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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    The Rev. Suzanne Block to become District Superintendent of the Cornerstone District

    January 21, 2019 / By Upper New York Communications

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is pleased to announce this intention to appoint the Rev. Suzanne Block as a Conference Superintendent assigned to the Cornerstone District effective July 1, 2019. Rev. Block currently serves Christ United Methodist Church, Olean, NY. Rev. Block has been involved in various Conference and District leadership roles, including as a current member of Board of Ordained Ministry, Cornerstone District Committee on Ministry, …more

    From the desk of Bishop Webb: Wespath FAQ

    January 18, 2019 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor's Note: On Thursday Jan. 17, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb sent the following letter to the Upper New York Conference regarding Wespath and the Special Session of General Conference. Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,   Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ! As we approach the Special Session of General Conference in St. Louis, I continue to be committed to …more

    District trainings in the coming months

    January 15, 2019 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Many Districts across the Upper New York (UNY) Conference have some great leadership training opportunities in the coming months. Below are some of the trainings taking place ordered by the dates that they are being offered. Mohawk District Mountain View District Finger Lakes District Crossroads District Adirondack District Niagara Frontier District Cornerstone District Binghamton District Mohawk District Mohawk District Leadership Summit Jan. 26, 2019 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. First UMC 105 Genesee …more

    How the IRS “Parking Lot” Tax Guidance affects your church

    January 8, 2019 / By Conference Council on Finance & Administration

    Some of you may have read articles or seen information about a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that seemed to assess an unrelated business income tax on employers, including churches, that provide parking to employees.  Within the past couple of weeks, the Internal Revenue Service released guidance, which, essentially showed the IRS adopting a special rule that should eliminate the possibility of a tax burden …more

    Resources for Human Relations Day on Sunday, Jan. 20

    January 8, 2019 / By UNY Imagine No Racism Team

    Friends, As we continue to Imagine No Racism and journey together through small group experiences and study, we’d like to offer ways to bring the Imagine No Racism message into your worship settings. Human Relations Day on Sunday, Jan. 20, offers an ideal opportunity to incorporate messages of race inequality and injustice. In addition to other resources available through UMC Discipleship Ministries, we offer this video entitled Racism Is …more

    Honor Disability Awareness Weekend Feb. 2-3

    January 8, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    At the 2018 Upper New York Annual Conference, held at on Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, in Syracuse, NY, a petition was adapted for local churches to hold a Disability Awareness Weekend. This petition was submitted by Rev. Missy McCarthy and the Accessibility Committee. The petition recommends a Disability Awareness Weekend to be held during the first weekend of Feb. or another weekend chosen by a local church for …more

    Hope in the midst of tragedy

    January 7, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Imagine watching your 28-year-old daughter’s health deteriorate over a course of a few weeks. This is what Linda Mauro experienced last September. Her daughter. Brittany Sass, was diagnosed with pneumonia. When undergoing treatment for pneumonia, Brittany began having dizzy spells. Linda took Brittany to the emergency room at Upstate University Hospital.   Diagnostics showed that Brittany had a stroke that was caused by her having a heart attack. …more

    Three men on a mission

    December 14, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Power tools echo throughout the entire first floor of 473 Birr Street, located in the Northwest quadrant of Rochester, NY. This neighborhood is home to hundreds of refugees from Burma, Nepal, Somalia, Ethiopia, Togo, South Sudan, and several other countries. Walt Mathias of Honeoye Falls UMC is using a jigsaw to cut a hole into what will become a kitchen sink counter; Leon Perkins of Rush UMC is drilling screws into …more

    Order of Elders Gathering, a wonderful experience

    December 12, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Thursday Dec. 6, 175 Ordained Elders across the Upper New York Conference joined Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb for the Order of Elders Gathering at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool, NY. The event included spirited worship and fellowship. The featured speaker was Bishop Grant Hagiya from the California-Pacific Annual Conference. He introduced attendees to two ideas that could help them understand how to continue to be united …more

    First UNY Korean Caucus prayer concert includes dozens of prayers

    December 11, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Dec. 7, clergy and laity from across the Upper New York (UNY) Conference gathered together for the UNY Korean Caucus of Prayer at the United Methodist Center in Liverpool. The event included praise and worship, led by Yohan Moon and Jee hye Song, a message shared by Moon Ho Kim, and a long period of beautiful Tongsung Kido. Tongsung Kido is popular in Korean congregations among others—it involves …more

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 86 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."