Tuscarawas Connexions

Annual Conference Registration Ends THIS Friday, May 13

The Conference has worked with the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau to secure blocks of rooms at nine hotels for those in need of housing during Annual Conference. Guests will book their own rooms but can do so at discounted EOC rates. The reservation links for the participating hotels will be posted on the Annual Conference 2022 website, which went live on Friday, April 1.

The AC 2022 website will also have the link to register for this year’s conference.

Clergy will be able to register for both Annual Conference and Clergy Executive Session from the same link.
Registration closes on Friday, May 13.
Again, this year:
·   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.
For more information, please see the Annual Conference Page of the EOC Website HERE.
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All are invited!

East Ohio MFSA is proud to announce this year's box luncheon and fellowship will be during Annual Conference in the John S Knight Center – in the BF Goodrich room beginning at 11:30AM on Friday, June 10th.

The boxed lunches will be available at a cost of $18. Use the link below to register and select your choice of lunch. Following the luncheon and fellowship time, the 2020 and 2021 Bishop James S. Thomas Leadership Awards will be announced. Mark your calendar, register and enjoy the fellowship and the awards ceremony.


The Bishop James S. Thomas Leadership awards will be presented at 12:45PM.


Learn more and register by June 2nd at Eventbrite or call Melanie Thomas at 330.499.3392 x 102

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This year's featured guests will be

artists 321 Improv and Sarah Reeves,

Sunday Worship speaker the Rev.

Abby Auman, and the speaker for the

weekend Rev. Dr. Stephanie Moore Hand!

Click here to register!

District News
District Appointments effective July 1, 2022

Linda Bradley (PL) - Bayard, East Rochester, Herrington Bethel, Mt. Zion (Carroll Co.), New Franklin, & Pleasant Grove UMCs

P. Wes George (FL) - First (Dover) UMC

Aaron Linard (FL) - Centenary & Malvern UMCs

Shannon Sampson (PL) - Bayard, East Rochester, Herrington Bethel, Mt. Zion (Carroll Co.), New Franklin, & Pleasant Grove UMCs

Linda Slutz (PL) - Epworth (Massillon) UMC

Chris Ulman (PL) - Bayard, East Rochester, Herrington Bethel, Mt. Zion (Carroll Co.), New Franklin, & Pleasant Grove UMCs

To view the entire list of 2022 Appointments please visit the EOC website here

The District Office is working primarily remotely. If you have something to drop off, there is a mailbox outside of Megan's door in the Conference Office. Mail is checked on a regular basis.

Cara's Weekly Calendar

May 9: Sabbath

May 10: District Strategizing

May 11: District Table & District Strategizing

May 12: District Strategizing

May 13: District Strategizing

May 15: Worship on the District

Comersación: Lunch & Learn Spanish
Ok... So "comersación" is a totally made up word! Check this out though:
  • comer means "to eat".
And you would probably guess conversación is the Spanish word for... Yup! "Conversation"
Bring a lunch and let's get together to eat and start having some conversation in Spanish. Join via Google Meet each Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Several native Spanish speakers have expressed interest in helping us learn Spanish. (and you might help those who want to learn English too!)
Lay Servant News
Hello Lay Servants and future Lay Servants!

The Spring course are posted in Eventbrite. Don Gibson has agreed to instruct the Advanced course entitled:  Teaching Biblical Faith: Leading Small Group Bible Studies. It just became available a few weeks ago. Since the District has scheduled Spring Conference on April 23, the new date for training is May 21, 2022, at Bolivar UMC. We have 21 Certified Lay Servants who need to renew in 2022, (that’s this year). To register, please click here.

East Ohio Conference

News & Trainings

Resources for Healthy Pastor/Church Transitions
All clergy undergoing a transition (to a new church or retirement) are encouraged to watch the Changeover Zone workshop for Clergy offered by Jim Ozier. Click here to download the workbook.

All churches receiving a new clergy this year are encouraged to have their leadership (such as SPRC members and the incoming and outgoing clergy) watch the Changeover Zone for Churches workshop offered by Jim Ozier. Click here to download the workbook.

This workshop will help the transition to be a time of energy and health rather than feeling like momentum for ministry has been lost. Topics covered will include:
  • Understanding the "Changeover Zone" and how to manage it
  • The role of the church in a great "Passing of the baton"
  • Why a pastoral transition done well can lead to new enthusiasm, energy, and growth
  • How to say "Goodbye" to the current pastor and "Hello" to a new pastor in ways that lead to growth
  • How to "inboard" the incoming pastor before she/he arrives

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.
Around East Ohio & the Tuscarawas District

Church of the Lakes - DivorceCare Group begins June 13

Church of the Lakes will be hosting a DivorceCare group beginning June 13th. DivorceCare is a life-changing support group for people on the path of recovery after separation or divorce. It is facilitated by a team of men and women who have been divorced. Comfort and hope are found through video-based lessons and group discussion. For more information or to register visit https://www.divorcecare.org/groups/149913.

Cost is $20, with scholarships available.

Childcare is offered If requested in advance. 

The story of summer 2021 did indeed include some challenges and changes, but it was also a summer of great fun, faith formation, and renewal! Thank you for participating in and supporting Summer Camp 2021! At East Ohio Camps, we want every kid to have summer story full of fun, faith formation, adventure, and growth! Our hope is when your child tells the story of what they did this past summer they include a week of camp where, “I connected with great friends and great counselors, had fun adventures, learned new things, experienced God in nature, and now my faith is soaring!” And that is what we are planning for summer 2022! My hope is that you and your family will include East Ohio Camps as a chapter of the story of Summer 2022.


Rev. Gary W. Jones

Director of Spiritual Formation/Camps & Retreat Ministries

East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church

Registration is now open and camperships are being accepted! Please follow the links below to register for camp and download a Tuscarawas District Campership application.

Wanake Camp & Retreat Center (in Beach City, Ohio) is seeking positive, flexible staff who love God, love people and love the out-of-doors to help share the Good News of Jesus in maintenance, housekeeping, lawn care, and food service (kitchen assistants and dish washers). These are year-round, part-time (20 hours or less/week) positions with flexible hours. Wages are based on skills and experience. Wanake serves retreat guests year-round and runs an overnight summer camp program.

To Apply/For more information visit www.campwanake.org. Have questions? Contact Wanake at info@campwanake.org or call 330-756-2333.
Now Hiring for Summer Positions at Wanake – Full-Time – Must be 18 years old or older – May through Early-August – applicants must be positive, flexible people who love God, love children/teens, and love the out-of-doors to help share the Good News of Jesus as counselors, lifeguards, support staff, and food service workers.

To Apply/For more information visit www.campwanake.org. Have questions? Contact Wanake at info@campwanake.org or call 330-756-2333.
Positions Available
Canton For All People is excited to hire summer staff for their Canton Kids Camp. This year’s camp will be in 4 neighborhoods in Canton and will run M-F 10am-3pm June 6-Aug 12 with staff training to proceed. Staff is needed to help lead and facilitate fun summer programing including games,
arts and crafts, academics, and bible story. Background check required and previous experience appreciated.
  • Director: Supervises and Facilitates the implementation of the Summer Program. Provides direct supervision to the counselors ensuring that they are equipped to have fun and enriching activities for the children who show up to participate. The director will be responsible for staff supervision, approval of camp staff time sheets and for maintaining the budget. The director will also help to plan and schedule the special events and the field trips in cooperation with the counselors. 
  • Lead Counselors: Works as the leader of the group of counselors who implements quality programing at each park to consist of games, crafts, academics and bible story. The lead counselor will develop and submit the daily lesson plan to the director weekly. When the director is not present, the lead counselor will serve as the site supervisor. 
  • Counselor: Works with the lead counselor and director to implement fun and enriching activities at the park. The main focus will be to develop positive healthy relationships with the kids while leading the daily activities.  

If you are interested in any of these jobs, please send a resume and contact Pastor Mike Farmer via email. Interviews will be held the beginning of May.
Christ United Methodist Church in Louisville is now accepting resume’ from applicants for Director of Children’s Ministries. The Director of Children’s Ministries shall oversee and supervise the duties of Children’s Education Ministry of Christ United Methodist Church. Job Description is available by e-mail or can be picked up in the Church office. Please call or email the Church office at 330.875.1483 to receive job description. The position is 25 hours per week. Please mail your resume addressed to:
SPR Chair Nancy Russell
600 East Gorgas Street,
Louisville, Ohio, 44641
Crosspoint UMC seeks a part-time Director of Youth Ministries who will develop and lead our Youth Program. A qualified applicant will be a spiritually mature person who has a solid understanding of the foundations of the Christian faith. Strong communication, organizational, leadership skills and a desire to directly work with, relate to and nurture youth in Christian faith is essential. A college degree in education or background in Christian education is preferred. Please send a cover letter and resume via email or 9687 Portage St. NW Massillon, OH 44646. A job description may be found on our website.
First (Dover) UMC is now accepting resumes and applications for a Custodian. This is a full-time hourly position (40 hours per week) with wages established by the Dover First UMC Leadership Board. Please submit a resume or questions via email.
First (Massillon) UMC is seeking a Pianist that accompanies and rehearses with the Sanctuary Choir at weekly Thursday evening rehearsals. Accompanies the Sanctuary Choir at the 2nd service, three times each month. Does not play in June, July, or August (29 week schedule). If interested, please send your resume to: 301 Lincoln Way E, Massillon, OH 44646 or send via e-mail.
Simpson UMC in Canton is actively seeking an Organist. Please contact Simpson via email.
University of Mount Union is seeking a University Chaplain. The position would begin in May 2022. The Chaplain serves as campus and community Pastor for the University and provides structure and guidance for spiritual growth and development for students, faculty, and staff. The Office of the Chaplain embraces the tenets of the University mission and is dedicated to helping students attain their goals related to fulfilling lives, meaningful work, and responsible citizenship. This position reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students. For more information and to apply visit their website.
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Fairhope UMC has a free Black Toner Print Cartridge MP6054, for a Ricoh MP 4054 Copy Machine. Please email Fairhope for more information.
Gnadenhutten UMC has Group VBS Curriculum "Treasured" that could go to a church looking for a VBS program (or other Christian ministry programming) We have CD's, Elementary workbooks, craft supplies and large Bible buddy character decorations that could be used. (Extras from last summer. Supplies could cover about 10-15 children - so even a Sunday School or after school program could benefit.) Please contact Melanie Glazer by email if interested.
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