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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from April 2018

    Getting Ready for Annual Conference: The Service of Commissioning and Ordination

    April 30, 2018 / By Anne Canfield

    The Service of Commissioning and Ordination of The Upper New York Annual Conference, will be held Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, will preside with the full Upper New York Area Cabinet in attendance. Bishop Dennis V. Proctor, North Eastern District, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, will be the preacher.  Bishop …more

    OUTWARD! ’18—an amazing experience for hundreds of UNY youth

    April 24, 2018 / By Kristian J. Snyder, CCYM Member

    Hundreds of youth and adults from across Upper New York came together in Liverpool, NY for OUTWARD! ‘18, held on April 13-15 at the Liverpool Holiday Inn. There were over 275 youth and adults who joined the 40 CCYM members who planned and organized the event. There were 35 youth groups, from all 12 districts, in attendance. The event was named OUTWARD! because of its outward-focused emphasis on mission work.  Over one-third of …more

    Gouverneur First UMC successes in Mission and Outreach

    April 23, 2018 / By Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Quick

    One of the two priorities Gouverneur First UMC has is growing disciples who are engaged in mission and outreach. We’re working on growing in mission and outreach by connecting our community and congregation ever more deeply, loving our neighbors with concrete, hands-on and face-to-face actions: Every year, we host a “We’ve Got Your Back to School” event for families, offering backpacks, school supplies, and …more

    Imagine No Racism launches in Upper New York

    April 23, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This past Saturday, April 21, marked the launch of the #ImagineNoRacism (INR) initiative that the Bishop’s Taskforce on Eliminating Racism has spent months planning. The launch took place simultaneously across all 12 Upper New York Conference districts and began with a moving worship experience. The Opening Worship liturgy started with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King quote, “Our goal is to create a beloved community, and this …more

    Getting Ready for Annual Conference: Worship

    April 23, 2018 / By Rev. Rachel Morse

    Boldly Living our Call to Acknowledge Christ, Follow Christ, and Offer Christ.  Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is using Mark 8:27-38 for his opening sermon, Wade in the Water. He will invite us to remember our baptismal call to acknowledge, follow, and offer Christ to the world.  Opening Worship: Acknowledge Christ During this service, we will have the opportunity to “enter the narrative, …more

    CLT and DLTs work towards clear disciple making processes

    April 18, 2018 / By Stephen J. Hustedt / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference Leadership Team (CLT) met with the District Leadership Teams (DLTs) at the United Methodist Center in Liverpool on Saturday, April 14. The focus of the meeting was designing systems to have intentional disciple making processes (DMPs) in every Upper New York church, which would be no small task. The teams have been preparing to engage in this work for well over a year. Last spring DLTs …more

    Gloversville Foothills UMC to commence building a new worship and mission center

    April 17, 2018 / By Rev. Terrence O’Neill, Retired

    After a ten-year hiatus, the Foothills United Methodist Church is pleased to announce that it has reignited their dream to build a new worship and mission center along Rt. 30A across from the new Wal-Mart Super Center in Gloversville. Ten years ago, this project came to a sudden halt due to the unexpected and tragic death of Foothills’ pastor combined with the economic collapse of the 2008 “Great Recession. …more

    Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the United Methodist Church

    April 17, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    April 23, 2018 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the merger of Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church, which created a new denomination, The United Methodist Church. Consider holding commemorative events at your local church sometime between April 22, the Sunday before the April 23 anniversary, through May 20, Heritage Sunday. Heritage Sunday is set aside for remembering our legacy as United Methodists. The theme for this year’s Heritage Sunday …more

    Annual Conference Special Meal: June 1 Palestinian Dinner

    April 16, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    The theme of this year’s Palestinian Dinner held during the 2018 session of Annual Conference is, "Valuing Palestinian Children." Pilgrims from Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb's 2018 Holy Land Trip are especially invited to this year's eighth annual UNY Palestinian Dinner during Annual Conference. The dinner will be held at 5:15 p.m. on Friday June 1 at St. George’s Macedonian Church (5083 Onondaga Road …more

    Introducing the Annual Conference App

    April 16, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York (UNY) Conference is excited to announce that there will be an Event app available to use at Annual Conference this year from May 30-June 2 at the Onondaga County College SRC Arena in Syracuse. Now you will have the option to access everything related to Annual Conference right from your phone or tablet instead of thumbing through pages upon pages of materials in your packet. Upper New …more



    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 86 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."