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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Annual Conference 2016”

    The Rev. Cathy Hall Stengel and the Rev. Beckie Sweet to be considered for bishop vacancies

    June 24, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Every four years, United Methodist laity and clergy delegates gather regionally (in five Jurisdictions in the US and in Central Conferences outside the US). One of the key roles of Jurisdictional Conference is to elect new bishops to fill vacancies created by retiring bishops. Bishops are required to retire if they reach the age of 68 by July 1 in the year of the Jurisdictional Conference. In support of the Jurisdictional Conference …more

    Offerings received at Upper New York’s 2016 Annual Conference Session

    June 24, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference would like to thank all of those who contributed to the offerings at the 2016 Annual Conference. The offering total for Africa 360, during Opening Worship, was $127,261.67. The offering total for Africa 360, during the Ordination Service was $4,099.22. The offering total contributed to the Clergy Care Fund, was $5,453.85. The offering total for Helping Hands Fun, during the Laity Worship Service, was $1,601.01. The Mission of Peace offering was $6,956.00. The …more

    Susan Hardy elected as laity leader

    June 20, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On June 3, during the afternoon plenary at the 2016 UNY Annual Conference, Susan Hardy, Cornerstone District Lay Leader was elected as the Conference Lay Leader. Susan brings with her decades of leadership skills. On June 2, during the laity session, she shared her sentiment about the Annual Conference for laity, expressing, “What do the scriptures tell us about discipleship? It takes courage; it takes trust; it will take us to new …more

    The Rev. Adam Hamilton’s UNY Annual Conference 2016 Study Session Videos Now Available

    June 20, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The featured Study Session leader of the 2016 Annual Conference was the Rev. Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. He led the Conference in three 90-minute training sessions throughout the day on June 3. Click here to download the handout/worksheet that accompanies Rev. Hamilton's lessons.  In his first lesson, Rev. Hamilton described the role of leaders. He reviewed five key …more

    Watch videos from Annual Conference 2016

    June 15, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Did you miss out on the 2016 Upper New York Annual Conference (AC2016)? Or were you there and would love to listen to an inspiring message again? Now you can. There have several videos available of the various worship services as well as the leadership report. Approval was just granted to upload the videos of Rev. Adam Hamilton. Those videos will be available soon and notice will be sent out when …more

    The 2016 Upper New York Annual Conference ends with the Service of Ordination and Commissioning

    June 13, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb ended the 2016 session of Annual Conference with the Service of Ordination and Commissioning. This year there was a diverse age range in those being both ordained and commissioned. There were seven ordinates; the youngest was 29 and the oldest was 63, with 48 being the average age of the group. There were four commissioners; the youngest was 26 and the oldest was 60, with the average …more

    Upper New York 2016 Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Wrap-Up

    June 13, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Table is set In the Opening Worship Service at the 2016 Annual Conference of the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church (AC16), Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb reminded us of two promises God has made:  “Through Jesus Christ we are chosen by God” and “Through Christ we are given power for the plan.” The theme of opening worship …more

    Conference budget passes even among concerns

    June 13, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Discussion of the 2017 Upper New York Conference Budget took place across three plenaries: the Friday afternoon plenary, an added Friday evening plenary (which was made possible but cutting time out of the dinner break and starting the Celebration of Ministry later), and Saturday morning’s plenary. The Rev. Larry Lake, the Chair of the Conference Council on Finance & Administration (CF&A), opened the budget discussion with the …more

    Support materials available for local church reports on AC

    June 9, 2016 / By Stephen J. Hustedt

    As lay and clergy voting members of the Upper New York Annual Conference prepare reports for their local churches, the Communications ministry area has provided a variety of support materials. The full video wrap-up of Annual Conference is now available here. This video can be used in support of an oral report or even serve as the report itself. Daily notes from all three days of Annual Conference are available …more

    More than $773,000 raised for Africa 360

    June 6, 2016 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    “Over the past two years, this Conference has been a part of a grand narrative,” said Laurel O’Connor, Africa 360 field coordinator. “In 2014, we took the unprecedented step of combining the stories of Imagine No Malaria and Africa University, seeking to raise funds to not only save children’s lives but raise up new leaders that are bringing peace and health to their home countries. …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."