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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Mission Central”

    UNY response to Hurricane Michael

    October 15, 2018 / By Mike Block, Director of Missional Engagement / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editors Note: The following is a letter that was written by Mike Block, Director of Missional Engagement, about the response to Hurricane Michael and sent to the Upper New York Conference on Oct. 15, 2018.  Dear Friends, It’s going to be a long road of recovery and rebuilding following Hurricane Michael, the most powerful hurricane in nearly 50 years to hit the continental U.S. The Florida Panhandle was hit …more

    UNY response to Hurricane Florence

    September 18, 2018 / By Mike Block, Director of Missional Engagement / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    As many of you are aware, Hurricane Florence brought a significant amount of rainfall to North and South Carolina, causing evacuations, flooding, the displacement of many families, and for some, death. When the water subsides, many will return home to find their homes and businesses damaged or destroyed. Rebuilding can take weeks, months, or perhaps years. As the Director of Missional Engagement for the Upper New York Conference, I urge …more

    Urgent need for cleaning kit supplies

    August 28, 2018 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Recent flooding in Seneca County and throughout Pennsylvania has caused a shortage of UMCOR flood buckets within the Upper New York Conference. UNY Mission Central HUB is in great need of UMCOR cleaning kit supplies and help assembling and verifying buckets. While some of these buckets are used to help our own area, they’re also used around the world. According to Mike Block, Director of Missional Engagement, and …more

    Fulfill your mission needs

    June 11, 2018 / By Mike Block / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Mission Central HUB is a great place to support your missional needs. Are you interested in assembling UMCOR kits? Are you handy and want to roll up your sleeves and help build a wheelchair ramp? Or is there another project that you would like to assemble, build, or create? Contact Director of Missional Engagement, Mike Block, to arrange a time and date to accomplish mission projects. …more

    Mission Central HUB hosts UMCOR kits event

    May 30, 2018 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    Before the start of the 2018 Upper New York Conference session, dozens of UNYC members gave back to the community. The UNY Mission Central HUB hosted an event May 30 in which volunteers helped assemble hygiene kits and flood buckets for the United Methodist Committee on Relief. UNY Director of Missional Engagement Mike Block said the UMCOR kits are important because if a disaster happens, these are the first things homeowners receive. …more

    ERT and VIM volunteers put forth amazing effort at Hogansburg UMC

    April 9, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Ten Upper New York Conference Early-Response Team members (ERT) and Volunteers-in-Mission (VIM) team members (two from the Crossroads District, one from the Albany District, and seven from the Northern Flow District) came together on April 2 and April 3 to begin restoration of the Hogansburg UMC, which is on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation in the Northern Flow District. The church was damaged by flood waters of the St. Regis River in …more

    Sound the alarm, save a life

    March 28, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    A house fire can start at any time in any home. The Upper New York Mission Central HUB, with the help of Volunteers in Mission (VIM) and Early Response Team (ERT), is working with the American Red Cross to help install free smoke alarms where needed. In UNY, more than 500 alarms are available and will be installed in the Central New York area on Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 …more

    Earlville UMC will leave a lasting legacy in Mission Central HUB

    September 21, 2017 / By

    Earlville United Methodist Church has spread the love of Jesus and changed lives for 202 years, but with a recent vote to close, that is changing. Like many small churches, Earlville UMC was in ministry to a community that was shrinking. The members of the Earlville UMC realized that the church was becoming unsustainable and they decided to be proactive about the legacy of their church. As a part of their …more

    The United Methodist Center agrees to be a Mission Central HUB

    May 24, 2017 / By

    When members of the Upper New York Conference staff and trustees were searching for an ideal headquarters space, one of the appeals of the building eventually purchased in Liverpool was the warehouse space. The Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Connectional Ministries, said, “Hands-on mission work is part of the DNA of the four previous Conferences that make up the Upper New York Conference; all …more


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 86 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."