AUGUST 7, 2017

Episcopal Office 

Preparing for a New Church Year
Bishop Tracy S. Malone asks that each church in the East Ohio Conference do something bold in this next ministry year.

What will that look like in your church? How will your congregation reach beyond the walls of its building to offer Jesus Christ to the communities the church serves?

Back-to-school outreach ideas is just one of hundreds of resources from The United Methodist Church available for your use. Additional resources are available from the staffs of the East Ohio Conference office of Connectional Ministries, office of Communications, and office of Financial and Administrative Services.

“We are blessed beyond measure with resources to equip your capacity to reach more people, younger people, and a more culturally diverse people in your community,” Malone told church leaders at Annual Conference 2017.

Communications

September 21
Social Media Workshop is Just Weeks Away
Is your congregation utilizing social media to connect with members, visitors, and seekers?

Websites, texting, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, videos, live streaming, and Flickr are just some of the tools available to churches to help them reach people for Jesus Christ. These platforms offer new opportunities for people to serve, while enabling individuals to see, hear, and feel how churches are changing lives and impacting communities locally, nationally, and around the world.

To learn more, plan to attend the Social Media Workshop on Thursday, September 21 from 9 a.m. – noon at Faith UMC in North Canton.   EOC Director of Communications Rick Wolcott will provide tips for creating and implementing a social media strategy that is copyright- and Safe Sanctuaries-compliant.

Cost for the workshop is $5.00. Register to attend.

In Case You Missed It – News on the Conference Website

Finance & Benefits

September 13
Calling Active Clergy
What do you know of the benefits provided by the church? What changes pension eligibility? How does your pension accumulate? Who owns it? How is it invested? What if you…?

The East Ohio Conference Board of Benefits is sponsoring a one-day seminar to answer these questions and a multitude of other benefit-related concerns. There is no cost to the participant! Spouses are welcome. The seminar will be offered from 9 am-3:30 pm at Westbrook Park UMC.

PLEASE NOTE:  SEATING IS LIMITED!  Reservations are a must for every person attending (this includes spouses – they must register as well.) No walk-ins will be allowed as personalized information is prepared and provided.

Registration link.

Missions

Disaster Response Volunteers Needed
Severe weather this year has caused extensive damage and impacted many lives.

United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Disaster Response Liaison for the North Central Jurisdiction Jason Frazer says, “The volunteer pool has been spread very thin throughout the country. Please volunteer if you can!”

The Indiana Conference is ready to receive teams as it works through flood recovery in the South Bend area.  Please e-mail Allison Curts for more details and to schedule your team.

The Wisconsin Conference is in need of adult teams to muck out basements following flooding in the southern part of the state.  Please e-mail Bud Buzinski for more details and to schedule your team. You may also choose from one of these additional UMVIM mission opportunities

Pastoral Care and Counseling

August 7, 2017 Resources
In this edition we feature:

  • 4th Annual Mid-Summer Spiritual Formation Retreat
  • Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting after a Hurtful Church
  • Interview: I Needed a Community to Heal My Spiritual Wounds
  • Holding the Tension
  • Devotions for the Beach: God is in the Details
  • 10 Benefits of Rising Early
  • Listings of our Spiritual Directors

Contact Us
If you have any questions or issues you would like for us to address, or would like to get email alerts when new resources have been posted, please contact Howard Humphress or use our quick contact form.

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:

  • Renovate; Building a Life with God explores Nehemiah’s goal to rebuild the wall and gates of Jerusalem, a physically daunting undertaking. But he also knew that as the Jewish people returned to their homeland, they would need spiritual renovation through the Holy Spirit.
  • Disciple II; Fast Track Into the Word is an immersion into the books of Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts for busy people who want to fit an in-depth Bible study into their schedule.
  • In Numbers; Learning Contentment in a Culture of More you’ll learn how God can fill the ache inside of you and help you focus on faith in the midst of life’s joys and pains by relating to those who wandered in the desert for forty years, unable to enter the Promised Land.

Call the Media Center at (800) 831-3972 x 139 or send an e-mail to sarnold@eocumc.com. Browse the resource catalog at  www.rqmweb.com/eocumc

Message in the Movies

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

Okja “As dark as Okja can get at times, it keeps the love between a little girl and her superpig front-and-center. The movie is exciting and often hilarious, with beautifully filmed chase sequences and some fine moments of slapstick. The film includes English and Korean dialogue and is beautifully shot by Darius Khondji, with incredible CGI effects. Sometimes the film stumbles along the way, but it always manages to find its footing again.”

For full review by Rev. Bruce Batchlor-Glader

Classified/Items Available

  • Director for Children’s Ministry, Mayfield UMC
  • Worship and Music Director, General Conference 2020
  • Pianist/Keyboardist/Accompanist, Carrollton First UMC
  • Worship Leader, Crosspoint UMC
  • Youth Worker, Lakemore 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 – August 7-August 21

Follow this link to the events calendar.

To submit a calendar event.

Dates to remember

Obituaries

Please pray for the family of Joseph E. Sopher, retired associate, who died August 1, 2017

For full obituary notices.

To Subscribe

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The next scheduled edition of the E-News will be August 21, 2017.  Deadline for submission is August 16.

JULY 24, 2017


EOC Week of Prayer Begins July 30

The United Methodist Church is in the midst of a worldwide time of focused prayer for the mission of the church, and for the ongoing work of the Commission on a Way Forward.

Sunday, July 30 to Saturday, August 5 is East Ohio’s week to hold the denomination in prayer. During that week, Bishop Malone asks that every clergy and lay member of the conference pray specifically for the work of the Commission.  In addition, she asks that every congregation include a time of prayer for the Commission on the Way Forward during its worship services on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30.

You are invited to share prayers using the East Ohio UMC Prayer Facebook page. The Upper Room has made resources available at http://umcprays.org/.

Communications

What’s New on the Web?

Heart 4 The City in Akron (Canal District) has been designated as a mission church.

Christ UMC in Louisville (Tuscarawas District) is hosting mission groups who are taking the community by STORM (Service To Others in Relational Mission).

Young people take a bold step of faith at Ministerial Recruitment Institute.

Interpreter Magazine
United Methodist Communications announced today that Interpreter magazine, the official program journal of The United Methodist Church, will cease publication after the November/December 2017 issue.  The action comes in response to research regarding readers’ changing needs as part of an overall plan to align and clarify communication channels for the church’s various target audiences, including members, church leaders and external audiences.

“The General Commission on Communication is committed to serving the needs of local churches around the world,” said Cashar W. Evans, Jr., president of the Commission. “That sometimes means we need to move in new directions to remain both good stewards and relevant communicators.”

The communications agency initiated two new e-newsletters earlier this year, one targeted towards members and one towards potential new church members. New communication vehicles focused on the needs of church leaders – including a website, newsletter and social media channels – are under development and will begin to launch later this year, continuing into 2018.

Young People’s Ministries

Youth Annual Conference 2017: “Live It”
In order to illustrate for teens how easy it is to live out their faith, and to spur groups to think about how to serve in their communities, participants at YAC worked on service projects during Saturday afternoon. Groups were asked to bring gently used books, and personal care items.  The books were signed with inspirational words, personal items were packed together into kits, cards were created and even stones were painted to place around Lakeside.  Teens created cards and bracelets as well.  There was an overwhelming response with hundreds of donations.  Here are all the organizations that accepted the donations:

Timothy Circle Mentor Training
Youth workers of the East Ohio Conference! You know how to work with youth, and you do a great job at it.  But do you know the questions to ask youth as they figure out how God is calling them to use their gifts?  And do you know the resources that are available to young people to give them experience or guidance as they figure it out?

The Timothy Circle is designed to be a resource for exactly this.  It’s an online database of volunteer, job, internship, scholarship and schooling opportunities for young people covering a wide range of topics.  It’s also a mentoring program that churches can participate in.   Several sessions of the mentor training are enrolling right now; I bet your church would cover the $45 cost so you could gain this leadership skill.  There are several sessions of the online mentor training enrolling right now – August 7, September 11, and September 25. Each session is 4 weeks, but the class runs at a slow pace and you can participate in the discussion and readings when it fits your schedule each week.  To enroll go to  Timothy Circle.

Ministry

July 29
Opiate Addiction Public Memorial Service
For families and friends of those who lost their life to opioids and other addictive substances.  The service will feature music, prayer, and a time of reflection on the individual lives lost. For more information.

Resources/Training

Spiritual Care Training – August 26
This class helps equip members of early response teams to provide an intentional focus on the spiritual and emotional needs of persons affected by disasters as well as team members. This will provide practical tools for spiritual and emotional care, the ministry of presence, compassion and the importance of self-care. For more information.

 

Pastoral Care and Counseling

July 24, 2017 Resources
In this edition we feature:

  • 4th Annual Mid-Summer Spiritual Formation Retreat
  • Gospel-Driven Communities: Being a Church with a Biblical Vision of Justice
  • The Gift of Constraints
  • Rebuilding on a Contemplative Foundation: a Creed
  • Science and Practice of Staying Present through Difficult Times
  • A Yoga Story Straight from the Heart
  • Video: Free 6 Minute Yoga Lesson
  • Listings of our Spiritual Directors

Contact Us
If you have any questions or issues you would like for us to address, or would like to get email alerts when new resources have been posted, please contact Howard Humphress or use our quick contact form.

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:

  • In The Wesley Challenge; 21 Days to a More Authentic Faith small groups or whole churches will spend three weeks working through 21 questions that will engage their physical, spiritual and emotional lives and their relationship with God and others.
  • A Woman Overwhelmed: A Bible Study on the Life of Mary, the Mother of Jesus walks through the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who knew what it was like to be overwhelmed. As we explore Mary’s life we find ourselves on a journey from overwhelming joy to overwhelming sorrow and back again, learning along the way how to be consumed with the mission of God rather than the “mission of me.”
  • happy?: what it is and how to find it explores the idea of lasting happiness by examining the book of Ecclesiastes and taking a creative look at what things do not contribute to happiness. He concludes that relationships are the essence of deep contentment, emphasizing the importance of forgiveness to relationships and lasting happiness.

Call the Media Center at (800) 831-3972 x 139 or send an e-mail to sarnold@eocumc.com. Browse the resource catalog at  www.rqmweb.com/eocumc

Message in the Movies

Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures
Movie review by Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader

Dunkirk “Christopher Nolan made a creative decision to film Dunkirk as a PG-13 film. Swearing is kept to a minimum and graphic violence is non-existent. Death is real, but sensational gore is avoided. This is a war film that you can watch as a family and talk about later. You may not all agree about exactly what was happening (or why One Direction’s Harry Styles is one of the soldiers) but you will still have much to remember and talk about. There’s a good message in this movie.”

For full review by Rev. Bruce Batchlor-Glader

Classified/Items Available

  • Keyboard Player, Rootstown UMC
  • Pianist, Brecksville UMC
  • Children’s Choir Director, Kent UMC
  • Office Manager, Family of Faith UMC
  • Choir Director/Accompanist, Lakeview UMC
  • Choir Accompanist, Cambridge First UMC
  • Contemporary Worship Leader, Avon 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 – July 24-August 7

Follow this link to the events calendar.

To submit a calendar event.

Dates to remember

Obituaries

Please pray for the family of Linda Bragg, spouse of Wilbur T. Bragg, retired local pastor, who died July 18, 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 August 7, 2017.  Deadline for submission is August 2.

JULY 10, 2017

 

Communications

Updating Find-A-Church Profiles
July is the start of a new appointment season – and the perfect time to make sure that your congregation’s Find-A-Church profile is up-to-date.

Find-A-Church is the official online directory of United Methodist churches in the United States. Developed by United Methodist Communications, it is one of the most visited sections of the denomination’s website, averaging more than 1,000 page views a day.

Find-A-Church helps you to connect with busy people in your community on their terms, on their time, and in their comfort zone.  It also serves as a companion to your church’s existing website – giving you twice the local visibility online.   Find-A-Church tutorial guide

United Methodist Church Handbook
Fresh for the 2017-2020 quadrennium, the updated United Methodist Church Handbook is ready and available for FREE from United Methodist Communications. Packed with denominational details, beliefs, history and contact information, this handbook is a one-stop destination for all things United Methodist.  To order.

Health Benefits Update

Annual Conference 2017 approved a change in conference-sponsored health benefits, effective January 1, 2018.  (NOTE: There will be no changes to the health benefits of retirees who are age 65 or older, their spouses, and surviving spouses.) 

The new conference-sponsored HealthFlex plan for 2018 will utilize Blue Cross Blue Shield’s (BCBS) national BlueCard PPO network.  BCBS has excellent coverage throughout the country.

Participants will choose between one of the following two options:

1)    The provided H2000 – an IRS-qualified high-deductible health plan (HDHP) with a health savings account (HSA), or

2)    The buy-up C2000 – a consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) with a health reimbursement account (HRA)

Read more about these plans on the conference website.

Young People’s Ministries

November 3-5
“Exploration” Called to  Make a Difference
An exciting opportunity is available for young adult’s ages 18-26 who want to learn more about ordained ministry. Join other United Methodist young people who are discerning a call to ministry in Portland Oregon November 3-5, 2017 at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry’s event, “Exploration.”  For more information.  To register or details about those traveling from East Ohio, please contact Rev. Tim Morrison: 440-823-3089 or pastor@gsumparma.com.  (The cost of this event is covered by the Board of Ordained Ministry.)

Camps and Retreat Ministries

August 5, (2-7pm)
Camp Aldersgate 70th Anniversary Celebration
Camp Aldersgate first opened in 1947, making this year our 70th Anniversary! We are inviting your entire family to join us for a celebration!   For more information.

Missions

Midwest Mission Distribution Center
We want to thank you for inviting us to participate in the Annual Conference.  16,720 pounds worth of donations were collected for the Midwest Mission Distribution Center.  Many lives have been touched throughout the United States and in developing countries around the world through shipments made from the Center.  Thank you so much for your support.

In Christ,
Pat Wright, MMDC Executive Director

August 26
UMVIM/3Cs Partnership Meeting
Come and be a part of this mission movement motivated by God’s love for us and the world. United Methodist Volunteer in Missions: local, national and global. If you are leading youth and/or adults to places of mission, being the hands feet and heart of Jesus, this meeting is for you!

Agenda items will include: introductions, funding process, website ideas, best practices and UMVIM Leader Training ideas. Meeting at the Area Center, from 9:30 am-noon.

Contact Kathy Dickriede, East Ohio UMVIM Coordinator and Partner in Mission 

August 27 – September 2
The Joy Center in Big Creek, KY
Trinity UMC (Tuscarawas District) to lead a team of up to 20 people on this trip, that features both light construction and relationship building opportunities.  Deadline to register is August 11.

Cost: $150/person, plus a donation for materials. Contact: Patti Partridge

December 26-January 8
Honduras

Discover Mission is heading to Honduras. Young adults will join Maria Wilcox (Northern Illinois) and Jason Frazer (East Ohio) in communities in and around Tegucigalpa.  Estimated cost is $2000 from Chicago.  Application here. Contact Tammy Kuntz for more information.

Resources/Training

July 24
Religious Freedom Seminar and Lunch 

American society and culture are changing rapidly. This seminar will address issues that may place churches and ministries in negative publicity, governmental scrutiny and litigation.  Issues include: gender identity, employment and volunteer issues, and insurance coverage limits.  For more information.

August 9-11
Preaching Seminar: Getting to Grace: The Joy of Preaching
Featuring Dr. Paul Scott Wilson, professor of Homiletics as Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto, the 16th annual Summer Preaching Seminar will explore theological and practical matters of preaching grace in times of trouble.  For more information.

September 27-29
Leadership Institute 2017
Bring your ministry leaders to be equipped, strengthened and inspired in God’s call to ministry in their lives. Help them expand the impact of practical leadership principles and inspirational and visionary teaching with a spirit of renewal. Leaders with fresh ideas, renewed focus and rekindled hope for the future can unleash the potential of a church and community. Held at Church of the Resurrection UM, Leawood, Kansas. Early bird registration closes July 13. For more information.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

July 10, 2017 Resources
In this edition we feature:

  • 4th Annual Mid-Summer Spiritual Formation Retreat
  • Rebranded Church: Place for Believers and Non-believers
  • Audio Interview: Relationship: Setbacks Creating Resilience with Elaine Smookler
  • A Tuning Fork: Resonating with God
  • Book: Life’s Greatest Lessons: 20 Things that Matter
  • Writing Your Way Healthy: A Journaling Guide
  • Listings of our Spiritual Directors

Contact Us
If you have any questions or issues you would like for us to address, or would like to get email alerts when new resources have been posted, please contact Howard Humphress or use our quick contact form.

Message in the Movies

Photo by K5 International

Paterson “What Paterson tries to do (and I believe that it accomplishes this very well) is to encourage the viewer to observe simplicity with a poet’s eye. As the writer, Stephen King once said: “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” Paterson wakes up and goes to work; inspiration finds him. I felt blessed to spend a couple of hours with this unassuming and beautiful soul whose life, marriage and town shine a bit brighter, touched by the hand of God.”

For full review by Rev. Bruce Batchlor-Glader

Classified/Items Available

  • Music Director, Brook Park UMC
  • Choir Director, Columbiana First UMC
  • Chaplain, Mt. Union University

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

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

Events – July 10-24

Follow this link to the events calendar.

To submit a calendar event.

Dates to remember

Obituaries

Please pray for the family of Barbara Powell, surviving spouse of Max Powell, who died July 1, 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 July 24, 2017.  Deadline for submission is July 19.