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The District Office will be closed until Tuesday, June 13.

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

Welcome to Annual Conference 2023

Faith, Hope, Love June 8 - June 10 in Akron

In the above video message Bishop Tracy S. Malone welcomes you to Annual Conference 2023 and shares information about this year's session. Annual Conference 2023 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, OH begins on Thursday, June 8.

Faith Hope Love is the theme for this year’s three-day session which will be guided by the words of 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 (CEB): “We always thank God for all of you when we mention you constantly in our prayers. This is because we remember your work that comes from faith, your effort that comes from love, and your perseverance that comes from hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father.”

Bishop Tracy S. Malone will preach the Service of Commemoration and Holy Communion and deliver the Episcopal Address on Thursday, June 8; Rev. Jay Rundell, president of Methodist Theological School in Ohio, will preach the Service of Commissioning and Ordination on Friday June 9; Rev. Angela Lewis, Canal District superintendent will preach the Friday morning service; and Rev. Dr. David Palmer, Kent First UMC senior pastor, will preach the Saturday morning service.

Dr. David Field, the Ecumenical staff officer for Faith & Order and Theological Dialogue for the Council of Bishops of The UMC, will lead a teaching component exploring the teachings and practices of our Christian faith that underscore our core theological convictions as United Methodists. 

This year’s conference offering will benefit EOC Volunteers in Mission (Fund 9643), Heart 4 the City in Akron (Fund 9941), and the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund.

View each session and service on the AC 2023 website.

Visit the Annual Conference 2023 website.

All In Community Introduction Luncheon 

DS Angela Lewis invites you to register for the All In Community Luncheon on Thursday, June 8 during Annual Conference with Jami Nathan and Reba Collins, coordinators in the West Ohio Conference, is an opportunity to learn how you can become part of the supportive All In Community with justice-involved neighbors, members, families, and allies. The mission of All In Community is to restore hope and support healing in lives impacted by crime and incarceration. A national study revealed that 50% of American families have, or have had, an immediate family member who is/was incarcerated. Rev. Kathy Dickriede, Connectional Ministries office Missions & Community Engagement director will host this lunchtime opportunity to learn ways to advance Jesus’ ministry of restorative justice. Cost is $10Capacity is 70 people.

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

Christmas in July Craft Fair

July 22, 2023

9:00 to 3:00

Akron: First UMC (263 E. Mill Street Akron, OH 44308)

Join us for our Christmas in July craft fair that will showcase a variety of vendors. We will also have a snack bar with an array of goodies for purchase.

Please call Terri Emmendorfer in the church office at 330-376-8143 for more information. We are still looking for vendors too!

Seville Community Food Pantry

Date: Third Saturday of each month

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

74 West Main Street, Seville, OH 44273

Wedgewood Community Food Pantry

Date: 2nd Monday of the month

Times: 11 am - 3:30 pm

2350 Wedgewood Dr., Akron

Feed My Sheep - Redeemer

North Hill UMC

The "Feed My Sheep" program at Redeemer North Hill UMC is still going strong every Friday after 25+ years. We have a FREE LUNCH, FREE Clothing Room, as well as household items, such as dishes and comforters. The Free Clothing Room is open every Friday beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the Free Lunch is served every Friday beginning at 11:30 a.m.

We work hard as a congregation to allow our faith, hope, and love to spread to our local community and beyond.

If you are interested in experiencing worship from other cultures, please join us at 1:00 p.m. every Sunday for our Burmese worship service in our Sanctuary, and our Congolese "The Way Gospel Church" in the Educational building.

If you are interested or know someone who would benefit from more information on a 12-step program, we have a different group meeting every weeknight at the Church. Please call the church at 330-923-1191 & leave a message or call Pastor Fast at

330-414-5519. Donations are always welcome and accepted!

As leaders in our local congregations I know we are always looking for ways to lead our faith communities into connectional missions both locally and globally. We may also be discouraged because lack of resources (money, people, or time) can make us feel like we can’t make the impact we would like to for the kingdom of God. Friends this simply is not true, we are reminded in 1 Corinthians 12:12 that we are one body in many parts. Leaning into our connectional heritage we can do great things when we come together under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

We have several great local ministry opportunities right here in the Canal district, one specific one that the Holy Spirit has been putting on the hearts of those here in the Canal District is the work that is being done at South Street Ministries and their reentry ministry. They focus on reentry, redirection and restoration with those coming out of incarceration. Every Tuesday they host support meetings where the goal is to, “provide a community where short-term needs can be addressed quickly, while long-term aspirations are developed.” One of the biggest needs is for the dinner that is provided at these meetings. This is a great way to have a big impact on this

ministry and those they serve. If your church or community group would like to help meet this need by providing for or sponsoring a Tuesday night meal, please contact Rose Nall from South Street Ministries by email and she will coordinate with your group.

To learn more about South Street Ministries and how your church can partner with them please visit their website at

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

EOC Appointments - Canal District - Effective July 1, 2023

Click here to view all EOC Appointments


New Appointment

Kristen Buchs

Rittman & Orrville Trinity UMCs

Joe Burkhardt

Wedgewood & Akron First UMCs

Zachariah Camp

Burton City & East Greenville UMCs

Joshua Elliott

Macedonia UMC

John Finn

New Pittsburg & Oak Chapel UMCs

Nathan Howe

Kent UMC

Hyun-Suk Kim

Wadsworth UMC

Angela Lewis

District Superintendent

Karol Lewis

Twin Falls

Lea Mahan

Peninsula UMC

Sam Martin

Firestone & Lakemore UMCs

Michael Nickolich

Uniontown, Clearview & Greentown UMCs – associate pastor

Howard Pippin

Cuyahoga Falls: First Associate

Ja'Alycia Richmond

Wedgewood & Akron First UMCs Associate

David Rittgers

Wooster UMC

Every Summer Has a Story

Make Camp a part of your story in 2023!

Don't Miss the Opportunity for a child to have a Life-changing Experience this Summer

Summer Camp in East Ohio means fun for children, youth, and adults of all ages with memories to last a lifetime. And there is still time to register and attend this summer! There is an event for everyone at East Ohio Camps. From swimming to canoeing to stargazing, sports to praise…we have plenty of outdoor fun for everyone. Let our Camps be your church’s partner in faith. For information on summer camps, contact your local church, call the East Ohio Conference Camping Office at 1-330-499-3972 extension 108, or visit us on the web at    

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.

Global Ministries

How does your congregation care for God’s creation? Do you regularly conduct an energy audit to minimize wasted electricity and water in your church building, reuse resources that would otherwise be tossed in a landfill, encourage biking to church by installing a bike rack in the parking lot or teach sustainable gardening practices through community gardening? Have you found a creative new way to be good stewards of our natural resources? We want to hear your story and celebrate the impact your ministry has on God’s world. Contact Kate Colbow, Conference Secretary to Global Ministries via email to share how your congregation cares for creation. 

Safe Sanctuaries

Join in on this online course that covers the basics of Safe Sanctuaries. Rev Gary Jones walks participants through the what is it, the why we do it, and common elements. This is a great course for churches reviewing or creating their policies, for ministry team leads, and for anyone working with vulnerable persons in your faith community.    

Enroll anytime at

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.

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.

NORTHAMPTON UMC in Cuyahoga Falls is seeking a part-time ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT to handle communications, general office duties, and daily interfacing with the congregation and our guests. This is an onsite, 15 hour, position, weekdays between 9 am and 12 pm. Candidate must be proficient in Microsoft Office, Facebook, and graphic design. Excellent organization, proofreading, and written and verbal communication skills are required. Contact the church office at 330-929-0015 or the SPRC Chair at with questions or to submit a resume.

Children’s Place Learning Center, located in The United Methodist Church in Stow, is a small nonprofit, mission program of the church. CPLC is hiring a classroom staff person and a cook. The applicants must be 18 years old and a High School Graduate or GED equivalent. Applicants please email or call the Center 330.673.9433 for more information.

Items Available
Hudson UMC has 18 Gojo soap dispensers that they can’t use. They are new and they would like to give them to any churches who might need them. Can you send an email out, or put something in the newsletter? First come first serve. If interested, please contact Gary by email.

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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