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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center Summer Camp-a place to unwind

    June 14, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center is unique in that it offers programming for both the special needs community ages 18-65 as well as school-aged children. While sessions for both groups used to happen concurrently, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in three weeks of camp devoted to the special needs community (July 4-July 22) and three weeks of camp devoted to school-aged children and youth (July 24-Aug. 12). Sky Lake staff decided …more

    Members of University UMC of Buffalo discover connection to Methodist minister Daniel Coker

    June 14, 2022 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    While honoring Black Methodists in February 2022 for Black History Month, the University United Methodist Church of Buffalo made a shocking discovery. A family who belongs to the church has ties to prominent Methodist minister and missionary Daniel Coker. About 15 years ago, Sierra Leone immigrant Jimmy Mackay came to the University UMC of Buffalo, which helped him attain his U.S. citizenship. Mackay, who passed away four years ago, was an …more

    Making progress because of Jesus

    June 14, 2022 / By Chaplain Bruce Maxwell, Deacon of Upper New York, serving in Susquehanna Conference

    Billy and his mom can’t live together. Billy is rough around the edges and knows how to move on when the staying is too much. Billy loves his mom; she lives in St. Louis and gets a visit from Billy every few years. She gave birth to Billy at age 15 and was dealing with her own adolescent issues. Billy nearly died as a toddler, being poisoned with hair …more

    Boundless opportunities at Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center this Summer

    June 7, 2022 / By Jillian Pietruch

    Those of us who have experienced the blessing of Aldersgate know the deep, unerring sense of peace that can be found onsite. We carry these memories with us – triggered throughout our lives by a warm breeze off a pine tree, the sounds of nature, a hymn, or a hug from a lifelong friend. For a couple years now, the only way for most of us to reexperience camp has …more

    The 2022 Lottie Brown Scholarship recipients announced

    June 7, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Each year the Upper New York Annual Conference College Scholarships Committee offers Lottie Brown Scholarships for undergraduate students who are intending to enter a career in Christian service. This year’s recipients are Dakota Stott, Joshua Chun, Jonathan Smith, Will Allen, and Amethyst Gardener. Dakota is majoring in Youth Ministry at Eastern University. She plans to go to seminary after graduating on the path to become a full-time …more

    South Glens Falls UMC receives $1,500 grant from Common Roots

    June 7, 2022 / By Penny Brink

    The vision of the newly created Creation Care Team here at South Glens Falls UMC is based on our belief that “Fostering Care of God’s Creation Starts Here.” Pastor Penny is currently attending Seminary of the Wild, which embraces the education of "Deepening our commitment to a suffering earth by falling in love with it" (Victoria Loorz-Director), attending the Association of Nature Forest Therapy program and …more

    2022 UNY PALESTINIAN DINNER (Imagined) in honor of Co-chair Leah Mae Carlisle

    June 7, 2022 / By Linda Bergh

    IMAGINE!! Imagine, if you can, gathering at a downtown Syracuse church, smelling the enticing odors of chicken, rice, and spices as you enter; filling your plate from the rice, chicken, cauliflower dish (maqlouba = “upside down”), vegetarian rice with lentils, topped with carmelized onions, Palestinian salad, fresh pita bread and hummus, and having tempting pieces of baklava waiting for you at your table. And, imagine Shirley Stevens singing &ldquo …more

    Reaching the marginalized and oppressed: Berlin UMC

    June 7, 2022 / By UNY Communications

    For the past 10 years, Berlin UMC has hosted "Hand me down days,” a clothing giveaway. The church members erect a tent in the parking lot and for 2-6 weeks, depending on the year, the tent is open for people to come and take whatever clothing they can use. When the event is complete, the remainder of the clothing is divided among other ministries handing out clothing. Some is kept …more

    Summer Camp at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center

    June 1, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    From day camp to residential camp; from kayaking to white-water rafting; from the lakeside to the highlands; from arts and crafts to creating gadgets; from archery to riding rollercoasters, this summer, Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center has exciting summer-camp opportunities for children of all ages! David Weber, the site director for Casowasco is excited to report that camper registration has more than doubled since this point in time last year. …more

    Youth speak truth

    June 1, 2022 / By Kitty Dates

    Editor's Note: This article was originally published in teh 2022 Issue I of the Advocate, which focused  on children and youth. Click here to access the Advocate.  Sometimes, congregations showing up to worship in the local church have a magical idea of how it all happens. There is a whole process of planning, learning, researching, and praying that goes into the preparation of every worship service. Generally, this …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."