MAY 1, 2017

2017 Appointments/Changes of Status

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

Susan Bowman: New Franklin UMC, MV
Rick Burkhardt:  
Hills and Newport UMCs, SH
Ryan Cockrill: Dundee UMC, TW
Dianne Tobey Covault: Simpson/Christ UMCs, NC
Rick Dawson: Union-Salem and Sycamore UMCs, FL/MO
Dennis DeLong: Scioto, MO
Hyun-suk Kim: Youngstown Korean/Hubbard UMCs, MV
Dennis Laferty: Nevada, Sixteen and Kirkpatrick Liberty, MO
Jeff Lanzer: Newton Falls/Pricetown UMCs, MV
Allison LeBrun: Vermilion Grace UMC, FL
Donna Mills: Edison and Iberia UMCs, MO
Tim Monteith: Cadiz Scott Memorial UMC, OV
Darlene Robinson: Willard First UMC, FL
Jessica Schnegg: Holmesville/Mt. Hope UMCs, TR
Thomas Snodgrass: 
Jewett and New Rumley UMCs, OV
James Snyder: New Waterford/East Palestine Emmanuel UMCs, MV
Kim Vanoster: Newcomer’s Chapel at Pigeon Run UMC, TW
Jason (Eddie) Warne: Kimbolton UMC, TR
R. Matthew Williamson: North Mentor Centenary UMC: WR

Concluding Ministry:
Joel Mason:
Branch UMC, TR 4/25/17
Luanne West: Warsaw UMC, TR

View the current appointment list

Bishop Malone Calls For Prayer

Following the April 28 ruling of the Judicial Council, Bishop Tracy S. Malone calls “upon all East Ohio clergy and churches to pray unceasingly as we, The United Methodist Church, commit ourselves to faithfully live out our mission, unity and connection while we continue to struggle together with the seemingly un-crossable impasse related to human sexuality.  I remind us that, ‘we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.’

“Let us stay encouraged and stay focused on the mission of Christ and his Church.  Let us remember to keep the main thing the main thing.  We are to: make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world; love the Lord with all our heart, our soul, our mind and our strength and love our neighbors as ourselves; and act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.”

Read Bishop Malone’s letter.

Disciples Evangelize to Produce More Disciples

“The work of evangelism is deeply rooted in discipleship.  We, who are disciples, we evangelize in order to make and to mature disciples.”

Bishop Tracy S. Malone shared this Evangelism/Discipleship message during her keynote address at the Tuscarawas District Spring Conference.

“Disciples make disciples. It’s simple, it’s basic, it’s elementary, it’s fundamental, it’s formational,” she told those gathered at Union Ave UMC in Alliance. “To be a disciple of Jesus Christ is to know the love and the calling of God, and to assume the responsibility to evangelizing, telling others that they are deeply loved and forgive by God.”

View Bishop Malone’s powerful Evangelism/Discipleship message in its entirety by clicking here and download the 5:14 edited version to show during worship and/or small group settings.

Health Benefits

Conference-sponsored health benefits to change effective January 1, 2018.

It is very important that you attend one of the eight informational meetings hosted by the Conference Board of Pensions.  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. 

This includes:

  • 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.

The 2018 Health Benefits Plan page of the conference website will have the latest information, as it is available.  Please direct questions to  Benefits Manager Betsy Stewart.

2017 Annual Conference – June 12-15

Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected
May 12 is the deadline to register for Annual Conference 2017. Register online by clicking the Registration tab on the 2017 Annual Conference website.  The site also contains this year’s Annual Conference and live-stream schedules, the Pre-Conference workbook, registration for special events, speaker bios, and much more.  New Annual Conference information is added to the site as it is submitted.

2017 Clergy Directory
The East Ohio Conference has partnered with Re: Member Church Directories to produce a 2017 Clergy Directory.

Clergy members will need to sit for individual headshots during Annual Conference. No appointment is necessary.  Clergy simply need to stop in to one of the two studios inside Bradley Temple to have their photo taken, during any of the following times:

  • 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

These headshots will be the official clergy photos for all EOC publications for the next four years. Please e-mail Director of Communications Rick Wolcott with any questions.

UM Financial Credit Union

Consider a Health Savings Account for an Additional Tax Shelter
A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a tax-exempt custodial account established exclusively to pay or reimburse qualified medical expenses you, and/or a qualified family member or dependent incur. The Credit Union can open an HSA account for you.  Frequently asked questions about HSA accounts.

To be an eligible individual and qualify for an HSA, you must meet the following requirements as established by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS):

  • You must be covered under a High Deductible Health Plan
  • You must have no other health coverage except what is permitted by the IRS
  • You must not be enrolled in Medicare
  • You cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return

For further information please contact 800-373-1059.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

May 1, 2017 Resources
In this edition we feature:

  • The Space between Death and Resurrection
  • The Pascal Mystery
  • The Body Keeps Score
  • Mindfulness
  • The Cross as Cure
  • The Art of Being Sensitive
  • 5 Ways to Nourish Your Brain
  • Listings of Spiritual Formation Groups and our Spiritual Directors

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 is spring cleaning!
We have new and used DVDs, books, guides, VBS kits and various other items that are now available to go to new church homes. Items are priced from $1 – $10 dollars, with all proceeds going to purchase new resources for the Media Center.  Our display area is in the main hallway of the Area Center in North Canton.

As part of our cleaning we will be auctioning off four used LCD projectors to East Ohio Churches May 12-19ending at 9 pm May 19.   The auction is online so you can bid from anywhere.   Auction winners must pick up and pay for projectors at the Media Center.

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 Amazon Studios/Bleeker Street Media

The Lost City of Z “What motivates a person to risk their life and embark on trips that will keep them away from family for years at a time? Initially, it is for his honor as a British officer (his father’s Army career was marked with shame). But after Fawcett proves his masculinity, why return? Is there something about the unknown that seduces a person with the combination of beauty and danger?”

For full review.

Classified/Items Available

  • Director of New Faith Communities, Iowa Conference
  • Pianist, Sawyerwood UMC
  • Christian Formation Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, and Facilities Manager, UMC of Berea

Items Available
Cuyahoga Falls First UMC has a hundred plus teen/youth robes (red) to give away.  There are no stoles with these robes.  Contact

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

To submit job postings and items available please email

Events – April 17-May 1

May 5-6
Rummage Sale, Avon UMC 
May 6
Breakfast Buffet, Manchester UMC 
May 6
Commencement, Baldwin Wallace University 
May 13
Promise Run, OhioGuidestone
May 13
Bridges Out of Poverty Training, Massillon Trinity UMC 
May 13
Emergency Response Basic Training, West Salem UMC 

Follow this link to the events calendar.

To submit a calendar event.

Date to remember

May 17
Confronting the Issue of Opioid Addiction, Church of the Saviour


Please pray for the families of:

  • Donald Lee Bender, spouse of Rev. Sonja Bender, retired elder, who died April 22, 2017,
  • William D. Wright, retired associate pastor, who died April 16, 2017 and
  • Frances E. Dyer, spouse of Rev. James S. Dyer, retired elder, who died March 18, 2017.

For full obituary notices.

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