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Bishop Webb's 2014 Christmas message

12/18/2014
  “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...

CRM Offers Miniature Replicas of Iconic Buildings

12/15/2014
Looking for a unique Christmas gift for friends and family?  Look no further!  Camp & Retreat Ministries is offering miniature replicas of one building from each of the six camp & retreat centers.  These small replicas (measuring roughly 3.5” high by 6.75” wide) have been produced by The Cat’s Meow, a company that has over 32 years experience in creating miniature replicas of architecture, landscapes, and historical icons that are cherished as...

Important dates for 2015

12/11/2014
Save these important dates for 2015: Jan. 13 - Ministry Shares and Direct Bill payments due at the Conference Office by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 15 - Final day to update 2014 statistical information in EZRA system Feb. 17 - Final day for petitions and resolution to the Conference office March 2 - Final day to get Pre-Conference reports to the Conference office March 2 - AC Session registration opens April 6 - Anticipated publication date for the Pre-Conference Booklet May 1 - AC Session...

Conference and Episcopal offices closed today, Dec. 11

12/10/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Due to the continuing inclement weather, the Upper New York Conference and Episcopal offices are closed today, Dec. 11, 2014. The offices are expected to reopen at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Please offer your prayers for safe travels for everyone today. ...

Bleecker Community Church celebrates 70 years

12/10/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE On Oct. 12, 2014 the Bleecker Community Church celebrated its 70th anniversary. Nestled just within the southern border of the Adirondack State Park in (way) upstate New York, the congregation worships in an almost 150-year-old building. Pastor Kathy Reese greets guests at the 70th anniversary of Bleecker...

Emmanuel Faith Community is reaching out and growing

12/2/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The Sunday worship service at Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Rensselaer takes place in the basement. Straight-backed chairs on a linoleum floor. No soaring architecture, no fellowship hall. On this particular Sunday, the room is stacked with furniture, lamps and other household items. ...

Seneca Street UMC offers thanks for holiday generosity

12/2/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Seneca Street UMC Pastor Brian Rotach offered the following message of appreciation to the "many churches that responded to the food emergency at Seneca Street Church in Buffalo, following record-breaking snow fall." Pastor Rotach ...

UNY Leaders continue work with the FACT team

12/2/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Once again leadership from around the Upper New York Conference gathered with some of the brightest minds in the general agencies of The United Methodist Church on Nov. 22, 2014 as a part of the Financial Advisory Consulting Team (FACT) process. The previous meeting was Sept. 13 following a...

DiCocco to helm communications for New England Conference

12/1/2014
Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar left Upper New York when he was elected to the episcopacy in July 2004; he was assigned to the New England Conference in 2012. DiCocco The New England Conference Office will take another Upper New York transplant when Beth DiCocco begins her new role as that conference’s Director of Communications starting Jan. 5, 2015. “We are very proud of...

Conference office closed Nov. 27-28

11/26/2014
The Upper New York Conference Office, Episcopal Office and all District Offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27-28, 2014, for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Conference Office will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 1. Have a happy and safe holiday!...

Maximize your gifts this #GivingTuesday

11/24/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Begun in 2012 with major support from the 92nd Street Y in New York and the United Nations Foundation, #GivingTuesday has quickly become a global event. United Methodist churches, mission organizations and other 501 (c) (3) corporations can still become #GivingTuesday partners. Find information and resources at www.givingtuesday.org. ...

Bishop Webb asks for prayers for the Buffalo area

11/20/2014
Twitter photo by Nick Macri As the Buffalo area continues to deal with record snowfall, I thank you for your prayers for all affected as they move through this and offer support to neighbors. Other areas...

Jason Moore shares with young clergy the five questions that visitors won't ask

11/18/2014
In that long line at the mall this Christmas shopping season, there may be a few mystery shoppers. These covert consumers are paid to provide details on all facets of their shopping experience – from prices to customer service. Jason Moore, who is a creative worship specialist, author and worship coach, has been a "mystery guest" at many churches over the past several years, and encourages local...

Continuing the Journey of the Act of Repentance & Healing

11/14/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE In May of 2014 the Rev. Anita Phillips, Executive Director, Comprehensive Plan; Cynthia Kent, Chairperson, Native American International Caucus; and the Rev. Chebon Kernell, Executive Director, Native American/Indigenous Ministries, General Board of Global Ministries, wrote a letter to the United Methodist churches in the United States.   ...

Project Christina: Grief turned into joy for others

11/14/2014
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE When Sarah Bieling and her husband met 5-and-a-half-year-old Christina in March 2013, it was "love at first sight." Christina, a foster child, was being cared for by the Bielings' daughter in Florida. ...

The summer camping season is closer than you think

11/13/2014
Now that the weather is turning cold the summer camp season is starting to feel like a distant memory. However, while the memories start to feel distant as we prepare for snow and ice, the spiritual foundation set at camp lasts much longer than the summer camp season. In fact, the impact of Camp and Retreat Ministries can last a lifetime. As the 2014 summer camp season was winding down some of the campers were asked to share about their experiences. Their answers have been pulled together into...

135,000 pounds of potatoes 'dropped' by UMM

11/10/2014
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Skye Farm honored by Cooperative Extension as 'community partner'

11/7/2014
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Council of Bishops issues statement

11/7/2014
A statement has been released by the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church on the division in the Church over human sexuality. The full statement reads: “As bishops of The United Methodist Church, our hearts break because of the divisions that exist within the Church. We have been in constant prayer and conversation and affirm our consecration vow to 'guard the faith, to seek the unity and to exercise the discipline of the whole Church.' We recognize that we are one Church in...

Churches plan Charge Conference mission project

11/6/2014
Churches in the Oneonta District have participated in joint, regional Charge Conferences for the past couple of years. But this year, one group of churches is trying something new: Using part of that time to do a mission project together. The 12 churches that call themselves Gospel Hills Ministries will be creating "care packs" for distribution in their communities. The care packs will include personal-care items such as soap, tissues, Band Aids, hairbrushes, etc. that are not...
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