June 12-15, 2017 | Lakeside Chautauqua, OH

2017 East Ohio Annual Conference News


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Logo East Ohio 2017 Annual Conference Report

BUSINESS | June 12 - June 15, 2017

Bishop Tracy S. Malone presided over her first Annual Conference when 656 clergy members, and 742 lay members gathered at Lakeside Chautauqua on the shore of Lake Erie. This 48th session was the first with the new four-year quadrennial theme Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, and Connected. Using John 15:1-17 as our guiding scripture, the conference ... More ...

Thursday business

Pushing through the work

BUSINESS | Thursday, June 15, 2017

Gary George explained that the UMC’s Constitution is contained in The Book of Discipline. The document can be amended when approved by 2/3 vote of General Conference delegates and when approved by 2/3 aggravate vote of Annual Conference members worldwide. More ... 

Thursday WorshipWe Are One

WORSHIP | Thursday, June 15, 2017
Bishop Michael McKee

“This is my commandment; love each other just as I have loved you.” John 15: 12 (CEB) A video opened this service with images of everyday life, both the joy and pain found in our world today. More ...  | Video


Keep alive the gift ...

Bishop Tracy S. Malone

The dimensions of God’s Spirit were ablaze during the opening processional as the gathered community -- of “all persuasions” – sang “God of rainbow, fiery pillar, leading where the eagles soar; we your people, ours the journey, now and evermore.” More... | Video


A busy day with much progress

BUSINESS | Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Chair of Equitable Compensation Dan Bilkert explained the process for churches to apply for minimum salary support for appointed pastors. In 2015-16 no churches received salary support. For 2017, three churches will receive a total of $51,783. More...

Dan BryantCabinet Address – “what a joy it has been”

ORDER OF THE DAY | Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Dean of the Cabinet, Dan Bryant

Dean of the Cabinet the Rev. Dan Bryant stated, “what a joy it has been to minister alongside of gifted brothers and sisters to see their love for Jesus, for the church and for the calling to lead and to love the people whom they serve.” More... | Video

WednesdayHave This Mind

WORSHIP | Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Bishop Michael McKee

The East Ohio Conference Youth Band led the opening worship songs, “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” and “Come Now is the Time to Worship”. The call to worship was led by East Ohio Youth and reminded the delegates we are connected like vines through our songs and prayers. More ... | Video

ResolutionsPrayers, patience and perseverance on a sweltering day

BUSINESS | Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Chair Gordon Myers explained the committee focuses on recruiting, training, nurture, support, and evaluation of the leadership structure. Myers asked the delegates to note three changes to board or commission names. More ...

Episcopal addressEpiscopal Address – “I Am Hope-full”

ORDER OF THE DAY | Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Bishop Tracy S. Malone

In her first episcopal address as resident bishop of the East Ohio Conference, Bishop Tracy S. Malone thanked the conference for the way that she and her family have been welcomed and received. More ... | Video

Bishop Michael McKeeRooted and Grounded

WORSHIP | Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Bishop Michael McKee

Our morning worship service opened with music by the New Vision Choir, Aldergate UMC, (North Coast District) followed with a welcome and call to worship led by Linda Crowell, Aldersgate UMC, (North Coast District). More ... | Video 

Retirement You have kept the Word of the Lord alive ...

Bishop Tracy S. Malone

As we gather to remember the church every year at annual conference, we remember a living breathing church. We remember the living body of Christ and we celebrate its many parts. More ... | Video


AC17 opens with greetings, agenda, rules and YAC recap

BUSINESS SESSION | June 12, 2017

Laverne Jenkins, Program Committee chair, welcomed the delegates and explained that motions and resolutions may be presented from the floor when written on forms provided by the conference secretary. More ...


Laborers in the Vineyard - Pruning at Work

Bishop Tracy S. Malone

Jesus once promised his disciples that if they would remain in Him, as branches trimmed by the vine grower, they would produce much fruit; fruit that would last. More ... | Video

YACAll are welcome in this place

YAC17 | June 9-11, 2017

More than 1,000 youth heard that message during Youth Annual Conference (YAC), a weekend designed by teens for teens. . Video

BishopYAC17 - Live It!

WORSHIP | Sunday, June 11, 2017
Bishop Tracy S. Malone

In her Sunday sermon Bishop Tracy S. Malone told the youth, “You have an awesome opportunity each and every day to share your faith. You never know who God places in your path who needs an encouraging word.” Video

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