JUNE 26, 2017

2017 Annual Conference

Nearly 1,400 clergy and lay members gathered at Lakeside Chautauqua June 12-15 for Annual Conference 2017, Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected.

In her Episcopal Address, Bishop Tracy S. Malone asked that each East Ohio Conference congregation do something bold in this next ministry year, that they connect with the Four Areas of Focus, and that they do these three things:

  • Pray for the Commission on A Way Forward,
  • Participate in the A Way Forward conversations that will take place in our conference beginning this fall and continuing through the spring of 2018, and
  • Stay encouraged and focused on the mission of Christ and his Church.

Read the Annual Conference recap article.
View Annual Conference sermons.
View the Annual Conference photo gallery.

Youth Annual Conference

More than 1,000 youth attended Youth Annual Conference  (YAC)  2017. The theme for the weekend, designed by teens for teens, was Live it.

The youth and their adult leaders came from across Ohio to Lakeside Chautauqua to worship, fellowship, do mission work, have fun, and conduct business together.  Keynote speaker the Rev. David Whitt challenged the youth to remember that in everything they do, they should be worshipping God. The message was reinforced all weekend by YoungHeart, a band of four siblings from Miami, Florida.

In her Sunday sermon Bishop Tracy S. Malone told the youth, “You have an awesome opportunity each and every day to share your faith.  You never know who God places in your path who needs an encouraging word.”

Ministerial Recruitment Institute

Be a part of the 35th anniversary of Ministerial Recruitment Institute (MRI), a spiritual retreat designed to assist youth ages 12 to 18 to hear, ponder and answer God’s call to ministry.

Called By Name, Redeemed & Not Afraid is the theme for a week of learning, Spirit-filled worship, intense Bible study, singing, dancing, praise, and fellowship to be held July 16-21 at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea.

Guest theologians will be the Rev. Troy Benton, a MRI alum now serving in the greater St. Louis area; Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, resident bishop of the West Ohio Conference; and Bishop Tracy S. Malone, resident bishop of the East Ohio Conference.

Learn more about, and register to attend, Ministerial Recruitment Institute.

Missions

Ganta, Liberia UMVIM Trip January 20-Feb. 5 , 2018
There will be an informational meeting held at The Nehemiah Mission 6515 Bridge Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44102  on Saturday, August 5 10:00 am.

If you have made a decision to participate on this trip, or if you are considering this trip, please plan on attending this important meeting. If you are at such a distance that you cannot attend this meeting, we will FaceTime or Skype you into the meeting.

We will be discussing the projects planning, pre-trip requirements and meetings, costs and payment plans, Visa requirements, housing/food and everything else that you need to know to help you make your decision and plan your trip.  Approx. cost:   $3000- $3500; registration deadline: August 15, 2017.  Contact Kathy Dickriede for more information.

Resources

New UMC Handbook now available
The new United Methodist Church Handbook for this quadrennium is available, providing a detailed overview of the denomination’s beliefs, mission, structure and history. The handbook is a free, go-to resource for anyone in search of information about The United Methodist Church and is helpful for leaders and new members.

The handbook offers a holistic overview of the church and the ways that all United Methodists are an essential part of the denomination’s work around the world. It also explains the church’s connectional nature, includes denominational maps and graphics, answers frequently asked questions, provides a glossary of key denominational terms, offers communication and connectional giving information and suggests resources to further mission and ministry.

Church leaders are encouraged to incorporate the handbook into new member and confirmation classes, leadership training sessions, welcome packets, church libraries and other congregational gathering spaces.

Printed handbooks may be ordered online at shop.umc.org or via phone at 1-888-346-3862.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

June 26, 2017 Resources
In this edition we feature:

  • 4th Annual Mid-Summer Spiritual Formation Retreat
  • 5 Work-Life Mistakes Everyone is Making
  • A Basic Meditation to Train Awareness
  • Drink Your Water but not Before Bed
  • Meditators Have Younger Brains
  • 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 at hkhumphress@gmail.com or use our quick contact form.

Message in the Movies

Photo by Summit/Code Black Films/Lionsgate

All Eyez on Me “Why did I spend so much time sharing so much information about Tupac? It was for the same reason All Eyez on Me was created: Tupac’s life was short and complicated and his genius and potential for greatness short-circuited by bad business decisions and the inexperience of youth. At the time of his death at the age of 25, Tupac was showing signs of maturity and a new positivity. In 2016, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was the real deal.”

For full review by Rev. Bruce Batchlor-Glader

Classified/Items Available

  • Pianist, Mulberry St. UMC
  • Director of Music Ministry, Louisville Christ UMC
  • Choir Director, Orrville Trinity UMC
  • Praise Band/Worship Leader, Orrville Trinity UMC
  • Organist, Louisville Christ UMC
  • Organist / Chime Choir Director, Good Shepherd UMC
  • Director of Children’s Ministry, Avon UMC
  • Musician, LeRoy UMC
  • Youth Ministry Coordinator, Johnson UM
  • Worship Leadership, Cambridge Faith UMC
  • Director of Discipleship, Wooster UMC
  • Director of Christian Education and Program Coordinator, Brunswick 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 – June 26-July 10

July 2
Vocal Music Presentation, Roscoe UMC
July 9
Vocal Music Presentation, Roscoe UMC 

Follow this link to the events calendar.

To submit a calendar event.

Dates to remember

July 16-21
Ministerial Recruitment Institute, Baldwin Wallace University  

Obituaries

Please pray for the families of:

  • Marshall H. Peterson, retired elder, who died June 13, 2017 and
  • Carl L. Gray, retired elder, who died June 11, 2017
  • Ruth Wagner Krueck, surviving spouse of D. Wagner Krueck, who died June 8, 2017
  • Jacilyn M. Cardosy-Fisher, spouse of Rev. Van D. Fisher, who died May 30, 2017
  • Robert E. Henthorn, retired elder, who died May 26, 2017.

For full obituary notices.

To Subscribe

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The next scheduled edition of the E-News will be July 10, 2017.  Deadline for submission is July 5.

MAY 30, 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:
Joyce Fast: Redeemer North Hill UMC, CN
James Lance: Martel UMC, MO
Michael Law:  Fairview UMC (Wayne County), MO
Steve Sullivan: Loudonville/Lakeville UMC, TR
Hannah Tucker: Tiffin St. Paul and Melmore UMCs, FL
Amy Vittorio: Melmore UMC, FL
Madlynne Webber: Graysville UMC, SH 

View the current appointment list

2017 Annual Conference – June 12-15

Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected

Cleaning Bucket Reminder
Cleaning buckets for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center will be collected again at Annual Conference. In May MMDC has sent out almost 4,000 Cleaning Buckets to Missouri and Illinois flood victims.  They are running low on all cleaning bucket supplies.   Midwest Mission list of supplies. 

June 13- Camp Day at Annual Conference
The Board of Camps & Retreat Ministries has designated Tuesday of Annual Conference as Camp Day!   Wear your favorite camp t–shirt, join in singing some camp songs as we gather for the afternoon session, and share your camp testimony with those around you!  Also, there will be “Ask Me About Camp” t-shirts available for sale.  All proceeds  will be used for camperships.

2017 Clergy Directory
Photos will be taken during Annual Conference for the 2017 Clergy Directory. The directory headshots will be the official clergy photos for all EOC publications for the next four years – so please dress professionally.

No appointment is necessary. Clergy simply need to stop by Bradley Temple during one of the following sessions to have their picture taken:

  • Mon., June 12, 11 am- 6 pm
  • Tues., June 13, 9 am -6 pm
  • Wed., June 14, 9 am-6 pm
  • Thurs., June 15, 9 am-2 pm

NOTE: These are the only times that photos will be taken for the directory. Please e-mail Director of Communications Rick Wolcott with any questions.

Health & Welfare Institution

EAGLE Accreditation
Copeland Oaks and Crandall Medical Center is excited to announce that we are now EAGLE Accredited. The EAGLE process was led by Copeland employees, Jackie Palmer, and Randi Roose, who say, “The experience was a positive and rewarding endeavor. This recognition has challenged the board of directors and employees to monitor and strive to improve the caring ministry of Copeland Oaks and Crandall Medical Center.”

EAGLE’s primary emphasis is on excellence in Christian ministry, with a focus on how applicant organizations incorporate their Christian mission, religious heritage and values throughout the organization and its daily operations. Other areas of emphasis include focusing on results and outcomes, striving to improve, meeting legal and regulatory requirements, and ensuring privacy, accuracy, accessibility and confidentiality of both client and staff data and information.

For more information about Copeland Oaks.  

Pastoral Care and Counseling

May 30, 2017 Resources
In this edition we feature:

  • Annual Conference Spiritual Formation Luncheon
  • The Gift of Constraints
  • Listening with Our Ears Not Our Mouth
  • Pentecost: The Evolution of the Temple
  • Love, Not Atonement
  • Imagine Yourself Happy
  • 5 ways to Organize Your Phone to Unhijack Your Mind
  • Video: How Better Tech Could Protect us From Distraction
  • 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 at hkhumphress@gmail.com or use our quick contact form.

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:

  • Take the Flag; Following God’s Signals in the Race of Your Life demonstrates the parallel between the flags used in auto racing and the signals God sends us in our fast-paced lives.
  • Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet highlights that great hero of the Old Testament who led his people out of Egypt and was given the Ten Commandments—from his childhood in Pharaoh’s household to gazing out upon the Promised Land.
  • Who Needs God – Many people believe religion is the cause of the world’s problems rather than a solution. In this 6-part DVD series, Andy Stanley addresses this tension and sets a foundation for faith that will stand up to the rigors of the real world.
  • Killin’ It – Pride. It shuts us in and shuts God and others out. It keeps us from saying what needs to be said and hearing what needs to be heard.

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 20th Century Fox

Alien: Covenant “If you’ve seen the other Alien films, there are no big scares in store. More gore, to be sure, but this movie lacks the patience required to work up a real fright. All of the actors turn in good performances, including Michael Fassbender in a double role. The film looks great and moves along to recognizable beats. It’s Hollywood product at its best.”

For full review.

Classified/Items Available

  • Administrative AssistantNorth Coast District
  • Keyboard Player, Rootstown UMC
  • Director of Children’s Ministry, Church of the Saviour UM
  • Music Leadership positions, North Canton Faith UMC
  • Children’s Ministry Director, Orrville Trinity UMC
  • Office Assistant and Communications Specialist, 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 – May 30 -June 26

May 30
Carnival of Fun, Wooster UMC  
June 3
5K Run/Walk, McKinley Community Outreach Center 
June 3
Craft Fair & Car Show, Manchester UMC 
June 4
Pentecost Musical, Aldersgate UMC
June 5-9
Vacation Bible School, Roscoe UMC 
June 9-11
Youth Annual Conference
June 12-15
Annual Conference
June 16
Volunteers In Mission Team Training
June 16
Gospel Bluegrass Jam, Manchester UMC
June 17
Ice Cream Social and Concert, Independence UMC

Follow this link to the events calendar.

To submit a calendar event.

Dates to remember

July 16-21
Ministerial Recruitment Institute, Baldwin Wallace University  

Obituaries

Please pray for the families of:

  • Faye Shank, spouse of Donald R. Shank, retired elder, who died May 22, 2017 and
  • Richard M. Wilson, retired local pastor, who died May 25, 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 June 26, 2017.  Deadline for submission is June 21.

MAY 15, 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:
William Baker: Amherst UMC, FL
Jennifer Darling-Mellott:  
Ashland Trinity and Red Haw UMCs, MO
Robert Hooker: Smithfield UMC, OV
Jon Hutchinson: Mt. Tabor UMC, TW
Barbara Letterly: Richmond & Union Pisgah, FL
Thomas Matus: Ava UMC, SH
Ron McIlvaine: Johnston Fed., West Mecca, Orangeville and Vernon UMCs, WR
David Miller: Harpersfield and Rock Creek UMCs, WR
Lenore Robinson: Madison Chapel UMC, WR
John Schafer: Macksburg and Mary Reed Memorial UMCs, SH
Andrew Thompson: Belmont and Lloydsville UMCs, SH and OV
Victoria Troutman: Cardington Center and Fairview UMCs, MO
Paul W. George: Canal Lewisville/Warsaw UMCs, TR
Jason Young: Galena UMC, MO

Concluding Ministry:
Daniel Purdom:
Belmont UMC, SH 

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  informational meetings hosted by the Conference Board of Pensions.  Please note: an additional meeting date/time has been scheduled; May 23, 2017, 6:30 pm at the Area Center.

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.

2017 Annual Conference – June 12-15

Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected

June 13- Camp Day at Annual Conference
The Board of Camps & Retreat Ministries has designated Tuesday of Annual Conference as Camp Day!   Wear your favorite camp t–shirt, join in singing some camp songs as we gather for the afternoon session, and share your camp testimony with those around you!  Also, there will be “Ask Me About Camp” t-shirts available for sale.  All proceeds  will be used for camperships.

2017 Clergy Directory
Photos will be taken during Annual Conference for the 2017 Clergy Directory. The directory headshots will be the official clergy photos for all EOC publications for the next four years – so please dress professionally.

No appointment is necessary. Clergy simply need to stop by Bradley Temple during one of the following sessions to have their picture taken:

  • Mon., June 12, 11 am- 6 pm
  • Tues., June 13, 9 am -6 pm
  • Wed., June 14, 9 am-6 pm
  • Thurs., June 15, 9 am-2 pm

NOTE: These are the only times that photos will be taken for the directory. Please e-mail Director of Communications Rick Wolcott with any questions.

Missions

 

Highlighting the Ministry of OPEN M
OPEN M staff and volunteers work tirelessly day after day to help clients build bridges out of poverty.  One of the highlights for us is when a past client comes to visit with an encouraging update or good news to share.  Recently, Education Director, Patty Whetsel, received a visit from the mom of a Building Blocks preschool student from 2013 to 2015. Keiaina and her family were struggling with homelessness and food insecurity at that time.  Life was so unstable and Keiaina was four days too young to start kindergarten in 2014.  Building Blocks provided a much-needed refuge and support system for her and her mother, and helped prepare her with the skills she needed for school.  OPEN M also provided emergency food for the family.

Keiaina is now in first grade in the Akron Public Schools.  She is on the honor roll.  Her family has stable housing, and they recently welcomed a new baby.  Keiaina’s mother was touched so much by Building Blocks, and grateful for the support and encouragement Patty offered, that she wanted to drop off a school photo and share her good news.  We were so thrilled to hear it.  OPEN M is so proud of Keiaina!  Learn more about ministry at OPEN M. To support OPEN M, make a donation through your local church treasurer to Fund 9102.

Older Adult Ministry

June 2
Webinar: Older Adult Ministry On A Shoestring

Will Randolph, director of Aging and Older Adult Ministries is the presenter of this webinar which is designed for small membership, rural and financially strapped churches to help them offer quality older adult ministry. The focus is on doing a few ministries well while concentrating on ways to adapt practices for the small church. It offers tools for uncovering hidden assets and partnerships that will stretch resources.  Please register here.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

May 15, 2017 Resources
In this edition we feature:

  • Annual Conference Spiritual Formation Luncheon
  • Leaving Well: Spiritual Leadership
  • Preventing Alzheimer’s: TED Talk
  • Walk this Way: Walking Meditation
  • Guided Meditation: Resting in the Flow of Experience
  • Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself
  • 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 at hkhumphress@gmail.com or use our quick contact form.

Media Center

Act now to reap the benefits of Spring Cleaning in the Media Center!
Enhance your worship service, small group studies, and community outreach with books, DVDs, guides, VBS kits, and the many other items that are on sale at the Area Center in North Canton.

The new and used resources are priced to sell ($1 – $10/each), with all proceeds to be used for purchasing new resources for the Media Center.

Your church can also bid online to be the new owner of one of four used LCD projectors.  The auction began May 12 and ends May 19 at 9pm.  The highest bidders will need to claim their projector at the Media Center.

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:

  • What’s Your Story? Seeing Your Life Through God’s Eyes explores Joseph’s story. He accomplished great things in Egypt, but he didn’t really understand his story’s significance until he recognized what God was doing through him. Discover how to co-create with God the kind of life that will be a page-turner.
  • Forward; A Small Group Study Toward a Full Life in Christ based on 2 Peter 1:3-11 that shows you and members of your small group how to push one another forward in your shared life together, helping one another grow in faith, knowledge, and actions consistent with a Christian life.
  • Scouting the Divine: Searching for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey explores how ancient livelihoods illuminate meaningful Christian truths that apply to life today.
  • Address the Mess reminds us that avoiding messes and staying out of trouble isn’t what the Christian life is all about. Your messes and the messy people you meet along the way may actually be your greatest opportunity to know God.

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 Walt Disney Pictures

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 “Every guardian is dealing with issues about family and relationship. Peter has never known his father, but his birth in many ways parallels that of Jesus Christ. His mother (Laura Haddock) raised him from infancy and he was conceived from her union with a Celestial being. Peter meets his father (Kurt Russell) for the first time in this film, and their reunion is filled with joy and pain. Peter discovers new powers within that transcend everything that came before. He also must contend with a father who uses omnipotence irresponsibly. Is this a birthright that Peter should claim?”

For full review.

Classified/Items Available

  • Director of Children’s Choir/Youth Choir and Vocalists, Rocky River UMC
  • Pianist, Mulberry St. UMC
  • Administrative Office Assistant, Collins UMC
  • Worship Leader, Collins UMC
  • Church Secretary, Wedgewood UMC
  • Director of Christian Education and Discipleship,  New Philadelphia 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 – May 15 -30

May 17
Confronting the Issue of Opioid Addiction, Church of the Saviour
May 18
Supper at the Corner, Smith Corners UMC
May 19
Gospel Bluegrass Jam, Manchester UMC 
May 20
Change The World Event, Nehemiah Mission
May 20
Stuff The Truck, Mt. Pleasant UMC 
May 20
Car Show, Newcomer’s Chapel of Pigeon Run 

Follow this link to the events calendar.

To submit a calendar event.

Dates to remember

July 16-21
Ministerial Recruitment Institute, Baldwin Wallace University  

Obituaries

Please pray for the families of:

  • Michael E. Bloomfield,  died May 1, 2017, who died May 1, 2017  and
  • Robert F. Williamson, retired associate member, who died May 9, 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 May 30, 2017.  Deadline for submission is May 24.