July 25, 2022

Strategic Ministries

UM Appalachian Ministry Network 50th Anniversary Assembly – Oct. 5-7
All are invited to the UM Appalachian Ministry Network (UMAMN) 50th Anniversary Assembly “Building a Beloved Community.” Celebrate, worship, and learn about ministries that have been working to eradicate poverty in Appalachia for the past 50 years. The Assembly is October 5-7, in Wheeling WV. Workshop topics include dismantling racism, addressing poverty, jobs and training, grant writing, and more. 

The goals of UMAMN are to: support ministries that address systemic causes of poverty and other social issues in Appalachia; provide education and training for ministries and local lay and clergy church leaders in an Appalachian context; and provide education and awareness for advocacy on issues that impact Appalachia.

Learn more and register for UMAMN Assembly.

For questions about Strategic Ministries opportunities, please e-mail the Rev. Beth Ortiz, director of Strategic Ministries, or visit the Strategic Ministries pages on the Conference website.

Missions & Community Engagement

In-person International Mission Journeys Return
Make plans now to be part of an in-person international United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) journey. Teams are forming now for trips in 2022, 2023, and even 2024 as our East Ohio Conference continues to partner in hands-on, in-person ministry around the world.

If God is calling you to go, then e-mail Rev. Kathy Dickriede, director of Missions & Community Engagement, to learn how you can be part of an upcoming team – or to lead a team.

Learn more about EOC Mission Journeys.

Global Ministries #STILLINMISSION – Aug. 4
Are you interested in learning more about United Methodist missionaries? Do you wonder what day-to-day life is like in mission? Join us via Zoom at noon on Thursday, August 4 for #STILLINMISSION, an opportunity to meet in a small group and hear first-hand experiences from missionaries about their call to mission and the communities they serve around the world. The August 4 online event will feature:

  • Althea Belton, coordinator of Local Missional Engagement with Gulfside Assembly,
  • Charles Mulemena, pastor and trainer with the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas,
  • David Makobo N’Shikala, project and leadership support coordinator in the Senegal District of the Côte d’Ivoire Annual Conference, and
  • Eun Ha Choi, missionary in residence with Global Ministries

Learn more and register for free for #STILLINMISSION.

Christian Children’s Home of Ohio UMC Day – Sept. 15
Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO) in Wooster (EOC Advance Fund 9977) will host an appreciation day from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 to thank the East Ohio Conference and The United Methodist Church for our support of CCHO’s children’s ministry. Pastors and church members are invited to the free appreciation day to tour the 165-acre CCHO campus, see the five residential cottages the equine therapy stables on Thursday the rock wall and more, and take a wagon ride tour around the back campus. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Reservations are required by September 8. Reservations, including church name, pastor’s name, and how many from the church will attend, should be e-mailed to Pastor David Walker. If you have questions about the event, please call Pastor Walker at (330) 345-7949 ext. 2617.

Learn more about Christian Children’s Home of Ohio.

UMCOR Early Response Team (ERT) Training – Sept. 17
The Conference Disaster Response Committee offers United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Early Response Team (ERT) training to teach best practices for responding in disaster situations. This training will take place at the Epworth Center in Bethesda on Saturday, September 17 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Training includes how to: interact with survivors, help survivors recover belongings, tarp roofs, and safely remove debris. Successful completion of the training and a background check is required to receive your credentials as an UMCOR ERT volunteer. This class can also fulfill your three-year recertification requirement, and the cost is the same as a recertification class. Class will be led by UMCOR-certified trainer Michael Woodward. Check in starts at 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be provided. Cost is $25 and covers cost of training materials, meal, t-shirt, and the required UMCOR background check. If you have any questions, please e-mail Michael Woodward.

Learn more and register for ERT training.

For questions about Missions & Community Engagement ministries and opportunities, please e-mail the Rev. Kathy Dickriede, director of Missions & Community Engagement, or visit the Missions & Community Engagement pages of the Conference website.

Credit Union

Do You Have Students Heading Off to College?
Make sure that your student is ready to handle their finances without Mom and Dad waiting around to help. Our free financial education tool is available to all members and non-members. It is a great way for college students to learn about handling their finances.  And since it’s online, it’s always accessible from the convenience of your home or mobile device. Learn more about the financial education tool.

Remember that when you do business with Christian Family Credit Union, you participate in the Kingdom building work and ministry of the Credit Union.  We invite you to align your finances with your faith when you bank with Christian Family Credit Union. 

Learn more about the Christian Family Credit Union.

Spiritual Formation & Christian Education

Rates Increase for Background Check Service
For those who have taken advantage of the background check services offered through the office of Spiritual Formation & Christian Education, be informed that due to rate increases from the provider we use to perform the checks, all rates are being increased by $1. The new rates are:

  • $13 Basic (use for staff or volunteer positions) that includes national criminal database search, national sex offender registry, social security number verification and address history.
  • $13 County Criminal Search (fee for each county searched) NOTE that most counties charge additional fees. These fees will be billed separately to the local church. This search is strongly suggested for persons living in their current county less than five years and for persons with several moves in the last 10 years. This is also strongly suggested for persons employed by the church.
  • $13 MVR Driving History (for volunteers and staff who will be driving teams or transporting children) This will indicate DUI, vehicular homicide, insurance or frequent tickets.

If you have any questions about the rate increases or want to know more about this service, please e-mail the Rev. Gary Jones, director of Spiritual Formation & Christian Education, or call him at (330) 499-3972 ext. 120.

For questions about Spiritual Formation & Christian Education ministries opportunities, please e-mail the Rev. Gary Jones, director of Spiritual Formation, or visit the Spiritual Formation & Christian Education pages of the Conference website.

Media Center

The Media Center highlights these new resources:

  • Lose Control: The Way to Find Your Soul explores the entire book of 1 Samuel and encourages us to lose control so that we can find our soul through a trusting relationship with our faithful God. We also gain a deeper love and grace for others.

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.

For questions about the Media Center and its resources, please e-mail Amy George, Media Center coordinator, or visit the Media Center pages of the Conference website.

Message in the Movies

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The Sea Beast
There is an old curse that says: May you be living in interesting times. That surely is the case these days when it comes to watching movies. With streaming services and larger flatscreen TVs fairly pervasive in American homes, many persons are choosing to stay on the sofa rather than attend the local movie theater.

The major studios are still trying to live into this new reality, with some frustrating choices made regarding film distribution. Time-wasting titles such as Lightyear, Minions: The Rise of Gru, and the upcoming Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank are sent exclusively to theaters for their opening month while such visually interesting fare as Luca, Turning Red and Apollo 10 ½ go straight to streaming.

Another film that should have been available to watch on the biggest of screens is The Sea Beast. This family-friendly nautical adventure (taking place in a time adjacent to Moby Dick and Treasure Island) is one of the most beautiful animated films that I have ever seen. Director and co-writer Chris Williams (who also directed Big Hero 6, Moana, and Bolt) and his creative team have crafted an immersive experience that is exciting, heartfelt, and gently affirming.

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