District Newsletter



Albany District Newsletter
September 11, 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 Pastor Judy Humphry-Fox and family (Judy serves Broadalbin and Edinburg UMCs) Judy’s step-mother Sharon Humphrey passed away in Florida.  Cards and condolences may be sent to Pastor Judy at 14 Sherman Ave., Corinth, NY 12822.
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 (Walter is a retired Elder) 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. Jason has been moved to the Spaulding Rehabilitation facility in Boston where he will begin a long road to recovery.
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 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….
For Pastor Marianna Rodriquez (serving First UMC, Rensselaer and Emmanual Faith) and her family as her brother Hector Cardosa continues his battling with throat cancer. 
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 continues to recover from a stroke.
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. 12-14 - UMW Mission U Region I: Silver Bay - DETAILS
Ø Sept. 12-14 - LaunchPad Training Event - DETAILS
Sept. 14 - Mountain View District New DS Installation - DETAILS
Ø Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 - Hispanic Heritage Month - DETAILS
Ø Sept. 21 - Finger Lakes District New DS Installation - DETAILS
Ø Sept. 23-24 - Tending the Fire - DETAILS
Ø Sept. 27 - Final CONAM Learning Session - 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. 5 - World Communion Sunday - DETAILS
Ø Oct. 16-17 - 2014 Retirement Seminar - DETAILS
Ø Oct. 22-240 - 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
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.


New Items

New – Save the Date - Lay Servant Course being offered
The "Lay Speakers Lead in Prayer" course will be offered at Amsterdam UMC on Saturday, November 1 and 8, 2014. More information is to follow. If you are interested in taking this course please mark your calendar and stand by.   
New - Still time to register for October 2014 'Road T.R.I.P.'
Upper New York Conference staffers are again taking a Road T.R.I.P. across the Conference to offer a series of workshops for church leaders - clergy and laity. Click the details link below to see workshop descriptions, a schedule, and more.
The two stops in October are:
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Batavia First UMC, 8221 Lewiston Road
2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Bemus Point UMC, 4954 Bemus Ellery Road
The registration deadline is Sept. 19; click here to register  
New - 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.  
New - 2014 Retirement Seminars scheduled 
The Benefits Office has scheduled two Retirement Seminars for this fall. Clergypersons (and spouses) who are considering retirement within the next five years, and who are enrolled in the benefit programs of the Conference, are encouraged to attend. 
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, eastern region TBD
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  on  Friday, Oct. 17, at Asbury Camp & Retreat Center, Silver Lake
Topics to be covered will be: Pension programs of The United Methodist Church, life insurance, health insurance in retirement, Social Security, and moving. Presenters will be from the General Board of Pension & Health Benefits and Conference Benefits Officer Vicki Putney. 
Lunch will be provided at each location. Registration information will be coming soon. 

On Going News Articles (Conference and District)

Equitable Compensation application now available
The Equitable Compensation application for January – June 2015 is now available online: http://www.unyumc.org/news/detail/1988.
Here are the deadlines:
October 6 - Churches need to have the completed applications (with compensation form and church budget) to the District Superintendents.
October 20 - Districts need to have the completed applications (with compensation form and church budget) and the completed recommendation form (see attached) signed by the District Superintendent in to the Benefits Office. Please remember to indicate priority levels (1 = highest, followed by 2 = medium, and 3 = lowest)
Living Waters Community Gathering
Living Waters of the Adirondack & Green Mountains Emmaus/Chrysalis Community Gathering (Serving from Albany, NY to St Johnsbury, VT) http://lwagm.org
Everyone Welcome!!
This Month’s Location: First United Methodist Church
301 S. Main Street
Northville, NY 12134
Date & Time: Sunday, Sept. 14 @ 4 PM
Can’t make it this month? Watch for next month’s announcement!!
 For more information: Jim Baxter (jbaxter1@nycap.rr.com or 518-878-6500) or
Steve Page (pagefmly@frontiernet.net or 518-548-3491)
Also feel free to contact your pastor.
If he/she is not among the many pastors involved, we encourage that to change!
Marriage Encounter Weekend
In the world today couples become so involved in the day-to-day concerns of their lives---job, children, home, social activities--that they can lose touch with each other and their married relationship. The Marriage Encounter Weekend helps a couple discover each other again  To learn more about Marriage Encounter and the upcoming weekend at Asbury Retreat Center, October 24-26 visit www.encounter.org  or call Keith & Diane Sherwood at 315-492-2372, Email ksher1021@aol.com
Please feel free to put this in your Sunday Bulletins.
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
Check out this wonderful article about Native American identity today (please click on link).

Contemporary Native American images
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
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
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.
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   .
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
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)
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.