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THE CURRENT
June 24,2022
Three Rivers District
United Methodist Church


Living Love Through
Services, Sessions, & Celebrations




Annual Conference 2022 met with 448 clergy and 467 laity in attendance. “Living love is being disciples, making disciples, and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ. Living love is being agents of transformation, agents of healing, agents of hope in your communities. Living love is reaching new people, younger people, and a more diverse people,” said Bishop Tracy S. Malone. “Let us commit and recommit to the ways of Christ and to the ways of being community one with each other.”

Gathering in the John S. Knight Center of Akron, clergy and laity were able to have robust conversation around round tables as they worshiped together, celebrated two clergy being commissioned, 10 clergy being ordained, 28 clergy retiring, and commemorated 66 clergy and laity leaders who passed away since last year’s conference, and conducted important business of the East Ohio Conference. Annual Conference members voted to:
  • reduce the 2023 budget 5.3% to $9,764,559,
  • increase 2023 health care premiums 12%, and
  • increase 2023 minimum clergy salaries 10%.
“If sharing the love of God is the most important thing at a moment in time, then sharing the love of God is the most important thing all of the time,” said the Rev. Ed Fashbaugh, executive director of Connectional Ministries.
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COME TO FIRST LAY SERVANT PICNIC
SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2022
12:00 - 3:00 P.M.
ROSCOE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

ALL LAY SERVANTS AND THEIR GUESTS ARE INVITED!

THERE WILL BE FOOD (THIS IS A POTLUCK SO BRING AN ITEM TO SHARE), FUN AND FELLOWSHIP, SO PLEASE PLAN ON ATTENDING!!
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT DEB AND STEVE GILSON, DISTRICT LAY SERVANT DIRECTORS at gilsonsd@aol.com or (330) 264-7203
Consultations and Charge Conferences
Consultations begin August 3 in the Three Rivers District!
A schedule detailing specific times and places for consultations and meetings and instructions on how and when to complete the new forms has been emailed to all clergy. As of next week, the schedules and instructions can also be viewed on the TR website under the resource tab.

Contact your pastor or the district office if you have not received these emails and documents. Forms may also be downloaded from the district website.

The following 4 forms are due two weeks prior to the clergy and SPRC consultations
per the scheduled that was sent to the pastors.

  1. Church SELF-Assessment (formerly known as the LCPA)
  2. Church BIO
  3. Clergy SELF-Assessment (formerly known as the CPA)
  4. Clergy/Church Ministry Assessment

All other documents are to be submitted prior to OCTOBER 4!

ALL CHARGE CONFERENCES WILL BE ON SUNDAY OCTOBER 16!
Your church has been assigned a location that has been shared with your pastor.
  • 2pm at West Lafayette UMC
  • 4pm at Prairie Chapel UMC
  • 7pm at Mt. Vernon Gay St.

NEW FORMS!
Most assessment and charge conference forms have been updated this year in a more streamline fashion, removing much duplicity. Joy is offering a training session for July 12 at 1:00 PM to be held at Roscoe UMC . Please call or email the district office is you plan to attend.
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IRS INCREASES MILEAGE RATES
The IRS recently issued a press release with information as to an adjustment to the standard mileage rates. Beginning on July 1, 2022, the standard mileage rate for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 62.5 cents per mile driven for business use. The rest of the mileage rates remain unchanged. This change is for mileage incurred on or after 7/1/2022. 
Dinner Lecture series will be held at the Millersburg United Methodist Church
located at 5395 Township Rd 336, Millersburg, OH 44654






The newly designed Mission u 2022 is more flexible and inter-generational than ever with curricula for youth, children, and adults focusing on the 13th chapter of the Gospel of Luke.

We find ourselves in a period of disruption and uncertainty. Amidst a devastating pandemic, divisive political climate, unaddressed systemic racism, ecological crisis, and economic turmoil, we turn to the stories of Jesus that have anchored Christian communities for two millennia. Christ is calling us to be in times of loss, grief, and massive disruption.

The adult study will be via Zoom July 9-10 and July 16-17 for two hours each day. Saturday sessions are scheduled from 10a - noon and Sunday sessions from 7-9 p.m. The study is Who Can Be Together? A Biblical Exploration of Luke 13 by Candace Simpson. There is no book to purchase, to prepare, read and then re-read Luke chapter 13.
There will also be an in-person retreat at the University of Mount Union July 22-23.
The youth study will be in-person during the July 22-23 retreat. Youth will discuss Community in the Midst of Challenging Times by Kenya Cummings. The children study will also be held at Mount Union during the retreat using the book The Growing Tree by Ilka Vega. These studies are designed especially for grades K-12. This year, they too will be studying Luke 13. The retreat weekend is an opportunity to make friends while learning about Jesus.
An opportunity to stay overnight in a dorm, eat in a college cafeteria and a weekend filled with stories, crafts, songs and games all while growing in faith. The children’s study is for girls in grades K-6 and the youth study is for girls in grades 7-12. Learn more and register
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 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