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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from February 2018

    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 2 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

    Imagine No Racism locations announced

    February 13, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On April 21, 2018 from 12:30-4 p.m., clergy and lay members across the Upper New York Conference will have the opportunity to unite together and begin strategizing how they can work together to eliminate racism. Click here to read Upper New York Area Resident Bishop’s invitation to this event. This event will feature Bishop Webb and members of the Bishop’s Taskforce on Eliminating Racism. The event …more

    Annual Conference 2018 speakers announced

    February 13, 2018 / By UNY Communications team

    The quadrennium theme “Together in Prayer” continues at the 2018 session of the Upper New York Annual Conference with a sub-theme of “Boldly Living Our Call.” The Rev. Dr. Gregory Jones of Duke Divinity School will be the guest study leader. His emphasis will be on living our call in the Wesleyan Way. Bishop Dennis Proctor of the North Eastern Episcopal District of the African Methodist …more

    What Launchpad is all about

    February 13, 2018 / By Rev. Dave Masland, Director of New Faith Communities

    On Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3, 52 people gathered at the United Methodist Center for Upper NY Conference’s Launchpad 2018. Launchpad is essentially a boot camp for people that feel called by God to plant a New Faith Community in their neighborhood. The materials were developed by Path 1, the planting arm of the United Methodist Church. Three years ago, Bill Vallet and I were approved by Path 1 to teach …more

    Bishops urge Methodists to deny themselves for the sake of Gospel this Lent

    February 13, 2018 / By UMC Council of Bishops

    In a message sent on behalf of UMC bishops to United Methodists throughout the world, Council of Bishops President Bishop Bruce R. Ough challenged fellow Christians to reflect on the meaning of Jesus’ words in Mark 8:34-35, where he said: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will …more

    Teaching children about emergency relief efforts

    February 13, 2018 / By Mike Block, Director of Missional Engagement of the Upper New York Conference and lay member of Immanuel (Church of the Bells) UMC in Camillus, NY

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared In the Winter 2018 Issue of the Advocate, which zeroed in on the ministry of the laity. It is not often that one has the opportunity to share information regarding regional and worldly events with a young audience. As part of the Sunday School “JAM” (Jesus And Me) session at Immanuel UMC, our youth coordinator, Carol Doucette had asked if I could …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."