THE CURRENT
March 4, 2022
Three Rivers District
United Methodist Church
Photo illustrations by Cindy Caldwell, United Communications. Kyiv images:  Ilya Cher, Unsplash.com
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27

United Methodists Stand with Ukraine
Visit UM Communications resource page to read how United Methodist leaders, organizations and individuals are responding to the invasion of Ukraine through their prayer, aid and witness at this resource page featuring social images and other content:

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Individuals and churches wishing to provide humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people in the wake of the Russian invasion of their country may contribute to Advance #982450, UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery. This fund will provide direct assistance to those in Ukraine as well as assistance to Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries. 100% of all Advance contributions go to the designated cause.

Gifts to support the people of Ukraine can be made in the following ways:
  • Online at https://umcmission.org/advance-project/982450
  • By phone: 888-252-6174
  • By check with “Advance #982450-Ukraine” written on the memo line, either mailed and addressed to Global Ministries/UMCOR, GPO, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY, 10087-9068 or given at or through any United Methodist church.

The relatively small Ukrainian United Methodist community is actively engaged in assisting neighbors in need. Global Ministries is in touch with the church’s leadership as well as with church leaders in countries welcoming those who are fleeing from violence in Ukraine.
More info on the UMCOR Global Ministries webpage
THREE RIVERS YOUTH
(students in 6th-12th grade)

Saturday, March 5
7-10:00 p.m.
(Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Featured Speaker: Markus McFolling
Christ United Methodist Church
648 Oak St., Newcomerstown, OH 43832
UMC Bishops to explore various pathways as General Conference is postponed until 2024 
The Commission on the General Conference announced further postponement of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. View the Bishop's statement in full.

Secretary of the General Conference, Gary Graves, said the further postponement raises a number of additional questions not specifically addressed in The Book of Discipline 2016. “As the postponed 2020 General Conference now enters the typical cycle of preparation for a General Conference that would have been held in 2024, we will need to look to the Judicial Council for clarity regarding which preparations and processes are based on the postponed 2020 General Conference and which would need to be enacted should this be seen as a new 2024 General Conference.” 

The Judicial Council recently ruled that, “the deadlines for petitions submission in ¶507 are based on the date of the postponed General Conference and reset with each postponement.” The Commission will meet again on March 28 to continue the work of preparing for the postponed 2020 General Conference and looking ahead for possible solutions that may help avoid delays in future meetings should unforeseen circumstances occur or persist.

Read the Commission on the General Conference full report.
United Methodist Women:
  • New Look
  • New Website
  • New Name

United Methodist Women are kicking off Women's History Month with a new logo, opening their new website and debuting their new name: United Women in Faith.

"Along with the new name, we [UWF] are rolling out an array of new and innovative programs and opportunities for women’s spiritual growth, soul care, leadership development, and service and advocacy. We recommit to inclusiveness, action, and impact as women of passion and power, united by God’s love in our mission to help women, children, and youth." Read the article here

This is a lot of new to take on at once. The UWF brand isn’t about trying to be different but about trying to better express who we are. We remain the official women’s organization of The United Methodist Church. While “Methodist” is no longer part of our public name, it is a part of how we understand God and the work of faith. We are United Methodist. The Purpose remains the purpose. Our structure remains the same (just with more ways to join in the work). The core of who we are remains the same.

UM Women has been around for 153 years — not because we stay the same but because we’re willing to follow God’s call to new places. We are love in action. We are a faith-driven sisterhood ready to change the world. You can be a crucial part of a bright future.

View the latest issue of response including an article explaining the changes.
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Missions & Community Engagement
Virtual Missions
While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many to feel isolated, it has also connected us with our missionaries in new ways. Technology has enabled relationships to be strengthened virtually. During Lent, we welcome the opportunity to hear missionaries reflect upon the East Ohio Annual Conference theme of Let Us Live Love with scripture from 1 John 4:7-12 (NIV). We will learn about where missionaries are serving and their celebrations of 2021 and goals in 2022. You are invited to re-use their messages with children, youth, small groups and during worship.
Support Love Beyond Borders This Lent and Easter
United Methodist churches throughout East Ohio are invited to partner with missionaries by designating their Lent and Easter offerings to the new UMCOR Advance #3022671 that supports the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

Nehemiah Mission
Join Nehemiah's Executive Director, Alison Klocker's, for Breakfast and the "State of the Mission Address" and find out how Nehemiah is emerging from the global pandemic. They have big plans and would appreciate your support. They need money and volunteers.
Two opportunities to learn about the Mission and Ministry Objectives for 2022
Breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 12th
  • Wednesday, March 16th

The Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland is located at 6515 Bridge Ave. Cleveland, OH 44102

Register for Breakfast ​A donation of $25 is appreciated for attending.
A LENTEN RESOURCE
In January, Bishop Tracy S. Malone traveled across the East Ohio Conference to engage in meaningful Conversations of the Heart with laity and clergy about mission, vision, ministry, and discipleship in the Conference and about the future of The United Methodist Church. These conversations laid the ground work for a an opportunity of prayer and reflection. As you view the video, listen for the three practices that the Bishop is encouraging of all clergy and laity. Then reflect on the eleven questions provided as you journey throughLenten season. You can download the video to share with others.
Day of Renewal for Active Clergy

Saturday, April 2
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” - Matthew 11:28-30 (NRSV)

Bishop Tracy S. Malone invites all East Ohio Conference clergy actively serving in ministry to come together for a day of rest and renewal from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 at Faith UMC (300 9th St. NW, North Canton, 44720).

Clergy are serving and leading in stressful, exhausting, and difficult times. This Clergy Day Apart, designed by a team of active clergy, is an opportunity to feed your soul through reinvigorating worship, fellowship, self-care, and conversation. Clergy will hear an empowering message from the Rev. Twanda Prioleau ( Christ UMC in East Baltimore, MD) and will participate in engaging breakout sessions designed to help you reflect, reconnect, re-center, and revel in your ministry. Rev. Prioleau is author of the book Breathe: A Pastor’s Journey to Wholeness. Clergy are asked to register online by Friday, March 18.
Young People’s Ministries
Leaders Book Club
This is for any adult leader in the church. Join us in reading Wholehearted Faith by Rachel Held Evans, which we will discuss together in March.

Three Rivers District
Knowing God and Loving Others: so that God's love is made complete in us.

  • Called and equipped to serve others in love
  • Committed to extend the love of Jesus
  • Connected by God's love

As Christ is alive in us, Three Rivers District is bearing fruit that last. We are called, committed and connected to living out God's love in our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We have a presence on social media and invite you to participate with us.
Three Rivers District

415 Walnut St, Coshocton, OH 43812
740-622-8880

District Superintendent: Rev. Kelly Brown

Administrative Assistant: Joy Snyder