The Connector

As a reminder, the district office will be closed on Fridays through Labor Day.

Megan will be working remotely the week of July 10 and taking some vacation time the week of July 17. Emails will be during this time but please allow 24-48 hours for a response.

DS Lewis is on vacation until July 14, please reach out to the District Office if you need assistance.

Charge Conference Season

Charge Conference season is upon us! All forms are available via PDF this year only. Megan will be sending out the consultation schedule & requirements for paperwork, please keep a look-out in your email.

Click here to access the forms.

Lighthouse Churches

A pilgrimage is a holy journey that leads one to a deeper understanding of self and a closer relationship with God. The concept of pilgrimage deeply aligns with us as United Methodists as we move towards God in our process of transformation. 

We know that some local church members here in the East Ohio Conference are on a pilgrimage searching for new church homes, a place to heal and reconnect with God, or both. In this time of pilgrimage, we do not want any member to feel abandoned, lost, or disconnected. For those on a pilgrimage, the Lighthouse church and Oasis group resources found here are designed to help you connect to a United Methodist church in or around your area and across our Conference. Lighthouse churches are dedicated to The United Methodist Church and are welcoming for those seeking a new church home. Oasis groups are intentional spaces for connecting, healing, and growing spiritually. 

Bookmark this page because you will want to visit it often to receive the latest information about district gatherings, events, connecting points, and other ministries in your area.

District News

Senior Fellowship Circle

A time focused on providing a safe space for older adults to gather for fellowship. Fellowship Circle is sponsored by Journey Covenant Church, Grandview United Methodist Church and Senior Adult Ministries of Cuyahoga Falls.


All times are Noon-2:00 pm unless otherwise noted. Events are open to all ages but have a focus on Senior Adults. All event programming and locations are subject to change based on location and presenter availability the day of the event.  


To stay up to date on current events send your email to or text your number and name to 888-526-3174.


General programming Schedule: 

Noon - 1:00 pm - Lunch and Fellowship


1:00 - 2:00 pm - Presentations, activities, programs, etc.


7/12 - A Visit to the Cuyahoga Falls Library


Library staff will be available to provide a tour, talk about library resources and programs, and offer a bit of tech assistance (if needed).


Cost: Free


Lunch: Bring your Own


Location: 2015 3rd Street, Cuyahoga Falls.



Meet at the Library at Noon.


Gather in the Chambers Room



7/26 - TBD



8/2 - A Visit to Danbury Senior Living


Come and Fellowship with the residents of Danbury Senior Living.


Cost: Free


Lunch: Provided by Danbury Senior Living


Location: 1696 Queens Gate Circle., Cuyahoga Falls.



Danbury Choir practice is at 1:00 pm and open to Senior Fellowship Circle attendees.


8/9 - Shifu Gary Harris, Center for Body, Mind, Harmony.


Join Shifu Gary Harris, TaiChi instructor and owner of the Center for Body, Mind Harmony on Bailey Road as he teaches us how to maintain balance as we age.


Cost: Free


Lunch: Bring your Own


Location: Grandview UMC, 2315 Phelps Ave.




 8/23 - A Visit from the Akron Zoo


Join us for a fun and interactive visit from Akron Zoo ambassadors.


Cost: Donations accepted to cover the cost of the Zoo visit. Cash donations can be brought the day of. Checks can be made payable to Grandview UMC, memo: Senior Fellowship.


Lunch: Bring your Own


Location: Journey Covenant Church. 2679 N Haven Blvd, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Trinity Action Project (TAP) Grants
Application Process for TAP - Any program/project from a Canal District local church that very clearly relates to the mission and vision of the Conference may submit an application. Funds for mission purposes are intended as “Seed Money” to be used as start-up funds to help initiate ministry and mission outreach. Programs/projects will be funded for a maximum of 3 years. Applications will have a specific plan and/or strategy for a program/project, a clearly defined method(s) in which the funds will be used, and a method for decreasing the “seed money” funding over the 3 year period. TAP Grant funding may not be used for capital expenditures or clergy salaries. Churches applying for a multi-year grant will submit a new application each year.

For an application go to:

East Ohio Conference News & Happenings

East Ohio Conference E-News
Find the information about what is happening throughout the East Ohio Conference through the biweekly newsletter. From appointments to mission opportunities to events....

See the latest E-News from HERE.
Positions Available
Grandview UMC in Cuyahoga Falls is looking for Volunteers (Missions Teams, Youth Groups, Sunday School Teachers, Confirmation Classes, etc.) to lead children's Sunday school in our Nepali language worship service Sunday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. This could include a Bible lesson, games, snacks, music, etc. and your lessons will be lead in English. Interested? Contact David Hull-Frye by email.

Johnson UMC in Norton is looking for a Part-Time Youth Leader. The position would be 15 hours per week, $17.00/hr. They are looking for a savvy and energetic person to lead our youth in the ministry and belief of the Christian faith with a Wesleyan emphasis. If you are looking for a great part time job and enjoy working with youth, please send your resume to Sandy Guy via email.

KENT UMC is looking for a Worship Leader to provide spiritual and musical leadership for the 9:30 a.m. Sunday contemporary worship service.  There are weekly rehearsals with the Worship Band.  The church is also seeking an Assistant Custodian, which is a Sunday morning position.  Full job descriptions and application information can be found at this link:   

Lockwood UMC is seeking a musician to lead singing on Sunday mornings beginning July 2. We worship at 9:00 and, generally, we sing hymns from the hymnal. We are glad to pay $400/month but the amount is negotiable. Our address is 3680 Manchester Rd. in Coventry Twp. If interested, please call 330-591-7627 or email at

Macedonia UMC is looking for a Maintenance Manager. Click this link to access the job description. If interested, please email the church.

Medina UMC is looking for a part-time Nursery Coordinator. Click this link to access the job description. If interested, please email the church.

Medina UMC is looking for a Full-Time or Part-Time Youth Ministry Coordinator.   Compensation & possible housing in Medina City are negotiable. An application and Ministry Description are available by emailing Pastor Tal Lewis at  

Items Available

Lockwood UMC is glad to donate a Baldwin Pipe Organ to a church or other organization who can put it to good use - no charge, just come and pick it up. Please call or email: 330-591-7627 or

Cheryl Taylor from Macedonia UMC has an upright Hampton piano available to a church or individual. It must be picked up from her home. If interested, please email her.

Uniontown UMC has choir robes available to whomever needs some. If interested, please email the church.

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The Connector
Official Publication of the Canal District East Ohio Conference —
The United Methodist Church

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8800 Cleveland Avenue NW, North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 499-3972 ext. 106