District Newsletter




Albany District Newsletter
Happy Thanksgiving
November 26, 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 the Rev. Sara Baron (Sara serves First UMC, Schenectady), and her family as her brother Andy recovers from surgery following a bad ankle break from a rock climbing accident, of which, may result in an inability to walk without support.  Please keep Sara and her family in your prayers.
Prayers for Rev. Alice Hobbs and family; Alice has been diagnosed with cancer and is now receiving Hospice care. Alice is a Retire Elder(Troy AC and NYAC) last serving as coordinating pastor Crown Point. Please keep her and husband David in your prayers. Cards may be sent to Alice and David Hobbs, 13 Fourth St,
Apt A, Amsterdam, NY 12010
Prayers for the Rev. Martin "Marty" Fors; He has been diagnosed with lymphoma, and will soon begin treatment. Rev. Fors, who lives in Lyndon, Vt., was a member of the former Troy Conference. 
Continued prayers for….
For Pastor Nancy Pullen, retired. Prior to retirement Nancy served Salem (east Stone Arabia), and Fonda Fultonville UMCs. Nancy is recovering at home from knee replacement surgery.
For the family of Pastor Ginny Deyo (Ginny serves Mechanicville UMC and Melrose UMC) Ginny’s sister Barbara Sand is going thru extensive rehab due to broken bones.
For Bishop Susan Hassinger; Bishop Hassinger suffered a fall last week, fracturing her pelvis, and is currently in a rehabilitation facility to begin the healing process.
Since retiring in 2004, she has been bishop-in-residence and adjunct faculty at Boston University School of Theology. She served as the interim bishop of the Albany Episcopal Area from September 2006 to June 2010
Notes and cards can be sent to Bishop Hassinger at the Golden Living Center, 25 Armory St., West Newton, Mass. 02465.  
Joy and continued prayers for David Suits (Albany District Committee on Ministries); David has received the good news that his cancer is in remission. "Thanks be to God"
For the former Troy Conference Camp and Retreat Executive Director Deborah Paterson needs your prayers as she is currently recovering from her last brain surgery for Parkinson; Send prayers and concerns to 24831 Pennington Terrace Venice Florida 34293
For Karin and Jason Wheatley as Jason continues to recover from a traumatic brain injury. Karin is Newtonville’s secretary and Director of the Pre School.
For Pastor Marianna Rodriquez (serving First UMC, Rensselaer and Emmanual Faith) and her family as her brother Hector Cardosa continues his battle with throat 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 continues to recover from a stroke.
ForKathy 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. 
ForRev Bob Boston and wife Beverly now residing at Ellis LongTerm Care Center at 600 McClellan St, Sch’dy 12304.
ForPastor 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
November - Native American Heritage Month
Ø Nov. 27-28 - Thanksgiving Holiday - Conference Office closed
Ø Nov. 30 – First Sunday of Advent  
Media Resource Center Newsletter(Please click on the link)
Please make use of this resource, this is your Ministries Shares at work;   Link to Newsletter
Living Well is an opportunity for churches to deepen discipleship while reaching out to your neighborhood and larger community. Would you like to start a Living Well Ministry in your church or community?   ...Or just learn about providing practical help to seniors, adults and teens while deepening your own faith?

LIVING WELL COACH TRAINING (see attached flyer) can help your church reach out to the spiritually independent in your community and the spiritually passive in your pews, while engaging your members to serve as "pastoral extenders."
The program has been approved for ten continuing education hours for lay servant in our UNYUMC conference.  Please forward this to others in your church or community who may be interested.
Our new website at www.FindingMoreLove.org offers a training program, other resources an opportunities for collaboration.


New Items

New - A Shared Sabbath
To Active Pastors, Retired Pastors, Pastors on Extension Ministries, and Candidates
Thursday, December 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Newtonville UMC
Because this is one of your busiest seasons I want to offer you an opportunity to seek rest and renewal together. Our theme will be “Watching and Waiting”. We will start with worship at 10:00 a.m., followed by discussion and fellowship. Come for whatever amount you are able - it is fine to leave at any point. If you can stay into the lunch hour, please bring something to eat. Beverages will be provided. 
New – Albany District Youth Ministries
There is a lot of exciting things happening in youth ministry in our area. We are trying as a district and a conference to increase our numbers at youth events this year. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events.
January 11th from 4-7pm: We will be having a winter beach party. There will be food games and music. Come in appropriate beach attire or just come as you are. This event is a free event that is being hosted by Jonesville United Methodist Church. This event is open to youth in grades 6-12. You can respond to Debbylac@yahoo.com with your ages and numbers of youth attending.
February 27th-28th from 7:00-12:00 noon: Registration will open at 6:30pm. This is our annual Project Jesus gathering. This will be held at First United Methodist Church at East Greenbush. There will be food, games, workshops, worship, music and late night options. This event will be $30. The theme is: “ The best things in life aren’t things.” Register your youth group at Debbylac@yahoo.com.
Upword will be held in Liverpool April 24th-26th. Wayne Kerr will be performing a concert at this event as well as many other exciting things.
May 16th from 9:00-2:30pm at Rotterdam UMC will be a youth leader training. This event is for adults. We will have food, worship, music and a speaker. This event is to motivate, excite, and energize youth leaders. This will give you a chance to network and learn some new things. This is appropriate for people looking to start a youth group as well as for people that have been in youth ministry for years. Come and enjoy the fun.
December 29th 2015 at 6:30pm at Colonie Center: No this is not a typo this event is planned for a year from now. We will eat and have a scavenger hunt in the mall. This will then be followed up with games and an overnight at Calvary UMC in Latham. What a great chance to have fun on winter break.
"Giving Tuesday", December 2
Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus (RISSE), an Advance ministry located in Albany  (Advance #3021057), announces a matching gift program.  The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries has announced a $1,000,000 matching gift program for the first $1,000,000 donated on-line via their website, www.umcmission.org/give, to Advance Ministries beginning at 12am (midnight), December 2 and continuing for 24 hours.  "Giving Tuesday" began several years ago in response to, and immediately following, "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday".   RISSE is a non-profit that grew out of a church ministry by Emmaus United Methodist Church to provide support for refugee families arriving in the Albany area.  RISSE offers afterschool tutoring and ESL instruction for youth, the only full time adult ESL program in Albany, job hunting assistance and family assistance as needed to help with acculturation and the navigation of social services.  To learn more about RISSE, visit the website at:  http://risse-albany.weebly.com/
New - United Methodist Women of Albany District Make Contribution to “Imagine No Malaria”
I want to thank the UMW of Albany District for the work you do on behalf of the district. The many missions that you support shows how you can make a difference. The women of the Albany District are keeping our World Wide and Local connection alive and I want to personally thank you – Rich
This is a copy of the letter I received at the district office from Bishop Bickerton, also thanking you for your generous contribution.
Dear Albany District of Upper New York Conference,
Thank you for your gift of $ 491.00 to Imagine No Malaria supporting the United Methodist Church's commitment to eliminate malaria as a major source of death and suffering in Africa by 2015. Your support serves as an example of how we are living Christ’s call to heal the sick and help those in need.
Imagine No Malaria includes continued bed net distributions, community education programs with medical outreach training, radio communications programs reaching remote areas with vital information, and programs that strengthen clinics and hospitals to better diagnose and treat malaria.
Thank you for your generosity. Please continue to pray for our work and those we serve.
Peace and Joy!
Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton
Chair, UMC Global Health Initiative

On Going News Articles (Conference and District)

Save the Date for Albany District’s “Zany” Afternoon
Save these dates; 8 February 2015 with snow date of 22 February 2015
Laity and Clergy will gather for “Zany”   afternoon, watch for more details. “Y’all Come”
Confirmation Retreat registration now open
Youth who are preparing for confirmation are invited to register now for the Conference's first Confirmation Retreat. 
The Confirmation Retreat will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, 2015, and be held simultaneously at AsburyCasowascoFindley, and Sky Lake Camp & Retreat centers.
Using technology, participants at all four sites will also have several opportunities to interact with each other and to connect live with Bishop Mark J. Webb.
Confirmation Retreat 2015 will include times of worship, learning, and fellowship that are specifically designed to offer youth a chance to encounter God in new ways with peers who are at similar points in their faith journeys.
Transportation will be available from centralized locations within the Northern Flow, Adirondack and Albany districts to Sky Lake and Casowasco. Information will be forthcoming.
Click here to register.
AUMS CHRISTMAS.  We also invite donations for Christmas toys for youth 13yo and under delivered to AUMS on or before Friday December 19 (for distribution Christmas week). Gift certificates from area stores in $20 increments for 14-18 year olds are also requested.
We also seek donations of adult gifts - to be selected by youth for their caregivers.  Deadline for these donations: Monday December 15; Inquiries (518) 432-0818. Thank you.  

We are looking for volunteers to join us on the 2015 Volunteers In Mission Belfast Peace Project. The cost of this VIM activity is estimated to be $2500. This includes air fare, all transportation, food, rooms, insurance and entry fees while in Northern Ireland. The dates for the 2015 trip are April 27 - May 9. If you are interested please call Pat and Mike Thomas at 885-5889 or Email them at pmthomas6@mac.com. The 2014 blog can be found at vimbpp2014.blogspot.com.
The stated purpose is to work on building relationships with the Belfast Communities while also promoting peace and reconciliation. Our second stated purpose is construction. We have worked on repurposing the building and grounds to support Forthspring’s community building activities.
For the past 10 years the United Methodist Church’s Volunteers in Mission (VIM) has sponsored a mission trip to one of the poorest areas in the United Kingdom. The VIM-Belfast Peace Project has brought 10 volunteer teams to Northern Ireland.  Teams vary in size from 10-16 members. There have been a total of 128 volunteers on trips although some people have returned on several occasions. Each volunteer is also asked to seek funds to pay for all the work and materials we use while in Belfast. As part of the VIM team they are expected to return to their own churches and communities to share their experiences and what they have learned about peace and reconciliation efforts in Northern Ireland. 
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: You must be able to walk 1-3 miles unassisted and participate in 2-5 hours of physical activities including stairs.
TERRAIN: We will travel over diverse terrain and uneven walking surfaces including steep and unpaved paths, hills, 25-50 stairs with no handrails, and cobblestones. All can be slippery in wet or colder conditions. Many areas and building we will visit are not handicapped accessible. 
Nominations for Conference leadership posts now being accepted
The Upper New York Conference Nominations & Leadership Development Team is seeking gifted, passionate and committed women and men to serve on various
Conference committees, boards, commissions and teams, and has developed an application form for those who are interested in being considered.
If you are experiencing a call to serve Christ, the Church and/or your community in this way, please complete and return the form. You will bless many as you serve.  
Download and complete this form and submit it via email to unynominations@unyumc.org.  
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)