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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.

    Perspectives: Day in the Life

    A Day in the Life: Mary Bradley

    October 11, 2016 / By Mary Bradley, Episcopal Office Manager

    I start each day checking voicemail and emails.  Then, the day unfolds from there.  Each day is its own and can change at the answer of one phone call. I am the support person to the Executive Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, and to Bishop Webb.  Beyond handling items that they request of me, my primary role is the appointment list and dealing with clergy status changes. 

    I am a support person with the District Superintendents and the liaison with the District AAs.  I support the cabinet when they hold meetings and assist the DS’s when possible.  I send invitations out for different meetings that the cabinet invites folks to join them for and assist in the logistics of those events.  I lead three District AA Trainings a year.  I support and help the District AAs in any way that I am helpful. 

    I am also responsible for the Bishop’s preaching calendar and working with the churches to plan each visit that is made.  I help the Bishop’s Retreat Planning team with the annual Bishop’s Retreat each October and all that goes into making that happen. I organize and send invitations out for the provisional’s day apart with Bishop Webb each year as well as the ordinand’s day apart with the Bishop each year prior to Annual Conference. 

    I sit on the session’s team.  I am responsible for preparing different aspects of Annual Conference.  The biggest one that most people see is the appointment list.  I also assist with the Business of the Annual Conference (BAC) and working with the Board of Ordained Ministry (BOM) to make sure the appointment list and the BAC match each other.   I am responsible for preparing all of the certificates for Annual Conference including those for commissioning, ordination, licensing, and retirements.  I also work before Annual Conference with the DS’s on organizing the Right Start Workshops in the six regions so good pastoral transitions can be made.  I work with communications team and invite the current class of retirees to record videos to be used during Annual Conference.

    Click here to learn more about all the staff members within the Episcopal Office and their specific responsibilities. 

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    With more than 125,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 800 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."