Register for Annual Conference 2024 and Clergy Session Before the May 17 Deadline

Register for Annual Conference 2024 and Clergy Session Before the May 17 Deadline

The 55th session of East Ohio Annual Conference, is Thursday, June 13 through Saturday, June 15 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. Our quadrennial theme remains “Faith Hope Love” and the worship services, mission and ministry celebrations, business sessions, and learning component will be guided by the words of Isaiah 40:31 (NIV):

“… but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Bishop Tracy S. Malone will preach during the Service of Commemoration and Holy Communion at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, and will deliver her Episcopal Address that afternoon; Rev. Allison LeBrun, pastor of Boardman First UMC, will preach the morning worship on Friday, June 14; Rev. Philip Wilden, pastor of New Concord UMC, will preach during the morning devotion on Saturday, June 15; and Bishop Lanette Plambeck of the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area will preach during the Service of Commissioning, Ordination, and Retirement at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15.

On Friday and Saturday during Annual Conference, Rev. Dr. Ronald Bell, director of Healing and Resilience for Discipleship Ministries and The Upper Room, will lead a time of learning and reflection on the themes of wholeness, well-being, and resilience.

The Annual Conference 2024 offering will benefit these ministries: All in Community (Fund 9984); Royal Family KIDS Camp (Fund 9965); Bishop’s Discretionary Fund.

Learn about and register for AC 2024 by May 17.

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The United Methodist Church. #Be UMC.

“I am a United Methodist because I fell in love with the theology of grace. That is the one thing that attracted me to this denomination at the very beginning and has continued to nurture and develop my faith walk since then and is the reason that I stay a United Methodist,” said Rev. Jenny Whitmore, pastor of Ashland First UMC.

E-mail Brett Hetherington to schedule a time to record your 1- to 2-minute video sharing your story of how your life has been transformed through the ministries of The United Methodist Church.

View #BeUMC stories & the EOC #BeUMC website.

Storyboard: Faith Witness Transformation

Each episode of our East Ohio Conference podcast, Storyboard: Faith Witness Transformation, explores what it means to #BeUMC.

Episode 32 is titled “Belonging & Inclusion: All In Community Ministry”. One in 31 Ohioans is in jail or prison or out on probation and last year 18,000 people returned to Ohio communities after being released from prison. This episode features clergy from East Ohio sharing about All In Community, a modern-day, Biblical response to the impact and aftermath of incarceration.

Youth Annual Conference is June 7-8 at Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky

Youth Annual Conference is June 7-8 at Kalahari Resorts in Sandusky

Join East Ohio Conference UMC youth on Saturday, June 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in Sandusky, Ohio for Youth Annual Conference!

Friday, June 7 will be a day of waterpark fun and connecting with fellow youth from all around our East Ohio Conference. On Saturday, June 8 we will participate in hands-on missions, worship together, and experience learning sessions centered around spiritual growth, leadership development, and mental health. An interactive prayer space will be available, too.

Registration includes lunch and free swag. YAC t-shirts can be purchased for $10 each until May 1 and then for $15 until May 24 – so order early!

Registration cost is $40 per person until May 1 and then $55 per person until May 24. The last day to register is May 24.

Once you complete this registration, the link to book with Kalahari will be in your confirmation email.

Your YAC registration does not include a room at the resort. We have secured a block of discounted-rate rooms at the Kalahari resort for Friday, June 7. Each room costs $275 for four people and includes four waterpark passes. Please be sure to book with the link we provide to get the discount rate! E-mail Pastor Christy Suffecool with any questions.

Register for YAC 2024 by May 24.

Equipping local churches to be, make, and mature disciples of Jesus Christ

2024 Clergy Appointments

2024 CLERGY APPOINTMENTS: Bishop Tracy S. Malone and her Cabinet appoint clergy with a commitment to open itineracy; consideration of the gifts and evidence of God’s grace of those appointed; & the needs, characteristics, and opportunities of congregations. View the clergy appointment list.

Ba A YES! Church

BE A YES! CHURCH: Every time we accept the invitation to come to the Lord’s Table, we are saying YES to being open to the movement of the Holy Spirit. Learn about being a YES! Church committed to worshipping, praying, loving, growing, serving, listening, and connecting!

Lighthouse Churches

LIGHTHOUSE CHURCHES: Are you on a pilgrimage searching for a new church to call home? We invite you to visit a Lighthouse church near you. These are congregations dedicated to The United Methodist Church that welcome those seeking a new church home. Find a Lighthouse church in your area.

Conference Stands Against Racism

EOC STANDS AGAINST RACISM: Bishop Tracy S. Malone, the Extended Cabinet, and East Ohio Conference laity and clergy are committed to stand against racism. Visit the Stand Against Racism resource page for small group studies, videos, podcasts, books, and more to learn how you can stand against racism.