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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    News Stories from November 2017

    Safety and security at your organization

    November 20, 2017 / By Richard Poirier President and CEO Church Mutual Insurance Company

    In the wake of the recent tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas, many of you may be looking for information to help make your facilities safer. At Church Mutual, your safety is our concern as well. We offer a wealth of information to help organizations stay safe. Information about armed intruders and emergency response planning is available at under “Trending Topics.” Here are quick links to relevant …more

    Fresh, local food offered to the Sodus community

    November 20, 2017 / By Sandy Hall, Manager, Sodus Farmers’ Market

    Ten years ago, a Sodus United Third Methodist Church member, Nancy Ransley, attended our outreach Team meeting to share a vision she had for the community. Her vision has come to fruition! She could see the need and benefits to the community having a farmers’ market. Nancy spent several winters in Florida. She said, “There were farmers’ markets all over the place (in Florida). And I couldn …more

    Vicki Swanson to retire, resulting in position changes

    November 15, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Vicki Swanson (formerly Vicki Putney) has decided to retire effective July 1, 2018. Few people have been as connected to the Upper New York Conference as long as Vicki has. She started working for the Central New York Conference 35 years ago—she was hired by Robert McCune and Vernon Lee as the Administrative Assistant to the Conference Executive. Her first major project was a pension-campaign fund. Little did she know that …more

    Latest UNY Camp & Retreat Ministries’ newsletter available for viewing

    November 14, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson

      The Fall 2017 UNY Camp & Retreat Ministries’ newsletter, Xenia News, is now available to view on our website. The issue includes a note from Mike Huber (the Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries), staff updates, and news about each of the sites. Click here to read this informative issue and see how your Ministry Shares support the Upper New York Camp & Retreat Centers. …more

    Sharing God’s love on the highway

    November 14, 2017 / By Chaplain Bruce Maxwell, Deacon of Upper New York, serving in Susquehanna Conference

    “Compassionate hospitality can reveal Christ in God moments...” The Breezewood, PA Trucker and Traveler Ministry is a highway workplace ministry at a crossroads in South Central Pennsylvania. We endeavor to live out a gospel witness in a very public setting guided by the parable of the Good Samaritan. The Chaplaincy is a Christian outreach of prayer, presence, counsel, hospitality, and emergency assistance to truck drivers, their families, travelers, …more

    Bishop Webb sends letter on Council of Bishops time with the Commission on a Way Forward

    November 9, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    Note: On Nov. 9, Bishop Mark J. Webb sent the following letter to the Upper New York Conference. Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! A press release from the Council of Bishops regarding our meeting this week and specifically our work with the preliminary report from the Commission on a Way Forward is available here.  I encourage you to read this release in …more

    CLT and DLTs share time of love, learning, and leading

    November 7, 2017 / By Stephen J. Hustedt / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Saturday, Oct. 28, the Conference Leadership Team (CLT) hosted the District Leadership Teams (DLTs) from all 12 Districts in the Upper New York Conference at the United Methodist Center in Liverpool. The day followed the Loving, Learning, Leading (L3) meeting model that the CLT has been using for their monthly meetings. Following a greeting and gathering time, the day started with a passionate time of worship, word, and communion. Upper New …more

    My Trip to the Holy Land: Spending time with a family in Palestine

    November 7, 2017 / By Theresa Eggleston

    I couldn’t eat another bite of fresh falafel. I sat back in my chair and my belly expanded with delicious homemade Mediterranean food. The owner of our tour guide services had invited our group over for dinner in his home. It was the night before we left and my heart felt a joyful heaviness. During our time in the Holy Land we had learned about the injustice of …more

    Church livestreams God’s word

    November 7, 2017 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    After some members of the Lycoming United Methodist Church became too ill to attend Sunday Worship, Pastor Brandin Greco came up with an idea in September 2016. About the same time, Facebook Live, the social media platform’s livestreaming, was growing in popularity. Pastor Greco thought his church could use this technology for something good. “A lot of people put down things like Facebook and cellphones,” he said. …more

    Come and retreat at one of the UNY Camp & Retreat Centers

    November 7, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

      Did you know that Camp & Retreat Centers throughout UNY offer much more than summer camping opportunities for youth and children? In fact, these centers are open year-round and offer retreat and event opportunities for adults, youth, families, clergy, and ministry leaders. These centers offer exceptional hospitality, home cooked meals, great accommodations, and wonderful relaxation and recreation options. Your group can select from a variety of meeting and gathering …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."