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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    A message from the Bishops of the Northeast Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church

    February 5, 2019 / By Bishops of the Northeastern Jurisdiction

    Editor's Note: The following pastoral letter written by the Bishops of the Northeastern Jurisdiction was sent to the Upper New York Conference and all Conferences of the Northeastern Jurisdiction on Feb. 5, 2019.

    We bid you grace and peace from the Lord Jesus Christ:

    During the Northeastern College of Bishops meeting, January 28th – 30th, we your Bishops prayed for the Church and in particular the clergy and laity of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.

    As the Special Session of the General Conference in St. Louis, MO, February 23-26, 2019, is just days away, we invite each congregation and every member to join us in even deeper and more fervent prayer. We seek your prayers as the delegates receive and act upon the report from The Commission on a Way Forward and corresponding petitions. Along with the Apostle Paul, we pray that the “God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace in faith so that you overflow with hope in the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 CEB).  

    Please lift this session of holy conferencing in prayer in each of your churches this Sunday and throughout the week. On Saturday, February 23, the General Conference will dedicate the entire day to prayer. This will be available through live-streaming (umc.org) and we invite as many as possible to pray along with the Conference delegates, Bishops and attendees.  

    We are confident that God will work all things together for good as God’s people are faithful in prayer and obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit. As John Wesley said, “Best of all, God is with us.”

    TAGGED / General Conference Special Session 2019


    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."