July 12, 2021

Strategic Ministries

Worship Webinars – August 2 & August 5

Telling the Old Story in a New Time: Best Practices for Worshiping Online & Beyond
On August 2 at 6:00 p.m. join author, creative worship, and guest readiness coach Jason Moore of Midnight Oil Productions for a two-hour webinar focused on the unique challenges of worshipping in this time of blended virtual and in-person worship.

Both/And: Maximizing Hybrid Worship Experiences for Online and In-Person Audiences
On August 5 at 6:00 p.m. Jason Moore will lead a two-and-a-half-hour workshop that will delve into strategies for how to create powerful transformative worship where no one feels like they’re an afterthought.

Teams of three or more can register for the webinars at a discounted rate. Learn more and register.

SPECIAL OFFER: If you attend both Telling the Old Story in a New Time and Both/And, you and your team will qualify for seven coaching sessions with Jason Moore.

Multicultural Vitality

Ministerial Recruitment Institute Fun ‘N the Sun – July 17
The Ministerial Recruitment Institute (MRI) is a gathering within the East Ohio Conference for youth ages 13-18, or youth entering the 7th grade. Usually held as a week-long camp, MRI will meet this year on Saturday, July 17 for an afternoon of fun in the sun at Oakwood Community Park in Oakwood Village.

The goal of MRI is to create a space and an environment conducive to allowing young people to hear, question, consider, struggle, and respond to God’s call and claim on their lives to become true Christian disciples, leaders, ministers, pastors, and evangelists. The event is free, and lunch is included, but you do need to register in advance.

Learn more and register.

Health Benefits

Financial Well-Being Events – July 20 & 26
Wespath will twice offer the informational event Saving Grace: A Guide to Financial Well-Being to empower clergy and local church leaders to teach financial well-being skills to their congregations and to the wider community. Saving Grace is a biblically based Wesleyan tool that assists group leaders and participants in reaching financial well-being goals.

You have two opportunities to participate (Tuesday, July 20 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern OR Monday, July 26 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern). Both events will cover the same material, providing an overview of the curriculum, presentations from the content experts featured in the Saving Grace videos, and insight from clergy who have successfully led groups through the Saving Grace program.

The registration fee is $15 for one person and includes one workbook. If two people register to attend, the cost is $29 and includes two workbooks. Each additional person is $10 more, and all registrants will receive a workbook.

Learn more and register.


AC Vote Updates Clergy Vacation and Time Away Policy
During the 52nd session of Annual Conference June 16-19, members voted to make changes to the clergy vacation and time away policy. The changes were proposed by the East Ohio Conference Board of Ministry and the Cabinet.

“One very important step we took was bringing local pastors onto equal ground with ordained clergy with their time away from work. This ensures that local pastors have time away for their education as well as adequate time for rest, family, and spiritual renewal. This is not ‘how things used to be’ but it is a more fair policy,” said BOM Chair the Rev. Jonathan Priebe. “We also increased the minimum number of vacation Sundays for full-time clergy from four to five. This is in addition to two Sundays for continuing education and renewal leave. This means that a clergyperson who is responsible for a pulpit should preach no more than 45 Sundays per year plus special services and holidays. Adequate days are enumerated in the policy so that clergy have the entire week off when they take a Sunday of vacation.”

Priebe and the Board of Ministry ask that laity and members of local church staff parish relations committees encourage their clergy to take their needed and necessary time away.

Read Rev. Priebe’s explanation for the vacation and time away policy changes, which is posted on the Board of Ministry page of the Conference website.

Africa University

Bishop Domingos Named Fifth AU Chancellor

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Bishop Gaspar Joao Domingos of the West Angola Episcopal Area was inaugurated as the fifth chancellor during the 27th graduation ceremony, which was held virtually, on Saturday, July 3. Bishop Domingos succeeds Bishop John Yambasu, who tragically died in a car accident on August 16, 2020.

“The Council of Bishops congratulates Bishop Domingos as he assumes this important role as the fifth chancellor of Africa University. Bishop Domingos’ leadership will be important to the ongoing exemplary education of the University,” said COB President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey.

Roughly 24 nations were represented among this year’s 524 graduates, 59.9% of whom are female.

Teach • Reach • Bless Campaign to Build a Dorm for Female Students
It’s not too late to make a difference in the life of a female student at Africa University by supporting the East Ohio Conference initiative to build a new dorm on the campus. The new dormitory for female students is needed because increasing enrollment at AU 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.

View and download the Teach • Reach • Bless AC 2021 Presentation.
Make a donation to the Teach • Reach • Bless campaign.

Jurisdictional Conference

Special Called Session of NCJ Conference – November 11-13
In accordance with ¶521.1 and ¶521.3 of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, the North Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops will convene a special session of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference November 11-13, 2021, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We expect the conference to begin on Thursday morning and conclude by noon on Saturday.

In accordance with ¶521.3 “the delegates to a special session of the jurisdictional conference shall be the delegates last elected by each annual conference.” The delegates to this special session will be those who were elected to attend the regular session of the jurisdictional conference scheduled for 2020 but now postponed to 2022.

Read the full release from the NCJ College of Bishops.


In-Person UMVIM Team Leader Training – August 15
The United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) team leader training from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 15 is an in-person event. Rev. Kathy Dickriede, director of Missions & Community Engagement, will lead the training at Cambridge Faith UMC. There is no cost to attend the class but you do need to register in advance.

Learn more and register.

UMVIM Long-Term Missions
The Michigan Conference is in need of teams willing to assist clergy and laity devastated by flooding in 2019. Please e-mail Dan O’Malley in the Great Lakes/Bay Region to arrange an adult mission journey for this fall. If you have questions or are in need of UMVIM Team Leader training, please e-mail Rev. Kathy Dickriede.

View the list of mission projects.

Meet the Author of From Congo to Cleveland – August 17
The Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland, an EOC Health and Welfare agency, will welcome author Adolphe Musanga as part of its Bread on Bridge program at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 17. Musanga self-published From Congo to Cleveland, which tells his story of immigration and all of the barriers and success that have come from his journey. This is a great opportunity for churches to learn more about the immigration process from someone who is willing to teach from their first-hand perspective and experience. Books are $20 and can be purchased at the event. E-mail Nehemiah Mission with any questions.

Learn more about the Bread on Bridge ministry.

Media Center

The Media Center has recently acquired the following resources:

  • Captivating; Unveiling The Mystery Of A Woman’s Soul – updated version. The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel are telling you of the life God created you to live. He offers to come now, as the Hero of your story–to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman.
  • Single, Dating, Engaged, Married; Navigating Life + Love in the Modern Age suggests spiritual and eternal purposes to help twenty-somethings navigate their way through these four critical seasons of relationships.
  • I Am Restored – None of us can outrun the wounds of our past. We can face our past willingly, or our live will force us to face it. But while digging into the deep corners of our souls and excavating our past is uncomfortable, this is where God makes a masterpiece out of our mess. Through this study, you can begin to take steps toward healing and restoration.

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.

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F9: The Fast Saga
F9 tells the story of Dominic “Dom” Toretto and the ragtag bunch of friends and family who get together for whatever caper calls them into action. In the first film, The Fast and the Furious (from 2001) they were a bunch of competitive drag racers. After a few films, the gang got involved with heists and espionage, and were pursued by federal agents who sometimes switched sides to join forces.

This film begins with a flashback to 1989 in which we learn that Dom has a brother named Jakob who was with him at the time their father died while racing. This is important to know because there is enough bad blood between the siblings that Jakob is now Dom’s sworn enemy, joined by the cyberterrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron) and a German baddie named Otto (Thue Ersted Rasmussen) in an involved scheme to find two halves of a device that can be used to threaten the world!

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Please pray for the families of:

  • Richard E. Rothrockretired Associate Member, died July 4.

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

  • Director of Discipleship – Finley UMC
  • Administrative Assistant – The UMC in Stow
  • Director of Choirs – Asbury UMC
  • Pianist/Organist – Coalburg UMC Hubbard
  • Piano Accompanist – The UMC of Uniontown
  • Assistant Worship Band Leader – The UMC of Kent
  • Director of Youth Ministries – Crosspoint UMC in Massillon
  • Pianist/Organist – Canfield UMC
  • Director of Discipleship – Canfield UMC
  • Church Secretary/Administrator – Uniontown UMC
  • Pianist/Organist – Trinity UMC in Mount Gilead
  • Pianist/Keyboardist – Amboy UMC in Conneaut
  • Two (2) Co-Youth Leaders – Grace UMC in North Canton
  • Administrative Assistant – Ontario UMC in Mansfield

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

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