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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from July 2021

    Help Casowasco overcome obstacle of damaging flood

    July 12, 2021 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Monday July 12 at 2:20 a.m., during heavy rain, David Weber, the Site Director at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center received a call from a neighbor alerting him that there will likely be severe flooding. At 6 a.m., David went around the site and noticed that there was extensive damage from the substantial rain. He said, “We have roof damage, flooding damage, vehicle damage, but praise God, no people …more

    UNY mourns Bishop Joseph Yeakel’s death

    July 7, 2021 / By UNY Communications

    Bishop Yeake'ls memorial service has been rescheduled for May 20, 2022. Click here for more information. The Upper New York Conference as well as Methodists across the Connection mourn the death of Bishop Joseph Yeakel who died this past Sunday at the age of 93. He served as Resident Bishop of the New York West Area, which at the time included three Conferences (Western New York Conference, Northern New York Conference, …more

    Offerings at Annual Conference 2021

    July 7, 2021 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Throughout the Upper New York Annual Conference, those attending had also been given the opportunity to donate to five funds. The Clergy Care Fund assists clergy who need financial support. The total donation at this year’s Annual Conference was $1,825.77 (compared to $4914.48 in 2019). The Helping Hands Fund raises money to be used by the Upper New York Cabinet to assist congregants in need of financial support. The total donation …more

    Rensselaer United Methodist Church reopens first with outreach

    July 7, 2021 / By Thaddeus Pinckney

    Bags of produce, including potatoes, carrots, and onions are soon to be given to Rensselaer and Capital Region residents. To combat economic issues caused by COVID-19, and spread a ray of hope through healthy food, the Rensselaer United Methodist Church will distribute free potatoes and produce to the community from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday morning, starting July 10,, 2021. The food will be distributed on a first come, first serve …more

    All are radically welcomed at Casowasco Camp and Retreat Center

    July 6, 2021 / By Theresa Eggleston

    Editor's Note: This article was originally published in the 2021 Issue I of teh Advocate, which focused on the theme "Celebrating who we are." Click here to read the whole issue.  Turning into the driveway filled with green pine trees, guests drive down a winding hill to the welcome center to hear the words, “Welcome Home.” The Upper New York Annual Conference is home to several wonderful …more

    From the desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: 2021 Advocate Issue I

    July 6, 2021 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Editor’s Note: Issue I of the 2021 Advocate focused on the theme “Celebrating who we are” as a Conference. It highlighted the beautiful tapestry of churches and members we have in the Upper New York Conference. Below is Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb’s introduction to the issue. Click here to read the entire issue. Jodi and I frequently walk a section …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."