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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Overcoming the challenge of a part-time pastoral appointment

    August 22, 2017 / By Lori Bruno-Taylor. Owl's Head UMC

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in teh SUmmer 2017 issue of the Advocate. A pastor is called to serve God in all settings, at all times. Part-time does not change what we are called to do, it just challenges us to trust that God is enough when time, schedules, and resources do not appear to be enough. God has a way of teaching us to work as the Body …more

    Love, Grow, Serve, The story of Centerpoint Christian Fellowship

    August 21, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Notw: This article was previously published in the Summer 2017 issue of the Advocate, which had the theme of Trusting that God is enough. The story of Centerpoint Christian Fellowship (CCF) in the Mohawk District showcases how a New Faith Community becomes a success by trusting that God is enough. Starting in 2008-2009, the initial meetings of CCF took place from at the old Trenton Town Hall in Barneveld, …more

    What to expect at the 2017-2018 District Days

    August 18, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb will be visiting each of the Districts in the Upper New York Conference during his 2017-2018 District Days tour. The theme of the tour will be “A Way Forward.” This year’s District Days is set up in such a way that will facilitate active discussion. In each District, conversations will be had in small groups based on …more

    Rowing toward shore after my husband’s death

    August 15, 2017 / By By Jan Rothfuss

    My husband’s death was not completely unexpected but I was holding on to the thought that we would be together a while longer. After all, he had survived his initial bought with cancer in 2013 and 2014 was a great year, including the birth of our first grandchild and a road trip together out to Colorado. But in June of 2015, he was called home. While I had experienced the death …more

    Laity District Days locations announced

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

    Bishop Mark J. Webb has announced the following dates for the District Days with the Bishop coming in the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018. Locations for the event have now been confirmed for each District as follows: Mountain View – 9/7 @ Avoca UMC Cornerstone -9/17 @ Christ First, Jamestown Finger Lakes - 9/26 @ Seneca Falls UMC Niagara Frontier – 10/3 @ Harris Hill UMC Albany – 10/5 @ Shenendehowa UMC Adirondack – 10/19 @ Queensbury UMC Oneonta – 10/30 @ …more

    Vital Congregations opportunities this fall

    August 14, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    There is still time to register for the fall opportunities from Vital Congregations. In reaching toward our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, all of us will need to continue to grow in our capacity as leaders. Our current understandings will limit our ability to live into our vision of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and being God’s love with …more

    Pre-retirement Seminar scheduled for Sept. 25

    August 14, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    There will be a Pre-Retirement Seminar held in September 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. …more

    God’s strength throughout my life

    August 14, 2017 / By Rev. Rhonda Kouterick, Horseheads UMC

    When have I had to trust that God is enough? When haven't I? And when haven't you? Here are some times throughout my life when I have trusted that God is enough: It was when I went off to seminary with a sleeping bag and $75 in my pocket with no guaranteed place to stay and thinking I could buy what books I needed for the semester; The housing …more

    Upper New York Conference offers a grant through The Trust Agreement of the late Ercil Cady

    August 14, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    The Cady Grant is available to UNY individual United Methodists, local UM churches, or District and Conference ministry teams.  Priority shall be given to educational proposals that benefit African Americans or Native Americans. This year's applications are due August 21, 2017 with notification by September 1, 2017. The proposal must demonstrate: 1.      The education/ministry/program/event is faith based. 2.      A direct benefit …more

    Conference website status

    August 14, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    As we are sure you have noticed, we’ve had some significant issues with the Conference website over the last week or so. The good news is that we have a restored version of the Conference website that we can work with. The bad news is that several months updates, changes, and additions to the website were lost in the process.   What this means is we are having …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."