Tallmadge United Methodist Church minister embraces community involvement during first year

by rachel sluss | Reporter Published:

Tallmadge -- The Rev. Dr. Bill Liming began his service at Tallmadge United Methodist Church July 7, 2013, after the Rev. Barry French accepted a half-time appointment at Sawyerwood United Methodist Church in Springfield.

Prior to his current position, Liming served with Shoregate United Methodist Church in Willowick and Lakewood United Methodist Church. Liming said he became deeply interested in the philosophy of religion while in college and started working as a student minister in graduate school.

"I thought about how I might be able to put that [philosophy of religion] into practice to bring people back to some wholeness and find some fulfillment in life," said Liming, 38.

Ever since Liming began his work at Tallmadge United Methodist Church, he has worked with church and community members to take positive steps forward in helping his congregation.

"Everything we're doing this year involves trying to get us out in the world and take what we say on Sunday mornings and put it into practice," he said.

About 80 volunteers, including the United Methodist Men's Group, participated in a community cleanup May 3 which involved tidying residents' yards and responding to those who had specific requests for help. Liming said the group built a handicap friendly ramp and installed stairs on another resident's front porch.

Tallmadge United Methodist Church also partnered with Grandview United Methodist Church in hosting a mission trip to West Virginia. Both youth and adult volunteers worked on making housing repairs.

"I just want the community to know we're here and that we're interested in making a difference," Liming said. "I want people in the community to know we're alive and that we're excited and ready to serve."

A member of the Tallmadge Rotary Club, Liming is also involved with the Tallmadge City Schools. He is a member of the scholarship committee and is heavily involved in the Dare to Share program.

Dare to Share is a nutrition program sponsored by Tallmadge High School students, Rotary and Tallmadge United Methodist Church. Some students, especially those who receive lunch assistance, are at risk of not having food for the weekend. The Dare to Share program is currently aimed at elementary school students, and it provides those in-need with food every week. Volunteers are running Dare to Share throughout the summer at the church. Those who would like to contribute may call the church at 330-633-3734.

"I think the school system is wonderful," Liming said. "It's just neat to see we have great facilities and great administrators. Everybody's been a lot of fun."

He also teaches youth martial arts courses, which aren't affiliated with the school district, that focus on self-defense.

Liming is engaged to Cyndi Pfeiffer, a teacher in Amherst.

Tallmadge United Methodist Church, 207 N. Munroe Road, offers an 8:45 a.m. contemporary worship service with Junior Church, a 9:45 a.m. adult Sunday School with fellowship and a 10:45 a.m. traditional worship with Junior Church. The church currently has about 500 members in its congregation and Liming said he is pleased to see both the traditional and contemporary services are well attended. Also featured is a Children's Ministry, Music Ministry a Stephen Ministry, United Methodist Women/Men, and a Visitation Ministry.

For more information, call 330-633-3734 or visit the church website at http://tallmadgeumc.org/ or find it on Facebook at Tallmadge United Methodist Church Tallmadge Ohio.

Email: rsluss@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9400 ext. 4162

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