for extended hours.