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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    When Churches Neglect Payroll Taxes

    July 10, 2019 / By Rev. Susan M. Ranous

    Your Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) want to share the following information with you: An article written by Bobby Ross, Jr., in the Church Law and Tax Report, titled “When Churches Neglect Payroll Taxes,” stated that “failure to file payroll taxes on time is a fairly common issue” in churches. Some churches prioritize their electric bill over the IRS; others assume that because …more

    26th Annual United Methodist Palestinian Dinner in Central/ Upper New York: A Catalyst for Peace?

    July 9, 2019 / By Linda Bergh, co-chair, UNY Task Force on Peace w/ Justice in Palestine/Israel

    How can people treat others that way?,” I thought, while listening to Huwaida Arraf tell of a five-year-old Palestinian child, suffering from cancer and officially admitted to an Israeli Jerusalem hospital, prevented from having the comforting presence of parents, a grandparent, family, or friends with him due to Israel's refusal to grant any of them permits.  As our speaker, Huwaida, a Palestinian American lawyer and civil rights …more

    Top five ways to help UNY Mission Central HUB this summer

    July 8, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    It’s finally summer here in Upper New York (UNY). The rains have let off, the sun is shining, and the temperature has warmed up beautifully. We hope you are enjoying this season! While summer is a time of rest, renewal, and a whole lot of vacationing for Upper New Yorkers, our UNY Mission Central HUB is buzzing with hard work thanks to the UNY Director of Missional Engagement, …more

    CCYM Training Camp-an amazing experience

    July 3, 2019 / By Danny Gekonge – Emmaeus UMC / Albany District Kathryn Helms – Brockport UMC / Genesee Valley District

    Greetings from CCYM training camp! Here at Asbury Retreat Center, we participated in worship, games, and welcoming gestures. We sang lots of praise songs to get us energized and in a good mood. We lifted our voices to God many times every day. We used skits, lessons, and songs to teach messages about God. We served communion and had short services, one of which was around a warm campfire, where …more

    UNY Mission Central HUB installs ramp in Syracuse’s Southside

    July 1, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    Editor’s Note: The Upper New York Conference’s Mission Central HUB has a phenomenal partnership with Operation Northern Comfort and has built more than ten ramps together for those in need. The latest ramp project took place earlier this month during the UNY Annual Conference for an 82-year old woman, Lucille Morris, who lives in a high-crime area of Syracuse’s Southside. Some may deter from …more

    Rule of Law documents now available

    June 24, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    During plenary on June 7 at the Upper New York Annual Conference, a rule of law was requested for both the UNYAC2019.2 resolution (“UNYAC Response to Actions of 2019 General Conference” found on pages 83-88 of the Upper New York Journal Volume I) and the UNYAC2019.3 resolution (“A Call for Structural Change” found on page 89 of the Upper New York Journal Volume I). Upper New York Area Bishop, …more

    Updated CF&A section of the Conference website

    June 24, 2019 / By Rev. Susan M. Ranous / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Your Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CF&A) have been working on developing the CF&A section of our Conference website. Some new arrivals on that section of the webpage include handbooks. The topics covered by these various handbooks is: Clergy Tax Finance and Standards Payroll Clergy Compensation Internal Church Audits Ministry Shares Two-part Handbook with multiple resources You can locate these handbooks on the Conference website …more

    Lakewood UMC’s Blessing Box

    June 18, 2019 / By Rev. Michael Childs, Pastor, and Nancy Meyer, Mission Chairperson Lakewood UMC

    It all started with a clothesline and a cold winter in Lakewood, New York. In 2017, after much conversation among the Lakewood UMC Mission Team, it was decided to install a clothesline on the church property. The line was close to the road and easily accessible to the surrounding community. The line was filled with zip lock bags of all sizes containing hats, gloves, scarves, and socks – all which were …more

    Being the Change in the city of Syracuse

    June 18, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    What would a day devoted to being the hands and feet of Jesus throughout a hurting city look like? Beautiful Mess Ministries, a Christ-centered movement that uses music and missional experiences to change culture through changed lives, illustrates a day like this through their annual “Be the Change” event. “Be the Change" in the city of Syracuse is a Saturday filled with music and service as churches, …more

    Africa University graduates urged to create a better Africa

    June 18, 2019 / By Jeanette Dadzie, Africa University Marketing and Public Affairs Officer

    MUTARE, ZIMBABWE:  - Africa University President and Vice Chancellor Professor Munashe Furusa has challenged the graduates of the United Methodist-related institution to continue to be shining examples of their exemplary education and build a better Africa for the future. “Remember you are Africa’s future that we invested in today, the hope that your families have been holding tight to, the sacred seeds we have planted and …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."