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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    News Stories from November 2019

    NYS wage and 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

    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

    No way to treat a child

    November 12, 2019 / By Rev. Merle Showers, UNY Task Force on Peace with Justice in Palestine/Israel

    Editor’s Note: Approximately 2.9 million Palestinians live in the occupied West Bank, of which 45 percent are children under the age of 18. Palestinian children in the West Bank, like adults, face arrest, prosecution, and imprisonment under an Israeli detention system that denies them basic rights. Below is an example of the mistreatment these children face with action you can take on Nov. 20 to help prevent such treatment.  Learn more …more

    Change in insurance carrier beginning Jan. 1, 2020

    November 12, 2019 / By Jack Keating and Richard Barling

    Editor's Note: In early Nov. 2019, the UNY Board of Trustees sent the following letter to all churches in the UNY Conference to inform them of the plan to change the Conference's insurance carrier from Church Mutual to Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company.  To: All Churches in the Upper New York Annual Conference, Each year, your Annual Conference Board of Trustees reviews our Conference-wide insurance program. The Board looks …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: A letter upon returning from the Council of Bishops

    November 8, 2019 / By Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor's Note: After returning from the Council of Bishops meeting in Lake Junaluska, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb shared the following letter with the Upper New York Conference on Friday Nov. 8. Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ!  I continue to give thanks to God for each of you and for the many ways you are offering the good …more

    Welcome Shari Mudge as UNY Part-Time Weekend/Evening Welcoming Specialist

    November 7, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The UNY Conference United Methodist Center prioritizes hospitality to all visitors who use the facility. Our Full-Time Welcoming and Support Specialist, Chris Lupini, provides top-notch hospitality to all visitors; however, his hours are weekdays and we welcome UNY Conference members to use the facility during weekends and evenings as well. We are pleased to announce that we have hired Shari Mudge to fill the Part Time Weekend/Evening Welcome Specialist …more

    How mission work led me to become a disciple

    November 4, 2019 / By Greg Forrester, Layperson, Cortland: First UMC

    Coming from law enforcement as a New York State Trooper and working on child abuse investigations with the Child Protective Service staff, I was wondering where God was and what He was controlling. God didn’t seem all-powerful to me. I was raised in the Catholic church and married a preacher’s daughter whose grandfather, father, and eventually, brother, were all United Methodist pastors. It led to some …more

    Intentional Discipleship Systems: Creating pathways to make disciples of Jesus Christ

    November 1, 2019 / By Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens, UNY Director of Vital Congregations

    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the 2019 Issue 2 of the Advocate, which focused on Discipleship Systems. Click here to read the entire issue.    As Bishop Webb mentioned in the introduction to this issue, the mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Upon sharing this mission statement, a few questions arise, and usually …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."