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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from August 2017

    Carrying out my mission to help thousands in South Africa

    August 29, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of the Advocate; all article sin this issue were centered on the theme Trusting that God is Enough. I have had an interest in the continent of Africa for as long as I can remember. My friend Judy spent several terms as a nurse in Ethiopia. Judy adopted an abandoned child before returning to the U.S. When …more

    From the desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: Flooding from Hurricane Harvey

    August 29, 2017 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    (Editor’s note: On Monday, August 28, Bishop Mark J. Webb released the following letter about the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.) Sisters and Brothers in Christ, As you are aware, Hurricane Harvey continues to cause tremendous devastation to the greater Houston area, forcing thousands to evacuate. When the waters subside, many people will return to discover their homes and businesses have been destroyed. Rebuilding will take weeks, months, even …more

    How the UMC is denouncing racism

    August 28, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    As a response to the racist events that took place in Charlottesville, August 12-13, 2017, the UMC is taking action. Here are just a few of the ways the UMC has responded to what took place in Charlottesville, VA. They placed a full page ad in The New York Times and USA Today on Aug. 16. Together, these two papers reach about 2 million people. They developed several articles, which cover the …more

    Overcoming the challenge of a part-time pastoral appointment

    August 22, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of the Advocate. A pastor is called to serve God in all settings, at all times. Part-time does not change what we are called to do, it just challenges us to trust that God is enough when time, schedules, and resources do not appear to be enough. God has a way of teaching us to work as the Body …more

    Love, Grow, Serve, The story of Centerpoint Christian Fellowship

    August 21, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Notw: This article was previously published in the Summer 2017 issue of the Advocate, which had the theme of Trusting that God is enough. The story of Centerpoint Christian Fellowship (CCF) in the Mohawk District showcases how a New Faith Community becomes a success by trusting that God is enough. Starting in 2008-2009, the initial meetings of CCF took place from at the old Trenton Town Hall in Barneveld, …more

    What to expect at the 2017-2018 District Days

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

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb will be visiting each of the Districts in the Upper New York Conference during his 2017-2018 District Days tour. The theme of the tour will be “A Way Forward.” This year’s District Days is set up in such a way that will facilitate active discussion. In each District, conversations will be had in small groups based on …more

    Rowing toward shore after my husband’s death

    August 15, 2017 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    My husband’s death was not completely unexpected but I was holding on to the thought that we would be together a while longer. After all, he had survived his initial bought with cancer in 2013 and 2014 was a great year, including the birth of our first grandchild and a road trip together out to Colorado. But in June of 2015, he was called home. While I had experienced the death …more

    Laity District Days locations announced

    August 14, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Bishop Mark J. Webb has announced the following dates for the District Days with the Bishop coming in the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018. Locations for the event have now been confirmed for each District as follows: Mountain View – 9/7 @ Avoca UMC Cornerstone -9/17 @ Christ First, Jamestown Finger Lakes - 9/26 @ Seneca Falls UMC Niagara Frontier – 10/3 @ Harris Hill UMC Albany – 10/5 @ Shenendehowa UMC Adirondack – 10/19 @ Queensbury UMC Oneonta – 10/30 @ …more

    Vital Congregations opportunities this fall

    August 14, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    There is still time to register for the fall opportunities from Vital Congregations. In reaching toward our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, all of us will need to continue to grow in our capacity as leaders. Our current understandings will limit our ability to live into our vision of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and being God’s love with …more

    Pre-retirement Seminar scheduled for Sept. 25

    August 14, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    There will be a Pre-Retirement Seminar held in September to highlight and explain the benefits available through The United Methodist Church to retiring clergy.  This seminar is intended to assist persons in their later years of ministry understand the current pension plan, health insurance options, Social Security, and moving assistance available. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, as we will provide clergy-specific retirement projections, and also need to plan for lunch. …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."