April 15, 2022
Three Rivers District
United Methodist Church
The Three Rivers District Office
will be closed Friday, April 15 in observance of Good Friday.
The Easter story reveals how God is always working for good in our lives and in the world bringing light into the darkness, hope out of despair, and turning tragedy into triumph.
Teach • Reach • Bless
Ground-Breaking for Residence Hall at African University
Laity and clergy, working together, exceeded the goal of raising and collecting $1.5 million in support of the East Ohio Conference Teach • Reach • Bless campaign. Thank you, donors to the East Ohio Conference for your commitment to improving the education and wellness of women today for a better Africa tomorrow. Your generous support will provide necessary funds to build a new residence hall for 90 female students!
This incredible achievement was celebrated on Tuesday, April 12 with a ground-breaking that was recorded. The event can be viewed here on the EOC website.
It included:
  • statements from Africa University officials and students in Zimbabwe,
  • remarks from Bishop Tracy S. Malone, campaign co-chairs the Rev. Bill McFadden and Dr. Maggie Jackson, and Cabinet liaison the Rev. Bruce Hitchcock speaking from the EOC,
  • singing from the world-renown Africa University choir,
  • the AU chaplain blessing the land on which the residence hall will be built,
  • ground-breaking in Zimbabwe, and
  • a ceremonial ground-breaking in East Ohio.
On Facebook Live, Tuesday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m.

On Tuesday, April 26, Rev. Kelly Brown and guest will have a conversation about growing transformational leaders who impact the local church and their communities. They will reference Rev. Brown's books Church Ecology:Creating a Leadership Pathway for Your Church and Equipping Lay Venture Leaders. Both books can be found on Amazon or Market Square Books.

Check out previous recorded conversations on the Three Rivers YouTube Channel or the Three Rivers Facebook Page
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Three Rivers District Conference
Sunday, May 1, 2022 @ 2 PM
Roscoe United Methodist Church

  • Come and learn about the new simplified governance model Rev. Brown will be introducing for Three Rivers District leadership.
  • In addition to the annual business of the district including the approval of the 2023 budget, we will be enjoying a time of worship and fellowship.
  • We will recognize our retiree, Rev. Karen Oehl as well as the many men and women who are observing anniversaries for their years in ministry.
  • The Lay Servant Committee will announce the Lay Servant of the Year as well as the Clergy-person of the Year.
Make plans to come early at 1:00 p.m. for a special treat of home-made apple dumplings and ice cream.
We will offer diabetic alternatives. You may want to bring a lawn chair as we will be outside weather permitting
Individuals and churches wishing to provide humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian may contribute to Advance #982450, UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery. This fund will provide direct assistance to those remaining in Ukraine as well as the 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
  • 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.

Visit the UMCOR Global Ministries webpage for updates.
Annual Conference 2022
Thursday, June 9 - Saturday, June 11
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

John S. Knight Center
77 E. Mill St., Akron

Clergy Executive Session is Wed, June 8, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Here is the link to register for Annual Conference 2022 for Clergy and Lay members.
Clergy can register for both AC and Clergy Executive Session from the same link.

Registration closes on Friday, May 13.
  • all registrations will be done online,
  • each person registering must have their own unique e-mail address, and
  • there will be no registrations after May 13, including no onsite registrations.

2022 Resolutions
Five resolutions are being presented before the Annual Conference of East Ohio. You may read them in their entirety on the AC 2022 Webpage here.

Would you like to be involved with AC 2022 as a voting member?
The Three Rivers District is still seeking to fill a few members-at-large positions. If you are interested please contact your pastor immediately. Upon the recommendation of your local church council, your pastor should notifty the district office. Your name will be lifted for approval at the May 1 Spring District Conference.

E-Mail & Communications
Each clergy and lay member to AC must use a unique email (one that is not shared by anyone else at AC). If you need help creating a free e-mail address for registration, please contact Joy at the district office. All information about Annual Conference will be sent to the e-mail address used for registration.

The Agenda, Rules, and Administrative Process Committee has made the decision that voters must be physically inside the voting area at the John S. Knight Center to vote. This year for both Annual Conference and Clergy Executive Session we will use hand-held voting devices that will be distributed onsite to those who registered by Friday, May 13.

If you are sick, please stay home. Wearing a mask during Annual Conference is currently optional. Some may choose to wear a mask for their own sense of comfort or because of health conditions. Please honor and respect the decisions of your colleagues.

Annual Livestreaming
All sessions, services, and celebrations of Annual Conference will be livestreamed. To access the feed, click the Livestream tab of the Annual Conference 2022 website

Special Celebrations
  • Thurs, June 9 @ 9:00 a.m. | Service of Commemoration and Holy Communion
  • Thurs, June 9 @ 4:00 p.m. | Board of Ministry Celebration of Retirement
  • Sat., June 11 @ 3:00 p.m. | Service of Commissioning and Ordination
  • Please visit the AC 2022 website for complete agenda and list of speakers

Annual Conference Offering
The Annual Conference 2022 offering (Fund 9214) will be collected during the afternoon business session on Thursday, June 9. This year’s offering will support:
  • EOC Fund 1301 Supporting UMCOR International Relief
  • Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland
  • Bishop’s Discretionary Fund
You may also donate online or via mail to Fund 9214 to support the AC 2022 offering.

Clergy Directory
A company will be on hand to take clergy photos for the 2022 EOC Clergy Directory. These photos will be used as your 'official' photo for all announcements and publications pertaining to the East Ohio Conference. Dress accordingly.

Hotel Accommodations
The Conference has secured blocks of rooms at several hotels at a discounted "EOC rate" for those seeking housing during Annual Conference. The hotel reservation links for the participating hotels are posted on the Annual Conference 2022 website.

For more details and future updates regarding Annual Conference 2022 visit the EOC Website HERE.
East Ohio E-News
E-News is the bi-weekly electronic newsletter of the East Ohio Conference. Its purpose is to communicate the many ways that conference clergy and laity are making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Click here to read the latest edition including 2022 appointments, messages from Bishop Malone and other announcements regarding the mission and ministry within The East Ohio Conference. You can also enter your e-mail address in the prompt offered on the right side bar and have the E-news content e-mailed directly to your inbox.

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

District Superintendent: Rev. Kelly Brown

Administrative Assistant: Joy Snyder