March 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 February 18 E-News. Unless noted otherwise, appointments are effective July 1, 2019.

Districts: (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

2019 Appointments
Pastor Appointment District Effective
David Martin Dalton UMC CN
Beth McGuire Sebring UMC MV 3/1/19
Vernon Palo Mt. Pleasant UMC OV
Lorrin Radzik Rockport UMC NC
Steve Smith Moreland UMC TR
JP Snyder Carrollton First UMC – Assoc. Pastor OV
Hoyte Wilhelm North Olmsted UMC NC
2019 Retirements
Pastor Retiring From District Effective
David Martin Dalton UMC CN

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

Special Session of General Conference

Delegates to the Special Session of the General Conference, held in St. Louis February 23-26, voted 438-384 to approve the Traditional Plan as amended.

During the legislative committee meeting that preceded the plenary session, delegates voted to not support either the One Church Plan or the Simple Plan. The body also voted to reject all other legislative petitions, and as a result never brought the Connectional Conference Plan to discussion or vote.

Visit our Special Session pages to learn more.

General Conference 2020 will be held May 5-15 in Minneapolis.

Bishop Malone’s Post General Conference Message

Read the transcript of Bishop Malone’s message.


Post General Conference Informational Gatherings
Bishop Malone calls all lay and clergy of East Ohio to attend one of these post General Conference informational gatherings, led by her and members of our East Ohio delegation:

Saturday, March 9  10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Newcomerstown Christ UMC
Saturday, March 9 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. North Canton Faith UMC
Sunday, March 10* 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Strongsville UMC

*Efforts are being made to live stream the Sunday, March 10 session on the Conference website.

Annual Conference

When we gather at Lakeside Chautauqua June 10-13 for Annual Conference 2019, we will highlight the joy of making a commitment to take up residence in God’s love and extend that love to others. The 50th session of Annual Conference will be the third year of our quadrennial theme Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected.

John 15:9-15 will guide our worship services, while business sessions will reinforce our EOC 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.

Visit the Annual Conference website to register for the session, see this year’s schedule, read about the speakers, learn about and register for special events, and much more.

Camps and Retreat Ministries

Camp Aldersgate Open House March 30
Visit us from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 to explore the beautiful setting of Camp Aldersgate. Nestled on the shore of 1,000-acre Leesville Lake, Camp Aldersgate boasts summer cabins, a lodge, tree house, pedal boats, canoes, sailboats, pontoon boats, a water trampoline, a water jungle Jim, a splash mat, and a year-round retreat cottage. Take in the awe-inspiring and humbling terrain, check out our amenities, and see all that Camp Aldersgate has to offer.

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, in-depth Bible studies, creative worship, mission projects, and lots of fun activities. Located in Canton, the beautiful campus of Malone University has been the home of CYF (Christian Youth Fellowship) for the last several years. Lakeside Chautauqua is a gated community on the Marblehead Peninsula on Lake Erie. It has been the long-standing place to gather for Lakeside Institute and Reach Out.

Learn more about CYF, Reach Out and Institute.


UMCOR Sunday is March 31
For over 50 years, United Methodists have supported United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) by giving toward its operational costs, ensuring that UMCOR can give 100% of all designated gifts directly to those who need it most. Learn more and download these UMCOR Sunday resources: videos, posters, social media posts, and more.

Global Missionary Adam Shaw Assigned to Korea/Asia Pacific Region
Adam Shaw, a missionary from the East Ohio Conference with Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, will serve with Peace and Justice as International Linkages Coordinator in Seoul, South Korea. Shaw says of his commitment to genuine peace and justice that he is called “to trust, fear, worship, and delight in God. I am called to be in solidarity with all of God’s creation.” He is the son of missionary parents, Rev. Thomas and Susan Shaw. Learn more about and support Shaw’s ministry.

Financial and Administrative Services

New Generosity Pastor and Leaders’ Kit
United Methodist Communications has created a new resource to help pastors and laity talk about the connection of The United Methodist Church and the impact our denomination is making in the lives of individuals around the world. The resources will help you approach the subject of giving and generosity with your congregation. Included in the resource is a bulletin insert, a blank bulletin cover for customization, sermon starters, offering slides, social media graphics, and much more. Learn more and download the Generosity Pastor and Leaders’ Kit.


HealthFlex Wellness Resources

Visit the new HealthFlex Wellness page on the Conference website. HealthFlex well-being and incentive programs support and encourage participants and spouses to choose lifestyle behaviors that increase vitality and improve well-being. Participants can earn Wellness Points and Virgin Pulse Points that translate to PulseCash (previously “HealthCash”) for behaviors. Learn more available tools and resources for physical, financial, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Bi-weekly Resources
In the March 4 edition:
We explore God’s gift of sexuality and its diverse expressions, God’s call to peace in unity, and turning midday slump into source of power.

  • SAVE-A-DATE: Pastoral Care Day-A-Part, May 16, 2019
  • A Way Forward: Romans 8 for Our Time
  • Why Do We Find Sexuality Scary
  • 6 Most Common Biological Sexes in Humans
  • The Truth about Pansexuality
  • Affirmation Practice: You Are the Very Temple of God
  • Walking in Oneness: My Experience of Non-Dual Consciousness
  • Panentheism: Jesus and Paul
  • 5 Tricks for a Powerful Middway
  • 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.

Message in the Movies

Message in the Movies banner (colorful film strip

Fighting with My Family
Since Fighting with My Family is based on the true story of Paige, a WWE superstar, the conclusion of the movie will be no surprise, but writer-director Stephen Merchant is able to find a lot of laughs and some honest pain in this coming of age story. The film also challenges what constitutes success in life, finding a way to demonstrate that some of the greatest things a person can accomplish happen in small ways, one person at a time.

While it is easy to make fun of groups who hand out ribbons to every child who participates in an event, it seems to me that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is exactly that – the promise of a Kingdom in which all are saved by the grace of God. Fighting with My Family demonstrates that perhaps a world full of winners is not such a bad thing at all.

Read entire review

Credit Union

Mortgage Loans
If you are looking for that new house you can make a home, we can help! The United Methodist Financial Credit Union offers home loans! For more information, call Christine Smith at (800) 373-1059 ext. 12, or e-mail her at

Events: March 4 – March 17

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Please pray for the families of:

  • Barry A. Wolferetired Elder, died February 24, 2019.
  • Jack C. Yeagerretired Elder, died February 20, 2019.

View obituaries


Details of listings may be found here.

Positions Available

  • Nursery Caregiver – Grace UMC
  • Education Program Assistant – Lakeside Chautauqua
  • Programming Administrative Assistant/Project Coordinator – Lakeside Chautauqua
  • Teen Program Coordinator – Lakeside Chautauqua
  • Teen Program Leaders – Lakeside Chautauqua
  • Chief Financial Officer – The West Virginia Annual Conference of The UMC
  • Children’s Ministry Intern – New Waterford UMC
  • Musical Director Intern – Centenary UMC Drama Camp

Items Available

  • Choral Music Library, Hymnals, Choral Robes – New Beginnings UMC

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