The health and safety of East Ohio Conference clergy and laity are paramount. Bishop Tracy S. Malone, after prayerful discernment and in consultation with the Extended Cabinet, leadership of the Board of Ministry and the Annual Conference secretary, has made the decision to postpone Clergy Executive Session and Annual Conference 2020 until the fall.
Both Clergy Executive Session and Annual Conference will meet at Lakeside Chautauqua the last weekend in September.
Clergy Executive Session will meet from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25. The 51st Session of Annual Conference will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 and will conclude by 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27.
In choosing new dates for the rescheduled Annual Conference session, the deliberate decision was made to include Saturday as one of the meeting dates so that the conference will be more accessible to lay members. Lakeside is able to accommodate a weekend session because the rescheduled Annual Conference meets after the summer Chautauqua program season concludes.
Annual Conference will gather September 26-27 guided by the theme
Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected
. Worship, business and fellowship will underscore the importance of being connected to God, to our neighbors and to our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and bearing fruit that lasts.
“There is great joy and anticipation felt by many of us as we prepare to connect for a time of holy conferencing after this extensive time of physical separation from one another,” Malone said. “God’s Spirit continues to move among us as we join together across the East Ohio Conference to share the Good News of the Gospel in creative and tangible ways.”
Youth Annual Conference will not meet at Lakeside Chautauqua this summer. The decision on the date and details regarding YAC 2020 will be provided after Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) meets April 25. Leadership is mindful of the other important events in the lives of teens that are also being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and will explore alternative options for youth across the Conference to connect virtually.
East Ohio Camps & Retreat Ministries leadership is moving closer to decisions about 2020 Summer Camp. It continues to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and to gather information and direction from the Centers for Disease Control, the Ohio Department of Health, and Camps peers and advisors.
New information about decisions made regarding Annual Conference, Youth Annual Conference, Clergy Executive Session and Summer Camp will be published in the Conference bi-weekly electronic newsletter E-News, and on the Conference website pages for
Annual Conference 2020, Youth Annual Conference 2020 and Summer Camp.