District Newsletter



Albany District Newsletter
April 17, 2014
District Contact Information
Albany District Superintendent – Rev. Rich Weihing      richweihing@unyumc.org
Albany District Assistant – Maxine Getty                     albanydistrict@unyumc.org  
Maxine is in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Albany District Office Phone:  (518) 584 – 8214 ext. 3 or e-mail:  albanydistrict@unyumc.org
Albany District Fax: (518) 584 - 8378
Albany District Mailing Address:  396 Louden Rd, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Please visit the following Web Sites:
Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church   www.unyumc.org


Prayers and Joys  
Prayers for the family of Kathryn Ruth Wyman:  Mrs. Wyman, 86, died on Sunday, March 30, 2014. She was the widow of the Rev. Arthur Wyman, who retired in 1989 as an Associate Member of the former Troy Conference. Read the full obituary
Prayers for the family of Gladys Snedeker . Mrs. Snedeker, 96, died on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. She is the widow of the Rev. Kenneth Snedeker, who was a member of the former Troy Conference. Private family services were held on March 29. Condolences can be sent to her daughter, Grace Chandler, 5430 North Sadlier Dr., Indianapolis, Ind. 46226.
Prayers for Jane Baker and her family (Jane is pastor at Pine Grove UMC, Colonie) Jane’s husband Dan is recovering from surgery as a result of a fall, their son is also having health issues and Dan’s brother Donald is dealing with serious health issues and is still in the hospital.
Prayers 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.
Continued prayers for….
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 Jan Rowell (Oneonta District Superintendent) as she continues to heal from a broken arm.
For Eunice Croft and her husband John as Eunice continues to recover from a serious fall.
For Rev Karyl Hopps and her husband “Hoppy”. Hoppy’s cancer has returned and he is starting chemo again.
For Rev Bob Boston and wife Beverly now residing at Ellis LongTerm Care Center at 600 McClellan st, Sch’dy 12304.
For Pastor Emeritus Ivan Gossoo he has moved! He is now located closer to us! He is happy and settled in and is not sleeping as much! Address: The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls, 21 Danforth Street, Hoosick Falls, NY 12090
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. Kelly Warner as she continues to heal.
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 Apr. 25 - AC Session Registration ends 
Ø May 1 - Anticipated Pre-Conference Briefing (stream
For more details on any of the above please visit the Conference website www.unyumc.org
Ø April 18, Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Christ in the tomb.
Ø April 19, Holy Saturday recalls the repose of Christ in the tomb.
Ø April 20, Easter Sunday celebrates Christ's resurrection.
Ø April 21, Christian Education Week
Ø April 22, Earth Day
Ø April 25,  World Malaria Day focuses on eliminating deaths and suffering from malaria. 
AUMS Newsletter “Witness” (4/3/14)
The following link will take you to the AUMS Newsletter; AUMS Witness
Media Resource Center Newsletter for April(4/3/14)
The following link will take your to the Media Centers Newsletter; April_2014_Newsletter_11_05_56_AM.pdf

New Items

New - Insurance Financial Assistance application deadline extended
Due to the Easter celebration, the due date for Insurance Financial Assistance applications has been extended to Monday, April 28, 2014. Churches with property and liability premiums that increased for 2014 by more than approximately 24 percent and $1,200 are urged to apply. Click here for an application.  If you have any questions, please call the Conference Finance Team at (315) 424-7878.
New - Sign up now for Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event!
Join the movement to end hunger in our lifetime and have fun doing it! The 2014 Annual Conference session is offering members a chance to help package meals for distribution within the U.S. and around the world.
From 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, May 30, at Galilee Hall in OnCenter, volunteers will work assembly-line style to measure out ingredients and package the meals. There will be two shifts available: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. The Conference is working with the Raleigh, N.C. based non-profit Stop Hunger Now.
Click the link to sign up to help us reach our goal to package 75,000 meals! DETAILS
New - Schoharie Area Long Term, Inc (SALT)
SALT is pleased to announce that local flood-impacted residents and their neighbors will be opening their homes on Saturday, April 26 to host a range of delicious multi-course dinners as part of Savor Schoharie: A Moveable Feast to raise money for ongoing flood-recovery efforts. 
Guests are invited to start the evening with an international appetizer reception and raffle at the historic Schoharie Depot Lane Theatre at 5:30pm. During the cocktail reception, guests are assigned to a host home somewhere in historic Schoharie County for a delicious meal with other surprise guests. They do not know this location until the night of the event, which adds to the excitement and anticipation! 
Host dinner themes include: Northern Mexican, Classic American, German, Italian, Middle Eastern, Francais ala Schoharie, Traditional Polish, Greek Week, African Safari, Yucatan Cuisine,  The Island Food of Vanuatu, Under the Tuscan Sun and American Cowboy.  For more details on the menus visit SALTRecovery.org/SavorSchoharie.
After dinner, all guests gather together again at the historic home (and former tavern) of Bob and Arlene Price (located at 5845 State Route 30 in Schoharie – less than 3 minutes from I-88) to enjoy live music, coffee, dessert, and the close of the raffle to support SALT.
All of the host homes are located within 10 miles of the appetizer and dessert venues, making for easy and convenient travel between locations.
Hosts John and Ruth Anne Wilkinson have rebuilt and restored their home from the damages brought by Hurricane Irene. Ruth Anne’s sister Joan and her husband Dick will be joining as hosts for the evening. “We are delighted to be a part of yet another fundraiser for SALT, without which our valley would still be in a state of flux! Their energy toward our recovery is to be commended. Much more conversation about THE EVENT at the dinner table! See you on the 26th…”
Tickets are limited to the number of seats in host homes, so call the SALT office today to order your ticket at 518-702-5017.  Tickets may also be purchased online at SALTRecovery.org/SavorSchoharie.  The last day to purchase tickets is April 11th. For special requests and dietary/mobility restrictions, please contact the SALT office at 518-702-5017.
New - Living Well Leadership Training program to begin in May
Upper New York's Second Half of Life Ministries (formerly Older Adult Ministries) is offering a free online training titled Living Well Leadership Training for Clergy, Lay Leaders and Volunteers.
This training is designed to help churches to more deeply engage caregivers, baby boomers and older adults - both existing church members and the "spiritually independent" - in discipleship.
The course will begin on Friday, May 2, 2014, and meet each Friday (except May 30) until June 27. Each session is from noon to 1 p.m. The sessions will be recorded, so participants can access them at their convenience. This course is approved by Lay Servant MinistriesClick here to register. Read the full story
New - There is still time to register for the spring youth event being sponsored by Albany District Council on Youth Ministries!!

Project Jesus: Operation Two Way Street is being held April 25-26th at Voorheesville FUMC. The theme for the event is that God can't be the only one to give and make sacrifices. We have to do our part as well. (The theme verse is Matthew 25:40)  The cost is $25 per person. All food is included! What a bargain! There will be workshops on topics such as social media, forgiveness, spiritual gifts and many more! The worship services will feature the musical talents of Cutter Gage, and messages from some surprise guests! The night will be full of exciting options including a concert by Cutter Gage, a live DJ and Wii games. The worship musician Cutter Gage is from Rez life band in Kansas at one of the largest United Methodist Churches in the nation. He was at Youth 2011 and it is very exciting to have him coming up to this area for the first time (he's kind of a big deal).  For those who like the quieter things in life there will be a prayer room and game room offered. Cutter is also going to be leading a workshop on Friday night which is sure to be great. Because this weekend is one you won't soon forget, there will also be t-shirts for sale. Don't miss out on this one of a kind, awesome event.
For more information you can contact me at Debbylac@yahoo.com

On Going News Articles (Conference and District)

Have you registered for AC 14?(4/10/14)
If you haven't already done so, this is a good time to register for the Fifth Session of the Upper New York Annual Conference. The session takes place May 29-31, 2014 at the OnCenter in Syracuse. Registration will close on Friday, April 25.
Click here to register online at the Conference website. If you have questions about registration, email: ac2014reg@unyumc.org or call Leah Robinson at (855) 424-7878 ext. 303.
Also, the 2014 Pre-Conference Booklet is now available for download: click here.
Click here for the latest information about the 2014 Annual Conference.
Printed copies of the 2014 Pre-Conference Booklet are available:Those who wish to purchase printed copies of the 2014 Pre-Conference Booklet may do so through online publisher Lulu.com. Copies can be ordered directly from them. A major credit card is required to place an order. If you have questions or need help with your order, contact Karen Campolieto at Karen@unyumc.org.
Click here to order a printed copy. The cost is $6.26 plus tax and shipping.
A new approach to Pre-Conference Briefing(4/10/14)
This year, technology will be used to bring the entire Upper New York Conference together for the Pre-Conference Briefing at 7 p.m. on May 1, members from across Upper New York will gather in small groups or individually log on to www.unyumc.org/PreConference to participate in a live online Pre-Conference Briefing hosted through Livestream. DETAILS 
Spiral-bound Pre-Conference Booklets now available(4/15/14)
Those who opt to purchase a copy of the Pre-Conference Booklet from online publisher Lulu.com now have the option of choosing a spiral binding. The other option is perfect binding.
The price for the spiral binding is $11.29; the perfect binding is $6.26. Tax and shipping are additional.
The Pre-Conference Booklet is also available for review or to download on the Conference website at no cost.
Click here for more information and to get your copy of the Pre-Conference Booklet in the format of your choosing.  
Sign up now for New Faith Communities' April 26 event(4/15/14)
Planters and others are invited to learn about all that God is doing through the New Faith Communities Team in Upper New York. This is a chance to meet with those who are excited about planting, and to learn some techniques and strategies.
The day-long event takes place Saturday, April 26, at Liverpool First United Methodist Church. Keynote speaker is the Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath, a United Methodist elder whose books: Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community and The Mystic Way of Evangelism: A Contemplative Vision for Christian Outreach  offer a fresh vision for the future of the church and are influencing many who are trying to revitalize their existing churches, or plant new faith communities.
The $20 cost includes lunch. Registration deadline is April 22. Click here to learn more and sign up. 
Come to Camp and Retreat Ministrie's Open House events(4/15/14)
Upper New York Camp and Retreat Ministries (CRM) invite you to attend one of our Open House events this year!
Whether you're brand new to our sites or it's been a while since you've visited us, Open House is for you! These events, which take place between May 18 and June 28, are a great time to meet the staff and tour the facilities.
The open houses are free. Visit us at campsandretreats.org to get site-specific details including information about special dinners or barbecues that require advance registration.
Questions? Contact CRM at info@campsandretreats.org or (855)-424-7979 x309. SEE OUR FLIER.  
Ministry News from the Schenectady area (4/15/14)
“Good-Friday” Procession of the Cross: Join with us as we walk through the streets of Hamilton Hill in Schenectady.    We begin at 12:00 noon at Christ Church, 970 State St. and the corner of Swan St.    We will end our walk at the Schenectady City Mission.    Please feel free to join with us as we remember Christ crucified.      Questions call Rev. David Heise 428-3124.
[Every Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Hamilton Hill Clergy prayer gathering] (Contact Rev. Heise rev.david61@verizon.net for weekly locations)
Advanced Lay Servant Ministries Class(4/3/14)
Advanced Lay Servant Ministries class on Spiritual Gifts will be held at Faith UMC Scnenectady for 5 Sunday evenings from 5-7pm, beginning April 27,2014. Cost: aprox. $20. Contact class leaders: Sally Halsey, s8halsey@gmail.com, 518-377-6036; or Ted Vickery, tedsuevickery@spritnmail.com, for more information.
Lay Servant Classes(4/3/14)
North Chatham United Methodist church announces two concurrent Servant Leadership classes on Sunday afternoons, first meeting April 27 at 3:00-5:00 pm.  Prior registration is necessary in order to have materials:  fee is $15.  Please respond to Vicki Wills at vbwills@fairpoint.net.
The Lay Ministries Basic Course led by Bill Knight.
This is the usual first course taken to explore and become a certified Local Servant Leader in your Church.
Lay Speakers Preach led by Wayne Shelton
In this advanced Servant Leadership class, participants will explore sermon preparation and have the opportunity to practice giving the message.
Lay Servant Ministries New Advanced Class to be held in May(3/20/14)  - OUR UNITED METHODIST HERITAGE
An advance class for Lay Servants is being offered on Saturday, May 10 and Saturday May 24 at the No Main St UMC, 316 No Main St, Gloversville, NY.
The cost will be $21.
Please let Joyce Royal JRROYALP@aol.com know if you are interested in being in the class and she will forward a Registration Form
Certified Lay Ministry Class being offered(2/27/14)
Certified Lay Ministry is the next step in the call for Lay Servanthood. If you are active in a United Methodist Church and have completed both Basic and Advanced Lay Servanthood courses, you may be a candidate for CLM. More information is available from Rev. Sally White, the Coordinator of this program at Mooersumcpastor@gmail.com or 518-236-7129. The class consists of 4 Modules taught by different teams. Module I will begin in September 2014. Plans tentatively call for classes to be help at the Adirondack/Albany District Office in Saratoga Springs.
Registration now open for 2014 Summer Camp & Retreat programs(2/4/14)
Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries is excited to announce that registration is now open for its 2014 Summer Camp & Retreat programs. Brochures are being mailed this week to past participants and campers as well as all Upper New York Annual Conference churches. DETAILS 
Outreach and Mission Workshop Set for May 17(4/3/14)
Are you inspired by the idea of doing outreach and mission for your congregation, but lack adequate knowledge or resources? Or are you a seasoned practitioner who feels called to reassess your congregation’s social witness and set a new direction?   “Equipping the Congregation for Outreach and Mission” will be held Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 35 State St., Troy NY, 12180
The course will be taught Dana Horrell, Ph.D., Pastor of Jordan United Methodist Church (near Syracuse) and Director of Center for the Congregation in Public Life a 501c.3 non-profit organization that equips congregations for social ministry.   (For more info: (www.congregationinpubliclife.org),

When thinking about outreach for mission, it helps to look inward (at congregational renewal) and outward (at social renewal) at the same time. Building a “mission infrastructure” depends on good program ideas, recruitment and team building skills, neighborhood analysis, tools for measuring effectiveness, and ideas for integrating charity and justice.    At the start of the day, participants will take an assessment of their congregation’s capacity for mission. Through discussion and multi-media presentations, participants are provided examples of “best practices” in social ministry.
Seminar cost is $10 for members of United Methodist churches and $35 for others. To register, go to: Register for Outreach and Mission Event
For more information visit www.congregationinpubliclife.org and look for “What’s New,” call Dana Horrell at 315-439-9154 or send him an email to dhorrell@gmail.com.
Clergy invited to 'Tending the Fire' training retreats(4/3/14)
For clergy who are asking "How can I be the leader my church needs?" there is an answer.
Tending the Fire is a retreat-based training process focused on helping clergy meet the challenges they face as leaders by helping them to understand the dynamics of the interpersonal relationships in their churches and in their lives.
Organizers say clergy who attend Tending the Fire will become better leaders by being: less worried, more engaged and renewed in their call and ministry.
Tending the Fire 2014 will take place at the Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia. The training comprises three three-day retreats (participants must attend all of the retreats).
They are: Opening Intensive on June 9-11, Deepening Retreat on Sept. 23-25, and Sending Retreat on Nov. 11-13. The retreats begin at 1 p.m. on the first day and end at 4 p.m. on the closing day. For descriptions, read the attached brochure.
Leading the training is the Rev. Barbara Lemmel, an elder in the New England Annual Conference. She studied Family Systems Theory with the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center in Chicago and the Center for Pastoral Effectiveness in New Orleans. She has led Tending the Fire retreats for clergy, laity and judicatory leadership since 2003.
The cost for Tending the Fire is $1,200; clergy can seek assistance through the Account Reimbursable Plan (ARP) from their local church, use their Ministerial Education Funds through the Board of Ordained Ministry or contact their district office about possible grant money.
For more information about Rev. Lemmel or the training, visit www.tending-the-fire.com.
To register for Tending the Fire 2014 at Casowasco, click here.
To download a PDF of the brochure, click here.
20th Annual PALESTINIAN Dinner: (3/20/14)
Friday, May 30th at the Plymouth Congregational Church at 232 E. Onondaga St. (2 ½ blocks from On Center)
Authentic Palestinian buffet beginning at 5:15 PM is sponsored by the Task Force on Peace and Justice in Palestine/Israel. Cost of dinner is $15.00.
Fund-raising for Palestinian Mission Schools and Gary Bergh Scholarship- an UNYC Advance Special
Brief program: Ariel Gold traveled with the October 2013 Interfaith Peace Builders Olive Harvest trip to the West Bank. As her teenage son prepares for his Bar Mitzvah this spring, Ariel felt God calling her to go and see.   
For reservations: Linda Bergh (315-492-8507), 116 Edna Rd., Syracuse, NY 13205 or
Karen Peterson (607-739-3141), 116 Greenridge Drive, Horseheads, NY 14845
Make checks payable to UNYAC (“Palestinian Dinner” on the memo line)
Mission of Peace trip(2/11/14)

Applications are being accepted for the next Mission of Peace to be held at the end of 2014. This trip will be to India. This trip is sponsored by the Northeastern Jurisdiction. Prior attendees  say that this life-changing experience is one that you won't want to miss. The application is due March 1st for more information contact Debby @ debbylac@yahoo.com .
Nominations team seeks gifted and passionate leaders(2/11/14)
The Upper New York Annual Conference Nominations & Leadership Development Team is seeking gifted and passionate leaders from throughout the Conference, and has developed an application form for those who are interested in being considered by the team for all positions of Conference leadership. Download and complete this form and submit it via email to unynominations@unyumc.org
Join UMVIM medical team mission to India(2/11/14)
A medical team heading to India is seeking physician's assistants, physicians, or nurse practitioners to join them on a mission trip this fall. Curt Knouse, UMVIM Coordinator for the Susquehanna Annual Conference, is leading the team to Bareilly from Oct. 27 - Nov. 8, 2014. The cost is $3,200. For more information, contact Knouse at cknouse@susumc.org.
Upper New York VIM Coordinator Sylvia Reimer, who has been to the clinic in Bareilly twice, said: "It is an amazing experience - spiritually, culturally, and medically. Please give this opportunity prayerful consideration."

Local Church News

Faith UMC, Schenectady
Combination Musician/Director of Music
Faith United Methodist Church of Schenectady, NY is recruiting for a dynamic and creative part-time Musician/Director of Music for a music program with a blend of traditional and contemporary music styles. This is a nine-month position, from September to June each year. The successful candidate will play the organ and/or piano during the weekly worship service, accompany and direct the adult choir during worship, play for various special services such as Christmas Eve, conduct weekly choir rehearsals, as well as periodically arrange for and direct guest soloists/instrumentalists. For more information, please refer to the job posting information on our website http://faithumc-schenectady.weebly.com/ or contact Lynne Kriss at (518) 357-2520. To apply, please mail your resume and cover letter in care of Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee, at Faith United Methodist Church, 811 Brandywine Ave., Schenectady, NY 12308. The application deadline is May 31, 2014.
Broadalbin UMC
The Broadalbin United Methodist Women will hold their annual Spring Mission Boutique at the church 65 No. Main Street beginning Thursday May 8th thru Thursday May 15th .  The Boutique will be open weekdays from 9am to 7pm, Saturday from 10am to 4 pm and Sunday from Noon to 4pm.  New and gently worn fashions in all size ranges are available as well as hand crafted gift items.  For more information please call Dawn at the church office 883-5247.
The Broadalbin United Methodist Church 65 No Main Street is hosting a craft fair on May 10th from 10am to 4pm.  There will be a variety of vendors, come and enjoy the festivities!   if you would like to rent a space to sell your crafts, please call Dawn at the church office 883-5247
Green Island - Church of the Good Shepherd UMC
Save the date - May 10th – Ham Dinner, May 17th – Rummage Sale – 9 AM – 1 PM.
Latham – Calvary UMC
The Prime Timers of Calvary Latham have openings on our May bus trip to Ocean City Md. and Sight and Sound performance of the new show “Moses”. The dates are Monday thru Friday, May 19-23.   Trip includes deluxe bus transportation, 3 nights lodging in Ocean City, 1 night’s lodging in Lancaster, PA, 4 breakfasts, 3 dinners, Ocean City Boardwalk, Assatague Island boat ride and tour of Assatague Island, additional Ocean City attractions with entertainment, performance of the new highly acclaimed Sight and Sound show “Moses” at the Millennium Theatre, admission to Longwood Gardens, souvenir gift, taxes and meal gratuities and baggage handling all included. Total cost is an incredible $500.00 per person double occupancy, $639.00 single. Open to all ages. Time is of the essence. If interested contact Calvary United Methodist Church, 785-5142 (calvarymeth@verizon.net) or Rev. John Phillippe   518 526 2604 (jphilli8@nycap.rr.com). 
Center Glenville United Methodist Church
Upcoming Events:
·        Every 2nd Sunday, 8:30 – 9:30 AM - Family, Friends & Neighbors Fellowship Breakfast Buffet
Donations Accepted
Come join our Church Family around our breakfast table for a home cooked breakfast and warm fellowship before service. Our members have been known to cook up anything from scrambled eggs, omelets, quiche, waffles, French-toast, or pancakes. Our buffet often may include some sausage, bacon, hash-browns, yogurt, fruit and muffins, plus a choice of coffee, tea, milk or juice.
·        Every 4th Sunday, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Adult Bible Study
Come join our lively discussions as we explore the word of God; Facilitated by Pastor Eric Kerwath.
·        Holy Thursday Seder Dinner – (Potluck) – 6 PM, April 17
·        Good Friday Service - 7 PM, April 18
·        Easter Sunrise Service – 7 AM, April 20
·        Easter Morning Fellowship Breakfast Buffet – 7:30 AM, April 20
Donations Accepted
Come join our Church Family around our breakfast table for a home cooked breakfast and warm fellowship before service. Our members have been known to cook up anything from scrambled eggs, omelets, quiche, waffles, French-toast, or pancakes. Our buffet often may include some sausage, bacon, hash-browns, yogurt, fruit and muffins, plus a choice of coffee, tea, milk or juice.
·        Easter Sunday Service – 10 AM
·        Every 4th Sunday, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Adult Bible Study
Come join our lively discussions as we explore the word of God. Facilitated by Paster Eric Kerwath.
First UMC, Schenectady
Lenten Photo Show         
FUMC Schenectady -  603  State Street, Schenectady, NY
For each of five weeks during Lent, First United Methodist Church of Schenectady has chosen a different Lenten theme. During each of these weeks we will be accepting one to three photos that you have taken that reflect the weekly theme. The themes are:
March 5-11: INJUSTICE                     March 12-18: JUSTICE                        March 19-25: PROPHET
March 26-April 1: HOME                          April 2-8: FORGIVENESS
On Good Friday, April 18th the photos will be on display in Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church of Schenectady. You are invited to view the photos from 2pm to 3pm or from 5pm to 7pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Photos can be viewed on Facebook or  the web: fumcschenectady@yahoo.com.
First UMC – Schenectady Cont’d
You are invited to join a group led by Dominick Giaquinto, Director of Music Ministries, First United Methodist Church, Schenectady;  touring the cathedrals and castles of Paris and environs, July 2-10, 2014. Dominick Giaquinto lived and studied in Paris and has a love of the city which he brought to the planning of this custom itinerary. The itinerary includes the Loire Valley, Monet's home and garden in Giverny, Versailles Palace and Gardens, and ample time to explore Paris. To inquire further and/or book your reservation in this group of no more than 30 persons, please contact Kendra Boyden, (518) 438-0752, kendra.imperialtravel@gmail.com or Mr. Giaquinto at (518) 374-4403, X 104.