West Independence United
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,
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 respond 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.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.
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