“It is humbling to realize that our nation’s conversation on race still faces incredible impediments, setbacks, and roadblocks. This film reminds us that Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X approached civil rights with different strategies, but came close to understanding one another at the time of their deaths. James Baldwin’s voice was measured, thoughtful, and honest. Although he would leave the Christian church in midlife (due to its complicity with racism and injustice), he nevertheless remained a compassionate humanitarian, a citizen of the world whose voice still has much to say to all of us.”
Districts: (CN) Canal · (FL) Firelands · (MO) Mid-Ohio · (MV) Mahoning Valley · (NC) North Coast · (OV) Ohio Valley (SH) Southern Hills · (TR) Three Rivers · (TW) Tuscarawas · (WR) Western Reserve
Note: effective 7/1/2017 unless otherwise noted
Appointments: William Baker: Amherst UMC, FL
Jennifer Darling-Mellott: Ashland Trinity and Red Haw UMCs, MO Robert Hooker: Smithfield UMC, OV Jon Hutchinson: Mt. Tabor UMC, TW Thomas Matus: Ava UMC, SH Ron McIlvaine: Johnston Fed., West Mecca, Orangeville and Vernon UMCs, WR David Miller: Harpersfield and Rock Creek UMCs, WR Lenore Robinson: Madison Chapel UMC, WR John Schafer: Macksburg and Mary Reed Memorial UMCs, SH Andrew Thompson: Belmont and Lloydsville UMCs, SH and OV Victoria Troutman: Cardington Center and Fairview UMCs, MO Paul W. George: Canal Lewisville/Warsaw UMCs, TR Jason Young: Galena UMC, MO
Conference-sponsored health benefits to change effective January 1, 2018.
It is very important that you attend one of the informational meetings hosted by the Conference Board of Pensions. Please note: an additional meeting date/time has been scheduled; May 23, 2017, 6:30 pm at the Area Center.
Anyone can attend any of the meetings, at which handouts will be distributed and the changes discussed. You should attend an informational meeting if you are currently covered by the conference health benefit plan with Aetna.
active clergy and lay employees of the local church,
retirees younger than age 65,
retired clergy, their spouses and surviving spouses who are younger than age 65,
lay delegates to Annual Conference, and
chairpersons of Finance Committees and of Staff Parish Relations Committees.
No changes are planned to the health care benefits of retirees who are age 65 or older; retired clergy, their spouses and surviving spouses.
June 13- Camp Day at Annual Conference The Board of Camps & Retreat Ministries has designated Tuesday of Annual Conference as Camp Day! Wear your favorite camp t–shirt, join in singing some camp songs as we gather for the afternoon session, and share your camp testimony with those around you! Also, there will be “Ask Me About Camp” t-shirts available for sale. All proceeds will be used for camperships.
2017 Clergy Directory Photos will be taken during Annual Conference for the 2017 Clergy Directory. The directory headshots will be the official clergy photos for all EOC publications for the next four years – so please dress professionally.
No appointment is necessary. Clergy simply need to stop by Bradley Temple during one of the following sessions to have their picture taken:
Mon., June 12, 11 am- 6 pm
Tues., June 13, 9 am -6 pm
Wed., June 14, 9 am-6 pm
Thurs., June 15, 9 am-2 pm
NOTE: These are the only times that photos will be taken for the directory. Please e-mail Director of Communications Rick Wolcott with any questions.
Highlighting the Ministry of OPEN M OPEN M staff and volunteers work tirelessly day after day to help clients build bridges out of poverty. One of the highlights for us is when a past client comes to visit with an encouraging update or good news to share. Recently, Education Director, Patty Whetsel, received a visit from the mom of a Building Blocks preschool student from 2013 to 2015. Keiaina and her family were struggling with homelessness and food insecurity at that time. Life was so unstable and Keiaina was four days too young to start kindergarten in 2014. Building Blocks provided a much-needed refuge and support system for her and her mother, and helped prepare her with the skills she needed for school. OPEN M also provided emergency food for the family.
Keiaina is now in first grade in the Akron Public Schools. She is on the honor roll. Her family has stable housing, and they recently welcomed a new baby. Keiaina’s mother was touched so much by Building Blocks, and grateful for the support and encouragement Patty offered, that she wanted to drop off a school photo and share her good news. We were so thrilled to hear it. OPEN M is so proud of Keiaina! Learn more about ministry at OPEN M. To support OPEN M, make a donation through your local church treasurer to Fund 9102.
Older Adult Ministry
Webinar: Older Adult Ministry On A Shoestring
Will Randolph, director of Aging and Older Adult Ministries is the presenter of this webinar which is designed for small membership, rural and financially strapped churches to help them offer quality older adult ministry. The focus is on doing a few ministries well while concentrating on ways to adapt practices for the small church. It offers tools for uncovering hidden assets and partnerships that will stretch resources. Please register here.
Act now to reap the benefits of Spring Cleaning in the Media Center!
Enhance your worship service, small group studies, and community outreach with books, DVDs, guides, VBS kits, and the many other items that are on sale at the Area Center in North Canton.
The new and used resources are priced to sell ($1 – $10/each), with all proceeds to be used for purchasing new resources for the Media Center.
Your church can also bid online to be the new owner of one of four used LCD projectors. The auction began May 12 and ends May 19 at 9pm. The highest bidders will need to claim their projector at the Media Center.
The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:
What’s Your Story? Seeing Your Life Through God’s Eyes explores Joseph’s story. He accomplished great things in Egypt, but he didn’t really understand his story’s significance until he recognized what God was doing through him. Discover how to co-create with God the kind of life that will be a page-turner.
Address the Mess reminds us that avoiding messes and staying out of trouble isn’t what the Christian life is all about. Your messes and the messy people you meet along the way may actually be your greatest opportunity to know God.
Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 “Every guardian is dealing with issues about family and relationship. Peter has never known his father, but his birth in many ways parallels that of Jesus Christ. His mother (Laura Haddock) raised him from infancy and he was conceived from her union with a Celestial being. Peter meets his father (Kurt Russell) for the first time in this film, and their reunion is filled with joy and pain. Peter discovers new powers within that transcend everything that came before. He also must contend with a father who uses omnipotence irresponsibly. Is this a birthright that Peter should claim?”
“The film is optimistic and hopeful about relationships and the value of close friendships. Christians often underestimate how much our faith is founded on the ties that bind. Some fortunate persons are born into loving families; everyone deserves love and friendship. Jesus invites us to love God and to love others, including enemies, because you never can tell what wonderful possibilities can be created. If this ragtag bunch of misfits can discover family, there’s hope for us all.”