July 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 June 17 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
John Fitch Franklin Square UMC MV
Hyun-Suk Kim Coalburg, Hubbard, & Youngstown Korean UMCs MV
Tom Scott New Garden & Winona UMCs MV

Flood Response in West Lafayette

The East Ohio Conference Disaster Committee has authorized up to $2,000 from fund 9200 – Disaster Response in Ohio – to help the village of West Lafayette provide additional temporary staffing in response to needs assessment caused by flash floods this month. Mayor Stephen R. Bordenkircher, Pastor Matthew Anderson, and Pastor Dan Eggan express deep appreciation for the strong support of the Three Rivers District, area United Methodist churches, and an overwhelming number of school groups, volunteer groups, and others who have helped with the initial response. The task now is to identify long term needs for recovery. A local Flood Relief Fund has been set up at the Home Loan Savings Bank in conjunction with the West Lafayette UMC. You may also contribute to East Ohio Fund 9200.

It is not helpful to overwhelm the local community with donated items or unplanned volunteers. Please DO NOT self-deploy. Please DO NOT donate items unless specifically requested by West Lafayette UMC. Pastor Matt is working closely with the village to coordinate multiple church and community organizations.

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Camps and Retreat Ministries

It’s Not Too Late to Register for Summer Camp
Summer Camp in East Ohio means fun for children, youth, and adults of all ages. There is still time to register and attend summer camp – where campers make memories to last a lifetime! East Ohio camps have something for everyone. From horse camp and canoeing to stargazing and sports, we have plenty of outdoor fun for everyone. Let our Camps be your partner in faith. For information on summer camps, contact your local church, call the East Ohio Conference Camping Office at (330) 499-3972 ext. 108, or visit us on the web at www.EOCSummercamps.org.

Congregational Vitality

Navigate Leadership Development Conference – August 22-24: Unleashing the Leader in You
Navigate: Unleashing the Leader in You is an equipping event offered to help current and future leaders impact their congregations and communicate for Jesus Christ.

Join us at the Radisson Harrisburg for a medley of equipping opportunities or to explore learning tracks for: Revitalization; Small Church; Lay Pastors; New Places for New People; Young Leaders; and Conference Leaders.

Featured presenters include: Barry Robison, Blake Bradford, Chuck Salter, Kelly Brown, Ken Nash, Ken Willard, Derrek Belease, Mindi Gochnaur, J. Val Hasting, Kenda Creasy Dean, Olu Brown, Paul Nixon, JJ Warren, Jason Moore, Kay Kotan, Phil Schroeder, Rosario Picardo, and Kevin Slimp.

Invite your colleagues to join you for this can’t-miss event. Learn more and register.


Cost of Poverty Experience – July 13
The House of the Carpenter is partnering with Think Tank, another non-profit from Springfield, OH, to bring a Cost of Poverty Experience event to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (16 Ridgecrest Road, Wheeling, West Virginia) on Saturday, July 13. The COPE is similar to the poverty simulation summits held across the East Ohio Conference. It’s an event designed to allow people to experience living many of the issues confronted by families in poverty.

The simulation provides each participate a role in a family and assigns the family a variety of tasks to be completed during a “week,” which is a 15-minute period of time. The goal is to be in better condition at the end of the week than you were at the beginning of the week. There will be four weeks of events for each family. The Cost of Poverty Experience is scheduled from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. on July 13. There is no cost to participate but you must register in advance online. Register today. If you need child care, please call (304) -233-4640 and inform Mike or Michelle of the number and ages of the children that will need care.

Download a printable bulletin insert.

Financial and Administrative Services

Clergy Housing Allowance
The clergy housing allowance provided by Section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

The group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) announced, on June 14, 2019, that it would not ask the United States Supreme Court to review its challenge to the housing allowance. After winning its case in a federal district court in Wisconsin, the FFRF’s victory was overturned – and the housing allowance was found to be constitutional by the Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, a federal court immediately below the Supreme Court. In its June 14 press release, the FFRF stated a lack of confidence that members of the Supreme Court would be willing to overturn the 7th Circuit’s decision.

Local Church Payroll Processing Services
At this time, we are not accepting new local church enrollees. We will continue to process the payrolls of churches that had enrolled by the application deadline.

Paychex has offered to extend to local churches not currently enrolled in our payroll service the same East Ohio Conference discounted service. To learn more, please contact Joe Walter at Paychex via phone, (440) 478-4072, or e-mail, jwalter@paychex.com.


Attention HealthFlex Participants
The July 31 new deadline for completing your HealthQuotient (HQ) is right around the corner. Both primary participant and covered spouse should complete the HQ and avoid paying extra on next year’s HealthFlex deductible. Log in on your HealthFlex WebMD portal and spend 15 minutes completing your HQ.

Learn more about the Health Quotient and the July 31 deadline for completing it.

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources for stewardship campaigns:

  • Extravagant Generosity talks about the role of giving in the spiritual life, but they fail to involve church members thinking and praying about their financial discipleship on a day-today basis.
  • first; putting GOD first in living and giving is a four-week all-church stewardship program to help participants reassess priorities and create a culture and a lifestyle of giving with a special emphasis on missions.
  • Transformed Giving carries its themes of Prayer, Presence, Gifts & Services throughout all the materials.
  • Treasure Program: A Stewardship Program on Faith and Money uses the Sermon on the Mount to reexamine what our treasure is. How do we spend our time, energy, and money? If our hearts follow our treasure, as Jesus taught, then we’d better make sure they are aligned.

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 MoviesMessage in the Movies banner (colorful film strip

Toy Story 4
The plot of this movie isn’t very interesting but, boy, does it have the themes that the little ones are thirsty for. Ageing. Mortality. Existential angst. Abandonment. Inner voices. Yes, they’re all here to confuse or bore little children.

What’s not here? How about friendship and loyalty? Instead of working together with Buzz, Woody tells him to listen to the voice within (which means pushing the buttons on his spacesuit sleeve and following them like Magic 8 Ball advice). Buzz is given little to do except wait in the wings while a new hero, Duke Caboom, (Keanu Reeves) takes center stage. One of the major new toy characters begins as a sinister figure only to switch personalities midway through the movie. Two carnival toys, Ducky (Keenan Michael Key) and Bunny (Jordan Peele) imagine horrific scenes of violence that would have delighted Sid, the sadistic kid in Toy Story.

Toy Story 4 is just too much: Too many writers, too many characters, too much action, and too much self-importance. This is one movie that should have been rated PG, since it has betrayed childhood in its hurry to grow up.

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Credit Union

Are you changing appointments? Let us help you finance a new place to call home! Contact Christine Smith at our Cincinnati Office by phone at (800) 373-1059 ext. 12 or by e-mail at csmith@umethodist.com to get the process started!

Recreational Vehicles!
Let us help fuel your summer fun! UMFCU offers great rates on a variety of recreational vehicles! Boats, Campers, Motorcycles and more! Contact one of our loan officers today!

  • Christine Fairhurst (800) 831-3972 ext. 104
  • Christine Smith (800) 373-1059 ext. 12
  • Jason Fishburn (317) 296-7177

Events: July 1 – July 14

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(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:

  • Catherine Leesurviving spouse of the Rev. George E. Lee, died June 21.
  • Neal Wildsretired Elder, died May 21.

View obituaries


Details of listings may be found here.

Positions Available

  • Director of Christian Education – First UMC of Macedonia
  • Administrative Assistant – New Philadelphia First UMC
  • Director of Young Disciples Ministry – Geneva UMC
  • Director of Modern Worship – Chardon UMC

Items Available/Wanted

  • Linen Alb – available for free

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

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