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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    News Stories from September 2017

    Earlville UMC will leave a lasting legacy in Mission Central Hub

    September 21, 2017 / By Steve Hustedt / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Earlville United Methodist Church has spread the love of Jesus and changed lives for 202 years, but with a recent vote to close, that is changing. Like many small churches, Earlville UMC was in ministry to a community that was shrinking. The members of the Earlville UMC realized that the church was becoming unstainable and they decided to be proactive about the legacy of their church. As a part of their …more

    My trip to the Holy Land, Article 2 of 4

    September 20, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    When I went to the Holy Land, I was expecting to have a grand spiritual experience in the Garden of Gethsemane. It is one of my favorite Bible stories; Jesus stays up all night praying that the burden before him is taken away. He pleads with his friends to stay up with him, longing for company. When I read this story, I feel closer to a human Jesus. Naturally, I …more

    Upper New York’s CLT updates its Purpose Statement

    September 19, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    For many years, the UNY Conferences Leadership Team’s (CLT) purpose focused on administrative tasks. Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb requested the CLT to work together to expand their purpose statement.  The new focus of the Conference Leadership Team is more comprehensive and is geared toward living out the vision and mission of the UMC and the UNY Conference. Drew Griffin, a member of …more

    Bishop Young Jin Cho to speak at the Bishop’s Retreat

    September 19, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The UNY Conference’s Bishop’s Retreat, which takes place every fall, is an opportunity for clergy to gather together for fellowship and special learning. Attendees to this year’s retreat are in for a special treat; the featured speaker at the 2017 Bishop’s Retreat is Bishop Young Jin Cho who will be speaking four different times during the October 24-October 26 retreat on the theme of …more

    Shoeboxes for Red Bird Mission

    September 19, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Endwell United Methodist Church mission team is again coordinating the collection and delivery of shoeboxes for Red Bird Mission, located in Beverly, Kentucky.  The Red Bird Missionary Conference is one of three missionary United Methodist conferences in the United States.  It is the most comprehensive mission effort of the United Methodist Church, providing outreach and services that minister to the whole person (spiritual, physical, social, and economic). …more

    From franchise to local dive… unleash the power for your local church

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

    Are you wondering how to spark new life, meet new people and offer them Christ? The temptation is to serve up the same exact ministry models that worked in another time and space. Like ordering from a menu at the franchise chain restaurant and expecting the meal to be palatable in the local context, many churches fail to connect with what their local community is actually hungry for.  Join …more

    From the desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: Response to Hurricane Irma

    September 12, 2017 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Sept. 12 Bishop Mark J. Webb sent the following letter about how to respond to Hurricane Irma to members of the Upper New York Conference. Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Once again, we have seen the incredible destruction a powerful hurricane can bring.  Our prayers are with the people of the Caribbean, Florida and the other places along Irma’s storm path.  Just as with Harvey, we …more

    UNY staff welcomes Betsy Schuessler

    September 11, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    We extend a warm welcome to Betsy Schuessler who has been hired as Administrative Assistant to the director of Camp & Retreat Ministries.  Betsy grew up as a camper at Aldersgate and served on summer staff ultimately filling the role of interim director from the fall of 2006 through the spring of 2009.  She has continued to serve in a volunteer role for CRM many times throughout the year and …more

    When God takes over

    September 5, 2017 / By shodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Note: For the Summer 2017 issue of the Advocate, we asked members across the UNY Conference to share stories of when they have had to trust that God is enough. Rev. Gary Kubitz, of the First United Methodist Church of Voorheesville, responded with a story. If you have a story of when you had to trust that God is enough, submit it to During my first …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."