Clergy and laity of the East Ohio Conference,
I greet you with the love and the peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I give thanks to God always for each of you, for how you are living into our shared vision of being disciples of Jesus Christ and making and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ. I give thanks to God for how you are being agents of healing, and hope, and transformation in your communities; for how you are loving, and leading, and serving your neighbors.
We know that these are challenging times in which we are living and leading and being the Church. And I want you to know that I am feeling the exhaustion, and the grief, and the loss, and the loneliness and the pain that many of you are experiencing. It is in these times that we should depend on the sufficiency of God’s grace, that we should depend on our faith in Jesus Christ and the gift of community.
We don’t know what the future will hold but what we do know is who holds the future … our Sovereign God … who has plans for our welfare, for our good and not for our harm … to give us a future and a hope.
It is with this confidence and reassurance, that I encourage us to embrace our future together as a Church, with hope.
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.
During the season of Advent, consider including in your worship services videos of female Africa University students lighting the Advent candles.
The videos were created by the University to help us promote the Teach • Reach • Bless campaign to build and furnish a new residence hall for female students at Africa University. The new hall is needed because increasing enrollment at Africa University and a lack of on-campus housing means that some students commute from remote areas and find affordable off-campus housing, putting female students at risk of living in and being subjected to untenable situations.
Two videos have been produced for each of the four Sundays of Advent. Each video shows a different student lighting that week’s candle: Hope for November 28, Peace for December 5, Joy for December 12, and Love for December 19. Two videos were also produced for Christmas Eve showing students lighting the Jesus candle. A bonus video shows the students singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Each video ends with information showing how worshippers can support the Teach • Reach • Bless campaign.
Through the end of October, $1,223,975 has been collected, leaving only $276,025 to reach the needed $1.5 million to build and furnish the new residence hall.
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.
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.
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA & THE UMC: The EOC Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Leadership Team formed by Bishop Tracy S. Malone is resourcing pastors, and churches in matters related to the BSA declaring bankruptcy resulting from abuse allegations going back decades. View the BSA & The UMC resource page.
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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