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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: Day in the Life

    Day in the Life: Goldy and McCoy

    April 23, 2018 / By Goldy, A United Methodist Center Goldfish

    Every day, United Methodists from around Upper New York walk by us; some stop to admire our colorful scales and fins. But we are more than just decorations in a pond. We are United “Method-fish.” Our days of swimming around in the atrium of the United Methodist Center are filled with new adventures and people. To give you a better idea, here’s a typical day for us fish in the pond.

    4:00 a.m. I had to wake up McCoy because I heard some activity near the front desk. McCoy assured me it was just Phil getting ready for his daily duties. Maybe he will feed us?

    5:00 a.m. No food yet.

    7:45 a.m. McCoy and I noticed some of the Conference staff are beginning to arrive. Maybe one of them will feed us.

    8:30 a.m. The Rev. Bill Mudge just stopped by to say hi and watch us show off our fancy fins. The Cabinet must be meeting today. McCoy says they meet here often and work diligently for the Conference. Maybe Bill will feed us.

    9:00 a.m. More United Methodists are arriving at the center. I overheard someone talking about several meetings that are happening today. I wonder which ministries are meeting. McCoy thinks New Faith Communities are gathering in room B, but I think it’s going to be a pastoral leadership development session. Maybe someone from these meetings will feed us.

    10:30 a.m. McCoy and I made a “swim” for it after something fell into our pond. It’s quite large and scary. It looks like a giant screen attached to a pole and it’s moving back and forth as if it’s trying to grab something.

    10:35 a.m. It was just Phil cleaning out our pond. He does a lovely job. Maybe he will feed us.

    11:30 a.m. A staff member stood by our pond and leaned in to say a prayer. Maybe she will feed us.

    12:00 p.m. There is a lot of foot traffic around our pond right now. Everyone is stopping to say hi to us. Some are sharing their thoughts with us. It must be lunch time for all those people in meetings. Maybe they will stop and feed us.

    12:30 p.m. Oh thank the stars! Our video specialist is here and she has food for us! McCoy thinks we should change her job title to “fish feeder” so she can focus more on giving us food.

    1:00 p.m. It’s quiet again. Everyone seems to have gone back to work. McCoy was right, the New Faith Community leadership team is meeting here today. They are working on ideas and ways to create more leaders and grow the connection. Like all the ministries in our Conference, they are making huge contributions to support our vision and mission! Maybe the Rev.Dave Masland will feed us.

    2:00 p.m. The Bishop stopped by to say hello. McCoy and I showed our appreciation for all of his hard work, inspiration, and leadership by blowing bubbles up to him. I think he smiled back at us! Maybe he will feed us.

    3:30 p.m. A Conference staff member brought her daughter in to say hi. She might be the future of the Upper New York Conference, so I told McCoy to look his best. Maybe she will feed us.

    3:35 p.m. Another staff member let the daughter feed us a little snack. We will welcome her with open fins any time she wants to visit the United Methodist Center.

    4:30 p.m. it looks like everyone is getting ready to go home. They look like they’ve worked hard all day. Some are stopping to say goodnight to us. I suppose it must be time for us to swim ourselves to sleep and get ready for more adventures tomorrow. I wonder who we will meet next and how many disciples we will make tomorrow. Goodnight, McCoy!

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    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."