Welcome to

West Independence United

Methodist Church

2008 Church

Our Mission: To love God, server others, and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.   

Our Vision: To become a vibrant, prayer-filled church where people find, know and worship God in relationship with Jesus Christ; actively cultivating and sending servants to meet the needs of our community and world as a witness of God’s love and compassion. 

Core Values: Christ-Like, Faith Development, Family Orientation,Financial (Giving Generosity), Hospitality, Mission-minded/Oriented, Worship and Music.  





"Blessed are the poor in spirit, 
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

Blessed are they who mourn, 
for they shall be comforted. 

Blessed are the meek, 
for they shall inherit the earth. 

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 
for they shall be satisfied. 

Blessed are the merciful, 
for they shall obtain mercy. 

Blessed are the pure of heart, 
for they shall see God. 

Blessed are the peacemakers, 
for they shall be called children of God. 

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, 
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10







Mother's Day May 10th

When Ann Jarvis was working to establish Mother’s Day as a national event, and when her daughter picked up the mantle from her, they were not thinking about greeting cards and flowers.

Instead the Methodist women who invented the idea in America wanted to honor mothers in a deeper way. They were thinking about the work of women and the significant testimony that women could give about the need for peace.

Ann Reeves Jarvis organized women’s clubs in the 1860s to serve suffering mothers and children.

Women came together with their sisters in their locations to Thankyou Motherrespond to the needs that they could see. For Ann, she was in a coal mining part of what is now West Virginia. And she could see the needs of women and children. And she could see the effect of the economy on the people that she cared for most directly.

She started mothers clubs. And she talked to them about hydration for fevered babies, about sanitation and nutrition. And then the Civil War came along and they put a field hospital right outside Grafton.

Ann recruited nurses for military hospitals, and after the war formed friendship clubs to promote reconciliation.

Ann Jarvis was convinced that mothers, women, but especially mothers, had to work for peace because they could see the ravages of war in their husbands and in their sons, in a way that was so focused and so clear that their voices would be powerful. And that’s what’s at the genesis of the current Mother’s Day.

Faith was always foremost. When she was older, Ann Jarvis and her daughter Anna became members of Philadelphia’s St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church.

Anna became a Sunday school teacher at St. George’s. But she’s best known for the efforts she made to get Mother’s Day recognized as a national observance. She and John Wanamaker, who was a famous retailer here, are the ones that got Woodrow Wilson to sign the petition.

Ann Jarvis died in 1905, before an official holiday was in place. But her daughter Anna (who was never a mother herself) stayed true to the purpose of the celebration. She envisioned Mother’s Day as a time to write a personal letter to your mother, a time to send her an inexpensive carnation (a flower in which the petals hold tight like a mother’s love) and a time to visit or attend church together.  She later became an outspoken critic when the special day turned too commercial.

She was really aggravated at people that turned that observation into a commercial outlet. So she had to say to Hallmark. She had a lot to say to the Salvation Army that started selling carnations. When she made carnations the symbol of Mother’s Day they sold for pennies. But the price soon went up to $1.50, $2.00 apiece because people found they could make money off of it. And her comments about Hallmark are just wonderful. She said, ‘How lazy can you be to buy somebody else’s sentiments for your mother? One day out of the year sit down and tell your mother what you really think of her.

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Fellowship 8:30am-9:00am

Traditional Worship - Sanctuary 9:00am

Fellowship 10:00am - 10:15am

Sunday School - Class Rooms 10:15am

The Bridge Worship - Family Life Center 11:15am

Nursery Available During Sunday Morning Services



Church Address: 22876 US 224

West Independence, OH 44830

Office Hours: 8:00am-12:00noon

Phone: 419-894-6454

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 Pastor StevePastor Steve Fisher

       West Independence UMC would like to welcome you and your family to our family. 

 Justin Gill Justin Gill Director of Youth Ministries

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 Michele ClarkMichele Clark

       I make it my mission to let each of the kids that comes through our door know that God has a plan for each

                     one of them.

"Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls."

St. Mathew 11:28