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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Connectional Ministries”

    From the desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: Louisiana flooding

    August 23, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s note: Following is a letter from Upper New York Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, asking Upper New York Conference Churches to use the United Methodist Connection to respond to the devastating flooding in Louisiana. Sisters and brothers in Christ, Words cannot describe the severe flooding that the residents of Louisiana have suffered through. The flooding has brought devastation to countless people in the Louisiana Conference of The …more

    The Revitalization of Hilton United Methodist Church

    August 22, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In May of 2013, Hilton UMC, under the leadership of the Rev. Jennifer Green, began their revitalization journey through, Hand to Plow, a process employed by the UNY Conference to come alongside local congregations to help them make disciples of Jesus Christ. If you desire to revitalize your church, Hilton UMC’s story of how Hand to Plow helped them is one you will want to read. In the first …more

    The UNY shower trailer repaired and sent to West Virginia

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

    On June 23, 2016, after over eight hours of torrential downpours, West Virginia faced one of the worst flash floods in the state’s history and the devastation of 23 lost lives, several injuries, and the damage of hundreds of homes and businesses. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) responded to this natural disaster immediately with cleaning buckets and health kits until later when volunteer opportunities were coordinated.  The West …more

    Prayers for Sameer

    August 11, 2016 / By Evelyn A. Woodring

    Editor’s Note: Evelyn Woodring, pastor of South Park United Methodist Church, recently shared with UNY Communications, a moving story about a boy named Sameer. Her story spoke to both a need in the community and how she was attempting to help address parts of it on a small scale. She was invited her to share her story on the UNY Conference website so that others may be moved …more

    Will Green raised funds that built a well in Nicaragua.

    August 10, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Eleven-year old Will Green is responsible for providing clean water to a community in Nicaragua. His story is an inspiring one. It all began two years ago when Will was working on his required summer inquiry project for school. He decided to focus on water, and he learned about that many communities do not have access to clean water. He felt God was calling on him to do something about …more

    The Rev. Wayne Butler takes flight for Africa 360

    July 26, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Africa 360, the initiative that the UNY Conference set forth to raise funds for Africa University and Imagine No Malaria was a huge success, raising $773,000. The ways in which districts and local churches raised these funds are awe-inspiring. Many challenges were set forth and answered for this great work. For instance, if someone in a leadership role, perhaps a District Superintendent, told you that if you and other church members in …more

    Cave Quest Vacation Bible School kids show their generous spirit

    July 26, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Vacation Bible School season is in full-swing. Several churches in Upper New York host VBS. Visit our Facebook album to see photos of VBSs all throughout The UNY Conference. We will continually update this album as photos come in. Here is one account of the United Methodist Church of Webster’s VBS: During the week of July 18 through July 22nd, the United Methodist Church of Webster had an awesome …more

    Invitations now accepted for Bishop Webb to preach in your church

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

    Bishop Webb is now establishing his preaching schedule for the months of January 2017 through June 2017. If you wish to extend an invitation to Bishop Webb to preach in your church, please contact Mary Bradley at bishopsoffice@unyumc.org or at 324 University Ave., 3rd Floor, Syracuse, New York, 13210. The deadline to receive requests for the bishop's 2017 preaching schedule is August 22, 2016. Click here to read the letter from the bishop. …more

    First UMC Oneonta’s mission work in Jamaica

    July 19, 2016 / By UNY Communications

    The First UMC Oneonta congregation is sending a mission team to Jamaica from July 23 to August 3. The church has been in partnership with the people of St. Thomas Parish in Jamaica for over 15 years.  St. Thomas Parish is in the far southeastern corner of Jamaica, the poorest section, far removed from the popular resort areas. St. Thomas' primary means of income are the sugar cane plantations. In 2000, First UMC …more

    Penny Proper walks from Newark, NY to Africa University

    June 27, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    From concerts to a hoagie drive-through, the creative ways in which local churches have raised funds for Africa 360 have been astounding. Penny Proper, a member of Newark First United Methodist Church, has a very interesting story about how she raised funds. Penny is 53 and has been a member of Newark First United Methodist Church since she was a small child. She faithfully attends worship every Sunday. Penny has special …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."