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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    News Stories from January 2018

    A Christmas Eve truck stop church service

    January 16, 2018 / By Sandra Brands

    Just off Exit 28 on the New York Thruway, I-90, there are three truck stops. The largest, TA Truck Stop in Fultonville, was where the Fonda-Fultonville United Methodist Church held Christmas Eve Services. Accompanied by members of the community, many who had been associated with the church in the past, the pastor and 51 others held services the evening of Dec. 24. At least half of them were not members of the church, …more

    My second day in Puerto Rico for humanitarian relief

    January 16, 2018 / By Thaddeus Pinckney

    Not, how much of my money will I give to God, but how much of God's money will I keep for myself. -John Wesley On the second day of a trip to Puerto Rico to witness the humanitarian and disaster relief efforts by the United Methodist Church of Puerto Rico and UMCOR after Hurricane Maria, Pastor Carmelo Tosado Moya, Jr. graciously volunteered to not only show the gorgeous charm …more

    My first day in Puerto Rico for Humanitarian Relief

    January 10, 2018 / By Thaddeus Pinckney

    “Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.” John Wesley Good-works, inspiration, persistence are all qualities that describe Pastor Yeika Huertas as she is trying to lead her church in storm-struck Carolina Puerto Rico. …more

    Called to help displaced Puerto Ricans now living in Rochester, NY

    January 10, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On September 6, 2017, Hurricane Irma swept across Puerto Rico, killing 16 people, destroying homes, and leaving many residents without electricity. Just two weeks later, an even more destructive Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, leaving a much higher death toll, and this time, hundreds of thousands of residents were displaced. UMCOR and other mission teams are traveling to Puerto Rico and engaging in continuous disaster relief. If you are unable to or untrained …more

    Upcoming District Training Days

    January 9, 2018 / By UNY Communications Team

    In the coming weeks, several Districts are offering the following leadership trainings. Jan. 20: The Albany District’s District Leadership Team will be hosting a workshop entitled “Creating an L3 Environment” from 9 a.m. to noon at Calvary UMC. The registration deadline is Jan. 15. Click here for more information. Jan. 27: The Mohawk District strongly encourages participation in a Leadership Summit taking place at Centerpoint Christian Fellowship from 10 a …more

    An Opportunity to Serve: Imagine No Racism District Volunteer Advocate

    January 8, 2018 / By Teressa Sivers, Chair of the Bishop's Taskforce on Eliminating Racism

    Editor’s Note: In the video above, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb invites members of the Upper New York Annual Conference to become an Imagine No Racism District Volunteer Advocate. An article describing this position follows. 36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 [Jesus] said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your …more

    Conference Office Closed

    January 4, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    Due to the inclement weather, the Conference Office in Liverpool will be closed on Jan. 5. It is currently scheduled to reopen Monday, Jan. 8. …more

    Social Holiness concerns: From the inside out

    January 2, 2018 / By Richard Gianzero

    In 2017, New York State stopped housing minors inside adult prisons. I was convicted of attempted murder and spent 14 years in maximum security at Wende, Elmira, and Coxsackie Correctional Facilities. I grew up in prison. I became a Christian in prison. Shortly after my 30th birthday, the parole board released me – 11 years ago now. When I walked out of Coxsackie, I carried a towel with me. If released, I promised …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."