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									Issue 7:2

“Sharing Our Witness Enriching Relationships”

Summer 2009

From the director…
Jesus challenges each of us today with the words “come follow me!” It is our invitation to be involved in God’s mission for the world. Part of this ministry involves deeds of service and compassion. SOWER work teams are coming to the Epworth Center to make building repairs to assist individuals, families, and churches who cannot afford them. You can visit our website to view the projects they are completing. It is an exciting time at the Epworth Center when groups come to share in the SOWER Work Mission. New friends are made, there are group devotional times, and everyone eats plenty of good food. In the evenings groups share about the clients they are helping, and the progress of their building projects. They also enjoy the game room, library, and outdoor facilities. Your prayers are appreciated for the 2009

The Epworth Center is proud to bring Great Food For All into the community. GFFA is a faith-based, non-denominational company that provides top quality food products to interested persons on a monthly basis. There are no income limits or guidelines. Menus in the past have included a basic food box with ham, fish, chicken, marinara sauce, bacon, various vegetables, pizza rolls, fruit, and dessert. Once a basic box is purchased, other specialty boxes are available, such as a kid’s box, breakfast box, pasta box, grill box, dessert box, and chicken box. Menus change monthly. Epworth Center is a host site and there are different order times and one distribution date per month. Visit us online or contact us for more details. Think your community would benefit from GFFA? Visit their website at or contact us to find out how you can become a host site.

SOWER season! -Rev. Lester Wilson

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SOWER is in full-swing! Visit our website for pictures and information from this year’s SOWER Work Mission. The next issue of our newsletter will be a special edition and will feature the wonderful things SOWERS accomplished over the summer. You won’t want to miss it! Stay tuned. Our annual SOWER Celebration Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 3 at 6:00 pm. Save the date!

A Point to Ponder…
"Witness at all times. If necessary, use words."
- St Francis of Assisi

Easter outreach wrap-up
We had a great time with our two luncheons this year! Inmates and staff came from the Belmont Correctional Institution and enjoyed a delicious meal, fellowship, hearing the Resurrection Story, and even decorating Easter eggs. One of the men said before the event he didn’t even really “get” what Easter was all about. We also had a party for the girls from the local group home. They came and used their creative side to decorate Easter eggs, opened their Easter baskets, ate a great meal (and candy!), enjoyed a Mary Kay makeover, learned about the Easter story through an interactive pictionary-type game, and more. Each girl received the Revolve magazine, which is a full-color New Testament. The girls sent us thank you’s that pulled on our heartstrings! One girl wrote, “The Bible I have is extremely important to me and I found some really good sayings in it.” Another expressed, “You have given us some hope that there are people out there that do not think we are just bad kids.” We have pictures and more heartwarming personal testimonials posted on our website. Do you have an idea of something unique and meaningful we can do for the inmates or girls from the group home? Please contact us with your suggestions. (Matthew 25:34-40)

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Join us on Saturday, July 11 for a health fair and “Footprints in the Park” walk during Epworth Park’s Chautauqua Days. The walk begins at 8:30 am. Come help us reach our goal of 150,000 steps together! Free pedometers will be available to participants (while supplies last). The health fair will be from 9:00 am—1:00 pm with free screenings, information, giveaways, and more.

The Epworth Center wishes to thank all volunteers, donors, and persons who have been praying for our ministries. God is good and we are pleased to be a place of hope and encouragement for those in need. If you haven’t yet been involved through prayer, or through donating your time or treasures, consider all the ways you can help by visiting our website and clicking on “mission opportunities” or read about our SOWER program and outreach ministries. You can
The Epworth Center is listed as an East Ohio Conference Advance Special: 9140- SOWER 9191- Outreach

Epworth Center prayer requests
◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ SOWER participants and clients hunger ministry prison ministry health outreach Volunteers and staff

help us reach out to others!

Mission Statement:
Making disciples for Jesus Christ by working with local churches to make building repairs for individuals, families, churches, and nonprofit organizations who cannot afford them.

Contact Us
Executive Director: Rev. Lester Wilson Newsletter Editor: Dawn Livingston Mailing Address: 301 N. Main St., PO Box 538 Bethesda, OH 43719 Phone: 740.484.4705 Fax: 740.484.0252 Email: Website:

SOWER Work Mission
A ministry of the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, working within the Southern Hills and Ohio Valley Districts. SOWER has an ecumenical focus, welcoming groups from many denominations.

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