February 4, 2019

2019 Appointments and Changes of Status

Bishop Tracy S. Malone announced the following clergy appointments and/or changes of status since publication of the January 22 E-News. Unless noted otherwise, appointments are effective July 1, 2019.

2019 Appointments
Pastor Appointment District Effective
Kimberly Arbaugh Carrollton First UMC OV
Edgar Brady District Superintendent WR
Tim Monteith Johnson UMC CN
Gordon Myers Sunbury UMC MO
2019 Concluding Ministries
Pastor Retiring From District Effective
Karl Bender Howard UMC TR 1/16/19
Elaine Weaver Sebring UMC MV 3/1/19

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

Rev. Edgar Brady Appointed Western Reserve District Superintendent

Bishop Tracy S. Malone is appointing the Rev. Edgar Brady as superintendent of the Western Reserve District.

“Rev. Edgar Brady has demonstrated effective leadership in the local church, the community, the annual conference and the general church. His gifts, relational skills, and ministry experiences will enhance the work of the Cabinet and will be a gift to the Western Reserve District,” Malone said.

“I am overjoyed and honored to serve the churches of the Western Reserve District and to assist the district to bear fruit that lasts,” said Brady, current lead pastor of Twinsburg Faith UMC.

Brady’s appointment to the Cabinet is effective July 1.

Read the release in its entirety.

Annual Conference

Guidelines for Submitting Resolutions
Definition: Resolutions are matters for consideration by the Annual Conference which are not motions for action or proper amendments to reports by Conference agencies, but which call for expression of opinion by the Annual Conference on issues of concern to the membership of the church and the general public. Resolutions may be submitted by any member of a United Methodist Church or an annual conference organization of the East Ohio Conference.

Full rules concerning Resolutions can be found beginning on page 8-27 (¶ 2.I) of the 2018 East Ohio Conference Journal.

Submitted Resolutions should include:

  1. Resolution title. A number will be assigned to the Resolution by the Conference Secretary.
  2. Funding source if not specifically included in the budget.
  3. “Whereas” statements, giving rationale for the resolution.
  4. “Resolved” statements, giving the specific stance or action called for.
  5. Submitter’s name, cell phone number and e-mail address. If the Resolution is submitted by a group, then an individual contact person should be indicated.

Resolutions may be edited not for content but for production consistency. Please follow these Grammar-Punctuation Guidelines:

  1. “The” is capitalized in our denomination’s name – The United Methodist Church.
  2. Use cardinal numbers for dates (June 10), and not ordinal numbers (June 10th).
  3. A comma should be used between the day of the week and the month when using both to promote dates (Monday, June 10).
  4. Use lower case letters and periods when denoting times (5:30 p.m.).
  5. Capitalize titles and departments when they precede a person’s name (Conference Secretary Cindy Patterson).
  6. Capitalize only departments when title and department follow a person’s name (Cindy Patterson, Conference secretary).

Resolutions must be submitted by March 15 to be included in the Pre-Conference Workbook. Submit Resolutions to Cindy Patterson, Annual Conference secretary, at cpatterson@eocumc.com.

Resolutions that become timely after the March 15 deadline can be submitted to Cindy Patterson by 5:00 p.m. on the Sunday of Annual Conference. The Annual Conference will have the opportunity to vote to consider Resolutions submitted after the deadline.

Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month, an annual observance of the history of the African diaspora.

The African American Methodist Heritage Center recovers and preserves the rich history of African Americans in The United Methodist Church.

To celebrate Black History Month, Discipleship Ministries has compiled resources that offer a piece of African American history, culture or biography related to church music or worship practices; and United Methodist Communications has created a series of downloadable social media graphics to share with your online congregation.

You can search for additional resources for worship services, Sunday school classes, and small group discussions through the online catalog of the East Ohio Conference Media Center.

Camps and Retreat Ministries

Thanks for being a Partner in Ministry!
Partnership is a powerful word, and a word that truly describes Camping Ministry! We are a partner along the journey of raising a generation of kids who have faith, who know Jesus, and who know themselves as a beloved child of God. You play a vital role in making sure the children and youth of your congregation and neighborhood get to camp, where they can have fun, make new friends, and explore their faith. View summer camp promotional resourcesPartner with us this summer in raising a generation of faith-full kids!

CYF, Reach Out, and Lakeside Institute are for Youth!
Each year, youth from around Ohio have the opportunity to gather at Malone University and Lakeside Chautauqua for great Christian community, creative worship, in-depth Bible studies, mission projects, and lots of fun activities.Malone University, located in Canton, is a beautiful campus and has been the home of CYF (Christian Youth Fellowship) for the last several years. Lakeside Chautauqua is a gated community on Marblehead Peninsula on Lake Erie. It has been the long-standing place to gather for Lakeside Institute and Reach OutLearn more about CYF, Reach Out and Institute.


Customizable Lent and Easter Resources
Once again this year, United Methodist Communications is offering customizable Lent and Easter resources to use in inviting the community to upcoming events and worship services at your church. Resources include new and classic designs available as posters, direct mail postcards, invitation cards, yard signs, outdoor banners and free downloadable graphics. Receive a $250 discount off your order (including fees and shipping costs) by using code UMCEA19. Download resources.


Exciting News!
It is amazing to think that already in 2019, East Ohio United Methodist Volunteers in Mission teams have journeyed to Liberia, Guatemala, Cambodia, and Puerto Rico.

Right now there are 20 folks from East Ohio in Puerto Rico and 2 mission volunteers serving in Liberia! Please pray for these missionaries, the movement of Jesus, this Kingdom work, and the relationships that are built – as they are all God’s agents of transformation in the world!

It’s not too late to be a part of the mission movement! E-mail Kathy Dickriede or one of the team leaders of these upcoming trips to learn more.

Puerto Rico
May 23-30
Rehace Rebuilding after Hurricane Maria
Must be 18 years of age or older
Tom Ruth babyruth2@windstream.net

May 21 – June 4
Emsizini Secondary School
Youth and young adults
John Parker parkerja89@gmail.com

June 22-July 4
Camphor Mission Station
Youth and young adults
Kathy Dickriede kdickriede@gmail.com

Early July
Farmer to Farmer
Information meeting Feb. 9 10:00 a.m. Copley United Methodist Church
Karen and Don Upson d1k2u3@outlook.com

Summer, mid-July
Vernon Palo vippastor@yahoo.com


The following Connectional Learning courses are offered by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary:

Evangelism for Non-Evangelists
February 7 – March 14, 2019
Live weekly webinars each Thursday from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Central Time, recordings of the webinars are available for participants to watch later if they have to miss a live session

This six-week webinar series is co-led by Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale and Rev. Dr. Heather Lear. This introductory evangelism course invites people to grow deeper in their own faith. It also equips people to continue reviewing their personal and congregational strategies for evangelism well after the webinars are over.

Registration fee includes Dr. Teasdale’s book, Evangelism for Non-Evangelists. Use coupon code DISCOUNT30 to save $30 off the regular registration fee or the 1.5 CEU registration fee. Learn more at Garrett.edu/EvangelismOnline.

Backroads in Rural Ministry
March 5 – April 9, 2019
Live weekly webinars each Tuesday from noon-1:00 p.m., recordings of the webinars are available for participants to watch later if they have to miss a live session

This six-week webinar series is taught by Dr. Jonathan LeMaster-Smith. This series explores the nuances, struggles, and opportunities specifically within the fields of rural ministry. Use coupon code DISCOUNT20 to save $20 off the regular registration fee or the 1 CEU registration fee. Learn more at Garrett.edu/Backroads.

Legal Risks for Churches
March 7 – March 28
Live weekly webinars each Thursday from noon-1:00 p.m. Central Time, recordings of the webinars are available for participants to watch later if they have to miss a live session

Michigan Annual Conference Chancellor Andrew Vorbich will lead the four-episode web series Legal Risks for Churches. Like any other nonprofit, churches are a business. Like any other business, churches have guests, employees, neighbors, contracts, and many other relationships that expose the church to legal liability and other risks. This series will draw attention to some of those risks, and resources will be shared to help churches address these risks. Learn more at Garrett.edu/LegalRisks.

View all available webinars at Garrett.edu/connectional-learning.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Bi-weekly Resources
In the February 4 edition:
Love takes the stage with Loving-Kindness Meditations, reflections on reconciliation, singleness, and positive effects of a smile

  • A Way Forward: The Christ Mystery Reconciling Everything
  • Smile Therapy Changing the World
  • Celebrating Singles!
  • Book: Singled-Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored and Still Live Happily Ever After
  • Practice: I Love You Meditation
  • Audio: Loving-Kindness Heartscape Meditation
  • Audio: Reconciliation Meditation
  • 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.

Message in the Movies

Message in the Movies banner (colorful film strip

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Does the world need a new Spider-Man? As this film’s story begins, the answer is a definite “Yes” because Peter Parker’s (Chris Pine) days are numbered; when he’s out of the picture, another Spider-Man has to be created to avenge his passing. But Miles knows nothing about being Spider-Man (other than what he’s read in comic books and seen in movies). Fortunately, there are parallel worlds that also have their own versions of Spider-Man. The first one to come to Miles’ aid is Peter B. Parker from Queens (Jake Johnson), an older superhero who is a bit out of shape and wondering if his life still has purpose; he will discover that it does as he mentors Miles.

As the story progresses we will also encounter familiar characters include Peter Parker’s Aunt May (Lili Tomlin), his girlfriend Mary Jane (Zoë Kravitz) and a rogue’s gallery of villains including Doc Ock (Kathryn Hahn), Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) and Green Goblin (Jorma Taccone). It sounds like a lot to cram into one film – and it is – but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is filled with stunning animation (resembling what you might imagine while reading a comic book) and much great humor.

Read entire review

Credit Union

Identity Theft
Don’t fall victim to criminals! If you get an e-mail that looks like it’s from us, or from any financial institution, that asks for your Social Security number, account number for verification, login ID, or password, don’t take the bait. It’s not legitimate. It’s phishing, and it’s fraud. Report it to us or to the affected financial institution, then delete it.

It’s important to check your credit report at least once annually to monitor for signs of identity theft or fraud, as well as check for any errors. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of the nationwide credit reporting companies — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — to provide you with a free copy of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months. But don’t order the reports directly from the companies. They are providing free credit reports only through annualcreditreport.com or 1 (877) 322-8228.

One way to take full advantage of these free reports, instead of ordering all three at once, is to order a report from a different company every four months. That way you can spread out these freebies and check your report throughout the year.

Events: February 4 – February 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.)


Please pray for the family of:

  • James V. Schoonoverretired Local Pastor, died January 23, 2019.


Details of listings may be found here.

Positions Available

  • Director of Praise Worship – Wintersville UMC
  • Director of Teen Ministry – Medina UMC
  • Preschool Administrator/Teacher – Rittman UMC
  • Organist – Family of Faith UMC

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

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