JANUARY 22, 2018

2018 Appointments and Changes of Status

“I invite you to pray for my Cabinet and me as we begin the sacred process of appointment-making, and to pray for our clergy and their families, and for the congregations that will experience transitions in the coming months,” says Bishop Tracy S. Malone.

The bishop, in prayerful discernment with the Cabinet following its consultation with clergy and staff parish relations committees, appoints East Ohio Conference clergy to their respective mission fields.

The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church¶ 425 states that appointments are made with consideration of the gifts, skills, competencies and evidence of God’s grace of those appointed, to the needs, characteristics, and missional opportunities of congregations, communities and institutions, and with faithfulness to the commitment to an open itineracy. Appointments are made without regard to “race, ethnic origin, gender, color, disability, marital status, or age, except for the provisions of mandatory retirement.”

2018 Appointments and Changes of Status


ICYMI: In Case You Missed It
Clergy and laity gathered at Aldersgate United Methodist Church (North Coast District) on Monday, January 15 to remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“It’s appropriate that we recognize Dr. King today because the things that he fought for and died for are under attack,” said the Rev. Dogba Bass.

Rev. Dogba Bass and Bishop Tracy S. Malone

In her keynote address, Bishop Tracy S. Malone implored those gathered to take action.

“It is time for the Church to rise up and be her best self.  We are the moral conscience for society but we must take our rightful place.  It’s time to shift from just dreaming and remembering, and commemorating.  Let us organize. Let us mobilize.  This transcends race, and gender, and class, but anyone who cares about the cause of justice, the cause of equality, the cause of peace, it is time.  Repeat after me, ‘I will not let the dream die on my watch,’” she said.

Read the complete The Dream Will Not Die on Our Watch article. – (Click on the video in the article to see Bishop Malone’s keynote address in its entirety.)

Black History Month

Black History Month
Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month
February is Black History Month, an annual observance of the history of the African diaspora.

African Americans have played important roles in the development of the United States and of our United Methodist denomination.

To celebrate Black History Month, Discipleship Ministries has compiled resources that offer a piece of African American history, culture or biography related to church music or worship practices.  The general agency of The United Methodist Church also has produced a Black History Month Sermon Series Based on Negro Spirituals.

United Methodist Women also offer resources that reflect on the history of black Americans and honor the individuals and groups who have worked tirelessly toward racial justice.

You can search for additional resources for worship services, Sunday school classes, and small group discussions through the online catalog of the East Ohio Conference Media Center.

Camps and Retreat Ministries

Camp by the Numbers
The average American youth spends 270 minutes watching TV a day, 4 minutes playing outside a day, and 5 hours a day on electronics.

A week at camp provides 10,080 minutes away to consider, to dream, to believe that they are loved and created for a purpose.

Contact your local church, call the East Ohio Conference Camping Office at 1-330-499-3972 extension 108, or visit us on the web at www.EOCSummercamps.org to learn more about the power of camp.

Aldersgate, Asbury and Wanake are looking for Summer Staff
Our summer program requires a great number of qualified staff to be successful.  We are looking for outstanding Christian women and men for summer staff positions.  We are looking for counselors, lifeguards, program staff, food service, administration and maintenance.  Go to www.EOCSummercamps.org and click on the “Staff & Volunteer” tab.

Confirmation Retreats At Asbury and Wanake!
The East Ohio Camp and Retreats Ministries will be hosting the Confirmation Retreats at two of its’ campsites in 2018: Asbury and Wanake.  Information and registration found here.

  • February 9 – 11
    Confirmation Weekend at Camp Asbury
    COST: $99/youth; $92/adults.
  • February 23 – 25
    Confirmation Weekend at Camp Wanake
    COST: $99/youth; $92/adults.

Congregational Vitality

5 Things Your Visitors Are Thinking But Won’t Ask
Join nationally known worship coach and author Jason Moore as he shares lessons learned from years of providing “secret worship consultations” in churches large and small. Jason will help your church identify what the 5 most pressing issues for new visitors and how to address them with easy-to-implement ideas and systematic steps.

5 Things will include instruction on how to develop and train a more intentional/welcoming hospitality team, how to/why to develop a formal child check-in procedure, how conduct a signage audit, and what to do with you existing space. All of these things and so much more will help you recognize the things that you may have been missing for years.

Bring your whole team for an experience filled with laughter, fun and practical learnings. Come ready to engage in hands-on role playing exercises, work to improve visitor conversations, move from transactional to relational interactions and even learn how to secret worship at partner churches.

Free Leadership Development Webinar
Tues., February 13 @ 7:00 PM CST
Get into Action: Moving from Ideas to Implementation – The new year brings additional ideas to the church.  What kind of leaders are needed to develop and implement new ministries to reach new people? How does your congregation serve God together to meet unfulfilled missional needs? This webinar will share ideas on developing ministry plans, creating common calendars, developing leadership groups, and expanding small groups.  Register at www.umcdiscipleship.org/webinars.  Contact Jacqui King of UMC Discipleship Ministries at jking@umcdiscipleship.org.  

TARRP Offers Informative Workshop for Small Churches
Sat., March 3 @ Christ Cambridge UMC.

The Town and Rural Resource Program (TARRP) of the East & West Ohio Conferences invite all small membership churches to attend this important workshop that will help your church board, mission team, and others learn and be equipped to help your church to make a difference in the lives of your parishioners and community. Workshop topics include:

Safety and Security in your Church: So what happens in an emergency at your church—lost child, unresponsive adult, accident, a disorderly person, gas line break, smoke, tornado, utility failure, intruder or active shooter? Who directs the members? What’s the plan? Who to call?  We should know.

Regarding Opiate & Heroin Addiction: Learn how and why persons, even 12-year-olds, are addicted.  Why pre-school children are addicted. Why arrests don’t solve the problem.

More information and registration can be found here.


Farmer-to-Farmer Team Strengthening Connections in Liberia
A United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) team from the East Ohio Conference is currently in Harrisburg, Liberia strengthening the connections between our Farmer-to-Farmer ministry and the Liberia Annual Conference (LAC) UMVIM program.

The EOC team of clergy and laity led by Revs. Cathy and Ray Ake will assemble three Bradley walk-behind tractors that had been shipped previously to the West African country, train the farmers on how to use and maintain the equipment, and help with the Women Empowerment Sewing Center and the construction of the agricultural high school.

The Farmer-to-Farmer team is one of three UMVIM teams from the East Ohio Conference currently in Liberia.  A team led by Becky Trout from The Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland is installing three computer labs at the Ganta Mission station.  A team led by Sharon Snell of Andover UMC is training teachers and tutoring students at Camphor Mission Station.

Read more about the Farmer-to-Farmer team currently in Liberia.
Learn how you can participate in upcoming scheduled UMVIM Mission trips.

New Epworth Center Director Named
Sherri Buehl is the new director of the Epworth Center.  She began her work with the Epworth Center in 2012 when she was hired as the ministry site’s director of Community Development.

Buehl is a Deaconess in The United Methodist Church vowed to a ministry of love, justice, and service.  Under her leadership Epworth Center will continue its Work Mission ministry and its Project Manna choice pantry ministry.  It will also seek to partner with churches, civic organizations, and businesses to help all who are in need.

If you would like to invite Buehl to speak at your church or community meeting, please send an e-mail to epworthcenterohio@gmail.com or call (740) 484-4705.

Ministry & Mission Funding
Does your church have a creative new idea for implementing ministry and increasing outreach?  Applications are available NOW. on the conference website.  These applications will be prioritized based on the Mission, Vision, and Strategy of the East Ohio Conference.

Multicultural Ministries

Heber Brown leads ‘Faith, Food and Flourishing’ workshop at MTSO
The Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, founder of the Black Church Food Security Network, will lead a day of learning and inspiration for church leaders April 17 at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware.

Brown is a community organizer, beginner farmer, social entrepreneur and pastor of Baltimore’s Pleasant Hope Baptist Church. In 2015, he launched the Black Church Food Security Network, which combats food apartheid by providing seed funding and support to help congregations begin growing food on church-owned land.

The day runs from 1 p.m. through 8 p.m. and includes five components: a chapel service; a “Faith, Food and Flourishing” workshop; tours of MTSO’s Seminary Hill Farm; a networking dinner featuring locally sourced food; and an evening lecture by Brown. More information here.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

2018 Resources
In the January 22 Edition we feature:

  • A Way Forward and Disciples of Love
  • Follow Your Star: Vocation in Review
  • YouTube: How Knowing about the Brain Can Empower Your Life
  • Meditation: Watching the River
  • Five Ways to Find Time to Pause
  • The Healing Power of Singing
  • Train Your Brain to Calm the Inner Critic
  • Starting from Scratch: a Bold Way to Declutter
  • Spiritual Practice Groups and 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 at hkhumphress@gmail.com or use our quick contact form.

Credit Union

Certificate of Deposit Promotion
Introducing our 2018 Certificate of Deposit Promotion! 1.50% APR / 25 Month Special / Minimum Balance $25,000.00 / 1.52% APY. For more information, contact one of our offices:

  • North Canton (800) 831-3972
  • Cincinnati (800) 373-1059
  • Indianapolis (317) 296-7177

Christmas Club Accounts
Now is a great time to open a Christmas Club account. Get ahead of the bustle and start saving early! We’d be happy to help you get ahead of the game before next Christmas season comes around.

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:

  • What Makes A Hero? The Death-Defying Ministry of Jesus offers us an image of what it looks like to be victorious over trials and temptations. Looking at pop culture heroes and others through the lens of faith, Matt Rawle shows how Jesus turned the concept of hero on its head.
  • Make Your Move teaches today’s woman how to step out of her comfort zone to gain unwavering confidence–in all circumstances. God has more for you; more joy, more love, more life.
  • I Was Broke, Now I’m Not inspires participants in this six-session study to take charge of their finances.
  • A Woman’s Place challenges us to explore the theology of work and consider new ways to live in the office, the home, in ministry, and beyond.

To reserve these or other resources, call the Media Center at (800) 831-3972 x 139 or send an e-mail to sarnold@eocumc.com. Browse the resource catalog at www.rqmweb.com/eocumc

Message in the Movies

Movie Review by Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader | Photo: 20th Century Fox

The Post. If The Post had been made about twenty years ago (still many years after 1971 when the events depicted first took place), its story would still pack a punch. The film does an excellent job recounting a landmark case that was the talk of the nation at the time but is rarely discussed in the classroom. Read entire review.


Positions available:
Details of listings may be found here. 

  • Director of Worship and Youth Ministries, First UMC of Ravenna
  • Communications Specialist, Communications office of the East Ohio Conference

Items available:
Details of listing may be found here. 

  • Adult Choir Robes – Free

To submit a classified ad please email sue@eocumc.com

Events: January 23 –  February 4

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Please pray for the family of Ruth Katherine McElroysurviving spouse of H. Dean McElroy, who died January 19, 2018.

For full obituary notices.

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