November 28, 2022


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Transform Lives Through The United Methodist Church
Rev. Laura White shares some of the many reasons that she is United Methodist:

“It’s in The United Methodist Church that I have found connection which has enabled me to continue to grow in my discipleship journey and it’s in The United Methodist Church where I know I get to participate in ministry around the globe. Even though I can’t be physically present, I know that I am there spiritually, emotionally, and through my tithes and my offerings,” said the superintendent of the Southern Hills District and the co-superintendent of the Ohio Valley District.

White is the first of many East Ohio Conference clergy and laity who will share how their lives continue to be transformed through The United Methodist Church. Their stories are part of the denomination-wide #BeUMC campaign that calls us to embrace our Wesleyan heritage and honors these core values that connect each of us in The United Methodist Church:

  • Disciple making
  • Belonging & inclusion
  • Influence, connection & impact
  • Experiencing God through The UMC

Learn more about the EOC #BeUMC campaign.

For questions about Communications ministries such as the #BeUMC campaign, live-streaming, licensing, social media and more, please e-mail Rick Wolcott, executive director of Communications, or visit the Communications pages of the Conference website.

Missions & Community Engagement

Advance Special Applications Now Available
Every year the East Ohio Conference Mission Awareness Committee approves Advance Specials from among submitted applications. The application for 2023-24 Advance Specials, available for download on the Conference website, is due by January 15, 2023. As an Advance Special of the East Ohio Conference, your mission or ministry will be assigned an EOCUMC fund number for donor-directed giving through the Financial & Administrative Services office. That fund number will be added to the list of Advance Specials posted on the East Ohio Conference website and published in The Conference Journal and promoted in our 600+ local churches.

If you have any questions about Conference Advance Specials, please e-mail the Rev. Kathy Dickriede, Connectional Ministries office Missions & Community Engagement director.

View EOC Advances and download the 2023-24 Advance Special Application.

#GivingTuesday – November 29
Please take a moment on Tuesday, November 29 to make an online donation to one of our East Ohio Conference Advance Specials as part of #GivingTuesday. The EOC Board of Missions will match online donations made that day with a maximum match per Advance of $500.

Make an online #GivingTuesday, November 29 donation.

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

Multicultural Ministries

Visit Our Updated Facebook & Twitter Accounts
This year our ministry team in the Connectional Ministries office has transitioned from Multicultural Vitality to our new name, Multicultural Ministries. We have now updated our Facebook page (EOCMulticulturalMinistries) and our Twitter handle (@EOCMCM) to reflect this change. We look forward to connecting with you soon on one of these social media channels.

Visit the Connectional Ministries office Multicultural Ministries Facebook page.
Visit the Connectional Ministries office Multicultural Ministries Twitter page.

For questions about Multicultural Ministries opportunities, please e-mail Will Fenton-Jones, Connectional Ministries office Multicultural Ministries director, or visit the Multicultural Ministries pages of the Conference website.

Young People’s Ministries

24-Hour Youth Leader Network Retreat – January 20-21
Clergy and laity who minister to and with young people are invited to the Embassy Suites Akron/Canton Airport January 20-21 for a time of fellowship, support, and an opportunity to experience different ways to engage in scripture that you can take back to your churches. Bishop Tracy S. Malone will lead us in morning devotions on the second day of the Youth Leader Network (YLN) retreat. If you have any questions about this retreat, please e-mail Anne Horvath.

Register for the YLN Retreat on the Events Registration page of the Conference website.

For questions about Young People’s Ministries opportunities, please e-mail Will Fenton-Jones, Connectional Ministries office Multicultural Ministries director, or visit the Young People’s Ministries pages of the Conference website.

Credit Union

14-Month Certificate of Deposit Offered
Savings rates are on the rise. Christian Family Credit Union is pleased to now offer a 14-month certificate of deposit (CD) at a special annual percentage yield of 3.25%. Please call the North Canton branch of the Credit Union at (888) 651-0971 or stop in the office (8800 Cleveland Avenue NW, 44720) for more information on this special offer.

Remember, 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 Christian Family Credit Union.

Media Center

The Media Center highlights these new resources:

  • 40 Days Through the Book: Colossians contains a message that’s urgent today – a message of unity among the followers of Christ; a message of thanksgiving and spiritual fullness in a broken world; a message that shows us how to live as the people who are made alive in the one true Christ.
  • Help Is Here shares the tools and encouragement we need to become joyful, enthusiastic, and empowered as we draw closer to God; learn who the Spirit is and how he can help us; find true rest and peace as we let him carry our burdens; and discover our unique gifts to further God’s kingdom.
  • The Big Picture: Seeing God’s Dream for Your Life shares how the story of Joseph in Genesis teaches us to look for the big picture in our lives. It shows us how God weaves together events that seem random into a beautiful image of joy, survival, purpose, and meaning. We can see God’s dream for our life as we begin connecting the dots of God’s grace, presence, and protection.

To reserve these or other resources, call the Media Center at (800) 831-3972 ext. 139 or e-mail Amy George. Browse the resource catalog at

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.

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Armageddon Time
It is 1980 in Queens, New York and 11-year-old Paul Graff (Banks Repita) seems determined to make life hard for everyone around him. He has a hard time concentrating on school work but is interested in drawing and painting. One day his teacher (Andrew Polk) intercepts a disrespectful caricature that Paul has drawn. It is time for a time out. Paul cannot stop creating problems in the classroom, which gets the attention of Johnny Davis (Jaylin Webb), the only Black student in the class, who is repeating sixth grade. They soon start hanging out with each other.

As Paul finds ways to keep his friendship with Johnny ongoing, there are forces at work that are set in place to keep them apart. Armageddon Time is a coming-of-age story with a decidedly downbeat attitude.

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Celebrations of Life

Please pray for the families of:

  • Larry R. Blackretired Elder, died November 11.
  • Roger S. Antolikclergy spouse, died November 3.

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

  • Two Custodians – Willoughby UMC
  • Handbell Choir Director – Delaware Asbury UMC
  • Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural Leadership and Partnerships Sr. Specialist – GCORR
  • Treasurer/Financial Supervisor – The UMC in Stow
  • Music Program Coordinator – Elyria First UMC

To submit a classified ad please e-mail

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