SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

Special Session of General Conference 2019

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EOC Delegation Offers Listening Posts
There are four remaining opportunities to ask questions of, and share your thoughts with, members of the East Ohio Conference delegation to the Special Session of General Conference 2019.

The delegation is offering the following listening posts:

Delegates will listen to attendees at each post after giving brief recaps of the three plans offered by the Commission on a Way Forward: the One Church plan recommended by the Council of Bishops; the Connectional Conference plan; and the Traditional plan.

Registration is not required but is helpful to the host churches in planning seating and hospitality for the listening sessions.  Learn more and register.

Young Peoples Ministries

Preactically Honest LogoAnnouncing the New Blog and Practically Honest Podcast 
Young People’s Ministries is publishing a new blog for those that live and work with teens and young adults.  This week’s topic is, “You are not alone! Let’s talk networking.”  It features Tim Beck, Char Messenger, and Kaye Wolfinger as they discuss how important it has been to them to connect with other youth leaders.  You can check out the blog and listen to podcast HERE.

Peace with Justice Trip Scheduled for July 2019
Peace with Justice Trip to Washington DC: July 20-23, 2019 for those ages 14 to 35 years old.  Those younger than 18 who are traveling must be accompanied by a parent or youth leader.  Youth groups are invited as well as individuals.  We will visit all of the memorials; get a tour of the African American History Museum and the Capitol building; have conversations around immigration with Barbara Ferris, founder of Int’l Women’s Democracy Center; discuss human trafficking at the General Board of Church and Society; and worship at the National Cathedral.  Cost is $280 per person, which includes, bus, lodging, meals, t-shirt and all entry fees.  Learn more HERE. Register HERE.

Multicultural Ministries

PerspectivesPerspectives Events
Too often we let fear get in the way of us starting new, bold, and courageous ministry.  Those fears can prevent us from being in ministry with God and with others, especially those who are different from us.

Understanding the individual perspectives of those with whom we are in ministry is the first step in easing our fears.  To help in that process, the East Ohio Conference office of Multicultural Vitality is scheduling Perspectives events to assist participants in learning from another perspective.

Our first event is Perspectives: Black Theologian Day on October 6 at Church of the Saviour UMC in Cleveland Heights.  This year’s theme is Faith in Action: Beginning a Good Work, based on Nehemiah 2:17-18.

Keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Joseph Daniels returns to East Ohio to inspire us on how to begin a good work.  He challenged us during Annual Conference 2018 to be involved and make differences in the lives of people in our communities, if we truly want to bear real fruit.

You are invited to join us from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 6 for Perspectives: Black Theologian Day to learn how you can begin a good work in your community and participate in building God’s Kingdom.  View Flyer | Register Now!

Spiritual Formation

September 20 – “How To” Discussion of Small Membership Churches
If you have an average worship attendance of 120 or less, and a desire to minister with the young people in your community, come join the conversation – Being Disciples, Making Disciples, and Maturing Disciples for the Next Generation: A “How To” Discussion for the Small Membership Church.

Presenter, Stephanie Caro, of Ministry Architects, and keynote speaker for Vision Discipleship at Annual Conference 2018, will continue the conversation about reaching young people in our communities at Camp Wanake and Retreat Center.Caro has more than 30 years of experience working with children, youth, and adults in all aspects of church ministry. View her hilarious AC presentation. (start video at 1 hr. 10 min. mark)

Don’t miss this important presentation and discussion! Information and registration here.

NEW! Resources for the Journey
The Conference Spiritual Formation and Christian Education Committee has launched  “Resources for the Journey” blog for those who are guiding others along the pathway to discipleship. This is a resource of ideas, topics, methods, and encouragement. The blog is focused on connecting people in United Methodist churches with Wesleyan education and spiritual formation resources. Posts will alternate between a focus on “tools for the journey” – pointing people towards resources available around the web, and guest bloggers from East Ohio focused on “it worked for us.” Bloggers will share their church experiences, ideas that have worked for them, and what resources have been invaluable, and more.

Would you be willing to write a post for the blog?  If you have a “tool” or resource that has worked for you, or something that has worked well in your setting, why not share it!  All you need to do is write two or three paragraphs and send them to gary@eocumc.com.

Financial and Administrative Services

Enroll Your Church in the EOC Payroll Service
The office of Finance and Administrative Services is currently accepting new churches for enrollment in the East Ohio Conference payroll service program.  If you enroll your church before the deadline, there is no additional set-up fee.  This is a wonderful program to ensure your church is compliant with applicable federal, state and local payroll requirements at a relatively low cost.

Learn more about the program, its benefits, and requirements.  Don’t delay, take advantage of this opportunity today! Enrollment Deadline for a January 2019 start date is Monday, October 1.

Don’t forget! Sept. 20 “Achieving Financial Wellness” Workshop
This one-day workshop, offered from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at Westbrook Park UMC,  will help you review and evaluate your current financial status. Wespath Benefits & Investments partners with EY Financial Services to a present the“Achieving Financial Wellness” workshop  The balance of the day will include an overview of Conference-sponsored benefits, inclusive of pension, death & disability benefits, as well as healthcare. Reservations are a must for everyone attending, including spouses. Seating is limited. No walk-ins can be accommodated as personalized information is provided for each pastor attending.

Questions? Contact Betsy Stewart at (800) 831-3972, Ext. 103 or Robin Whitacre, Ext. 151. Click to register.

Missions

United Methodist Community Center
The board of directors regrets to announce that the United Methodist Community Center will suspend services indefinitely effective September 15, 2018, due to a lack of sustainable funding.  Every effort will be made to connect our clientele with other area agencies.

We are proud to have followed in the footsteps of the Pearl Street Mission of Youngstown and the Rebecca Williams Community Center of Warren, and are hopeful that we will serve the communities of the Mahoning Valley again in the future.

UMVIM Team Leader Training
Share best practices for leading a mission team locally, nationally, and internationally on Saturday, October 27, at Church of the Savior Cleveland Heights. View details and register here.

Invitations to the Mission Journey
The North Coast of Haiti Mission March 4-11
Plan now for this introductory tour of schools in the North Haiti Methodist District. The UMVIM Team is limited to nine volunteers and may have only one representative from any individual church. The vision is to introduce many churches to the work of the North Coast Haiti Mission and specifically the work of Church of the Saviour UM that enhances the education of one (Dondon, Haiti) of the five primary schools. The outcome would be that churches in East Ohio would become a part of this transformational partnership.

Deadline to sign up is Oct. 1, 2018.  Please join us for a meeting at 7:00 on October 1 at Church of the Savior in Cleveland Heights. Contact: Tom Sperl tsperl13@gmail.com

View all additional scheduled mission journey options here.

Puerto Rico!
Anyone intersted in joining an UMVIM Journey to Puerto Rico in late January or early February please contact Kathy Dickriede.  Plans are being made now.  An informational meeting is set for Sunday October 7th for 3:00 at Brecksville UMC.  Contact kdickriede@gmail.com for more details.

UMCOR Makes Changes to Relief Supply Kit Ministry
UMCOR is consolidating the number of kits it provides. Moving forward, UMCOR will supply cleaning kits, hygiene kits and school kits. Layette, birthing, bedding and sewing kits are being phased out, but supplies will be distributed until the inventory is depleted.

  • Why is UMCOR changing the relief supply kits?
    The new kit content lists were designed to offer our donors greater ease and flexibility in purchasing their donations.
  • Why is UMCOR changing the types of kits it distributes?
    Production of kits is based on demand. Based on the shipping and distribution data we have collected in recent years, demand for kits has changed.
  • Frequently-asked questions about UMCOR’s relief supply kit changes

Special Sundays

World Communion Sunday is October 7
The first Sunday in October is World Communion Sunday, a day to honor the global diversity of The United Methodist Church.

The special offering collected on World Communion Sunday supports the World Communion Scholarships of the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM); and the Ethnic Scholarships, Journey Toward Ordained Ministry Scholarships, and Ethnic In-Service Training Programs of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM).

The downloadable World Communion Sunday Pastor and Leader’s Kit has everything you need to promote this Special Sunday in your local church.  You will find sermon starters, social media images, infographics, PowerPoint presentations, and testimonials from past scholarship recipients.

Conference Council on Ministries

CCOM Welcomes Two Administrative Assistants
We are excited to announce the hiring of two new administrative assistants in the office of the Conference Council On Ministries.

Melanie Thomas will serve as the administrative assistant supporting both Director of Connectional Ministries the Rev. Steve Court and the Rev. Kathy Dickriede, coordinator for Missions and Community Engagement.  Letty Damian will serve as the administrative assistant supporting Director of Young People’s Ministries Kaye Wolfinger.

Thomas brings five years of experience as an administrative assistant at Canton Crossroads UMC, where she’s been a part of the congregation since she was 12 years old. Her experience in supporting the local church brings knowledge and awareness of our United Methodist processes. She lives in Canton with her daughter Sophia. They enjoy traveling (especially to comic cons and zoos), going to parks and reading together.  She’s excited to begin serving the East Ohio Conference.

Damian is a part-time licensed local pastor at Chippewa Church at the Lake UMC and a student at Methodist Theological School in Ohio.  She has served in several local church communities, as well as with Starting Point Outreach Center in Willard, and with the General Board of Global Ministries.  She enjoys family time with her husband, Cruz, and children Armando, America, and Cruz III.

Melanie Thomas can be reach at (330) 499-3972 ext. 102 and MThomas@eocumc.com.

Letty Damian can be reached at (330) 499-3972 ext. 132 and LDamian@eocumc.com.

Communications

Communications Specialist
The Communications office of the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church seeks a self-starting individual with excellent written and verbal skills to join the team as Communications Specialist.

Interested applicants should submit a current resume along with a cover letter that explains what makes you the best candidate to be a Communications Specialist for the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.

A full job description may be found here. Requested documents accepted via e-mail only to Director of Communications Rick Wolcott at wolcott@eocumc.com.

Clergy

Study Group for Theological Reflection – 2018-2010 Season

Join the conversation at this year’s “Study Group for Theological Reflection” as it begins the 2018-2019 season on Weds., Sept. 19. The theme: “A Christian Response Fear, Loathing and Anger”

The plan: To use lectionary epistle lessons for theological reflection and discussion in confronting the idolatries of racism. The study group is open to elders, deacons, diaconal ministers and local pastors, seeking and welcoming theologically diverse participants for theological reflection on key worship texts lifted from the lectionary’s epistle readings.

The premise, ancient though it may be: that “all scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work” (II Tim. 3:16-17).

Each of this year’s five roundtable discussions will be held on a Wednesday from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at Christ Woodland UMC in Akron at 444 N. Hawkins Ave., Akron, OH, 44313, followed by optional lunch at a local eatery.

Building on the models of previous years, some key worship texts have been suggested as the starting point for discussion, study and theological reflection. They are:

  • Wed., Sep.  19
    James 3:13-4:8 (the epistle lectionary for Sunday, Sept. 30).
  • Wed., Nov. 21
    Philippians 1:3-11 (the epistle lectionary for Sunday, Dec. 9).
  • Wed., Jan. 16
    I Corinthians 12:12-31 (the epistle lectionary for Sunday, January 27).
  • Wed., Mar. 20
    II Corinthians 5:16-21 (the epistle lectionary for Sunday, March 31).
  • Wed., May 15
    Galatians 5:13-25 (the epistle lectionary for Sunday, June 30).

The study group is open to elders, deacons, diaconal ministers and local pastors, seeking and welcoming theologically diverse participants for theological reflection.

For more detailed article and information click here or to simply sign up, please contact Rev. Thomas Shaw at tom.shaw@brunswickumc.org.

Michael Card Biblical Imagination Conference
Michael Card will present his Biblical Imagination Conference on LUKE-the Gospel of Amazement at Mentor UMC on October 26-27. Michael Card is a nationally known Bible teacher. He’s authored several books including A Sacred Sorrow, A Fragile Stone-the Emotional Life of Simon Peter, The Biblical Imagination Series and his newest book to be released in December Inexpressible: Hesed and the Mystery of God’s Lovingkindness. He’s written numerous songs including “El Shaddai” Hymn #123 in our UMC Hymnal.

Michael engages the head and the heart in his teaching and incorporates music with lyrics that enhance each lesson. The Conference (approved for 2 clergy CEU’s) will be held on Friday night, Oct 26 from 7-9:00 and Saturday, Oct 27 from 8:00-4:30 and includes the Concert on Sunday night, Oct 28 at 7:00. Discounted tickets $73 (before 9/26) include the Conference and Concert. Purchase tickets on-line at MichaelCard.com. Concert only tickets are also available. For more information contact Rev. Bev Wrobel at 440-255-3496 or blwrobel@mentorumc.org. View flyer.

Retirees!
The fall edition of TOAT is now on the conference website and is in the process of being mailed.  The East Ohio Conference Retirees Association is in need of reorganizing our Association Officers and Executive Committee.  There will be a meeting on Tuesday, October 2, at 1:30 p.m. to begin this reorganization.  The meeting will be held at the East Ohio Area Center, 8800 Cleveland Ave. NW, North Canton.  Any retiree willing to help with this reorganization is invited to attend.  If you cannot attend this meeting but wish to assist in the future please notify John Wolfe at wjohn3614@gmail.com.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Bi-weekly Resources
In the September 10 issue:  “What needs to happen today, not only in this nation but throughout the world, is that we need to make love great again.” – Meghan McCain

  • Introducing 2018-2019 Spiritual Enrichment (Formation) Groups: “Be Peace”
  • A Way Forward: Prophets Challenge Absolutes
  • YouTube: A Way Forward Self Care and Spiritual Care
  • 5 Lies We Like to Tell about Church Growth
  • YouTube: Parker Palmer, Living from the Inside Out
  • YouTube: Wayne Dyer, How God Tell You It’s Time for a Change
  • Guided Meditation: An Inquiring Practice to Notice the Body
  • 5 Reasons to Take a Fall Vacation
  • 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:

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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Operation Finale
Operation Finale tells the true story about Israel’s search for Adolph Eichmann, a Nazi lieutenant colonel who escaped Germany at the end of the war, arriving in Argentina to live out his days under an assumed name. The film focuses primarily on the Mossad agent responsible for capturing Eichmann and eventually bringing him to Israel where his trial for war crimes would be televised internationally. Read full review and view trailer.

Credit Union

Mortgage Loans
If you are looking for that new house you can make a home, we can help! The United Methodist Financial Credit Union offers home loans! Contact: Christine Smith, (800) 373-1059 ext. 12, csmith@umethodist.com

Certificate of Deposit Rates
Summer may be coming to an end, but not our CD Rates! Right now, members may get a rate as high as 2.12% 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.

Events: September 10-16

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

Details of listings may be found here. 

Positions Available

  • Communications Specialist, East Ohio Conference Office of Communications
  • Christian Education Director, Thorburn UMC
  • Board of Ministry Administrative Coordinator, Ohio East Episcopal Area
  • Discipleship Pathway Coordinator, Medina UMC
  • Executive Director, Blue Rose Mission
  • Director of Children’s and Family Ministries, Tallmadge UMC
  • Choir Director, Garrettsville UMC
  • Pianist, Andover UMC
  • Recreational Ministries Coordinator, Church of the Lakes

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

Obituaries

Please pray for the family of Ned Bixler, retired elder, who died September 2.

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The next scheduled edition of the E-News is Monday, September 24, 2018.  Deadline for submission is Wednesday, September 19. Send articles to sue@eocumc.com

AUGUST 27, 2018

Special Session of the General Conference

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The East Ohio Conference Delegation Offers Listening Posts
The 2019 Special Session of the General Conference has been called to address a way forward for The United Methodist Church on the matter of human sexuality.

As East Ohio delegates to this Special Session, we recognize the importance of the decisions that will be before us and the impact these decisions will have on each United Methodist church and member. We invite you to attend and share your thoughts and concerns at one of the five scheduled listening posts that will be held throughout the East Ohio Conference.

We would appreciate participants registering in advance to help with our planning but registration is not required to attend the posts.  You may register here.

Health Benefits

REMINDER! HealthFlex Participants
HealthFlex participants and covered spouses must complete the Health Quotient between August 1 and September 30, 2018 to avoid paying a higher medical plan deductible in 2019—$250 extra (individual deductible) or $500 extra (family deductible). Primary participant and covered spouse must both take the HQ by September 30 to avoid higher deductible. Instructions to complete the Health Quotient.

Missions

Liberia presentation, Mary and Patrick EOC Welcomes GBGM Mary Zigbuo Randall Mantor from Ganta Mission Station – Sept. 13 – 23
Many from the EOC have been greeted at Ganta Mission Station in Liberia by Mary Zigbuo. GBGM Missionary Mary works with the health board and the Liberian Conference’s Department of Connectional Ministries.  With her background in counseling and as past administrator for both the Department of Education for the Liberia Conference and Ganta United Methodist Hospital, Mary has a variety of experiences to share.  Together with husband Patrick, past director of Nursing and Administrator at Ganta Hospital, we have the opportunity to learn firsthand about Liberia following the Ebola crisis and how we can continue our partnership with Ganta Mission Station.

Now it is our turn to offer radical hospitality to Mary and Patrick.  You are encouraged to meet and greet them at the following locations:

  • Sun., Sept. 16 @Aldersgate UMC – 10:45 a.am.
  • Sun., Sept. 16 @Brecksville UMC 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Tues., Sept. 18 @ ”Bread on the Bridge” Nehemiah Mission – 5:30 p.m.
  • Weds., Sept. 19 @ Kennonsburg UMC – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Thur,. Sept. 20 @ Macedonia UMC‘s Community Meal at 4:30 p.m., speaking at 6:30 p.m.
  • Sat., Sept, 22 @ Green Valley UMC (Canal District UMW) – 9:30 a.m
  • Sun., Sept. 23 @ University UMC – 9:00 am.

Multicultural Vitality

Black Clergy gathering2018 Bishops’ Retreat with Black Clergy
Bishop Tracy S. Malone and Bishop Gregory V. Palmer invite clergy from their respective East Ohio and West Ohio Conferences to be part of the 2018 Bishops’ Retreat with Black Clergy.

Live Well – Be Well is the theme of this year’s retreat, which will be held at Mohican State Park in Loudonville from 3:00 p.m. Sun., Sept, 23 through 1:00 p.m. Tues., Sept. 25.

The theme continues the bishops’ focus on living one’s best life while emphasizing financial health, professional clergy health, and maximizing the potential of one’s congregational health.

Participants should anticipate a time of physical, spiritual, and emotional renewal, as well as connecting with old and new friends.

Read article | Register

Congregational Vitality

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Creative Worship Conference
Sept. 28, at FIRST NEW PHILADELPHIA
Sept. 29,  at JOHNSON UMC

Cost: $20 per person (includes lunch) two people or more it is $15.

We live in a culture obsessed with screens. From the smartphones and tablet devices, we carry everywhere we go, to the large screens in our living rooms; the world around us has shifted to a communication form that the church is still struggling to fully understand. Regardless of worship style, it’s imperative that the church learn to embrace and master the use of image and creativity in the way we communicate the gospel in worship.

Spend the day with creative worship specialist, author, and worship coach Jason Moore in an event designed for churches of all sizes, budgets, and means.

Whether your church has screens in worship, you are thinking about it, or have decided against them, this seminar has something for you. Best experienced as a team, The Creative Worship Conference is filled with ideas that any church can implement. Learn time-tested methodologies that transcend the traditional vs. contemporary wars and that will result in a more connected worship experience. Laugh, be inspired and walk away with clearly defined next steps. Deep, meaningful, transformative worship is within your grasp.

Register here. Contact kbrown@eocumc.com

Advocacy

Online Course: Faith Communities’ Response to Domestic Violence
Dr. Martha Banks, a member of Christ Woodland UMC in Akron, is offering a course to assist churches in responding to domestic violence.  The course is offered online across 2 weeks, Sept. 24 – Oct. 5, 2018.

This workshop will focus on a Christian response to domestic violence. We will look at the history of domestic violence and learn who is involved, who is affected, and who is vulnerable. We’ll also explore the purposes, types, and consequences of such violence, and the urgency of responding whenever such violence is suspected. Biblical references will shape the discussion of ways for the church to educate members, support victims, and hold abusers accountable.

By the end of the course, students will have access to resources for responding to domestic violence as individuals, pastors, and churches, and will be equipped to support programs that provide education about domestic violence and support victims.  The focus is on saving lives.

This course has been endorsed by the Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) in the East Ohio conference. This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.  No book is required for the course; all materials will be provided and are included in the course fee. Price: $70

Registration and additional information

Young Peoples Ministries

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Young People’s Ministries is gearing up to launch a Podcast called, Practically Honest: a podcast that addresses practical and relevant topics in an honest way for those that live and work with young people.  Publish date is September 10 and all information will be in the next E-news as well on all social media platforms.  The topic for the first one is, “You are not alone! Let’s talk networking”.  Get ready for this great training tool.

YOUTH 2019
YOUTH 2019 is a national gathering of over 4000 United Methodist teens and their adult leaders.  Join thousands for 4 days of discipleship, worship, Bible study, service opportunities, and life-changing fun! Expect inspiration, support, and challenges to grow authentically as a world-changing disciple of Jesus Christ.  July 10-14, 2019 in Kansas City Missouri.  Find out more info here.  If your group would be interested in journeying on a charter bus, email kayew@eocumc.com.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Bi-weekly Resources
In the August 27 issue:  Introducing 2018-2019 Spiritual Enrichment (Formation) Groups: “Be Peace”

  • A Way Forward: Fully Awakening to Appreciative Relationships
  • Book: Everyday Spirituality: Cultivating an Awakening
  • Awakening: What Happens after the “Ah-ha!”
  • Video: Waking Up All the Way
  • Video: Enlightened Beings Share Their Awakening, Mystical Experiences
  • Preventing Sleep Problems
  • Schisandra and Ashwagandha: The Keey to ZZ’s
  • 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:

  • Affirm; God’s Call/The World’s Need/Your Purpose is a discipleship refresh from confirmation. With an emphasis on following Jesus and spiritual practices Affirm is great to help students grow stronger and go deeper with their relationship with Christ.
  • Elijah; Spiritual Stamina in Every Season examines the life of the prophet Elijah, an ordinary man who did extraordinary things for God in the midst of the highs and lows of life. Learn his spiritual stamina secrets, including habits related to making decisions, caring for the soul, accepting his circumstances.
  • Know How We Got Our Bible traces the history of the Bible from its beginnings to the present day, highlighting key figures and demonstrating the reliability of Scripture.
  • God’s Messy Family; Finding Your Place When Life Isn’t Perfect looks at the lives of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob, and Esau. You’ll recognize a pattern to their lives: they are called, they mess up, and God continues to redeem them. Find out how your “messy” family fits into God’s family and how you are part of God’s plan for the world.

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

Something New
Message in the Movies is now posting official movie trailers (when available) alongside Rev. Bruce Bathcelor-Glader’s movie review. You now have the opportunity read his review and view the trailer all in a One-Stop-Shop! To remind you of this great resource, each weekly review is also posted through Facebook and Twitter.

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The Rider
On DVD, Redbox, Video on Demand, Streaming Services.
The Rider is a spiritual film that never speaks about God or religion, but reminds us of the beauty and wonder all around us. The film is honest about the wounds that we all carry with us and the healing that takes place when we reach out to others struggling alongside of us.

This is one of the best films of the year. Read full review and view trailer

Ohio PAUMCS

Ohio PAUMCS Annual Conference
The Ohio PAUMCS (Professional Administrators of the United Methodist Connectional System) invites all Church Secretaries, Administrators, Office managers to our Annual Fall Conference at Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio on Tues., Sept. 25. The conference theme is “Taking Care of Yourself and Others” offers topics on “Finding Balance in Service”, Addiction Challenges for the Church & Community” with great speakers. Registration is now open and includes a continental breakfast and lunch!

View flyer for more information.

Credit Union

Labor Day Closing
On Monday, September 3 all offices of The United Methodist Financial Credit Union will be closed in observance of Labor Day. Members may check share account balances, pay bills, and transfer funds anytime through our website www.umethodist.com or our mobile app.

Recreational Vehicles
With the sun setting on summer, let us help you fuel your fall fun! We offer loans on campers, boats, motorcycles, and more! Contact one of our loan officers for more information.

  • North Canton: Christine Fairhurst (800) 831-3972 ext. 104
  • Cincinnati: Christine Smith (800) 373-1059 ext. 12
  • Indiana: Jason Fishburn (317) 296-7177

News Around the Districts

North Coast District: The United Methodist Church of Berea is Celebrating Its’ 175th Anniversary
All are invited to hear bishop Gregory V. Palmer, Bishop of the West Ohio Conference and former pastor of the United Methodist Church of Berea from 1993 – 2000, who will preach on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10:30 am during the 175th Anniversary Celebration Worship Service.

Two churches, the Methodist Episcopal Church and the German Methodist Church merged to become what became the Methodist Church of Berea.  The Methodist Episcopal Church was the first church in Middleburgh Township located near the south side of Rocky River Drive.  It burned to the ground in 1899.  It relocated to the corner of Seminary and Spring Streets in 1900.  The German Methodist Church (now the location of the B-W University Chapel) and the Methodist Episcopal Church merged their congregations in 1948 to form the Methodist Church which remains at the corner of Seminary and Spring Streets.

Events: August 13 – August 26

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

Details of listings may be found here. 

Positions Available

  • Recreational Ministries Coordinator, Church of the Lakes
  • Organist/Pianist/Accompanist, Wooster UMC
  • Choir Director and Pianist, Newtown Falls UMC
  • Accompanist or Organist, Firestone Park UMC
  • Executive Secretary to the Bishop, East Ohio Conference Area Center

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

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AUGUST 13, 2018

Special Session of the General Conference

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The East Ohio Conference Delegation Offers Listening Posts Prior to the Special Session
The Special Session of the General Conference, that has been called to address a way forward for The United Methodist Church on the matter of human sexuality, will be held February 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.

As East Ohio delegates to this Special Session of the General Conference, we recognize the importance of the decisions that will be before us and the impact these decisions will have on each United Methodist church and member. Recognizing this, we invite you to attend and share your thoughts and concerns at one of the five scheduled listening posts that will be held throughout the East Ohio Conference.

The listening posts will be:

We would appreciate participants registering in advance to help with our planning but registration is not required to attend the posts.  You may register here.

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Spiritual Formation

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“How To” Discussion of Small Membership Churches
If you have an average worship attendance of 120 or less, and a desire to minister with the young people in your community, come join the conversation – Being Disciples, Making Disciples, and Maturing Disciples for the Next Generation: A “How To” Discussion for the Small Membership Church.

Presenter, Stephanie Caro, of Ministry Architects, and keynote speaker for Vision Discipleship at Annual Conference 2018, will continue the conversation about reaching young people in our communities on September 20 at Camp Wanake and Retreat Center. Caro has more than 30 years of experience working with children, youth, and adults in all aspects of church ministry. View her hilarious AC presentation. (start video at 1 hr. 10 min. mark)

The training will include: Who is the Small Membership Church?; Facing Today – it doesn’t work with millennials; A Discipleship Path; and Q&A.

Information and registration here.

Young Adult Ministries

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Teen Volunteer Opportunity: Project FEED
Project FEED is November 10 (in Newcomerstown) and November 11 (in Wadsworth) from 2:00-4:30.  Cost is $5 at the door with a canned food, $10 without.  To purchase gear (t-shirts and hats) and for more information, follow this link

Project FEED Sponsorships
The Conference Council on Youth Ministries and the teens of East Ohio were recognized at Annual Conference by Rise Against Hunger, the organization that we partner with for our Project Feed events, who presented the Golden Gong Award for the 250,000 meals we packed in the last four years! This has been made possible by the dedication and support of many youth groups. 50% of the funding has come from our budget. Keep in mind, we charge $5 at the door (with a canned food), but it actually costs us $25 per person to pack these meals.

We would like to expand our efforts by offering another location, and double the number of meals packed this year from 50,000 to 100,000 and help Rise Against Hunger accomplish their goal of ending world hunger by 2030.  However, we do not have the funding to make this happen. So, CCYM is asking for financial partners to reach our goal, i.e. churches or companies etc.

We are asking for the following sponsorships:

  1. Bronze $100 donation (this equals 345 meals) Sponsor will receive a certificate of recognition.
  2. Silver $250 donation (this equals 862 meals) Sponsor will be recognized at this year’s YAC.
  3. Gold $500 donation (this equals 1,724 meals) Sponsor will be recognized at YAC and will receive VIP seating at the Saturday night concert at YAC.

All sponsors will have their name printed on the back of the Project Feed t-shirts.

All checks can be made out to East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church with Fund #9701 in the memo and sent to 8800 Cleveland Ave. NW, North Canton OH 44720, Attn: Kaye Wolfinger. Please have all checks to us by September 28, 2018.

Position Available for Administrative Assistant to the Director of Young People’s Ministries
The East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church is seeking applications for the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Young People’s Ministries.The Administrative Assistant reports to and is responsible for supporting the Director of Young People’s Ministries in fulfilling the mission and vision the East Ohio Conference. This includes communication, budgeting, reporting, event planning and coordination for a variety of ministries and committees.

Experience with and understanding of The United Methodist Church is desirable but not required for this position.

This position is full-time, hourly, non-exempt with health care and retirement benefits provided.

A more detailed description of the position is available here. Please forward all resumes to: kayew@eocumc.com Resumes will be accepted through August 17.

Multicultural Vitality

Live Well – Be Well – Black Clergy Retreat – September 23-25
36 years ago, in 1982, Bishop James S. Thomas hosted the first Black Clergy Retreat at Mohican State Park.  This year, the 2018 Black Clergy Retreat returns to Mohican State Park.  Bishop Thomas instituted the event to nurture and develop Clergy who’s diversity and perspective is invaluable to the Conference.  This year, the theme “Live Well – Be Well” fulfills the purpose of nurturing and caring for the Black Clergy of The East and West Ohio Annual Conferences. Read entire article …

Register for the 2018 Black Clergy Retreat.

Health Benefits

Seating is Limited! Have You Registered for this Financial Wellness Workshop?
Sponsored by the Conference Board of Benefits, this one-day workshop will help you review and evaluate your current financial status.   Wespath Benefits & Investments partners with EY Financial Services.  EY will be giving a presentation on  “Achieving Financial Wellness.”   The balance of the day will include an overview of Conference-sponsored benefits, inclusive of pension, death & disability benefits, as well as healthcare.  This workshop will be offered Thursday, September 20 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at Westbrook Park UMC

PLEASE NOTE: SEATING IS LIMITED!  Reservations are a must for everyone attending  (this includes spouses – they must register as well)!!!  No walk-ins can be accommodated as personalized information is provided for each pastor attending.   Questions?   Contact Betsy Stewart at (800) 831-3972, Ext. 103 or Robin Whitacre, Ext. 151. Click here to register.

Don’t Forget!: HealthFlex Participants
HealthFlex participants and covered spouses must complete the Health Quotient between August 1 and September 30, 2018 to avoid paying a higher medical plan deductible in 2019—$250 extra (individual deductible) or $500 extra (family deductible). Primary participant and covered spouse must both take the HQ by September 30 to avoid higher deductible. Instructions to complete the Health Quotient.

Communications

Flyers, postcards on a cork boardBack-to-School Outreach Resources
Reach out to families in your community to promote school supply giveaways, backpack blessings, and Sunday school rally days at your church.

United Methodist Communications is offering customizable resources for your back-to-school ministry now through October 10.  They are available in a variety of designs, with multiple messages options, and you can even upload your own artwork.

Choose from: postcards for direct mailing to specific zip codes; invitation cards that congregation members can distribute to friends, coworkers and neighbors; and outdoor banners that will greet passersby with encouraging words of welcome.

Receive $200 off your order by using promo code F18UMC200 when you place your online order. Order today.

Nurture Your New Congregation
The first 30 days of pastoring a church are days of learning, listening, understanding and gaining insights. When those 30 days pass, it’s time to take action. A UMCom.org article explores steps that pastors can take to achieve “quick wins” in days 31, 60, 90 and beyond. Making the first 90 days count can lead to many years of fruitful ministry. Read Here.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Bi-weekly Resources
In the August 13 issue we address:  Listening and listening’s power to transform our relationships and us as individuals.

  • A Way Forward: Deep Listening
  • Why Listening Matters for Mission and Ministry Today
  • Video: Listening with an Awakened Heart Part 1 & 2
  • Why You Need Excellent Listening Skills
  • Book: Listening for God: A Minister’s Journey Through Silence and Doubt
  • YouTube: Listening: Be Still and Know that I Am God
  • Mindful Listening: Awakening to the World around You
  • Mindful Listening: A Practice in Loving
  • The Importance of Listening: Marriage Today
  • The Digital Age: The First Duty of Love is to Listen
  • 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:

  • The Prayer Coin; Daring to Pray with Honest Abandon shows flipping from the brutal honesty of our own desires to a complete abandon in allowing God to lead. Moving from one side of the coin to the other and back again creates a new intimacy with the Creator.
  • Living Our Principles illustrates how valuable the United Methodist Social Principles are to our world community. This series explores the United Methodist Social Principles and their use in the lives of United Methodists across the connection.
  • Joshua; Winning the Worry Battle participants join God’s people as they arrive on the edge of the promised land only to find themselves in hostile territory, faced with fear and uncertainty and discover that winning the worry battle requires more than having faith; it requires learning to fight in faith!
  • Single & Parenting: Support Group Kit contains video seminars that discuss encouraging kids to obey, helping a hurting child, eliminate debt,
    and more while participants develop meaningful friendships with other single parents

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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Eighth Grade –This is a very honest film that is not only in touch with the social media world of today’s youth but also plugged into the developmental insecurities of anyone straddling the great divide between the innocence of older childhood and the “grownup” world of high school.Read full review

Credit Union

Car Loans
Hit the open road! The United Methodist Financial Credit Union offers great rates for new and used vehicles. Our loan officers are great and will help you find that perfect vehicle for your next road trip. Contact one of our offices today!

Certificate of Deposit Rates
Summer may be rising our temps, but it’s also been raising our CD Rates! Right now, members may get a rate as high as 2.12% 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.

Events: August 13 – August 26

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

Details of listings may be found here. 

Positions Available

  • Organist/Pianist/Accompanist, Wooster UMC
  • Choir Director and Pianist, Newtown Falls UMC
  • Administrative Specialist, General Commission on the Status and Role of Women, Chicago, IL.
  • Administrative Assistant to the Director of Young People’s Ministries, East Ohio Conference Area Center
  • Accompanist or Organist, Firestone Park UMC
  • Director of Christian Education, The United Methodist Church in Stow
  • Accompanist/Pianist or Organist, Magadore UMC
  • Pianist, Andover UMC
  • Part-time Director of Music, Brecksville UMC
  • Choir Director/Accompanist, Millersburg UMC
  • Executive Secretary to the Bishop, East Ohio Conference Area Center

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

Obituaries

Please pray for the family of Richard H. Parks, Jr., retired elder, who died July 27, 2018.

Obituary details may be found here.

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