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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Benefits and Administrative Services”

    Golden Cross Sunday offering supports Chaplaincy programs

    May 8, 2015 / By Christian Vischi / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Golden Cross Sunday offering is an annual appeal to the members of the Upper New York Conference to help support benevolent services. In Upper New York, the offering is traditionally received in May, giving congregations the flexibility to designate any date in the month that best suits their schedule. Across the denomination, these conference-wide offerings are used to support health and welfare ministries, such as chaplaincy programs, disability awareness …more

    Bishop Webb urges prayer for Baltimore

    April 28, 2015 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Earlier this week Bishop Mark J. Webb sent the following note to the Upper New York Conference:  Once again, we are witnesses of violent protests in one of America’s cities. As followers of Christ, we must stand on the side of justice and continue to offer a voice and solutions that address racism, discrimination and broken systems. We must also offer a voice of peace and a …more

    Bishop Webb asks Upper New York to support Nepal

    April 28, 2015 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: Earlier this week, Bishop Mark J. Webb sent out the following note to the Upper New York Conference: Please keep the people in Nepal in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with the aftermath of the earthquake that occurred on April 25. More than 4,000 are dead, more than 6,500 people are injured, and thousands are living in tents as their homes have been destroyed. May the peace …more

    Upper New York Conference Center acquisition update

    April 8, 2015 / By Wendy Deichmann

    The Upper New York Conference Board of Trustees has released a statement regarding the potential purchase of property located at 7481 Henry Clay Blvd. in Liverpool that would serve as a new Conference Center. Read below the full statement from property acquisition task force chair the Rev. Dr. Wendy J. Deichmann: At a special session of the Upper New York Annual Conference held on Oct. 18, 2014, the trustees were authorized to obtain …more

    Getting to know the Conference Commission on Equitable Compensation

    March 10, 2015 / By Wilson Jones* / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The following article highlights the work of Upper New York Conference’s Commission on Equitable Compensation, which, according to The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, is charged with “supporting full-time clergy serving as pastors in the charges of the annual conference." I remember the first time I heard the term “Equitable Compensation.” I was new to United Methodism and the district superintendent said …more

    2014: A Year in Review

    December 30, 2014 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Click here to take a look back at 2014 in Upper New York! …more

    Valeski to be Administrative Assistant for Finance and Benefits

    September 17, 2014 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference is pleased to announce that Julie Valeski has accepted the position of Administrative Assistant for Finance and Benefits. Valeski has served as the Conference Receptionist/Support Services Clerk since Sept. 10, 2013. Valeski will remain in her current position until a replacement is hired. "I am pleased that Julie has demonstrated the skills necessary to move into this position and has the desire to serve in these …more

    Conference retirees learning about new health insurance

    September 16, 2014 / By Beth DiCocco / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Upper New York Conference Benefits Officer Vicki Putney has been traveling around the Conference to help retirees and their spouses prepare for a significant change to their health benefits. As of January 2015, Conference retirees – clergy and lay – age 65 and older will receive health insurance through Medicare along with a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) to help them pay for their insurance and health-care expenses. Since there are a number …more

    Your ministry shares at work: the Conference Benefits Office

    August 12, 2014 / By Beth DiCocco / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    From helping newly retired pastors move to their new homes to assisting churches that are trying to negotiate state and federal employment laws, the work of the Upper New York Benefits Office is wide ranging and complex.Vicki Putney The office's work is critically important to both active and retired clergy – and this vital ministry is one of the many supported by ministry share dollars. "The ministry shares …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."