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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Communications”

    Celebration of Ministry observed as a gala this year

    June 4, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Day two of the 2016 Annual Conference ended with an electrifying Celebration of Ministry Gala, which mirrored the Academy Awards. This celebration included gold BobbleWebbs, musical transitions between recognitions, and envelopes with the names of those recognized. Cornerstone District Superintendent the Rev. Sherri Rood and Adirondack District Superintendent the Rev. Bill Mudge hosted the Gala. An ongoing debate between the co-hosts about the appropriate attire for the gala added humor to …more

    Actions taken during the Trustees Report

    June 3, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    During afternoon plenary on day two of the 2016 Annual Conference session, three matters were discussed in the Trustees Report: the new Conference Center, churches that have been discontinued and abandoned, and the Findley Camp & Retreat Center (Camp Findley) Resolution. Regarding the new Conference Center at 7481 Henry Clay Boulevard in Liverpool, Pastor Richard Barling, a trustee, discussed the progress that has been made in renovating the building. He mentioned the …more

    Leadership Report aims to upgrade the experience at the table

    June 3, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The banquet table of the Upper New York Annual Conference session is set – and it’s no ordinary meal. “It is a table filled with delicacies you can’t even imagine,” a narrator recites at the opening of the Leadership Report. “The blessing is before us.” “No matter what your gift is, no matter who you are; you are invited to the …more

    Rev. Nola Anderson encourages grievers not to despair

    June 3, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Crossroads District Superintendent the Rev. Nola Anderson spoke at the Memorial Service on June 2 at the 2016 Annual Conference session. Her speech focused on the theme, “A Reason to Hope.” Rev. Anderson exposed the lesson  “The Book of Lamentations” can teach people when they are faced with intense grief. “Lamentations’” five chapters are considered funeral hymns; it is Jeremiah’s response to …more

    Pastor leads Thursday dinner blessing in Korean, English

    June 3, 2016 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Pastor Jae Hee Song, serving at the Hope Korean United Methodist Church in Syracuse, led the Thursday dinner blessing at the 2016 Annual Conference session in both her native tongue – Korean – and English. She said she wished to say the blessing in both languages because her native tongue led her to ministry and she wanted celebrate the diversity in the Upper New York Conference. "Thank you for this …more

    The State of the Church Series: Reasons for hope

    May 13, 2016 / By Scott Johnson, Conference Lay Leader

    Upper New York Conference Lay Leader helped to lead the Laity Report at the 2016 General Conference session. Here he has shared some of the reasons he sees for hope, just as reasons for hope would be shared in the laity report. Article originally was published in the Interpreter Magazine found here: http://www.interpretermagazine.org/topics/reasons-for-hope. It is difficult to assess the state of the church at this …more

    Sign up now for the Conference’s Day of Prayer Vigil

    April 15, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Nancy Dibelius, who is coordinating the Upper New York Conference's Day of Prayer on April 23, is organizing a prayer vigil for the entire Day of Prayer. There will be events going on throughout the day at local churches, so the critical time slots are in the early morning and late evening. Each slot is for one hour. Those interested in participating in the vigil - particularly for the hours …more

    UNY makes prayer beads for General Conference

    April 15, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Nancy Dibelius - coordinator of the Upper New York Conference's Day of Prayer on April 23 - has made 20 sets of prayer beads on behalf of the Conference, which will be given to delegates at the 2016 General Conference session, May 10-20 in Portland, Ore. Since the deadline to receive prayer beads for General Conference is April 30, these beads will not be prayed over during Day of Prayer, but …more

    ‘Take a Bite Out of Malaria’ on World Malaria Day

    April 5, 2016 / By Laurel O’Connor / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Churches of and communities within the Upper New York Conference can “Take a Bite Out of Malaria” on World Malaria Day, April 25. Conference-wide, churches are asked to work with local restaurants to receive a portion of their revenue on April 25 – which will go toward Imagine No Malaria, an integral part of Africa 360 – and then encourage members and friends to eat out that day. Participating businesses will …more

    Conference announces revised 2016 spending plan

    February 24, 2016 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference Leadership Team (CLT) and the Conference Council on Finance & Administration (CF&A) released a letter earlier this week detailing changes to the Conference’s 2016 spending plan. According to the letter, “the guiding principle in making these decisions was, ‘What cuts will have the least direct impact on the ministry of the local church?’” Click here to read the …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."