MAY 14, 2018

Appointments and Changes of Status

Appointments
Bishop Tracy S. Malone, in the past two weeks, has announced the following East Ohio Conference clergy appointments:

  • Peter Bellamy, Greenwich UMC | FL
  • Josh Bender, South Amherst First UMC | FL
  • Kristen Buchs, Sycamore & Union-Salem UMCs | FL
  • Jeff Calkins, Conesville, New Moscow & Tyndall UMCs | TR
  • Richard Carpenter, Newport & Sand Hill UMCs | SH
  • Wayne Clark, Lisbon UMC (West Ohio Conference ¶346.1) | MV
  • Jean Cooper, Barnesville Main & Pleasant Ridge UMCs | SH
  • Richard Cox, Morristown UMC | SH
  • Lori Douglas-Weaver, West Salem UMC | FL
  • Wendy Erb, Hills UMC | SH
  • Nicholas Gliha, Chagrin Falls UMC, Assoc. Pastor | NC
  • Carolyn Greene, South Vernon & Green Valley Chapel UMCs TR
  • John Idoine, Danville UMC | TR
  • Mikayla Kovacik, Wellsville & Highlandtown UMCs | MV
  • Liz Krall, Perry UMC, WR
  • Sam Martin, Firestone Park UMC | CN
  • Dave McGrath, York UMC | CN
  • Sean McLeod, North Bloomfield & Orwell UMCs | WR
  • Marcus Mills, Cory UMC (Susquehanna Conference ¶346.1) | NC
  • Matthew Phipps, Henrietta UMC | FL
  • Amy Shipley, Bennetts Corners & Brook Park UMCs | NC
  • Carolyn Smith, Columbiana & North Lima Calvary UMCs | MV
  • David Smithey, Nevada & Liberty UMCs | MO
  • Jan Sprague, Edison & Iberia UMCs | MO
  • Barbara Stephens-Rich, Milan Edison Memorial UMC | FL
  • Mike Ward, Cuyahoga Falls First UMC, Associate Pastor | CN
  • Joel Weekley, McConnelsville Trinity UMC | SH
  • Ben Weisbrod, Johnsonville Grace & Steam Corners UMCs | MO
  • Bob Welch, Lakeshore UMC | NC
  • Mark Zimmer, Somerton & Jerusalem UMCs | SH

Concluding Ministry

  • Floyd Costello, West Salem UMC | FL
Districts Key: (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

View the entire list of appointments and changes of status.

Constitutional Amendments

New Vote on Constitutional Amendment 1
After voting results were released last week, an error was discovered in the wording of Constitutional Amendment 1: Gender Equality.  Secretary of General Conference the Rev. Gary Graves said that the correct wording of Amendment 1 will be sent to Conferences this week for a new vote on the Amendment.

Voting on Constitutional Amendment 1: Gender Equality has been added to the agenda for East Ohio Annual Conference 2018.

“Members of the Annual Conference will now have an opportunity to make a faithful, just and informed decision as they re-vote on Amendment 1 that will add language to The United Methodist Church constitution that will claim that both women and men are created in the image of God and that our church will work for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls.”

There is no change in the announced voting results of the other four Constitutional Amendments.

Read Bishop Malone’s reflection If Not Now, When!? If Not Us, Who!?

Read GCSRW Statement Regarding Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1 and 2

Lay Leaders

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Kimberly Green Named EOC Lay Leader
Bishop Tracy S. Malone has named Kimberly Green lay leader of the East Ohio Conference.  Effective July 1 she will succeed Greg Rentsch, who is stepping down after serving six years in the position.

“Kimberly brings a strong passion and personal faith commitment to Christian discipleship and mission,” Malone said.  “Her various leadership roles in the local church, and at the district- and Conference-levels demonstrate her ability to work and serve with lay and clergy to advance the Church’s mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

Green is the lay leader at Celebration United Methodist Church (North Coast District) and a lay member to Annual Conference.  She also is co-chair of the North Coast District Strategy Committee, a member of both the North Coast District Leadership Development Committee and the North Coast District Strategic Funding Committee, and serves on the Conference Committee on Episcopacy.

“I am very excited and honored to serve in a greater capacity in The United Methodist Church,” Green said.  “It is prayer that gives me the ability to be a bold and courageous leader.  I am committed to do all that God has blessed me to do in making disciples for Jesus Christ.”

The director of Nursing Services at The MetroHealth System in Cleveland, Green is involved in several ministry initiatives that link her life’s work in healthcare with helping families and communities thrive.  She is passionate about serving and helping others outside the church walls.

Green earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Nursing, with a concentration in Leadership and Management, from University of Phoenix.

She and her husband Anthony are the parents of two adult daughters.

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Finance and Administration

General Church Apportionments
The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) has recognized the East Ohio Conference for paying our General Church Apportionments at 100% in 2017.  This is the 12th consecutive year that the Conference has paid 100%. View certificate.

Communications

Microtrainings Available Online, Anytime
United Methodist Communications (UMCom) offers affordable online training courses, with professional instruction available on your time. Microtrainings are a learning method designed to deliver effective content in a timeframe ranging from 15 – 20 minutes.  These “burst of knowledge,” or micro-trainings, will equip you with communication practices that you can start applying to your congregations today.

Current trainings include Facebook Outreach, Sharing Your Church Through Pictures, and Sharing Your Church Through Video.  Learn more and register.

Council on Ministries

Summer Administrative Intern
East Ohio Conference Council on Ministries is accepting applications for persons interested in serving as an administrative intern. Start date for the paid Summer Administrative Intern position is June 1.  The chosen intern will work at least 30 hours per week, with work concluding in August.

The administrative intern will be responsible for organizing administrative, accounting, and clerical tasks, as well as communications, answering the telephone, responding to e-mail, and other duties as assigned.  Candidates must be capable of exercising initiative and being motivated for excellence.  The person chosen for this position will represent The United Methodist Church in all that they do.

Applicants must e-mail a letter of interest and a current resume to scourt@eocumc.com by May 25, 2018.

Missions

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Change the World Day is May 19
Change the world with the Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland.  Come by yourself, bring a friend, or come as a church.

The day is about serving others and making a difference.  Plan to arrive at 8:30 a.m., have lunch at your worksite, participate in a 4:00 p.m. worship service at the Nehemiah Mission, and head home at 4:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to make a donation of $20/person to help cover the cost of lunch and the supplies and materials that will be used. Learn more and register.

Drivers Needed
The Midwest Mission Distribution Center is in need of at least two drivers to drive a 24’-26’ rental truck from Lakeside, Ohio to Pawnee, Illinois to deliver mission supplies to the distribution center.  The cargo will include cleaning buckets and supplies, health kits, school totes and supplies, layettes, and miscellaneous items donated during West Ohio and East Ohio Annual Conferences.

Midwest Mission Distribution Center will cover the cost of renting the truck.  It is looking for drivers to:

  • Pick up a truck on Sunday, June 3 and drive it to Lakeside Chautauqua, and then leave at noon on Wednesday, June 6 and drive the truck to Pawnee, Illinois – and/or
  • Pick up a truck on Sunday, June 10 and drive it to Lakeside Chautauqua, and then leave at noon on Wednesday, June 13 and drive the truck to Pawnee, Illinois.

Drivers must be licensed – but DO NOT have to have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).  Drivers must also have a vehicle to return home.

To volunteer, or for more information, please e-mail the Rev. Jeff Coggins at pastorjeff@netscape.com.

Multicultural Vitality

Ministerial Recruitment Institute is July 15-20
Ministerial Recruitment Institute (MRI) is a spiritual retreat for youth ages 12-18.  It offers a space and an environment in which young people can 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 MRI experience helps teens move from knowledge of God to a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

MRI 2018 will be held July 15-20 on the campus of Baldwin Wallace University.  During that one week’s time, the youth and their Christian adult mentors, teachers, pastors and staff become a community of faith as they live, sing, play, worship, study, pray, laugh and cry together.

Regular-price registration ends May 21.  Learn more and register.

Camps and Retreat Ministries

When it comes to faith development, we need to make the most of the elementary and youth years. The Barna Group states that two out of three Christians – 64%- make their commitment to Christ before their 18th birthday.  And most kids develop their entire idea of who God is and choose whether or not they’ll have a relationship with Christ before leaving the 5th grade.   A life-changing experience is right around the corner for the young people in your congregation and community at Aldersgate, Asbury and Wanake!

Check out each site link above or at www.EOCSummercamps.org to find out more or to register. For a brochure call 1-800-831-3972 ext. 108.

Health and Welfare

Copeland Oaks Honored
Copeland Oaks, one of our five EOC Health and Welfare agencies, recently received the United Methodist Association (UMA) and EAGLE Best Practice Award.  The UMA Best Practice Award is given to organizations doing standard practices in an outstanding way.

This year, Copeland Oaks was recognized for the Health and Wellness – Lifestyle Change and the Senior Slimfest Program.  Participants partner with students enrolled in the Exercise Science Program at the University of Mount Union and they meet twice a week in one of the Copeland Oaks Wellness Centers or at the Athletic Complex at the University. These sessions include cardio, flexibility and strength training. Participants focus on maintaining a healthy weight, as well as improving their strength and balance.

“This program is a wonderful experience for the students to improve the quality of life for older adults in the community,” said Dr. Katherine Clark, associate professor of Exercise Science in the Department of Human Performance at UMU.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Bi-weekly Resources
In the May 14 issue we address:  Be Still and Know. . . These words guide us into a contemplative experience of God, the world, ourselves and others from which grows a deepening sense of community. This issue celebrates the connecting contribution of James Cone, ourselves and God’s gift of calm.

• A Way Forward: Community and the Spiritual Journey
• Celebrating the Life of the Founder of Black Liberation Theology
• YouTube: Tribute to James Cone
• Audio: Meditation for Listening to Your Many Selves
• Calm Racing Thoughts with this Energy Practice
• Train Your Nervous System for Calm
• The One Relationship We Can Never Leave
• Spiritual Practice Groups and Listings of our Spiritual Directors

Contact Us
If you have any questions or issues you would like for us to address or if you would like to receive e-mail alerts when new resources have been posted, please contact Howard Humphress at hkhumphress@gmail.com or use our quick contact form.

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:

  • Pursuing God; Encountering His Love and Beauty in the Bible will awaken participants to the Lord’s beauty and love in a fresh and transformative way through the books of Genesis and the Gospel of John.
  • Grace, Not Perfection; Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy describes the journey that lead the author to pursuing a simpler life–one that allowed her to breathe, laugh, and grow–and provides ways for others to simplify their lives.
  • Know the Creeds and Councils explains key statements of faith and its historical context, provides a simple overview of the statement’s content and key points, and reflects on its contemporary relevance.
  • Heaven by Randy Alcorn answers common questions about heaven based on Biblical Truths.
  • Friend of Sinners shows that following Jesus’ example, we can have the same clear conviction and compassion for the lost that He did.

To reserve these or other resources, call the Media Center at (800) 831-3972 x 139 or send an e-mail to sarnold@eocumc.com. Browse the resource catalog at www.rqmweb.com/eocumc

Message in the Movies

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Tully Before watching Tully (the third comedy-drama from writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman who also collaborated on Juno and Young Adult), I was already persuaded that pregnancy and child raising was a difficult and challenging task, beginning with nine months of creating a child followed by another solid nine months of caring for an infant. And, no matter how much I tried to help my wife with our two sons, the brunt of the work was my wife’s to do.

After watching Tully, I was convinced that I should have been horrified about parenting. Read entire review.

Credit Union

Memorial Day Closing
On Monday May 28, 2018 all offices of The United Methodist Financial Credit Union will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. Members may check account balances, pay bills, or transfer funds anytime through our website, www.umethodist.com or on our mobile app.

Events: April 30- May 14

Click to view East Ohio Conference Calendar.

To submit your event to the East Ohio calendar use this form.
(The East Ohio Conference only accepts East Ohio United Methodist local church, conference and general UM events for listing on the conference calendar.)

Classifieds

Positions Available
Details of listings may be found here. 

  • Administrative Intern, East Ohio Conference Council On Ministries Office
  • Youth Group Leader, Chardon UMC 05.10.18
  • Part-time Director Men’s Ministry/Congregational Care Ministry, Church of the Lakes
  • Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Carrollton First UMC
  • Director of Christian Education, Carrollton First UMC
  • Worship Leader/ Organist, Niles First
  • Part-time Secretary, Harpersfield UMC
  • Connection/Family Ministry Coordinator, New Beginnings UMC
  • Pianist, Winfield UMC

To submit a classified ad please email sue@eocumc.com

Obituaries

Please pray for the families of

  • Christine E. Germainespouse of John M. Germaine, retired elder, who died May 5, 2018.
  • Judith K. Reinkespouse of Daniel Reinkeretired local pastor, who died May 4, 2018.
  • Richard L. Burnsretired elder, who died May 1, 2018.

Obituary notices may be found here.

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APRIL 30, 2018

Appointments and Changes of Status

Appointments
Bishop Tracy S. Malone, in the past two weeks, has announced the following East Ohio Conference clergy appointments:

  • Paige Boyer, Westlake UMC, Assoc. Pastor | NC
  • Dawan Buie, Centenary, Lockwood, Mahoning, Richard Brown & Trinity UMCs | MV
  • Greg Calko, Centenary, Lockwood, Mahoning, Richard Brown & Trinity UMCs | MV
  • Mark Cannon, Mt. Zion UMC | MO
  • Jeff Conley, Dundee UMC | TW
  • Jean Cooper, Barnesville Main St. & Pleasant Ridge UMCs | SH
  • Richard Cox, Morristown UMC | SH
  • Insook Do, Palmyra UMC | MV
  • Hester Hudson, Jewett & New Rumley UMCs, Assoc. Pastor | OV
  • Neal Keller, Aurora UMC | WR
  • Ken Kesler, Sawyerwood UMC | CN
  • Dennis Laferty, Thompson UMC | WR
  • James Lance, Martel & Sixteen UMCs | MO
  • Aaron Linard, Midvale & Newport UMCs | TW
  • Renae Meggitt, Kinsman UMC | WR
  • Donna Mills, Chapel Hill UMC | MO
  • Dave Naus, East Rochester & Bayard UMCs | TW
  • Frank Rogers, New Somerset & Empire UMCs | OV
  • Kathy Thomas, Pine Grove UMC | OV
  • Mark Thomas, Harsh Memorial & Kilgore UMCs | OV
  • Lyle Warren, Nashville UMC | TR
  • Jenny Whitmore, Ashland Christ & Ashland First UMCs | MO
  • Hyeran Yu, Crystal Park UMC | TW

Retirement

  • Mary Blank, retiring from Willoughby Hills UMC | WR

Concluding Ministry

  • Gene Miller, concluding from from Morristown UMC | SH
Districts Key: (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

View the entire list of appointments and changes of status.

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Way Forward Conversations

A Way Forward Conversations Well Attended
“The unity of the Church is all of our work to do. The unity of the Church is all of our conversations to have,” Bishop Malone said in her message to the more than 700 people who participated in the Conversations on a Way Forward hosted at 10 different locations across the East Ohio Conference between November 2017 and March 2018.

The facilitated conversations were designed to focus on our identity, purpose and mission as a church.  They centered on the four questions crafted by the Council of Bishops to help prepare the Church to act on the report from the Council of Bishops based on the recommendations of the Commission on a Way Forward.

“The East Ohio Conversations on a Way Forward were designed to provide focused time in small groups to listen to our sisters and brothers in East Ohio, and model ways in which similar conversations can happen in many different settings,” said EOC Director of Connectional Ministries the Rev. Steve Court.  “The conversations were not intended to be an educational event on homosexuality, to present a recommendation, or to vote on a position.”

Some expressed appreciation for the opportunity to be enlightened, to be able to share with one another their views in a civil way and being able to leave with a sense of hope.  Some expressed concern because they wanted to discuss a specific issue, they thought the questions were too vague, or they wanted to talk about their differences. Overall, though, people were thankful for the opportunity to engage in conversation.

EOC Delegation Offers Listening Sessions
The Commission on a Way Forward will present its final report at the April/May meeting of the Council of Bishops in Chicago. At that meeting, the bishops will decide what will be received and acted upon by the delegates to the Special Session of the General Conference called for February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The proposed legislation must be submitted to the petitions secretary by July 8 of this year so that there is time to translate it and get it to all delegates at least 90 days before the Special Session.

Delegates to the Special Session are elected by their respective annual conferences. The East Ohio delegation is offering clergy and laity an opportunity to engage the proposed legislation by participating in one of these five Listening Sessions:

  • Sept. 8 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. |  Wildare UMC
  • Sept. 29 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Cambridge Christ UMC
  • Oct. 9 6:30 – 9:00 p.m | New Philadelphia First UMC
  • Oct. 20 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Ashland First UMC
  • Nov. 6 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. | Aldersgate UMC

Special Sundays Peace with Justice Sunday is May 27 Peace with Justice Sunday supports programs that advocate for people at home and around the world.  The special offering during services on May 27 will enable The United Methodist Church to continue to address diverse issues such as immigration, economic empowerment, nutrition, peace, racial justice, the death penalty, and leadership development. On Peace with Justice Sunday, we give so that all of God’s children have adequate access to homes, jobs, food, clean water, health care, and more.  In doing so we honor the dignity of every individual made in God’s image. Download Peace with Justice Sunday resources. Discipleship Ministries Memorial Day Resources May 28 is Memorial Day, a national holiday on which we remember those who died serving in our country's armed forces. Although we oppose war and urge nations to find peaceful means of conflict resolution, The United Methodist Church “honors, supports, and upholds in our prayers those men and women who serve in our armed services and, in addition, honors and supports those United Methodist clergy who serve as chaplains.” (Resolution 5061, “Prayer and Support for Members of the Armed Forces and Veterans,” The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church 2016.) View and download Memorial Day resources from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries. “War is a one-way door.  You can’t go back through like it had never been.  It changes you,” the Rev. Dr. John Schluep said in an interview for the Fall 2009 issue of Joining Hands magazine. Schluep is the keynote speaker at the Warriors’ Journey Home Ministry, Honoring Memorial Day workshop Wednesday, May 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Cuyahoga Falls.  While the workshop is not sponsored by the East Ohio Conference, our clergy and laity may benefit from learning about the invisible wounds of war, and how to bring the community into the healing presence.

UMC’s 50 Year Anniversary

Heritage Sunday Celebrates UMC 50th Anniversary
Fifty years ago, on April 23, 1968 in Dallas, Texas, The United Methodist Church was officially formed with the unification of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical Brethren Church, and the dissolution of the Central Jurisdiction.

Joining together the 10.3 million members of the Methodist Church and the 750,000 members of the EUB Church created one of the largest Protestant denominations in the world.  Key moments over the past five decades laid the groundwork for ministries that remain vital and vibrant today.

Heritage Sunday on May 20 is an opportunity for each of us to reflect on our denomination’s heritage, celebrate where the church has been, and understand how it shapes us today.

View and download United Methodist historical resources and Heritage Sunday resources.

Special Sundays

Peace with Justice Sunday is May 27
Peace with Justice Sunday supports programs that advocate for people at home and around the world.  The special offering during services on May 27 will enable The United Methodist Church to continue to address diverse issues such as immigration, economic empowerment, nutrition, peace, racial justice, the death penalty, and leadership development.

On Peace with Justice Sunday, we give so that all of God’s children have adequate access to homes, jobs, food, clean water, health care, and more.  In doing so we honor the dignity of every individual made in God’s image.

Download Peace with Justice Sunday resources.

Discipleship Ministries

Memorial Day Resources
May 28 is Memorial Day, a national holiday on which we remember those who died serving in our country’s armed forces.

Although we oppose war and urge nations to find peaceful means of conflict resolution, The United Methodist Church “honors, supports, and upholds in our prayers those men and women who serve in our armed services and, in addition, honors and supports those United Methodist clergy who serve as chaplains.” (Resolution 5061, “Prayer and Support for Members of the Armed Forces and Veterans,” The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church 2016.)

View and download Memorial Day resources from United Methodist Discipleship Ministries.

“War is a one-way door.  You can’t go back through like it had never been.  It changes you,” the Rev. Dr. John Schluep said in an interview for the Fall 2009 issue of Joining Hands magazine.

Schluep is the keynote speaker at the Warriors’ Journey Home Ministry, Honoring Memorial Day workshop Wednesday, May 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Cuyahoga Falls.  While the workshop is not sponsored by the East Ohio Conference, our clergy and laity may benefit from learning about the invisible wounds of war, and how to bring the community into the healing presence.

Annual Conference

Annual Conference Housing Available
Visit the Need Housing? page of the Annual Conference website to find available rooms and cottages for rent, like these:

  • First floor bedroom for one. Sharing a cottage with three others.  Sharing a bathroom/ shower with one woman. Comfortable home with screened in porch, plenty of space and three really nice Methodists. Rent for four nights is just a bit over $200. Address: 323 Jasmine. (Two blocks from Hoover, an easy walk.) Contact Nancy Gray 440-775-0963.
  • Room rentals for young adults ages 40 and underView flyer.

If you would like to make a spare bedroom in your cottage available for someone in need of a room, or have other rooms or houses available, please send an e-mail with full description and contact information to sue@eocumc.com.

Camps and Retreat Ministries

Early Bird Registration Ends May 1
When you register for EOC Summer Camp by May 1, your camper will save $20 off his/her summer camp fee and they will receive a limited edition 2018 Summer Camp T-shirt that is not available in the camp store.  Register today.  If you have questions about camp, or you would like a summer camp brochure, email us at camp@eocumc.com, or call us at (800) 831-3972 ext..

Summer Camp Counselors, Support Staff, Lifeguards Needed
Wanake Camp & Retreat Center is looking for individuals Age 18+ for seasonal, residential, full-time work from May 29-August 4.  Applicants must love God, children and the out-of-doors.  Each position requires applicants to be dependable and flexible with a positive attitude and the ability to receive and act on feedback. Apply online. For more information, contact the camp via e-mail, info@campwanake.org, or phone (330) 756-2333.

Young People’s Ministries

Youth Annual Conference is June 8-10
Youth Annual Conference (YAC) is a teen leadership event that brings teens from across Ohio to Lakeside Chautauqua for a weekend of worship, fellowship, concerts, and training.  This year teens will have the opportunity to practice how to have difficult conversations with other Christians around hot topics.  Join the fun June 8-10. Register by May 23 for best pricing.

EXPLORE: Faith, Service and Calling
Rising high school juniors and seniors are invited to participate in EXPLORE: Faith, Service and Calling June 10-17 at Ohio Wesleyan University.  Held in partnership with the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the week-long Theology Institute for Protestant and Catholic youth will see students engaging in the classroom, serving in the community, and participating in worship and reflection.  Learn more and register.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Bi-weekly Resources
In the April 30 issue we address: Change: we love it, we hate it, it happens!  We present the challenge of a way forward with the movie Jenny’s Wedding, understanding narcissism, capturing special moments in our lives through journaling, and navigating change in our lives.

  • A Way Forward: A Movie: Jenny’s Wedding
  • Narcissism: Truly, Madly, Deeply in Love with . . . Myself
  • Keeping a Soul Print Journal
  • The Art of Easing into Change
  • Spiritual Practice Groups and Listings of our Spiritual Directors

Contact Us
If you have any questions or issues you would like for us to address or if you would like to receive e-mail alerts when new resources have been posted, please contact Howard Humphress at hkhumphress@gmail.com or use our quick contact form.

Administrative Services

Disaster & Weather Preparedness ebook Offered
United Methodist Insurance knows that disasters can’t be prevented, but we can prepare for them.  The non-profit, captive insurance company started by the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) has created a comprehensive, robust handbook called Emergency Preparedness for Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather for Churches.

Section One covers broad topics such as 10 Ways to Get Ready for a Disaster and Tips for Reporting Claims.  Section Two covers specific disasters that may apply to your church, such as tornadoes, wind, hail, and more.  Order your free book today.

Clergy

Clinical Pastoral Education Program Offered
OhioHealth is seeking applicants for the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program it offers through OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital and Marion General Hospital.  Learn more and register.

Missions

UMCOR Awards $46 Million in Grants
The Board of Directors of United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) approved an unprecedented amount in the form of grants during its annual spring meeting.  More than $46 million was awarded in support of disaster relief and recovery, global health projects and sustainable development, all made possible by your gifts!

United Methodist missionaries work in more than 60 countries around the world, come from many places and backgrounds, and witness and serve in dramatically different locales and cultures. Explore their work, and consider how you can support their efforts today.

Credit Union

Recreational Vehicle Loans
The United Methodist Financial Credit Union offers loans on different types of recreational vehicles that make summer fun! Campers, motorcycles, and boats are some of the different types of loans the credit union offers. For more information, please contact one of our loans officers: Christine Fairhurst in North Canton (800) 831-3972 ext. 104, Christine Smith in Cincinnati (800) 373-1059 ext. 12, or Jason Fishburn in Indianapolis (317) 296-7177.

Certificate of Deposit Rates
April showers bring … new CD Rates! Right now, members may get a rate as high as 1.51% APY for a 12-month certificate of deposit!  There are a variety of rates and terms available. Contact one of our offices today to lock in your rate.

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:

To reserve these or other resources, call the Media Center at (800) 831-3972 x 139 or send an e-mail to sarnold@eocumc.com. Browse the resource catalog at www.rqmweb.com/eocumc

Message in the Movies

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Come Sunday Come Sunday’s fact-based story is worth your time and attention, regardless of your theological position, because it reminds us (as Dietrich Bonhoeffer noted many years ago) that real grace is not cheap, but costly. When your faith expands your circle of caring to the place where it offends religious people, you are likely moving in the right direction. Read entire review.

Events: April 30- May 14

Click to view East Ohio Conference Calendar.

To submit your event to the East Ohio calendar use this form.
(The East Ohio Conference only accepts East Ohio United Methodist local church, conference and general UM events for listing on the conference calendar.)

Classifieds

Positions Available
Details of listings may be found here. 

  • Part-time Secretary, Harpersfield UMC
  • Connection/Family Ministry Coordinator, New Beginnings UMC
  • Pianist, Winfield UMC
  • Part-time Director of Contemporary Worship, Church of the Lakes
  • Accompanist,  Willoughby UMC
  • Parish Nurse, Ridgewood UMC
  • Part-time Pianist, Sharon Center UMC

To submit a classified ad please email sue@eocumc.com

Obituaries

Please pray for the family of  Donald W. Fairchild, retired local pastor, who died April 20, 2018.

Obituary notices may be found here.

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APRIL 16, 2018

Appointments and Changes of Status

Appointments
Bishop Tracy S. Malone, in the past two weeks, has announced the following East Ohio Conference clergy appointments:

  • Theresa Carter, Willard Grace UMC |FL
  • Rick Dawson, Finley UMC | OV
  • Josh Elliott, Streetsboro UMC | CN
  • Karen Graham, Lakeside UMC | FL
  • Samara Jenkins, Crestline First UMC | MO
  • Stephen Knisely, East Liverpool First UMC | MV
  • Lisa Kropinak, New Concord UMC | SH
  • Charlene Thomas, Republic Trinity, Tiffin St. Paul & Melmore UMCs  | FL
  • Amy Vittorio, Republic Trinity & Melmore UMCs | FL
  • Mark Zimmer,  Somerton UMC | SH
Districts Key: (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

View the entire list of appointments and changes of status.

East Ohio Annual Conference

2018 Annual Conference Logo

Be sure to visit the Annual Conference 2018 website for the latest news about this year’s session, including:

  • The list of Special Events
  • The live-stream schedule
  • The 10 submitted resolutions
  • The bios for the Class of 2018, which includes 11 ordinands, 10 commissioned members, and 38 retirees

Annual Conference 2018 begins at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11 with the Service of Commemoration and Holy Communion.

Health Benefits

Two Health Screenings Offered at Annual Conference
In addition to the Health Check simple blood test, the Board of Benefits is also offering the Center of Health’s Blueprint for Wellness (BFW) as part of this year’s Annual Conference at Lakeside Chautauqua.

Blueprint for Wellness: 6:00 – 10:00 a.m., June 12-13 in Room 202 at Fountain Inn
The BFW involves one blood draw and a few measurements. It’s provided at no cost – if completed during Annual Conference or at a Quest Diagnostic location.  HealthFlex participants and spouses can each earn $100 and up to 120 Wellness points. Registration is required for the Blueprint for Wellness.  To register: click this link, enter your log in information, and, from the menu bar in the middle of the page, select Quest Diagnostics Blueprint for Wellness.  Registration ends May 30 to participate in the BFW at Annual Conference.

Health Check: 6:30 – 10:00 a.m., June 12-14 in Chautauqua Hall at Fountain Inn
Offered since 2001, this simple blood draw test is done at no cost for participants who are covered by Conference-sponsored health benefits (HealthFlex & UHC).

For questions about either Blueprint for Wellness or Health Check, please e-mail Betsy Stewart, betsy@eocumc.com, or Robin Whitacre, robin@eocumc.com.

Clergy

Confronting the Idolatries of Racism Study Group
Elders, Deacons and Local Pastors are invited to join the roundtable discussion, Confronting the Idolatries of Racism.  This lectionary study group for theological reflection will be held Wednesday, April 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Christ Woodland UMC (444 N. Hawkins Ave.) in Akron.

We will discuss Acts 8:26-40 (lectionary reading for April 29). Are the events in Acts 8:26-40 racially charged, or is this a moment when the people are judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin – or do the events lie somewhere in between?

Questions? Need more information? Please call Tom Shaw at (330) 225-3179 or e-mail him at tom.shaw@brunswickumc.org.

Young Preachers Festival
Registration is now open for the Young Preachers Festival (YPF) to be held June 27-28 at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.

The Church of the Resurrection has partnered with the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry as part of the Young Clergy Initiative to encourage and equip the next generation of leaders for The United Methodist Church.  The gathering is designed specifically to engage and empower young people across the country to pursue their call to ministry and to help further inspire and develop preaching gifts in those who have already answered that call. The Festival is intended for persons age 18 – 34 who are graduating high school seniors, college-aged ministry participants, seminary students, declared candidates for ordination, youth directors and young clergy already serving in churches. Learn more and register.

Congregational Vitality

Vision Day Cleveland skyline

Fresh Expressions Cleveland Vision Day
All East Ohio Conference clergy and lay are invited to participate in Fresh Expressions Cleveland Vision Day, Saturday, May 19, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Fields UMC in North Ridgeville, OH.

Fresh Expressions is a movement that is cultivating new forms of church alongside existing congregations in order to reach a changing world. Begun in England 10 years ago, it has resulted in the birth of over 2,500 new communities in the UK alone. Fresh Expressions has spread to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the U.S.

At its heart, Fresh Expressions is about empowering and equipping God’s people to develop creative expressions of church that can reach the increasing diversity of our society.  Vision Day is an interactive format that highlights the ways that Fresh Expressions is renewing the church, and educates participants about the Mission-Shaped Church and how they can start Fresh Expressions in their communities. Learn more and register to attend.

Camps and Retreat Ministries

You and Camping Ministry
– A Powerful Partnership
“When I think of partners, I think of my spouse, my friends, and the people that I walk with along the journey.  That is where Camping Ministry fits,” says the Rev. Gary Jones, director of EOC Camps and Retreat Ministries.  “We are a partner along the journey of raising a generation of kids who have faith, who know Jesus, who know themselves as a beloved child of God.   We value the partnerships we have with each family and local congregation who entrust us with the spiritual formation of their child.  Partner with us this summer in raising a generation of faith-full kids!”

Contact your local church, call the East Ohio Conference Camping Office at (800) 831-3972 ext. 108, or visit us on the web at www.EOCSummercamps.org.

Summer Staff Needed at Aldersgate, Asbury and Wanake
Our summer program requires a great number of qualified staff to be successful.  We are looking for outstanding Christian women and men to be camp counselors, lifeguards, program staff, and work in food service, administration, or maintenance.  Apply online or call the camps directly:

  • Aldersgate – (330) 627-4369
  • Asbury – (330) 569-3171
  • Wanake – (330) 756-2333

Young People’s Ministries

Global Young People’s Convocation
The East Ohio Conference will be well represented July 18-22 in Johannesburg, South Africa at the Global Young People’s Convocation (GYPC).  Held once every four years, the GYPC can be attended by up to five youth, five young adults, and two adults from every jurisdiction and central conference of The United Methodist Church.

The GYPC celebrates the mission and vitality of young people in The UMC, raises the joys and concerns of young people from the global community, develops young people as leaders for effective ministry in local churches and communities of faith, and offers a Legislative Forum to propose and discuss legislation related to issues of concern to young people.

Representing the East Ohio Conference at the GYPC are youth representatives Jordan Minns (Western Reserve District), and Anna Wolfinger (Canal District), young adult representative Austin Wolfinger (Canal District), and adult delegate EOC Director of Young People’s Ministries Kaye Wolfinger.  Connor Prusha (Western Reserve District) will also attend as a member of the Division on Ministries with Young People.

Those attending must raise the majority of the cost of the trip.  If you, or your church, would like to make a financial contribution to assist in their fundraising, you may do so my clicking here.

Health & Welfare

People racing at the finish lineRace at the Rock is May 5
The 13th annual Race at the Rock, benefiting individuals served by Flat Rock Homes, Care Center, and Community Services, is May 5 at the Flat Rock Care Center Campus.

The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with the Inspirational Race, for individuals who are differently abled, followed by the Kids Fun Run, the 1-mile walk, the 5K individual race, and the 5K team race.

Learn more and register online.

Missions

Change the World with the Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland
Serve the city on Change the World Day, Saturday, May 19.

Come by yourself, bring a friend, or come as a church.  The day is about serving others and making a difference.  Plan to arrive at 8:30 a.m., have lunch at your worksite, participate in a 4:00 p.m. worship service at the Nehemiah Mission, and head home at 4:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to make a donation of $20/person to help cover the cost of lunch and the supplies and materials that will be used. Learn more and register.

Global Ministries

Global Ministries EarthKeepers Training Courses Offered
“The Global Ministries EarthKeepers training program equips United Methodists to take bold action in responding to environmental concerns,” says the Rev. Jenny Philips, Creation Care program manager at Global Ministries.

Training topics include eco-theology, strategies for social change, how to discuss challenging issues, United Methodist entry points for engagement, and intersectionality – how experiences of environmental issues are influenced by social factors.  Participants will leave the training with a plan to develop a project.

EarthKeepers Training is scheduled for:

  • May 17-20 in Atlanta, GA
  • 27-30 in Detroit, MI
  • 1-4 in Salt Lake City, UT

Applications for the Atlanta training are due by April 26Register today.

Special Session of General Conference

Volunteer Marshals and Pages Needed
Approximately 150 volunteers are needed to serve as marshals and pages during the Special Session of General Conference, February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.  Applicants must be able to serve all four days of the Special Session.

Marshals will be part of the team that will assist delegates, guests, and staff with seating, checking credentials, providing information, and other duties as assigned.  Pages will assist delegates, staff, bishops, members of the Judicial Council and official guests with communication and other needs. They distribute approved materials and deliver printed information.  Pages should expect to do a great deal of walking.

Marshals and pages are responsible for their own travel and expenses. Those interested should submit an online application before the deadline of July 31. If you have additional questions, contact Dick Hooton at revshoot@gmail.com.

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women Assembly Volunteers Needed
United Methodist Women Assembly 2018 is May 14-20 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  Assembly is a time for fellowship and an opportunity to empower faithful women to be stronger discipleship leaders in their communities. Through moving services, inspiring speakers, immersion experience exhibits, riveting workshops, and town hall-style meetings.

UMW members and community- and mission-minded individuals will leave Assembly with the knowledge, courage and determination to change the world as part of a daring and compassionate 150-year-old movement.

Volunteers are vital to the success of Assembly 2018 and the good that will result from it locally and around the globe. There are many opportunities to serve. Learn more and sign-up to volunteer today.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Bi-weekly Resources
In the April 16 edition you will find that maturity means making more and more room for and accepting the expansiveness of God, our sisters and brother (even those that fly or walk on four legs or have leaves and are green), our earth and all the world. Easter says suffering happens, but it’s OK.

• A Way Forward: Psalm 133, Acts 4:32-35, Growing Up
• Earth Day: Creation Reflects God’s Glory
• Creation is the Body of God
• Find your Meditation Style: 7 Practices
• Blog: On Easter and Suffering: Kate Bowler
• Podcast: An Intentional Midlife
• Human Development in Scripture
• Spiritual Practice Groups and Listings of our Spiritual Directors

Contact Us
If you have any questions or issues you would like for us to address or if you would like to receive e-mail alerts when new resources have been posted, please contact Howard Humphress at hkhumphress@gmail.com or use our quick contact form.

Credit Union

Home Loans
Are you springing into a new home this year? Your credit union can help! The United Methodist Financial Credit Union offers home loans! For more information, please contact Christine Smith at (800) 373-1059 ext. 12.

Annual Meeting
The United Methodist Financial Credit Union’s Annual Meeting will be held Thursday April 19, 2018, at the East Ohio Conference Office.

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:

To reserve these or other resources, call the Media Center at (800) 831-3972 x 139 or send an e-mail to sarnold@eocumc.com. Browse the resource catalog at www.rqmweb.com/eocumc

Message in the Movies

Message in the Movies banner (colorful film strip

A Quiet Place: Because silence is golden, the audience is forced to be quiet, as well. If you have ever been irked by noisy popcorn crunching or loud whispers in a movie theater, you owe it to yourself to rush to the local multiplex to see A Quiet Place. The film demands hushed attention, and writer-director-actor John Krasinski uses visual composition and a muted soundscape to create a truly suspenseful (and fairly family friendly) horror film. Read entire review.

Events: April 2-16

Click to view East Ohio Conference Calendar.

To submit your event to the East Ohio calendar use this form.
(The East Ohio Conference only accepts East Ohio United Methodist local church, conference and general UM events for listing on the conference calendar.)

Classifieds

Positions Available
Details of listings may be found here. 

  • Pianist, Winfield UMC
  • Part-time Director of Contemporary Worship
  • Accompanist, Willoughby UMC
  • Parish Nurse, Ridgewood UMC
  • Part-time Pianist, Sharon Center UMC
  • Part-time Custodian, Oak Chapel UMC
  • Youth Leader & Director of Christian Education, Carrollton First UMC/The Bridge

To submit a classified ad please email sue@eocumc.com

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