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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from November 2019

    The UNY mission carried out through potatoes

    November 26, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This past fall, The Society of St. Andrew with the help of over 100 volunteers distributed well over 150,000 pounds of potatoes throughout Upper New York with potato drops at Rose UMC, Endwell UMC, Boonville UMC, and the UNY United Methodist Center. Over 40,000 pounds of potatoes were dropped at the UNY Methodist Center’s Mission Central HUB and area food pantries, churches, non-profits, families, and individuals came to pick them up. …more

    CenterPoint Christian Fellowship: Climbing the discipleship staircase

    November 25, 2019 / By By Wayne Clemens and Jay Scienza, Pastors, CenterPoint Christian Fellowship

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the 2019 Issue II of the Advocate. Click here to read the issue.  At CenterPoint Christian Fellowship Church in Barneveld, New York; in the Mohawk District of the Upper New York Annual Conference, God has blessed us with incredible growth and has created an atmosphere where there is a deep spiritual longing to love God more, to grow in our faith in …more

    UNY ERT and volunteers give hope to Mohawk District storm survivors

    November 25, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Almost a month after the Halloween storm and subsequent Sauquoit creek flooding throughout the Mohawk District, many residents are still without heat, water, or electricity. Over 100 residents experienced flood waters that filled their basements from floor to ceiling and up to the top of the floorboards or higher on the first floor. The village of Whitesboro was hit hard by this storm. A walk down Wind Place and surrounding streets …more

    Potatoes distributed throughout UNY

    November 19, 2019 / By Betty Houg and Crystal Dauback

    Editor’s Note: This past fall, The Society of St. Andrew with the help of over 100 volunteers distributed well over 150,000 pounds of potatoes throughout Upper New York with potato drops at Rose UMC, Endwell UMC, Boonville UMC, and the UNY United Methodist Center. Each location had 35,000-50,000 potatoes picked up by food pantries, churches, community organizations, families, and individuals.  Below is a story of Boonville UMC’s …more

    Friendship UMC: The story of the Friendship AWANA Club

    November 19, 2019 / By By Clara E. Wilder, Licensed Local Pastor, First UMC of Friendship and River’s Edge UMC

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the 2019 Issue II of the Advocate, which zeroed in on the theme of Discipleship Systems: Beyond Sunday services. Click here to read the issue. “Where are all the children?” Is the most-asked question in one of the rural churches that I serve. I serve First United Methodist Church of Friendship in Friendship, NY. The town is in the beautiful southern …more

    INR continues

    November 19, 2019 / By Blenda Smith

    The Conference Commission on Religion and Race (CCORR) is excited to share the results of a busy summer! We worked with the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) to revise the Imagine No Racism (INR) curriculum to reflect the excellent evaluations and feedback of those who experienced INR in 2018. All clergy are expected to complete the full six weeks of the INR curriculum, and many did this last year. …more

    NYS Minimum Wage and Minimum Salary Increases

    November 14, 2019 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    State and federal laws establish minimum wages for non-exempt employees and minimum salary levels for some exempt employees. Non-exempt employees must receive at least the higher of the state or federal hourly minimum wage for hours worked. Exempt employees must receive at least the higher of the state or federal salary levels.    New York State Minimum Wage Increase for Non-Exempt Employees Effective December 31, 2019, New York State minimum wage …more

    Minimum wage increase affects all UNY employers

    November 14, 2019 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    State and federal laws establish minimum wages for non-exempt employees and minimum salary levels for some exempt employees. Non-exempt employees must receive at least the higher of the state or federal hourly minimum wage for hours worked. Exempt employees must receive at least the higher of the state or federal salary levels.  New York State Minimum Wage Increase for Non-Exempt Employees Effective December 31, 2019, New York State minimum wage increases …more

    Faith Journey UMC’s Mission Central Campus opens

    November 13, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    In April 2016, Mike Jordan, the chairperson of Crossroad District’s Faith Journey UMC’ s trustees, convinced members of his church that it was possible to transform a dilapidated, closed-down veterinary building into a beautiful space to be the new home for their Cradle & Beyond thrift shop that had been part of St. Andrew’s UMC until the church closed. And that this could also be a …more

    How generous is your church?

    November 12, 2019 / By UNY Communications

    Editor's Note: In the 2019 Issue II of the Advocate, we asked members of the UNY conference to tell us about how their church is generous. Below are some of the responses we received.  “We have just received permission from the village board to start a ‘Worship Without Walls’ in our downtown. We are excited and will move forward from here. We held an annual Thanksgiving …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."