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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from December 2017

    Empowering women and children in Colombia

    December 12, 2017 / By Gracie Lynn Besse, Former Global Mission Fellow

    I had the amazing opportunity to be part of the General Board of Global Ministries’ mission as an International Global Mission Fellow. I was placed in Bogotá, Colombia as media and program facilitator/instructor working with CEPALC, the Latin American Center for Inclusive Communication. CEPALC’s team is made up of dedicated individuals who are passionate about helping women and children realize their full potential. They do …more

    Bishop Mark J. Webb’s 2017 Christmas/Advent message

    December 11, 2017 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    I love the words of the advent hymn entitled “Send Your Word:” Send your word, o Lord, like the rain falling down upon the earth. Send your word. We seek your endless grace, with souls that hunger and thirst, sorrow and agonize We would all be lost in dark without your guiding light. Send your word, o Lord, like the wind, blowing down upon the earth. Send your …more

    Called to be a Hospice chaplain

    December 6, 2017 / By Rev. Becky Naber, Baker Memorial UMC

    Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of the Advocate, which featured stories that showcased the theme of “Being God’s love to our neighbors in all places.”  My first eight months as a Hospice chaplain have been full of wonder, surprise, and joy. How is this possible given that my patients are at the end of their lives? As Christians, …more

    Important dates for 2018

    December 6, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    Be sure to mark your calendars for these important dates and deadlines set for 2018. Jan. 2: EZRA system opens Jan. 10: Final day to submit Ministry Shares Mid-End Jan.: Narrative Budget Booklet becomes available Feb. 15: Deadline for submission of petitions and resolutions (from individuals, churches and unofficial bodies of UNY) as well as deadline for reports and action items from Conference teams Feb. 15: Final date to update statistics in EZRA system Early …more

    Mike Block hired as Director of Missional Engagement

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

    Mike Block has been hired as the Director of Missional Engagement of the Upper New York Conference. This position opening was made possible by a donation from Earlville UMC—their vote to discontinue included donating enough money to the new Upper New York Mission Central Hub to allow it to start operations, which included enough money to cover the salary of a Director for at least two years. Click …more

    Shelby Winchell hired as Conference Social Media/Web Specialist

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

    Shelby Winchell joins the Conference Communications Team as the Social Media/Web Specialist for the Upper New York Conference. She replaces Karen Campolieto and Ashley Riddell who were  both part-time communicators with additional responsibilities in other ministry areas. Karen was promoted to the Media Resource Center Coordinator and Archives Assistant; Ashely Riddell is relocating later this winter and will be helping to train Shelby in the website functions she …more

    Shenendehowa UMC’s Mission Possible 3 a success

    December 5, 2017 / By Michele Carlson, Shenendehowa UMC

    For the past three years, Shenendehowa United Methodist Church has hosted a “Mission Possible” day. This outreach event reaches out through the church to the community and the world through service. The theme this year for Mission Possible 3 was “Better together.” Due to the recent natural disasters, two of the focuses were flood buckets and health kits to help replenish UMCOR’s supply. The Mission …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."