January 7, 2019

2019 Appointments and Changes of Status

Bishop Tracy S. Malone, in prayerful discernment with the Cabinet following its consultation with clergy and staff parish relations committees, announces appointments of the following East Ohio Conference clergy to their respective mission fields. Appointments are effective July 1, 2019, unless otherwise noted.

Pastor Appointment District Effective
David Baker Carrollton First UMC – Interim OV 2/1/19
Floyd Costello LaGrange UMC – Interim FL 1/1/19
Becky Evanoff Fairhope UMC – Interim TW 1/1/19
Beverly Hall Caldwell UMC SH 1/1/19
Lea Mahan Akron Centenary UMC CN 1/1/19
Andrew Scott Hope UMC NC 1/1/19

View the complete list, including retirees and those concluding their ministry. 2019 Appointments and Changes of Status

2019 Conference Dates

2019 Special Session of General Conference
February 23-26 – St. Louis, MO
A Special Session of General Conference has been called to receive and act upon a report from the Commission on a Way Forward and recommendations of the Council of Bishops.

Youth Annual Conference
June 7-9 – Lakeside Chautauqua
The theme for Youth Annual Conference 2019 is Peace. A1 Chops, Egypt, and Jacob Finn join keynote speaker Stephanie Caro for this statewide event designed by youth for youth.

Annual Conference
June 10-13 – Lakeside Chautauqua
Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Committed is the theme of Annual Conference 2019, which will highlight the joy of making a commitment to take up residence in God’s love and extend that love to others.

Camps and Retreat Ministries

Summer Camp Registration is Open

It’s time to think about how your children are spending their summer vacation! Camping can satisfy what children need! At camp, they experience faith, responsibility, and cooperation as part of a caring community; and they experience self-esteem as children of God. In a world where it is hard to be a kid, AND it is hard to be a parent, let East Ohio Camps be your partner in faith and in the development of your child. With hundreds of events to choose from, one will be right for you and your child. Sports! Drama! Water activities! Horses! Great places! Great experiences! All with trained, caring staff. Contact your local church, call the East Ohio Conference Camping office at (330) 499-3972 ext. 108, or visit us online at www.EOCSummercamps.org.

Confirmation Retreat Dates are fast approaching!
Camp Asbury and Camp Wanake will each host Confirmation Retreats in February. The focus will be on United Methodist History & Beliefs, the Sacraments, and United Methodist Structure. You will have the opportunity to answer the question, “Where did the UMC get its start and what are we about?” Come and enjoy making new friends, discover great ways to grow closer to God by practicing spiritual disciplines, and be a part of a creative worship experience. One adult chaperone is required for every six youth. For more information about the retreats, visit us online at www.eocumc.com/camps/confirmation-retreats.html or contact the East Ohio Conference Camping office at (330) 499-3972 ext. 108, Camp Asbury at (330) 569-3171, or Camp Wanake at (330) 756-2333.

Confirmation Weekend at Camp Asbury is February 8-10, 2019.
COST: $109/youth; $99/adults.

Confirmation Weekend at Camp Wanake is February 22-24, 2019.
COST: $109/youth; $99/adults.


UMVIM Team Leader Training – Feb. 2
Join East Ohio United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Coordinator Kathy Dickriede at Damascus UMC from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for the first UMVIM Team Leader training of 2019. If you’re planning to go on a mission journey with your church in 2019 and you’re interested in receiving UMVIM scholarships, becoming a trained UMVIM team leader is the first step in that process. Learn more and register.

Connecting Neighbors – Feb. 16
The first Connecting Neighbors of 2019 will be on Saturday, February 16 at Wedgewood UMC in Akron. Connecting Neighbors, part of the East Ohio Conference Disaster Response committee, is a United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) program that assists communities in working together to be prepared when disaster strikes. Learn more and register.

Farmer to Farmer Changing Lives in Liberia
The East Ohio Conference Farmer-to-Farmer ministry (Advance Special EOC 9026) is now in its ninth year of changing lives in Harrisburg, Liberia. 

A team of six from our Conference recently spent two weeks in Harrisburg meeting with community leaders and clearing land for a new high school. When the team returned home, the Revs. Cathy and Ray Ake remained behind. The Akes are living in Harrisburg for a year as mission volunteers with Global Ministries. Read more about the Farmer to Farmer ministry, and learn how you can support the mission work of the Revs. Cathy and Ray Ake.


Human Relations Day is January 20
Human Relations Day is one of six Special Sundays in The United Methodist Church. On the Sunday before the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, our denomination recognizes the right of all of God’s children to realize their potential as human beings in relationship with one another.

The special offering collected on Human Relations Day will benefit neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, and community advocacy through United Methodist Voluntary Services – both related to the General Board of Global Ministries. It also will be used to help at-risk teens through the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program, a ministry of the General Board of Church and Society.

Download Human Relations Day resources and give to UMC Fund #9024 today.


Brett Hetherington Joins Communications Office Team
Brett Hetherington has joined the East Ohio Conference Communications team as Communications Specialist. His first day in the office was January 2.

He will manage the Conference social media accounts, and, through video production and written articles, will tell the stories of our Conference, district, and local church ministries. He can be reached by calling (330) 499-3972 ext. 119 or by sending an e-mail to bhetherington@eocumc.com.

Hetherington is a graduate of Geneva College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in student ministry.

Brenda Vaccaro Joins Communications Office Team
Brenda Vaccaro joined the Communications team on January 1. She is the initial point of contact for callers and visitors to the Communications office, provides administrative support to the Communications director, and will contribute to Communications office projects. Vaccaro will continue to relate to Director of Financial and Administrative Services Vera Rebrovich, in her role as database administrator, and to Conference Secretary the Rev. Cindy Patterson, in her role as journal editor. Her extension (153) and e-mail address (vaccarb@eocumc.com) remain the same.

Financial and Administrative Services

Ohio Minimum Wage Increased in 2019
Effective January 1, the minimum wage in the State of Ohio is $8.55/hour, an increase of $0.25. Pay for tipped employees is now $4.30/hour, an increase of $0.15. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25/hour.

Employers whose gross earnings are $314,000 or more are required to pay whichever minimum wage is higher. Employers who gross less than $314,000 shall pay their employees no less than the current federal minimum wage rate.

Local Church Report Forms
Please look over the step by step instructions before logging into the Ezra system. Note that your username and passcode has remained the same as before but we ask that you include 180 at the beginning of your username (ex: 1801234). We ask that you include 00 in front of your passcode (ex: 001234).

All 2018 Local Church Reports must be completed by January 21, 2019.

Audit Reports are due by March 31, 2019.


This Old Apple Tree
Retirees, the winter issue of This Old Apple Tree (TOAT) is available on the Conference website and is in the process of being mailed.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Bi-weekly Resources
In the January 7 edition
We begin a New Year seeking peace in challenging relationships with one another and even with ourselves; gently rolling into 2019.

  • A Way Forward: Seeing the image of Christ in the least of our brothers and sisters.
  • Practicing Kindness in the Midst of Rage
  • How to Handle Toxic Relationships
  • Dealing with Rage
  • Conquering Anger and Violence
  • ‘Smiling You’ Meditation
  • Audio: A Meditation on Your Self-Critical Voice
  • Why Intentions Are Better Than New Year’s Resolutions
  • Sankalpa—Setting Your Intention
  • New Year’s Letter from Mindful
  • 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 hkhumphress@gmail.com or use our quick contact form.

Media Center

The Media Center has many resources available for Lent. Here are just a few:

  • 24 Hours That Changed the World visits the sites where earth-shaking events took place. We walk where Jesus walked and see what he may have seen, along the road that led to the pain and triumph of the cross.
  • The God We Can Know; Exploring the ‘I Am’ Sayings of Jesus allows you to travel and actually see the places where Jesus stood while disclosing his true identity, and in what context he spoke each “I Am.”
  • The Easter Experience brings the passion and resurrection of Jesus to life through dramatic storytelling and challenging teaching.
  • Renegade Gospel; The Rebel Jesus presents Jesus and his challenging message to inspire us during Lent, Easter, and through the year.
  • Who Is This Man? reveals how Jesus and Christianity came to make an inescapable influence on our world, and how you as a Christian can make an inescapable influence too.

To reserve these or other resources, call the Media Center at (800) 831-3972 x139 or send an e-mail to sarnold@eocumc.com. Browse the resource catalog here.

Message in the Movies

Message in the Movies banner (colorful film strip

Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Poppins Returns was promoted as a new movie and not a remake, with a great musical director and an A-List cast assembled (including Hamilton’s Miranda in his first major film role). This time, instead of flying into London to teach Jane and Michael Banks practical manners (while also saving Mr. George Banks), Mary (Blunt) arrives at the home of the adult Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) – now a recent widower with three children – assisted by the adult Jane (Emily Mortimer).

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Credit Union

Enterprise Promotion
The United Methodist Financial Credit Union is partnering with Enterprise Car Sales to give our members a better vehicle buying experience! Receive $400* when you purchase a vehicle with Enterprise between now and January 15, and you finance the purchase through United Methodist Financial Credit Union. Let’s get started! Contact one of our loan officers to discuss getting pre-approved today!

*Terms and Conditions. To receive the $400, you must purchase a vehicle with Enterprise Car Sales from December 1, 2018 through January 15, 2019, finance the vehicle with United Methodist Financial Credit Union, and make your first four (4) payments on time. $200 will be placed in your credit union savings account within 30 days from the date of your purchase and an additional $200 if you make your first 4 payments on time. Borrowers who set up their loan payment by ACH will receive the $400 within 30 days of purchase.

Events: January 7 – January 20

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.)


Please pray for the family of:

  • Melissa Sue Stoddard, spouse of Everett Stoddard, died December 8.
  • Marie Rose Bibbeesurviving spouse of Kenneth Bibbee, died December 10.
  • Guinevere Y. Leggsurviving spouse of Donald Legg, died December 13.
  • James H. Humphreyretired Elder, died December 29.


Details of listings may be found here. 

Positions Available

  • Childcare Coordinator – Willoughby UMC
  • Pianist – Geneva UMC
  • Assistant Toddler Room Supervisor – Chardon UMC

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

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