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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from February 2018

    Lifetree Cafe: an outreach ministry of Pennsylvania Avenue UMC

    February 28, 2018 / By Sue Dunlap, Pennsylvania Avenue UMC

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the Winter 2018 issue of the Advocate, which focused on the ministry of the laity. Lifetree Café, an outreach ministry of Pennsylvania Avenue UMC and its Fresh Start Faith Communities, provides a new interactive opportunity that invites people to gather weekly to explore life and faith. Dubbed as a “Conversation Café,” this nationally-syndicated program distributed by Group Publishing features …more

    Upper New York Conference is “Praying Our Way Forward”

    February 28, 2018 / By UNY Communications Team

     “Praying Our Way Forward” is an initiative created by the Council of Bishops, in which every Conference around the world is invited to participate and engage in a week of intentional prayer for the Commission on A Way Forward. The week of March 4-10 was selected as the week for the UNY Conference to pray. The Commission is preparing recommendations for the Council to offer to General …more

    Spotlight on the Rev. Dr. L. Gregory Jones, Upper New York Annual Conference 2018 study leader

    February 28, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Rev. Dr. L. Gregory Jones of Duke Divinity School will be the guest study leader and this year’s Annual Conference (AC2018), which will be held from May 30-June 2, at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena. Rev. Jones’ emphasis will be on living our call in the Wesleyan Way.  Rev. Jones said, “There is a distinctive Wesleyan Way to living and thinking and feeling …more

    Toronto UMC unites with the Upper New York Conference as a New Faith Community

    February 27, 2018 / By UNY Communications Team

    In November 2017, the pastors and Church Council Chair of Toronto United Methodist Church met with the Rev. David Masland (Upper New York Director of New Faith Communities) and the Rev. Wayne Butler (Niagara Frontier District Superintendent) to discuss uniting with the Upper NY Conference as a New Faith Community. This young congregation (it’s only five years old and made up primarily of people in their 30s) is largely …more

    International Reconciliation Ministries to be a pilot for UNY’s new Mission Congregation Process

    February 27, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Mission Congregation Process of Upper New York (UNY) Conference is a new effort to connect existing United Methodist churches in partnerships with New Faith Communities and churches that are actively making new disciples with immigrant and refugee populations throughout upper New York. These partnerships can include any of the following:  relationship building, praying for one another, worship and spiritual development together, VIM trips to do needed work on …more

    Rev. Dr. Sherri Rood appointed for an eighth year

    February 22, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb has announced that the Rev. Dr. Sherri Rood will be appointed to the office of District Superintendent for an eighth year. “After consultation with Dr. Rood and with the members of the Cornerstone District Committee on Superintendency, I am delighted to share that Sherri will continue to provide leadership to the Cornerstone District, the Cabinet and the annual conference for …more

    Rush UMC fulfills dream with two projects

    February 20, 2018 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    When the Rush United Methodist Church was built a little over 20 years, there was always a desire to use the church’s land to provide opportunities for the community. The first opportunity came when the church built a large picnic pavilion – that seats 150 people – for public use, said the Rev. Cathy Hall Stengel, pastor at the Rush UMC. More recently, the church expanded upon this dream with …more

    Soup sale helps kids go to camp

    February 20, 2018 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    Children at the Odessa-Catharine United Methodist Church rarely had the opportunity to go to camp during the summer, so the church decided to do something about it – with the help of soup. For the past few years, the Odessa-Catharine UMC has hosted its Soup-to-Go-Sale to raise money for the "Send our Kids to Camp Scholarship Fund,” which helps send the church’s children to summer camp at …more

    Bishop Webb names Rev. Earthrowl as Adirondack District Superintendent

    February 19, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is pleased to announce his intention to appoint the Rev. Deborah Earthrowl as Superintendent of the Adirondack District, effective July 1.  Rev. Earthrowl currently serves as pastor of the Salem and West Hebron United Methodist churches in the Adirondack District. She has been involved in various leadership positions in Upper New York, as well as a predecessor conference.  She currently …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: Response to the school shooting in Florida

    February 15, 2018 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor's note: On Feb. 15 Bishop Mark J. Webb sent the following letter about the shooting at a Florida high school. Sisters and brothers in Christ, Our hearts ache and our spirits grieve as once again senseless violence and evil has taken the lives of innocent people. I invite you to join me in praying for the victims and families of the shooting yesterday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. …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."