November 4, 2019


The 2019 East Ohio Annual Conference Journal has been posted to the Conference website. Use the bookmark feature of the pdf window to easily access any section of The Journal.

View The 2019 Conference Journal.

Financial and Administrative Services

2020 Shared Ministry Statements Sent
Final 2020 Shared Ministry Statements have been sent to all churches. Included in the statement, for the first time this year, is a line that includes the church’s portion of its District Shared Ministry.

Health Care Benefits

HealthFlex Benefits Enrollment Ends Nov. 14
Active clergy, lay employees, and retirees younger than 65 years of age covered by HealthFlex are required to elect their health benefits for 2020 during annual enrollment, Oct. 30 – Nov. 14.

For 2020, participants choose from six available medical plans, three vision plans, three dental plans, and tax advantage accounts to help manage health care costs.

Visit the health benefits page of the Conference website to compare details of the plans, view the participant workshop video, access the ALEX Benefits Counselor, and more.

Participants must elect a health benefits plan by November 14.

Health & Welfare

Crandall Medical Center Honored
Crandall Medical Center on the campus of Copeland Oaks is ranked #3 in Ohio on the Newsweek list of “Best Nursing Homes for 2020.” The magazine partnered with global data research firm Statista, Inc. to analyze over 15,000 nursing homes in the United States and recognize award winners in 20 states.

View the list from the October 18 issue of Newsweek.

General Conference

Judicial Council Issues Decision
Legislation setting special provisions for United Methodist churches deciding to leave the denomination took effect immediately at the end of the special General Conference last February, the church’s top court has ruled.

In making that determination, the United Methodist Judicial Council at least temporarily bypassed the assertion from a Commission on General Conference investigation that improper voting meant the vote to substitute parts of Petition 90066, the disaffiliation petition, was null and void.

The court decided to hold the request submitted by the Council of Bishops on the question of improper voting to its next session. In Decision 1386, the Judicial Council noted that “because of our inability to get the information requested during oral argument” it would be best to re-schedule the case.

On a related matter, the Judicial Council issued no opinion on the “constitutionality, meaning, application or effect” of certain petitions of the Traditional Plan, also adopted in February.

Read the UM News article in its entirety.


UMVIM Team Leader Training – November 9
Training one member of your United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) team as a team leader enables the entire team to apply for mission team scholarships and grants.

The Canal District is underwriting the cost of UMVIM team leader training November 9 at Heart 4 the City in Akron. This means participants will pay the special price of only $10 (instead of the regular $35) to be trained as a team leader. It’s a win-win opportunity. Be trained for less and be eligible to apply for cost-saving scholarships and grants.

Learn more and register today.

Camps and Retreat Ministries

2020 Confirmation Retreat Dates
Calling all church confirmation leaders: bring your class to a confirmation retreat at camp next February. In the new year, Camp Asbury (Feb. 7-9) and Camp Wanake (Feb. 21-23) will host Confirmation Retreats at which participants will explore our United Methodist understanding of the sacraments and look at ways we talk about and experience God, the ways we can connect with God in prayer, and the heritage and organization of our United Methodist Church.

Learn more and register.

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 Browse the resource catalog at

Credit Union

Veteran’s Day Closing
On Monday, November 11, the Cincinnati and Indiana offices of The United Methodist Financial Credit Union will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day. Our North Canton office will be open normal business hours to serve our members.

Message in the MoviesMessage in the Movies banner (colorful film strip

Transit is the latest film from the provocative German director Christian Petzold. The movie is based on a novel from 1944 by Anna Seghers depicting the Nazi occupation of France. Transit begins its story in modern-day Paris and there are no signs of swastikas anywhere, but one thing is clear: the government is making sweeps to round up people to send to prison camps and if you want to save your life, you need to come up with a plan to get out.

Georg (Rogowski) needs to get out of the country (for unspecified reasons) and he has friends who are setting up the details to leave from Marseilles to the United States and from there to Mexico. Before he leaves, he is instructed to deliver a couple of letters to a writer named Weidel. When he arrives at the writer’s apartment and discovers that Weidel has committed suicide, he grabs a manuscript as well as other personal belongings of the writer and heads to Marseilles. There’s now an opportunity for Georg to assume a new identity and in ways that will help his exodus.

Read entire review.

Events: November 4 – November 17

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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:

  • William F. Brionspouse of the Rev. Jerrie Bell-Brion, died October 11.
  • William B. Bowmanspouse of the Rev. Susan Bowman, died October 20.

View obituaries


Details of listings may be found here.

Positions Available

  • Finance Secretary – The UMC of Berea
  • Worship Arts Coordinator – Faith UMC in North Canton
  • Director of Adult Choirs – Faith UMC in North Canton
  • Administrative Assistant – Faith UMC in North Canton
  • Communications Outreach and Marketing (C.O.M.) Assistant – Faith UMC in North Canton
  • Choir Accompanist – The UMC of Uniontown
  • Director of Music – Church of the Lakes
  • Custodian – St. Paul UMC
  • Youth Coordinator – Jefferson UMC
  • The Director of Adult Choirs – Faith UMC in North Canton
  • The Worship Arts Coordinator – Faith UMC in North Canton

Items Available/Wanted

  • 8 beautifully framed pictures – Sunbury UMC

To submit a classified ad please email

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