SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

Conversations on a Way Forward

The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination, and possible revision, of every paragraph of The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality, and explore options to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church.

Our East Ohio Conference Conversations on a Way Forward will be:

Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 6-9 pm
Mentor UMC

Tues., Nov. 14, 2017, 6-9 pm
Western Reserve UMC

Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 10 am-1 pm
Thoburn UMC

Sun., Feb. 4, 2018, 2-5 pm
Willard First UMC

Mon., Feb. 5, 2018, 6-9 pm
Lakewood UMC

Sat., Mar. 3, 2018, 9 am-12 pm
Church of the Lakes UMC

It is important that you register in advance for the conversation you wish to attend, as each location has a seating capacity for small group sessions. Register here.

Hurricane Relief Efforts

Donation Collection Sites
The following locations have been established as donation collection sites within the East Ohio Conference.  You may deliver flood buckets and kits to any of these sites.

Canal District

Field Local School Central Building
1473 Saxe Rd Mogadore, 44260
M/F 9am-4pm W 1-7pm
This location is accepting individual items for cleaning buckets and hygiene kits. Volunteer groups and school youth are assembling the kits.   Contact Don & Karen Upson 330-990-2251 or

North Coast District

Hope UMC
79 Center Rd., Bedford 44146
Contact Bill Buckeye 440-232-3131

Mahoning Valley District

Boardman UMC
609 Market St., Youngstown 44512
M-TH 9am-4pm
Contact 330-758-4527 or

Mid-Ohio District

Mansfield First UMC
12 N. Diamond St., Mansfield 44902
Contact Tammy Kuntz 914-325-8741 or

Southern Hills District

Hannibal UMC
52732 OH 536, Clarington 43915
M-F 9am-12 noon
Contact Steve Rice 419-677-9402 or

Southern Hills & Ohio Valley Districts

Epworth Center
301 N. Main St., Bethesda 43719
M-W-F 9am-12 noon
Contact Ted Buehl 440-454-9642 or

Three Rivers District

Fredericktown UMC
123 Columbus Rd., Fredericktown 43019
M-F 9am-12noon
Contact Mike Brake 740-694-5806

Western Reserve District

Hope Ridge UMC
9870 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Concord 44060
Contact Beth Wilterdink 440-352-141 or

The collected items will be transported to the distribution centers in the UMCOR network;  East Brook Mission Barn in New Castle, PA., Midwest Mission Distribution Center in Chatham, IL or Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana to help those in the disaster areas. If your church would like to host a collection site or have a truck/trailer available to transport supplies please contact

If your church would like to host a collection site or have a truck/trailer available to transport supplies please contact

Here are more ways that you can help those whose lives have been impacted by recent hurricanes.

 UM Financial Credit Union

Unclaimed Funds
As a reminder to our members, there needs to be some sort of activity on your account within the course of a year (12 month period) to keep the account from going into a dormant status.

Failure to make any transactions over a 5 year period will result in your account being marked as unclaimed funds and being sent to the state of Ohio. Please be sure to double check your accounts on a regular basis.

Financial Check Up
As we are approaching the final months of the year, have you looked over your finances? Reviewed your debt and set goals for 2018? UMFCU is here to help with a Financial Check Up. Please contact one of our offices!

North Canton (800) 831-3972 or Cincinnati (800) 373-1059

Pastoral Care and Counseling

September 18 , 2017 Resources
In this edition we feature:

  • Need a Happiness Boost?
  • Happiness Checklist
  • Video: Happiness Runs in a Circular Motion
  • Happiness from Positive Yoga
  • Joy
  • The How to Happiness
  • Listings of 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 or use our quick contact form.

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:

  • Hand Me Downs helps you replace self-destructive, addictive behaviors with new, healthy habits so that your legacy is one of spiritual and mental integrity.
  • She’s Still Here helps women aim for godly womanhood, focusing not so much on a program, plan, or prize but instead shining the light on the journey.
  • Everyday Questions will prepare your ministry’s small groups to faithfully love their neighbors and share the gospel in today’s complex and ever-changing world.
  • Fear of the Other; No Fear in Love invites readers to consider the Gospel command to love (and not merely tolerate) those considered to be “Other” or outside mainstream Christian culture.

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

Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures

IT “So, yes, there are some good scares and a lot of silly swearing. But I have already encouraged a couple of friends to take their inquisitive middle-school children to see It and to then spend time talking about the movie. At the core of the film is a message of encouragement to master your fears by joining forces with trustworthy (and also vulnerable) friends. In this age of social media shaming and gun violence, it’s good to remember that no one should have to surrender to victimization; together we can build a better world.”

For full review by Rev. Bruce Batchlor-Glader

Classified/Items Available

  • Children’s Education Director, Greensburg

Details of the above classifieds/items wanted can be found here. 
To submit job postings and items available please email

Events – September 18-October 2

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

Dates to remember


Please pray for the families of:

  • Marilyn Goetz French, spouse of W. Maynard French,  who died September 10, 2017,
  •  Vernice M. Densmore, surviving spouse of Gordon Densmore, who died September 7, 2017,
  • Julian B. Huffman, retired local pastor, who died September 5, 2017,
  • Leslie M. Hamilton, spouse of  Glenn Hamilton who died September 6, 2017  and
  •  Winifred Hickson, surviving spouse of George Hickson, who died August 31, 2017.

For full obituary notices.

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