JULY 16, 2018

Missions

UMC Conferences Come Together to Offer Help – and Hope – in Puerto Rico
Forty members of our joint mission team from the East Ohio Conference and the Western Pennsylvania Conference spent the last week of June in Patillas, Puerto Rico, on the southeast coast of the island just west of where Hurricane Maria hit land in September 2017.  People there are still recovering from the physical and emotional toll left behind in the wake of the deadly hurricane. Article …

matthew laferty headshotMissionary to Share Stories of His Ministry
The Rev. Matthew A. Laferty, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church serving as pastor of the English Speaking United Methodist Church (ESUMC) in Vienna, Austria, returns to his native East Ohio Conference home for a presentation at The Epworth Center.

The Monday, July 30 event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner and fellowship followed by Laferty sharing about his life as a missionary in Russia and Austria.  A love offering will be collected during the meal.  The evening will conclude by 8:00 p.m. with an update on local missions in our own backyard.

For more information, send an e-mail to Epworth Center Director Deaconess Sherri Buehl or call the Center at (740) 484-4705.

Western Pennsylvania Conference Offers 2-day Preaching Seminar
Join preachers from across the North and Southeast Methodist connection on September 24-25 for a time of proclaimation, inspiration and fellowship. They will preach and teach based upon the following topics:

  • Preach: for Vision
  • Preach: for Millenials
  • Preach: for Ethnic & Cultural Social Justice
  • Preach: for Transformation
  • Preach: for Revival

Registration is now open and several slots are still available. Hotel rooms at a discount are located directly across the lot from the venue. For more details and to register use this link.

Scholarships

MTSO logo, Graduation cap with diploma and booksMTSO Makes Incredible Tuition Offer
Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO), and its generous donors, offers every qualified applicant who pursues United Methodist candidacy an opportunity to earn a Master’s degree with no out-of-pocket tuition expenses.

This commitment is extended to every qualified prospective student who pursues United Methodist candidacy as an elder or deacon and applies to a Master’s degree program by Aug. 1, 2018, for the 2018-19 academic year.

MTSO financial aid experts will assist each applicant in locating and applying for scholarships, and if those sources don’t cover an applicant’s full tuition, MTSO and its donors will make up the difference!

Interested prospective students are invited to contact an MTSO admissions counselor at (800) 333-6876 or admissions@mtso.edu by Aug. 1 to learn more.

Communications

Social Media Webinars
The United Methodist Communications Public Information Team is hosting a webinar, Live Q&A: Social Media for Churches, July 26 (noon CT) to support local churches as they strive to embrace social media and its uses for outreach and ministry. The webinar is free and appropriate for users at all experience levels; the events will feature experts answering questions and sharing information about strategies, tips, best practices and more. Need more details? Email PressCenter@UMCom.org.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Bi-weekly Resources
In the July 16 issue we address:  Jesus models loving respect, openness to all perspectives, honoring the sacred everywhere, loving-kindness takes time, understand your hunger and balancing your energy.

  • A Way Forward: Jesus and St. Francis Model Loving Respect for All
  • God, Gender, Sex and Marriage
  • Making Everyday Spaces Sacred
  • Why Loving-Kindness Takes Time
  • 30 Reasons Why You Are Always Hungry
  • Audio: Guided Meditation for Balancing Your Energy
  •  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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RBG Every so often a really good film is attached to a bland title. Such is the case for RBG, a terrific documentary that tells the story of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85 years old and still going strong.

Credit Union

Member Traveling
Are you traveling this summer? If so, don’t forget to let your Credit Union know! Before traveling, notify one of our member service representatives at The United Methodist Financial Credit Union. That way, you don’t run into any issues using your debit or credit cards!

Shared Branching
The United Methodist Financial Credit Union partners with over 330 different credit unions nationwide to provide our members with more options to do your personal banking. Since we partner with all of these other credit unions, you can go to any of their locations and walk in to make a deposit to or withdraw from your United Methodist Financial Credit Union account!

All you need is this:

  • Know your account number
  • Have your government-issued photo ID ready
  • Enter your zip code into the Co-op Shared Branch locator to find a participating branch near you

Events: July 16 – July 29

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

  • Choir Director/Accompanist, Millersburg UMC
  • Director of Adult and Carol Choirs, Faith UMC, North Canton
  • Worship Arts Coordinator, Faith UMC, North Canton
  • Full-Time Youth Minister and Ministry Assistant, First UMC of Ravenna
  • Interns, Kent UMC
  • District Administrative Assistant, Tuscarawas District of the East Ohio Conference
  • Executive Secretary to the Bishop, East Ohio Conference Area Center
  • Administrative Assistant to the Director of Connectional Ministries, East Ohio Conference Area Center
  • Organist/Pianist/Accompanist, Wooster UMC
  • Choir Director, Christ UMC, Cleveland westside
  • Organist, UMC of Kent
  • Children/Teen Program Director, Canton Calvary Mission

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

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JULY 2, 2018

Annual Conference 2018

Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called
Annual Conference 2018 explored what it means to be called and equipped as followers of Jesus Christ.  Worship services were guided by John 15:13-17 (CEB) while business sessions reinforced our EOC vision.

Visit the Annual Conference 2018 website to view and download the Annual Conference recap video, read the summary report, and much more.

Visit the EOC YouTube page to:

  • view the Episcopal Address
  • view each worship service
  • view the daily business sessions and the EOC vision segments
  • view Kimberlee Medicine Horn’s Native American Ministries presentation
  • view the presentation of Markus McKinney, Black College Fund Lina H. McCord Summer Intern

Financial and Administrative Services

Apportionments
It was announced at Annual Conference in June that the East Ohio Conference paid 100% apportionments to the General Church for the year 2017 – the 13th consecutive year the Conference has paid 100%.  Apportionments in 2017 totaled $2,718,481, broken down as follows:

  • World Service, $1,398,447
  • Ministerial Education, $472,330
  • Episcopal, $414,137
  • Black Colleges, $188,408
  • General Administration, $166,054
  • Africa University, $42,165
  • Interdenominational Cooperation, $36,940

NOTE: EOC apportionments are 1.7% higher in 2018 than they were in 2017, and they will be 3.2% less in 2019 than they are in 2018.

Missions

Missionaries Can’t Leave Philippines
United Methodist officials are making a public appeal to the Philippines government to release detained missionary Tawanda Chandiwana of Zimbabwe and allow him and missionaries Adam Shaw of the East Ohio Conference and Miracle of Malawi to leave the country.

The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries has worked for weeks with Filipino United Methodist bishops and others to secure Chandiwana’s release with no success.

The mission agency and the United Methodist Council of Bishops have begun a public campaign on behalf of the church workers.  We are encouraged to pray and to sign an online petition to #Let Them Leave.

Multicultural Ministries

How United Methodists Can Support Immigrant Families
UMNS Photo: Mike DuBose – The United Methodist Church continues to respond to reports of immigrant parents and children being separated after detention at the southern borders of the United States. Despite an order to stop the family separations, many concerns remain.

The Board of Church and Society has been outspoken in its opposition to these separations, while reminding all what the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church say about welcoming the migrant.

If you are interested in ways that you can help offer compassion, here are a few ideas:

Bishop’s Office

Position Available
The Ohio East Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church is seeking a full-time Executive Secretary to the BishopA detailed description of the position may be found here.

Interested, qualified candidates are invited to submit a resume, including at least three references, to Assistant to the Bishop the Rev. Dr. Gary George.  Resumes will be received through August 31.  They can be sent via e-mail or U.S. mail (8800 Cleveland Ave., N.W., North Canton, OH 44720).

Council of Connectional Ministries

Position Available
The East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church is seeking applications for the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Connectional Ministries.

The administrative assistant reports to and is responsible for supporting the director of Connectional Ministries in fulfilling the mission and vision of the East Ohio Conference. This includes communicating, budgeting, reporting, and coordinating for a variety of ministries and committees.

Experience with and understanding of The United Methodist Church is desired but not required for this position, which is full-time, hourly, and non-exempt with health care and retirement benefits provided.

A detailed description of the position may be found here.

Christian Unity

Moravian Church in America ratifies full communion agreement with The United Methodist Church
The Northern Province of the Moravian Church in North America voted on Friday, June 22 at its synod meeting in Bethlehem, PA to enter into a full communion relationship with The United Methodist Church.

A formal “full communion” relationship is one in which two or more churches publicly and visibly recognize one another as members of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.  In such agreements the parties recognize each other’s sacraments, offices of ministry, and Christian mission as fully valid and authentic, while also maintaining the autonomy and distinctive gifts of each church.

The Southern Province previously approved the agreement at its synod meeting in April and the General Conference of The United Methodist Church approved it at its meeting in 2016. The full text of the agreement can be found here.  The next step in the implementation of the agreement will be for the two churches to establish a joint commission for the coordination of the full communion relationship.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Bi-weekly Resources
In the July 2 issue we address:  Justice: the immigration crisis in America; our need to slow down, ways to address anxiety and allergies; and some good summer reading.

  • A Way Forward: “We Are One” 2018 YAC Theme
  • Justice Close to Home
  • El Centro of Lorain
  • Families Belong Together: Here’s How You Can Help
  • Slow Down to Get Ahead
  • Audio: A Meditation on Working with Anxiety
  • 7 Mindful Books Worth Reading this Summer
  • 5 Ways to Deal with Allergies Naturally
  • 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.

Leadership Development

Lead Like Jesus Encounter Workshop
August 24-25 at United Theological Seminary
This workshop imagines a world in which leaders serve rather than rule, give rather than take, and imagines leaders who produce results through service and sacrifice rather than through power and position.

The Lead Like Jesus Encounter is 10 hours of action-oriented learning followed by weekly online E-lessons. The encounter is a highly interactive, participant-driven leadership development workshop that exposes common leadership misconceptions and offers a practical model based on the greatest leader role model of all time, Jesus.

Participants can earn  1 CEU credit.  Learn more and register.

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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He’s Back! Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader, our movie reviewer, returns with a review of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and the best thing you could do would be to seek out this film at your earliest convenience and give thanks for the singular genius who was Fred Rogers, who lived out the gospel so well that his adult children compare him to Jesus. Welcome back Bruce!

Credit Union

Independence Day Closing
On Wednesday July 4, 2018, all offices of The United Methodist Financial Credit Union will be closed in observance of Independence Day. Members may check share account balances, pay bills, and transfer funds anytime on our website or through our mobile app.

Member Information Update
If life is taking you in a new direction, don’t forget to let your credit union know! If there are any changes to your personal information like a new home address, phone number, or email address, contact one of our offices. This way, you never miss out on important news and updates from The United Methodist Financial Credit Union!

News from Our Districts

Gospel Artist Guy Penrod Performing in Cambridge September 16
Cambridge Faith UMC (Southern Hills) is sponsoring a concert by Guy Penrod, Gospel singing artist and former lead vocalist of the Gaither Family Band.  Penrod will bring his “Pray About Everything” tour to the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center on Glenn Highway for a 3:00 p.m. concert that day.

Tickets are $25 each, and may be purchased through etix.com or by calling the Pritchard Laughlin box office at (740) 439-7009.  Box office hours are 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Events: July 2 – July 15

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

  • Executive Secretary to the Bishop, East Ohio Conference Area Center
  • Administrative Assistant to the Director of Connectional Ministries, East Ohio Conference Area Center
  • Organist/Pianist/Accompanist, Wooster UMC
  • Choir Director, Christ UMC, Cleveland westside
  • Organist, UMC of Kent
  • Children/Teen Program Director, Canton Calvary Mission
  • Director of Connectional Ministries, Illinois Great River Annual Conference

Items Available/Wanted

  • Wanted – Used Allen or Rodgers Organ
  • Available – Malmark Handchimes – 25 note Choirchime Set

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

Obituaries

Please pray for the families of:

  • Gayle E. Maly, spouse of Rev. David E. Maly, died June 9,
  • and Donna M. McCoy, surviving spouse of Norman E. McCoy, died June 8.

Obituary notices may be found here.

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The next scheduled edition of the E-News is Monday, July 16, 2018.  Deadline for submission is Wednesday, July 11.

JUNE 18, 2018

Appointments and Changes of Status

Appointments
Bishop Tracy S. Malone has announced the last of the East Ohio Conference clergy appointments:

  • Lori Burdette-Steele, Burbank Trinity & Creston Canaan UMCs | FL
  • Mariah Hayden, Trinity UMC | NC
  • Clarence Hensel, Brandon & Lock Federated UMCs | TR
  • Steve Nelson, James S. Thomas UMC | TW
  • Bob Schmitt, Boyce UMC (Western PA Conference ¶346.1) | MV
  • Matt Tomko, Calvary & Fairview Grace UMCs | NC
Districts Key: (CN) Canal, (FL) Firelands, (MO) Mid-Ohio, (MV) Mahoning Valley,  (NC) North Coast,  (OV) Ohio Valley, (SH) Southern Hills, (TR) Three Rivers,  (TW) Tuscarawas,  (WR) Western Reserve

View the entire list of appointments and changes of status.

Annual Conference

Click to find a downloadable version of the video for church use

Annual Conference 2018 Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called explored what it means to be called and equipped as followers of Jesus Christ.  Click on the website link to:

  • view and download the AC 2018 recap video,
  • read the 2018 summary, and the many news articles,
  • view photo galleries, and
  • learn the voting results of the 2018 resolutions.

Scholarships

Four women wear Nevertheless, she preached t-shirts

Many have asked about the purple “Nevertheless She Preached” shirts people were wearing on Wednesday at Annual Conference. The shirts support scholarships for young women entering ministry, and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/EOCShePreached

YAC 2018

Click to find a downloadable version of the video for church use

Communications

Church Marketing: How to Effectively Reach Your Community
Tell your church’s story with this start-to-finish guide, designed just for United Methodist churches. Take away something tangible with the practical tools and relevant help for your specific situation included in this online course.

Having the buy-in of your whole team will help ensure success at the church level. Members of your church can participate in the course as a team, enabling you to engage big ideas in a group setting, rather than the traditional top-down approach. This, combined with the Church Marketing Plan that you will build during the course, will help you make significant strides toward reaching your community through tried-and-true marketing tactics.  Enroll today.

Ask The UMC
Visit the online library of frequently asked questions and their answers to research denominational stances on key issues, find details about beliefs, learn interesting facts, and much more. This resource is designed to support your congregation as it grows in its faith. Explore Questions and Answers

Missions

Discover Haiti – March 4-11, 2019
The North Coast of Haiti Mission (EOC 9947) invites you to participate in an introductory trip to Haiti in March 2019. Tom Sperl from Church of the Saviour UMC (North Coast District) will lead a team of 10 people to visit the five Methodist schools in the Eglise Methodiste d’ Haiti – Cap Haitien district on the country’s north coast. The team will take an educational project for the Haitian students, visit an important historical site as well as one of the beautiful beaches of Haiti, and will worship at the head church of the district in Cap Haitien.

The North Coast of Haiti Mission (NCHM) assists with the school in Dondon, to which Church of the Saviour UMC has made biannual trips for the past 14 years, but has a wider scope and vision.  Its mission is to encourage, enable and support other churches in the East Ohio Conference in assisting all of the five primary schools, 10 churches, and the high school in the district.

The March 4-11, 2019 trip is limited to one person per church so a maximum number of churches can be represented.  E-mail Tom Sperl at tsperl13@gmail.com if you are interested in being part of the team.  Approximate cost will be $1,500-$2,000 per person.

Another UMVIM Trip Added to the Schedule
Mission Trip to Puerto Rico has been scheduled for September 22-29, 2018. Contact Richard Shoemaker for detailed information at  r.shoemaker@carestaffathome.com

Find additional scheduled UMVIM trip opportunities here.

Mission Awareness Abroad and Locally
East Ohio Conference Missionary Pastor Matthew Laferty will share about his life as a missionary in Russia and Austria followed by a short update on local missions in our own backyards.

Dinner will be provided (love offering) along with an evening of fellowship and mission awareness on the beautiful grounds of the Epworth Center, a historic piece of United Methodist History in Southeast Ohio.

Location: Epworth Center, 301 N. Main Street , Bethesda, Ohio 43719 Contact: Deaconess Sherri Buehl at epworthcenterohio@gmail.com or 740-484-4705  More Info: www.theepworthcenter.org 

DisAbilities Awareness

God Continues to Call Us 
The people of Fredericktown UMC (Three Rivers District) made a decision in September 2016 to do ministry with people who have disabilities instead of for them.  The church was in the midst of its 198th year when the decision was made.

Church leadership applied for a grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship to become a more Inclusive Church, and began a year of study that included: a Lenten study, two Bible studies, monthly ministry moments with bulletin inserts and YouTube videos, two workshops, sign language classes, using person first language, and hosting four speakers.

The books and DVDs on disability ministry-related issues that the church collected have been donated as a lending library to the East Ohio Conference DisAbilities Awareness Committee for others to use.  To assist other churches in becoming more inclusive, the church created the FUMC Disability Ministries website.

Health and Welfare

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Resources
In recognition of June being Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, The United Methodist Church has released a five-part study titled Alzheimer’s/Dementia: Ministry with the Forgotten.  Retired Bishop Ken Carder wrote the resource based on his experiences caring for his wife, Linda, who was diagnosed in 2009 with frontal temporal dementia.

“There is hope in the form of the church’s response to these diseases,” Carder said. “The church has the unique opportunity – even responsibility – to minister to the needs of people who are suffering from neurological cognitive disorders, as well as the families and medical professionals who care for them.”

Download the videos and the leader resources for each of the five sessions.

OCUIR

National Workshop on Christian Unity
“Why does ecumenism matter?  Many congregations are really grappling with changing realities in the communities that exist right outside the doors of the church.  We should, perhaps, be focusing on our own local congregations and making them healthy and robust once more. I understand this question, but what I gained from my week at NWCU is this: the answer likely lies in our cooperative efforts with our brothers and sisters from other Christian traditions,” Pastor Kyle Gould of Oak Chapel UMC wrote. Read article in its entirety.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Bi-weekly Resources
In the June 18 issue we address: The gift of sleep: why we need it, how to get it and what doesn’t work; and immunity for negativity.

  • Alcohol and Sleep
  • Insomnias
  • Book: Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
  • YouTube: Relaxing Music for Meditation and Sleep
  • Deep Sleep Guided Meditation
  • 14 Affirmations for When You’re Around Someone Negative
  • Listings of our Spiritual Directors
  • Tribute to Valerie Stultz

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

News from Our Districts

Three Rivers District:

Fredricktown individuals with shovels ground breaking
Fredericktown UMC Groundbreaking

Expanding to Better Serve Others
Fredericktown UMC  has begun a $2 million building expansion to add several classrooms and relocate the office for better accessibility, while allowing the current office space to be reconfigured for program needs.  District Superintendent the Rev. Brad Call and Fredericktown Mayor Jerry Day were present for the groundbreaking.

The expansion is necessary because the church did not have enough educational classroom space, necessitating using the doctor’s office across the street on Sunday mornings for an adult class. The new addition will add several classrooms and relocate the office for better accessibility, while allowing the current office space to be reconfigured for program needs.

Credit Union

Appointment Changes
Are you changing appointments soon? Don’t forget to let your credit union know! Contact one of our offices to update mailing information, change direct deposit information, etc. Don’t miss out on any communications and offers!

Personal Loans
Whether you’re about to go on vacation, are in the middle of a big move, or are just looking to fund your summer fun … we’ve got you covered! The United Methodist Financial Credit Union offers personal loans to fit our members’ needs. Contact one of our loan officers to get started!

Events: June 18 – July 1

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

  • Director of Connectional Ministries, Illinois Great River Annual Conference
  • Pianist, Clearview UMC
  • Organist, Thoburn UMC
  • Accompanist, Willoughby UMC

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

Obituaries

Please pray for the families of:

  • Calvin R. King, retired elder, who died May 27, 2018,
  • and Valerie W. Stultzretired elder, who died June 14, 2018.

Obituary notices may be found here.

To Subscribe

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Information from this E-News may be copied and used in your local church.

The next scheduled edition of the E-News is Monday, July 2, 2018.  Deadline for submission is Wednesday, June 27.