OCTOBER 8, 2018

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Pastor Appreciation Month

Celebrate your pastor’s ministry, presence, and sacrificial dedication to the Gospel of Jesus Christ during Pastor Appreciation Month.

Pastors and their families experience the pressures of unrealistic expectations that can be placed upon them.  Feeling that they are expected to be perfect, always have to have the answer, be available 24/7, and never be discouraged can lead to feeling overwhelmed.

In his latest newsletter message to the Firelands District, Superintendent the Rev. Doug Lewis asks congregations to “encourage your pastor to spend the appropriate amount of time caring for her/his own walk with Christ. Your pastor is incapable of leading you where she/he does not go.”

Take a moment this month to say “thank you” to your pastor and to encourage their health and well-being.

2019 GC Special Session

EOC Delegation Listening Posts
The main purpose of the listening posts is for the East Ohio delegates to listen to you. THe delegates want to hear the thoughts and concerns of clergy and laity heading into the 2019 GC Special Session.

Remaining dates are:

More information and pre-registation here.


Visitor from Sierra Leone to East Ohio
Rev. Francis Charley is an ordained elder who is currently serving as the District Superintendent in the Bo Region and Dean of Cabinet in the Sierra Leone Conference.  As the Bo District Superintendent, Rev. Charley supervises over 31 churches, 42 primary schools, a hospital  and other facilities owned by UMC within the Bo District.

Rev. Charley formerly worked with World Vision 1997-2006.  This position took him to South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal and Nigeria.  Rev. Charley is now currently working to complete his Masters of Divinity at United Theological Seminary.  Rev. Charley works with the global church as a member of the General Board of Higher Education Ministries.

Rev. Charley has been instrumental in the East Ohio partnership with Sierra Leone and the Majama Clinic and now Mercy Hospital and Helping Children Worldwide.  During the Ebola crisis of 2014-2016, Rev. Charley helped to get funds and supplies to clergy and laity in the Bo District when people could not travel to help.

We are grateful to God for the relationship East Ohio has with Sierra Leone. We welcome Rev. Charley to East Ohio for a week in October when he is on study break from United Seminary.  Please welcome Rev. Charley, revcharl@yahoo.co.uk, pray for Rev. Charley and try to visit with Rev. Charley while he is visiting with us.

Contact Beth Ferrell  beth_ferrell2001@yahoo.com or Kathy Dickriede kdickriede@gmail.com to schedule a time with him.

You will find him in worship on Sunday, October 21 at Newport UMC in Uhrichsville. Also he will be at Church of the Lakes in Canton on Sunday, October 28. Sign up for luncheon @Church of the Lakes

Church of the Lakes in Canton on Sunday, October 28 – Come and hear about Molly and Logan’s Imagine No Malaria Journey to Sierra Leone. To learn more about that opportunity contact Jared Priset, jared@churchofthelakes.org.

October 27
Workshop on Evangelism, Small Groups & Discipleship
You are invited to participate in a workshop facilitated by trained lay leaders from the Zimbabwe Conference of The United Methodist Church.  Discover how the connection of our denomination strengthens us for ministry.

The workshop and lunch are hosted by East Ohio Zimbabwe partners and will be held at Ashland First UMC from 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27Learn more and register.

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Decency~Respect~Dignity: Talking Points and Podcast
The recent Supreme Court confirmation hearing was just one more thing that separates our country.  In an effort to show our young people that even if we disagree on issues, we can find common ground somewhere and walk away from discussions agreeing to disagree, still respecting and speaking to one another.  This particular discussion is not political. No matter which side of the aisle you find yourself, the testimonies hit on topics that were relevant in 1982 and are still relevant for our teens today. Find talking points, resources and the Practically Honest podcast.

Financial and Administrative Services

A reminder from your Conference Finance Team
Please take time to review your monthly remittance statement each month. We are now in the final quarter of the 2018. We want to ensure all apportionment payments are included in the current year so that each church gets the benefit of having achieved 100% of its apportionment commitment. In keeping with the notice in the Annual Conference Journal, final payment of the 2018 apportionment year needs to be received at our lockbox on or before January 4, 2019. Checks received in our lockbox after January 4, 2019, regardless of the postmark date on the envelope, will be counted as having been received in 2019.


Sue Zakovec is retiring after faithfully serving the people and ministries of The United Methodist Church since beginning work for the East Ohio Conference in 1999.  Her creativity, artistic eye, attention to detail, and her ability to paint a picture with her words are evident in the graphic design, digital, and online content she produces to promote the ministries of the East Ohio Conference.

Sue’s last day in the office will be November 30.

Job Postings
The Communications office of the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church seeks a self-starting, creative person who is fluent in the use of Adobe software to join the team in the role of full-time Graphic Designer/Web Designer.  A full job description may be found here.

Applicants interested in the position should submit a current resume, a cover letter, website addresses of current work/online portfolio, and samples of other work.  Requested documents accepted via e-mail only to Director of Communications Rick Wolcott at wolcott@eocumc.com.

There is also an opportunity to join the Communications office team as full-time Communications Specialist.  A full job description may be found here.

Interested applicants with excellent written and verbal skills should submit a current resume along with a cover letter that explains what makes you the best candidate to be a Communications Specialist for the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Requested documents accepted via e-mail only to Director of Communications Rick Wolcott at wolcott@eocumc.com.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Bi-weekly Resources
In the October 8 issue:  We explore two universal life experience: Aging and Dying

  • A Way Forward: Walk Gently on the Earth
  • Aging and Memory
  • On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old, Parker Palmer
  • A Very Present Help: Psalms for Older Adults
  • Love, Our First and Finally Home, Richard Rohr
  • Wrinkles Don’t Hurt: Daily Meditations on the Joy of Aging Mindfully
  • Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying
  • 10 Things Every Family Should Know About Aging with Dignity and Independence
  • Aging Matters: Finding Your Calling for the Rest of Your Life
  • Spiritual Enrichment Groups
  • 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 hkhumphress@gmail.com 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 sarnold@eocumc.com. Browse the resource catalog at www.rqmweb.com/eocumc

Message in the Movies

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Lie Itself
After spending two hours in a theater with the cast of characters of Life Itself, I found myself in a bit of a quandary. The acting is excellent overall, … the movie has some wise things to say, … is overly clever in its construction, but by its conclusion I found its message rather banal, easily paraphrased by Dorothy Fields in her song lyrics from 1936: “I pick myself up, dust myself off, and start all over again.” Read full review and watch movie trailer

Credit Union

Certificate of Deposit Special
For a limited time, United Methodist Financial Credit Union is offering up to 2.80% APY for 25-month Share Certificates with a minimum deposit of $100,000. Take advantage of this special offer today!

Mobile Bill Pay
New Mobile App Feature!! Bill Pay is now in the app! Beginning October 1, 2018, members may now add payees, schedule payments, and see pending bill pay items all on your mobile device!

International Credit Union Day
Thursday October 18, 2018 is International Credit Union day! If you are nearby one of our branches, stop in and celebrate with us! We will have treats in the lobby!

Events: October 9-21

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.)


Details of listings may be found here. 

Positions Available

  • Part-time Financial Accountant, Willoughby UMC
  • Graphic Designer/Web Designer, East Ohio Conference Office of Communications
  • Part-time Youth Director, First United Methodist Church of Salem
  • Part-time Custodian, Grace UMC, North Canton
  • Part-time Church Secretary, Rittman UMC
  • Part-time Member Representative, The United Methodist Financial Credit Union, North Canton office
  • Part-time Worship Leader, Mulberry Street UMC
  • Part-time Director of Children’s Ministries, Wadsworth UMC
  • Director of Leadership Development and Accountability, General Commission on the Status and Role of Women
  • Communications Specialist, East Ohio Conference Office of Communications
  • Christian Education Director, Thorburn UMC

Items Available

  • Modesty panels, Church of the Lakes
  • Carrillon and tapes, Church of the Lakes

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


Please pray for the family of Roger A. Norton who died September 14.

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The next scheduled edition of the E-News is Monday, October 22, 2018.  Deadline for submission is Wednesday, October 17. Send articles to sue@eocumc.com