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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Cadie Hockenbary hired as Northern Flow Administrative Assistant

    May 8, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Ms. Cadie Hockenbary has been hired as the Northern Flow District Administrative Assistant, filling a position that has be vacant since the end of 2016. She comes to the UNY Conference as a member of the Gouverneur First UMC She found out about the position from her pastor, Elizabeth Quick, and felt the position would be a great way to get involved in her local community and serve the Church. Cadie …more

    Tongsung Kido (A Unique Korean Prayer)

    May 8, 2017 / By Yohang Chun, Pastor Oswego First UMC

    Before I came to the United States from South Korea, to study, I had some concerns. One of them was, “How will I survive without Korean food? Can I live with only American food?” Fortunately, since coming to the U.S., I have become well-adjusted to American food culture.  However, as time passed, I missed Korean foods, like kimchi. So, my wife and I went to Korean …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: Judicial Council decision

    May 5, 2017 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor’s Note: On May 5 Bishop Mark J. Webb sent the following letter about the recent Judicial Council ruling that it is not lawful to consecrate a self-avowed practicing homosexual as bishop to the Upper New York Conference. Dear Sisters and Brothers of Upper New York, Grace and peace to you in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ! Last weekend, the Judicial Council released its decision regarding whether a …more

    The Youngest Prayer Warriors

    May 5, 2017 / By Melanie Clark, Lead Sunday School Teacher at Bath: Centenary UMC

    The Apostle Paul exhorted us to “Pray without ceasing,” (1 Thessalonians 5: 17), but did he determine an age when we should begin?  The children in the Sunday School program at Bath: Centenary United Methodist Church have learned that we are never too young to join the ranks of faithful warriors of prayer.  Throughout the months of January and February 2017, these young believers, from first to fifth grades, were …more

    Baldwinsville First UMC helps Haiti

    May 5, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In the photo below, Kelly Carwell and the Rev. Patricia Walz of the Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church give Melinda Miles of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization a check for $4,000 donated by parishioners and the church’s Mission Fund.  Kelly represents the church’s Eureka!  Book Club, who initiated an immediate two-week fundraiser by donations inspired by the book The Insanity of God by Nik …more

    10 Ways to improve your prayer life

    May 5, 2017 / By Susan Hogan, Freelance writer, umc.org

    Prayer, like tennis, takes practice to become accomplished. Spiritual guides and sages, pastors, and other church members are filled with advice and counsel. Here's some of that wisdom condensed into 10 tips about prayer: You are worthy. Do not feel guilty about the quality of your prayer life, or fall victim to doubts and despair about your worthiness to talk to God. Each of us has a spiritual gift. So …more

    Violet’s Garden call for grant applications

    May 5, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Grant Applications are being requested for the final round of Violet's Garden Awards. Violet's Garden, created in 2008 in honor of Bishop Violet Fisher's great love for children and youth, has been awarding funding to local UNY churches to foster the spiritual development of children and youth for 10 years. This will be the final opportunity for churches to apply for the grant. There is $1,200 available to be awarded. …more

    Pre-Conference Briefing video now available

    May 5, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In previous years, Pre-Conference Briefings have been live events held on multiple days across the Conference. This year, a different approach has been taken. A Pre-Conference Briefing video has been created for you to watch any time. The hope is that an on-demand video will provide Conference members access to needed information at their convenience.   You can watch the video on your own, with a small group, or as …more

    The Upper Room: Where the world meets to pray

    April 26, 2017 / By UNY Communications

    The Upper Room is a global ministry dedicated to supporting the spiritual formation of Christians seeking to know and experience God more fully. It is a part of Discipleship Ministries. Sherry Elliot, The Upper Room’s Executive Director of Interpretation and Development, said, “The Upper Room exists for the purpose of calling people to prayer and inviting The Church to practice the spiritual disciplines of prayer, scripture reading, …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Mark J Webb: Together in prayer

    April 26, 2017 / By Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor's Note: This letter was first published in the 2017 Issue 2 of the Advocate, which focuses on the power of prayer. Click here to access this issue. “Bear up the hands that hang down, by faith and prayer; support the tottering knees. Have you any days of fasting and prayer? Storm the throne of grace and persevere therein, and mercy will come down.” “God does nothing but …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."