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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from September 2019

    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

    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

    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

    Potato drop coming to UNY

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

    On Saturday Nov. 16, 50-pound bags of potatoes will be available to pick up at no cost for local food pantries, individuals, families, and community organizations that feed the hungry. Tom Pelkey from the Society of St. Andrew and a group of volunteers will be at UNY United Methodist Center distributing potatoes from 8-11 a.m. to all those that registered. The deadline to register was Nov. 1 and all potatoes have …more

    It started with a race

    September 5, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    When runner Ashley Fuller learned that a popular local road race, the Michael J. Cerroni Memorial 5K, in Black River, NY was ceasing after 2017 because the initial fundraising goal was achieved, she had to do something about it. The race was named after Michael Ceronni who passed away in a snow-mobile race in 2006. Michael was a father of two and a marine who served three tours in Iraq. He loved …more

    How UNY can help those hit hard by Hurricane Dorian

    September 3, 2019 / By Mike Block, UNY Director of Missional Engagement / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Hurricane Dorian has devastated the Bahamas, especially the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. The storm basically came to a standstill as it pummeled the islands, causing major flooding, extreme destruction, and even death. Now its path is set to hit parts of Florida and move up along the East Coast, bringing even more damage and destruction. Watching and hearing all the news coverage only creates a sense of urgency …more



    With more than 144,000 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."