DECEMBER 17, 2018

Bishop’s Office

The season of Advent provides a blessing and an opportunity to reflect on and embrace how the greatest gift of God’s love … Jesus Christ … can heal the brokenness and loneliness in our lives, in our Church and in the world. As we journey through Advent and prepare for Christmas, let us not forget this fact … this promise … this hope. The fleeting distractions in the marketplace and in the media can easily beset the true meaning and joy of the miracle of Christmas but we must choose to claim Christmas … Christ’s coming in the world … as our eternal gift to behold. And, we must choose to walk in the promise of Christmas, the light of Jesus Christ.

Living the promise of Christmas and walking in the light of Christ is the work of a disciple of Jesus Christ. Be Love! Be Peace! Be Joy! Be Hope!

Read Bishop Malone’s entire Advent Message.

Multicultural Ministries

Perspectives: Understanding Poverty
Join us Saturday, January 5 for an Understanding Poverty simulation and discussion.

You are invited that day from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to gather at Dueber UMC in Canton for an interactive experience that is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month.

This poverty simulation is the second Conference event hosted under the Perspectives focus that assists participants in learning from a different perspective. The simulation is free and includes a lunch and time for reflection and discussion.

Learn more and register by December 28.


Migration Sunday
January 6
The Order of Deacons and Bishop Tracy S. Malone invite and encourage the pastors, congregations, and faith communities of the East Ohio Conference to participate in our inaugural Migration Sunday on January 6, 2019 by preaching and teaching that day about the social justice issue of migration.

“I celebrate the Order of Deacon’s commitment to provide leadership and to collaborate with others in planning a Migration Sunday to provide an opportunity to pray about the global migration crisis and to encourage pastors and congregations to discern ways to be in ministry with migrant communities,” Malone said.

Migration Sunday is a collaborative effort between the Order of Deacons, the office of Multicultural Vitality, the Board of Church and Society, and young clergy of the North Coast District.

Download Migration Sunday resources.


UMVIM Team Leader Training
Is 2019 the year you answer God’s call to lead a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission journey? Join East Ohio Conference UMVIM Coordinator Kathy Dickriede on February 2, 2019 at Damascus UMC for Team Leader Training.  It will be a day of fellowship and conversation to learn about leading an UMVIM mission team locally, nationally or internationally!

Learn more and register.

Liberia UMVIM Journey, July 2019
A group of youth and young adults are coming together for a mission trip to Ganta Hospital and Camphor Mission in Liberia.

We’re looking for a medical team (pre-med students, doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, biomedical engineers, etc.) to go to Ganta Hospital.  Camphor Mission is in need of anyone interested in building relationships, teacher training, VBS, and more!

An informational team meeting will be held on Sunday, January 6 at 2:00 at a location to be determined in the Akron area.  E-mail Kathy Dickriede at for more information.

Project Hope for the Homeless
The folks at Project Hope for the Homeless, Ecumenical Shelter Network of Lake County, EOC Advanced Special 9143, thank the East Ohio Conference for our support in making a difference in the lives of its guests.

The only emergency shelter in Lake County, Project Hope for the Homeless operates Families Moving Forward.  The 12-bed, enclosed wing for families with children served 89 children and 54 parents last year, 90% of whom made a successful transition to secure a positive housing transition and/or secure behavioral health care or chemical dependency treatment.  Families who live in the shelter make positive transitions thanks to referrals to more than 20 community partners, the care of countless volunteers, the expertise of staff members, and contributions from the East Ohio Conference.

Financial and Administrative Services

2019 Mileage Rates
The IRS announced it is revising the Standard Mileage Rates as of January 1, 2019.  The standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

  • 58 cents per mile for business miles driven
  • 20 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Bi-weekly Resources
In the December 17 edition
We honor the waiting of Advent, the patience of our souls long, and the practice of Peace in ourselves and in the world.

  • A Way Forward: Resisting the full flow of Love
  • Advent, Dare to feel the Depth
  • How Do We Make a Lasting Impact in a Culture of Instant Gratification?
  • Praying for Peace in Advent: Praying with Elizabeth and Mary
  • Walking with the Wise Men: A Meditation on the Feast of Epiphany
  • 5 Tips for Holiday Stress Management
  • Audio Meditation: 10 Minutes to Defuse Holiday Stress
  • 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 would like to get email 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 x139 or send an e-mail to Browse the resource catalog here.

Message in the Movies

Message in the Movies banner (colorful film strip

Can You Ever Forgive Me?
This film’s title does a good job describing the thesis of this movie, for it presents the true-life story of Lee Israel (McCarthy), a writer of celebrity profiles, who found herself at rock bottom in the early 1990’s. Her last book on Estée Lauder was a commercial flop and her agent (Jane Curtin) was disinterested in her pitch for a biography of Fanny Brice. Israel’s drinking was out of control and she was unable to keep other jobs in the workplace. In addition, she was a bit of a social curmudgeon and not welcome in the inner circles of the publishing world.

Read entire review

Credit Union

December Closings
On Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25cCr, all offices of The United Methodist Financial Credit Union will be closed for the Christmas holiday. Visit to access home banking where members may view share account balances, transfer funds, and pay bills anytime.

Events: December 17 – January 6

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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.)


Please pray for the family of:

            Melissa Sue Stoddard, spouse of Everett Stoddard, died December 8.


Details of listings may be found here. 

Positions Available

  • Childcare Coordinator – Willoughby UMC
  • Director of Youth Ministry – UMC of Uniontown
  • Director of the Tots Learning Center – First UMC of Ravenna

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