District Newsletter



Albany District Newsletter
August 28, 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
Joy - Walter Taylor will be celebrating his 90th birthday on September 23rd. The family is hoping to gather memories and pictures from those that Walter knew. If you would like to send something please send it to:
JoAnne Gabriel's at gabrielsjo@gmail.com or 299 Elliot Road, East Greenbush, NY 12061
Or you may send a card to : Walter Taylor, 131 Lawrence Street, Springs Building, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Prayers are requested for Jason Wheatley, the husband of Karin Wheatley, Newtonville UMC's preschool director and church secretary. Jason suffered a severe head injury while preparing to respond to a fire call for the Verdoy Fire Department on Saturday morning. Following two surgeries, Jason is in a medically-induced coma.
Prayers for Pastor Marianna Rodriquez (serving First UMC, Rensselaer and Emmanual Faith) and her family; Marianna’ brother Hector Cardosa is battling throat cancer. 
Prayers for the family of Wendell Chamberlain; Mr. Chamberlain died on Thursday, July 31, 2014. He was the father of the Rev. Carl Chamberlain, pastor at the Amsterdam UMC, and father-in-law of Pastor Heidi Chamberlain, who is appointed to the Fonda-Fultonville and Salem East Stone Arabia UMCs. Services have not been announced at this time. Condolences can be sent to the family at 341 Golf Course Road, Amsterdam, N.Y. 12010. 
Prayers for the family of Rev. Kim Goodrich (Waterford UMC); Kim’s mom, Kay Withers Eldridge, passed away at 12:04am (Pacific Time) Aug 2nd at home.  There will be a memorial service Saturday, September 6, at 11 a.m. at St, Matthew's Episcopal Church, Liverpool, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, in memory of Kay.  You may read Kay’s obituary at this link Obituary
Kim and Bob Goodrich’s address is P.O. Box 266, Waterford, NY 12188 for cards and condolences.
Prayers for the family of Pastor Emeritus Ivan Gossoo who has passed away, Rev Ivan 's service is set for Sat. Sept 20 at 11 am at the Berlin UMC on 17 So Main St, Berlin, NY a Fellowship time with light sandwiches will follow as per Ivan's request!  Cards and Condolences may be sent to the address of his daughter Lynne Jones 22 Long Swamp Rd. Wolcot CT 06716 
Prayers for The former Troy Conference Camp and Retreat Executive Director  Deborah Paterson needs your prayers as her Parkinson’s disease progresses. She is currently recovering from her last brain surgery for Parkinson; Send prayers and concerns to 24831 Pennington Terrace Venice Florida 34293
Continued prayers for….
ForPastor Alan Griffith (Ft Plain and Freysbush UMC) and his wife Lynn; Lynn continues to recover from surgery; notes and cards of well wishes may be sent to Lynn Griffith, 39 Center St, Ft Plain, NY 13339
For Rev. Sundar Samuel as he continues to recover from rotator cuff surgery
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.
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 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. 4 - Road T.R.I.P. - Batavia First UMC - DETAILS
Ø Oct. 5 - Road T.R.I.P. - Bemus Point UMC - DETAILS
Ø Oct. 22-24 - Bishop's Retreat - DETAILS  
If you are not receiving news from the UNY Annual Conference and wish to do so please use this Link Sign Up Here to sign up for the E-Advocate.
AUMS Newsletter “Witness”
Not available at this time.
Media Resource Center Newsletter for June
The following link will take you to the Media Resource Center’s Newsletter   August_2014_Newsletter_12_57_55_PM.pdf
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.
Less Stress, More Satisfaction and Deeper Peace to be discussed on August 27th;
A workshop on Living Well - which aims to deepen the discipleship of seniors, adults and teens while reaching out to the spirituality independent in your community - will be held on Wednesday, August 27th at Pine Grove UMC at 1580 Central Avenue in Colonie
To register, please visit www.FindingMoreLove.info.  To sample the free downloads and the online Living Well course - that has been approved for continuing Education credits for Lay Servants -   please visit: www.FindingMoreLove.org

New Items

New - Basic Lay Servant course available:
If you are interested in becoming a Lay Servant here is your opportunity to begin a Basic Lay Servant course is being offered at:
Where:  Northampton United Methodist Church
When:   Five Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 PM - Sep. 23, 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21
Who:     Sandy Aesch, Facilitator
Contact:  Sandy Aesch, 518-725-6309, saesch@frontiernet.net
New - Upper NY Annual Conference special session registration closing soon
Online registration for the special session of Annual Conference will close on Friday, Aug. 29. Click here to register. To learn more about the special session of Annual Conference, visit the special session section of the Conference website. DETAILS
If you have questions about the special session, please send them to specialsession@unyumc.org
Fall retreats, events announced by CRM 
The Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries has announced its fall lineup of retreats and events. Each of the six sites will host an event, and there's surely something for everyone from the annual 5K walk and run at Sky Lake to quilting retreats at Asbury and Casowasco. Find the full list of events here.
New - Capital Region Theological Center (CRT) - New-to-the-Area Clergy Gathering
Are you a pastor with new ties to the Capital Region? Join us for an opportunity to connect with colleagues; receive resources from CRTC, inspiring practices from your peers and information about the region. Take away information that will be helpful in your work and orientation to the Capital Region!

This is a free event for all clergy new to the area in the last 2 years.
WHEN:  Thursday, 9/11/14, 10am-11:30am
WHERE:  Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4 Northcrest Drive, Clifton Park, NY
New – Road T.R.I.P.
Road T.R.I.P.' makes two more stops in October
Upper New York Conference staffers will again be taking a Road T.R.I.P. across the Conference to offer a series of workshops for church leaders - clergy and lay. The first two Road T.R.I.P. training sessions took place in March; these upcoming sessions will take place in early October in the Niagara Frontier and Cornerstone districts.
Registration continues until Sept. 19. DETAILS 
New - Planters, register now for LAUNCHPAD training
New faith community planters, there's still time to register for LAUNCHPAD, a three-day training to help planters and their teams get started with an effective ministry plan. This next session of LAUNCHPAD takes place Sept. 12-14 in Latham. Led by trainers from Path 1, the denominational planting movement, this training will cover topics such as affinity groups, vision-casting, best practices, community networking, bonding with the mission field, fund-raising, and more. The deadline to register is Sept. 2. 
For more details, visit: www.unyumc.org/launchpad.
Click here to register
Click here to download the flyer in English
Click here to download the flyer in Spanish
New - Check out this wonderful article about Native American identity today (please click on link).

Contemporary Native American images
New - Capital Region Theological Center
Admin Asst (downtown, Albany, NY)
The Capital Region Theological Center (CRTC) is in need of an Administrative Assistant.
Joining the CRTC team, you'll find rewarding work providing high-quality service to the Capital Region. Excellent office administration skills are the primary focus for this part-time, 32 hour/week position. The benefits package includes excellent comprehensive health care coverage options, generous holiday, vacation and sick time, and eligibility for pension enrollment in the 3rd year of employment. 
Candidate skill set: the ability to manage multiple projects with a high level of precision is a must! Desktop publishing, web design and email marketing (Constant Contact); A high degree of proficiency and experience with Microsoft Office applications; strong customer service, interpersonal, and organizational skills with attention to detail. 
Responsibilities include:
Ø handling all forms of correspondence.                                  
Ø providing support to staff, volunteers and participants for daily agency functions, programs and other events.
Ø maintaining the office filing system and standard office equipment.
Ø regular maintenance and update of databases and mailing lists.
Prior experience in a non-profit agency is not required, but is helpful.
Full position description available on request.
Salary is $24K plus benefits.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to info@crtc.org. Please note that only complete submissions will be considered.
CRTC is a 501(c) (3) registered not-for-profit corporation. www.crtc.org

On Going News Articles (Conference and District)

Special Session booklet now online
The Pre-Conference packet for the September special session of Annual Conference is now available at http://www.unyumc.org/pages/detail/2150 as a PDF, either in color or black and white. Members can download and/or print the packet. If you have trouble accessing or printing the packet, contact Karen Campolieto at (315) 424-7878 ext. 304 or karen@unyumc.org.
Voting members of the Annual Conference should begin familiarizing themselves with these materials prior to attending the special session. The dates and times of the special session are:
* 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Rush UMC
* 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Liverpool UMC
* 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7, at Saratoga Springs UMC
In addition to the packet, we have begun a special session FAQ as a way for questions and answers to be shared by all. If you have questions, please send them to specialsession@unyumc.org so they can become a part of the FAQ. The FAQ will continue to be updated until Sept. 6.  
2014-15 Charge Conference Forms are now available

The Charge Conference Forms for 2014-15 are now available online. This year, all forms (except the statistical forms) are in one place with one address:

As in years past, there are several ways to get to the forms, and those remain as they have been; for instance, you can go to the homepage of the Conference website, click on Tools & Resources, then click on Forms.

The first item on the page will be a 2014-15 Annual Form Checklist. Please print this out and use as a checklist of forms completed.

If you have any questions about Charge Conference forms, please contact your district office
UMMen Retreat
You are invited to the Annual Upper New York Conference of UMMen Retreat
Topic:  Lead Like Jesus Leadership Encounter
When:  September 5,6,7, 2014
Where:  Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center
158 Casowasco Drive
Moravia NY 13118
For information contact Mark Jones  315-749-3700
or visit our website:   www.unyumm.org
Please register by August 23rd
Safe Sanctuary Training
An Upper NY Conference-approved Safe Sanctuaries Training is being offered from 2 to 5 PM Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Broadalbin UMC, 65 N Main St., Broadalbin, NY 12025 (about 10 miles north of Amsterdam). Broadalbin UMC is in the Albany District.
If there are individuals in your church who work with children, youth, and vulnerable adults and have not yet received Safe Sanctuary Training, you may wish for them to attend.
The training will be led by Rev. Judy Humphrey-Fox and Wendy Proctor from the Broadalbin church. The training is free to all attendees.
To register, please email Pastor Judy at pastorjudyhf@gmail.com no later than September 8th.
Please note that training will also take place at the First UMC in Corinth, 243 Main St., Corinth, 12822 on Saturday, Oct. 18. Details will be forthcoming.
Region 1 Mission U – Lake George
2014 UNY UMW & UMC Region 1 Mission U - Lake George
September 12 - 14 at Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks
2014 Theme
Learning for the Transformation of the World
2014 Studies
The Roma of Europe, Diane Miller, Study Leader
How Is It with Your Soul? Ann Craig, Study Leader
The Church and People with Disabilities, Lynn Swedberger, Study Leader
August 1, 2014 Registration Deadline extended to August 10, 2014.
Scholarship assistance is available.
See complete details on attached brochure and registration form.
Questions? Please contact:
Dean: Mary Scallon, kmscallon@yahoo.com (518) 766-4811
Registrar: Marcia Dudden, madudden@aol.com (518) 233-0238
Business Manager: Sue Olmstead, solmstead1@stny.rr.com (607)563-3750
For more information and to register please visit their website: http://unymissionu.org/what-is-mission-u/  
Capital Region Theological Center (CRTC)
The Capital Region Theological Center is seeking a highly motivated team player to fill a part-time position as Program Development Associate. This role requires experience in educational program development and coordination, familiarity with congregational life, strong computer skills, attention to detail and excellent interpersonal skills. Ordained and experienced clergy preferred, but not required.
Contact CRTC for additional information, or apply by sending resume and cover letter to: Martha Reisner, martha@crtc.org; or mail to CRTC, 160 Central Avenue, Albany, NY  12206-2901.
2014 Bishop’s Retreat(7/28/14)
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
Still time to register for Tending the Fire(8/4/14)
There is still time to register for the 2014 Tending the Fire training. This retreat-based training is 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. Retreats will be Sept. 23-25, 2014, Nov. 11-13, 2014 and Feb. 10-12, 2015 at Casowasco Camp and Retreat Center.
Read the story/register
See the brochure  
UMVIM teams needed in Mississippi(7/28/14)
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.
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
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
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
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.