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Church sees Lent through a new lens

4/22/2014
First UMC in Schenectady decided to literally look at Lent through a new lens – as in camera lens –when the church put together its 2014 Lenten Photo Show, which took place on Good Friday, April 18. Open to the public, the idea was to ask folks to submit photos that illustrated the following themes: Justice, injustice, home, forgiveness and prophet. The event had three parts, said the Rev. Sara Baron, pastor at First UMC: 1....

Casowasco's Director's Invitational 2014 now accepting nominations

4/21/2014
Nominations of young leaders are now being accepted for the 2014 Director’s Invitational at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia. The five-day program begins Aug. 17, 2014. Director's Invitational is a spiritual leadership seminar developed to help youth recognize their style of leadership and to develop their own unique God-given gifts. Youth will explore the many different ways they can use their talents in service. This Casowasco Center for Excellence in Leadership program...

Crossroads District churches come together to help vets

4/16/2014
The Crossroads District's 77 congregations are more than halfway down the road to purchasing a new van that will help veterans in Central New York get to medical appointments. Fayetteville UMC member Scott Stumpf brought the idea for the Veterans Van Project to Steve Ranous, president of the Crossroads District United Methodist Men, in the fall of 2012. Ranous said together they spoke with some UMM past presidents "as a trial balloon to...

Imagine No Malaria wants you to 'cover the net' for World Malaria Day

4/16/2014
As World Malaria Day approaches on April 25, Imagine No Malaria is asking supporters to #CovertheNet to raise awareness across social media networks about this killer disease that claims the life of a child every 60 seconds. At the 2013 Annual Conference, Upper New York members authorized the formation of the Africa 360 Task Force. At the upcoming AC session, Africa 360 will ask the Conference to commit to raising $1 million for Imagine No Malaria in addition to continuing the effort to raise...

Human Sexuality Conversation Task Force focuses on 3 essential questions

4/16/2014
March 15, 2104  marked the fourth and final gathering of Upper New York’s Human Sexuality Conversation Task Force before the upcoming Annual Conference session, but its work is far from over.   From left, the Rev. Harold Wheat, Jami Breedlove and the Rev. Cheol-Hee (Charlie) Yang discuss what values they hold dear during a small group session at the recent meeting of the Human Sexuality Conversation...

Refining how we tell the story

4/16/2014
Has anyone ever told you that the way something is done can’t be changed because it has always been done in a very particular way? It happens all the time doesn’t it? Of course, logically, we know things can be changed, but it’s easier to do it the way we know will   Now that the Advocate is more convenient to carry and eye-catching, the Communications Commission challenges church leaders to...

New faith community grows one knock at a time: Update

4/16/2014
Pastor Sonexay “Sean” Chanthasone was appointed on July 1, 2013 to lead New Hope & Good News Ministry, a new faith community in North Syracuse, housed at Andrews Memorial UMC (Crossroads District). This new Karenni ministry, in just seven months, has grown to about 60 members. Pastor Chanthasone has made inroads with many refugee and immigrant families that don’t often venture far beyond their homes. If you would like to help the Karenni New Hope & Good News...

Join Bishop Webb for Aldersgate Covenant May 16-17

4/16/2014
Aldersgate Covenant is a gathering of United Methodists for 20 hours of prayer, worship and watching for a revival of the Holy Spirit; it will take place May 16-17, 2014 at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. Bishop Webb Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is on the steering team for the event, and he and others from the Conference will be attending. Click the...

Living Well training aims to deepen discipleship while improving wellness

4/15/2014
How can we deepen our own discipleship, while encouraging others to respond to the Greatest Commandment and the Golden Rule? How can we reach out to the spiritually independent in our communities and engage the spiritually passive in our churches? How can we encourage three generations to support each other to find better health, more happiness and greater spiritual peace? Those questions will be explored in Living Well Leadership Training for Clergy, Lay Leaders and Volunteers, a...

Bishop Webb's 2014 Call to Conference

4/14/2014
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb has issued his annual Call to Conference. The 2014 Annual Conference session theme is Planting God’s Future in Hearts and Neighbors – Called to Cultivate, and will take place May 29-31, at the OnCenter in Syracuse.   HELPFUL LINKS Here are the links Bishop Webb mentions in his remarks: Pre-Conference Booklet   Click here for the Pre-Conference Booklet   If you have questions pertaining to material in the...

Own, share the urgency of Easter morning

4/11/2014
The angel spoke to the women: “There is nothing to fear here. I know you’re looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said. Come and look at the place where he was placed. “Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.’ That’s the message.” – Matthew 28:5-7 (The Message) Another celebration of...

United Methodists invited to enjoy an evening of America's pastime

4/11/2014
Each June, nearly 500 United Methodists attend a Binghamton Mets game. “(But) we can do much better this year,” said Ken Summers. “Let’s celebrate as United Methodists.” Summers is the coordinator for the Binghamton District’s United Methodist Night at the Ballpark, one of four events held around the Upper New York Conference each year. Binghamton The area’s seventh annual United Methodist Night at the Ballpark will be on June 19 at NYSEG Stadium in...

Chaplaincy programs to benefit from Golden Cross Sunday offering

4/9/2014
Each year, the Upper New York Conference makes an appeal to its members to help support benevolent services through the Golden Cross Sunday offering. The offering is traditionally taken on Mother’s Day, May 11 this year, but congregations can designate any Sunday in May that suits their schedule. Across the denomination, these Conference-wide offerings are used to support health and welfare ministries, such as chaplaincy programs, disability awareness ministries, parish nursing...

Church finds colorful way to connect to community

4/8/2014
There was no Sunday service at Nimmonsburg UMC on April 6 – but that doesn't mean there wasn't anything going on or that no one was doing God's work that day. Posing before the run are, from left, front row: McKenzie Moore, Jade Randall, Melissa Martin, Annette Ryan, Rhiannon Warren, Sabrina Morrell, Katie Mach, and Jacob Shoemaker; back row: Christian Martin and Paetyn Burish. See more photos in the gallery...

Violet's Garden grant applications due May 1

4/4/2014
Congregations are invited to apply for funding from Violet's Garden, a grant program designed to to further the spiritual development of children and youth at the local church level. Grants are awarded twice per year, in May and November, and congregations can apply for up to $2,000. These are one-time start-up grants.  The application deadline for this round is May 1, 2014. Click here to download the grant application or contact the Rev. Joellyn Tuttle, Violet's...

Bishop accepting invitations to preach in 2015

4/3/2014
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is establishing his preaching schedule for the 2015 calendar year, and is inviting churches to send him their requests. The deadline to make a request is June 15, 2014. If this is a special occasion in the life of your church, please make note of that in your request. Churches are asked to send their requests to Mary Bradley, Episcopal Office administrative assistant, via email at bishopsoffice@unyumc.org or by mail to the Episcopal Office...

2014 Pre-Conference Booklet is now available

4/1/2014
The full booklet of Conference materials for the Fifth Session of the Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is now available for review and to download and/or print. The booklet includes the agenda for the session; reports, recommendations and action items from Conference boards, committees, teams and task forces; proposed petitions and resolutions, and the proposed 2015 budget.  The 2014 Pre-Conference Booklet is available here – in two...

You're invited to 'drop your net'

3/28/2014
“As Jesus walked alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew throwing fishing nets into the sea, because they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ he said, ‘and I’ll show you how to fish for people.’ Right away, they left their nets and followed him.” Matthew 4:18-20 Peter and Andrew were very normal, hardworking men who earned their living catching fish. One day, as they were going about their business casting...

Join in taking the 2014 LOVE Offering

3/27/2014
Last year, the Annual Conference approved taking a special conference-wide offering annually to support mission outreach locally, nationally and globally. The LOVE Offering is to be taken in the spring at each local church, and then a check in the amount collected is to be brought by the lay member or pastor to Annual Conference. Information on how the checks will be collected and celebrated at Annual Conference will be shared prior to Annual Conference. Taking the LOVE...

A new approach to Pre-Conference Briefing

3/27/2014
This year, technology will be used to bring the entire Upper New York Conference together for the Pre-Conference Briefing. At 7 p.m. on May 1, members from across Upper New York will gather in small groups or individually log on to an online Pre-Conference Briefing hosted through www.livestream.com. Participants simply have to visit www.unyumc.org/PreConference for instructions and to participate in the live event. “This is about being better stewards,” said the Rev. Bill...
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