District Newsletter




Albany District Newsletter
July 17, 2014
District Contact Information
Albany District Superintendent – Rev. Rich Weihing      richweihing@unyumc.org
Albany District Assistant – Maxine Getty                     albanydistrict@unyumc.org  
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  
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 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 recovering from back surgery and Dan’s brother Donald is out of the hospital and learning to live with his health issues. All are recovering.
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 July 18 -20 - UMW Mission u Region II: Cazenovia College - DETAILS
Aug. 17 - 21 - Director's Invitational - Casowasco Camp and Retreat - 
Ø Sept 1 - Conference office Closed - Labor Day
Ø Sept 8-11 - Creative Worship Workshops - DETAILS
Ø Sept 12-14 - UMW Mission U Region I: Silver Bay - DETAILS
Ø Oct. 22-24 - Bishop's Retreat - DETAILSFor more details on any of the above please visit the Conference website www.unyumc.org
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AUMS Newsletter “Witness”
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Media Resource Center Newsletter for June
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New Items

New – Albany District Office
Well it has been a fun month transitioning from the Saratoga building to our new offices located at the Newtonville UMC, but we are finally settled and ready to get back to business.   
Please be sure to change our address in your contact lists and please do not send correspondence to the church.   Our new address is:
Albany District Office
PO Box 511
Newtonville, NY 12128
Our phone is 518-608-1246 and our email is still albanydistrict@unyumc.org
Come and visit the new offices and say hi!

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)
The next two-year training program for Tending the Soul (spiritual direction and congregational formation) is scheduled to begin in October 2014.  Applications for the program are due by August 1st.  I am hoping that each of you would be willing to put a notice in your district newsletter about the upcoming training.  I have attached below a notice that appeared in the Adirondack District newsletter that you might use.
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
Volunteers sought for July-August trip to Bosnia(7/17/14)
The Rev. Amy Gregory, pastor at the Greene United Methodist Church is looking for people to join a Volunteers in Mission (VIM) trip to Bosnia to help in the recovery efforts in the wake of severe flooding in May.
Rev. Gregory is hoping to add at least three and as many as eight volunteers to a team of four. The team would leave on Aug. 3, 2014 from New York City and fly back to the U.S. on Aug. 14.  
Work will involve building walls, roof, interior walls and helping to finish off the interior of the home of a man who heads up the volunteer association of war vets with post-traumatic stress disorder.  
No special shots are required for travel to Bosnia; a tetanus shot is recommended. Passports need to have a minimum of two visa pages available and should expire no sooner than January 2015. Rev. Gregory estimates the cost - based on a seven-person team, including airfare - to be $2,550. Fundraising is underway to cover the building material cost of approximately $785 per person. 
"I was so sad to see the catastrophic flooding that happened in Bosnia in May," Rev. Gregory said. "I hadn't planned on taking a team this summer, but the Spirit has been working overtime on my heart and I just have to do it! I am hoping there are folks out there with a passport and a flexible, fun spirit ready for an adventure. The people of Bosnia will really touch your heart."
For more information or to join the team, contact Rev. Gregory at (607) 875-4079.
Happy Summer to All!(7/17/14)
To keep YOUR summer-time visitors happy, I suggest you look at your church’s page on the Conference web site to ensure you have the correct worship times for the summer.
I can make changes, or I can give password information to pastors or church office managers so that you can update directly through the Conference web site. It’s also a good opportunity to check all of the church’s information and make necessary changes at the same time.
Click on this link http://www.unyumc.org/churches> to the Church Locator Page and search for your church.
Be in touch with me via email or phone if you need to make changes. albanydistrict@unyumc.org
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)
Save the date,  Saturday, July 26, 2014 is our 9th annual March Schenectady For Jesus with this year’s theme: “Now Is The Time – Unity in Jesus” --   Sponsored by the Hamilton Hill & Vicinity Clergy!
Gathering at the Jerry Burrell Park at 12:30 p.m. “marchers” will organize to proceed for an afternoon of witness. Following behind a trailer with a live band, we will walk a route in the Hamilton Hill and Mont Pleasant communities returning to the Jerry Burrell Park for a time of celebration with free food and ice cream, music, fun activities and praise and worship.
This invitation is for all to come and join with us. Any questions please contact   Rev. David Heise, Retired Community United Methodist Pastor 428-3124.
[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.
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.
Books for Basic Course can be ordered from Cokesbury (1-800-672-1789), Item No. 9780881776263 (Lay Servant Basic Course for Participants for $7.48). Every participant is required to read at least two chapters from the book, prior to the beginning of the class.
Books for the Advance Course can be ordered from The Upper Room (1-800-972-0433),                                Item No. EA DR348, “Go Preach! A Primer for Beginning Preachers.” Price is very minimal.
Who can take the BASIC course? Anyone interested to be a servant in Lord’s Service.
Who can take the ADVANCE course? Those who have completed the Basic and are called by our Lord to serve in the time of need, as worship leader and filling the pulpit as needed or looking for a re-certification.

Dates for BASIC
Dates for ADVANCE
August 10th, 2014
2-4PM session 1
September 14th, 2014
2-4PM session 1
August 17th, 2014
2-4PM session 2
September 21st , 2014
2-4PM session 2
August 24th ,2014
2-4PM session 3
September 28th, 2014
2-4PM session 3
August 31st ,2014
2-4PM session 4 
October        5th , 2014
2-4PM session 4
September 7th, 2014
2-4PM session 5
October       12th, 2014
2-4PM session 5

Anyone who is looking to attend a basic/advance course is welcome. The classes will be held at 45 Old Route 7, Fellowship Hall of Pittstown UMC. The cost will be $30.00 for each course, and the check should be made to Pittstown UMC, 39 Old Route 7, Valley Falls, NY 12185. Please mention clearly on your check, that which course you want to take.
If you are looking for a Re-Certification, you may also apply. We would like you to write about a page, regarding your desire and calling to take this course and send it along with your check and e-mail address.
The dead line for applying is July 19th, 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.
Online Training and Summer Workshops Living Well Leadership Training(6/9/14)
Registration is still open for our online Living Well Leadership Collaborative.
Although we've completed Deepen Your Discipleship (part one), you can jump right into Practical Help and Spiritual Support (see "connecting is simple" below).  
If you register now, you can complete part one through the redesigned website we're launching this summer.
Read this flyer for more information about Living Well and our summer workshops that will be offered near:
Buffalo, July 15th and August 12th
Syracuse, July 23rd
Utica, August 28th
Albany, August 27th
Tom DeLoughry, Ed.D.
Chair, Second Half of Life Ministries (formerly "Older Adult Ministries")
Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church