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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Connectional Ministries”

    The Rev. Dr. Amanda Drury challenges UNY clergy to grow their faith

    October 31, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Rev. Dr. Amanda Drury wants to bring testifying back to the Church; she wants congregations to understand and feel God’s outrageous love. Rev. Dr. Drury, the featured speaker at the 2016 Bishop’s Retreat held in Niagara Falls, NY October 25-2, shared her desires in a series of powerful and thought-provoking lectures on Doubt and on God’s Outrageous Love to an audience of nearly 200 clergy …more

    Bishop J. Lawrence McCleskey to visit UNY Conference Nov. 19-20

    October 18, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Saturday Nov. 19 and Sunday Nov. 20, UNY Conference clergy and laity have the opportunity to meet Bishop J. Lawrence McCleskey to learn more about Africa University (AU). J. Lawrence McCleskey retired as a bishop of The United Methodist Church in 2008.  He served for 45 years as an active United Methodist clergyperson, beginning as a student pastor in 1963, serving 27 years in pastoral ministry, six years as a district superintendent, and 12 years …more

    Rev. Vonda Fossitt ignites excitement at the Genesee Valley Installation Service

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

    On Sunday, October 2, over 200 people, young and old with great diversity, attended a service at the United Methodist Church of Webster to celebrate the Rev. Vonda Fossitt’s appointment as the Superintendent of the Genesee Valley District. In addition to the Covenant Service that takes place when a superintendent is appointed to a district, this evening service was comprised of exceptionally energizing performances.  The theme of Rev. Fossitt …more

    The 2016 UNY Conference Journal Directory now available for purchase

    October 4, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The 2016 Upper New York Conference Journal Directory is now available. This directory contains up-to-date contact information of all UNY churches, clergy, members to Annual Conference, and surviving spouses for the 2016 Upper New York Annual Conference Session. There are two ways to receive the Journal Directory: Click here to purchase a hard copy from online publisher Lulu.com OR Click here to download a free PDF version If you order directly …more

    Evenings of Prayer and Witness to take place throughout UNY

    September 21, 2016 / By Steve Hustedt

    Details have been released on the times of prayer and witness that were announced over the summer. The three large gathering that will be led Bishop Mark J. Webb in cooperation with the Order of Elders, the Order of Deacons, and the Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members will be held: Oct. 3 at Liverpool UMC - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Saratoga Springs UMC - 6:30-8:30 p …more

    Celebrating the Appointment of the Rev. Everett J. Bassett as Superintendent of the Oneonta District

    September 21, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Picture Morris UMC’s performance of Sister Act or the 40 Easter baskets they put together for local children. Visualize firemen joining the Unadilla UMC for Halloween or Schuyler Lake UMC’s Mittens in Mission Ministry and Crockpot Food Ministry. Imagine the Mount Upton UMC at the Chenango County Fair or the Hartwick UMC’s Christmas ride. These are just some of the dozens of photos shown in …more

    Genesee Valley’s Oct. 2 Installation, to be an Excellent Celebration

    September 21, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Members of the Genesee Valley District will celebrate Rev. Vonda Fossitt’s appointment on Sunday Oct. 2 from 4-7 p.m. at the Webster United Methodist Church. During this service, which is open to everyone, Rev. Fossitt brings with her, members of several of the congregations and ministries where she has served. They will be helping to make the celebration spectacular. The service will begin with Praise and Worship with …more

    Increased Ministry Share giving allows CF&A to recommend SU chaplain position be reinstated PT

    September 12, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In early 2016, the Upper New York Conference, had to make some very difficult financial decisions due to the shortfalls in Ministry Share giving. Among the very painful cuts that had to be made to the Conference spending plan was the full-time position of the Chaplain position at Syracuse University’s (SU) Hendricks Chapel. However, from the moment the decision was made to cut funding, there was a commitment to …more

    Save the Dates: Times of prayer and conversation for the United Methodist Church

    August 29, 2016 / By Ashley Riddell / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    With uncertainty and great anxiety about the state of the United Methodist Church and what the future holds, The Upper New York Conference is organizing times of prayer and conversation across the Conference. Agenda and structure are still being determined, but plan now to attend one of the three times. These times are open to all: Oct. 3 at Liverpool UMC - 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Saratoga Springs UMC - 6:3 …more

    Mission Night: A gathering of 30 Oneonta District Church members gather for mission work, fellowship

    August 29, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Sunday, August 21, seven United Methodist churches from the Oneonta District gathered at the YMCA for a time of fun and fellowship, and to assemble UMCOR school kits. They put together 106 kits with a couple of boxes of left-over items that will be donated to local schools. Their goal had been 100 kits. Each of the churches spent the summer collecting the items and sewing the bags. A couple of women …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."