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Bridging the class divide between church and low-income neighbors
Bridging is a simple metaphor for overcoming barriers to good relationships. Church leaders often express the desire for more “young families” in church. How about inviting low-income neighbors to worship? Likewise, many volunteers say they want not only to help others but also to make real connections with their low-income neighbors. Unfortunately, this rarely happens without intentional planning. It all starts with paying attention.
'Road T.R.I.P.' makes two more stops this March
The Upper New York Conference staff will again be taking a Road T.R.I.P. across the Conference to offer a series of workshops for clergy and lay leaders.
The next two stops will be at:
Liverpool UMC (604 Oswego St., Liverpool) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 7
New Beginnings UMC (300 E. Miller St., Elmira) from 2-7 p.m. on Sunday, March 8
The previous Road T.R.I.P. training sessions took place at United Methodist...
What's going on Thursday night? At Salem UMC, it's church
What do you do when you can't make an appointment? You reschedule.
If it works for doctor's visits and business meetings, why not for church services?
When the Rev. Debbie Earthrowl, pastor at the Salem United Methodist Church, saw it was tough for many young families to make the Sunday morning service, she simply rescheduled.
Salem UMC still has Sunday morning worship, and its attendance has grown; but since May 2014, it's also had an hour-long, relaxed worship time for families on Thursday...
Congregation builds relationships with New Day Center adults
The congregation of East Rochester UMC and the New Day Center adults shared a meal together with family and friends just before Thanksgiving. Photo by Stephen J. Hustedt
For years, the East Rochester United Methodist Church leased their basement to a day care center. The congregation had hoped to build a relationship with the day care personnel, its children and families.
“We soon realized that was not going to be...
Bishop names Rev. Anderson new district superintendent
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Nola Anderson as a Conference Superintendent assigned to the Crossroads District.
Rev. Anderson, pastor at the Grace and West Avenue United Methodist churches in Rochester, currently sits on the UNY Board of Ordained Ministry and has been active in Black Methodists for...
Experiencing the Illuminate Preaching Academy
Editor’s Note: The Upper New York Conference held its first Illuminate Preaching Academy Jan. 13-14, 2015, a kick off to months of work, practice and exploration by participants as they grow in both their preaching abilities and their faith practices. Eleven participants took part in that first event that aims to prepare them to serve in a mentoring role in the future. The Rev. Andrew Sperry, one of the participants, agreed to share his experience.
Preaching is a lot like broccoli, or at...
Young Adults: Be 'Revived' this spring
Shake off the dust of winter and be renewed at an overnight retreat for young adults ages 19-35 (families are welcome). “Revive” will be held March 13-14, 2015 at the Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia, and participants will enjoy an opportunity to refresh after a long winter, coming away with a revived heart. The agenda and name of the guest speaker will be released in the near future. To register, click here. For more information, contact Ashley Riddell...
Departing superintendents will take what they learned to new ministries
Two district superintendents will leave the Cabinet by July 1, 2015, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb has announced.
The Rev. Darryl Barrow, Crossroads District Superintendent, and the Rev. Dr. Sung Ho Lee, Mohawk District Superintendent, will receive new appointments that will be announced at a future...
Coach Approach Skill Training comes to Upper New York
How would you like to harness your inner ability to lead with a "coach approach" in your ministry context, or be more effective as a lay member in peer coaching?
Clergy and laity have a unique opportunity this March to participate in Coach Approach Skill Training (CAST).
CAST is a series of trainings developed specifically to teach the "coach approach" in ministry to denominational leaders, pastors and lay persons. This training, which is highly participatory with heavy...
Northern Flow District sponsors 'Connecting Neighbors' UMCOR training
The Northern Flow District is sponsoring Connecting Neighbors, a United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) training event, on April 11, 2015 at the Bethany UMC in Watertown.
The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is geared to those who are currently Conference Disaster Response Committee members and others who have interest in helping local churches create disaster ministries.
“This is a Train-the-Trainer Program designed to teach Conference representatives how to help local...
Missions to Nicaragua: Rich experiences in a poor nation
The number of Nicaraguans living in extreme poverty – defined as less than $1 a day – increased from 7.6 percent to 9.5 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to a survey published in November 2013 by the Managua-based Fundación Internacional para el Desafío Económico Global, a nongovernmental foundation.
Conference office closed Jan. 19
The Conference Office, along with the Episcopal and Crossroads District offices, will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19, to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The office will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20....
Church inspired by AC session mission project
Inspired by the hands-on mission project at the 2014 Upper New York Annual Conference session, the Adirondack Community Church in Lake Placid will be doing its first meal-packing mission for Stop Hunger Now on Jan. 25, 2015.
Stop Hunger Now (SHN) began in 2005, and distributes meals around the world. Volunteers will work assembly-line style to measure out the dehydrated ingredients and package the meals. The meals contain rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring and 21 essential vitamins and...
UMCOR Training Academy comes to NEJ
This spring the Northeastern Jurisdiction will host its first United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Training Academy in more than 10 years.
United Methodist Committee on Relief training; photo by Barbara Tripp.
The training academy, hosted by the NEJ United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) will be held March 18-21, 2015 at the West River Camp & Retreat Center in West...
The ROAD on The Hill launches inaugural event
On July 1, 2011, the church restart The ROAD out of the West Genesee United Methodist Church was born.
Over the past three and a half years we have gone through a visioning process, established a leadership team, sold a building, and have been active in ministry through our weekly ministries: Theology on Tap, Open Street Communion, and Faith and Fries. We have also made connections and built relationships within our communities through block parties, partnering with other ministries, and being...
UNY to participate in Imagine No Malaria
Members at the 2014 Upper New York Annual Conference session voted to support The United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria initiative.
Now is the opportunity to kick off the campaign right: starting off the new year by saving a life!
Your financial contribution of $10 provides two rounds of malaria medication that will save one life.
The goal in Upper New York is to raise enough money in 2015 to save at least 100,000 lives. Every...
2014: A Year in Review
Click here to take a look back at 2014 in Upper New York!
Standard mileage rate increases for 2015
The Internal Revenue Service has revised the optional standard mileage rate for 2015. This rate, used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes, will be 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven beginning on Jan. 1, 2015. Full details are on the IRS website....
2014 Conference Journal now available
The 2014 Upper New York Annual Conference Journal is now available. We are again using online publisher Lulu.com, and hard copies of the journal can be ordered directly from them and delivered to the address you choose. You will need a major credit card to place an order. The cost of the hard copy journal is $21.95 plus tax and shipping (be sure to choose mail for lowest shipping cost). To order a hard copy of the 2014 Journal, click here....
Bishop Webb's 2014 Christmas message
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearance of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us ... ” (Titus 2:11-14a)
As a child, I couldn’t wait for the Sears Christmas Catalog to arrive in the mail. I...