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Church Offers Help and Hope in Fight Against Opiate Addiction


By Rick Wolcott*

The Addiction Policy Forum reports that 144 people died in the United States every day in 2016 from a drug overdose.

“This is an epidemic unlike any other,” said Elaine Georgas, executive director of the Alcohol and Drug Addictions Services (ADAS) Board of Lorain County.  “If more than 52,000 Americans died last year from any other illness or disease, communities would be outraged.  We have to change the conversation and understand what addiction is and how it impacts individuals, families, and communities.”

Elaine Georgas moderated the town hall meeting Elaine Georgas moderated the town hall meeting

Georgas moderated a town hall meeting at Lorain Faith UMC (Firelands District) to address the opiate and heroin epidemic that has gripped Lorain County. The evening, co-sponsored by the ADAS Board, included four panelists and a resource fair that featured nine agencies.

Pastor Karen Hollingsworth welcomed community members to Lorain Faith UMC Pastor Karen Hollingsworth welcomed community members to Lorain Faith UMC

“As a church in Lorain, we…

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Prayers for this tragic loss at our partner hospital in Ganta.

DECEMBER 5, 2016


December 5, 2016

Treasurer’s Office

Jessica VargoVargo to be named CFO of KSU Foundation
Jessica Vargo is leaving her position as EOC treasurer and director of administrative services effective January 3, 2017 to become chief financial officer of the Kent State University Foundation.

“The East Ohio Conference has been blessed by Jessica’s strong and dedicated leadership for almost 15 years. She has demonstrated her love for the church through her faithful service. We send her forth with blessings as she embraces this new work opportunity at Kent State University,” said Bishop Tracy S. Malone.

“This decision was a difficult one but after much prayer and discernment I feel the opportunity for a new challenge to help my alma mater at this time in my life seems right,” Vargo said.

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Words from Bishop Malone

Preparing A Way Forward …
The season of Advent teaches us the…

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8-28-16 Worship Message Random Acts of Kindness

Act of Random Kindness

Praise God for the blessing of another powerful Sunday morning with brothers and sisters in Christ worshipping God!  Today we had shortened services so we could go “WORSHIP” with our hands and feet out in the community.  1 John 4:19 “Because He first loved us.” & Ephesians 4:32 were our guiding scriptures for the day, and our church went to the streets sharing Random Acts of Kindness.  This is something we do everyday, but today we wanted to make the point that worship is not just for Sunday mornings and inside a sanctuary, we must worship God wherever we are and utilize our faith to worship in action everyday.  Maybe your received or just witnessed one of these random acts, please pass it on.

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Worship Message 8-21-16 Life of Living Faith Pastor Jason Hockran

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Today was Back to School Sunday, praise God for our teachers, staff, bus drivers & most of all our students going back to school.  Lord, keep them safe, healthy and give them learning, wisdom and a great attitude as they gain an education.  Today was the conclusion of our Traction in Faith series on the book of James, concluding with chapter 5 which includes some final instructions to the faithful.  Live your faith!

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8-14-16 Worship Message Rev. Ric Harvel True Faith

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God is good…  Praise God for transformational worship this morning, music, prayers, message, sacraments!  Pastor Ric shared a powerful message from God from the book of James chapters 3 &4.  Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up!  Celebrate God’s blessings in your life!

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Worship Message 8-7-16 Life of Faith

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Our Traction in Faith series continued today, Chapter 2 of James is the scriptural focus and living a active faith is the teaching.  How do you put your faith in to action?  How do you trust God?  How has God been faithful to you?  Answer these questions, then in faithful response live a life of faith showing your faith by your actions!  May God continue to bless you, Peace.

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