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Safe Sanctuaries Training Opportunities
Safe Sanctuaries Training
1. Location: Penn Yan UMC
166 Main Street, Penn Yan 14527
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Date: Saturday, April 29
Trainers: Della Ludwig and Ryan Webb
2nd opportunity for Safe Sanctuaries Training
Location: Ithaca: St. Paul's UMC
402 N. Aurora St, Ithaca 14850
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Date: Wednesday, May 17
Trainers: Laura Alexander and Bonnie Blair
Register: Laura Alexander: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no fee, and a light meal will be provided. Please register soon.
Right Start Workshop for Finger Lakes and Genesee Valley Districts
May 23, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Manchester UMC, 12 State St, Manchester, NY 14504
Finger Lakes District Laity Banquet coming October 8, 2017
NEW DATE***NEW DATE*** Our Laity Banquet will be held again this year at Club 86 in Geneva, NY. We will highlight the district churches' selected missions as well as honor the Lay Servants. It was a great success last year and well attended (almost 200!). Registration will be through the District Office and open on September 1st.
2016 Laity Banquet Pictures
Our Finger Lakes Laity Banquet was held last Sunday, October 16 at Club 86 in Geneva, NY. 185 people from around the district got together to celebrate the ministries in our churches as well as highlight the Lay Servants serving in the local church. CLICK HERE to see pictures of the event.
Finger Lakes District Laity Banquet
Dear Churches of the Finger Lakes District:
We are holding a Laity Banquet on the district this year to celebrate the work of all God's people in ministry among us. The date is Sunday, October 16 and it will be held at Club 86 located at 86 Avenue East, Geneva, NY from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
The cost for the banquet will be $20 per person, which includes a full buffet meal.
Online registration can be accessed through this link: REGISTER HERE
Our focus this year will be Lay Servant Ministries. We are asking you to highlight a ministry of your church that you wish to have recognized at the event. We will need one paragraph describing this special mission.
Please send your paragraph to the district office email: email@example.com.
The paragraph will be included in a booklet that will be printed out and distributed that evening. We will have music for worship, a celebration of ministry, fine food and fellowship. Please work with your church leadership now to get the word out and encourage them to sign up.
I look forward to being with you on this Laity Sunday.
Welcome New Pastors to the District
Please Join Us in Welcoming Pastors New to the District (Effective July 1, 2016)
Rebecca Laird - appointed as Full Elder to Moravia: Christ Church
Alison Schmied - appointed as Provisional Elder to Lansing UMC
Richard Neal - appointed as Full Elder to N. Rose UMC
Eunice Kim - appointed as Local Pastor to Wolcott UMC
Julie Foos - appointed as Local Pastor to Sodus Point
Saying Farewell to:
Cheryl Hine - appointed to Bainbridge UMC, Oneonta District
And those Retiring effective July 1, 2016:
Dan Corretore - from N. Rose UMC
Jane Sautter - from Lansing UMC
Beth Bouwens - from Moravia: Christ Church
Jake Denny - from Sodus Point UMC and Wolcott: Faith UMC
Revised District Office Address
We have changed our address (with help from Post Office) to a more "GPS" friendly address to the Finger Lakes District Office in Geneva. Map: 537 Exchange St, Suite 213, Geneva, NY 14456
2016 RIGHT START WORKSHOP FOR PASTOR’S MOVING
2016 Right Start Workshop
May 18, 2016 / 9:00 am –4:00 pm
LOCATION: MANCHESTER UMC
MORE INFORMATION: LINK
2016 RIGHT START WORKSHOP FOR SPRC WITH MOVES
2016 Right Start Workshop
May 18, 2016 / 6:30pm –8:30pm
LOCATION: MANCHESTER UMC
MORE INFORMATION: LINK
LAY SERVANTS COURSES: 2016 REGISTRATION BROCHURES NOW AVAILABLE
2016 LS Living Our Belief at Penn Yan April 13, 20 and 27th
2016 LS Basic at Sodus Point April 23 and 30
2016 LS Spring at Cortland April 16 and 23
Pre-Conference Briefing for Finger Lakes District
Saturday, April 30, 9:00 - 11:00 am at Casowasco.
Details to follow.
Superintendent’s Preaching Schedule
Superintendent McDowell’s Sunday schedule in Local Churches 2016
To schedule me to preach, or worship with your congregation, email me a the office.
1/24 Preach @ Cuyler UMC 11:00 a.m.
1/13 Preach @ Ovid Federated 10:00 a.m.
2/7 Preach @ Gorham UMC 9:00 a.m.
2/28 Worship @ Seneca Falls UMC 10:00 a.m.
3/13 Worship @ Harmony,Varna UMC’s 9:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
3/20 Preach @ Cayutaville UMC 9:00 a.m.
4/17 Sodus Point / Alton UMC’s 8:45 & 10:00 a.m.
5/8 Geneva UMC 10:30 a.m.
5/22 Clifton Springs UMC 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.
6/19 Aloquin / Chapin UMC’s 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.
8/7 New Hope: Midlakes 9:00 am
8/14 Dresden 9:30 am
8/14 Dundee 11:00 am
9/25 Ithaca: Forest Home 10:00 am
10/16 Palmyra 11:00 am
11/6 Amazing Grace at Countryside 10:00 am
11/20 Mecklenburg 9:30 am
Registration is open for Informed to Transform 7!
Registration is now OPEN!
Leadership Training Day
Guest Speaker: Rev. Clif Christopher, Author of "Not Your Parents Offering Plate"
In response to feedback and requests for more programming on Stewardship, informed to transform 7 is changing up the format this year. We are pleased to welcome our special guest Rev. Clif Christopher to this year's program. We sincerely hope that you can join us on February 6, 2016.
Click here for the registration for this event: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=eroqakuab&oeidk=a07ebw2idcm647e0857!
All These Churches are 100% on Track for Shared Ministry Payments in 2015.
ALL THERE CHURCHES ARE 100% ON TRACK FOR SHARED MINISTRY PAYMENTS IN 2015. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!
Bluff Point UMC
Cortland: Homer Avenue UMC
East Homer UMC
Ithaca: Forest Home Chapel UMC
Milo Center UMC
Mottville: Saint Andrews UMC
New Hope: Midlakes UMC
North Rose UMC
Penn Yan UMC
Port Byrom UMC
Port Gibson UMC
Sodus Point UMC
Vine Valley UMC
Scholarships Available for Ministry Students and Course of Study
The Lyons Church has scholarships available for ministry students (seminary and Course of Study). The fund is not available for anything else so I hate to see it go unused for lack of publicity. If you can provide myself with information about those who would be interested there is an application form. The Scholarship is between $500-$1500 depending on how many applicants there are. Besides filling out an application the PPRC committee usually meets with the candidates, which is mostly a formality. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. PS The church likes to provide the scholarships in an ever increasing distance from the church. Yours in Christ, Jim Carroll - firstname.lastname@example.org
Disciple I Class Offered - Dryden UMC
Disciple I Class Offered
Dryden UMC is pleased to offer this 34 week journey through the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures to any who are called to join us. Past participants have found that the rewards God sets aside for those who commit themselves to a higher level of study are more than worth the sacrifices invested. This class will run from September through June meeting 2 hours a week on Sunday evenings (exact meeting time to be determined by participants).
Disciple 1 is an overview of the Hebrew and Christian writings that have come to commonly be called the Bible. Carefully chosen passages from every time period recorded in Scripture allow participants to get a sense of how it all fits together.
Biblical Scholars from seminaries around the country contribute their analysis in weekly 20 minute video lectures. Their wisdom is offered to help students grasp important background information and take seriously the task of interpreting Scripture for ourselves in community.
Much of the Bible is offered to us for the purpose of encountering God for ourselves. Creative teaching exercises give students the opportunity to lead their own explorations.
Is there a hunger within you for risky conversations held in an environment of trust? Disciple classes become learning communities in which participants have the opportunity to pray for one another and support each other in wrestling with the hard questions of life.
Why Do We Matter?
Deep within each of us is a desire to be known, to matter to someone who is important to us. A Psalmist expressed this as he or she contemplated a relationship to God:
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?”
To build community is to create the relationships in which we matter to one another. Disciple is designed to nurture the building and celebration of this kind of community.
Costs of Disciple 1
Time Investment Expected: 2 hours a week in class for 34 weeks, 30 min a day of private study and reflection
Financial Investment: $39 for the purchase of a workbook
“There is a bond that makes us feel safe to share things that we may never have shared with anyone else because we have the trust in God and the trust in one another. “ - Laura
Throughout the Bible covenant is lifted up as a form of relationship which can help people experience intimacy with God and one another.
Each Class A Unique Covenant
Covenants are formed by mutual promise making. Because each person takes responsibility for their own promise the commitments intersect to form communities which bring together profound self governance and the intimacy of being authentic with each other. By experimenting with this structure of relationship found in many Biblical stories, participants may have the opportunity to enter into what the Living God desires to do in our lives.
Organizational Meeting on Sunday the 6th of September
Email Rev. Harold Wheat with any questions:
Christianity and Islam Small Group - 13 Sessions Starting Sept 13 at Penn Yan UMC
Christianity And Islam Small Group
As the world is made smaller and smaller by modern communications, our awareness of other cultures continues to grow and be redefined. However members of the world’s two largest religions, Christianity and Islam remain surprisingly uninformed about one another. Though we hear a lot about “lslam” in the media, the images are more about the terrorist minorities. Many Americans hold fairly stereotypical images of Muslims as being primitive, sensual, and violent people and Muslim stereotypes of Westerners is not much better.
This 13 week small group study by Ronn Kerr looks at the two religions from their humble beginnings, leadership and worship, the Bible and Quran, roles of Women, violence and warfare, and ending with how we might make a better future.
The chapters are about 5 to 7 pages long but are full of information and perspectives with a set of questions at the end of each chapter. Much of the study will focus on group interactions and a better understanding of both religions.
The study will be led by Shafeegh Habeeb Jr., Finger Lakes District Lay Leader from Penn Yan. The 13 sessions will start on Sunday, September 13th from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. The book, “Christianity And Islam, So much in common. So far apart” will cost $8.00 and can be purchased at any time before the study starts at the Penn Yan UMC office or at the first class.
For further information, please contact Shafeegh Habeeb Jr. - Finger Lakes District Lay Leader from Penn Yan at: HABEEB26332@roadrunner.com
Connect with UNY
UNY Notes are simple text-based emails that will immediately alert you to important news and events of the Upper New York Conference. UNY Notes are targeted email blasts in nine categories (below). You can receive emails from all categories or just those that interest you. We strongly encourage you to subscribe to "From the Desk of Bishop Webb" and "Alerts," to be sure that you are getting the most important news right away. But if you prefer fewer emails, remember that all of the week's UNY Notes are included in the E-Advocate, puglished on Thursdays.
The nine categories are:
- From the Desk of Bishop Webb
- Prayer Concerns
- Camp & Retreat
- Young People
- Death notices
Here is your link to that page: http://www.unyumc.org/news/connect
The Bridge is a communications tool designed for local churches to stay connected to each other and to the ministries taking place around the Upper New York Conference and The United Methodist Church. Two versions are included, your local church can download a color version or a black & white version. This bulletin insert is meant to be a bridge to your ministry that takes place far beyond the doors of your local church, and that is the inspiration for the title. Your link can be found here: http://www.unyumc.org/about/the-bridge