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The District Office will be closed on Monday, May 22 through May 24, while Megan attends the District Administrator Retreat. The office will also be closed on Monday, May 29, in observation of Memorial Day. There will not be a newsletter next week.

In this week's edition, you'll find new information on:

  • Lighthouses & Oasis Groups
  • Re-Districting Webinar
  • Youth Mission Trip Opportunities

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

Cara's Weekly Calendar

May 22: New Clergy Orientation

May 23: Cabinet

May 24: Cabinet

May 25: Cabinet

May 26: District Strategizing

May 28: Worship on the District

Lay Servant Ministry

John Wesley valued the role of laity in the early days of his ministry. He describes what he considered to be essential qualities of a Lay Person. While it is God that calls us into ministry, both clergy and laity, it is the responsibility of the church to equip those called and provide them with opportunities for Spiritual Formation. Through time, the UMC has created a program of training to help individuals answer God’s call.

The Tuscarawas District Board of the Lay Servant Ministries program is pleased to announce our schedule of upcoming classes and opportunities for Spiritual Enrichment. Classes are open to anyone, whether or not you are considering a call to participate further in the Lay Servant Ministry Program.

All classes will be at Bolivar United Methodist Church, 248 Poplar St, Bolivar 44612.

Saturday, Jun 24th, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Lay Servant Advanced Class – Embracing Personal Prayer. 

Course cost is $15.00. Lunch is available on this day for $10.00.

The participant’s book for this class, “Lord, Teach us to Pray” is available from the UpperRoom.org/store for $10.00 and must be purchased and read in advance.

Registration Form

Saturday, Oct 14, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Lay Servant Advanced Class – Lay Servants Lead in Conflict Resolution. 

Course cost is $15.00. Lunch is available on this day for $10.00.

The participant’s book for this class “The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation” is available from the UpperRoom.org/store for $25.00 and must be purchased and read in advance.

Registration Form

Please check with your pastor to see if your church has tuition assistance money available for continuing education or spiritual enrichment opportunities.

If you would like more information on the Lay Servant Ministry Program for our district, please email any of the following:

Around East Ohio & the Tuscarawas District

EOC Appointments - Tuscarawas District

Click here for all EOC Appointments


New Appointment

Carolyn Baker

Otterbein UMC

Cara Stultz Costello

District Superintendent

Thom Kalb

North Canton Faith UMC

Lorrin Radzik

North Canton: Grace UMC

Shannon Sampson

The Vine UMC

Christine Ulman

East Rochester and New Franklin UMCs

Michael Ward

Crosspoint UMC

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.

Summer Camp 2023

The Tusc District has processed camperships for over 40 children already & still has plenty of funds available for your child, grandchild, etc. to attend!

Click here to complete your application today!

Every Summer Has a Story Make Camp a part of your story in 2023!

There is still room for you at Camp!

At our East Ohio Camps Sites – Aldersgate, Asbury, and Wanake - it is not too late to get registered for Summer Camp 2023.  Find all you need to register online at www.EOCSummercamps.org or contact us for a brochure at camp@eocumc.com or (330) 499-3972 ext. 108. 

Cost of Camp Stretching Your Budget? Conference Camperships are available!

Positions Available

Dover First United Methodist Church is seeking qualified applicants for the part-time position of church financial secretary. Click here for the job description. Resumes or questions can be sent to Pastor Wesley George via email.

Fairhope UMC in Louisville is seeking an Accompanist for piano &/or organ. The beginning salary is $6,500 and send resumes to Fairhope UMC (5660 Louisville St NE, Louisville OH 44641)

Otterbein (Navarre) UMC is seeking applicants for Youth Director Position (grades 9 - 12) and Assistant Youth Leader Position (grades 6 – 8). If you are interested in either of these or have questions, please contact the church at 330-484-2776.

Simpson UMC in Canton is actively seeking an Organist. Please contact Simpson via email.
Items Available

Rev. Carl Orphanides has many books available at Magnolia UMC. Please call the church 330-866-3315 and leave a message for him.

Otterbein (Navarre) UMC has a variety of Sunday School & Bible Study books available. Click here to access the entire list. If interested, please contact Doris Brown by email.

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The United Methodist Church

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