July 29, 2019

Congregational Vitality

Join a Learning and Leadership Cohort Today
Learning and leadership cohorts help church leaders grow in their capacity for leadership in the local church. The goal is to help churches and participants move from technical leadership to adaptive leadership by sharing best practices to establish systems for long-term health and effectiveness.

Cohorts consist of three components: learning best practices; strategic planning; and ongoing coaching.

Through these Cohorts you will be blessed with new learnings and methods for ministry in your church and community. It is also a time to journey in covenant with others who are moving in the same direction in their learning.

The first cohort, Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural, is August 29. Learn more and register.

Young People’s Ministries

Stay Connected: High School Class of 2019
Pastors and youth leaders, please forward this link, https://forms.gle/oE8tyDW69gSJ7uXPA to each of your Class of 2019 graduates and their parents. Doing so will help you in preparing for your charge conference reporting, as well as help us get them in contact with chaplains on campus as they transition into the next phase of their lives. Thank you for your assistance.

Financial and Administrative Services

Achieving Financial Wellness Workshop – September 27
Review and evaluate your current financial status in a one-day workshop sponsored by the Conference Board of Benefits. Join us at Westbrook Park UMC in Canton from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 27.

Wespath Benefits and Investments partners with EY Financial Services. EY will give presentations on Estate Planning, Social Security and Retirement, and Dissolving Your Debt. The balance of the day will include an overview of Conference-sponsored benefits, inclusive of pension, death and disability benefits, and healthcare.

PLEASE NOTE: SEATING IS LIMITED! All attendees – including spouses – must register in advance. No walk-ins will be accommodated because personalized information is prepared in advance, and will be provided at the workshop, for each pastor attending.

Learn more and register online. Questions? Call Betsy Stewart at (800) 831-3972, Ext. 103 or Robin Whitacre at Ext. 151.

Camps and Retreat Ministries

Thank You, East Ohio!
We know that there are many things pulling kids in lots of different directions. Thanks for offering summer camp to the kids in your church and allowing us to be a partner in their spiritual formation.

Camp Asbury Community Spirit Day – August 31
Finish the summer in style by reconnecting in a sacred place with friends, alumni and neighbors. Share Camp Asbury’s ministry with others. Celebrate summer abundance with live music, outdoor dining, an open waterfront, wagon rides, hiking, outdoor games, a giant swing, and a campfire.

Join us from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 31. Admission is free and supper tickets are sold in advance or at the door.

Retreat Time is Upon Us!
When Summer Camp ends, our partnership with local churches, organizations and other ministries continues. Year-round camp directors and staff switch gears to retreat ministry mode when summer staff and campers head home.

Retreats offer encounters that can change the lives of individuals and groups in amazing ways.

  • Retreats are Encounters with God that provide periods of rest, renewal and reconnection with God.
  • Retreats are Encounters with Others in Community that offer a safe place to connect with those longing for connection.
  • Retreats are Encounters with the Creation that open people to God in special ways.

We provide accommodations year-round for small intimate settings or large group gatherings. Every year, we host youth groups, Bible study groups, United Methodist Women’s circles, and many others who take time to connect with God, with nature and with each other. If you want to find out more about the three retreat sites, visit www.EastOhioCamps.com.

Disaster Response

The Church Responds When Disasters Strike
The United Methodist Church has long been a leader in responding early and staying late when disasters strike. The connection modeled by our denomination during times of great stress in peoples’ lives, and the ability of our clergy and laity to lend a helping hand and offer words of comfort and prayer, bring comfort to homeowners during their times of need.

East Ohio Conference residents of West Lafayette in the Three Rivers District, and of the Neffs community in the Ohio Valley District, have witnessed firsthand the importance of helping one another after flooding hit their areas in the past month.

How You Can Help
We can best help those impacted by flooding in East Ohio by doing good and not causing harm.

  • We cause harm by self-deploying and by sending unwanted clothes and supplies.
  • We do good when we pray for those in need and we wait for an invitation to help them.

Three Rivers District Flood Relief:

  • If you know someone that is still in need of assistance in West Lafayette, please call the mayor’s office at (740) 545-7834 or stop by in person to pick up an application for assistance.
  • If you or your church want to assist with the rebuild once projects have been vetted, please call the Three Rivers District office at (740) 622-8880 or send an e-mail to 3riversdist@sbcglobal.net.

Ohio Valley District Flood Relief:

  • If you can help with assessments, please e-mail Bob Carson at carson_rm@msn.com.
  • A contact is being established for those wishing to volunteer to clean out basements. This includes ERT-trained persons as well as non-trained basic labor. Updated information will be shared as it becomes available.

Visit the Disaster Response page of the Conference website to learn other ways that you can assist when disasters strike, and visit the Disaster Response District Coordinators page to learn whom you should contact if a disaster impacts your church or community.

Take the UMVIM Team Leader training August 17 or November 9. Learn more and register.

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Multicultural Vitality

Perspectives: The Problem of Evil – August 19
Why does God allow suffering? Why do bad things happen to good people? How do we as clergy respond without resorting to clichés and platitudes? Dr. Thomas Jay Oord will speak directly to these questions and others as he presents the ideas from his latest book, God Can’t: How to Believe in God and Love After Tragedy, Abuse, and Evils.

Be part of the conversation at Girard First UMC from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on August 19. An optional lunch follows the theological discussion. Reservations are needed for lunch. Learn more and register.

Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships

 Ohio Council of Churches Celebrates 100 Years – September 6
Christians and the Disinherited: Toward the Next 100 Years of Ecumenical Ministry is the theme for this celebration at Methodist Theological School in Ohio (3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware).

You are invited, beginning at 8:30 a.m. for a full day of worship, workshops and reflections that will culminate with a 7:00 p.m. address by Leonard Pitts Jr., the acclaimed syndicated columnist. Full registration, including lunch is $50 ($30 for retirees and students). Evening-only registration is $20. Questions? Send an e-mail to info@ohcouncilchs.org or call (614) 372-8010. Learn more and register.

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:

  • Evidence That Demands a Verdict is completely updated and expanded and focuses on Jesus and the Gospels. Learn how the books of the New Testament came into being and why you can be sure they are historically reliable. Examine why the claims Jesus made about himself are true, how he fulfilled Old Testament prophecies about himself, and how we can know the resurrection took place.
  • Expecting to See Jesus; A Wake-Up Call for God’s People delivers a new message from the Mount of Olives in Israel and issues a wake-up call using the signs of Jesus’ return. Learn how you can experience an authentic, deeper, richer relationship with God in a life-changing, fire-blazing revival.
  • Job; A Story of Unlikely Joy reveals the redemptive facet of Job’s suffering. Learn to view pain as a way to strengthen your faith, point others to the gospel, and trust in the Lord. Because His providence will never take you to a place where His grace will not sustain you.
  • Organic Outreach for Churches; Infusing Evangelistic Passion into Your Local Congregation provides direction for local congregations to weave evangelism into the fabric of the church. Organic outreach happens when evangelistic vision and action become the domain of every ministry and the commitment of every person in the congregation.

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.

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The Lion King (2019)
Walt Disney Studios had a string of hand-drawn features in the 90s that managed to match beautiful animation with great stories and above average songs, similar to the string of classic Disney films from the 40s and 50s. In recent years, however, the Mouse House has begun remaking the older films with the new technology, creating a category that is now known as “Disney Live Action Reimaginings”.

The Lion King is the most recent in this series, combining perhaps the most impressive computer-generated animation yet with one of the dullest remakes that I’ve seen in quite a while. Director Jon Favreau and Director of Photography Caleb Deschanel worked overtime with their team to create their beautiful African animal world. But realistic lions, hyenas and warthogs spouting cartoon dialogue is a creepy combination. There is so little that can be done with facial expressions, the menacing lion villain Scar (voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor) just looks mangy and tired. Instead of wacky cartoon choreography, songs like “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” are linked to scenes of animals simply running around. The voice work is just okay, with the exception of Seth Rogan and Billy Eisner, given plenty of room to have fun with their dialogue as Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meercat.

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Credit Union

Christmas Clubs
It’s Christmas in July! ‘Tis the season to start saving. Before we know it, the time for giving will be upon us. Start saving for all of your holiday spending needs now. The United Methodist Financial Credit Union offers Christmas Club accounts and personal loans to help manage your budget for this coming winter. Call one of our loan officers today to get started!

Ohio Tax-Free Weekend
The weekend of August 2-4 is the State of Ohio’s Sales Tax Holiday. The holiday is good for buying clothing items $75 or less, supplies $20 or less, and instructional materials $20 or less. Head out to get this awesome deal for all of your back-to-school needs.

Events: July 29 – August 11

Click to view East Ohio Conference Calendar.

(The East Ohio Conference only accepts East Ohio United Methodist local church, conference and general UM events for listing on the Conference calendar.)


Details of listings may be found here.

Positions Available

  • Administrative Assistant – Tuscarawas District
  • Children’s Choir Director – Rocky River UMC
  • Finance Secretary – Trinity UMC
  • Facilities Manager – Trinity UMC
  • Pianist or Organist – Canal Fulton UMC
  • Organist/Pianist – East Shore UMC
  • Administrative Assistant – Greensburg UMC
  • Alto, Soprano and Tenor Soloists – Rocky River UMC
  • Receptionist/Clerical Assistant – Chardon UMC
  • Donor Engagement Specialist – Flat Rock Homes
  • Assistant Worship Band Leader – UMC of Kent
  • Youth Worship Song Leader – UMC of Kent
  • Adult Hand Bell Choir Director – UMC of Kent
  • Youth Hand Bell Choir Director – UMC of Kent
  • Church Administrator – First UMC of East Liverpool
  • Youth Director – First UMC of East Liverpool

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

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