Cuba Ministry Fund

The Canal District of the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church is partnering with our sister district in Cuba. Of the 27 churches in the Cuba District, only 5 of them can afford to pay their pastors. The other 22 church pastors receive no salary. Families live on a gift of beans or a pig, used clothing and an occasional monetary offering from a parishioner. Most live in deep poverty. In November, a small group of pastors from the Canal District, including our Superintendent Rev. Valerie Stultz, traveled to Cuba and is working with the superintendent there to establish a fund for pastoral support. For just $420 a year, one pastor and his/her family can be supported.

Charlestown United Methodist Church is joining in this partnership to offer support to the pastors in Cuba through the Cuba Ministry Fund. We would like to see all the pastors in Cuba supported in their ministry. Won’t you help us in this mission outreach to our friends and colleagues in Christ just 90 miles south of Florida?

Phyllis Zumkehr (Portage) County Clothing Center

The Portage Clothing Center’s mission is to provide, clothing center logofree of charge gently used clothing and other personal and household items as available to families and individuals in need, while reducing the waste stream and promoting a positive experience for volunteers. Items are at no cost.

Charlestown United Methodist Church sends volunteers on the Fourth Thursday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. “Sometimes our volunteers are assigned a second day to work since the center is short on volunteer groups,” reports Shirley Overholt, a member of the clothing center board. More volunteers are always welcomed.

The PZCCC is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Shirley Overholt through the church office. The Clothing Center especially needs help on the third Friday of every month. “It’s a fund place to volunteer,” says Shirley.