Happy New Year! I rejoice in this New Year and celebrate that we worship a God who has plans for our good and not for our harm, to give us a future with hope (Jeremiah 29:11). I rejoice that God has carried us through another difficult year.
I know that navigating life and ministry during this time of pandemic has not been easy for any of us. I understand the frustration, anxiety, and exhaustion you’re experiencing and know that all of us are ready for this pandemic to end. Thank you for all the efforts you have made and continue to make in caring for the safety and well-being of yourself, your family, and your neighbor. I thank you for the attention and care you have given as you adhere to the East Ohio Conference COVID guidelines and the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and your local health department.
I remind us that we are still in a pandemic. The pandemic is not over! I encourage you to not relax the health and safety precautions in your church and in your personal life, instead I encourage you to double down on your efforts to preserve your health and the health of others. Everyone’s health matters.
I encourage everyone to get vaccinated. If you have not been fully vaccinated and are eligible to receive the vaccine, do it. And if you are eligible for a booster, get it. It is the single most important thing you can do to care for yourself and others.
Bishop Tracy S. Malone and the Methodist Foundation of Ohio will lead an Educational Opportunities tour, Journeys of Paul in Turkey & Greece, in 2022.
All East Ohio Conference clergy and laity are invited to register for the 10-day tour, which departs on September 26 and returns on October 5, 2022. The tour includes stops in Istanbul, Philippi, Athens, Corinth, Cappadocia, Colossae, Laodicea, Ephesus, Smyrna, and more.
“On this trip, we will retrace some of the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul and see many significant sites of the New Testament. The Scriptures will take on new meaning as you visit the ancient communities where Paul established churches, including Colossae, Corinth, and Ephesus,” Malone shared.
The trip includes guided tours, deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches, breakfast and dinner daily, and more – starting at $3,698* departing from Cleveland, OH, Columbus, OH, or Pittsburgh, PA.
*Price reflects a 4% discount and does not include the $50 Turkish Visa for which travelers will need to register themselves.
E-mail Director of Communications Rick Wolcott with any questions.
Bishop Tracy S. Malone invites you to join her for A Time of Conversations of the Heart with the Laity & Clergy of the East Ohio Conference.
The Bishop is traveling the Conference to engage in meaningful conversation about the mission and vision of ministry in the East Ohio Conference and the future of The United Methodist Church.
You are invited to attend one of the following A Time of Conversations of the Heart with the Laity & Clergy of the East Ohio Conference:
We will adhere to the health and safety guidelines established by the leadership of each host church.
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.
2022 CLERGY APPOINTMENTS: Bishop Tracy S. Malone and her Cabinet make clergy appointments with a commitment to open itineracy, consideration of the gifts and evidence of God’s grace of those appointed, and congregation needs. View the clergy appointments/
changes of status list.
TEACH • REACH • BLESS: 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. Learn more about and support Teach • Reach • Bless.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): Visit this resource for messages from Bishop Malone, links to livestreamed worship services, non-traditional worship ideas, and other tips we can incorporate in order to stay connected to and minister with church and community members during the coronavirus pandemic.
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