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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    News Stories from November 2020

    Both/And: Maximizing Hybrid Worship for Online and In-Person Audiences with Jason Moore

    November 30, 2020 / By By UNY Communications

    The UNY Conference will be offering a timely webinar with Jason Moore on Thursday, Dec. 10 from 6-8 p.m. on Zoom. This can help churches better prepare through Advent and especially for Christmas. It will also help churches prepare into the new year as the webinar will be available for 90 DAYS to view and review. Through this webinar churches large and small, technically savvy and challenged, are finding …more

    Advent devotionals and resources and the symbolism of the nativity scene

    November 30, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    If you are looking for ways to celebrate Advent at home with devotionals and activities, invites you to dive intotheir resources, which they update each week of Advent. Click here to get started.  As you reflect on Christmas, this year, consider learning about nativity scenes and how different variations use certain characteristics as special symbols related to the birth of Christ. Click here to learn about the …more

    UNY Conference welcomes David Weber as Casowasco site director

    November 17, 2020 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    “I’m going to show God’s love through all I do with extreme hospitality.” This is what David Weber calls his mantra. And he is excited to live out his mantra as Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center’s new Site Director. David was born in Buffalo, NY, a son to a Methodist pastor. His father moved to different Conferences with each new appointment so …more

    What to know about Accountable Reimbursement Plans

    November 17, 2020 / By Rev. Susan Ranous

    When your Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee prepares the Clergy Compensation form each year, it includes lines for expense reimbursements. It is split between continuing education for the pastor and other expenses reimbursements. The Conference does suggest a minimum accountable reimbursement amount based on the percentage of appointment. Of course, the church and the pastor can come to an agreement for a higher amount. There should be an agreement between …more

    Updated COVID-19 guidelines and best practices

    November 17, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    New York State, like much of the world, is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases with regional micro-clusters across the UNY Conference experiencing positive test rates above 4.5 percent. With the health and safety of all members and communities of the Upper New York Conference in mind, the Conference Reopening Task Force, with the full support of Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, and the members of the …more

    New York State Paid Family Leave benefit changes 2021

    November 16, 2020 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist

    Effective January 1, 2021, there are changes to the New York State Paid Family Leave benefit.  The number of weeks eligible employees can take increases from 10 weeks to 12 weeks of job protected, paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a family member with a serious health condition or assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military service. In 2021, the benefit increases from 60% …more

    Nov. 29 is Student Day

    November 10, 2020 / By UNY Communications

    What is Student’s Day? One of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Student Day takes place the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. This Special Sunday calls the church to support students as they prepare for life in uniting faith with knowledge. The special offering provides scholarships for qualified United Methodist applicants.  When you give generously on United Methodist Student …more

    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 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."