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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Bishop’s Retreat

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    Keynote Speaker
    Schedule


    Registration:

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    The 2019 Bishop's Retreat is October 22-24, 2019 at the RIT Inn and Conference Center in Rochester, NY. The theme is, “Biblical Risk Takers” and the keynote speaker is the Rev. Grace Imathiu.


    Keynote Speaker: Rev. Grace Imathiu

    On July 1, 2018, Bishop Sally Dyck appointed the Rev. Grace Imathiu as senior pastor at First United Methodist Church in Evanston, Illinois. Rev. Grace Imathiu was appointed Senior Pastor of Community UMC in July 2012 after serving eight years as Lead Pastor in Brown Deer, Wisconsin and earlier as Senior Pastor at Green Bay UMC, a position which included season tickets to Packers games. Go Pack Go!  Rev. Imathiu has also served churches in Kenya as a church planter; a superintendent minister overseeing 68 rural churches in Nkubu; and an urban minister to an ecumenical congregation in Nairobi with strong outreach to the neighboring slums of Kawangware. Pastor Grace is intimately familiar with the Church in its many theological expressions and social locations.


    Schedule (draft and can change):
    * indicates when childcare is available

    Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019
    Lunch on your own
    12:00 p.m. - Registration begins
    12:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Prayer Room                                                                           
    2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. - Opening Worship* (Check-in beginning at 3) -Ballroom
    3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. - Keynote Speaker*-  Ballroom
    4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Free Time/Time to check-in, unpack, unwind
    6p.m. – 7 p.m. - Prayer/Dinner Buffet (Included)- Ballroom
    7:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. - Meeting of the Orders/Fellowship/Spouses- breakout rooms
    8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Evening Event (optional) Q& A with Bishop Webb  Ballroom

    Wednesday, Oct. 23
    7:30 – 8:00 a.m. – Hymn Sing with Sharon Rankins-Burd- ballroom
    8 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. - Prayer room open all day                                                          
    8 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast (Included)                                                                  
    9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Worship*
    9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker*
    11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - Morning Workshops*- Breakout rooms

    1. Workshop 1 – Clergy Taxes – Rev. Susan Ranous, Chair of CF&A & CPA
      1. Clergy are treated differently under the tax code than virtually anybody else in the country. They have advantages and disadvantages that no one else has. Often, confusion exists concerning clergy compensation, deductions and expenses. This course will help us gain a better understanding of the current tax laws that affect clergy today.

        At the end of this workshop, you will have a better understanding of the unique issues faced by a United Methodist Clergy Person.  Topics will include: Defining the Dual-Status Tax Classification of Clergy, Defining What a Clergy Person Is, What Responsibilities the Church Has, What Responsibilities Clergy Has, Describing the Housing Allowance Exclusion, Discussing Exemptions and Deductions, and Completing Your Tax Filing Forms.

    2. Workshop 2 – Technology – Michael Porter
    3. Workshop 3 – Creativity Covenant – led by Lisa Kisselstein
      1. Healing Through the Arts with God’s Story – How many times have you heard someone say "I'm not creative?" Have you said it yourself? Yet God gifts us with infinite creative variety all around, every day. And we are all made in imago Dei - so each one of us is also creative in our own unique ways, and each voice matters! Open a short time in your retreat for creative Biblical journaling through God's Story from the Gospel of John, and consider ways to create space for your own spiritual nurture, and perhaps foster a creative covenant in your own faith communities.
    4. Workshop 4 – Multi-Cultural, Multi-Lingual Worship and Disciple-Making – led by Rev. Dave Masland
      1. Is your community becoming more and more ethnically diverse? Is God bringing your congregation into relationship with people who come from other cultures, and speak other languages? Do you feel called to make your worship and small groups more welcoming to people for whom English is their second language? If you answer YES to any of those questions, this workshop is for you! Gather with Dave Masland and a number of church planters who are planting multi-cultural, multi-lingual churches. Learn why it’s so important for Spanish/Japanese/African language churches to provide for English speakers immediately upon planting their new church. Learn how they are incorporating the best of various cultures into their congregational life together. Learn how they prepare for and present multi-lingual worship. Come learn with us what God is doing to create churches that look and feel like the diverse Kingdom of God!

    12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Lunch Buffet (Included)                                                        

    Optional: 2:00 p.m.– 3:15 p.m. Afternoon Workshops*- Breakout rooms

    1. Workshop 1 – Clergy Taxes – Rev. Susan Ranous, Chair of CF&A & CPA
      1. Clergy are treated differently under the tax code than virtually anybody else in the country. They have advantages and disadvantages that no one else has. Often, confusion exists concerning clergy compensation, deductions and expenses. This course will help us gain a better understanding of the current tax laws that affect clergy today.

        At the end of this workshop, you will have a better understanding of the unique issues faced by a United Methodist Clergy Person.  Topics will include: Defining the Dual-Status Tax Classification of Clergy, Defining What a Clergy Person Is, What Responsibilities the Church Has, What Responsibilities Clergy Has, Describing the Housing Allowance Exclusion, Discussing Exemptions and Deductions, and Completing Your Tax Filing Forms.

    2. Workshop 2 – Technology – Michael Porter
    3. Workshop 3 – Creativity Covenant – led by Lisa Kisselstein
      1. Healing Through the Arts with God’s Story – How many times have you heard someone say "I'm not creative?" Have you said it yourself? Yet God gifts us with infinite creative variety all around, every day. And we are all made in imago Dei - so each one of us is also creative in our own unique ways, and each voice matters! Open a short time in your retreat for creative Biblical journaling through God's Story from the Gospel of John, and consider ways to create space for your own spiritual nurture, and perhaps foster a creative covenant in your own faith communities.
    4. Workshop 4 – Multi-Cultural, Multi-Lingual Worship and Disciple-Making – led by Rev. Dave Masland
      1. Is your community becoming more and more ethnically diverse? Is God bringing your congregation into relationship with people who come from other cultures, and speak other languages? Do you feel called to make your worship and small groups more welcoming to people for whom English is their second language? If you answer YES to any of those questions, this workshop is for you! Gather with Dave Masland and a number of church planters who are planting multi-cultural, multi-lingual churches. Learn why it’s so important for Spanish/Japanese/African language churches to provide for English speakers immediately upon planting their new church. Learn how they are incorporating the best of various cultures into their congregational life together. Learn how they prepare for and present multi-lingual worship. Come learn with us what God is doing to create churches that look and feel like the diverse Kingdom of God!

    2 - 7 p.m. - Free time; Dinner on your own
    6:45 p.m. – time to gather before evening event- Ballroom
    7 p.m. - Keynote Speaker*- Ballroom
    8 p.m. –Fun night- Ballroom

    Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019
    7:30 – 8:00 a.m. – Hymn Sing with Sharon Rankins-Burd- Ballroom
    8 a.m. -10:00 a.m. - Prayer room                                                                                           
    8 a.m. – 9 a.m. - Breakfast (included)                                                                       
    9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Worship*                                                                                  
    9:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Keynote Speaker*- Ballroom
    11:00 a.m. - Closing worship*- Ballroom
    11:30 a.m. - Load vehicles, pack Head Home

    Participants can earn 1.0 full Continuing Education Unit (CEU) this year at the retreat.


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 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."