Teach • Reach • Bless
76% of Needed $1.5 Million Committed – and 23% Collected
The East Ohio Conference has set a goal of raising and collecting $1.5 million to build and furnish a residence hall for female students on the campus of Africa University in Zimbabwe. The Teach • Reach • Bless campaign currently has commitments of $1,141,151 toward that $1.5 million goal and to date $342,152.90 has been received.
In supporting the campaign, you are joining with the laity and clergy of the East Ohio Conference in being committed to improving the education and wellness of women today for a better Africa tomorrow. By our Conference building and furnishing a new dorm, we will enable more female students to live on campus, meaning they won’t need to find off-campus housing that makes them vulnerable to untenable situations.
Financial & Administrative Services
Financially Support Your Church and The UMC During the Pandemic
While most of us continue to worship virtually, it’s important to remain faithful in giving our tithes and offerings to support our local church and the ministries of The United Methodist Church. The next scheduled special offering Sunday is World Communion Sunday on October 4.
Each local church sets the dates for two other special offerings. The offering for Golden Cross Sunday (UMC Fund 9208) supports EOC Health & Welfare covenant ministries. The DisAbility Awareness Sunday (UMC Fund 9212) offering supports persons with differing abilities and health concerns and calls the Church and society to recognize and include all persons.
Health & Welfare
Flat Rock Homes in Need of Face Masks and Gloves
Residents and staff of Flat Rock Homes, a Health & Welfare ministry of the East Ohio Conference, are in need of the close-fitting, flat-style face masks with either elastic ear loops or with elastic behind the head. These types of masks are easier for residents to wear than the ones that tie behind the head. Because of demand and the need to launder the masks daily, the agency is reaching out to the clergy and laity of the Conference asking for assistance in receiving 500 new masks of this style to be donated to the agency.
Donations of tight-fitting latex/nitrile gloves would also be greatly appreciated. Daily usage is depleting the reserves of gloves on hand and the lack of gloves available from suppliers is making it difficult to restock for the future. Any donation of vinyl, latex or nitrile gloves of any size would be a great help, as gloves are an ongoing need at Flat Rock.
Donations can be shipped to Flat Rock Homes 7353 N County Road 29 or PO Box 1, Flat Rock, OH 44828. They can also be dropped off outside the building. After arriving with your donation, please dial ext. 1500 and the supervisor will provide instructions on where to leave the items outside for the staff to collect.
NCJ Virtual Mission Academy – October 9 – 30
The North Central Jurisdiction Mission Academy will be virtual this year. East Ohio Conference clergy the Rev. Tammy Kuntz, the Rev. Dr. Jan Yandell, and the Rev. Ashley Steele are among the many presenters who will lead online workshops October 9 through October 30. All sessions begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The goals for this mission are to reunite people called to mission and to inform, train, energize, and share the story.
UMCOR and the Church Provide Relief When Disasters Strike
Wildfires in California. High-speed wind derechos in Iowa and Illinois. Hurricanes and tropical storms in the Caribbean and along the south and southeast shores of the United States. When a disaster overwhelms a community’s ability to recover on its own, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) provides essential relief supplies and supports long-term rebuilding efforts.
Responding to U.S. disasters, UMCOR works with the disaster response ministries of the affected United Methodist conference to provide financial assistance, expertise, and networking. When lives are impacted by a disaster, UMCOR is “early in and last out.”
Global Ministries Says, “Thank You!”
To show its appreciation to individuals, churches, districts, and conferences that supported its COVID-19 Sheltering in Love campaign, UMC Global Ministries has created a short video that highlights and celebrates the impact the campaign on the lives of people around the world.
Facebook Live Conversation “What We Have Learned So Far”
The Spiritual Formation and Christian Education Committee invites you to join a Facebook Live Conversation on September 10 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Carrie Antczak and Kathy Schmucker will share what they have learned leading spiritual formation in their local congregations during this pandemic.
Also, read “Resources for the Journey,” the Spiritual Formation blog that offers additional spiritual formation ideas for the local church.
Young People’s Ministries
Join other teens, families, and leaders during the month of October in making an impact in the community by serving others as part of the first-ever Project Impact. You decide as a youth group, or with your family, who to serve and how – while being sure to follow the social distancing recommendations of your local health department.
Please report back how you or your group made an impact in the community and tag #projectimpact on your social media posts. E-mail Kaye Wolfinger, director of Young People’s Ministries, sharing photos of your Project Impact ministry. The pictures will be used in a Project Impact video that can be shared with your congregation.
Seminary Offers Online Continuing Education Courses
Register now for two online continuing education classes being taught this fall by faculty of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
- Financial Management for the Church – Sept. 14 through Nov. 20
This 10-week intensive online course supports pastors with their lay leaders who are tasked with overseeing their church’s finances, but who may not have formal training in financial practices and planning. Explore the planning process for operating, capital expenditure, and cash budgets, and discuss the long-term financial planning process. Learn more and register.
- Evangelism for Non-Evangelists – Sept. 16 through Oct. 21
This six-week online evangelism course introduces you to evangelism as a practice that helps you grow in your faith at the same time you develop the skills to share your faith with others. The course can be taken by individuals or by groups. Participation by multiple people from the same congregation is encouraged to build a stronger basis for developing a congregational plan for evangelism. Learn more and register.
Our Visa travels with your student as they head off to college. Set them off on the right foot financially as they head out on their own for the first time. Our UMFCU Visa has many benefits including: low rates, no annual fee, and rewards for purchase transactions.
The Media Center has recently acquired the following resources:
- Sermon on the Mount; A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven takes a detailed and colorful overview of Matthew 5-7, collectively known as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and unpacks how Jesus makes his points using a solid knowledge of Hebrew Scriptures and moral teachings.
- Take Courage as you study the Book of Haggai, you will learn to walk confidently in your calling, stay motivated despite opposition, and courageously invest your life in God’s purposes, trusting Him for results you may never see in this lifetime.
- Galatians; Accepted and Free walks you through Galatians as Paul giving a very passionate and urgent assurance, helping you understand that once you place faith in Jesus, you are transformed. You are made new. You are forever a part of the family of God. You are fully accepted, and you are free.
- The Names of God; His Character Revealed leads women on an exploration of the many names of our triune God —from El and Elohim to Yahweh and its many combinations to names such as Abba, Jesus, and Holy Spirit…and many others.
Message in the Movies
It happens every summer. The American Legion organizes 8-day events around the country in which hundreds of high school juniors gather together to learn about democracy and play politics. (There are separate events for boys as well as girls.) In the new documentary Boys State we get to observe the 2018 program that was held in the Texas state capital of Austin. The opening scenes show boys from a variety of locations boarding the bus that will take them to Austin and to the college campus where they will be staying. The majority of these teenage Texans are white and conservative, but there are persons of color as well as progressives in the mix, as well.
Please pray for the families of:
- Robert J. Tolbert Jr., retired Elder, died August 7.
- Evelyn Taylor, surviving spouse of the Rev. Alva W. Taylor, died August 12.
To submit the obituary of an EOC clergy, clergy spouse, or surviving spouse, family should contact Melissa McGee, executive secretary to the bishop’s office, by phone at (330) 499-3972 ext. 112 or via e-mail.
- Chief Financial Officer – The North Texas Annual Conference of The UMC
- Custodian – Fairhope UMC
- Children’s Choir Director – Rocky River UMC
- Faith Community Nurse – Rocky River UMC
- Store Director – Crossroads UMC
- Director of Youth Ministries – Otterbein UMC Navarre
- Worship Leader – New Way UMC
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