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
|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|
|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.
|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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com or use our quick contact form.
The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:
- Dialogues on Sexuality gives insight into key topics like patriarchy and the church, women’s sexuality and the church, sex and marriage, and why language matters when talking about sexuality.
- Free of Me; Why Life is Better When it’s Not About You invites us into a bigger, Jesus-centered vision — one that restores your freedom and inspires you to live for more.
- Cultural Apologetics sets forth a model of cultural engagement, rooted in Paul’s speech on Mars Hill, which details practical steps for re-establishing the Christian voice, conscience, and imagination.
- Don’t Give Up; Faith That Gives You the Confidence to Keep Believing and the Courage to Keep Going Campaign Kit encourages readers to cast their concerns on God, trust in his love and timing, pray for patience and strength, and seek out support in the family of God.
Message in the Movies
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
- April 3 & 10
GriefShare @ Church of the Lakes
- April 4 & 5
Liberia Partners Summit 2019 @ Garfield UMC
- Fri, April 5
Tuscarawas District Youth Leaders – Coffee & Conversation @ Samantha’s Restaurant
- Fri, April 5
Lay Servant Training | Canal District @ Lockwood UMC
- Sat, April 6
Lay Servant Training @ Caldwell UMC
- Sat, April 6
ERT Basic Training @ Christ UMC
- Sat, April 6
Mahoning Valley Spring District Conference @ Church Hill UMC
- April 6, 7, & 13
Facing Racism Lenten Book Study @ University Circle UMC
- Sat, April 6
Spring Into Giving Vendor Event @ Epworth Center
- Sat, April 13
Southern Hills Spring District Conference @ Mid East Career & Technology Center
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. Mooney, retired Elder, died March 26.
- Ronald E. Eppler, retired Elder, died March 24.
- Robert B. Hibbard, retired Elder, died March 18.
- Eric L. Martin, retired Elder, died March 19.
- Organist – Thoburn UMC
- Community Mental Health Workers – OhioGuidestone
- Organist – Faith UMC
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