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Cluster A    (Click church name or scroll down for maps)
                Pastor                      Church
  •                                          Chatham  UMC
  •                                           Liberty UMC

One reason United Methodists are able to accomplish great things is the church’s emphasis on “connectionalism.” It is common to hear United Methodist leaders speak of the denomination as “the connection.” This concept has been central to Methodism from its beginning.

The United Methodist Church, which began as a movement and a loose network of local societies with a mission, has grown into one of the most carefully organized and largest denominations in the world. The United Methodist structure and organization began as a means of accomplishing the mission of spreading Scriptural Holiness over the land. John Wesley recognized the need for an organized system of communication and accountability and developed what he called the “connexion,” which was an interlocking system of classes, societies, and annual conferences. (UM Member’s Handbook, p 24)

No local church is the total body of Christ. Therefore, local United Methodist churches are bound together by a common mission and common governance that accomplish reaching out into the world. United Methodist churches and organizations join in mission with each other and with other denominations.

Connectionalism shows through the clergy appointment system, through the developing of mission and ministry that United Methodists do together, and through giving.

An example of connectionalism: Mission work around the world, whether it be a new university in Africa or bicycles for Cuban pastors, is the work of “the connection,” as opposed to the work of a single congregation.

From United Methodism 101, an online introduction to the UMC.
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Church Locations  of Cluster 'A' members
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Alexandria Map
Alexandria United Methodist Church
72 Church Street
Alexandria  OH  43001

Church Phone: (740) 924-3731
FAX:                (740) 924-9305


Pastor: Megan Croy

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Bennington Chapel

Appleton-Bennington Map   Bennington Chapel United Methodist Church
5924 Bennington Chapel Road
Centerburg  OH  43011

Pastor: Keith Wolfe


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 Croton United Methodist Church

Croton Map    Croton United Methodist Church
    75 North High Street
    Croton  OH  43013-0127

    Church Phone: (740) 893-2181

    Church E-mail: E-mail: crotonumc@gmail.com

    Pastor: Eva Marie Wolfe
    Croton  OH  43013-
   On the Internet: http://www.crotonumc.worthyofpraise.org/

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Johnstown Map   Johnstown United Methodist Church
159 South Main Street
Johnstown  OH  43031

Church Phone: (740) 967-6691


Pastor: John Wallace 

Location: 159 S. Main Street, Johnstown

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Chatham Circuit
  • Chatham -        7350 Preston Rd NE,  Newark 43055
  • Liberty    -        Corner of Dutch & Liberty Church Rds,     Johnstown  43031
  • St. Louisville    127 Sugar St.  Saint. Louisville   43071
Pastor: Roger Nichols

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United Methodist Church

Chatham Map

United Methodist Church

Liberty Map
St. Louisville 
United Methodist Church
St. Louisville Map

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Miller Memorial
 Miller Map Miller Memorial United Methodist Church
5243 Miller Church Road
Johnstown  OH  43031

Church Phone: (740) 967-9197

Pastor: Calvin Alexander


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Lent offers many opportunities for worship and praise, reflection and repentance, renewal and restoration.  One of those opportunities is the tradition of joining our neighbors in the Northwest Licking County Cluster for Sunday evening worship and fellowship.

 Northwest Licking Cluster Lenten Services  - 2013
Day/Date         Host               Preacher                   Person/Soup
Sun, Feb 17     Liberty           Keith Wolfe          Jacob/Lentil Stew
Sun, Feb 24    Appleton         Roger Nichols      Moses/Vegetable Soup
Sun, Mar 3      Alexandria      Eva Marie Wolfe    Joshua/Chicken Soup
Sun, Mar 10    Miller Mem.   John Wallace         Elisha/Potato Soup
Sun, Mar 17    Johnstown      Megan Croy          John the Baptist/Beef Barley
Sun, Mar 24    Croton            Music Festival        Jesus/Lamb Stew
Fri, Mar 29      Bennington    Cal Alexander        Jesus (no meal)

Time of Fellowship
      We are making a change this year.  The time of fellowship will be moved to 6 pm, before the service.  This is to allow more participation of families with younger children.  Also, we are trying to simplify the food served.  Each church is asked to prepare a soup and bread for a meal, with any accompanying sides or desserts they would like to offer.  Remember, though, we are trying to keep it simple.  The soups will coordinate with our theme, which is to study persons in the Bible whose lives give us a glimpse of the promise of Jesus.

    On Palm Sunday, March 24, we will have a celebration of song.  There will be no formal message that evening, since the message will be presented in music.

   The LentenOfferings will be given for the Johnstown-Northridge Food Pantry.  Non-perishable foods, toiletry items, and financial contributions are requested.  
    Other special events are planned within our cluster for Lent.  On Monday, March 25, Croton will be hosting a Christ in the Passover Seder.  On Friday, March 29, the Village of Johnstown will be holding its Stations of the Cross, beginning and ending at the Village Office.  Miller Memorial is also hoping to host an outdoor Stations of the Cross on its property.

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 Seeds_logo  Harvest some  Seeds for Thinking       ~   Christian Devotionals and Inspirational Parables . . .
Even though we begin with faith as small as a mustard seed,
we must grow spiritually if we would bear the fruits of the spirit.
It is for that reason that I am seeking seeds from the scriptures,
and sharing them with others.

        Leland Hubbell