DECEMBER 11, 2017

Financial and Administrative Services

EOC Churches Offered Payroll Processing Service
The office of Financial and Administrative Services partnered with Paychex to provide an updated payroll processing service that offers additional benefits, while providing all users with consistent reporting, filing, and processing standards. Churches enrolled in the former QuickBooks service are completing their paperwork to be converted to the new Paychex system.

The deadline to enroll in Paychex payroll for a January 2018 start date has passed. So, churches wishing to enroll in the new payroll service will need to process their own payroll for January 2018.

The deadline to enroll for a February 2018 start date is Monday, December 18, 2017.  The $1,000 set-up fee will be waived for new customers whose faxed paperwork is received in the office of Financial and Administrative Services by December 18, 2017.

Learn more and register for the new payroll processing service.

Missions

Advance Special 9966-McKinley Community Outreach Center
Joe & Linda have been struggling for a while. Linda lost a job she had held for 12 years on the day after Easter. She finally got a minimum wage job at the end of September, but a week later, Joe lost his good-paying job.

Someone told them about the McKinley Community Outreach Center. They were nervous to ask for help-they never had to before. When they arrived at the center, a volunteer welcomed them and explained how things worked, which eased their anxiety significantly. “All the people volunteering were so sweet and friendly and no one looked down on us” Linda commented.

In addition to food, they were able to get cat food and litter, a winter coat and some clothes. “I haven’t had money to buy clothes in years!” she said. “We were shocked at how much food there was-there was even produce and refrigerated items!”  They were able to pick up some taxable personal care items like toilet paper and laundry detergent. Once they get back on their feet again, Joe and Linda plan to donate back to the center. In the meantime, they are able to make ends meet until things turn around, thanks to MCOC. To support this ministry make a donation through your local church offering using fund #9966.

Clergy

Class of 2018 Retirement Seminar
The date of the Conference Board of Benefits (CBOB) Retirement Seminar for the Class of 2018 has been changed to Friday, March 2, 2018. This event is hosted at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Following the seminar, a joint CBOB and Board of Ordained Ministries Honorary Dinner for the Class of 2018 will be held. Event is by invitation only.

Eligible clergy will be mailed a personalized invitation in January. If you have any questions, please email  Betsy Stewart or Robin Whitacre.

UM Financial Credit Union

Statement Fee
Starting January 1, 2018, account holders that wish to receive a paper statement will be assessed a $3 fee for each statement printed. Members over the age of 65 are exempted from the paper statement fee. You can also avoid the fee by signing up now to receive your statement via our secure home banking services. In many ways, it’s safer than getting your statement mailed to you via the US Postal Service!

If you need help getting this service set up: log onto the credit union website.  At the top of the page you will see blue tabs with different headers. Click on “Statements” and make your selection for e-statements there.

Holiday Credit Union Closings
During the upcoming Christmas season, there are multiple days our offices will be closed. We want our members to be prepared and plan accordingly. On Friday December 22, 2017 our North Canton office will be closed. On Monday December 25, 2017 all offices of The United Methodist Financial Credit Union will be closed in observance of Christmas Day. On Monday January 1, 2018 all offices of The United Methodist Financial Credit Union will be closed in observance of New Year’s Day.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

December 11, 2017  Resources

In this edition we feature:

  • A Way Forward: We Are Already One- Thomas Merton
  • A Way Forward and the Emerging Church
  • Video: Advent Meditation
  • How to Get a Good Pause
  • Holiday Relief: Injecting Joy into the Season of Joy
  • 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 would like to get email alerts when new resources have been posted, please contact Howard Humphress or use our quick contact form.

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following 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

Photo by Lionsgate

Wonder
” The film (like R. J. Palacio’s 2012 bestselling book on which it is based) shows us Auggie’s story through a variety of voices, sometimes revisiting a scene from another character’s perspective. It is a subtle but effective device that reminds us that every person’s life affects those who interact with them. A quote from Wayne Dyer is repeated several times in the film: “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.”

For full review by Rev. Bruce Batchlor-Glader

Classified

Positions available:

  • Youth Director, Jeromesville UMC

To submit job postings and items available please email sue@eocumc.com

Events – December 11-January 8

Follow this link to the events calendar. 
To submit a calendar event.

Dates to remember

Obituaries

Please pray for the families of:

For full obituary notices.

To Subscribe

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The next scheduled edition of the E-News will be January 8, 2018.  Deadline for submission is January 3.

NOVEMBER 27, 2017

Missions

Global Migration Sunday is December 3
Today more than 65 million people worldwide are displaced from their homes.  That figure is higher than at any time since World War II, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency.

In response to this global crisis, The United Methodist Church has designated December 3 as Global Migration Sunday, a day of prayer and a special offering to raise awareness and funds to aid migrants and refugees.

“This is the day for The UMC to act with conviction and courage, giving life to its commitment to be disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” said the Council of Bishops Immigration Task Force.  “How we respond to the immigration crisis at this moment will determine the vitality of the church for generations to come.”

View resources  for Global Migration Sunday and explore ways to give.

UMC #GivingTuesday: November 28
Remember that tomorrow, November 28 to visit UMCmission.org/give and select from UMC-related projects and missionaries who bring hope and healing to a world in need.

Cleaning Buckets and Hygiene Kits Sent to Puerto Rico
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission North Central Jurisdiction (UMVIM-NCJ) Disaster Response Liaison Jason Frazer reports that three shipping containers of cleaning buckets and hygiene kits were due to arrive in Puerto Rico on Thanksgiving Day.

The photo above shows items loaded into one of three containers at the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Sager Brown depot in Baldwin, Louisiana during the Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Annual Meeting.  Five containers, carrying $794,000 worth of the buckets and health kits requested by the bishop and the conference in Puerto Rico, have been shipped since the deadly hurricanes struck the island in late September.

In addition, an Action Response Team (ART) recently traveled to Puerto Rico to plan with the bishop and staff there the response of The United Methodist Church.  The team took 12 satellite phones, solar lights, and solar chargers for cell phones.

July 10-24, 2018Ukraine
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission will be traveling to Chernivsti in western Ukraine, The team will participate in the ministry of the UMC in Chernivsti, located on the border of Ukraine and Romania. Approximate cost: $2,000. Contact Kathryn Adams

Young People’s Ministry

Project Feed Packs 54,000 Meals
East Ohio Conference youth continue to fight the war against hunger here in the United States and around the world.  This year’s Project Feed – one mission in two locations – saw more than 540 volunteers flock to West Elementary School in Newcomerstown and Wadsworth Middle School for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people they have never met.

Over two days the teens packed 54,000 dry meals and donated 950 cans of food to Rise Against Hunger.  This is the fourth straight year the East Ohio Conference has partnered with the international relief agency formerly known as Stop Hunger Now.  In that time, our youth have packed 240,000 meals and donated more than 2,700 cans of food!

Episcopal Office

Bishop Malone Shares Her Call Story
Bishop Tracy S. Malone shares her call story, lessons she has learned in her ministry, the hope she has for future generations of clergy, and much more in an interview recorded for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC 21).

Communications

Retirement announcement
Lois Speelman will retire on December 19 after more than 27 years of faithful service to the East Ohio Conference.  “Our clergy and laity have been blessed by Lois’ passion for the Church, and her dedication to help others.  She will be missed,” said Director of Communication Rick Wolcott.

UM Financial Credit Union

Skip A Payment
Our 2017 Skip a Pay is going on now! If you haven’t already, submit your Skip A Payment form to skip your December Payment now until December 31st. You may choose to skip your payment for a fee of $35 per loan. Complete the form and either mail or fax it into the credit union. Fax Number: 513-528-7480 or mail to: 431 Ohio Pike Suite 100 N Cincinnati, OH 45255

Statement Fee
Beginning in 2018, UMFCU will be implementing a $3 Statement Fee for paper statements. Avoid the fee and sign up for e-statements now! Contact one of our offices with questions. North Canton (800) 831-3972 ,Cincinnati (800) 373-1059, Indianapolis (317) 296-7177.

Updated Member Information
Have you recently had a life event? Moved, gotten married, etc? Make sure to notify your credit union! Be sure to update your address, phone number, and email address to stay up to date with credit union news and changes.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

November 27, 2017  Resources

In this edition we feature:

  • Sexual Misconduct at Church
  • New Hampshire Rep. on”Me Too” Addressing Sexual Harassment
  • Living in the Now: One Thing
  • Audio  Meditation: Aligning Yourself with Self
  • Navigating the Holidays When You Have Depression
  • Quest for a Good Night’s Sleep
  • 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 would like to get email alerts when new resources have been posted, please contact Howard Humphress or use our quick contact form.

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following 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

Photo by A24

Lady Bird
I was surprised to see a film that was so respectful of religion and parochial school education. Although the students understandably mock their faith, the nuns and priests who teach the students are presented in caring and compassionate ways. There is a moment of spiritual clarity that takes place late in the film that is offered without irony.

For full review by Rev. Bruce Batchlor-Glader

Classified

Positions available:

  • Summer Intern, Lakeside
  • Executive Director. Lake Junaluska
  • Chancel Choir and Adult Bell Choir Director, Louisville Christ UMC
  • Contemporary Worship Leader, Louisville Christ UMC

Details of the above classifieds/items wanted can be found here. 
To submit job postings and items available please email lois@eocumc.com

Events – November 27-December 11

Follow this link to the events calendar. 
To submit a calendar event.

Dates to remember

Obituaries

Please pray for the families of:

  • John A. Clouston, retired associate, who died November 6, 2017
  • Ruth Blank, surviving spouse of Thomas E. Blank, who died November 10, 2017
  • Daniel M. Cico, spouse of Pastor Karen Cico, who died  November 13, 2017 and
  • Donald C. Prather, retired local pastor, who died November 20, 2017.

For full obituary notices.

To Subscribe

To subscribe please send your request to Lois Speelman.  Information from this E-News may be copied and used in your local church.

The next scheduled edition of the E-News will be December 11, 2017.  Deadline for submission is December  6.

NOVEMBER 13, 2017

Bishop Malone headshot

The Commission on a Way Forward released its interim report to the Council of Bishops and shared sketches of models from it with the understanding that the Council is not restricted to these models and that we remain open to learning, listening and improvements. The Commission did not express preference for any particular model, and the Council of Bishops neither voted to endorse any model for the future of the Church, nor eliminated any model from consideration.

I encourage you to continue praying for the Commission and to register for one of the scheduled EOC Conversations on a Way Forward.  I trust that God will continue to lead us forward as we strive to maintain the unity of the Church and expand our witness and mission in the world.

Read the bishop’s letter in its entirety

UM Giving Opportunities

United Methodist Student Day: November 26

Across the country, the people of The United Methodist Church are serving the people God loves in Jesus’ name. We’re doing it at home, but so often we’d like to do more.

But the reality for most of us is that our responsibilities—home, family, work—don’t allow us to engage with every need we’d like to meet.

Right now there are UMC young people—who might not have had the resources to attend a school of their choice, or, for some, any school at all—who’ve been sent by you into the world God loves because of your giving to United Methodist Student Day. When you give generously you support  students as they prepare for a life that unites faith with knowledge. For more information.

UMC #GivingTuesday: November 28

One of the great things about The Advance is that it allows you to invest your resources where your passion answers specific needs in the world.

UMC #GivingTuesday is less than three weeks away. Join with thousands of United Methodists in giving generously to the work of Global Ministries missionaries and projects through The Advance.

Now is a great time to start thinking about where you want your UMC #GivingTuesday gift to go. Visit UMCmission.org/give and select from more than 600 UMC-related projects and more than 300 United Methodist missionaries who bring hope and healing to a world in need.

Financial & Administrative Services

Thursday, November 16 is the deadline to select benefit options for HealthFlex. 

The East Ohio Conference is switching to the HealthFlex benefits program in 2018.  Our conference joins 28 others across the denomination in using the health benefits plan offered by Wespath Benefits and Investments, a general agency of The United Methodist Church.

Click here to view the HealthFlex Benefits workshop video and learn more about the plan and available options.

UM Financial Credit Union

Stretching Your Budget
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner? Reviewing Christmas lists? Planning a New Year’s Eve party? With the entire holiday season approaching, your budget may be feeling a little tight. The United Methodist Financial Credit Union offers personal loans to help make the holiday season a stress-free time! Let your credit union help keep the focus where it belongs: On your time with friends and family!

Contact one of our loan officers to discuss your lending options:

  • Christine Fairhurst, 800-831-3972 ext. 104, North Canton
  • Christine Smith, 800-373-1059, Cincinnati

Thanksgiving Holiday Closings
On Thursday November 23, 2017 all offices of The United Methodist Financial Credit Union will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day. We want to wish all of our members a Happy Thanksgiving! We are so blessed to be your financial partner in ministry!

On Friday November 24, 2017 our North Canton branch will be closed. Our Cincinnati branch will remain open during normal business hours. You can always check share account balances, pay bills, and transfer funds anytime through our website at website or through our Mobile App.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

November 13, 2017  Resources

In this edition we feature:

  • Video: Standing Against Sexual Harassment and the Abuse of Power
  • The Perils of Empathy: Non-Anxious Presence
  • Why Meditate Early in the Morning
  • Stop Mourning the Morning, Start with a Purpose: A Morning Ritual
  • The Hidden Cost of Phone Addiction
  • How a New Brand of Mindful Movement Can Help You Heal
  • 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 would like to get email alerts when new resources have been posted, please contact Howard Humphress or use our quick contact form.

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:

  • Building Skupperton; The Key to the Best Me teaches children the keys to being the best they can be as they learn the seven foundational principles of a good Christian life.
  • New Hope; the Key to the Best Me assembling, painting and perfecting a minute detail of a miniature town as Biblical truths seen in the lives and experiences of its inhabitants are uncovered. Each story takes place in a particular area of New Hope and teaches children a unique lesson about discovering and becoming the person God created us to be.
  • The Miracles of Jesus; Finding God in Desperate Moments explores the miracles of Jesus, helping us to see that our weakness is an invitation for God to work powerfully in our lives and reminding us that we need God on our best days just as much as we do on our worst.
  • Daring Faith; teaches the value of living by faith. Each lesson opens with an animated Bible story about a biblical hero who accomplished all that God had destined him to do, because of his trust in God’s power.

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

Photo by Piki Films

Hunt For The Wilderpeople “All of the actors are great, taking what could have become stereotypical roles and finding nuance and depth. Ricky Baker becomes the hero he always hoped that he would be, simply by being accepted as he is and challenged to become more. Although religion is gently teased in this film, grace and forgiveness are everywhere. If you were dusting this movie for fingerprints, you would find the hands of Christ.”

For full review by Rev. Bruce Batchlor-Glader

Classified

Positions available:

  • Visitation Pastor, Wadsworth UMC
  • Choir Director  Solon UMC
  • Keyboardist/Organist, Solon UMC
  • Conference Treasurer/Statistician, New Mexico Conference

Items available:

  • Chairs, adult and children’s: Millersburg UMC

Details of the above classifieds/items wanted can be found here. 
To submit job postings and items available please email lois@eocumc.com

Events – November 13-27

Follow this link to the events calendar. 
To submit a calendar event.

Dates to remember

Obituaries

Please pray for the family of Amanda Adelee McMillen, surviving spouse of Rev. Frank McMillen, who died November 6, 2017.

For full obituary notices.

To Subscribe

To subscribe please send your request to Lois Speelman.  Information from this E-News may be copied and used in your local church.

The next scheduled edition of the E-News will be November 27, 2017.  Deadline for submission is November 22.