MARCH 20,2017

2017 Appointments/Changes of Status

Note: effective 7/1/2017 unless otherwise noted

Sue Antolik: 
Williamsport and Harmony Chapel UMCs, MO
Marilyn Coney:
Tiffin Faith UMC, FL
Gordon Ferguson: Pleasant Grove and Chandlersville UMCs, SH
Kyle Gould: Oak Chapel UMC, CN
Garland Harvey: Tiro and Shelby First UMCs, MO
Jacob Heskett: Polk & Nankin UMCs, MO
Paula Koch: Millersburg UMC, TR
Anna Magill: Cuyahoga Falls UMC associate, CN
Elizabeth Ortiz: Kilbourne and Ashley UMCs, MO
Jerry Penrod; Beverly UMC, SH
Don Richards: Rootstown UMC, CN
Ryan Skelton: Chesterville and Sparta UMCs, MO
Matthew Wald: Family Leave
Matt Weaver: Galion Christ UMC, MO
Jared Williams: North Canton Grace UMC, TW

Roberta Fuller: 
retiring from Incapacity Leave
Richard Kretchmar: Birminghan & Lakeview UMCs, FL, 1/1/2017

Concluding Ministry:
Peter Bellamy: 
Richmond/Union Pisgah UMCs, FL

View the current appointment list

Vera Rebrovich Hired as Director of Financial and Administrative Services

Vera RebrovichVera Rebrovich is the new director of Financial and Administrative Services for the East Ohio Conference, effective April 1.  She has extensive finance, accounting, and management experience, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Ohio.

“Vera brings a strong accounting background and more than 20 years of experience as a financial manager and analyst with major firms in our area,” said the Rev. David Palmer, Council on Finance and Administration chairperson.

“I’m very happy to be joining the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.  I attended Rittman UMC growing up and have many happy memories of Sunday school, youth group, and summer camp at Camp Wanake,” Rebrovich said.

She succeeds Jessica Vargo in the re-titled position.

Read the full release.

2017 Annual Conference –  June 12-15

Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected

Be sure to visit the 2017 Annual Conference website to register for this year’s conference. The site has a preview of this year’s AC schedule, information about the speakers, proposed constitutional amendments, and much more. New information is added to the Annual Conference website as it is submitted.

UMCOR Sunday is March 26

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responds when disasters strike. Your generosity makes it possible.

March 26 is UMCOR Sunday, a day to equip Christ’s body to serve in His name. Formerly called One Great Hour of Sharing, UMCOR Sunday is a day for United Methodists around the world to support the needs of children, families, and communities who have experienced devastation in the wake of a disaster.

“Gifts to UMCOR Sunday underwrite UMCOR’s costs of serving local churches in times of disaster,” said General Board of Global Ministries General Secretary Thomas Kemper. ”  This helps keep the promise that 100% of every gift made to UMCOR projects goes directly to those in need.

Download free UMCOR Sunday resources and print materials.

Special Offering for Africa University

Thank you for your generosity in supporting the students of Africa University! The Conference treasurer will total all monies collected during yesterday’s special offering and will write one check in support of Africa University. It’s important that all collected donations be marked with EOC Fund 9161, and remitted to the Conference treasurer as soon as possible. Persons who missed yesterday’s offering should send their donation in the next few days to be included in the total. Donations should be marked with EOC Fund 9161 and mailed to PO Box 76019, Cleveland, OH 44101-4755.


April 29
Racial Justice Training
There is greater awareness of racism and white privilege in the last few years, primarily as a result of killing unarmed, African-American people.  As this new awareness develops, the objective is to better understand the racism in our nation and how it can be addressed.

Discussions will include Defining the Doctrine of Discovery, understand definitions of racism and ideas on how to address racial injustice.

Event is co-sponsored by: Methodist Federation for Social Action and Black Methodists for Church Renewal.  For more information.


Advance Special # 9966-McKinley Community Outreach Center
McKinley Community Outreach Center  opened its doors in 2013 to serve residents of western Lake County.  Currently an average of 308 families receive household essentials and 240 receive food every month.

The Center helps those who are struggling by providing taxable items (toilet paper, personal care items and cleaning products) clothing, household items, furniture, food and pet supplies. Classes for GED preparation and workplace readiness programming are available in cooperation with Auburn Career Center and Ohio Guidestone along with computer literacy training through the Wickliffe Library.

The following is a personal testimony.

Why I Chose to Volunteer at McKinley Community Outreach Center by Pam R.

My name is Pam. I am a retired senior citizen living on disability. I am also the face of the homeless. Life has its ups and downs. My down led me to living in my car for approximately 1.5 years with my dog, Buddy. I was eventually sheltered and fed by non-profit organizations which led me to the doors of McKinley. From the food pantry, to clothes and the pet department, McKinley took care of my needs, including furniture!  I made a vow to try to be a volunteer and give back a little of what was given to me to enable me to get back on my feet. Thanks McKinley!

To support this ministry, make a donation through your local church treasurer to Fund # 9966.

3Cs (Churches, Clinics & Classrooms)
At a recent 3Cs Mission meeting, we celebrated three United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) journeys to Liberia this year.  Travelers from all areas of our conference were a part of those trips that fostered relationships between our two countries.

We have expanded the scope of 3Cs Mission to include Africa University as one of our classrooms in Zimbabwe. At Annual Conference, we will announce further 3Cs Mission expansion.  We praise God for your partnership in the ministry of 3Cs Mission, which just distributed funds for team leaders; sanitation projects in Sierra Leone and Russia; the purchase of trash bags, and the sending of hymnals and supplies to Sierra Leone; and the construction of water wells in Liberia.

Join us at 7 am on June 14 for the 3Cs 5k Run/1-mile Walk at Lakeside. Plan to have someone from your church participate.  Individual and corporate sponsorship is encouraged because all proceeds will benefit 3Cs Mission.  Learn more and register today.

Is God calling you to be a part of this journey of faith, mission, and transformation?  Learn more about planned trips in 2017 to Russia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Liberia.  Mission opportunities exist for all ages!

Email with questions of interest.

Training Opportunity

April 18
PAUMCS Spring Conference
The Ohio Chapter of Professional Association of United Methodist Secretaries will welcome Rev. Stan Ling, associate director of the Council on Development of the West Ohio Conference and Kay Panovec, director of Communications for the West Ohio Conference. For more information.

Young People’s Ministries

New Youth Theology Institute
Ohio  Wesleyan is accepting applications through April 3 for EXPLORE institute. High school juniors and seniors are invited to apply for enrollment in Ohio Wesleyan University’s new six-day summer program to examine their faith journeys and God’s calling for their lives from both academic and spiritual perspectives. For more information.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

March 20, 2017 Resources
In this edition we feature:

  • Those Who Flourish in Ministry: Intentional about Well-Being
  • Clergy Self-Care Strategies
  • Documentary: 5 Broken Cameras—The Palestinian Struggle
  • Palestinian Activist to Speak
  • Top Five Regrets of the Dying
  • Audio: Mindfulness Meditation: Shifting Out of “Doing” Mode
  • Video: How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?
  • The Perfect Nap Length
  • Too Much and Too Little Sleep Predictors of Dementia
  • Listings of Spiritual Formation Groups and our Spiritual Directors

Contact Us
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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 Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader
Photo by Lionsgate

The Shack  “The film is long and moves somewhat clumsily through its 130 minutes of screen time, but I am convinced that many churches and small groups will be able to show it in shorter segments upon its DVD release and have meaningful discussions. The underlying tragedy (which Mack calls “The Great Sadness”) makes the film inappropriate for younger children and tough viewing for parents who have dealt with the death of a child, but the film is ultimately hopeful and uplifting. If you can make a trip to The Shack with an open mind, open heart, and open spirit, this story could also open new doors of discovery and dialogue for you.”

For full review.

Classifieds/Items Available

  • Youth Coordinator, Marion Salem  UMC
  • Pianist, Portage Faith UMC
  • Summer Ministry Worker, Salem First UMC

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

To submit job postings and items available please email

Events – March 20-April 3

April 1
Lay Servant Training, Scott Memorial UMC
April 12
Lay Servant Training, Beverly UMC
April 1
Free Lecture, Youngstown Trinity UMC

Follow this link to the events calendar.
To submit a calendar event.


Please pray for the families  of:

  •  Valoise F. Willissurviving spouse of Rev. Clyde E. Willis, who died December 22, 2016 and
  • Merriel R. Burkhead, retired elder, who died March 11, 2017.

For full obituary notices.

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