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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Ministry Shares”

    My message about Shared Ministry

    December 20, 2016 / By Mike Kelly

    When pondering Ministry Shares, I always tell my congregations that we must realize that Jesus Christ’s ministry is not limited to Reynoldsville or Newfield United Methodist churches; it is global, as noted in Matthew 28, “Go and make disciples of all nations, we are responsible!” Ministry Shares help make global ministries possible, as part of these monies go to General Connectional Ministries, which funds broader initiatives of …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

    Bishop Webb pens Ministry Shares letters

    March 16, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s note: Corrections have been made to the fact sheet that accompanied the letters sent to churches from Bishop Mark J. Webb. Please click here to review an updated version. The Upper New York Conference has faced some challenges reconciling the difference between the ministries agreed upon at the 2015 Annual Conference session and the funds received to make those ministries possible. As the final Ministry Shares figure for 2015 …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

    CLT and CFA announce changes to 2016 spending plan

    February 22, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s note: The following letter was released by the Conference Leadership Team and the Conference Council on Finance and Administration on Feb. 22.  Sisters and brothers in Christ, We want to share some challenges, concerns, and, by the grace of God, opportunities for our Conference in the area of financial stewardship. As we finalized the total of Conference Ministry Shares collected in 2015 from local churches, we became aware …more

    GBGM missionary the Rev. Doug Childress shares update from Estonia

    October 27, 2015 / By the Rev. Douglas R. Childress

    Greetings from Estonia! Kulli and I wanted to send out a news update on happenings related to our work as missionaries. To begin with, we arrived in Estonia a little over a month ago and have been busy with mundane tasks, such as getting our children registered for school, dealing with customs related to our recently arrived belongings, and applying for my living permit (an Estonian “Green …more

    UNY Media Resource Center releases VBS survey results

    October 13, 2015 / By Diane Miner

    First, thank you to those who took the time to fill out the online survey with feedback on your Vacation Bible School (VBS) program this year. Below are the aggregated results from the survey along with some of my own suggestions. Survey participants were divided evenly between those who purchased and those who borrowed the program kits. Most churches tend to use either Group or Cokesbury for their program. I …more

    UNY asked to fill shoe boxes for Red Bird Mission

    October 9, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    When you think about filling shoeboxes around Thanksgiving, Samaritan’s Purse’s ministry probably comes to mind. But there is a stateside ministry that also needs your supplies: Red Bird Mission. The Red Bird Mission and Clinic in Beverly, Ky., has provided ministries in the Appalachian Mountains region since 1921. Today, the need remains critical in this isolated, rural, distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and …more

    GBGM missionaries make a difference in Israel and Palestine

    October 2, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

      General Board of Global Ministries Missionaries the Rev. Alex Awad and his wife, Brenda, have volunteered in Israel/Palestine for the past 26 years. The couple recently returned to the Upper New York Conference – the couple served as peace and justice educators in upstate New York from 1990 to 1991 – to share their experience through the years in Israel/Palestine. Both teachers from Georgia, the two have dedicated their time …more

    Furniture program in Troy continues, in part, due to RON MOT grant

    September 28, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    What do these groups of people have in common? Families who have lost their home to a fire Women leaving a violent situation People who were homeless and have found a place to live People who have been released following time served in jail Anyone starting out in a new home So, what’s the common thread? These individuals usually lack a furnished place to live. Through various means, …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."