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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Advocate”

    When God takes over

    September 5, 2017 / By The Rev. Gary Kubitz, First United Methodist Church of Voorheesville

    Editor's Note: For the Summer 2017 issue of the Advocate, we asked members across the UNY Conference to share stories of when they have had to trust that God is enough. Rev. Gary Kubitz, of the First United Methodist Church of Voorheesville, responded with a story. If you have a story of when you had to trust that God is enough, submit it to news@unyumc.org. During my first …more

    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 the 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

    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

    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

    Southern Sudan Health Project: Saving lives with health education

    August 2, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: This is a story of the Southern Sudan Health Project, a project that resulted from collaboration between United Methodist Churches in Central New York and the Lost Boys (Read about one of them here). The Lost Boys are a group of refugees from Southern Sudan, many who were granted help to resettle in the United States between 2000 and 2001. When this project started in 2005, Southern Sudan was …more

    How God provided for Lost Boy Majer Kuon

    August 2, 2017 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Today’s headlines about South Sudan provide a glimpse of the struggles that the Southern Sudanese people face today. Civil war casualties. Famine. Attacks on aid workers. South Sudan (which was a part of Sudan until 2011) has a long history of struggle. Colonized by the British in the 1940s, Sudan became independent in 1956. However, conflict immediately grew between the Northern part of Sudan (and the Sudanese government) and the …more

    Faith is not enough

    July 26, 2017 / By Sherie Heins, Trinity Federated Church

    Growing up in rural New York State, I was part of what I always thought of as a typical family in a typical home environment. We ate dinner around the table each night; we said our bedtime prayers; we attended church and Sunday school and joined the church when we were of age, growing into a faith-based life. It wasn’t until years later that I realized how many …more

    Haiti’s Promised Land: Building new lives

    July 19, 2017 / By Melinda Miles, Coordinator, Haiti Takes Root

    In March 2010, Canaan was a mix of floodplain and foothills, a desert scorching in the midday sun. It was a far cry from the forests of hardwood trees that stood there a hundred years ago, although a breathtaking view of the Bay of Port-au-Prince and seeing the hazy capital itself across the sparkling water gave the place a sense of hope. The first residents arrived just two short months after …more

    Trusting that God is enough to make my half-time pastoral appointment effective

    June 21, 2017 / By By Pastor Bob McCarthy

    Editor’s Note: The Summer 2017 Issue of the Advocate will focus on the theme “Trusting that God is Enough.” This 40-page issue will highlight many amazing things that can happen at an individual level, the church level, and even on a global level when you trust that God is Enough. Here is one example of how Pastor Bob McCarthy trusted that he could have an effective ministry …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."