June 1, 2021

2021 Appointments

Bishop Tracy S. Malone announces the following 2021 clergy appointments and/or changes of status. Appointments are effective July 1, 2021 unless otherwise noted.

Move Out: Monday, June 28                      Move In: Tuesday, June 29

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

Tom AbrahamGreen Valley Chapel UMCTR 
Sheena CameronSt. Paul & Mt. Pleasant UMCsNC 
Matt DarrinNortheastern Mahoning Valley Charge: Howland, Tod Avenue, 614, & Hubbard UMCsMV 
Michael HowardLorain Wesley UMCFL 
Hyun Suk KimGnadenhutten UMCTW 
Don KrapsRockport UMCNC 
Tom MatusMt. Ephraim & Ava UMCsSH 
Randy MayHarpersfield & Geneva First UMCsWR 
Samuel MohnCoalburg UMCMV 
Luigi PerezExtension Ministry; U.S. Air Force 
Nicole PickensLisbon UMCMV 
Bradford PriceExtension Ministry; Compass Recovery Center 
Mark ShaferlyTiffin Harmony UMCFL 
Jason SnyderBrandon, Lock Federated & Utica UMCsTR 
Jeffrey StollPlymouth Community & Saybrook UMCsWR 
Karen TruettSimpson & Green Town UMCsTW 
Lyle WarrenConesville & New Moscow UMCsTR 

Visit the 2021 Appointments and Changes of Status page of the Conference website to read the Cabinet’s Core Values for Making Appointments and to see the lists of appointments, retirements, and those who are concluding their ministry.

Annual Conference 2021

View the Livestream of AC 2021 – June 16-19
The worship services and business session presentations of Annual Conference 2021, June 16-19, will be live inside the John S. Knight Center in Akron with clergy and lay members of conference participating remotely via Zoom and voting online. All EOC clergy and laity can view the livestream feed of the services and sessions of AC 2021 on the Conference website.

View the AC Livestream Beginning June 16.
Visit the Annual Conference 2021 website.

Annual Conference Offering
The Annual Conference 2021 offering (Fund 9214) will support:

  • Global Ministries Missionaries Around the World providing salary support for the United Methodist missionary community in over 60 countries. The pandemic has impacted funding for missionaries because they haven’t been able to itinerate to sponsoring churches that financially support their ministries.
  • Board of Ministry Young Clergy Initiative Internships which provide experience in Christian ministry within a United Methodist setting, with the intern being mentored by a clergy member and a committee of lay members of the host church.
  • The Bishop’s Discretionary Fund which is used by Bishop Tracy S. Malone to support ministry needs that impact countless lives each year.

Each EOC pastor and church is encouraged to give generously to the Annual Conference offering, Fund 9214. Donate online or via mail.

Proposed 2022 Budgets
The proposed 2022 Conference budget and the proposed 2022 district budgets are available under the Resources tab of the AC 2021 website. The budgets will be part of the Conference Council on Finance & Administration report during the morning business session on Saturday, June 19.

View the Proposed 2022 Conference Budget.
View the Proposed 2022 District Budgets.

2021 Resolutions
Two resolutions have been submitted for consideration of Annual Conference members. Resolutions are scheduled to be presented Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19.

View Resolutions 2021-01 and 2021-02.

Pre-Conference Workbook
Reports to be presented to Annual Conference 2021 and informational reports from both the East Ohio Conference and from across the connection of The United Methodist Church are compiled in the Pre-Conference Workbook, which is posted under the Resources tab of the AC 2021 website.

View and download the Pre-Conference Workbook.

Services and Celebrations
You can participate in the services and celebrations of Annual Conference by viewing the livestream and reading the Book of Services and Celebrations, that is posted under the Resources tab of the Annual Conference 2021 website.

Schedule of Services and Celebrations:

  • 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 16
    Service of Commissioning and Ordination
  • 9:00 a.m. Thursday, June 17
    Service of Commemoration and Holy Communion
  • 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 17
    Board of Ministry Celebration of Retirement
  • 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 18
    Morning Worship
  • 9:00 a.m. Saturday, June 19
    Morning Worship

View and download the Book of Services and Celebrations.

Virtual Ministry Fair
This year’s ministry fair is virtual – and it has already begun! More than 40 East Ohio Conference ministries and mission partners submitted flyers highlighting ways that you can make a difference in their work through your prayers, presence, service, and support. Take part in the virtual ministry fair by viewing the flyers in the June/July/August issue of The Window that is posted under the Resources tab of the Conference website and linked under the Resources tab of the Annual Conference 2021 website.

View the Virtual Ministry Fair flyers.

Spiritual Formation Ministries to Give Away Prize Boxes
Find out what Spiritual Formation Ministries is all about during the Virtual Ministry Fair the week of Annual Conference. Each day June 13 – 19 we will premiere a one-minute video on our EOC Spiritual Formation Ministries Facebook page sharing about an area of Spiritual Formation Ministries. Each day, the first two people to comment on each video will receive a prize box of interesting things.

View the Spiritual Formation Facebook page.

Teach • Reach • Bless

Making a Difference One Donation at a Time
The East Ohio Conference has made a commitment to raise $1.5 million through the Teach • Reach • Bless campaign to build a new dormitory for female students at Africa University. Increasing enrollment and a lack of on-campus housing means that some students commute from remote areas and find affordable off-campus housing, putting female students at risk of living in and being subjected to untenable situations.

Ground cannot be broken for construction of the new residence hall until the entire $1.5 million needed to build and furnish the residence hall is collected and sent to Africa University. Currently, $526,685.99 needs to be collected to reach the campaign goal. Each new donation, and each payment of a commitment, to the Teach • Reach • Bless campaign moves the East Ohio Conference one step closer to collecting the needed $1.5 million dollars to build and furnish a residence hall for 90 female students at the University.

A challenge gift from Rev. Bill & Marty McFadden will add $1 to every $3 donated in 2021. If you made a financial commitment to the campaign, you are asked to prayerfully consider paying the commitment in full by the end of 2021, if possible. If you have not yet made a financial commitment to the campaign, you are invited to make a financial donation during 2021.

Make a financial donation to the Teach • Reach • Bless campaign.
View the lists of campaign donors.

Multicultural Vitality

All in God’s Image: A Celebration of Black History Curriculum
Multicultural Vitality is excited to announce that our recent curriculum for Sunday school students, All in God’s Image: A Celebration of Black History, is available to EOC churches at no cost. This four-week unit, designed developmentally for grades K-6, includes suggested children’s book titles, activities, Bible verses, historical information, songs, and more. It is also a perfect resource for church school staff who would like to highlight a Juneteenth celebration this summer, use it for VBS, or for summer Sunday school lessons.

The curriculum, created by local diversity learning consultant/trainer Corinne Dunn, received great reviews from EOC church leaders who participated in a training event ahead of Black History Month.

“The program has so much space for an instructor to present the information and make it special,” said Sharon Sudberry of Church of the Saviour UMC. We plan to build [a] spotlight on one of the key leaders discussed in the All in God’s Image curriculum each night of VBS during the Bible story rotation as they relate to one of the VBS themes of truth, justice, peace, faith, and salvation,” shared Linda Morrow, certified lay minister at New Concord UMC.

If you have questions about the curriculum, please e-mail Will Fenton-Jones, director of Multicultural Vitality, or call him at (330) 499-3972 ext. 117.

Download the All in God’s Image curriculum.

Higher Education

EXPLORE Institute at Ohio Wesleyan University – June 23-25
EXPLORE Institute is a three-day virtual experience that offers high school students the opportunity to examine their Christian faith and prepare to grow that faith in college. College brims with opportunity to develop as an individual and delve into faith and theology in both personal and academic life. Designed for rising juniors, seniors, and recent grads, EXPLORE bridges the gap between high school youth group and college life through breakout sessions with current college students, thoughtful messages from Ohio Wesleyan University and Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) professors, and time to reflect and connect with others.

Learn more about Explore Institute.

Camps & Retreat Ministries

There is Room for You at Summer Camp 2021
Register today to be part of Summer Camp 2021 at Camp Aldersgate, Camp Asbury, and Camp Wanake.

East Ohio Camps has been making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ for more than 60 years. Our hope is that you and your family will become a part of this rich history by participating in the 2021 Summer Camp program. Our prayer is that East Ohio Camps will become a spiritual home for your family. You belong at camp this summer and every summer. There is still room for you!

Visit the EOC Summer Camps website to learn more and to register online. Call the Camps office at (800) 831-3972 ext. 108 to get a brochure.


UMVIM Team Leader Training – August 15
Join Rev. Kathy Dickriede to learn best practices for mission team leaders this summer. The training session is Sunday, August 15 at Faith UMC in Cambridge. The training is free to attend, but you need to register in advance.

Learn more and register.

Missions Virtual 5K Run/1-Mile Walk – June 19
Participants are asked to e-mail Rev. Dickriede, director of Missions & Community Engagement, so that she knows how many people will run/walk to raise money for East Ohio Conference missions.

Fall Mission Mondays
Make plans to spend a Monday this fall at the sites of some of our East Ohio Conference mission partners – and bring a guest. Invite youth leaders, mission chairs, lay leaders, and anyone else who is curious about how to engage in missions in East Ohio. Registration information will be available soon so that you can sign-up to get a behind-the-scenes look at our EOC United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) sites:

  • Sept. 13 – Blue Rose Mission, Mansfield
  • Sept. 20 – Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland
  • Sept. 27 – Steubenville Urban Mission
  • Oct. 4 – Epworth Center, Bethesda
  • Oct. 11 – Covered Bridge Mission, Jefferson

MMDC Christmas Collection
Thank you for collecting items for the June UMCOR kit drive. As you begin to think about what your congregation will do to support others this Christmas, please know that East Ohio Conference Missions will coordinate a Christmas collection drive with Midwest Mission Distribution Center the week of November 29. We strongly encourage you to be a part of the connectional UMC by supporting MMDC and UMCOR this holiday season.

Health Benefits

HealthQuotient is Now Health Check
The Health Check online health assessment is a great step toward preventing disease and improving well-being. This online tool is a fast and easy way to evaluate how personal health factors and lifestyle habits may raise your risk for serious conditions like heart disease or diabetes. The Health Check does not diagnose conditions – but it does provide information about how various factors may increase your likelihood of developing certain health conditions.

Improve your well-being and save money by taking the online Health Check assessment administered by Virgin Pulse. In 15 minutes or less you can gain access to health coaching, Journeys, and other HealthFlex well-being programs. Your Health Check results are confidential and by doing the assessment you can avoid paying extra on your 2022 HealthFlex deductible. The deadline to complete the Health Check is August 31.

Learn more about Health Check.

Media Center

The Media Center has recently acquired the following resources:

  • Sacred Pathways uncovers nine spiritual “pathways” that people have used over the centuries to grow closer to God. Provided with tools to assess your key pathway, you are encouraged to investigate the ways you most naturally express yourself in your relationship with God.
  • Common Ground: Loving Others Despite Our Differences teaches us that the Scriptures hold the key to living at peace despite our differences. Learn to live at peace with others even when you disagree by studying biblical stories of rivalries.
  • Mysteries of the Messiah pulls back the curtain to show the many connections in Scripture hidden in plain sight. You are guided from the story of creation through Revelation to see the passion and purpose of the Messiah, the Torah, and several of the patriarchs and prophets.

To reserve these or other resources, call the Media Center at (800) 831-3972 x139 or send an e-mail to ageorge@eocumc.com. Browse the resource catalog at www.rqmweb.com/eocumc.

Credit Union

The Cincinnati Service Center is Moving
To better serve our members and to let other members of the Christian community know they can belong to the Christian Family Credit Union, we have built a beautiful new Cincinnati-based service center and headquarters located at 410 Chamber Dr., Milford, OH 45150. Our new location has a drive-thru teller lane, an onsite ATM, a night drop box, and the same great, local team to serve you. While we pack up our boxes for the big day, our current Cincinnati location will be closed from Friday, June 4 through Sunday, June 6. We will open the doors to our new Milford location on Monday, June 7. Stay tuned for more information such as a grand opening celebration sometime in June.

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

A Week Away
A Week Away, the new faith-based family-friendly film on Netflix, should come with a disclaimer: “The following movie is in no way representative of summer camp, the criminal justice system, typical adolescence, or contemporary popular culture.”

Or: If you are a fourth grader who thought Disney’s High School Musical was too edgy, have I got a film for you.

The movie begins with an opening scene that evokes the current national conversation about law enforcement and white privilege. Will Hawkins (Quinn) is running away from the cops with a guitar in his hand. Although we don’t actually see it, Will had stolen a police car and then abandoned the vehicle. When he is caught, he is handcuffed, taken to the station and then seated across from an officer who reviews Will’s criminal history with some wry humor. (Remember – he stole a police car!) Will is an orphan and has been in and out of trouble for weeks. He is given an ultimatum: Either go to juvenile prison and face charges or attend a week of summer camp, accompanied by Kristen, a Christian social worker (Sherri Shepherd) and her teenage son George (Jahbril Cook).

Read entire review.


Please pray for the families of:

  • William E. Buckeye, retired Elder, died May 25.
  • Lois M. Hublerspouse of retired Elder Alfred J. Hubler, died May 24.

View obituaries.

To submit the obituary of an EOC clergy, clergy spouse, or surviving spouse, family should contact Melissa McGee, Executive Secretary to the Bishop, by phone at (330) 499-3972 ext. 112 or via e-mail.


Details of listings may be found here.

Positions Available

  • Custodian – Cleveland Mt. Pleasant UMC
  • Church Secretary – Cleveland Mt. Pleasant UMC
  • Organist/Accompanist/Bell Choir Director – First UMC in Massillon
  • Custodian – Mayfield UMC in Chesterland
  • Director of Music for Sanctuary Services – Church of the Lakes UMC in Canton

To submit a classified ad please e-mail swilliams@eocumc.com.

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