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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    News Stories from November 2021

    How mentorship creates and equips leaders

    November 30, 2021 / By The Rev. Dr. Aaron Bouwens

    Editor’s Note: The 2021 Issue II of the Advocate explores the meaningfulness of mentorship in helping people fulfill their call and their ministries throughout Upper New York (UNY) and beyond. Leading up to the publication of this issue, the Dr. Rev. Aaron Bouwens, UNY Director of Vital Congregation, explains how a mentoring relationship provides an exceptional opportunity for growth. Click here to read the “mentorship” issue   …more

    A Palestinian Cry for Hope

    November 22, 2021 / By Linda Bergh

    Hope is one of the candles in this season's Advent wreath. What does Hope look like for Palestinians living in the land where Jesus was born, in the year 2021-2022? In 2006, when my husband Gary and I, along with 50 other United Methodists, stayed in Bethlehem, I noticed some messages on the Israeli-constructed 27' (frequently designated “apartheid” wall) which surrounded the town. One message which has stayed with me …more

    Asbury Methodist Church of Watertown Spreading LOVE and THANKS to Schools

    November 16, 2021 / By Melanie Rafferty, Watertown: Asbury's co-chair of Membership & Evangelism

    Asbury Methodist Church of Watertown, NY, has been visiting several organizations in the Watertown area to express our appreciation and show our love for all they do for our community. We have so far visited the Watertown Fire Department, Hospital (Samaritan Medical Center), Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Watertown Police Department. Over a large cake and/or gift bags, Pastor Laura Calos has offered our thanks to …more

    Help the UNY Media Resource Center continue its ministry in 2022

    November 16, 2021 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Does your church use resources for small groups, curriculums for children and adults, Lent studies, Vacation Bible School kits, or perhaps Wesleyan history studies for new members? The Upper New York (UNY) Conference Resource Center is a great place to turn for thousands of resources, including popular studies created by Adam Hamilton, Amy-Jill Levine, Matt Rawle, Max Lucado and John Ortberg. As you may know, the funding for our Conference …more

    Potato drops feed thousands across UNY

    November 16, 2021 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Society of St. Andrew has been contributing potatoes to the Upper New York (UNY) Conference for many years (except for 2020 when COVID-19 posed safety concerns for such an operation). The Society of St. Andrew gleans produce left in fields after harvest season and then delivers the produce to churches. The churches distribute to area food pantries and organizations to help feed the hungry. Each truckload of potatoes that came …more

    Resources for launching a New Faith Community

    November 15, 2021 / By The Rev. Abigail Browka

    Couldn’t make “What Now?” New Faith Communities’ three-part series about dreaming of connection in a church changed by the pandemic? No Problem! Click here to access the videos freely via New Faith Communities YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw7GLCeq91uNbXe6xQcB8ow    Learn about: Fresh Expressions of Church from Luke Edwards How to build Relationships with People Online from …more

    Karen Nachbar Staulters wins Ministry of Memory award

    November 5, 2021 / By UNY Communications

    The Ministry of Memory Award (MoM) is a national award granted by the Historical Society of The United Methodist Church, with the support of the General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church, to recognize and encourage excellence in archival and historical work in the local church, Annual Conference, Jurisdictional, or central Conference. This award is intended to complement the Distinguished Service Award granted by the General …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."