Welcome to the Gay Street United Methodist Church!
Greetings to you from the people of Gay Street United Methodist Church. We are a vibrant growing community of believers seeking to "connect to God, to all People and to the World in ministry." You will find that we are a welcoming and diverse gathering. We strive to be the hands, feet and heart of Christ in mission. If you're looking for a church to call home and a group of people to call family, and a place where you are accepted, join us on Sunday mornings as we worship together.
We strive to offer people of all ages many ways to grow and move forward on their spiritual journey.There are a wide variety of groups, ministries, missions and opportunities for you to engage in that will lift your spirit and enhance your life.
So come explore, interact on this site and within our faith community...there's a place for you! Join us at Gay Street United Methodist Church - 8:30 a.m. Worship Service in the Chapel & 10:45 a.m. Worship Service in the Sanctuary! Christian Education for all ages at 9:30 a.m.
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Help us collect Personal Dignity Kits for collection at East Ohio Annual Conference. The Midwest Mission Distribution Center will have a truck during Annual Conference Sunday afternoon through Tuesday morning. We will send our donations with our representatives to Conference: Rev. Denise, Rev. Lauren, Jon Butler and Meghan Durbin. You may pick up a one-gallon plastic bag from the upstairs parlor or the chapel area. Inside will be the following list (once you fill you bag(s), please bring it back to the church by June 5.
UMCOR requests that the following NEW items be placed in a sealed one-gallon plastic bag.
●1 hand towel (15” x 25” up to 17” x 27”. No kitchen towels.)
●1 comb (large and sturdy, not pocket-sized)
● 1 nail file or fingernail clippers (no emery boards or toenail clippers)
● 1 bath-size bar of soap (3 oz. and up)
● 1 toothbrush (single brushes only in original wrapper, no child-size brushes)
● 6 adhesive plastic strip sterile bandages
● $1.00 to purchase toothpaste.
All items must be new.
Do not wash any of the items as they will be considered used.
Please remove all packaging, unless otherwise specified.
All emergency kits are carefully planned to make them usable in the greatest number of situations. Since strict rules often govern product entry into international countries, it is important that kits contain only the requested items, nothing more.
Do not include any personal notes, money, or additional material in the kits. These things must be painstakingly removed and will delay the shipment.
UMCOR is now purchasing toothpaste in bulk to be added to health kits before shipping to ensure that the product does not expire before they are sent. Do not put single dollar bills in each kit. Collect all money for toothpaste and shipping, then place it in a separate envelope and send along with the kit donations.
Staff Parish Relations News on Retirement and Appointment
It is with happiness for her, and regret for us, that we announce the intention of our pastor, Rev. Denise Marikis, to retire from active service as a clergy member of the East Ohio Conference, effective July 1, 2017. While we will miss her greatly, we celebrate her remarkable and gifted ministry among us over these past seven years and wish God’s richest blessings upon her as she prepares for this next phase of her life.
We are grateful for the dedicated service, love and attention that Denise has given to our church.
As is the usual procedure in the United Methodist Church, Denise will continue to provide pastoral leadership to our congregation over these next few months, helping to ensure a smooth transition. Her appointment with us will end on June 30, 2017.
On behalf of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, it is our great pleasure to share that Bishop Tracy Malone has asked that we announce that the appointment of Rev. Karen Oehl to be the pastor of the Gay Street United Methodist Church, effective July 1, 2017.
This appointment has come after careful consultation with the Staff Parish Relations Committee to determine the gifts and graces needed to lead Gay Street UMC into the future. Rev. Oehl currently is serving as the District Superintendent of the Mid-Ohio District. She has previously served as pastor of Brecksville UMC, Apple Creek UMC, the Marshallville/Easton Charge, and as Associate Pastor at Wooster UMC .
On January 16, the SPRC met Rev. Oehl and her husband, Chris, who is an attorney and Assistant Prosecutor for Holmes County. We as a committee are very appreciative of the Bishop and her cabinet for all of the hard work they put into selecting a good match between our congregation and our incoming pastor.
Over the next few months, the SPR committee will be working on plans to celebrate Denise’s ministry as she prepares for retirement and to welcome Karen as our new pastor. Karen has shared that, while she has enjoyed serving as a district superintendent, she is very excited to be a pastor again now that her six year term has ended. Her energy and joy were infectious when she met with the SPR committee this past week. We look forward to introducing her and her husband, Chris, to their new church home this summer.
Please continue to pray for Gay Street UMC as we move into the future with hope and trust as we share in our mission to make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
YWM Youth Work Mission
If you are in 7th grade – 12th grade, there is still time to sign up to go on the mission trip next summer! It’s work and fun rolled into one! Want to know more? Ask Ms. Lashley or Rev. Lauren. Would love to have you!!
Sticky Faith, A District Youth Retreat for youth from Knox to Wayne county will be held at Gay Street UMC on Friday, April 28 - Saturday, April 29, 7:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Sticky Faith is a faith that sticks with kids through high school into college and beyond. Sticky Faith is internal and external, personal and communal, mature and maturing…. How do we grow and practice a sticky faith? All things we will explore over 24 hours through games, small group discussion, creative expression, and worship together with kids from across the northern end of the district.