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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from April 2019

    Upper New York makes “New Places for New People” a priority

    April 30, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    New Faith Communities (NFCs), are one of the best ways to introduce people to God in fresh new ways—sometimes in public settings like cafes, outdoor settings, and even laundromats; other times in peoples’ homes. New Faith Communities welcome people who may not initially be comfortable in the “church” setting. Additionally, NFCs help ethnic-minorities connect to God through building groups of people from a similar cultural …more

    The Judicial Council Rulings on the Traditional Plan

    April 29, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    In its April 23-26 meeting, the United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council reviewed the Traditional Plan, which was approved the Special Session of General Conference in February. This plan retains the current stance of the Book of Discipline regarding same-sex marriage and the ordination of practicing homosexuals.  The Judicial Council ruled that seven of petitions of the newly adopted Traditional Plan remain unconstitutional, and the rest …more

    UNY Conference welcomes MaryBeth Ingalls

    April 24, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference welcomes MaryBeth Ingalls as the new Mission Volunteer Coordinator. She will be working alongside with Mike Block, the Upper New York Director of Missional Engagement. MaryBeth’s primary responsibility will be to help broaden the awareness of volunteer opportunities at the Mission Central HUB and throughout the Conference. MaryBeth became a Christian 12 years ago while attending Liverpool First UMC. While at Liverpool, she fell …more

    Register now for your Blueprint for Wellness screening

    April 23, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    Wespath Benefits and Investments and The Center for Health have again teamed up with Quest Diagnostics to offer "Blueprint for Wellness," a free health screening program for eligible participants* in the Upper New York Conference. Quest Diagnostics will be at the Upper New York Annual Conference event at the Oncenter on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, and Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. This is an opportunity to obtain a free …more

    Facing a church closure—First Palmyra UMC members reminisce

    April 23, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: Every year, 8-15 churches across the Upper New York Conference close their doors for good. Here is the story of one church that will be closing effective July 1, 2019. Have you experienced a recent church closure? We’d love to help you preserve the memory of your church. Send your story to news@unyumc.org. Palmyra, New York has a rich history of Methodism. This area …more

    New York State Employers required to provide sexual harassment prevention training

    April 23, 2019 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    New York State employers must provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training upon hire and on an annual basis. For this year, the training must be completed by all current employees and new hires by October 9, 2019.  Once the initial training is complete, the employer can decide the timing of the annual training (calendar year, anniversary date, or any other date). Employers are encouraged to track completion of training through …more

    UNY Conference members help with disaster relief in Danville, VA

    April 23, 2019 / By Laura Alexander, Lansing UMC

    From April 7 to April 13, a team from Lansing UMC traveled to Danville, VA for Hurricane Recovery. In September 2018, the Dan River crested at 22’, and again in October crested a record 30’. Team leader Steve Alexander was in contact with Disaster Coordinators from North Carolina, who referred Steve to Pastor Bob Pihlcrantz, the VA UMC Disaster Response Coordinator. He said that the Danville area was in need. Pastor Lisa Nordan …more

    Outward! ’19 gathers your from around Upper New York

    April 16, 2019 / By Kristian J. Snyder

    Hundreds of youth and adults from across Upper New York came together in Liverpool for OUTWARD! ’19, held April 5-7 at the Liverpool Holiday Inn. There were over 250 youth and adults who joined the Conference Council on Youth Ministry members who planned and organized the event. There were a total of 25 youth groups, from all 12 districts, in attendance. This year, we again provided opportunities for youth groups to do hands-on …more

    Children with special needs have an eggcellent time at Easter event

    April 16, 2019 / By The Rev. Todd Goddard

    Our Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Special Needs and Their Families this morning was a great success! About 40 volunteers planted eggs filled with candy, toys, slips of paper for prizes, and money. About 40 families attended and had a wonderful time, as volunteers guided children throughout the church and front yard to fill a bag full of eggs. Children with special needs often are left out of community Easter egg …more

    A unique ministry: Common Good Radio

    April 10, 2019 / By Rev. Della Ludwig

    Editor's Note: This is the first article in our series about unique ministries. If your church have a unique ministry that you would like to share, send us your story at news@unyumc.org. “You’re listening to Common Good Radio for all God’s children,” chimes in another year of award-winning programming from Common Good Radio (CGR). This all-volunteer 24/7 digital …more



    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 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."