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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    Bishop J. Lawrence McCleskey to visit UNY Conference Nov. 19-20

    October 18, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Saturday Nov. 19 and Sunday Nov. 20, UNY Conference clergy and laity have the opportunity to meet Bishop J. Lawrence McCleskey to learn more about Africa University (AU).

    J. Lawrence McCleskey retired as a bishop of The United Methodist Church in 2008.  He served for 45 years as an active United Methodist clergyperson, beginning as a student pastor in 1963, serving 27 years in pastoral ministry, six years as a district superintendent, and 12 years as a bishop.

    Bishop McCleskey and his wife Margaret have been active supporters of AU in Old Mutare, Zimbabwe.  In his retirement, Bishop McCleskey is serving as Executive Vice-President for Development for AU, working with Annual Conferences, local churches, and individual donors across United Methodism to raise funds for scholarships, endowment, and capital projects for AU.

    The UNY Conference invites all UNY clergy and laity to three opportunities to see Bishop McCleskey in the Syracuse area.

    On Saturday Nov. 19 from I-3 p.m., Bishop McCleskey will be speaking about AU in his talk entitled “Africa University 101” at Cicero United Methodist Church.

    Saturday evening, Bishop McCleskey will be the featured speaker at a dinner to support Africa University. This event will take place at Drumlins Country Club at 800 Nottingham Rd., in Syracuse. The evening begins with a 5 p.m. with a meet and greet with Bishop McCleskey followed by a 6 p.m. buffet dinner and program. There is a $50 suggested donation per person with all proceeds to AU.

    On Sunday Nov. 20, Bishop McCleskey will be leading the 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship Services at Fayetteville United Methodist Church. In between the two services, he will lead the 9:15 Adult Forum. After the 10:30 a.m. service, there will be a luncheon with Bishop McCleskey.

    Contact Laurel O’Connor at with questions or to reserve a seat at the dinner.

    TAGGED / Connectional Ministries

    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."