May 29, 2018

Appointments and Changes of Status

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

  • Linda Bradley, Massillon First UMC | TW
  • Lisa Courtwright, Plymouth UMC | WR
  • Matt Darrin, Howland & Warren First UMCs| MV
  • Gerald Killian, Clearview | CN
  • Scott Racut, New Leaf UMC, Associate Pastor | WR
  • Teresa Smolka, Ohltown & New Hope UMCs | MV
  • John Tsironis, Hope UMC | CN
  • Julia Wertz, Poe UMC | CN

Concluding Ministry

  • Harry Merryman, North Lawrence Faith & East Greenville UMCs | CN
  • Mary Lou Merryman, North Lawrence Faith & East Greenville UMCs | CN
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.

Annual Conference 2018

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We will explore what it means to be called and equipped as followers of Jesus Christ when we gather June 11-14 at Lakeside Chautauqua for Annual Conference 2018. The 49th session of Annual Conference will be the second year of our quadrennial theme Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected.

The words of John 15:13-17 (CEB) will guide our worship services.  Business sessions will reinforce our East Ohio Conference ministry vision to equip and support pastors, congregations and faith communities to grow in their capacity to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.


Monday, June 11, 10:00 a.m., Bishop Tracy S. Malone 
Service of Commemoration and Holy Communion

Monday, June 11, 7:30 p.m., Bishop Tracy S. Malone
Celebration of Retirement

Tuesday, June 12, 8:00 a.m., Rev. Kimberly Arbaugh
Morning Worship

Wednesday, June 13, 8:00 a.m., Rev. Chip Freed
Morning Worship

Wednesday, June 13, 4:30 p.m., Bishop Tracy S. Malone
Service of Commissioning and Ordination

Thursday, June 14, 8:00 a.m., Rev. Becky Weamer
Morning Worship

Shared Learning
Thursday, June 14, 9:30 a.m., Rev. Dr. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr.
Shared Learning Session

Live Streaming
Live Streaming Schedule

Class of 2018
Meet the 10 clergy being commissioned and the 11 being ordained during the Service of Commissioning and Ordination.

Meet the 39 clergy being recognized during the Celebration of Retirement.

Ministry Fair
Join us Tuesday, June 12 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for the Ministry Fair, when we will connect through mission and conversation at Wesley Lodge and South Auditorium.

Special Events
See the Special Events schedule. 

Learn about the 10 Resolutions that will be brought before the body for discussion and vote during Annual Conference 2018.

Midwest Mission Distribution Center
During Annual Conference 2018, the Midwest Mission Distribution Center truck will be located in the South Gate parking lot ready to receive your contributions of cleaning buckets, personal hygiene kits, and school kits.  A representative will be at the truck to receive your donations Sunday afternoon June 10 through noon on Wednesday, June 13.

Youth Annual Conference 2018

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Teens and their adult leaders will gather at Lakeside Chautauqua from across Ohio June 8-10 for Youth Annual Conference 2018 “We Are One”

The United Methodist Church teen leader event is a weekend of worship, leadership development, and fellowship planned by teens.

Rev. Jasmine Smothers, lead pastor of the historic Atlanta First United Methodist Church, will be the weekend’s keynote speaker.  She is a sought after preacher, teacher, workshop leader, church consultant, leadership coach, author, and advocate.

UMFCU at the East Ohio Annual Conference

The United Methodist Financial Credit Union will be Lakeside during Annual Conference 2018 Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected.  Our office will be located inside the Lakeside Women’s Club, 161 Walnut Lakeside, OH 43440.  Office hours will be 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12, and 9:30 a.m. – 1: 30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13. We hope to see you there!

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Annual Conference Spiritual Formation Gathering and Luncheon
Tuesday, June 12 at Noon  | Upper Room of the Pavilion | Registration

Bi-weekly Resources
In the May 14 issue we address:  Depth as teacher—Finding God in the world, in loving ourselves as Internal Narcissus, and in death.

  • A Way Forward: God’s Work: Not Our Control
  • Book: Grounded: Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution
  • Contemplating Your Own Death—to Stay Motivated for Life
  • How to Practice Mindfulness of Death Meditation
  • Grow-IN: An Internal Journey
  • Dying is a Sacred Act
  • What Death can Teach us About Living
  • Listings of our Spiritual Directors

Contact Us
If you have any questions or issues you would like for us to address or if you would like to receive e-mail alerts when new resources have been posted, please contact Howard Humphress at or use our quick contact form.

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

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THE MESSAGE IN THE MOVIES is in the process of moving our offices to Milford, Ohio. We will be taking a brief sabbatical during the months of May and June. See you in July 2018! Thanks! – Bruce Batchelor-Glader

Events: May 29 – June 17

Click to view East Ohio Conference Calendar.

To submit your event to the East Ohio calendar use this form.
(The East Ohio Conference only accepts East Ohio United Methodist local church, conference and general UM events for listing on the conference calendar.)


Positions Available

  • Organist, Thoburn UMC
  • Accompanist, Willoughby UMC
  • Part-time Director Men’s Ministry/Congregational Care Ministry, Church of the Lakes
  • Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Carrollton First UMC
  • Director of Christian Education, Carrollton First UMC

Items Available

  • Duplicating Machine Free, Church of the Lakes UMC
  • HERO CENTRAL Vacation Bible School Items Free, Fields UMC

Details of listings may be found here. 
To submit a classified ad please email


Please pray for the family of Donald W. Shilling, retired elder, died May 17, 2018.

Obituary notices may be found here.

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