February 27 , 2014
District Contact Information
Maxine is in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
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 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.
I would like to ask for your prayers for a dear friend of mine, Daphne, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, thank you and blessings, Maxine
Continued prayers for….
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 March 1-31, Women's History Month recognizes and celebrates the lives and contributions of women to their communities and to The United Methodist Church. Click here to see a timeline of Women in Methodism. Feb. 22 - CONAM Learning Session - DETAILS
Ø Mar. 1 - Deadline to get Pre-Conference reports, resolutions and petitions to Conference office (DCM office) - DETAILS
Ø March 5, Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Christian observance of Lent.
Ø March 29, Safe Sanctuary Trng at Queensbury UMC, see below
Ø Apr. 1 - Anticipated publication date for the Pre-Conference Booklet
Ø Apr 5 -Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) April 5, 2014 from1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the First UMC in Schenectady see article below
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
Maxine will be on vacation from 28 February until 16 March 2014. She will be checking emails and phone messages but responding to emergencies and time sensitive issues only.
New – Youth Ministries Spring Gathering
The Albany District Council on Youth Ministries is sponsoring a Spring gathering for youth. It will be held April 25th-26 at Voorheesville UMC. The cost will be $25. The theme is two way street. There will be many workshops, food, music, worship, games, wii, and a dance with a DJ. For more information contact Debby Ackercole at email@example.com
Canceled - Spring Chrysalis
Spring Chrysalis weekends have been canceled. If you have any questions please contact Chrysalis Registrar, Becky Albrecht (518-258-7648, firstname.lastname@example.org)
New - Road T.R.I.P. workshops focus on doing one thing well(2/4/14)
Albany District Superintendent Rich Weihing will be attending the Road T.R.I.P. being held at the Saratoga Springs UMC on Sunday March 23, 2014 Rich looks forward to seeing members from the Albany District there.
Upper New York Conference staffers will begin a Road T.R.I.P. across the Conference to offer a series of workshops for church leaders. These learning and training opportunities will be Transformative, Relevant, Innovative and Personal. The first two events take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Potsdam UMC, 28 Main St., Potsdam; and from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Saratoga Springs UMC, 175 Fifth Ave., Saratoga Springs. Learn more and register.
New – Certified Lay Ministry Class being offered
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.
New – Conference Center Media Center Newsletter
To read the Media Centers March Newsletter please click on this Link
New - Mohawk District Spring Lay Ministry Retreat
Albany District Lay are invited to participate:
March 21-23, 2014, Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center
This Weekend Retreat and course of instruction are open to all laity and clergy. The cost for the retreat is $168, which includes the required course text. This course is eligible for Advanced Lay Servant credit
About the course
Faith Sharing: Relational Evangelism
Rev. Sung Ho Lee, Mohawk District Superintendent
Purpose of This Class
Help participants to claim their faith stories and articulate them in a comfort zone.
Help participants to be filled with passion for sharing their faith.
Learn how to practice relational evangelism in the church at different levels in relevant ways, in service, small groups and worship and with the unconnected.
Get Their Name: Grow Your Church by Building New Relationships
By Bob Farr, Doug Anderson and Kay Kotan
Prior to the session, read the entire text.
Worship, Bible study, discussion, faith sharing, and how to implement the learnings from the class in your church
Registration Form can be found on the conference web site (www.unyumc.org) under Lay Servant Forms.
News - From our Adirondack Neighbors
All laity from the Adirondack and Albany districts are invited to gather with our Conference Lay Leader Dr. Scott Johnson from 10 AM to Noon Saturday, March 1 at the Queensbury UMC, 460 Aviation Rd., Queensbury, 12804.
Scott will lead us in a conversation about strategies for increasing effective lay leadership for vital congregations. Click on this link for more information about Scott http://www.unyumc.org/pages/detail/1012 , and click here for an article that appeared in the Conference newsletter when Scott addressed Annual Conference in June 2012. He spoke about the work we need to do if we are to bear the fruit that God expects from us. http://www.unyumc.org/news/detail/1199
Please RSVP with Carrie Boyer in the Adirondack District Office, 584-8214, ext 2, or email@example.com You don’t need to register, we’d just like to get a ballpark figure to make plans for hospitality. If you decide you’d like to come at the last minute – please do so!
If you have questions about the gathering, you can also contact the Adirondack District Co-Lay Leader, Jeannette Mann firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-692-9481 or 518-496-6048.
On Going News Articles (Conference and District)
Very Important - Local Church Annual Audits(10/17/13)
Now that you are closing out your books for the year it is very important that you complete an annual audit. Please be aware of how important it is to have an audit, if you should have someone embezzle and you do not have a current audit your insurance may not protect you as you have failed to take the appropriate steps to avoid such a problem. A copy of the audit must be sent to the District Office. As of this date the district office has received no audit reports. Please be aware that the Fund Balance Report does not take the place of an audit, it is an integral part of the process.
I would like to direct everyone who has a question concerning audits to go to this link Audit Guide to down load the Conference Audit Guide Book.
UNYAC Sexual Ethics Committee (Safe Sanctuary)(2/25/14)
Please let Maxine in the Albany District Office know if you will be participating in this event. Some have already done so, thank you. email@example.com but be sure to register on line, see below.
Upper NY’s Safe Sanctuaries Training
WHO: Individuals who have responsibility for the safety of children, youth, and vulnerable adults in the churches’ ministries especially pastors, those responsible for Christian education and youth group leaders. This is a prerequisite for Training of Trainers
WHAT: Safe Sanctuaries Training of Trainers
WHO: Individuals interested in facilitating Upper NY’s Safe Sanctuaries Training in their district and/or church.
Completion of these two courses will certify individuals to present UNY’s Safe Sanctuaries training in the Conference, District and local church
WHEN: Saturday, March 29, 2014 9:00 a.m. – noon – Safe Sanctuaries Training
12:45 – 3:45 p.m. – Training of Trainers
Lunch will be provided for those participating in morning and afternoon sessions.
(If necessary, Friday night lodging will be reimbursed for those preparing to be part of their District’s training team and coming from a distance. We will make reservations for you.)
WHERE: Queensbury United Methodist Church, 460 Aviation Road, Queensbury, NY 12804 (Adirondack District; north of Albany)
HOW: Register on line Register Safe Sanctuaries Registration deadline is March 23 Expect an email confirmation upon registration.
QUESTIONS: Questions should be directed to Carol Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-687-4793
BROUGHT TO YOU BY : UNY Sexual Ethics Committee SAFE SANCTUARIES TRAINING TEAM
Matthew Williams Carol Barnes
501 William Law Road, Windsor, NY 13865 PO Box 199, Tioga Center, NY 13845
Resource Center Newsletter(2/25/14)
The following link will take you to the February 2014 Resource Newsletter LINK
Capital Region Theological Center receives scholarship grant(2/25/14)
Save the date, Sunday, May 18, for a celebration of 50 years of ecumenical activity. The Capital Region Ecumenical Organization (CREO) will host a panel discussion at 4 p.m. at Emmanuel-Friedens Church, 218 Nott Terrace, in Schenectady. Representatives of several faith traditions will discuss how the Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism has affected their denominations, especially locally. Time for questions and comments will follow. Refreshments will be available at 3:30 p.m. before the program, and the program will close with an ecumenical worship service at 5:30 p.m. More information to come.
Part-time Coordinator Sought
The Capital Region Ecumenical Organization (CREO) is seeking a part-time coordinator. Duties will include scheduling meetings, handling communications, promoting events, producing a newsletter, and maintaining records, among others. Work will be flexible, with an average of 2-4 hours per week. The salary is $3,000 per year. The coordinator would need to provide his or her own computer and workspace.
To apply, send a resume and cover letter highlighting interest and experience in ecumenical activities to Ian and Edith Leet, 951 Myrtle Avenue, Albany, NY 12203-1817 or by e-mail to email@example.com. The deadline is March 1.
To obtain a copy of the job description, e-mail the Leets or call them at 482-6612.
CRTC is the recipient of a scholarship grant from Price Chopper's Golub Foundation for the calendar year 2014. Scholarships are available to the public for seminars, lectures, and courses with an emphasis on geographic and social diversity.
More information is available on our web site (www.crtc.org).
Contact: Martha Reisner, Executive Director or Cheryl Lasher, Grants Associate
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
160 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12206
501 (c)(3) registered not-for-profit corporation
AUMS 55th Anniversary Dinner(2/25/14)
Save the Date! Albany United Methodist Society is pleased to announce our 55th Anniversary Dinner on Thursday April 10, 2014, 6 pm, at St. Sophia's, Whitehall Road, Albany. Event inquiries can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
AUMS Neighborhood Garden(2/25/14)
AUMS is launching a Neighborhood Garden next door to the 340 First, Family Community Center in Albany. We are seeking volunteers from District churches to help us gather supplies and build the garden from the ground up. There will be three workdays tentatively scheduled for April 5th, 12th, and 26th to build the garden. These dates are subject to change due to weather. Churches are asked to include this information in their weekly announcements. Volunteers can sign-up in their church or by emailing Allen Bower at email@example.com. There will be two work sessions each day, one from 10-12:30 and the other from 1-3:30.
“One Size Does Not Fit All” Workshop(2/25/14)
The workshop previously scheduled in November of 2013 called “Does the Shoe Fit?” has been rescheduled for Friday, March 28 2014 with a new name. See below, for more information.
Learn about what your current leadership skills have to do with the size of your church, how to shift gears to be more proactive in church growth, and more. Led by Keli Rugenstein, PhD., Director of Clergy and Congregation Care; $40 per person. To register, call (518) 374-3514.
News from our Adirondack neighbor(2/25/14)
Hockey Game to raise funds for our Youth
The American Hockey League team, the Adirondack Phantoms, is offering a special ticket price for their 5 PM game on Sunday, March 2 vs. The Syracuse Crunch At the Glens Falls Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls, NY 12801. Tickets are $15 (adult and children).
The team will give back to the District $5 for each ticket sold to go toward scholarships for Skye Farm Camp.
There will be a 30-minute post-game skate with the Phantoms players immediately following the game. Participants must bring their own ice skates.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Carrie in the Adirondack District Office, firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 584-8214, ext. 2 by Feb. 27 so she can order the tickets. This could be a great opportunity for churches to have a special outing for all ages while raising funds to help send kids to camp! Full-color posters are available for posting in your church.
Skye Farm Camp(2/25/14)
Skye Farm Camp is seeking persons interested in serving on the ministry team here at camp. We are seeking both paid and volunteers to serve as counselors, kitchen assistants, cooks, maintenance workers, life guard. We have counseling positions available for one session or the whole summer.
Lives change because of what happens at camp and the changes are not limited to the campers. Come, be a part of those experiences.
Conference Council on Youth Ministries(2/11/14)
This is the committee that plans and hosts Fall gatherings and Upword each year. It is a great time to work on leadership with youth from around the conference. The Albany District has three open slots for youth from 7th-12th grade. The deadline to apply is February 23rd. For more information contact Debby @ email@example.com.
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org .
Young People: UP!WORD '14 registration now open! (2/11/14)
Join youth from across the Upper New York Conference on April 4-6, 2014 at the Liverpool Holiday Inn for UP!WORD, an opportunity for youth to adventure with God through a variety of music and worship experiences, and to make new friendships. UP!WORD will welcome Stellar Kart, a Christian pop punk band from Phoenix. This year's theme is called “to Catch Fire”: An Adventure with God. DETAILS
Pre-conference booklet materials deadline - March 1(2/11/14)
All resolutions and petitions, reports and any material for publication in the pre-conference booklet, must be received no later than March 1, 2014. Submissions should be sent via email to DCMOffice@unyumc.org. Click on the link to learn more about submitting petitions and resolutions. DETAILS
2014 Annual Conference registration opens(2/11/14)
Registration is now open for the 2014 Upper New York Annual Conference. This year's theme is "Planting God's Future in Hearts & Neighbors: Called to Cultivate." The session will be held May 29-31, 2014 at the OnCenter in Syracuse. Click on the details link to go to the registration form. Questions? Email: email@example.com or call Leah Robinson at (855) 424-7878 ext. 303. DETAILS
Albany District VIM offers team leader training(2/11/14)
Albany District Volunteers in Mission will offer a team leader training this spring. The date and place will be determined once it is known who will be participating. To be a team leader a person must have been a team member. But the training is good even for those who are not ready to lead a team as it will increase their understanding of VIM. We hope that many people will take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about showing "Christian love in action" and experiencing these life-changing opportunities. If you are interested in taking the training, contact Jan and Pete Huston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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."
New insurance carrier effective Jan. 1(2/4/14)
As of Jan. 1, Church Mutual has taken over as the Upper New York Conference's new insurance carrier. A Q&A and other information are now available on our website at Church Mutual Ins Link.
Students urged to apply for 2014 Conference scholarships(2/4/14)
United Methodist high school seniors and college students are invited to apply for two scholarships offered by the Upper New York Conference. Application forms and guidelines are available now. DETAILS
CRM accepting applications for year-round, seasonal and summer positions(2/4/14)
The Upper New York Camp & Retreat Ministries (CRM) is now accepting applications for the following positions: Director of Program and Outreach for Camp & Retreat Ministries, full time (Conference Office, Syracuse); Office Assistant, part-time year-round (8-10 hours per week; Asbury Camp & Retreat Center, Silver Lake); and Office Assistant, seasonal (8-10 hours per week seasonally; Findley Camp & Retreat Center, Clymer). CRM is also accepting applications for Summer Ministry Team positions at all six camp & retreat centers. DETAILS
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
Ministry News from the Schenectady area (1/30/14)
[Every Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Hamilton Hill Clergy prayer gathering] (Contact Rev.Heise email@example.com for weekly locations)
Save the Date - District Learning Session(1/14/14)
Presented by Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) April 5, 2014 from1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the First UMC in Schenectady.
Intended for; Local Church Representatives to CONAM, Pastors, UMW, Lay Leaders and all interested persons are welcome.Spend a few hours with Native Americans, hear stories &build friendships. Learn how to teach your local church members about the Act of Repentance & Healing of Relationships with Indigenous Peoples.
Email or call your District office to register (we want to have plenty of lunch for all!) 518.584-8214 ext 3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DINNER
A Corned Beef and Cabbage sit-down dinner will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 at the Alplaus United Methodist Church, 1 Brookside Avenue in Alplaus.
The cost is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $5 for children aged 5-12, and free for under 5. A family package for 2 adults and 2 children ages 5-12 is $25. Takeouts are available and walk-ins are welcome.
Menu consists of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and dessert. Beverage included with dine-in meal only.
Diners are encouraged to bring in a non-perishable food item for the SICM Food Pantry. For more information call 399-6000 or visit www.alplausumc.org. The church is handicapped accessible.
Scotia United Methodist Church is excited that Flame is once again coming March 1 at 7 pm. Concert tickets are $10 with an afterglow concert in the Fireside Room featuring "Bethany and Julia." For those of you who have not gone to a Flame Concert before, this band plays cover songs that will get you up out of your seat dancing. The band happens to consist of those with developmental disabilities including Autism, Downs' Syndrome and Blindness.
Scotia United Methodist Church will have a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, on March 4 from 5:30 to 7 pm. Please invite your family and friends to join us in eating pancakes, maple syrup and breakfast meats. This is a fundraiser for the Scotia United Methodist Church's Capital Campaign.
Center Glenville United Methodist Church
· Every 2nd Sunday, 8:30 – 9:30 AM - Family, Friends & Neighbors Fellowship Breakfast Buffet
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 Paster Eric Kerwath.
Green Island, Church of the Good Shepherd UMC
Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner
The Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist, 89 Hudson Avenue is having a Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner on Saturday, March 8th from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. Come enjoy our dinner featuring Corned Beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, bread, salad, specialty desserts, coffee & tea in our family friendly atmosphere. Eat in or take out. Proceeds will benefit church projects, missions, and programs. The event is open to the public with free parking. Cost: $11.00 for adults, $6.00 for kids 6 - 12 and free for kids 5 and under. Save the date – May 17th – Rummage Sale – 9 AM – 1 PM
First UMC, Schenectady
2014 Lenten Photo Show
The First United Methodist Church of Schenectady invites you to participate in its 2014 Lenten Photo Show. You can participate in any or all of three ways:
- Submit Photos that you have taken: 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
You may submit your photos either electronically or in hard copy.
· To submit your photos electronically, save them as JPG files of between 300bpi and 5MB, attach them to an email, enter ‘Photo Show’ as the subject of the email, type your name, address, telephone number and the theme your photos represent in the body of the email, and send the email to email@example.com.
· To submit your photos in hard copy, print them out on 8x10 photo paper, enclose them and a completed entry form in an envelope, and send to FUMC Lenten Photo Show, 603 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305. Copies of the entry form may be downloaded from the Events Section of the church’s website at www.fumcschenectady.org.
- Vote for the Photos you think best reflect the Themes of the Show: On a weekly basis, the photos submitted for each of the themes will be posted on First United Methodist Church’s website (www.fumcschenectady.org) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/fumcschenectady). You may go to either of these sites to vote for the photo or photos that you think best reflect the themes.
- Visit the Show on Good Friday, April 18 from from 2:00-3:00 PM or 5:00-7:00 PM: On Good Friday, April 18th the photos that receive the most votes and as many of the other photos as reasonably possible will be on display in Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church of Schenectady. You are invited to view the photos from 2:00 to 3pm or from 5:00 to 7pm. Light refreshments will be served.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Giaquinto at (518) 374-4403, X 104.
Stanford UMC, Schenectady
Standford United Methodist Church in Schenectady is seeking applicants for a part-time Administrative Assistant. Requirements include proficiency in Microsoft word and its components. Duties would include, but not limited to, preparation of the Sunday bulletin, monthly newsletter and clerical support of the pastor and church office. Position would be approximately 10 hours per week.
Please send cover letter with resume and 3 references to: SPRC Stanford UMC, 1569 State St., Schenectady, NY 12304