District Newsletter



Albany District Newsletter
July 24, 2014
District Contact Information
Albany District Superintendent – Rev. Rich Weihing      richweihing@unyumc.org
Albany District Assistant – Maxine Getty                     albanydistrict@unyumc.org
Albany District Office schedule - Mondays 8 am – 1 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 am – 4 pm 
Albany District Office Phone:  (518) 608-1246 or e-mail:  albanydistrict@unyumc.org
Albany District Mailing Address:  PO Box 511, Newtonville, NY 12128
Please visit the following Web Sites:
Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church   www.unyumc.org


Prayers and Joys  
Prayers for Rev. Sundar Samuel (East Greenbush UMC) his family and the East Greenbush Congregation as Sundar recovers from surgery for a torn rotator cuff. Sundar is resting at home and will begin an extensive rehab program.
Prayers for the family of Rev. Kim Goodrich (Waterford UMC); Kim’s mother’s cancer has returned and she will begin chemo therapy once again.
Prayers for Pastor Alan Griffith (Ft Plain and Freysbush UMC) and his wife Lynn; Lynn is recovering from surgery; notes and cards of well wishes may be sent to Lynn Griffith, 39 Center St, Ft Plain, NY 13339
Prayers for the family of Pastor Emeritus Ivan Gossoo (former Troy Conference Member) who passed away Tuesday July 22, at 11:30am with family at his side; Memorial and Celebration of life will take place later summer or early Fall. Will be posted as soon as decided.
Continued prayers for….
For David Suits (Albany District Committee on Ministries) as he continues his treatment for cancer.
For Rev. Brolin Parker as he continues his fight with cancer. You may still send cards and words of encouragement to: The Rev. Dr. Brolin Parker, 205 Patio Dr., Endwell, NY 13760.
For Judy Humphrey-Fox (pastor in Broadalbin and Edinburg) and her husband Tim. Tim suffered a minor stroke. Messages of encouragement can be sent to pastorjudyhf@gmail.com or 14 Sherman Ave., Corinth NY 12822.
For a dear friend of mine, Daphne, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, thank you and blessings, Maxine
For Kathy Reese (Kathy serves Bleecker and No Bush UMC’s), Kathy’s husband Robert Reese fell on ice in Jan and is having a hard time recovering. He has brain trauma and is looking at a long recovery. 
For Rev Bob Boston and wife Beverly now residing at Ellis LongTerm Care Center at 600 McClellan St, Sch’dy 12304.
UpDate Pastor Emeritus Ivan Gossoo is now located closer to us! He is currently at The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls, 21 Danforth Street, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090, visitors are welcome and needed.
For Pastor Eric Kerwath (Center Glenville UMC) and wife Linda as Linda continues to heal.
For Deborah Roberts-Delamater wife of Rev Alan Delamater (Shenendehowa UMC) as she continues her recovery.
For Rev Robert and Nancy Osgood as they continue to heal at home, your well wishes may be sent to PO Box 80, No Hoosick, NY 12133.


Dates and Useful Resources  - Please do not plan church events that will conflict with important Conference Date
Ø Aug. 12 - Living Well Workshop - Christ the King Seminary - DETAILS
Ø Aug. 15 - Deadline for RONMOT grant applications - DETAILS
Ø Aug. 17 - 21 - Director's Invitational - Casowasco Camp and Retreat - DETAILS
Ø Aug. 27 - Living Well Workshop - Pine Grove UMC - DETAILS
Ø Aug 28 - Living Well Workshop - Luthern Care Clinton - DETAILS
Ø Sept. 1 - Conference office Closed - Labor Day
Ø Sept. 6 & 7 - Special Session - DETAILS
Ø Sept. 8-11 - Creative Worship Workshops - DETAILS
Ø Sept. 12-14 - UMW Mission U Region I: Silver Bay - DETAILS
Ø Sept. 14 - Mountain View District New DS Installation - DETAILS
Ø Sept. 21 - Finger Lakes District New DS Installation - DETAILS
Ø Oct. 22-24 - Bishop's Retreat - DETAILS  E-Advocate
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AUMS Newsletter “Witness”
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Media Resource Center Newsletter for June
The following link will take you to the Media Resource Center’s Newsletter   Newsletter Link
Living Well is an opportunity for churches to deepen discipleship while reaching out to your neighborhood and larger community.  Our new website at www.FindingMoreLove.org offers a training program, other resources an opportunities for collaboration.


New Items

Notice:   Due to an error, an automatic email reply for the District Superintendent Rich Weihing was sent last week saying that he was on renewal leave thru August 13 which is incorrect. The DS will be out of the office August 4 – 18 on vacation.
If you need to contact the office, Maxine the Administrative Assistant will be in during that time.
Please remember to change the address for the Albany District Office our new address is:
PO Box 511
Newtonville, NY 12128
Maxine will be in the office on Mondays from 8 am – 1 pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am – 4 pm.
The telephone number for the office is 518-608-1246 and our email is albanydistrict@unyumc.org 
To access the offices, park in the lower (back) parking lot of the Newtonville UMC, look for the wheelchair ramp and enter thru that door. Our offices are the first two on the left and right as you come thru the door. Stop in and say hi!
New - Annual Conference special session announced
With approval from the Appointive Cabinet, Bishop Mark J. Webb has called a special session of Annual Conference for Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7, in accordance with Paragraph 603.5 of the 2012 Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, to make a recommendation to the Conference Trustees about purchasing a building located at 7481 Henry Clay Blvd. in Liverpool  for use as the Conference Center. Learn all the details here.Equalization members from the last Annual Conference are invited to attend and vote.
New - 2014 Bishop’s Retreat
The Bishop’s Retreat will be held October 22-24 at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid in the Adirondacks.
Guest Speaker: Rev. Jacob Armstrong, founding pastor of Providence Church, a United Methodist church plant in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. Who is Jacob Armstrong? Born and raised in Mt Juliet. Following seminary and his wife Rachel served at First UMC in Murfeesboro, Tenn. Dreaming of a church where disconnected people could find hope, healing, and wholeness in Jesus, in 2008, Jacob and Rachel returned to Mt Juliet to start Providence church. Besides Providence, Jacob’s most formative ministry experiences have been mission trips in the US, Mexico, Spain and Nicaragua. Jacob enjoys running, canoeing, and playing with his dog Zeke. Jacob and Rachel have three daughters: Mary, Lydia and Phoebe.
The cost (same as 2013):
$295 for double occupancy
$395 for single
$170 for commuters
Register at: www.unyumc.org/bishopsretreat2014
New - UMVIM teams needed in Mississippi
Upper New York Volunteers-in-Mission Co-Coordinator Donna Cullen has announced a request for VIM teams in Winston County, Miss. Teams are needed to assist the county and city of Louisville, Miss., in recovering from April's devastating tornado. Hundreds of homes were destroyed, and many that were not sustained major damage. Teams must have trained team leaders. To serve, contact Jeff Walton, United Methodist Volunteer Coordinator in Mississippi, at (662) 617-1077 or jpwalton@hotmail.com. You may contact the Rev. Larry Hagard, United Methodist Volunteer Scheduler in Mississippi, at (662) 803-5748 or lhd357@bellsouth.net.
New – Albany District UW seeking a Coordinator of Communications
Seeking a Coordinator of Communications for Albany District United Women for 2015-2018.  This woman would serve on the Mission Team and be responsible for two Newsletters to the District Units per year.  Call Chairperson Barbara Wiley if interested or know someone who could fill this position.   (518) 753-4854 or E-Mail at wileybnp@gmail.com
New - VIM update on teams needed for flood recovery

Beginning in August, we will be looking for VIM teams to come to Penn Yan to help clean up after the flooding this past spring.
The Living Well, a new faith community in Penn Yan, has been gathering information and assessing homes, and has discovered there are at least 166 in need of some help. 
Building inspectors are doing the assessments to determine exactly what must be done by contractors and what can be done by volunteers and VIM teams.
Mucking out, demolition and rebuilding are needed. Team housing will likely be at a church with off-site shower facilities. Churches or districts with tool trailers that can be left in Penn Yan, at least initially, will be helpful.
If you have a team or individuals willing and able to come, please contact volunteer coordinator Beulah Decker at (315) 536-3650 or bede145@localnet.com

Also: Mike Block is forming a team to work on Oneida flood relief Aug. 11-15. Cost is $120. Contact him at mblock@wwdb.org for details. 
New – Living Waters
(Hamilton, Fulton, & Montgomery Counties & Beyond)
Living Waters of the Adirondack & Green Mountains Emmaus/Chrysalis Community Gathering (Serving from Albany, NY to St Johnsbury, VT) http://lwagm.org
Everyone Welcome!!
This Month’s Location:       Foothills UMC
                                           17 Fremont Street
                                            Gloversville, NY 12078
Date & Time:                            Sunday, Aug. 10 @ 4 PM
Can’t make it this month? Watch for next month’s announcement!!
What to bring:     Covered Dish (juice or soda, munchies, desserts, etc.) to share 
                              Musical Instruments if you play one
                            Singing voice (Whether you have one or not)
                              All your joys, cares, concerns and needs (for you and your community)
                              A Heart for Worship
Please Note: If you can’t bring any of the above, Come As You Are! You are Welcome!
Come join us for an uplifting and spirit filled time of worship and fellowship!!!
For more information: Jim Baxter (jbaxter1@nycap.rr.com or 518-878-6500) or Steve Page (pagefmly@frontiernet.net or 518-548-3491)
Also feel free to contact your pastor.
If he/she is not among the many pastors involved, we encourage that to change!

On Going News Articles (Conference and District)

Register now for Hand to Plow Phase 1; begins October 2014(7/17/14)
The next cycle of Phase 1 of the Hand to Plow church revitalization process will launch in October 2014, and registration is open now. Phase 1 is the first year of the process in which clergy and laity gather for peer learning; clergy for nine sessions and laity for five sessions.
The Rev. Richelle Goff describes how Hand to Plow has helped Auburn UMC, which has completed Phase 2.
"It was almost as if they (Hand to Plow consultants) were able to hold a mirror up to our church;" it helped the congregation better see "things we knew, but we didn't know."
Click the link to learn more or to register. DETAILS
Tending the Soul training program(7/17/14)
Tending the Soul, a two-year training program for laity and clergy in spiritual direction and congregational formation will begin a new session in October 2014. The training program, which consists of six retreats, will be held at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia. The deadline to apply is Aug. 1, 2014. DETAILS  Leading Tending the Soul is the Rev. Wendy J. Miller, professor emeritus of Spiritual Formation at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and an adjunct professor of spiritual formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Creative Worship Workshops(7/17/14)
The Upper New York Conference will be offering Creative Worship Workshops. If churches want to be truly effective in this digital age, they must employ 21st-century methods of communication to deliver the message of the Gospel in worship.


To help churches in Upper New York Make Worship More Creative the Conference is hosting four one-day workshops led by creative worship specialist, author and worship coach Jason Moor The one-day workshops will take place in four locations throughout Upper New York: For more information please follow this link http://www.unyumc.org/news/detail/1952
Here are the two locations closest to the Albany District.
Oneonta District: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, Broad Street UMC Norwich
Adirondack District: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, Queensbury UMC
Reaching Our Neighbors Mission Oversight Team(7/17/14)
Grant Funds for 2014
Faith-based communities affiliated with the Upper NY United Methodist Church are invited to apply for program funding.
Applications will be available on July 15, 2014 through offices of all District Superintendents and through www.unyumc.org
As part of a concise application, please be prepared to explain: how your program identified specific community concerns; why your program is the appropriate response; which activities will lead to changed lives/relationships; how unyumc resources will support such changes.
Applications will also seek details about the following: budget for your ministry for 2014; all current funding sources; evidence of collaboration with other groups; current list of board of directors
Completed applications will be due by midnight of August 15, 2014 in both electronic format to reachingourneighbors@outlook.com and one print document to Susan G. Hardy, 8840 Harmon Hill Road, Fredonia, NY 14063.
Genesee Valley District learning Session(7/17/14)
The Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) is presenting a Learning Session on September 27th from 10:00 AM to 2:30PM at the Asbury First UMC, 1050 East Ave Rochester NY.
This is intended for Local Church Representatives to CONAM, Pastors, UMW, Lay Leaders and all interested persons. Spend a few hours with Native Americans, hear stories and build friendships. Learn how to teach your local church members about the Act of Repentance and Healing of Relationships with Indigenous Peoples.
Email or call (585) 340-9525 or geneseevalleyumc@crcds.edu
Native American Festivals in Western New York 2014(7/17/14)
August 30-31                33rd Annual Iroquois Indian Festival
                                    Iroquois Indian Museum
                                    Howes Cave, NY
September 20-21          Saratoga Native American Festival
                                    Victoria Pool Mall
                                    Saratoga Spa State Park
Lay Speaker Advance Class(6/9/14)
A class entitled “Lead in Worship” will be held Saturdays, August 9 and 16 from 11:00 - 4:00 at the North Bush UMC, 1009 North Bush Rd., Caroga Lake, NY 12032 ...applications can be gotten by e-mailing jrroyalp@aol.com or lizabeth71@hotmail.com  -- the course will be led by Amy Winnie. 
Ministry News from the Schenectady area (6/9/14)
[Every Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Hamilton Hill Clergy prayer gathering] (Contact Rev. Heise rev.david61@verizon.net for weekly locations)
Mission U for Region 1(6/19/14)
Mission u for Region 1, of the Upper New York Conference will be held again this year at Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks. The dates of the event are Friday, September 12-Sunday, September 14, 2014. There are three studies being offered again this year. The Geographic Study is the Roma of Europe.   They are the largest minority in Europe and are sometimes called "Gypsies" or "Travelers". The Social Issue Study this year will be the Church and People with Disabilities. Come learn about how your church can be more inclusive in welcoming those individuals with disabilities. The third study is the Spiritual Growth Study, "How Is It With Your Soul?". It begins with the individual and expands outward to the church and the world. The brochure for the course is available on the Upper New York Conference website under Missions or register by contacting registrar, Marcia Dudden at madudden@aol.com or phone, 518-233-0238 or 518.-588-6812. Hope to see you at Silver Bay on beautiful Lake George.
Updated Information Lay Servant Courses(6/19/14)
The Ministry at Pittsttown /Christ United Methodist Churches proudly presents the Lay Servant Ministry Courses. These classes will be taught by Rev Dr. Camillus Mourice.
Please, be informed, that due very poor response, the basic course classes have been cancelled.
However, the classes for the advance lay speaking will be carried out and the new dates will be announced later. The dead line to apply for this is till August 10, 2014.
For further information, please contact Pastor Camillus Mourice at 518-753-8028, 518-663-9147, 518-753-4070 or e-mail at cmourice@nycap.rr.com  During these classes light refreshments will be provided.