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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from December 2016

    My message about Shared Ministry

    December 20, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    When pondering Ministry Shares, I always tell my congregations that we must realize that Jesus Christ’s ministry is not limited to Reynoldsville or Newfield United Methodist churches; it is global, as noted in Matthew 28, “Go and make disciples of all nations, we are responsible!” Ministry Shares help make global ministries possible, as part of these monies go to General Connectional Ministries, which funds broader initiatives of …more

    How Danyal Mohammadzadeh became a passionate disciple of Jesus Christ

    December 20, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    When Danyal Mohammadzadeh came to the United States in 2011, he was “exhausted, destroyed, and disappointed.” Today, Danyal is joyfully on the path to become a United Methodist elder. This is a story of how one individual invited Danyal to Delmar UMC and how the congregation and leadership of the church transformed Danyal’s life. This is a story of inspiration. An Iranian citizen, Danyal’s journey …more

    The importance of Peace with Justice for the UNY Conference

    December 20, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    With all the turmoil surrounding that past several weeks - election results, increased racial and religious intolerance, numerous shootings, etc. - now is the time for those of us who call ourselves United Methodist to take action. Prayer, study, and justice work are more important than ever. One way connect to this work is to support the Special Sunday offerings outlined in the Book of Discipline. As your Peace with …more

    Bishop Mark J. Webb’s 2016 Christmas message

    December 20, 2016 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Bishop Webb shares a message for the Christmas season-his message is about the importance of hope. He encourages all to lean into hope-to expect with confidence or to cherish a desire with anticipation. As an example of hope, he points to the fact that the shepherds journeyed straight to Bethlehem after hearing of the birth of Jesus. In this day and age, in this culture, Bishop Webb explains, "we need …more

    Connectionalism and mutual trust drive giving at Champion Second UMC

    December 13, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: In 2015, Champion Second UMC increased their Ministry Shares by 81 percent. In 2016, Champion Second UMC has paid 100 percent of their Ministry Shares. Pastor Sung Ah Choi is the pastor of Champion Second UMC and Carthage UMC; both are small rural churches in the Northern Flow District that have accomplished the great work of increasing their Ministry Shares. Here is the story of how Champion Second UMC accomplished …more

    Apply for Peace with Justice, Human Relations Day and Ethnic Local Church grants

    December 13, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Church and Society offers three grants in the Spring: Peace with Justice, Human Relations Day and Ethnic Local Church. These applications for the Spring are due January 10, 2017. You can find the applications here. Peace with Justice Grant Applicants must work toward achieving at least one of the following objectives: Objective 1: Assist United Methodists in understanding and responding to violence and militarism. Objective 2: Involve United Methodists in efforts to end conflicts …more

    Why Carlton UMC values Ministry-Share giving over half-time appointment

    December 7, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: Carlton UMC improved their Ministry Shares in 2015 by almost 80 percent.  At the time of this writing (October, 2016), they have already surpassed 100 percent of their Ministry Shares for 2016. Despite the very difficult transition from a half-time pastor to a quarter-time pastor, Carlton UMC has found a way to pay our Ministry Shares in full. I am a new pastor at Carlton and I entered an environment …more

    Together we can do more: A worship series at Homer First UMC

    December 7, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    At Homer First, our stewardship campaign barely addresses the question, “Why should Christians give?” I know, I know. I know that we’re supposed to explain every year why God wants us to commit to give. We did that last year and our pledges increased by 30 percent! But there is still resistance to giving generously in the offering plate. It’s strange, because we have a …more

    Mission church values their Ministry Share giving over comfort

    December 2, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

     “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."  1 Timothy 6:10 Many Christians leave monetary stewardship to other people. I am no different in that respect. Yet the need to pay our bills and provide for the work of ministry is at the heart of ministry. Until I …more

    CONAM:  What it is and how Ministry Shares support it

    December 2, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    By Blenda Smith CONAM, the Committee on Native American Ministries, is part of the Upper New York Conference and receives Ministry Shares to function effectively.   Native peoples need community in order to connect, build relationships, work together, and move forward.  Because of the regular connections through our CONAM meetings, we are able to worship together, hearing Christian biblical teachings from a Native perspective. What a gift to …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."