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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from July 2017

    Haiti’s Promised Land: Building new lives

    July 18, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in Vol. 9 Issue 3 of the Advocate. In March 2010, Canaan was a mix of floodplain and foothills, a desert scorching in the midday sun.  It was a far cry from the forests of hardwood trees that stood there a hundred years ago, although a breathtaking view of the Bay of Port-au-Prince and seeing the hazy capital itself across the sparkling water gave the …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: Trusting that God is enough

    July 18, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This issue of the Advocate reflects the Upper New York quadrennial theme,“Together in Prayer:Trusting that God is Enough.” In June, during Opening Worship at the eight session of the Upper New York Annual Conference, I spoke about the deep meaning and importance of this theme for the future of the United Methodist Church. Here is some of what I shared… “I want to be …more

    Faith Journey UMC learns about hardship in Vietnam

    July 18, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: The names of the two Vietnamese women who spoke at Faith Journey United Methodist Church have been changed and their photos have been blurred to protect their identity. On July 16, Faith Journey United Methodist Church in Clay, NY welcomed two special guest speakers. Grace, a 35-year old Vietnamese woman and Faith, a 17-year old Vietnamese girl have been pouring forth supreme love and dedication toward improving …more

    Ramping it up in Cortland

    July 18, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Imagine not having access to your own home. Seventy-four year old Charlie Yager faced this situation in June of 2016. He struggled with lung problems for several years and was hospitalized for two weeks with severe breathing problems. Charlie came home on hospice, in a wheelchair, yet no way to enter his home. Within 24 hours, Cortland First United Methodist Church’s Ramp it Up ministry came to Charlie’s …more

    Exciting changes for CCYM

    July 18, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Every year the Conference Council on Youth Ministry (CCYM) gathers for five days at one of the six Conference camp and retreat centers to talk business and (hopefully) have some fun in the process. It is a great meeting of the minds, and this is where the planning for the next year of events begins. Since the inception of the Upper New York Annual Conference, the CCYM has been doing …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: A response to the flooding in Upper New York

    July 12, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: Following is a letter from Upper New York Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, asking the Upper New York Conference Churches to use the United Methodist Connection to respond to the recent devastating flooding in Upper New York. Dear sisters and brothers of Upper New York, Grace and peace to you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ! Over the last several weeks, severe weather has caused …more

    Wayne Ostrander Reaches 100,000 Cycling Miles

    July 10, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On a county road near his home in Suffield, Ohio, Wayne Ostrander, 83, retired elder from the Upper New York Conference, pedaled his 100,000th mile on a bicycle, July 3, 2017. Ostrander first started accumulating bicycle miles in 1972 while directing the Conference bicycle camp operated out of Findley Lake Camp and Retreat Center, a responsibility he continued for 17 years. In the years since his retirement in 1996, Ostrander has piled on the miles on …more

    First program meeting of the Upper New York United Methodist Historical Society

    July 10, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The purpose of the Upper New York United Methodist Historical Society is to work with Upper New York Conference Archives & History (UNYCAH) in preserving Methodist materials related to the Upper New York Conference and antecedents and to promote knowledge of Methodist history and skills for preserving and disseminating it. The Society and guests met in its first program meeting June 17, 2017 in the community building of Esperance-Sloansville United Methodist Church. …more

    Experience Methodism from around the world

    July 6, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Methodists from Around the World event will be held July 16th, at 400 Lehigh Road in Pulaski, N.Y. (Take the Tinker Tavern Road Exit 35 off Route 81). Everyone across the Conference is invited! A welcome will take place at 2 p.m., with games to follow. At 5 p.m., a dish-to-pass supper will take place and at 7 p.m., an exhilarating worship service will take place. Following the worship, there will …more

    UNY Conference helps Faith Tatenda Nyatoti graduate from Africa University

    July 5, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Africa University celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. This institution, which was developed by United Methodist bishops, enables young men and women from dozens of nations throughout Africa to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees on the Africa University campus. Africa University students are supported primarily through endowed scholarships. The UNY Conference has an Africa University Endowed Scholarship Fund that helps support specific students at Africa University. According to the Africa …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."