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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from April 2018

    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

    Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church is spicing it up

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

    Imagine relying on a local food pantry to make ends meet for your family. Common nonperishable food enables your family to have oatmeal or dry cereal for breakfast and perhaps pasta and sauce for dinner. Some food pantries such as Saratoga Springs’ Franklin Community Center, supply perishable goods as well. Over 900 individuals who rely on this food pantry to conquer hunger can add fresh dairy products, meat, and veggies …more

    Getting ready for Annual Conference: The layout of SRC Arena

    April 10, 2018 / By Vicki Swanson

    To help attendees feel prepared for spending a few days at a new facility at the 2018 Annual Conference, held May 30-June2 at the SRC Arena on Onondaga County Community College (OCC)’s campus, this article will share some general information about the layout of the space we are occupying at OCC.  We will be publishing a map of the parking lots just prior to Annual Conference so that …more

    Deepen your relationship with God through spiritual formation and direction

    April 10, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    Whether you are a lay person or clergy member, how is your spiritual walk? What can you do to improve it? How can you recognize God in all the complexities of life, not just those “holy” moments, but in the questions and struggles as well?  Upper New York (UNY) has spiritual directors who can help you in spiritual formation and spiritual direction. Spiritual formation is the …more

    ERT and VIM volunteers put forth amazing effort at Hogansburg UMC

    April 9, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Ten Upper New York Conference Early-Response Team members (ERT) and Volunteers-in-Mission (VIM) team members (two from the Crossroads District, one from the Albany District, and seven from the Northern Flow District) came together on April 2 and April 3 to begin restoration of the Hogansburg UMC, which is on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation in the Northern Flow District. The church was damaged by flood waters of the St. Regis River in …more

    Social Holiness Concerns: Conscience of the Conference

    April 3, 2018 / By Rev. Marti Swords-Horrell, pastor, Emmaus United Methodist Church, Albany

    Many of us remember where we were on April 4, 1968 when the nation was shaken to its core by the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee. I remember that tragic day very well, but also conversations at our family’s table the previous fall concerning the criticism Dr. King was receiving for his opposition to the Vietnam War, and the connections he was making …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."