APRIL 17, 2017

2017 Appointments/Changes of Status

Districts: (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

Note: effective 7/1/2017 unless otherwise noted

Appointments:
Carolyn Baker:
Perrysville UMC, TR
Doug Beggs: Beechwood & Peace UMCs, TW
Lori Burdette-Steele: 
Creston Canaan UMC, FL
Shaun Green: Uhrichsville First & Good Shepherd UMCs,  TW
Gregory Kendrick,Jr. (W. Ohio): Associate pastor, Church of the Saviour UM, NC
Carolyn Nichols: Greentown UMC, TW
Shirley Stoops Frantz: Bristolville UMC, WR 4/1/17

Retirements:
Stephen Modranski:  Sycamore Tree UMC, OV
Tom Snodgrass: Cadiz Scott Memorial UMC, OV

View the current appointment list

Health Benefits

Conference-sponsored health benefits to change effective January 1, 2018.

It is very important that you attend one of the eight informational meetings hosted by the Conference Board of Pensions.  Anyone can attend any of the meetings, at which handouts will be distributed and the changes discussed.

You should attend an informational meeting if you are currently covered by the conference health benefit plan with Aetna. 

This includes:

  • active clergy and lay employees of the local church,
  • retirees younger than age 65,
  • retired clergy, their spouses and surviving spouses who are younger than age 65,
  • lay delegates to Annual Conference, and
  • chairpersons of Finance Committees and of Staff Parish Relations Committees.

No changes are planned to the health care benefits of retirees who are age 65 or older; retired clergy, their spouses and surviving spouses.

The 2018 Health Benefits Plan page of the conference website will have the latest information, as it is available.  Please direct questions to  Benefits Manager Betsy Stewart.

Visit Africa University

The generosity of the East Ohio Conference built the first two three-story dormitories at Africa University, and has endowed the most university scholarships of any annual conference in the denomination.  The March 19 special offering for Africa University raised $801 to further support its students.

You have an opportunity to represent the East Ohio Conference and visit Africa University with Bishop Tracy S. Malone August 20-30, 2017.  While in Zimbabwe the group will tour the 3Cs-supported Emsizini School, visit Victoria Falls, cruise the Zambezi River, take a game drive in a national park, and see a drum and dance show.

The reservation deadline is May 15, so you must act quickly if you would like to be part of the EOC delegation.  The approximate cost of the trip, including airfare, is $5,300/person.  A $750 deposit is due, along with the trip application, by May 15.  E-mail Bruce Hitchcock at bhitchcock@windstream.net to request an application and receive the payment schedule.

Native American Ministries Sunday

Native American Ministries Sunday is April 30, a day set aside by The United Methodist Church to recognize and honor the contributions that Native Americans make to our church and society.

When you give to the special offering on April 30: you support aspiring Native American pastors and enrich outreach in their communities; you equip seminary students who will honor and celebrate Native American culture in their ministries; and you empower congregations that are finding fresh new ways to minister to their communities with the love of Christ.

To publicize Native American Ministries Sunday in your church be sure to check out the downloadable videos, bulletin inserts, social media banners, and graphics that are available in the Native American Ministries Pastor and Leader’s Kit.

Missions

Advance Special #9195 – South Street Ministries
South Street Ministries is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the physical, socio-economic, and spiritual well being of the South Akron/Summit Lake neighborhood.  Founded in 1997 by Duane and Lisa Crabbs, South Street has had eighteen years of programming, ministry, and shared life with, for, and amongst the poorer residents of Summit Lake and South Akron.

The major programs of South Street include after-school program, summer youth camp, urban gardening, bike shop, jail ministry, open gym basketball, a teen arts studio, youth sports scholarships (including football, soccer, and wrestling), and extensive adult outreach (recovery, reentry, employment, and others). Other consistent efforts include pastoral counseling, emergency food, employment and shelter assistance, as well as a consistent, loving neighborhood presence. This new year also includes new programming including  South Street’s Economic Development Center.

Volunteer Testimony
“Nearly three years ago today I walked into South Street’s Front Porch café for the first time…I remember getting goosebumps as I sat and watched some “odd couples” do lunch in the once-ethnic club.  I had never been in a space before—in Akron, at least—businessmen, laypersons, ministers, the affluent and the poor ate together in one space…At the time, I was a part of a college internship and volunteered with Joe the Executive Director. I became a volunteer as soon as I could, and loved meeting all of South Street’s ‘regulars’ and friends.  I thank God for South Street Ministries’ work in Summit Lake! They really taught me how to be good neighbors and friends to people I used to think were different than me…the teens I work with are now my friends”

To support this ministry, make a donation through your local church treasurer to Fund #9195

Advocacy

May 17
Confronting the Issue of Opioid Addiction
Cuyahoga County made national headlines on February 6 with news that, in one weekend, 14 individuals died from drug overdoses.  Church of the Saviour, (North Coast District)  will host a panel of experts who will speak from their experience about dealing with the complex issue of opioid addiction. The event begins at 7 pm. Presenters include: Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson, MD, Signature Health Medical Director Libbie Stansifer, MD and Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Joan Synenberg. For more information. 

UM Financial Credit Union

Don’t Miss Out On This Offer
There’s still time to transfer those high interest rate loans to a UMFCU Visa Card!  5.24% APR until the transferred balance is paid in full. No transfer fees. Offer available through 5/31/2017. Don’t have a card with us yet? No problem. Apply today.

For more information call 800-831-3972 Ext 6 or 800-373-1059.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

April 17, 2017 Resources
In this edition we feature:

  • Women in Ministry: Finding Shoulders to Stand On
  • Video: Her Truth: Women in Ministry
  • Three Urgent Leadership Questions for Thriving in a Connected World
  • Spiritual Practice: Caring for Creation
  • Being with Flowers
  • Tuning In: Good Listening
  • Love Your Body, Free Your Mind
  • Listings of Spiritual Formation Groups and 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 at hkhumphress@gmail.com or use our quick contact form.

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:

  • The Rewritten Life: When God Changes Your Story explores the transformational power of God through the stories of people in the Bible whose lives were changed forever by God. It connects the biblical stories to our own lives, showing us that God wants us to be just as intimately involved in rewriting our stories so that we may become and do all that God has planned for us-all for God’s glory.
  • TrueU 02: Is the Bible Reliable? and TrueU 03: Who Is Jesus? equips students to stand up for their beliefs in the face of a culture that tells them their faith is absurd, obsolete, and impractical.

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

Movie review by Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader
Photo by Pure Flix

The Case For Christ “Once again, I am stumped about who the intended audience for this film might be. I cannot imagine that most atheists would flock to a flick entitled The Case for Christ. In a recent online interview at Patheos.com, Strobel said: “I think the evidence can get us to the point of being in intellectual agreement, but ultimately, coming to faith and being as the Bible refers to it ‘born again’ requires receiving this gift of grace.”

For full review.

Classifieds/Items Available

  • Office Manager, Solon UMC
  • Youth Director, Sunbury UMC
  • Choir Director, Delaware Asbury UMC
  • Director of Music Ministries,  Church of the Saviour UM
  • Worship Director, Mentor 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 – April 17-May 1

April 18
Ohio PAUMCS, Oak Chapel UMC
April 18
Sibshop, Greensburg UMC
April 18
Goods Distribution, McKinley Community Outreach Center 
April 20
Expect A Miracle Workshop, United Theological Seminary
April 20
Supper at The Corner, Smith Corners UMC 
April 21
Gospel Bluegrass Jam, Manchester UMC 
April 22
Historians Convocation
April 22
Tuscarawas Spring Conference & Leadership Training, Union Ave UMC
April 22
Engage: Faith.  Family.Friendship. Brecksville UMC
April 22
Credit Union Annual Meeting, North Canton Faith UMC
April 22
Paint Party Fundraiser, Smithville UMC
April 23
Holy Humor Sunday, Smithville UMC
April 23
70th Anniversary Celebration, St. Matthew UMC
April 23
Three Rivers District Spring Conference, Coshocton Grace UMC
April 26
Concert, Newcomer’s Chapel of Pigeon Run UMC
April 28
Youth Fundraiser, Wooster UMC
April 29
Race At The Rock, Flat Rock Care Center
April 29
Rummage Sale, Smithville UMC
April 29
Racial Justice Training, Christ Woodland UMC
April 29
Taxable Goods Distribution, McKinley Community Outreach Center
April 29
Free Lunch, Park UMC
April 29
Free Meal, Mentor UMC
April 30-May 2
Thrive: Ministry on the Edge Conference
April 30
Free Breakfast, LaPorte UMC
April 30
Canal District Spring Conference, Lockwood UMC
April 30
Auction Fundraiser, Park UMC
April 30-May 2
Tent Revival, Mt. Zion UMC

Follow this link to the events calendar.

To submit a calendar event.

Obituaries

Please pray for the family of Barbara Ann Crooks, surviving spouse of Rev. Paul Crooks, who died March 30, 2017.

For full obituary notices.

 


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APRIL 3, 2017

2017 Appointments/Changes of Status

Districts: (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

Note: effective 7/1/2017 unless otherwise noted

Appointments:
Matt Anderson:
West Lafayette UMC, TR
Brad Bloomster: Smith Corners UMC, MV
DeBorah Graham: 
Mount Pleasant UMC, NC
David Hull-Frye: Grandview  UMC,  CN
Deb Quillen: East Fairfield UMC, MV
Jeremy Roseberry: Spencer and Lafayette UMCs, FL
Heather Runser: Coalburg UMC, MV
Stephen Sparling:  Incapacity Leave, 5/1/17
Holly Stephens: New Hope UMC, MV

Retirements:
Lenore Robinson: Spencer UMC, FL, 10/1/17

Concluding Ministry:
Dan Jenkins: 
Honorable Location

View the current appointment list

A Way Forward… Building God’s Beloved Community

By Bishop Tracy S. Malone
Ephesians 4:1-6 (CEB) really resonates with me as I consider the faithful work we are all being called to do as United Methodists across the connection… to find our way forward through the present impasse related to human sexuality. This monumental task of maintaining and strengthening the unity of the church is all of our work to do.

One of the marks of the Christian calling is to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. The unity of the Spirit is created through our baptism and our common faith in Jesus Christ. Our unity in Christ does not exist in the absence of diversity (experience, perspective, theology or culture) but because of it. For we are all uniquely created in the image of God.

We are on body, and one spirit, just as God called us in one hope. When we “live as people worthy of the call we received from God and when we conduct ourselves with all humility, gentleness, patience and accept each other in love”… we will find our way forward and create God’s beloved community.

Read the entire letter.

Visit Africa University

“I invite you to join me on a visit to the campus to explore ways to partner together for mutual support in mission, witness and the development of principled leaders,” said Bishop Tracy S. Malone.

August 20-30, 2017, the bishop will lead an East Ohio delegation to visit Africa University.  While in Zimbabwe the group will tour the 3Cs-supported Emsizini School, visit Victoria Falls, cruise the Zambezi River, take a game drive in a national park, and see a drum and dance show.

Approximate cost of the trip, including airfare, is $5,300/person.  A $750 deposit is due, along with the trip application, by May 15.  To request an application and receive the payment schedule, please e-mail Bruce Hitchcock at bhitchcock@windstream.net.  Space is limited to 28 people.  Reservation deadline is May 15.

 

2017 Annual Conference –  June 12-15

Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected

Be sure to visit the 2017 Annual Conference website to register for this year’s conference. The site has a preview of this year’s AC schedule, information about the speakers, proposed constitutional amendments, and much more. New information is added to the Annual Conference website as it is submitted.

Congregational Vitality

April 6, 7 & 24
Church Leadership Webinar Series

The East Ohio Congregational Vitality Team listens to church leadership and compass groups to identify common goals. We then work to provide resources to be used in pursuing these goals.

After listening to you, a church leadership webinar series was created to help us live into Developing Principled Christian Leaders, which is one of the Four Areas of Focus for The United Methodist Church.  Each webinar is accompanied by a downloadable handout and shares resources designed to improve your skills in a particular area.

Register to participate in one of the remaining webinars:

April 6- 7:30 pm:  Creating a Leadership Culture
April 7- 2:30 pm: Closing Performance Gaps
April 24- 3:00 pm: Ignite Your Leadership            

Missions

Missionaries Request Prayers
Aaron and Mary Vandersommers were commissioned as missionaries for Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church at General Conference 2016.  They ask for your prayers as they serve in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

“Following the collapse of talks between the government and opposition parties, Kinshasa has turned to demonstrations and rioting followed with police actions.  Many of the roads have been barricaded with a very large presence of police and soldiers.  Mary and I are staying at home and the embassies warn about traveling in town for the rest of the week,” Aaron wrote in an e-mail.

“Additionally there has been major military fighting in the interior along with executions of dozens of military police by opposing forces. This comes along with the news of the two western UN Security Specialists found executed following their kidnapping in one of the interior provinces.  This has created a very tense situation for everyone.  Please pray for peace and security here in the DRC. Mary and I have a couple of weeks of food and water so we should be fine while we wait for things to change.”  

Read the Vandersommers’ blog at http://www.umcmissioncongo.com/

Ministries

Celebrate Recovery Ministry
Winfield United Methodist Church (Tuscarawas District) is one of 29,000 churches worldwide that offers Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered program for those struggling with hurts, hang-ups, and habits.

“The Church desires to fulfill its role as Christ’s healing agent. All of us in some way need help and healing in body, soul, mind, and spirit,” said the Rev. Lu Ann Youngman, Winfield UMC pastor.  “We truly want to be a safe place for people to come and worship and share their lives with us.”

To that end, the church offers Celebrate Recovery Leadership Training sessions to build teams of people who help individuals work through their drug/alcohol/gambling addiction, eating disorders, depression/anxiety/grief, and finance/anger/control issues.

Youngman has seen the program work. “We have members teaching and helping with the group sessions who have been delivered from addictions and have found positive ways to live with hope and joy, and are now living for Christ to help others know that with Jesus nothing is impossible!”

Celebrate Recovery meetings are held at Winfield UMC every Tuesday at 7pm. The evening begins with worship followed by individual group sessions, with women leading the women’s group and men leading the men’s group.  To learn more, call the church office at (330) 343-1494.

Advocacy

May 17
Confronting the Issue of Opioid Addiction
Cuyahoga County made national headlines on February 6 with news that, in one weekend, 14 individuals died from drug overdoses.  Church of the Saviour will host a panel of experts who will speak from their experience about dealing with the complex issue of opioid addiction. The event begins at 7 pm. Presenters include: Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Thomas Gilson, MD, Signature Health Medical Director Libbie Stansifer, MD and Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Joan Synenberg. For more information. 

UM Financial Credit Union

April 14 Good Friday
The Credit Union offices will be closed on Good Friday, April 14. The Board of Directors and staff wish you and your family a blessed Easter weekend as you celebrate the resurrection of Our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Take advantage of our surcharge free CO-OP Shared Branches to access your funds.  Find a credit union near you.  For additional information, contact the credit union at 1-800-831-3972 Ext 6.

April 22
Notice of Annual Meeting & Election of Officers
The Credit Union Board of Directors, volunteers and staff would like to invite you to join us for the United Methodist Financial Credit Union’s Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place at North Canton Faith UMC, 300 Ninth Street North Canton, OH 44720.  Our time together will begin with brunch served at 10:00 am followed by the business of the annual meeting and election of officers.  There is no cost to attend the annual meeting.  However, if you will be joining us for brunch, there is a cost of $5 per person.   Reservations for brunch are required.  To make your reservation, please email slong@umethodist.com  or  call at 800-831-3972 Ext 127.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

April 3, 2017 Resources
In this edition we feature:

  • Video: Power of Self to Heal our Parts
  • Alcohol Rehab Guide
  • Author Sam Quinones, Local Appearance: Opiate Addiction
  • Video: Opiate Epidemic and Resources
  • Opiate Podcasts
  • Holy Week Meditation and Study Guide
  • Video: What You Practice Grows Stronger
  • When Avoidance Rules Your Life
  • Create a Living Faith
  • Listings of Spiritual Formation Groups and 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 at hkhumphress@gmail.com or use our quick contact form.

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

Review by Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader
Photo by Walt Disney Films

Beauty and The Beast  “The great thing about Beauty and the Beast is that it offers up its positive messages through its characters and their decisions rather than by speechifying. Good stories should show us rather than tell us what to think. There is a happy ending to this fairy tale, but it requires people to grow and change in relationship to one another. If the love of God is to be at work in the world, it deserves nothing less.”

For full review.

Classifieds/Items Available

  • Youth Coordinator, Marion Salem  UMC
  • Pianist, Portage Faith UMC
  • Summer Ministry Worker, Salem First UMC
  • Director of Christian Education, Church of the Lakes UM

Details of the above classifieds/items wanted can be found here.

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

Events – April 3-17

April 7-8
Listening Circles for Communal Life, Methodist Theological School
April 8
Sibshop, Greensburg UMC
April 8
Goods Distribution, McKinley Community Outreach Center 
April 8
Easter Egg Hunt, Newcomer’s Chapel of Pigeon Run UMC
April 9
Palm Sunday Celebration, Smithville UMC
April 13
Holy Thursday Service, Smithville UMC
April 14
Free Breakfast, Smith Corners UMC
April 14
Good Friday Service, Smithville UMC
April 14
Tenebrae Worship Service, Brecksville UMC

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

Dates to Remember

April 29
Racial Justice Training, Christ Woodland UMC

April 18
PAUMCS Spring Conference, Oak Chapel UMC


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MARCH 20,2017

2017 Appointments/Changes of Status

Note: effective 7/1/2017 unless otherwise noted

Appointments:
Sue Antolik: 
Williamsport and Harmony Chapel UMCs, MO
Marilyn Coney:
Tiffin Faith UMC, FL
Gordon Ferguson: Pleasant Grove and Chandlersville UMCs, SH
Kyle Gould: Oak Chapel UMC, CN
Garland Harvey: Tiro and Shelby First UMCs, MO
Jacob Heskett: Polk & Nankin UMCs, MO
Paula Koch: Millersburg UMC, TR
Anna Magill: Cuyahoga Falls UMC associate, CN
Elizabeth Ortiz: Kilbourne and Ashley UMCs, MO
Jerry Penrod; Beverly UMC, SH
Don Richards: Rootstown UMC, CN
Ryan Skelton: Chesterville and Sparta UMCs, MO
Matthew Wald: Family Leave
Matt Weaver: Galion Christ UMC, MO
Jared Williams: North Canton Grace UMC, TW

Retirements:
Roberta Fuller: 
retiring from Incapacity Leave
Richard Kretchmar: Birminghan & Lakeview UMCs, FL, 1/1/2017

Concluding Ministry:
Peter Bellamy: 
Richmond/Union Pisgah UMCs, FL

View the current appointment list

Vera Rebrovich Hired as Director of Financial and Administrative Services

Vera RebrovichVera Rebrovich is the new director of Financial and Administrative Services for the East Ohio Conference, effective April 1.  She has extensive finance, accounting, and management experience, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Ohio.

“Vera brings a strong accounting background and more than 20 years of experience as a financial manager and analyst with major firms in our area,” said the Rev. David Palmer, Council on Finance and Administration chairperson.

“I’m very happy to be joining the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.  I attended Rittman UMC growing up and have many happy memories of Sunday school, youth group, and summer camp at Camp Wanake,” Rebrovich said.

She succeeds Jessica Vargo in the re-titled position.

Read the full release.

2017 Annual Conference –  June 12-15

Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected

Be sure to visit the 2017 Annual Conference website to register for this year’s conference. The site has a preview of this year’s AC schedule, information about the speakers, proposed constitutional amendments, and much more. New information is added to the Annual Conference website as it is submitted.

UMCOR Sunday is March 26

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responds when disasters strike. Your generosity makes it possible.

March 26 is UMCOR Sunday, a day to equip Christ’s body to serve in His name. Formerly called One Great Hour of Sharing, UMCOR Sunday is a day for United Methodists around the world to support the needs of children, families, and communities who have experienced devastation in the wake of a disaster.

“Gifts to UMCOR Sunday underwrite UMCOR’s costs of serving local churches in times of disaster,” said General Board of Global Ministries General Secretary Thomas Kemper. ”  This helps keep the promise that 100% of every gift made to UMCOR projects goes directly to those in need.

Download free UMCOR Sunday resources and print materials.

Special Offering for Africa University

Thank you for your generosity in supporting the students of Africa University! The Conference treasurer will total all monies collected during yesterday’s special offering and will write one check in support of Africa University. It’s important that all collected donations be marked with EOC Fund 9161, and remitted to the Conference treasurer as soon as possible. Persons who missed yesterday’s offering should send their donation in the next few days to be included in the total. Donations should be marked with EOC Fund 9161 and mailed to PO Box 76019, Cleveland, OH 44101-4755.

Advocacy

April 29
Racial Justice Training
There is greater awareness of racism and white privilege in the last few years, primarily as a result of killing unarmed, African-American people.  As this new awareness develops, the objective is to better understand the racism in our nation and how it can be addressed.

Discussions will include Defining the Doctrine of Discovery, understand definitions of racism and ideas on how to address racial injustice.

Event is co-sponsored by: Methodist Federation for Social Action and Black Methodists for Church Renewal.  For more information.

Missions

Advance Special # 9966-McKinley Community Outreach Center
McKinley Community Outreach Center  opened its doors in 2013 to serve residents of western Lake County.  Currently an average of 308 families receive household essentials and 240 receive food every month.

The Center helps those who are struggling by providing taxable items (toilet paper, personal care items and cleaning products) clothing, household items, furniture, food and pet supplies. Classes for GED preparation and workplace readiness programming are available in cooperation with Auburn Career Center and Ohio Guidestone along with computer literacy training through the Wickliffe Library.

The following is a personal testimony.

Why I Chose to Volunteer at McKinley Community Outreach Center by Pam R.

My name is Pam. I am a retired senior citizen living on disability. I am also the face of the homeless. Life has its ups and downs. My down led me to living in my car for approximately 1.5 years with my dog, Buddy. I was eventually sheltered and fed by non-profit organizations which led me to the doors of McKinley. From the food pantry, to clothes and the pet department, McKinley took care of my needs, including furniture!  I made a vow to try to be a volunteer and give back a little of what was given to me to enable me to get back on my feet. Thanks McKinley!

To support this ministry, make a donation through your local church treasurer to Fund # 9966.

3Cs (Churches, Clinics & Classrooms)
At a recent 3Cs Mission meeting, we celebrated three United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) journeys to Liberia this year.  Travelers from all areas of our conference were a part of those trips that fostered relationships between our two countries.

We have expanded the scope of 3Cs Mission to include Africa University as one of our classrooms in Zimbabwe. At Annual Conference, we will announce further 3Cs Mission expansion.  We praise God for your partnership in the ministry of 3Cs Mission, which just distributed funds for team leaders; sanitation projects in Sierra Leone and Russia; the purchase of trash bags, and the sending of hymnals and supplies to Sierra Leone; and the construction of water wells in Liberia.

Join us at 7 am on June 14 for the 3Cs 5k Run/1-mile Walk at Lakeside. Plan to have someone from your church participate.  Individual and corporate sponsorship is encouraged because all proceeds will benefit 3Cs Mission.  Learn more and register today.

Is God calling you to be a part of this journey of faith, mission, and transformation?  Learn more about planned trips in 2017 to Russia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Liberia.  Mission opportunities exist for all ages!

Email  kdickriede@gmail.com with questions of interest.

Training Opportunity

April 18
PAUMCS Spring Conference
The Ohio Chapter of Professional Association of United Methodist Secretaries will welcome Rev. Stan Ling, associate director of the Council on Development of the West Ohio Conference and Kay Panovec, director of Communications for the West Ohio Conference. For more information.

Young People’s Ministries

New Youth Theology Institute
Ohio  Wesleyan is accepting applications through April 3 for EXPLORE institute. High school juniors and seniors are invited to apply for enrollment in Ohio Wesleyan University’s new six-day summer program to examine their faith journeys and God’s calling for their lives from both academic and spiritual perspectives. For more information.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

March 20, 2017 Resources
In this edition we feature:

  • Those Who Flourish in Ministry: Intentional about Well-Being
  • Clergy Self-Care Strategies
  • Documentary: 5 Broken Cameras—The Palestinian Struggle
  • Palestinian Activist to Speak
  • Top Five Regrets of the Dying
  • Audio: Mindfulness Meditation: Shifting Out of “Doing” Mode
  • Video: How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?
  • The Perfect Nap Length
  • Too Much and Too Little Sleep Predictors of Dementia
  • Listings of Spiritual Formation Groups and 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 at hkhumphress@gmail.com or use our quick contact form.

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

Movie review by Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader
Photo by Lionsgate

The Shack  “The film is long and moves somewhat clumsily through its 130 minutes of screen time, but I am convinced that many churches and small groups will be able to show it in shorter segments upon its DVD release and have meaningful discussions. The underlying tragedy (which Mack calls “The Great Sadness”) makes the film inappropriate for younger children and tough viewing for parents who have dealt with the death of a child, but the film is ultimately hopeful and uplifting. If you can make a trip to The Shack with an open mind, open heart, and open spirit, this story could also open new doors of discovery and dialogue for you.”

For full review.

Classifieds/Items Available

  • Youth Coordinator, Marion Salem  UMC
  • Pianist, Portage Faith UMC
  • Summer Ministry Worker, Salem First 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 – March 20-April 3

April 1
Lay Servant Training, Scott Memorial UMC
April 12
Lay Servant Training, Beverly UMC
April 1
Free Lecture, Youngstown Trinity UMC

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

Obituaries

Please pray for the families  of:

  •  Valoise F. Willissurviving spouse of Rev. Clyde E. Willis, who died December 22, 2016 and
  • Merriel R. Burkhead, retired elder, who died March 11, 2017.

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