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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from May 2017

    What is different at Annual Conference this year?

    May 24, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Annual Conference will be held June 1-3 at the Oncenter in Syracuse. There are a number of differences in Annual Conference 2017 compared to years past. Here is an overview of some of the differences. The Conference begins with Open Worship In years past, the Conference began with Clergy and Laity sessions. This year, the Conference begins with Opening Worship at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday June 1. Closed …more

    The United Methodist Center agrees to be a Mission Central HUB

    May 24, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    When members of the Upper New York Conference staff and trustees were searching for an ideal headquarters space, one of the appeals of the building eventually purchased in Liverpool was the warehouse space. The Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Connectional Ministries, said, “Hands-on mission work is part of the DNA of the four previous Conferences that make up the Upper New York Conference; all …more

    Cokesbury Unveils New Ministry Resource Center at Annual Conferences

    May 24, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Cokesbury announced today that it is bringing a new consultative retail experience to Annual Conferences this year with the new Cokesbury Ministry Resource Center. Focused on equipping leaders to build disciples, the Ministry Resource Center will offer the opportunity for more personalized consultations with church leaders in order to match products with their specific ministry needs. Features of the Ministry Resource Center include: Showcases highlighting new and classic resources ranging …more

    What to bring to Annual Conference

    May 24, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In just over a week, attendees to the Eighth Session of the Upper New York Annual Conference will begin arriving in Syracuse, NY. If you are one of them, let’s make sure you come prepared. What to bring: Offering(s) The theme of the 2017 session of the Upper New York Annual Conference, taking place June 1-3 at the Oncenter in Syracuse, is “Together in Prayer: Trusting that …more

    Your prayer can be simple

    May 17, 2017 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    “Now I need to fold my hands and kneel, right?” Her bright, eight-year old eyes looked up at me seeking approval for the next step. “You can pray however you feel most comfortable,” I told her. “Well then I want to pray with Teddy.” She grabbed her scruffy loved bear from her bunk and nestled on the cabin’s front porch to pray. …more

    Susan LaTessa hired as HR/Office Manager for the UNY Conference

    May 17, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Susan LaTessa has been hired as the Human Resources/Office Manager for the UNY Conference office. She replaces Debi Marshall, our former Human Resources Generalist, who has decided to pursue other career opportunities. Susan comes to the UNY Conference with over 20 years of Human Resources experience, in banking, non-profit, and manufacturing. She is married and has two children; her son Anthony is 13 and her daughter Rose is 11. Susan is very …more

    Repent, Remember, Rejoice: Worship at AC 2017

    May 17, 2017 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 When Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb introduced the theme scripture for the quadrennium, our Annual Conference Worship Team discerned a need for a shift in our approach to worshipping …more

    Prayer on the Bluff

    May 10, 2017 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: Bluff Point UMC uses two unique methods of praying for members of their congregation and beyond: One Call Now and Prayer Cards. One Call Now Bluff Point UMC uses One Call Now to communicate with members of our church family. Any family can sign up to be added to the One Call Now list. At Bluff Point the One Call Now technology allows the Pastor, or …more

    Tongsung Kido (A Unique Korean Prayer)

    May 10, 2017 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Before I came to the United States from South Korea, to study, I had some concerns. One of them was, “How will I survive without Korean food? Can I live with only American food?” Fortunately, since coming to the U.S., I have become well-adjusted to American food culture.  However, as time passed, I missed Korean foods, like kimchi. So, my wife and I went to Korean …more

    Cadie Hockenbary hired as Northern Flow Administrative Assistant

    May 10, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Ms. Cadie Hockenbary has been hired as the Northern Flow District Administrative Assistant. She comes to the UNY Conference as a member of the Gouverneur First UMC She found out about the position from her pastor, Elizabeth Quick, and felt the position would be a great way to get involved in her local community and serve the Church.  Cadie said, “I’ve discovered through the last three …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."