April 1, 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 March 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
Bob Alexander Amity UMC TR 4/1/2019
Ted Buehl Fitchville, New Haven, North Fairfield UMC’s FL
Georgette Gaston Cambridge Faith UMC SH
Jim Gaston Center UMC SH
Keith McLaughlin Voluntary Transition CN
Jessica Schnegg Ostego & Bethel UMC’s TR
Heidi Welch Brecksville UMC NC
2019 Retirements
Pastor Appointment District Effective
Roger Morrow Norwich, Salem, & Sonora UMC’s SH
2019 Concluding Ministries
Clergy who are retiring from an appointment they accepted after having previously retired; and retiring Local Pastors who have either not completed the five-year Course of Study or have not served 10 years of service without interruption as an Episcopal-appointed Local Pastor.
Pastor Retiring From District Effective
Christine LaLonde Cornerstone UMC FL
John Schafer Macksburg & Mary Reed UMC’s SH

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

Annual Conference

Ministry Fair: Connecting through Mission and Conversation – June 12
The purpose of the Ministry Fair is to connect through mission awareness and conversations with the Ministries and Missions of the East Ohio Conference. Join us Wednesday, June 12 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in and around Wesley Lodge and South Auditorium on the grounds of Lakeside Chautauqua to build relationships around Conference and General Church ministries. A limited number of display spaces are available. No vendors, fundraising, or promotion of delegates or resolutions permitted. Learn more and apply for display space by May 1.

This year’s Ministry Fair will feature a table for lay/clergy members of the East Ohio Conference to sign the book(s) they have published since May 1, 2018. Any questions about the Ministry Fair or the authors’ signing table should be directed to Susan Arnold by phone at (800) 831-3972 ext. 139 or via e-mail at sarnold@eocumc.com.

Special Events
Visit the Annual Conference website to view the listing of Special Events and to register for meals for specific banquets/gatherings. Please call Courtney Gould at (800) 831-3972 ext. 121 or e-mail her at cgould@eocumc.com with any questions about Annual Conference Special Events.

Camps and Retreat Ministries

Camp Asbury Open House – April 14
“Camp Asbury is my home away from home.” “When I pull into Camp Asbury’s entrance, I feel like I’ve come home again.” Come discover why campers made those comments about Camp Asbury. Visit the camp from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14 and get a taste of all that Camp Asbury has to offer. Tour the facilities, meet and talk with current and past summer staff members, get information about our summer camp programs, and learn why people say Camp Asbury feels like home. We hope to see you there!

Camp Wanake Resurrection Egg Hunt & Camp Preview Day – April 27
Visit Camp Wanake from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 for our annual Resurrection Egg Hunt and Wanake Preview Day, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior. More than 2,000 eggs with candy and prizes will be hidden across the camp grounds. Bring a friend! Admission is FREE! Learn more by visiting us online at www.campwanake.org or calling (330) 756-2333.

Multicultural Vitality

Mosaix Global Network Learning Lab – April 26-28
Learning labs are convened in various locations across the country for on-site interaction with the pastoral teams leading disruptive churches in cities across the United States. At the April 26-28 lab to be held at Garfield Memorial Church in Pepper Pike, participants will receive in-depth interaction and instruction from the senior pastor, pastoral staff, and lay leadership of a healthy multi-ethnic church and learn best practices and competencies for helping their own church become more diverse.

Revelation 7:9 says “Every tongue, tribe and nation.” If the Kingdom of Heaven is not segregated, then why is the local church? Come join us in the journey of creating a more credible witness for the gospel of Christ’s love for all people!

The workshop is limited to 50 leaders. Learn more and register.

Bi-weekly Resources
In the April 1 edition
: We review more responses to a Way Forward, denial of human nature, aging courageously, suffering and prayer, and loving with our presence.

  • SAVE-A-DATE: Pastoral Care Day-A-Part, May 16, 2019
  • A Way Forward: Mature Christians accept and forgive themselves and others.
  • A Better Way Forward: Denmark’s response to GC 2019
  • Book: The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
  • Interview: Aging Courageously
  • Suffering: Hope in the Mystery
  • Interview: Prayer is Good Medicine
  • Gift of the Present: How Mindfulness Strengthens Relationships
  • Ten Top Tips for Aging Well
  • 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 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 sarnold@eocumc.com. Browse the resource catalog at www.rqmweb.com/eocumc

Message in the Movies

Message in the Movies banner (colorful film strip

Wonder Park
The premise of this movie is a 10-year-old girl’s imagined fantasy park. June “Junebug” (Brianna Denski) and her enthusiastic Mom (Jennifer Garner) spend hours drawing elaborate plans for Wonderland together. June is a precocious STEM engineer and can get her Brainiac friends to cobble together a backyard thrill ride in which she is the test pilot. When this contraption sends her hurling into downtown traffic and ruining some of the neighbors’ yards there is a mild scolding and Dad (Matthew Broderick) whipping out his checkbook to make things right (not the greatest moral message, regardless of its practicality).

June’s flights of fancy are brought to a screeching halt when her mom gets really sick and has to travel to a bigger hospital for the summer for treatments. There is a realistic scene of grief in which June, in her rage, throws their plans for Wonderland into the fireplace. Her world is shattered and she is soon on a bus with her friends to Math Camp. En route, June designs a scheme that stops the bus long enough for her to leave and head homeward through the woods. Lo and behold, she discovers the Wonderland of her dreams.

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Credit Union

UMFCU Annual Meeting – April 10
Our Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 10 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the East Ohio Area Center in North Canton. Please RSVP to Sharon Long by April 2. She can be reached via e-mail at slong@umethodist.com, or by phone at (800) 831-3972 ext. 127.

The annual Board of Directors election will take place during the meeting. There are currently three openings, and three members have been nominated to fill those positions. Should you have interest in running for the Board of Directors, please contact Sam Stover by mail at:

UMFCU, ATTN: Sam Stover, 431 Ohio Pike, Suite 100 N, Cincinnati, OH 45255

Events: April 1 – April 14

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 families of:

  • Henry E. Mooneyretired Elder, died March 26.
  • Ronald E. Epplerretired Elder, died March 24.
  • Robert B. Hibbardretired Elder, died March 18.
  • Eric L. Martinretired Elder, died March 19.

View obituaries


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Positions Available

  • Organist – Thoburn UMC
  • Community Mental Health Workers – OhioGuidestone
  • Organist – Faith UMC

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