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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from September 2019

    Upcoming Safe Sanctuaries® Training opportunities

    September 25, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    What is Safe Sanctuaries? Safe Sanctuaries is a policy that Upper New York uses in order to reduce the risk of abuse of children, youth, and vulnerable adults participating in the ministries of our churches, Districts, agencies, and ministry groups. Those who have regular and direct contact with children, youth, and vulnerable adults (such as pastors, youth group leaders, Sunday School teachers, Vacation Bible School coordinators, music leaders, after-school program …more

    Cortland First United Methodist Church Faith in Action blessing bags

    September 24, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Saturday Sept. 21, Cortland First United Methodist Church’s Faith in Action team gathered together to assemble blessing bags to help the homeless population in Cortland and Ithaca. Each bag contained a bar of soap, a washcloth, shampoo, deodorant, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a comb, electrolyte drink packets, gum, Chapstick, socks, two snacks, and a bottle of water. Forty-five blessing bags were completed. Once more socks and bottles of …more

    Upper New York Red Bird Mission Shoebox Campaign seeking drop-off locations

    September 24, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Dave Alexander and the mission team at Endwell United Methodist Church are again coordinating the collection and delivery of shoeboxes for the Red Bird Mission. Red Bird Mission is a poverty-relief organization that serves a remote, impoverished population in Bell, Clay, and Leslie counties in southeastern Kentucky. The Red Bird Missionary Conference is one of three United Methodist Missionary Conferences in the United States. It is the most …more

    UNY UMM hosting a Work Day at the UNY Mission Central HUB

    September 23, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Save the date of Saturday Nov. 9, 2019 to join the Upper New York United Methodist Men (UNYUMM) for a “Sharing the Blessings” work day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The main project for this work day will be constructing wooden blessing boxes. Pizza will be served for lunch. Men, women, and children welcomed as are those with all levels of experience. Upper New York Director of Missional Engagement, …more

    Equitable Compensation Application for January-June 2020 available

    September 23, 2019 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Commission on Equitable Compensation has issued guidelines and application forms for salary grants to local churches for the period January 1 to June 30, 2020. Salary grants are available only to churches with a pastor under full time appointment.  To apply for salary assistance from the Equitable Compensation Fund, applicants should review the policies and procedures in the application document for guidance, and then complete the application according to …more

    Cornerstone DS installation service for the Rev. Suzanne Block

    September 16, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    The Cornerstone District Superintendent installation service of the Rev. Suzanne Block will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at 4 p.m. at the Christ United UMC: Olean, 633 Linwood Ave., Olean, New York.  There will be a collection for UMCOR at this service. Light refreshments will be served at a reception following the service. …more

    Young couple brings new life to former Cameron Mills UMC

    September 16, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    The Cameron Mill United Methodist Church closed in December 2012. It stood in disrepair – infested with bees and flooding in the basement – until a young couple stepped in.    Dalton and Autumn Cady, then 20 and 22 respectively, initially bought the house next the church in September 2016. They heard a buyer was interested in turning the church into a storage facility and decided to buy it. Mountainview District Administrative Assistant …more

    District training this fall

    September 10, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    Some Districts in the Upper New York Conference are preparing for upcoming fall leadership trainings. Here are some details we have obtained: The Genesee Valley District will hold their fall leadership training on Sept. 14 at Rush UMC from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. There will be several choices of morning workshops as well as afternoon workshops. Click here for more information. Click here to register. Sept. 15 is an eventful day …more

    UNY CCORR and Rev. Michelle Ledder from GCORR launched Imagine No Racism 2.0 training

    September 9, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Saturday Sept. 7, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., about 40 participants from the 2018 Imagine No Racism (INR) initiative attended a training for INR 2.0 at the Upper New York United Methodist Center in Liverpool. The day began with a brief time of worship. Member of the Conference Commission on Religion & Race, the Rev. Dr. Scott Johnson used the Bible verses Luke 10:25-37 as a premise to discuss what it means …more

    Great things are happening at The Conference Council on Youth Ministry’s (CCYM) Sept. meeting

    September 9, 2019 / By Kathryn Helms and Danny Gekonge

    At the CCYM’s Sept. meeting, District Councils on Youth Ministry (DCYM) youth from all over New York State, including the districts of Genesee Valley, Niagara Frontier, Mountain View, Cornerstone, Oneonta, Mohawk, Albany, and Adirondack are working on their fall events. Different districts have various information on what they know about their fall gatherings for sure. Here are some details that have been shared: Genesee Valley will be holding …more



    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."