May 6, 2022
Three Rivers District
United Methodist Church
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy;
without holiness no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14
¶ 2553: The EOC Disaffiliation and Separation Pathway
At the 2019 Special Called Session of the General Conference a new paragraph, ¶2553, was added to The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016. This paragraph states the provisions and outlines the process for how local churches can disaffiliate from The United Methodist Church due to reasons of conscience, actions, or in-actions on matters or concerns related to human sexuality.
The East Ohio Conference leadership, the trustees, the executive staff, and district superintendents developed a disaffiliation process that follows the specific criteria and standards outlined in ¶ 2553. The East Ohio Conference has already utilized this process, and principles of this process for a few churches that have disaffiliated and separated from the East Ohio Conference over the past two years. Paragraph 2553 will be the disaffiliation and separation pathway that the East Ohio Conference will use and that churches will need to follow.
A Disaffiliation Documents resource has been added to the Conference website. It contains guidelines for discernment conversations, FAQ, information about ¶ 2553, guidelines for clergy withdrawal and church disaffiliation, the EOC disaffiliation agreement, and more.
New Video Resources for Healthy Pastor/Church Transitions
The Strategic Ministries office recently held online sessions to aid pastors and congregations who will experience transition in appointments at the end of June. Videos of those two trainings are now available for viewing and for downloading to be used in group discussion. Worksheets are also available to aid in self-reflection and group discussion. The video and worksheet resources were designed to be used by leadership to plan for a healthy pastoral transition so that churches receiving a new pastor can continue to live out the mission of making disciples.
The Three Rivers District Office will be closed the following days in May
  • Friday, May 6
  • Wed, May 11
  • Wed-Thurs, May 18-19
  • Friday, May 27
  • Monday, May 30


On Tuesday, April 26, Rev. Kelly Brown and Rev. Dr. David Rangel, Executive Minister at Custard Road UMC, Dallas, TX, discussed transformational leadership.
You can view it on the on the Three Rivers YouTube Channel or the Three Rivers Facebook Page
Register Now for Summer Camp 2022
It’s time to think about how your children will spend their summer vacation. Camping can satisfy what children need! At camp they experience faith, responsibility, and cooperation as part of a caring community. They experience self-esteem as children of God. In a world where it is hard to be a kid -and it is hard to be a parent – let East Ohio Camps be your partner in faith and the development of your child. Our camps offer great places, great experiences, and trained, caring staff. Contact your local church, call the East Ohio Conference Camping office at (800) 831-3972 ext. 108, or click the link below to visit us online.
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.

E-Mail & Communications
Each clergy and lay member to AC must use a unique email (one not shared by anyone else at AC). If you need help creating a free e-mail address contact the district office.

Voters must be physically inside the voting area at the John S. Knight Center to vote using 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. 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 updates regarding Annual Conference 2022 visit the EOC Website 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.
Missions 5K Run/1-Mile Walk
June 9 at Annual Conference
Raise money, exercise, and fellowship – all at the same time! Register to participate in the 5K Run/1-Mile Walk on the towpath in Akron. 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
Midwest Mission Collection Truck at AC
MMDC will be onsite during this year’s Annual Conference at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. The collection truck will be at the oading dock on NE corner of building. Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

➔ liquid laundry soap, no larger than 150 oz.
➔ dish soap, no larger than 64 oz.
➔ liquid household cleaner, no larger than 80 oz.
➔ five-gallon buckets with lids

To make a monetary donation, go to the MMDC website OR donate through The EOCUMC website using Fund 9944
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.
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