MARCH 20,2017

2017 Appointments/Changes of Status

Note: effective 7/1/2017 unless otherwise noted

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

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

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

View the current appointment list

Vera Rebrovich Hired as Director of Financial and Administrative Services

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

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

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

She succeeds Jessica Vargo in the re-titled position.

Read the full release.

2017 Annual Conference –  June 12-15

Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected

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

UMCOR Sunday is March 26

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

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

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

Download free UMCOR Sunday resources and print materials.

Special Offering for Africa University

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

Advocacy

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

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

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

Missions

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

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

The following is a personal testimony.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Email  kdickriede@gmail.com with questions of interest.

Training Opportunity

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

Young People’s Ministries

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

Pastoral Care and Counseling

March 20, 2017 Resources
In this edition we feature:

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

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

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:

To reserve these or other resources, call the Media Center at (800) 831-3972 x 139 or send an e-mail to sarnold@eocumc.com. Browse the resource catalog at  www.rqmweb.com/eocumc

Message in the Movies

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

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

For full review.

Classifieds/Items Available

  • Youth Coordinator, Marion Salem  UMC
  • Pianist, Portage Faith UMC
  • Summer Ministry Worker, Salem First UMC

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

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

Events – March 20-April 3

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

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

Obituaries

Please pray for the families  of:

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

For full obituary notices.


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MARCH 6, 2017

2017 Appointments/Changes of Status

Note: effective 7/1/2017 unless otherwise noted

Appointments:
Christy Bowers : 
Coshocton Grace UMC, Assoc. Pastor, TR
Bill Buckeye: Hope UMC, NC
Ruth Douglas:  Jelloway & North Liberty UMCs, TR/MO
Katie Osier:  Greensburg UMC, CN
Jason Snyder: Utica UMC, TR

Retirements:
Don Kraps: 
retiring from First Uhrichsville/Good Shepherd UMCs, TW

Concluding Ministry:
Ricky Asberry: 
 from City Hope UMC, TW,  3/1/17 
Barbara Stauffer-Rich: 
retiring from honorable location
Charles Warren: retiring from Tyndal UMC, TR,  3/1/17

View the current appointment list

2017 Annual Conference –  June 12-15

Visit the Annual Conference website  to:

  • Register for Annual Conference
  • View this year’s schedule
  • Read bios of the guest speakers, choir director, and organist
  • Study the proposed constitutional amendments

**Additional Annual Conference information will be added as it is submitted.

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March 19 Offering Supports Africa University

 “The East Ohio Conference joins United Methodists from across the connection in celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Africa University, our United Methodist institution known as ‘the school of dreams,’” said Bishop Tracy S. Malone.  “Our conference-wide offering will provide scholarships and other resources for Africa University students. They, and AU graduates, are making disciples of Christ and serving in key leadership roles in the church, government, the business sector, and civilian society throughout Africa.”

Download a bulletin insert (COLOR) (BW) to promote the March 19 offering in your church. Donations should be made payable to EOC Fund 9161 and mailed to PO Box 76019, Cleveland, OH 44101-4755.

Your financial gift will enable Africa University students to continue making a difference in the lives of others for years to come.

Missions

Are you interested in being a part of a medical UMVIM team to Liberia at the Ganta Mission Station?  You could be an answer to prayer!

The staff at Ganta Mission Station is hoping that we bring with us a biomedical technician who can help to assess and repair broken medical equipment. Please spread the word to others about this need!  We will travel end of July-early August 2017.   The team is still forming with the next meeting April 2, in the Macedonia area. Contact kdickriede@gmail.com

UM Financial Credit Union

Free “Account Alerts”
Do you have too many things to remember? No time to sign into your account to check  your balances? Account Alert is another great service we offer our members.

This service gives you the choice to receive a text message on your cell phone or a traditional email. The service is free and all you have to do to activate Account Alert is log into our home banking site using your personal sign on, then click on the tab ‘Alerts’ tab located on left side of on the menu bar. Select the type of alert you would like to create. Just follow the prompts. It’s easy!  You can request notifications concerning your balances, when a check clears, loan payments, personal reminders and more.  For further assistance – call us at 1-800-831-3972 Ext 6.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

March 6, 2017 Resources
In this edition we feature:

  • Media Fatigue and Technological Stress
  • Leadership and the Discipline of Silence
  • Reclaiming the Power of Lament
  • Centering Prayer
  • How to Meditate
  • Letting Life’s Struggles Be Kind to You
  • Find Happiness by Embracing All of Your Emotions
  • Listings of Spiritual Formation Groups and our Spiritual Directors

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

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:

To reserve these or other resources, call the Media Center at (800) 831-3972 x 139 or send an e-mail to sarnold@eocumc.com. Browse the resource catalog at  www.rqmweb.com/eocumc

Message in the Movies

Photo by Universal Pictures
Movie review by Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader Photo by Universal Pictures

Get Out  “The violence and language of Get Out will likely offend viewers who haven’t been to the movies in a while, but it just may connect with its horror movie target audience – young adults and youth – and create a conversational starting point that could move things forward.

One could only hope for a world in which all people could coexist and thrive. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Night of the Walking Dead are both 50 years old and we’re not there yet.”

For full review.

Classifieds/Items Available

  • Pianist Accompanist, Lorain Lighthouse UMC
  • Director of Communications, Texas Annual Conference

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

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

Events – March 6-20

March 10
A Night of Worship, Ohio Valley District Youth
March 12
Jessica Vargo Open House, North Canton Faith UMC
March 12
Mission Auction, Manchester UMC 
March 17-18
Youth Leaders Network Retreat
March 17-18
Reaching New People, Chardon UMC
March 17
Gospel Bluegrass Jam, Manchester UMC
March 18
From Membership To Discipleship, Kinsman UMC
March 18
Green SibShop, Greensburg UMC
March 18
Cabbage Roll Dinner, Uniontown UMC
March 18
ERT Basic Training Class, East Ohio Conference
March 19
Youth Rally, Roscoe UMC
March 19
Country Gospel Concert, LaPorte UMC

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

Obituaries

Please pray for the family of Diane Metzgersurviving spouse of Rev. Keith Metzger, who died March 1, 2017.

For full obituary notices.


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FEBRUARY 20, 2017

Auman, Nazario Appointed to EOC Cabinet

District Superintendents

 

Bishop Tracy S. Malone is appointing the Rev. Abby Auman and the Rev. Néstor Nazario to the East Ohio Conference Cabinet effective July 1.

“Abby has strong leadership skills, is an innovative thinker who brings vision and courage to the development and empowerment of lay leadership, and has a passion for revitalizing the local church,” said Bishop Malone of Auman, who will serve as superintendent of the Mahoning Valley District.

Nazario will be the new superintendent of the Mid-Ohio District.

“Néstor is a capable administrator and brings the experience of serving in a variety of ministry contexts,” said Bishop Malone.  “He has successfully merged congregations and has a deep commitment to social justice ministry.  He brings a deep faith, a love for people, and a passion for the church.”

2017 Appointments/Changes of Status

Appointments:
Brian Amstutz 
|  Faith UMC,  MO  |  7/1/17
Abby Auman  |  Mahoning Valley District Superintendent,  MV  |  7/1/17
Andrew Call 
|  Lead pastor, Church of the Saviour  UM,   NC  |  7/1/17
Thomas Jones  |  Thoburn UMC, OV  |  7/1/17
David Martin  |  Dalton UMC , CN  |  7/1/17
Néstor Nazario |  Mid-Ohio District Superintendent, MO  |  7/1/17

Retirements:
Judith Wismar Claycomb 
 | retiring from Church of the Saviour UM, NC  |  7/1/17
Christopher Statz  |  retiring from Oak Chapel UMC, CN  |  7/1/17

View the current appointment list

Please keep in your prayers:

  • the pastors and congregations who are receiving new appointments,
  • Bishop Malone and the Cabinet as they continue the appointment process, and
  • Board of Ordained Ministry members and the candidates for Provisional Membership and Full Membership who are in the interview process through the end of the month.

2017 Annual Conference Theme

Annual Conference Logo The June 12-15 session of Annual Conference will return to Lakeside Chautauqua with a new quadrennial theme, Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected.

Using John 15:1-17 (CEB) as our guiding scripture passage, we will explore what it means to be called and equipped as followers of Jesus Christ, highlight the joy of making a commitment to take up residence in God’s love, and to extend that love to others, and underscore the importance of being connected to God and to our neighbors if we are to bear fruit by making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Bishop Tracy S. Malone will give the message during the Service of Commemoration and Holy Communion, and the Service of Commissioning and Ordination.  Bishop Michael McKee of the North Texas Conference will be our guest speaker for each of the morning worship services.

More about the 2017-2020 quadrennial ..

Will JonesWill Jones hired as Director of Multicultural Vitality

Will Jones has joined the East Ohio Conference as director of Multicultural Vitality. In this new full-time position created by action of Annual Conference 2016, Jones will actively engage pastors, congregations, and conference leaders to discern their roles in fully embracing the communizes that our churches serve.

“Will brings passion, inter-cultural leadership skills, and community organizing and development experience that will help resource and equip clergy and local churches in embracing the racial, ethnic, cultural, and generational diversity within their communities,” said Bishop Tracy S. Malone.

” I am humbled and blessed by this opportunity,” Jones said. I look forward to using my gifts and experience to resource and come alongside churches, pastors, and laity in laboring in the work to which God has called each of us.”

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Treasurer’s Office

March 12 Open House for Jessica Vargo, North Canton Faith UMC
From 2-4 pm, an open house will be held to celebrate Jessica Vargo’s 15 years of service as treasurer & director of administrative services for the EO Conference. A short program will be held beginning at 2:30 pm. Light refreshments will be provided.  The open house will be held at North Canton Faith UMC, 300 9th St, NW, North Canton, OH 44720.

Cards for Jessica may be sent to the EOC  Treasurer’s Office.

Lent and Easter Resources

Ash Wednesday is March 1 and Easter Sunday is April 16.

As you plan Lenten Bible studies for your church, and your home, consider the new family devotion created by Discipleship Ministries. A complete list of Lent and Easter resources is in the March/April/May issue of The Window.

Missions

Schedule Your Mission Trip to The Epworth Center
The Epworth Center Work Mission, Bethesda, OH has approximately 23 senior citizens, disabled individuals and low-income home owners in need of your help for home repairs.  Teach your youth and adults how to answer God’s call!

Schedule  your trip by downloading the group application.

You may donate to the Epworth Center by using Advance # EOC 1940 and submitting through your local church offering.

UM Financial Credit Union

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Avoid Paying ATM Surcharges
ATM owners generally charge a fee to withdraw money from their machine. This surcharge fee ranges from $2 to $4 per withdrawal. To avoid paying a surcharge, use a PNC Bank ATM or an ATM displaying the Alliance One Network. We have made special arrangements with PNC Bank and participant ATM owners of the Alliance One Network. If you use a Fifth Third Bank ATM you will be charged $1 per transaction and not the full surcharge posted on the machine.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

February 20, 2017 Resources
In this edition we feature:

  • Inspiration Video: All That We Share
  • How to Get Really Good at Dying
  • Creating Change through Faith-Rooted Organizing
  • Preparation for Lent
  • Mindful Attention Awareness Scale
  • How to Wake Up Your Body for Morning Meditation
  • Calming the Rush of Panic in Your Body
  • Mindfulness Creates Momentum for Healthy Choices
  • Listings of Spiritual Formation Groups and our Spiritual Directors

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

Media Center

The Media Center recently acquired the following resources:

  • All Things New; A Study on 2 Corinthians explores the anchoring truths of bearing treasures in jars of clay, meeting Christ through a pressing thorn, opening wide your heart in the midst of hurtful relationships, and what it means to embrace the lost and lonely as ministers of the new covenant.
  • Can’t Stop the Water tells the story of Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana and the Native American community fighting to save its culture as its land washes away.
  • The Real God; How He Longs for You to See Him  is an in-depth study of seven attributes of God: goodness, sovereignty, holiness, wisdom, justice, love, and faithfulness.
  • The Question Of God; Sigmund Freud and CS Lewis addresses difficult issues in the eventful lives of two men who held diametrically opposed world views.
  • Safe Sanctuaries Videos may be used as a series for training, individually to open up conversations in small groups, and as a way to share information with the congregation as a reminder or in the midst of a crisis.

To reserve these or other resources, call the Media Center at (800) 831-3972 x 139 or send an e-mail to   sarnold@eocumc.com. Browse the resource catalog at  www.rqmweb.com/eocumc

Message in the Movies

Movie review by Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader Photo by See-Saw Films
Movie review by Rev. Bruce Batchelor-Glader
Photo by See-Saw Films

Lion “As Christians, we proclaim that every person is adopted into God’s family as heirs of the Kingdom of God. But until that becomes reality, all of us have a longing for connection and a need to be loved. Lion tells the story of family lost, found, and found again. It also reminds us that childhood memories are primal and that we need to be vigilant in creating a safe place for all children..”   For full review.

Classifieds/Items Available

  • Director of Youth Ministries, North Canton Faith UMC
  • Director of Family Ministries, Hudson UMC
  • President and CEO, United Methodist Insurance

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

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

Events – February 20-March 6

February 21
Messy Church, North Canton Faith UMC
February 24-26
Confirmation Retreat, Camp Wanake
February 25
Breakthrough Prayer Initiative, Westlake UMC
February 25
A Town Hall Meeting- Chaos or Community?  University Circle UMC
February 27
Flat Rock Benefit Night
March 4
Dinner and Dance, LaPorte UMC

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

Dates to Remember

March 13-14
CEF Spring Retreat, Camp Wanake
March 18
ERT Basic Training Class, East Ohio Conference
March 18
From Membership to Discipleship, Kinsman UMC

Obituaries

Please pray for the families of :

Carrie Juanita (Neatty) Baker, surviving spouse of Rev. Robert A. Baker, who died  February 14, 2017 and
Grace E. Boldt, surviving spouse of Rev. David Boldt, who died February 12, 2017.

For full obituary notices.


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