SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

Worship with Bishop Malone

You are invited to worship with and greet Bishop Tracy S. Malone at 3pm on one of the following Sundays:

Sept. 18:  Newcomerstown Christ UMC
Oct. 2:     Salem First UMC
Oct. 16:   Willoughby Hills UMC
Nov. 13:  Ashland First UMC

Bishop Malone can be reached at

You’ve Been Called

All clergy and laity in East Ohio can benefit from the words that Bishop Tracy S. Malone shared with the class of new clergy during her time with them at orientation.

“You have been called, and you have been appointed and anointed to serve the Lord and the church for such a time as this – and so I celebrate your calling. I celebrate your readiness to serve, and I celebrate your passion that you are going to bring to your ministry,” Malone said.

“Love, lead, and listen and the Lord will, and the Lord shall, bless you, bless your leadership, bless the laity within the church, for all of you are being equipped and being empowered by the Holy Spirit to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

Read the bishop’s message in its entirety.


September is Hunger Action Month
There are people in every county of the United States who do not have enough to eat.  Hunger impacts nearly 50 million people in this country, including 15 million children.

United Methodists believe that if we can open people’s eyes to the injustice of a hungry world, then we can change how the problem is seen by others.  Our churches partner with Feeding America, a nation-wide network of food banks, and other organizations to raise awareness of hunger in our communities.

What ministry is your church participating in during Hunger Action Month that is helping to create a world free from hunger?  Share your story.

Young People’s Ministries

November 4-6 NEXT2016
Looking for something for the college age students at your church? Come join us for NEXT2016!  Imagine What’s NEXT in Atlanta is designed by The United Methodist Student Movement as a high-energy gathering of college-age students who are dreamers, activists, and difference-makers. Throughout the weekend, students will engage in community gatherings and hear from leaders of influential social movements. There will be opportunities to meet with seminaries, general agencies, and non-profit organizations while connecting with fellow dreamers who are doing God’s work in the world! More information. Do you know college age students who might be interested in a weekend like this? Conference scholarships are available. Please contact


Lakeside Chautauqua Scholarships
Applications are now open for the Ohio United Methodist Clergy Scholarship Awards 2017.  The deadline for completing the application is October 10. The award is open to any United Methodist clergy (all categories) in East Ohio or West Ohio Conference. This award will cover the cost of Fountain Inn rooms for up to three nights so that clergypersons can take time for renewal and retreat.   Scholarship application.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

September 12, 2016 Resources
In this edition we feature:

  • The Long-Lasting Legacy of the Great Migration
  • Leadership Lessons from Ferguson
  • Youth Ministry: Ways toward Racial Healing
  • The Third Way: the Way of Compassion and Reconciliation
  • Meditation: Touching in with the Present Moment
  • Podcast: What Exercise Means to You
  • No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness

Contact Us
If you have any questions or issues you would like for us to address, or would like to get email alerts when new resources have been posted, please contact Howard Humphress at or use our quick contact form.

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:

To reserve these or other resources, call the Media Center at (800) 831-3972 x 139 or send an e-mail to Browse the resource catalog at

Message in the Movies

Movie review by Bruce Batchelor-Glader Photo by Film 44
Movie review by Bruce Batchelor-Glader
Photo by Film 44

Hell or High Water  “Credit the influence of Quentin Tarentino for the quirky characters, witty banter, and playful racism, but I found Hell or High Water much more sympathetic in tone, giving us people to care about. The film doesn’t endorse or excuse criminal behavior but it does provides a back story as well as a family history that help explain how things arrived at the place they did..   For full review.

New E-News Feature

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Classifieds/Items Available

  • Musician/Worship Leader, Akron Centenary UMC
  • Director of Children’s Education, Strongsville UMC
  • Custodian, West Lafayette UMC
  • Associate General Secretary, Leadership Ministries
  • Associate General Secretary, Executive Officer, New Church Starts

Items Available:  Choral Music Library-free scores

Details of the above classifieds/items wanted can be found here.

Events – September 12-26

September 13
Farmers Market, Crestline UMC
September 16
Gospel Bluegrass Jam, Manchester UMC
September 17
Membership to Discipleship Workshop, Area Center
September 17
Special Needs Ministry & Your Church, Strongsville UMC
September 18
Welcome Service for Bishop Malone, Newcomerstown Christ UMC
September 20
OH PAUMCS Fall Conference, Ginghamsburg UMC
September 20
Farmers Market, Crestline First UMC
September 24
Biblical Parenting Seminar, LaPorte UMC
September 24
Early Response Training Re-certification, Warren First UMC
September 24
The Local Mission Experience, Johnsville Grace UMC
September 25
Quartet Concert, Spencer UMC

Follow this link to the events calendar.
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Dates to Remember

October 8
Youth Mission Roundtable
November 5
Team Leader Training
November 14-16
Fall-For-All Clergy Retreat

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The next scheduled edition of the E-News will be September 26, 2016.  Deadline to submit an article is September 21.