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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    September 2015
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    Conference Office Summer hours end

    Labor Day Weekend Family Retreat (Sky Lake)

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    Labor Day Weekend Family Retreat (Sky Lake)

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    Labor Day Weekend Family Retreat (Sky Lake)

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    Labor Day Weekend Family Retreat (Sky Lake)

    Conference Office Closed - Labor Day Holiday

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    Mission u at Silver Bay Conference Center (Lake George)

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    Mission u at Silver Bay Conference Center (Lake George)

    Fellows of the Forest (Sky Lake)

    Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits Meeting

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    Mission u at Silver Bay Conference Center (Lake George)

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    Hand to Plow: Phase I - Clergy - Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center

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    Hand to Plow: Phase I - Clergy - Skye Farm Camp & Retreat Center

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    Hand to Plow: Phase I - Clergy - Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center

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    Moving Forward men’s retreat

    Beside Still Waters Retreat (Asbury)

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    Moving Forward men’s retreat

    Beside Still Waters Retreat (Asbury)

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    Beside Still Waters Retreat (Asbury)

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    Hand to Plow: Phase I - Clergy - Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center

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    Hand to Plow: Phase I - Clergy - Asbury Camp & Retreat Center

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    Hand to Plow: Phase I - Clergy - Findley Camp & Retreat Center

    Boundary Awareness Training - Casowasco Retreat Center

    Quilt by Faith (Casowasco)

    25

    Quilt by Faith (Casowasco)

    Boundary Awareness Training - Shenendehowa UMC

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    Quilt by Faith (Casowasco)

    Boundary Awareness Training - Plattsburgh UMC

    Board of Laity Meeting

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    Quilt by Faith (Casowasco)

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    UMW Annual Meeting

    Craft & Quilt Retreat (Asbury)

    Fall Adirondack Get-Away (Aldersgate)

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    UMW Annual Meeting

    Craft & Quilt Retreat (Asbury)

    Fall Adirondack Get-Away (Aldersgate)

    Confronting Sexism (COSROW)

    September 2015

    September 4, 2015

    Conference Office Summer hours end

    The Conference and Episcopal offices begin their summer hours the week of July 6, continuing through Sept. 4. The offices will be open normal hours Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and abbreviated on Fridays to 8:30 a.m. to noon …more

    September 4, 2015 — September 7, 2015

    Labor Day Weekend Family Retreat (Sky Lake)

    Labor Day Weekend traditionally signals the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Families, young, old, and in between, will enjoy this weekend retreat opportunity to relax, play, learn, and grow in faith. A variety of activities is combined …more

    September 7, 2015

    Conference Office Closed - Labor Day Holiday

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    September 11, 2015 — September 13, 2015

    Mission u at Silver Bay Conference Center (Lake George)

    Studies and Leaders “Created for Happiness: Understanding Your Life in God” Shirley Readdean “Latin America: People and Faith Donna Burkhart “The Church & People with Disabilities” Rev. Nancy Hale …more

    September 12, 2015

    Fellows of the Forest (Sky Lake)

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    September 12, 2015 / 10:00am – 2:00pm

    Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits Meeting

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    September 15, 2015

    Hand to Plow: Phase I - Clergy - Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center

    Hand to Plow is not a program of the Annual Conference; it is a process being employed by the Annual Conference to come alongside local congregations to help them make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. $150 …more

    September 16, 2015

    Hand to Plow: Phase I - Clergy - Skye Farm Camp & Retreat Center

    Hand to Plow is not a program of the Annual Conference; it is a process being employed by the Annual Conference to come alongside local congregations to help them make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. $150 …more

    September 17, 2015

    Hand to Plow: Phase I - Clergy - Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center

    Hand to Plow is not a program of the Annual Conference; it is a process being employed by the Annual Conference to come alongside local congregations to help them make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. $150 …more

    September 18, 2015 — September 19, 2015

    Moving Forward men’s retreat

    Take part in fellowship, worship, breakout sessions, a campfire, and more at Moving Forward - a Christian men's retreat for ages 13 and older. The retreat takes place Sept. 18-19 at Camp Hickory Hill in Varysburg. DETAILS …more

    September 18, 2015 — September 20, 2015

    Beside Still Waters Retreat (Asbury)

    This retreat offers you a time to pause, to put your busy life on hold, to refresh and renew your spirit. As the leaves begin to change color around Silver Lake and the boat traffic diminishes calming the lake&rsquo …more

    September 22, 2015

    Hand to Plow: Phase I - Clergy - Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center

    Hand to Plow is not a program of the Annual Conference; it is a process being employed by the Annual Conference to come alongside local congregations to help them make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. $150 …more

    September 23, 2015

    Hand to Plow: Phase I - Clergy - Asbury Camp & Retreat Center

    Hand to Plow is not a program of the Annual Conference; it is a process being employed by the Annual Conference to come alongside local congregations to help them make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. $150 …more

    September 24, 2015

    Hand to Plow: Phase I - Clergy - Findley Camp & Retreat Center

    Hand to Plow is not a program of the Annual Conference; it is a process being employed by the Annual Conference to come alongside local congregations to help them make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. $150 …more

    September 24, 2015

    Boundary Awareness Training - Casowasco Retreat Center

    In our life together, clergy are called to maintain boundaries as a means of maintaining covenant with each other and with those whom they serve. Understanding these boundaries and strategies to maintain them is important to doing ministry together. Beginning …more

    September 24, 2015 — September 27, 2015

    Quilt by Faith (Casowasco)

    Quilters understand with every stitch how scraps of fabric can come together to make something wonderfully new and striking with a little time, imagination, and love.   The Quilt by Faith Retreat is a weekend dedicated to providing women …more

    September 25, 2015

    Boundary Awareness Training - Shenendehowa UMC

    In our life together, clergy are called to maintain boundaries as a means of maintaining covenant with each other and with those whom they serve. Understanding these boundaries and strategies to maintain them is important to doing ministry together. Beginning …more

    September 26, 2015

    Boundary Awareness Training - Plattsburgh UMC

    In our life together, clergy are called to maintain boundaries as a means of maintaining covenant with each other and with those whom they serve. Understanding these boundaries and strategies to maintain them is important to doing ministry together. Beginning …more

    September 26, 2015 / 10:00am – 3:00pm

    Board of Laity Meeting

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    October 2, 2015 — October 3, 2015

    UMW Annual Meeting

    Come celebrate 'Our Legacy' at UMW annual meeting  The annual meeting of the Upper New York Conference United Methodist Women will take place Oct. 2-3 at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Malone. This year's theme is "Our …more

    October 2, 2015 — October 4, 2015

    Craft & Quilt Retreat (Asbury)

    Spend a whole weekend doing the craft that you love, whether it is quilting, paper crafting, painting, needlework and more. Sleep in, stay up late or take a moment for a scenic walk. Begin and end each day with centering …more

    October 2, 2015 — October 4, 2015

    Fall Adirondack Get-Away (Aldersgate)

    A Fall Adirondack panorama of breathtaking views, tall pines, quiet lakes, scenic paths, crackling campfires, and cabins nestled in the woods.  Join us for a weekend you’ll remember for a lifetime. Participants will enjoy guided nature hikes, …more

    October 3, 2015

    Confronting Sexism (COSROW)

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    October 4, 2015

    Sky Lake 5K Trail Run & Walk

    Kid’s 1K Fun Run/Walk/Stroll @ 2:45pm 5K Trail Run & Walk @ 3:00pm Whether you’re up for running, walking, or just cheering others on, you’ll certainly enjoy this unique opportunity to raise money for …more

    October 6, 2015 — October 8, 2015

    Tending the Fire - Session 1

    Tending the Fire helps clergy "think systems" in their congregations and their personal lives, so they can lead change that lasts. The event consists of 3 sessions: Opening Intensive: October 6-8, 2015 Deepening Retreat: November 16-18, 2015 Sending Retreat: January 26-28, 2016.   $1,200 - …more

    October 6, 2015 / 10:00am – 11:00am

    Conference Office Staff Meeting

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    October 9, 2015 — October 11, 2015

    Ladies of the Lake (Sky Lake)

    Come away and rest awhile as you spend a weekend at Sky Lake free of the distractions of the outside world. Enjoy the company of fellow Christian women as you take advantage of the various activities that will be offered. …more

    October 14, 2015 — October 16, 2015

    Evangelism workshops for clergy and laity with the Rev. Jorge Acevedo

    Be inspired to rethink evangelism this fall with the Rev. Jorge Acevedo The Rev. Jorge Acevedo, lead pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral, Fla., will conduct four workshops for clergy and laity in Upper New York from …more

    October 15, 2015 / 10:00am – 3:00pm

    Pre-Retirement Seminar

    Robert Christofel, a Benefits Educator from the General Board of Pension & Health Benefits will be presenting on the denominational plans. Vicki Putney, UNY director of HR/Benefits, will be presenting on health insurance options and moving policies, and there …more

    October 16, 2015 — October 18, 2015

    Friends of Findley Fall Work Weekend (Findley)

    Friends of Findley is a group of people who love Findley and are willing to give of their time and talents to help prepare it for the next season. There are always many projects to be completed to get the …more

    October 16, 2015 / 10:00am – 3:00pm

    Pre-Retirement Seminar

    Robert Christofel, a Benefits Educator from the General Board of Pension & Health Benefits will be presenting on the denominational plans. Vicki Putney, UNY director of HR/Benefits, will be presenting on health insurance options and moving policies, and there …more

    October 17, 2015

    Boundary Awareness Training - Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center

    In our life together, clergy are called to maintain boundaries as a means of maintaining covenant with each other and with those whom they serve. Understanding these boundaries and strategies to maintain them is important to doing ministry together. Beginning …more

    October 17, 2015

    Fall Work Day (Aldersgate)

    Help be part of tidying Aldersgate after a season of life changing ministry by volunteering at Aldersgate’s Fall Work Day! We’ll be cleaning, disassembling, painting, and preparing Aldersgate for the fall and winter seasons. Bring your …more

    October 19, 2015 — October 22, 2015

    Tending the Soul

    Tending the Soul, a two-year training program for laity and clergy in spiritual direction and congregational formation, is again being offered by the Upper New York Conference. The training program, which consists of six retreats, will begin in October 2014 and …more

    October 20, 2015 — October 22, 2015

    Bishop’s Retreat 2015

    Guest speaker: Bishop Robert Schnase Bishop Robert Schnase serves as resident bishop of the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church. Before moving to Missouri, he served as a pastor for more than 20 years in South Texas. He was a …more

    October 23, 2015 — October 25, 2015

    Fit 4 Life Retreat (Findley)

    Get Ready, Get Set, Let’s Get Fit4Life! Join this week long retreat for ages 18 & over, offering adults the tools they need to become more physically and spiritually fit. Participants will take part in nutritional counseling, cooking …more

    October 27, 2015

    Boundary Awareness Training - Findley Camp & Retreat Center

    In our life together, clergy are called to maintain boundaries as a means of maintaining covenant with each other and with those whom they serve. Understanding these boundaries and strategies to maintain them is important to doing ministry together. Beginning …more

    October 28, 2015

    Boundary Awareness Training - Asbury Camp & Retreat Center

    In our life together, clergy are called to maintain boundaries as a means of maintaining covenant with each other and with those whom they serve. Understanding these boundaries and strategies to maintain them is important to doing ministry together. Beginning …more

    October 29, 2015

    Boundary Awareness Training - Canton UMC

    In our life together, clergy are called to maintain boundaries as a means of maintaining covenant with each other and with those whom they serve. Understanding these boundaries and strategies to maintain them is important to doing ministry together. Beginning …more

    November 3, 2015 / 10:00am – 11:00am

    Conference Office Staff Meeting

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    November 6, 2015 / 12:00pm — November 7, 2015 / 2:00pm

    Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits: Board Retreat

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    November 10, 2015 — November 12, 2015

    UNY Leadership Academy - Session 1

    The purpose of the UNY Leadership Academy is to increase the leadership capacity within the Conference, and involves 5 retreat-style Sessions (Tuesday to Thursday) beginning in November 2015. Session 1: (Nov. 10-12, 2015)  Spiritual Life of the Leader; Learning Agility; Leading Change The …more

    November 13, 2015 — November 14, 2015

    CCYM Fall Gatherings:  East

    Fall Gatherings are two regional events which provide spiritual growth  and encouragement for the youth and youth advisors who attend. During these two fantastic days, youth participate in workshops, worships with live bands, and praise our risen Lord Jesus …more

    November 13, 2015 — November 15, 2015

    Generations Scrapbooking Retreat (Findley)

    Join us for up to 78 full hours of scrapbooking fun! Each pre-registered “Full” & “Weekend Retreat” cropper will have an entire 8’ x 30” table surface to spread out on. Bring your girlfriends or your daughters …more

    November 16, 2015 — November 18, 2015

    Tending the Fire - Session 2

    Tending the Fire helps clergy "think systems" in their congregations and their personal lives, so they can lead change that lasts. The event consists of 3 sessions: Opening Intensive: October 6-8, 2015 Deepening Retreat: November 16-18, 2015 Sending Retreat: January 26-28, 2016.   $1,200 - …more

    November 20, 2015 — November 21, 2015

    CCYM Fall Gathering - West

    Fall Gatherings are two regional events which provide spiritual growth  and encouragement for the youth and youth advisors who attend. During these two fantastic days, youth participate in workshops, worships with live bands, and praise our risen Lord Jesus …more

    November 20, 2015 — November 22, 2015

    Taste & See: Just Desserts! (Casowasco)

    Our Taste and See retreats offer opportunities to enjoy tangible evidence of God’s goodness. Spend a night or two before the holiday season with other men and women who enjoy making – and tasting! – desserts. Use the …more

    November 26, 2015 — November 27, 2015

    Thanksgiving - Conference office closed

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    December 1, 2015 / 10:00am – 11:00am

    Conference Office Staff Meeting

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    December 11, 2015 — December 13, 2015

    Be Still: A Silent Retreat (Casowasco)

    Writer Joseph Gallager says we often don’t hear our own selves above the clang and clatter of our daily lives. “We keep our lives so noisy,” he says, “that we can’t eavesdrop on …more

    December 24, 2015 — December 25, 2015

    Christmas - Conference office closed

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    January 1, 2016

    New Year’s Day - Conference Office closed

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    January 5, 2016 / 10:00am – 11:00am

    Conference Office Staff Meeting

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    January 9, 2016

    Boundary Awareness Training - Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center

    In our life together, clergy are called to maintain boundaries as a means of maintaining covenant with each other and with those whom they serve. Understanding these boundaries and strategies to maintain them is important to doing ministry together. Beginning …more

    January 12, 2016 — January 14, 2016

    UNY Leadership Academy - Session 2

    The purpose of the UNY Leadership Academy is to increase the leadership capacity within the Conference, and involves 5 retreat-style Sessions (Tuesday to Thursday) beginning in November 2015. Session 2: (Jan. 12-14, 2016)  Methodist/Wesleyan Ethos; Collaboration; Vision and Alignment The cost is $1200 …more

    January 16, 2016 / 10:00am – 3:00pm

    Board of Laity Meeting

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    January 23, 2016 / 10:00am – 2:00pm

    Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits Meeting

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    January 26, 2016 — January 28, 2016

    Tending the Fire - Session 3

    Tending the Fire helps clergy "think systems" in their congregations and their personal lives, so they can lead change that lasts. The event consists of 3 sessions: Opening Intensive: October 6-8, 2015 Deepening Retreat: November 16-18, 2015 Sending Retreat: January 26-28, 2016.   $1,200 - …more

    February 2, 2016 / 10:00am – 11:00am

    Conference Office Staff Meeting

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    February 20, 2016 / 10:00am – 2:00pm

    Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits Meeting

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    March 1, 2016 — March 3, 2016

    UNY Leadership Academy - Session 3

    The purpose of the UNY Leadership Academy is to increase the leadership capacity within the Conference, and involves 5 retreat-style Sessions (Tuesday to Thursday) beginning in November 2015. Session 3: (March 1-3, 2016)  Systems Thinking; Strategic Thinking; Complex Problem-Solving; Ministry Plan The cost …more

    March 1, 2016 / 10:00am – 11:00am

    Conference Office Staff Meeting

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    April 5, 2016 / 10:00am – 11:00am

    Conference Office Staff Meeting

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    April 19, 2016 — April 21, 2016

    UNY Leadership Academy - Session 4

    The purpose of the UNY Leadership Academy is to increase the leadership capacity within the Conference, and involves 5 retreat-style Sessions (Tuesday to Thursday) beginning in November 2015. Session 4: (April 19-21, 2016)  Comfort with Ambiguity; Self-Awareness; Inward to Outward The cost is $1200 …more

    April 22, 2016 — April 24, 2016

    UPWORD: Holiday Inn, Liverpool, NY

    Mark your calendar now for April 22-24, 2016 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, NY for UP!WORD '16! Watch for more details! …more

    May 3, 2016 / 10:00am – 11:00am

    Conference Office Staff Meeting

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    June 2, 2016 — June 4, 2016

    AC2016

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    June 7, 2016 / 10:00am – 11:00am

    Conference Office Staff Meeting

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    June 14, 2016 — June 16, 2016

    UNY Leadership Academy - Session 5

    The purpose of the UNY Leadership Academy is to increase the leadership capacity within the Conference, and involves 5 retreat-style Sessions (Tuesday to Thursday) beginning in November 2015. Session 5: (June 14-16, 2016)  Intentional Discipleship Plan; Faith Sharing/Evangelism; Passionate, Relevant Worship. The …more

    July 5, 2016 / 10:00am – 11:00am

    Conference Office Staff Meeting

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    August 2, 2016 / 10:00am – 11:00am

    Conference Office Staff Meeting

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    September 6, 2016 / 10:00am – 11:00am

    Conference Office Staff Meeting

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    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 915 churches 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."