Tuscarawas Connexions
Teach Reach Bless Campaign Update
The $1.5 million campaign to build a new dorm for female students at Africa University reinforces our East Ohio Conference commitment to the education and wellness of women today for a better Africa tomorrow. 
Virtual Special Session of NCJ Jurisdictional Conference
Livestreamed November 10-11
Building Beloved Community was the theme for the special called virtual session of the North Central Jurisdictional Conference held November 10-11.

Delegates worshipped together, met in breakout groups, adopted the “Covenant to Build BeLoved Community,” and affirmed “A Narrative for the Continuing United Methodist Church”

Delegates also:
  • received a report on work being done in the NCJ and its annual conferences on dismantling racism and considered how to further the work.
  • received a report from the NCJ Committee on the Episcopacy, the NCJ Episcopal Leadership Task Force, and others on the future shape of episcopal leadership including episcopal areas and had conversation about the future deployment of and role of bishops in The UMC, 
  • and utilized the processes being developed by the Connectional Table and other denominational leaders to discuss the future of The United Methodist Church and the future work of the North Central Jurisdiction.

Click the image to read the recap articles. 

District News
As you all know, Megan will begin her new position of District Administrator of the Canal & Tuscarawas Districts beginning January 1, 2022. With this change will come a new email address for the district office. The new email will be CanalTuscDistOffice@eocumc.com and will go into effect on January 1. The current Tuscarawas District email will be monitored for 30 days. Please make sure that you update your address books within your email system.
2022 Budget and Year - End Reports
Reminder - 2022 Budgets are due to the District Office no later than December 1, 2021.

To all clergy & those that work on year-end reporting - the reports WILL NOT be submitted in EZRA. GCFA is working on releasing a new system that will be utilized conference wide. Once it is released, Brenda Vaccaro will be training district staff and all churches on the new system. We highly encourage you & your churches to print off a blank form or use the copy of last years forms to gather the information that is asked. So that come December and your books are closed, you will be prepared. With everyone being prepared, the new system up and running, & we have had the opportunity to come into each district to train everyone then hopefully the process will be quick and we can still meet deadlines.

More information will be shared with all of you when it is available.
Cara's Weekly Calendar

November 15: Sabbath

November 16: Preparing District Profiles, Cabinet Training with COSROW, Meeting w/local church, District Building & Location Committee Meeting

November 17: District Strategizing & Completing District Profiles

November 18: Cabinet

November 19: District Strategizing & Completing District Profiles

November 21: Worship on the District
Urban Action Team - Christmas Shop
The Tuscarawas District Urban Action Team is partnering with the Edward Peel Coleman Community Center to hold a Christmas Shop. The wonderful event provides local families an opportunity to select brand new toys and clothing for their children. They plan to serve 2,000 children in the community.

They are requesting support for this event by donating new toys. Below is a wish list of gifts they hope to collect. We are also asking you to promote our Christmas Shop by inviting your congregation, friends, and family to contribute. We will be providing presents for children ranging in age from birth to 12 years, so gifts of all kinds are welcome. If you prefer to shop on-line, items may also be purchased through the following link. Financial contributions are also helpful and will be used to purchase new clothes for the children as well.

Items collected may be delivered to the following churches up until December 8th.
  • Crosspoint UMC
  • Crossroads UMC
  • Fairhope UMC
  • Faith (North Canton) UMC
  • Mt. Tabor UMC
  • The Vine UMC

If you are bringing donations, please call the church in advance so they can prepare for your arrival. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Farmer via email.
Operation Christmas Child
If your church is participating in Operation Christmas Shoeboxes please send in your name to the District Office
Here are the churches so far that are participating in Operation Christmas Child:
  • Bolivar - they have currently packed over 200 boxes towards their 300 box goal!
  • Broadway - they collect, pack, & ship all year round! They will be had a packing party on November 4, packing 800-1,000 boxes!
  • Canal Fulton - they are busy collecting, filling, and packing boxes to reach their goal of 50 boxes by November 20!
  • Church of the Lakes - they are busy collecting, filling, and packing boxes to reach their goal of 300 boxes!
  • Dueber - they are busy collecting, filling, and packing boxes!
  • Epworth (Massillon) - they are busy collecting, filling, and packing boxes!
  • First (Dover) - they are busy collecting, filling, and packing boxes!
  • First (Massillon) - they are busy collecting, filling, and packing boxes!
  • First (Uhrichsville) - they are busy collecting, filling, and packing boxes!
  • Gnadenhutten - they are busy collecting, filling, and packing boxes!
  • Greentown - they held a packing party and blessed them on October 24!
  • Newport - they are busy collecting, filling, and packing boxes!
  • Trinity (Perry Heights) - they are busy collecting and packing until November 21!
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.
Spiritual Formation Trainings
Trainings Available for Your Local Congregation
The purpose of the East Ohio Conference Spiritual Formation and Christian Education Committee is to support the discipleship ministries of East Ohio congregations in the areas of Christian Education and Spiritual formation for all age groups. We currently have the following topics available for training in your local congregation:
1. Safe Sanctuaries for the Local Church
2. Getting Messy Church Started in Your Setting
3. Offering Worship Engagement Manipulatives in Your Congregation
4. How Can Your Congregation Offer Sensory Sensitive Inclusiveness?
5. Creating a Race and Religion Forum in Your Congregation
6. Offering Outdoor Discipleship as a Way to Reach More People in Your Community
7. Hitting the Milestones with Children and Youth in Your Congregation
8. What Every Child and What Every Youth Should Experience
9. Training Effective Teachers
10. Developing a Discipleship Pathway for Your Congregation
A few other topics are in the works and will be available in the future:
1. Spiritual Formation and Christian Education in the Small Membership Church
2. Digital Discipleship
If you are interested in any of the above topics/training opportunities, please reach out to Rev. Gary Jones, Director of Spiritual Formation in the Connectional Ministries Office - gary@eocumc.com or 330-499-3972 ext. 120.
Boy Scouts of America Update
Please click the image below to read the Updated Boy Scouts of America Information from Bishop Tracy S. Malone
Around East Ohio
Wanake Camp and Retreat Center – your United Methodist camp in Beach City, Ohio - is seeking dependable, flexible, positive workers for part-time positions in food service (mostly weekends/some week days), housekeeping (mostly week days), lifeguarding (weekend and week day), and camp counseling (week day).  To Apply/For more information visit www.campwanake.org. Have questions? Contact Wanake at info@campwanake.org or call 330-756-2333.
Positions Available
Broadway UMC in New Philadelphia is seeking a Youth Director. Person with validated training and experience in Youth Ministry to coordinate middle school and high school youth ministry.
Broadway seeks an individual who is spiritually mature, has a solid understanding of the foundations of the Christian faith, and who has a strong desire to nurture youth in the Christian faith. Submit resumes to bumc@broadway-umc.org or Pastor Harley Wheeler 120 Church Avenue SE New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.
Christ UMC in Louisville, Ohio is actively seeking a new Director of Music Ministry. Responsibilities include leading two vocal choirs, and three hand bell choirs both for weekly rehearsals and one Sunday morning Worship Service. Any questions, call Bruce Lautzenheiser 330.309.1756. Please send resume and references to: Christ United Methodist Church, Attn: Bruce Lautzenheiser, 600 East Gorgas Street, Louisville, Ohio 44641.
Simpson UMC in Canton is actively seeking an Organist. Please contact Simpson via email: secretary@simpsonumc.net.
Items Available
Church of the Lakes UMC has two free 10 ft. tall artificial Christmas trees available. If you are interested call the church office, 330-499-8972. 
Fairhope UMC has a free Black Toner Print Cartridge MP6054, for a Ricoh MP 4054 Copy Machine. Please email Fairhope for more information.
New Way UMC has two free sound/media booths available for pick up. The larger booth was from St. Paul's UMC in Canton, made from an organ console. Please call Keith Brown (330-949-6827) for more information.
Items Needed
Fairhope UMC is seeking extra round tables, about 5 ft. round, the size for a fellowship hall/banquet size, that no longer need, and in good condition. Contact Fairhope United Methodist Church at (330) 875-2028 or email us at myfairhopeumc@gmail.com.
Newcomers Chapel of Pigeon Run UMC is seeking hand bells for their newly formed Hand Bell Choir. Please contact Pastor Kim Vanoster (email) if your church has some available for purchase.
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