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THE CURRENT
May 26, 2022
Three Rivers District
United Methodist Church
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The District Office will be Closed in Observance of Memorial Day
Friday, May 27 - Monday, May 30
We give honor to all who have served.
Thank you to their family and friends for your sacrifice.
Fire Destroys a Church’s 142-Year-Old Sanctuary but Not the Spirit or the Mission of the Congregation

Rev. Deborah Quillen reported that video from a camera mounted on city hall shows that lightning struck Coshocton Grace UMC at 9:23 a.m. on Friday, May 20. At 10:04 a.m. that day, operators received the first 911 call reporting that smoke was coming from the church. Read Rick Wolcott's article here.
Quillen told the congregation, “This picture is a reminder that Jesus is with us. It doesn’t matter what else is going on, Jesus is walking with us, and he is walking with us through this time of fire and rebirth.”

Bishop Tracy S. Malone sent words of encouragement, “Remember, that your memories will never be lost because they are yours to hold … they have no walls or structures … you keep them in your hearts … you share them with each other … they are a gift to behold. You are a faith community … strong in the Lord … a church family … and families stick together, pray together, and move forward in faith together."
Beginning June 1, Grace United Methodist will begin renting space for worship, offices, and ministry at The Presbyterian Church, 142 N. Fourth Street (corner of Fourth & Chestnut Streets), Coshocton.

On Sunday, June 5, there will be a community worship service at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of The Presbyterian Church, hosted by Grace UMC and The Presbyterian Church.
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For those interested in supporting the rebuilding of Grace UMC with monetary donations, you may send your checks made out to Grace United Methodist Church with a memo: "Fire Donation". Mail your checks in care of Three Rivers District Union, 415 Walnut St, Coshocton, OH 43812. You may also drop off your donations at the Home Loan Savings Bank located at 590 Walnut St, Coshocton.
SHADOW ON THE HEARTLAND
June 12 at 6:30 PM
Moreland UMC

Do you know what your children and grandchildren are doing? School is out. Where are they going? How much time are they spending on social media?

Moreland United Methodist Church is pleased to announce the showing of the award-winning documentary, “Shadow on the Heartland” on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at
6:30 P.M. This documentary portrays the serious issue of human trafficking in Ohio. The state of Ohio is ranked fifth for calls to the National Human Trafficking Hot Line
and the City of Toledo is ranked 3rd in the nation for trafficking.

Learn ways our children can protect themselves from becoming victims and being among the 1,100 underage children trapped in human trafficking each year. Dove.org states, "Human trafficking is commonly thought to be a Third World country issue and not a problem that is taking place in our own communities. 'Shadow on the Heartland' was created to shed light on this crime and to educate both adults and children on how and why human trafficking occurs and what we can do to stop it. Hear from victims and the perpetrators involved in one of the fastest growing crimes against our children, as well as from the state leaders who are fighting to end it." Movie is approved for children 12 and older. View trailer.

There will be a time for questions and discussion after the event. Refreshments will also be served. Please contact the Moreland United Methodist Church at (330) 264-9903 or at morelandumc@gmail.com to ask any questions or to register by June 8 (registration is appreciated but not required). We look forward to seeing you at this event.

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

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The threat of inflation explained
GLENVIEW, Ill. — Double-digit inflation, happening in the U.S. for the first time since 1981, erodes the spending power of consumers because prices rise faster than salaries can keep pace. Commodities, which are used to produce goods, can be a hedge against inflation for investors. Wespath is maintaining its disciplined approach to investing during the current inflationary period, says John Halwax, managing director of institutional investment services for Wespath Benefits and Investments. Read more
Did You Miss the Last Current Conversation?
You can view it on the on the Three Rivers YouTube Channel or the Three Rivers Facebook Page. Rev. Brown discussed New Spaces for New People with Rev. Paul Nickerson. In their conversation they talked about the importance of aligning our purpose with our method in order to reach new people.
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.

Annual Live-streaming
All sessions, services, and celebrations of Annual Conference will be live-streamed. To access the feed, click the Livestream tab of the Annual Conference 2022 website

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.

For more details and updates regarding Annual Conference 2022 visit the EOC Website HERE.
Midwest Mission Collection Truck at AC
MMDC is collecting donations during Annual Conference at the John S. Knight Center. The collection truck will be at the loading dock on NE corner of building on Broadway St. This is a ONE-WAY street. Enter from Mill Street. Drop-off times:
Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and
Saturday from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING CASH OR CHECKS TO AC
To make a monetary donation, go to the MMDC website OR donate through The EOCUMC website using Fund 9944
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Missions 5K Run/1-Mile Walk
June 9 at AC 22 on Akron Towpath
The run/walk will start at Lock 3 on Thursday, June 9 at 6:00 p.m., following the first day of Annual Conference. If you can’t join in the run/walk, sponsor someone who will. Suggested donation is $25. Learn more. Register here
Youth Annual Conference:
June 17-19 at Walsh University

This year’s theme is Relentless and the featured speaker is the Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand. 321 Improv and Sarah Reeves will be the guest artists, and Mahoning Valley District Superintendent, the Rev. Abby Auman, will be our Sunday worship speaker. Follow our Instagram or Facebook for weekly updates and specifics. Learn more and register for YAC 2022.
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
740-622-8880

District Superintendent: Rev. Kelly Brown

Administrative Assistant: Joy Snyder