FEBRUARY 19, 2018

Appointments and Changes of Status

Bishop Tracy S. Malone, in the past two weeks, has announced the following East Ohio Conference clergy appointments:

Jerry Ernst | Mount Vernon Mulberry UMC, TR
Stephanie Lee | Christ Woodland UMC, CN
Angela Lewis | Doylestown UMC, CN
John Partridge | Alliance Christ UMC, TW
Pamela Sayre | Huron UMC, FL
Vern Shepherd | Canfield UMC, MV
Hannah Tucker | Strongsville UMC, Assoc. Pastor, NC
Bill Wendell | Thoburn UMC, Assoc. Pastor, OV
Laura White | Ashland Christ & Ashland First UMCs, MO

Districts Key: (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

View the entire list of appointments and changes of status.


Join the Lent Phone Fast Challenge
Good Shepherd UMC invites you to participate in the 2018 Lent Phone Fast Challenge.

Here’s how it works:  You are free to use your phone for any purpose from the time you leave your house until the time you return (or 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., if you are at home). After that: no social media, no making phone calls unless absolutely necessary, no using your phone to search the internet, and no using your phone for games.

Instead, Lent Phone Fast Challenge participants are encouraged to: eat dinner with family/friends, have game or movie nights, meet up with those you don’t normally see, exercise, and more.

Most of all take time to seek out God during this season; spend time in daily devotion, pray, serve at a soup kitchen, organize at a free store, show someone God’s love, and invite others to join you for worship … especially on Easter!

World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer 2018 is Friday, March 2
World Day of Prayer is a worldwide, ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service.

World Day of Prayer 2018 is hosted by the country of Suriname.  The theme for this year is All God’s Creation is Very Good, based on the story of Creation in Genesis 1.  Universal issues of climate change, natural disasters, pollution, and human abuse of the environment – which all affect God’s good Creation and God’s people – will be explored.

Download free World Day of Prayer 2018 resources.

Special Sundays

UMCOR Sunday is March 11
For more than 75 years, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has provided disaster relief, often long after others have left the scene; aided refugees; and confronted the crippling challenges of world hunger and poverty.

Your financial support on UMCOR Sunday, formerly known as One Great Hour of Sharing, will make it possible for UMCOR to continue to respond when disaster strikes.

Unlike other benevolent causes, UMCOR receives no funds from the regular budget of The United Methodist Church. Your generous gift on UMCOR Sunday covers the agency’s administrative costs so that UMCOR can continue to guarantee that 100 percent of all other donations throughout the year are applied toward specific relief projects.

Download free UMCOR Sunday resources.

Multicultural Vitality

Rally to End Racism – April 3-5
Tremendous progress has been made in the civil rights of all people in the 55 years since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, but there is much still to be done.

United Methodists stand at the forefront of wanting to see the world transformed through the actions and advocacy of mature disciples.  Consider these words from The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church 2016:  “we care enough about people’s lives to risk interpreting God’s love, to take a stand, to call each of us into a response, no matter how controversial or complex.”

We can be, and actively become, agents of God’s transformation by being present where injustice is present and standing up against it. The Ohio Council of Churches invites you to be part of the National Council of Churches’ Rally to End Racism, April 3-5 on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

For $75 you can ride a bus from Ohio to the rally.  The deadline to register is March 1 – so act soon.  Learn more and register to attend the Rally to End Racism.

Resisting Racism Workshop is April 28
Resisting Racism is an enriching and challenging event for laity, pastors, congregations, and faith communities who seek to find ways to implement the totality of Jesus’ message and ministry.

Resisting Racism, taking place at 9:00 a.m. on April 28 at Family of Faith UMC in Akron, seeks to provide opportunities for participants to deepen their own knowledge (mindset), motivation (heart set), and capabilities (skillset) for resisting racism.

Rev. Michelle Ledder from the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) is the workshop leader for this grassroots-organized event.  Co-sponsors of the Resisting Racism Workshop are:  Church and Society, Commission on Religion and Race (CORR), Commission On the Status and Role of Women (COSROW), Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA), Native American Awareness Committee, Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (OCUIR), and Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN).

Learn more about, and register to attend, the Resisting Racism Workshop.

DisAbility Awareness

Two EOC Churches Host A Night to Shine
Wildare UMC (Western Reserve District) in Cortland and Garfield Memorial Church (North Coast District) in Pepper Pike and South Euclid were two of the nine churches in Northeast Ohio that held a Night to Shine dance on February 9.

Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, a Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs.  This year 175,000 volunteers across all 50 states and 16 countries worldwide welcomed more than 90,000 “kings and queens of the prom” for a night they will never forget.

Each honored guest entered the Night to Shine prom on a red carpet.  Once inside they receive VIP treatment including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations, corsages and boutonnieres, a karaoke room, and of course, dancing! The highlight of the night was that every one of the Night to Shine guests was crowned as a king or queen of the prom.

“Night to Shine is my favorite night of the year,” said Tim Tebow, founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation. “It’s a time in which people can work together and be a part of something significant and life-changing – and be blessed in the process. It’s about being a part of one team, God’s team.”

The 5th-Annual Night to Shine is scheduled for February 8, 2019.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

In the February 19 edition we feature:

Lent is a time of self-reflection and self-denial.In our reflections during this season may we wake up and discover how precious to and loved by God we are. In our denial may we let go of our limiting beliefs about ourselves and others, our judgments and preferences, and with all our sisters and
brothers and all creation run joyously into the loving arms of Jesus.

  • A Way Forward: Unity or Uniformity
  • The Hedgehog Concept: Single Focused Leadership
  • Bishops’ Lenten Message
  • Silent Retreat at the Abbey of Genesee
  • Awakening to Who We Really Are: Freeing Ourselves from Harmful Beliefs
  • Questions: Exercise to Improve Your Relationship
  • Spiritual Practice Groups and Listings of 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 sarnold@eocumc.com. Browse the resource catalog at www.rqmweb.com/eocumc

Message in the Movies

Two girls and a boy near a highway
Photo: a24films | Review by Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader

Young adults go into instant eye roll mode when they hear Great-Grandma and Great Grandpa talk about living through the Great Depression and “having to make their own fun”, followed by Baby Boomers bragging about how they could be “let loose to play” in the neighborhood for hours of unsupervised activities. In this overscheduled, over-supervised, risk-filled world of the 21st century it would seem foolish and careless to let kids run wild and free.

Unless, of course, you happen to reside in The Magic Castle Inn and Suites in Kissimmee, Florida, a $44 per night motel just a few miles away from Walt Disney World, and you and your mom live on the edge of homelessness. Read the entire review to get a glimpse inside this wonderful film.

Events: February 19 – March 5

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To submit your event to the East Ohio calendar use this form.


Positions Available
Details of listings may be found here. 

  • Conference Treasurer and Director of Administration, Alabama–West Florida Conference
  • Controller, West Ohio Conference
  • Communications Coordinator, Wadsworth UMC
  • Organist, Asbury UMC, Delaware
  • Director of Discipleship, Wooster UMC
  • Communications Coordinator, Mayfield UMC
  • Technical Director, Church of the Saviour
  • Director of Leadership Development, Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church
  • Accompanist, Willoughby UMC
  • Worship Music Director, Belden UMC
  • Director of Worship and Youth Ministries, First UMC of Ravenna

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


Please pray for the family of:

  • Latosha L. Campbell, spouse of Pastor Oliver J. Campbell, who died February 8, 2018.
  • Lyle Hinkleretired elder, who died February 16, 2018.

For full obituary notices.

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