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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Perspectives: South Korea Trip 2017

    Behind the Scenes of Annual Conference: Worship

    May 24, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    As you experience Annual Conference this year, reflect on the effort put forth by the Worship Team to make this Annual Conference one that you will fondly remember. Three members of the Worship Team: Chad Sayers, The Rev. Rachel Morse, and Nancy Diebelius describe the steps involved in creating the Annual Conference Worship experience. The Rev. Rachel Ann Morse, Chair of the Annual Conference Worship Team describes the theme for …more

    Behind the scenes of Annual Conference: AV/Technology

    May 17, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Audio Visual (AV) for the Upper New York Annual Conference Session is a balancing act between preparation and execution. The Conference staff and on-site AV contractors collaborate to assure that the presentations, worship, reports, and music etc. are able to be executed smoothly. A lot of time and effort goes into organizing all materials long before they appear on the screen during the Conference Session. The better organized, the smoother …more

    Behind the scenes of Annual Conference: Printed Materials

    May 10, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Publishing the printed materials for the Upper New York Annual Conference is a year-round effort. Our largest publication is the Journal, which is published in two volumes. Vol. I of the Journal is published before Annual Conference and Vol. II of the Journal is published after. The first piece for Vol. I of the Journal was the narrative budget, which was published to the Conference Website in January. This was …more

    Behind the Scenes of Annual Conference: Logistics

    May 3, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    When it is time to gather for the Upper New York Annual Conference, we rarely think about the details that make it happen. Many tasks even go entirely unnoticed, especially those that are as simple as logistics. What most people don’t realize is that the preparation for the next Annual Conference kicks off as early as the conclusion of the current Conference. That work begins with the meetings …more

    Behind the Scenes: Annual Conference

    April 25, 2017 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes in preparation for the Upper New York Annual Conference Session each year? Many hours and many hands are involved in the process of each and every detail of planning. Every Ministry Area plays an important part, along with the help of many volunteers before and during the Session. Our next blog series will dive deep into the ins and outs, …more

    Pastor Mike Kelly: Chicken Parmesan and Garlic Red Smashed Potato

    February 27, 2017 / By Pastor Mike Kelly

    First off, I want to thank everyone for asking me to participate in this first ever Conference Blog Cooking Video. As I thought of what I was going to do for my presentation, and the recipe that followed, I thought that I would do a Christmas recipe to share, but I struggled with that. In the first place because I have been a Chef for so long and do not …more

    Pastor James Brown: Corn Fritters Pancakes

    February 21, 2017 / By Pastor James Brown, Bowmansville UMC & Faith Lancaster UMC

    As a pancake lover and cooker for many, many years, I have used this recipe to feed many a fine group of people over the years at many Shrove Tuesday events prior to Ash Wednesday. Folks do plain pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, but I enjoy making, as I like to say, "Step it up a Notch!" Corn Cakes pancakes as a second choice. Lots of people love them …more

    Shannon Hodson: Carrot Lentil Coconut Stew

    February 14, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson, Writer/Editor / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Because I feel my body is my temple, my diet is at least 85 percent plant-based. I love vegetables, nuts, whole grains, legumes, seeds, fruits--foods from the earth. Also, I have been a dedicated endurance athlete for over 25 years. Nutrition is a big part of that dedication. I make sure I have a lot of antioxidants, plenty of fiber, and ample protein to fuel my performance. The recipe below is a …more

    Debbie Albright: Shrimp Creole

    February 7, 2017 / By Debbie Albright / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    I was born and raised in the Deep South and lived most of my life in Shreveport Louisiana.  After meeting my husband we moved to Upstate New York where we currently reside and although I certainly miss home and my family I really miss the food.  I think Louisiana has the best food however, as I was raised there I may be partial.  Growing up I loved …more

    Beth Russell: Glazed Meatloaf

    January 30, 2017 / By Beth Russell, Volunteer Coordinator/Director at Christ Church

    This meatloaf is a big hit at our Community Meals at Christ Church United Methodist in Glens Falls. Glazed Meatloaf Ingredients: 1/2 cup ketchup 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon dry mustard 2 pounds lean ground beef 3 slices bread, shredded 1/4 cup diced onion 1 egg, beaten  3 tablespoons lemon juice Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a small bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and dry mustard …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."