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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    News Stories from August 2018

    Building relationships and strengthening faith through Workcamp 2018

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

    This past July, Central New York United Methodists were both on the supporting end and receiving end of amazing ecumenical mission work – Syracuse Workcamp 2018. This mission work involved over 300 youth from all over the country of several different denominational backgrounds coming together to work on repairs needed in 54 homes in Syracuse.  How did Syracuse Workcamp 2018 come about? Syracuse Workcamp 2018 came out of a partnership between Onondaga Hill Presbyterian …more

    How God has been calling me into pastoral ministry

    August 14, 2018 / By Gavin Hill, Eden United Methodist Church

    Editor's Note: The article below was featured in the Summer 2018 issue of the Advocate, which focused on churches and individuals that are boldly living their call. Read how young Gavin Hill, not even out of high school has already been called to pursue a career path into pastoral ministry. It’s important to know this when discerning God’s call—God whispers, he doesn&rsquo …more

    Becoming disciples through confirmation

    August 14, 2018 / By Heidi Gran, Director of Christian Education, First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush

    Editor's Note: The following article was published in the summer 2018 issue of the Advocate. This issue focused on ways in which churches and individuals are boldly living their call. Living boldly into a call can start as early as confirmation. In this article, Heidi Gran describes how successful their confirmation model has been in growing the faith of youth at First United Methodist Church of East Greenbush. Our church …more

    From the desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: Imagine no Racism engagement

    August 13, 2018 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor's Note: Below is a letter that Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb sent to the Upper New York COnference on Tuesday August 14. Dear Imagine No Racism Group Participants, I am grateful to each of you for your participation in Upper New York’s Imagine No Racism ministry. You are engaging in the urgent work of addressing racism in ourselves, our Church, and …more

    Pre-retirement Seminar scheduled for Oct. 1

    August 13, 2018 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    There will be a Pre-Retirement Seminar held in October to highlight and explain the benefits available through The United Methodist Church to retiring clergy. This seminar is intended to assist persons in their later years of ministry understand the current pension plan, health insurance options, Social Security, and moving assistance available. ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, as we will provide clergy-specific retirement projections, and also need to plan for lunch. Monday, …more

    Partnering with Friends in Uganda

    August 8, 2018 / By Pastor Bob Schooley, Centerville UMC / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    You know what it’s like to see a friend you haven’t seen in a year, don’t you? It’s a moment of great joy, when time stands still. Stepping out of the airport in Entebbe – 7,000 miles away -- there stood our friend Musumba (Pastor) Fred Muyimbwa, welcoming us, as he always does. This was our 16th journey to Uganda since 2006. Friends, our …more

    Into the desert

    August 7, 2018 / By Pastor Cory Jones

    Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from a longer story that Pastor Jones submitted for the Mohawk District newsletter. To read the original article, contact Mohawk District Administrative Assistant Cindy Muder at This past July I took part in a cross-cultural trip through my seminary, Drew Theological, and spent eight days in southern Arizona in an area commonly referred to as the Borderlands. The purpose …more

    What is God inviting you to do?

    August 6, 2018 / By Nancy Dibelius, Assistant Director, Spiritual Life for Vital Congregations

    Editor’ Note: This article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of the Advocate, which focused on individuals and churches throughout the Upper New York Conference who are boldly living their call. Discerning your call is a many-layered, challenging process for most of us. To discern means more than to understand or to make a decision. Discern comes from the Latin discernere; dis means apart, and cernere means to separate. …more

    It’s time to take your HealthQuotient assessment to reduce your 2019 HealthFlex deductible

    August 1, 2018 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The HealthQuotient (HQ) online health risk assessment is step two of your HealthFlex “Three Steps for Better Wellness.” Taking the HQ between August 1 and September 30, 2018 will save you money on your 2019 medical plan deductible*— you will avoid paying $250 extra (individual deductible) or $500 extra (family deductible). It is also meant to help you develop a wellness plan for yourself based on your specific health care needs. In order …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."