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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    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 position at the United Methodist Center in Liverpool. A life-long Methodist, spouse to the Rev. Bill Mudge, and former Site Manager at Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center, Shari brings a wealth of hospitality experience with her to this position. 

    Shari has been in ministry with Bill Mudge for 35 years. She said, “As a pastor’s spouse, hospitality has been a huge part of our ministry.”

    She added, “Hospitality comes naturally to me.”

    Shari emphasized that she loves being around people and meeting new people. She looks forward to Annual Conference every year because it’s a great time to connect with people all throughout the Conference. She’s excited that her new position will enable her to interact with people throughout the Conference more often.

    The Rev. Bill Gottschalk Fielding, UNY Director of Connectional Ministries and Assistant to the Bishop, said, “We wanted every person who comes to the Conference Center to experience gracious hospitality.  I can’t think of a better person to make this happen than Shari Mudge.  She has hospitality in her DNA.” 

    Shari had her training with Chris Lupini on Saturday Nov. 2 and complimented his helpfulness; “Chris was great at showing me around and explaining everything that goes along with this position. He said I can contact him at any time I have questions.”

    All trained and ready to go, you can look forward to connecting with Shari the next evening or weekend meeting you have at the United Methodist Center.


    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."