News & Publications
Special session of Annual Conference announced for Sept. 6 and 7, 2014
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb has announced that a special session of the Annual Conference will be held Sept. 6 and Sept. 7, 2014 to make a recommendation to the Conference Trustees about the potential purchase of a property located at 7481 Henry Clay Blvd. in Liverpool to serve as the Conference Center for the Upper New York Conference.
A task force has recommended this building at 7481 Henry Clay Blvd....
Blueprint for Wellness Screening deadline July 31, 2014
This is a final reminder for those interested in receiving $100 in HealthCash* from Virgin Pulse HealthMiles that you have until July 31, 2014 to get a Blueprint for Wellness Screening at your local Quest Diagnostics lab.
To schedule an appointment, you can:
Register by phone: (866) 908-9440; employer group is “HealthFlex” or “United Methodist Church”
Register online: www.gbophb.org. Log into HealthFlex/WebMD and select “Quest Blueprint for...
Rose UMC featured in Reba McEntire video
The members of Rose UMC are getting their 15 minutes of fame thanks to Country singer Reba McEntire.
Members of Rose UMC appear in the video for Reba McEntire's song Pray for Peace.
Members of the congregation appear in the video for McEntire's new song Pray for Peace, which was released July 21, 2014.
Rose UMC Pastor Karen Heit said people have been "blowing up my phone" since seeing the video,...
Lana Hijazi: Gazan ambassador for peace
In the wake of renewed violence in Gaza, Linda Bergh, co-chair of the Conference Task Force on Peace with Justice in Palestine/Israel, has written this piece about her friend Gazan filmmaker Lana Hijazi, who plans to return to the West Bank at the end of July.
I first met Lana Hijazi, a young Palestinian woman from Gaza, at a program featuring a discussion of the artistic protest graffiti on the Palestinian side of a wall erected by Israel (in many places on Palestinian land) between Israel...
Karenni youth visit Andrews Memorial
A group of approximately 50 Karenni youth and young adults from the greater Winston-Salem area of North Carolina spent time at Andrew’s Memorial United Methodist Church in North Syracuse in support of Pastor Sonexay “Sean” Chanthasone’s new faith community: New Hope & Good News Ministry.
A choir of Karenni youth and young adults from the greater Winston-Salem area of North Carolina sing during a visit...
Ontario Street UMC grows with new Mizo members
Pictured above is some of the Mizo congregation that was welcomed as new members of the Ontario Street UMC in Buffalo. Photos by Christian Vischi
At a typical membership service, the congregation welcomes a few new members into its ranks. But during the June 22, 2014 service at the Ontario Street United Methodist Church in Buffalo, an entire new faith...
Feeding the spirit: Summer Lunch Wagon ministry a success
Susan Hardy, Reaching Our Neighbors Ministry Oversight Team (RON MOT) convener, has toured some of the ministries that received grants in RON MOT's 2013 round of funding. In this story, she recounts her visit to Schenectady Inner City Ministry's Summer Lunch Wagon. Watch the E Advocate for more in this series.
Applications are being accepted for RON MOT 2014 funding; click here to learn more/apply.
SICM Summer Lunch Wagon
Until I toured some of the Schenectady Inner City Ministry's...
NEJ UMW to hold 2016 meeting in Syracuse
The United Methodist Women of the Northeastern Jurisdiction will hold their quadrennial meeting June 16-18, 2016 at the OnCenter in Syracuse.
Pictured from left, front: NEJ UMW President Phyllis Doane, Demetrio Beach, Upper New York Director of Program and Outreach for Camp & Retreat Ministries, and Nominations Committee member Tammy Verity; back: Secretary Colleen Cates, Nominations Committee member Denise...
Retreats of interest at Rolling Ridge
Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center in Andover, Mass., is hosting a couple of fall/winter events that may be of interest to Upper New York clergy and laity.
Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center in Andover, Mass.
Oct. 9-12, 2014
New England three-day Academy for Spiritual Formation titled A Quiet Pentecost: Personal and Congregational Transformation
Discover how faith communities are reaching out...
Registration open for Bishop's Retreat 2014
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is inviting clergy and their families to the third annual Bishop's Retreat Oct. 22-24, 2014 at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid. Registration is now open.
"This retreat is a time to encourage each other and learn together," said Bishop Mark J. Webb. "As pastors seeking to maintain healthy ministries, it's vitally important that we take some time to care for own spiritual lives...
2014 Living Well workshops begin July 15
The Upper New York Conference's Second Half of Life Ministries and New Faith Communities teams are co-sponsoring a series of Living Well workshops across the Conference. There is also an online version of the workshop that can be taken anytime.
Living Well is a new approach to help churches deepen the discipleship of the spiritually independent, the spiritually passive and the lonely by:
reaching out to your community and your existing members
integrating theology with concepts...
Certified Lay Ministers: Laity called and connected
They provide pulpit supply, pastoral leadership and staff support in cooperative parishes.
Harrisville UMC in the Northern Flow District hosted a special service and lunch to celebrate a new class of Certified Lay Ministers, who often serve churches that could not otherwise afford a pastor.
They lead Bible study, VBS, and children's and older adult ministries.
They perform funerals and make hospital or...
Apply for 2014 Reaching Our Neighbors funding
Faith-based communities affiliated with the Upper New York Conference that are doing ministry with the poor are invited to apply for program funding through the Reaching Our Neighbors Mission Oversight Team (RON MOT).
Application forms are available through the 12 district offices and here on the Conference website. The applications are due Aug. 15, 2014.
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School offers Wesleyan D.Min. program
Wesleyan tradition as foundation for the future
There are four students from across the connection, including one from Upper New York, enrolled in the newly created Wesleyan/Methodist Studies concentration in the Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Photos by Beth DiCocco
John Wesley has valuable lessons to teach the leaders of today's United Methodist...
A Story of Revival: Readiness and inspiration meet in Beaver Dams
A dose of inspiration
When I started as a temporary pastor at Beaver Dams UMC, I saw a church that had a loving spirit, but was struggling. They were shocked at the sudden passing away of their pastor only a few weeks before. Their spiritual life was stagnant. Several of the
members said they really needed revival.
Not knowing about any Bible studies, but having read part of Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby, I suggested trying the...
Sign up for October 2014 Hand to Plow Phase 1
Since 2012, congregations across the Upper New York Conference have been engaging in the Hand to Plow church revitalization process. In all, nearly 700 lay persons and clergy have journeyed together to learn
Register for Phase 1
Registration for the October 2014 Phase 1 is currently open; the deadline is Oct. 1, 2014. Click the links to register.
Phase 1 Laity
Phase 1 Clergy
Conference to host creative worship workshops
If churches want to be truly effective in this digital age, they must employ 21st-century methods of communication to deliver the message of the Gospel in worship.
To help churches in Upper New York Make Worship More Creative the Conference is hosting four one-day workshops led by creative worship specialist, author and worship coach Jason Moore of Midnight Oil Productions.
Regardless of your church's worship style or size, the world has...
Springville First celebrates bicentennial
The First United Methodist Church in Springville celebrated its bicentennial on Sunday, June 8, 2014 with a special worship service and historical program.
Attendees at the Springville First United Methodist Church's bicentennial celebration form a living cross on the church’s back lawn.
Among the guests at this “Once in a Lifetime Celebration,” were Bishop Mark J. Webb, Niagara Frontier...
Meal-packing mission exceeds the goal; will be part of AC 15
In the first hands-on mission project at Annual Conference in Upper New York, members exceeded the goal of packaging 75,000 meals for the hungry around the world; 76,040 meals were prepared in less than three hours on Friday, May 30.
This year, the Conference worked with the Raleigh, N.C.- based nonprofit Stop Hunger Now (SHN) to package dehydrated meals used to feed those in need and victims of disaster.
Members signed up in advance...
Group finds Nepal filled with the Spirit
Ten United Methodists traveled 7,340 miles across the world to a place that is, in many respects, unfamiliar, yet, they said abounds with the spirit of faithful Christians.
The group from Asbury UMC in Watertown was in Kathmandu, Nepal, from April 16-27, 2014. Making the trip were Max Bovee, Bill Hickox, Jean Gianfagna, Martha Jablonski, Lynn Morgan, Pam Quimby, Mary Radley, Marianne Scott, Barbara Simmons and the Rev. David Simmons,...