District Newsletter



Albany District Newsletter
November 12, 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 beginning her fight. Alice is a Retire Elder last serving as coordinating pastor Crown Point. Please keep her and husband David in your prayers.  
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. 14-15 - Ripple Effect - DETAILS 
Ø Nov. 11-13 - Tending the Fire - DETAILS 
Ø Nov. 14-15 - Fall Gathering East - Schenectady First UMC - DETAILS
Ø Nov. 21-22 - Fall Gathering West - Aldersgate UMC, Rochester - DETAILS
Ø Nov. 27-28 - Thanksgiving Holiday - Conference Office closed
Ø Nov. 30 – First Sunday of Advent  
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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

Please note that Maxine will be out of the office until Tuesday November 18.
New - From the Desk of Bishop Webb
A statement has been released by the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church on the division in the Church over human sexuality. The full statement reads:
"As bishops of The United Methodist Church, our hearts break because of the divisions that exist within the Church. We have been in constant prayer and conversation and affirm our consecration vow to 'guard the faith, to seek the unity and to exercise the discipline of the whole Church.' We recognize that we are one Church in a variety of contexts around the world and that bishops and the Church are not of one mind about human sexuality. Despite our differences, we are united in our commitment to be in ministry for and with all people. We are also united in our resolve to lead the Church together to fulfill its mandate - to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. As we do so, we call on all United Methodists to pray for us and for one another."
Upper New York Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb echoed the feeling of the Council.
"I join my colleagues on the Council of Bishops in this statement," said Bishop Webb. "As we strive to be the church of Jesus Christ in Upper New York, may we continue to pray together for a renewed passion for the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ, a deeper love for God and one another and a greater witness to the life and hope offered to all through the amazing gift of Jesus. Let us not be afraid in the midst of our struggles, but rather claim the promise of God's presence and the assurance of God's calling in our lives individually and corporately."

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.
Worship Service to Celebrate Ecumenical Activity
An ecumenical worship service sponsored by the Capital Region Ecumenical Organization (CREO) is slated for Friday, November 21, at 7 p.m. to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s promulgation of the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism, titled Unitatis Redintegratio or Restoration of Unity. The decree said in part, “Today, in many parts of the world, under the inspiring grace of the Holy Spirit, many efforts are being made in prayer, word and action to attain that fullness of unity which Jesus Christ desires. The Sacred Council exhorts all the Catholic faithful to recognize the signs of the times and to take an active and intelligent part in the work of ecumenism.
The service will be at the First Lutheran Church, 181 Western Avenue, in Albany. It will feature a sermon by Rev. Dr. Gregg A. Mast, president of the New Brunswick Seminary in New Jersey, and remarks by Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of the Roman Catholic Diocese. Representatives of CREO’s eight denominations will lead other parts of the service. The eight denominations are American Baptist, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran, Presbyterian, Reformed Church in America, Roman Catholic, United Church of Christ, and United Methodist.
Light refreshments and conversation will follow the service.
Safe Sanctuaries Training
The Conference approved Safe Sanctuary training to be held again at the Broadalbin UMC on Saturday, Nov. 22nd, from 9AM to noon.  It will be led by the Rev. Judy Humphrey-Fox and Wendy Proctor.  There is no cost for this training.  Everyone who works with children, youth, or vulnerable adults is encouraged to attend.  
To register please contact Pastor Judy at  pastorjudyhf@gmail.com  by Nov. 17th.
AUMS THANKSGIVING. Albany United Methodist Society invites Albany District United Methodist Churches to help us provide Thanksgiving baskets to 200 families this Thanksgiving.  We are requesting between 10-20 turkeys per church (weight: 12-14lbs), including stuffing mix, gravy, canned fruit/peas/beans/corn/sweet potatoes, instant mashed potato, cranberry sauce, bread/muffin mix, and desserts for each basket.
Delivery of turkeys and trimmings can be on or before Friday November 21 (for distribution Thanksgiving week) to AUMS, 340 First Street, Albany.
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)