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    Finger Lakes District Newsletter

    March 21, 2018 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Click here for latest issue of the Finger Lakes eNewsletter.

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    Safe Sanctuaries Training Opportunities

    April 12, 2017 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    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:

         or 607-533-4869  

    There is no fee, and a light meal will be provided.  Please register soon.

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    Right Start Workshop for Finger Lakes and Genesee Valley Districts

    April 10, 2017 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    May 23, 2017

    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Manchester UMC, 12 State St, Manchester, NY 14504


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    Finger Lakes District Laity Banquet coming October 8, 2017

    March 1, 2017 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    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. 

    Register Here

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    2016 Laity Banquet Pictures

    October 18, 2016 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    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. 

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    Finger Lakes District Laity Banquet

    September 27, 2016 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    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:

    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.

    In Christ,

    Jeff McDowell

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    Welcome New Pastors to the District

    June 27, 2016 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    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

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    Revised District Office Address

    June 27, 2016 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email 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

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    April 21, 2016 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    2016 Right Start Workshop
    May 18, 2016 / 9:00 am –4:00 pm



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    April 21, 2016 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    2016 Right Start Workshop
    May 18, 2016 / 6:30pm –8:30pm



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    February 24, 2016 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    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

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    Pre-Conference Briefing for Finger Lakes District

    February 23, 2016 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Saturday, April 30, 9:00 - 11:00 am at Casowasco.

    Details to follow.

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    Superintendent’s Preaching Schedule

    December 18, 2015 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    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.

    4/3       Available

    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

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    Registration is open for Informed to Transform 7!

    December 3, 2015 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    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 a brochure of the event.
    Click here for a Flyer for your church.

    Click here for the registration for this event:

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    All These Churches are 100% on Track for Shared Ministry Payments in 2015.

    October 8, 2015 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


    Aloquin-Flint UMC

    Benton UMC

    Bluff Point UMC

    Chapin UMC

    Cortland: Homer Avenue UMC

    Countryside UMC

    Cuyler UMC

    Dundee UMC

    East Homer UMC

    Fleming Federated

    Friend UMC

    Ithaca: Forest Home Chapel UMC

    Lansing UMC

    Ledyard UMC

    Lyons UMC

    McGraw UMC

    Mecklenburg UMC

    Middlesex UMC

    Milo Center UMC

    Moravia UMC

    Mottville: Saint Andrews UMC

    New Hope: Midlakes UMC

    Newfield UMC

    North Rose UMC

    Palmyra UMC

    Penn Yan UMC

    Port Byrom UMC

    Port Gibson UMC


    Rose UMC

    Rushville UMC

    Scott UMC

    Sodus Point UMC

    Truxton UMC

    Tyre UMC

    Varick UMC

    Vine Valley UMC

    Virgil UMC

    Weedsport UMC

    Yatesville UMC   

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    Scholarships Available for Ministry Students and Course of Study

    September 9, 2015 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    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   -

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    Disciple I Class Offered - Dryden UMC

    August 25, 2015 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    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).  

    A Class

    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. 

    Quality Lectures

    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.

    Experiential Learning

    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. 

    A Community

    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
    A Covenant

    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:

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    Christianity and Islam Small Group - 13 Sessions Starting Sept 13 at Penn Yan UMC

    August 24, 2015 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    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:

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    Connect with UNY

    March 19, 2015 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    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
    • Alerts
    • Prayer Concerns
    • Announcements
    • Missions
    • Justice
    • Camp & Retreat
    • Young People
    • Death notices

    Here is your link to that page:

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    The Bridge

    March 18, 2015 / By Pam Deckard / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    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:

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    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."