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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    News Stories from October 2015

    Mohawk DS encourages: Abide in Christ, stay close to the source of life

    October 28, 2015 / By Christian Vischi / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Click here to view photos of the installation service. Mohawk District Superintendent the Rev. Abel Roy has put a few miles on his car. When he accepted the appointment this spring as one of the newest Upper New York Conference district superintendents, Rev. Roy began a transition from the Niagara Frontier District – specifically Springville – to the Mohawk District office in New Hartford, just over 200 miles as the crow …more

    Bishop’s Retreat guest speaker: Want vital ministries? Keep your eyes ‘wide open’

    October 27, 2015 / By Christian Vischi / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    If only that barbecue sauce just had a dash more balsamic vinegar. But you’re not on the committee. A flood light would make the back parking lot so much safer. But you’re not on the Board of Trustees. If only the Vacation Bible School program just used a video segment. But you are not on that ministry team. So you say to yourself, maybe someday I …more

    GBGM missionary the Rev. Doug Childress shares update from Estonia

    October 27, 2015 / By the Rev. Douglas R. Childress

    Greetings from Estonia! Kulli and I wanted to send out a news update on happenings related to our work as missionaries. To begin with, we arrived in Estonia a little over a month ago and have been busy with mundane tasks, such as getting our children registered for school, dealing with customs related to our recently arrived belongings, and applying for my living permit (an Estonian “Green …more

    UNY’s UM Historical Society seeks interested members

    October 27, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    One of the actions taken during the 2015 session of the Upper New York Annual Conference was a vote to authorize the Conference’s Commission on Archives and History (UNYCAH) to organize and administer – while it gets up and running – a United Methodist Historical Society for the Conference. This historical society will focus on the history of The United Methodist Church and its antecedents within the bounds of …more

    National gathering addresses sexual ethics

    October 23, 2015 / By Jenn Meadows

    "The mission of the church is affected by the health of the church," said Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett of the North Alabama Conference. "A church that is healthy has healthy boundaries." Exploring healthy boundaries were more than 200 bishops, conference leaders, pastors, and others attending Do No Harm, a sexual ethics summit in Chicago on Oct. 15-17. Included in the gathering were four individuals from the Upper New York Conference: The Rev. …more

    Why it’s important that our neighbors want to be our neighbor

    October 20, 2015 / By the Rev. Anne Bey Canfield

    Our Upper New York Annual Conference was blessed the week of Oct. 12, when we had gifted evangelist and church planter the Rev. Jorge Acevedo in our Empire State. With humility and humor, Rev. Acevedo – who is the lead pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Coral, Fla. – reminded us that as a conference our primary purpose is to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of …more

    Conference Leadership Team embraces role as custodians of the culture

    October 20, 2015 / By Steve Hustedt / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Oct. 10, the Conference Leadership Team (CLT) gathered for its first meeting of the fall. This meeting followed an Annual Conference year spent discerning the purpose of the Conference. That discernment has brought about clarity and energy around tasks. As the team reviewed the work of the prior year, there was a feeling of excitement and anticipation. Together, the CLT built a model that defined the previous year’s …more

    Oneonta District encourages Conference to ‘Revive and Connect’

    October 16, 2015 / By Anna Buell

    On Sept. 26, the Oneonta District held its first “Revive and Connect – Doing Big Things Together” event at the Cobleskill United Methodist Church, hosted by members of the Cobleskill and Warnerville United Methodist churches. The District Leadership Team developed the event as a celebration of God’s love and commitment and Jesus’s presence within the churches across the district as well as to show how …more

    Update: What’s been happening with the FACT process?

    October 16, 2015 / By Susan Ranous

    I hope you have had the opportunity to read the full FACT report, which has been available on the Upper New York Conference website. As you may recall, five teams were created based on five basic categories of concerns that were identified in the FACT report. Those teams have been busy meeting over the last several months. Some work has been done by the FACT teams and others in our …more

    Crossroads celebrates new district superintendent at Installation Service

    October 14, 2015 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    "We need to ask God to get in our stick, we need to ask God to get in our Church, we need to ask God to get in our meetings, in our homes, in our work places, and we need to ask God to get in our lives,” said the Rev. Nola Anderson, Crossroads District Superintendent. Rev. Anderson delivered a sermon focusing on a theme of “sticks” …more

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."