District Newsletter



Albany District Newsletter
September 25, 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 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.
Prayers for the family of the Rev. Eric Roy King, retired. Rev. King, 100, died on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. Rev. King served churches in the former Troy Conference before retiring in 1979. He and his wife, Onita, were living in New Mexico. A funeral service was held on Sept. 20 in New Mexico. Read the full obituary
Joyand continued prayersfor David Suits (Albany District Committee on Ministries); David has received the good news that his cancer is in remission. Prayers work!
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 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 battling with throat cancer. 
For Rev. Sundar Samuel as he continues to recover from rotator cuff surgery
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. 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  
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New Items

New - Bishop Webb issues new call for special session
Bishop Mark J. Webb has announced that a special session of the Annual Conference will be convened as outlined in The Book of Discipline, paragraph 603.5. The purpose and call of the special session is to discuss and vote on a recommendation from the Conference Board of Trustees to purchase the property located at 7481 Henry Clay Blvd. in Liverpool as a new Conference Center. The special session will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in the Ballroom at the OnCenter (800 S. State St., Syracuse). As stated in paragraph 603.5, "a special session of the annual conference shall have only such powers as are stated in the call."
Due to the changes in date and location, voting members of the Annual Conference will need to register for the Oct. 18 session - even if they previously registered for one of the September sessions. Registration is open now.
The Pre-Conference packet in color and black & white has been updated to reflect the changes to the special session format and is available in the special session section of the Conference website.
Questions about the special session can be sent to specialsession@unyumc.org.
 Read the full story
New - Register online now for CCYM Fall Gatherings
The Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM)
is asking young people: Are you searching for God? Is God searching for you? Youth that want to explore those questions are encouraged to ask their youth leaders to register their groups for the upcoming Fall Gatherings:
Fall Gathering - EAST
Nov. 14-15, 2014 at Schenectady First UMC
Click here to register
Fall Gathering - WEST
Nov. 21-22 at Aldersgate UMC, Rochester
Click here to register
New - Media Resource Center
The Albany District Superintendent would like to encourage all Churches in the District to use the Media Resource Center; this is your Ministry Shares at work.  
The Center has the ability to help a church with resources for programs, Sunday schools, Bible studies, Vacation Bible School, Stewardship, the list goes on. Please go to the conference website www.unyumc.org and scroll to the bottom of the page (the black area) and click on Resource Library you will find a very informative page; on the right side of the page in the grey area you will find links for the resource catalog, monthly newsletter (also find the newsletter link at the top of the Albany District Newsletter), helpful links, Vacation Bible School Resources, Stewardship Resources and much more. If you have questions please contact the resource center’s director Diane Miner, you will find her a very knowledgeable and helpful person.
Churches in the Albany District who are regular patrons of the resource center are: Melrose UMC, No Main UMC- Gloversville, Green Island UMC, Burnt Hills UMC, Newtonville UMC, First UMC – Schenectady, Delmar UMC, First UMC – East Greenbush, Cornerstone Community, Voorheesville UMC, Averill Park UMC, Trinity UMC, Scotia UMC, Shenendehowa UMC, Broadalbin UMC, Grace UMC – Nassau, Northville UMC and Pine Grove UMC. The DS would like to thank these churches for using this resource and encourages you to contact them if you want to know how satisfied they are with this resource.
The contact information for the Media Resource Center is 800-799-9664 or 607-757-0608, email diane@unyumc.org or resourcecenter@unyumc.org the Center is located at 53 McKinley Ave, Endicott, NY 13760 (you do not have to go to the center to order or receive) the Center is open Monday thru Thursdays 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
 United Methodist Women of Burnt Hills UMC is pleased to present a program concerning the History of Native American Boarding Schools.  Local author Carolyn Huston will speak on this history and share her personal experience of attending the Navajo Methodist Mission School as a 7th grader.  Homemade cookies using Native American recipes will be served.  All are welcome.  Please join us on Wednesday, October 8 at 7 PM in the church’s Knight Hall.  We are located at 816 Rt. 50 in Burnt Hills.  399-5144


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. 
New – Men’s & Women’s Emmaus Walks
The Men's & Women's Emmaus Walks in St. Alban's Vermont at the St. Albans United Methodist Church. The Men's walk is Thursday October 9th to Sunday October 12th with registration deadline on September 25th. The Women's Walk is Thursday October 23 to Sunday October 26th with registration deadline on October 9th. 
Registration forms can found at http://lwagm.org/forms/forms.htm
Registrar is Lori McVeigh and she can be reached at emregistrar@gmail.com

On Going News Articles (Conference and District)

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
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)
Lay Servant Ministries Courses being offered
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
Advance Lay Servant Course being offered
An advanced course, LS Lead in Prayer, will be held at Amsterdam UMC, Golf Course Rd., Amsterdam, led by Pastors Carl and Heidi Chamberlain, on Saturdays Nov. 1 and 8, from 9:30am to 2:30pm.
Contact:  Amsterdam.umc@gmail.com, Office: 585.843.2611; cell: 607.382.1403.

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  
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.  
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. 
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.
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
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 at Saratoga Springs, NY(7/17/14)
September 20-21         Saratoga Native American Festival
                                    Victoria Pool Mall
                                    Saratoga Spa State Park
Check out this wonderful article about Native American identity today (please click on link).

Contemporary Native American images
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)