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Charge Conference Season 2021
2021 Charge Conference General Instructions
The purpose of the Church Conference is for each local church to annually assess its health and effectiveness in making and maturing disciples, and to chart the intended course for the coming year.
We hope that you look at these forms as opportunities to tell your church’s story of ministry and mission. In order for all covenant partners at district and conference levels to systematically the health of our corporate mission and ministry, the forms are standardized among the districts.

The date for Charge Conference is Saturday, October 30. The locations are Minerva UMC at 10:00 a.m. and First (Dover) at 2:30 p.m. If you do not remember or have not signed up for a location, please email the district office.

All forms are to be completed in PDF, as there are dropdown boxes for different areas. All forms are ready & accessible here. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat you can download it for free here.

All Charge Conference paperwork is due no later than this Saturday, October 16.
Clergy & SPR Consultations This Week
District News
Cara's Weekly Calendar

October 11: Sabbath

October 12: DCOM Training, East Ohio Cohort & SPR Consultations (see schedule above)

October 13: Clergy Consultations & SPR Consultations (see schedule above)

October 14: DCOM Meeting, Clergy Consultations, & SPR Consultations (see schedule above)

October 15: District Strategizing

October 16: SPR Consultations (see schedule above)

October 17: Worship on the District & SPR Consultations (see schedule above)
Megan's Weekly Calendar

October 11: Office Day

October 12: Office - AM & Work from Home - PM

October 13: Office - AM & Work from Home - PM

October 14: Office - AM & Work from Home - PM

October 15: Work from Home
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.
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!
  • Gnadenhutten - they are busy collecting, filling, and packing boxes!
  • Greentown - their packing party is this weekend and will be blessing them on October 24!
  • Trinity (Perry Heights) - they are busy collecting and packing until November 21!
District Events, Trainings, & Seminars
Harvest for Hope Luncheon to Benefit RAHAB
A fundraiser luncheon entitled "Harvest for Hope" will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 11:30 AM to 2 PM at Church of the Lakes in Jackson Township, Canton, Ohio. All proceeds from this event will benefit RAHAB Ministries, a non-profit organization that helps the victims of human trafficking.
The "Harvest for Hope" luncheon will feature a full-course catered hot lunch, silent auction, live music, used book sale, RAHAB speaker and program by Greg Colbeck, door prizes and more. Greg Colbeck is the Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO of RAHAB Ministries and leads the day-to-day operations with the goal of moving the world closer to freedom from human trafficking and
all types of slavery. A seven-year veteran of RAHAB, Greg stewards RAHAB's legacy, ensuring no matter how much the ministry grows, RAHAB never strays from it roots of intervention.
Founded in 2002 by Becky Moreland, RAHAB has provided safe houses, counseling, education, employment and helped victims learn life skills. Other services include everything from cooking classes to dance therapy, always provided in a trauma-informed manner. RAHAB also works with the court systems to identify and help high-risk juveniles and adults. It works to prevent as well as assist those affected by human trafficking.--in Ohio and beyond. In 2020 RAHAB reached almost 1000 women in Stark County through its Outreach and Drop-in Centers.
The event's luncheon menu includes: swiss steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean medley, garden salad, rolls and butter, pumpkin pie, coffee and tea. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available if requested in advance.
The silent auction will include donations of themed gift baskets such as "Chocolate Decadence" and "Gourmet Coffee Break" plus original handcrafted pottery, jewelry, restaurant gift certificates and more. The live music will be provided by the popular Men's Quartet of Church of the Lakes best known for their amazing harmonies.
The event cost is $20 per person and pre-paid reservations are required by November 1st.
Mail your checks to Church of the Lakes/Harvest Luncheon, 5944 Fulton Drive NW, Canton, Ohio 44718, payable to Church of the Lakes/Harvest Luncheon.
Join us for a fun lunch for a great cause--helping the women and children who are vulnerable, hopeless and broken regain their lives. For more information, contact Susan Bennett via email, or Church of the Lakes, 330-499-8972.
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.
Clergy Mission Day | Saturday, October 16 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Open to all clergy, laity serving as a pastor, and retirees. Join your fellow clergy at one of the following UMVIM sites for a day of learning, service, and fellowship! See firsthand what the mission does and learn ways local churches can partner with them. We will be doing hands on mission during this day too! Come ready to learn and work and build relationships with your colleagues with fun and meaningful time together.

  • Blue Rose, Mansfield (Mid-Ohio)
  • Covered Bridge Mission, Jefferson (Western Reserve)
  • Epworth Center, Bethesda (Southern Hills)
  • Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland (North Coast)
  • Urban Mission, Steubenville (Ohio Valley)

The sites will have the freedom to structure the day, but everyone will do hands on work at the site or in the community, worship, and have lunch. Skilled and unskilled UMVIMers needed.

The event is free, but you do need to register in advance since group size is limited. Contact the district office for the registration link.
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
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. 

If your church is raising a special offering for Teach Reach Bless please let us know at the District Office so that you may recognized.

**If your church has mailed a check to the district office - please know that your contribution will be noted on the conference website list soon. We are working with the conference office to make sure that each church that contributes to our district challenge is recognized.**
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.
The East Ohio Conference Office of Connectional Ministries (OCM) is seeking two Administrative Coordinators. OCM Administrative Coordinators work as a team to provide office support for the directors who relate to specific areas of focus in accomplishing our mission and vision. These positions directly support the work of the Directors of Young People’s Ministries, Strategic Ministries, and Multicultural Vitality. Click here for a full job description. To express interest in our positions, please e-mail a brief resume and letter of interest to Michelle Anderson by Monday, October 25.
Items Available
Fairhope UMC has a free Black Toner Print Cartridge MP6054, for a Ricoh MP 4054 Copy Machine. Please email Fairhope 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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8800 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 499-3972 ext. 106