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Q&A with Bishop Mark J. Webb

10/28/2014
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb followed the Rev. Jacob Armstrong’s third message during the 2014 Bishop’s Retreat in Lake Placid with a question and answer session. Bishop Mark J. Webb Although Bishop Webb said he was open to tackling almost any question, he acknowledged that he doesn’t always have all the answers and suggested that perhaps part of...

The Church is still alive: Forecasted 'death tsunami' just another exaggeration

10/28/2014
One of the “stark realities of the denomination” is that The United Methodist Church has weaknesses, “but God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness.” Rev. Jacob Armstrong That was the opening message of the Rev. Jacob Armstrong’s third appearance during the 2014 Bishop’s Retreat for Upper New York clergy at the High Peaks Resort in Lake...

Bishop Webb shares UMC response to Ebola

10/20/2014
In a letter to the members of the Upper New York Conference Bishop Mark J. Webb shares about the United Methodist Response to the Ebola epidemic. “The United Methodist Church is bringing hope to individuals and families affected by Ebola,” he wrote. “Over 300 United Methodist hospitals, clinics and health outposts are engaged in the response effort. Hospital clinics have been re-purposed as Ebola holding centers. Doctors and...

Members approve new Conference center

10/18/2014
Upper New York members at the special session listen as Bishop Mark J. Webb outlines exactly what they will be voting on. (Photo by Christian Vischi) Members of the Upper New York Annual Conference have approved a recommendation from the Trustees to purchase a new Conference Center. The vote took place during a special session on Oct. 18, 2014. As a result, the Trustees will pursue the purchase of a...

Extended Cabinet and ethnic minority pastors have honest conversation

10/16/2014
On Sept. 19, 2014, the Upper New York Conference Extended Cabinet gathered together with ethnic minority pastors from around the Conference for a time of fellowship, conversation, and worship. The time was led by Bishop Ernest Lyght, retired, and had been planned for over a year. The Rev. Vonda Fossitt speaks during a meeting of ethnic minority clergy and the Extended Cabinet. Photo by Steve...

UNY Trustees elect new officers

10/15/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE At its most recent meeting on Oct. 6, 2014, the Upper New York Conference Board of Trustees elected new officers, including a new board president, Pastor John A. Jackson. He replaces Deborah Byers, who chose not to seek another term. ...

District AAs create guiding principles for their work

10/15/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Upper New York's 12 District Administrative Assistants, or AAs, do the same job – though perhaps in different ways, and certainly in different places. ...

UNY hosts Path 1 coaching training

10/15/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE What do Pat Summit, Don Shula and your pastor have in common? The coaching training included sessions in English and in Spanish. Photos by Beth DiCocco. ...

Church celebrates its connection to Africa

10/15/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE It was fitting that on World Communion Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, the Port Byron UMC was celebrating The United Methodist Church's connection to Africa. Ashley Riddell spoke to Port Byron UMC about her mission trip to Zimbabwe and Africa 360. Photo by Beth DiCocco ...

UNY begins the FACT process

10/3/2014
Over the summer, leaders from around the Upper New York Conference began laying the foundation for the Conference's participation in the Financial Advisory Consulting Team or FACT process. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ...

Funding for youth ministries available from Violet's Garden

10/3/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Congregations are invited to apply for funding from Violet's Garden, a grant program designed to further the spiritual development of children and youth at the local-church level. ...

Schuyler Lake UMC celebrates rebuilding after fire

10/3/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE "Good morning, church; it's great to be here for a party," Oneonta District Superintendent Jan Rowell told those gathered on Sept. 27, 2014 at the Schuyler Lake United Methodist Church. ...

Youth invited to UNY's first Confirmation Retreat

9/26/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries, in conjunction with the Episcopal Office and the Order of Deacons, will host the Conference's first Confirmation Retreat for youth who are preparing for the sacramental rites of confirmation, reception or reaffirmation of their baptismal...

Bishop poses big questions in small groups

9/25/2014
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb wants to ask clergy some big-picture questions, and he's doing it by meeting in small groups. The bishop is hosting a series of gatherings in an effort to get to know clergy, let them build relationships with each other, and to talk about some larger issues in the Church and the Conference. One clergy person from each of the Conference's 12 districts is invited to the sessions at the Conference...

Moore: Metaphors are like the glue that holds a good sermon together

9/25/2014
There is a common fallacy out there: "If you want a more creative worship service, add a screen. Or two. Just follow that trend and you’ll add the technological pizzazz that your worship desperately needs." But creative worship specialist, author and worship coach Jason Moore of Midnight Oil Productions is here to dispel that notion. ...

Teams diligently prepare for Fall Gatherings

9/24/2014
The Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) Fall Gatherings are approaching fast! Each team – Gathering Organization (GO), PowerPoint and Publicity, Worship, and Youth Service Fund (YSF) – has been working diligently on each of their areas to prepare for the upcoming gatherings. At every event there are workshops. Some are related to the theme, Searching … God, and some are just for fun. GO has been working on an exciting workshop related to our theme. Youth will be...

Finger Lakes District welcomes DS McDowell

9/24/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia was the setting of the Welcome Service for new Finger Lakes District Superintendent, the Rev. Jeff McDowell. ...

Bishop's Retreat stretches to include yoga

9/24/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Upper New York Conference Accounting Support Staff Vicky Jo Colbert, who is a trained yoga instructor, will be teaching yoga classes on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 23 and 24, during the 2014 Bishop's Retreat. We asked Colbert to talk about the benefits of yoga, her philosophy, and what clergy and spouses can expect from her classes at the retreat. ...

DS Adams: We are all apple pickers

9/22/2014
"Friends, it’s time to go apple-picking.” With that last line the Rev. Nancy Adams, giving the sermon during a Welcome Service in her honor as the new superintendent for the Mountain View District, received a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 100 in attendance. Members of the Upper New York Cabinet...

Valeski to be Administrative Assistant for Finance and Benefits

9/17/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The Upper New York Conference is pleased to announce that Julie Valeski has accepted the position of Administrative Assistant for Finance and Benefits. ...
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