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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Annual Conference 2019”

    Hat challenge at AC2019 raises $5,600 for New Faith Communities

    June 7, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    The Rev. Jeffrey Aiosa, pastor of the Elmgrove UMC, had a question Friday, June 7, at the 2019 UNY Annual Conference session for Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb: If Rev. Aiosa could raise $500 for New Faith Communities, would Bishop Webb wear Rev. Aiosa’s hat? Bishop agreed, but only if Rev. Aiosa could raise $1,500. Challenge accepted. Before lunch, Rev. Aiosa announced they had raised double the original …more

    Remembering clergy, clergy spouses, and lay members

    June 7, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson

    On Thursday June 6, a Memorial Service was held at the 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference session to remember clergy and clergy spouses who have passed away since the 2018 AC session. In both Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb’s introduction and Cornerstone District Superintendent the Rev. Sherri Rood’s Memorial Service message, they were able to bring about a spirit of positivity. Bishop Webb referred …more

    Study Leader emphasizes the power of praying together in session 2

    June 6, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    Study Leader Vance Ross 2019 Part 2 from Upper New York Conference on Vimeo. Study Leader the Rev. Dr. Vance Ross returned for a second session Thursday afternoon during the 2019 Annual Conference. “I know you were blessed this morning,” said Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb. “And now you will be blessed again.” Similar to the first study session, Rev. Ross discussed a Bible reading …more

    Board of Pension and Health recommendation supported

    June 6, 2019 / By Tara Barnes

    The report and recommendation of the Upper New York Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits, presented by board chair Mary Rublee, were both approved by the annual conference session Thursday, June 6. The report from the board can be found on pages 160-161 of the Journal. The recommendation is on pages 45-46. The recommendation allows retired and disabled clergy to claim their church pension, severance or disability income as a …more

    Trustee report presented, Trustee election delayed

    June 6, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The trustees shared their report in the morning plenary on June 6, 2019 at the tenth session of the Upper New York Annual Conference. President of the Upper New York Board of Trustees Rich Barling began by discussing how successful the work of mission and ministry has been at both the Conference Office and the Camp & Retreat Centers throughout the Conference. He then shared some financial highlights, including the fact that …more

    Study Leader Rev. Dr. Vance Ross teaches AC session attendees how to pray

    June 6, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    Study Leader Vance Ross 2019 Part 1 from Upper New York Conference on Vimeo. The Upper New York Conference was blessed to have the Rev. Dr. Vance Ross as the 2019 Annual Conference Study Leader in the morning on June 6. “What you need to know most about Rev. Ross is he is a passionate lover of Jesus Christ,” said Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb. “He is …more

    Report, testimonials affirm work of UNY delegation to 2019 General Conference Special Session

    June 6, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    The Rev. Dr. Bill Allen, pastor at the Bemus Point United Methodist Church, delivered the Delegation Report on Wednesday during the 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference session. Rev. Allen served as the Head of the Delegation from the UNY Conference to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference, held in February in St. Louis. “I know that every person who served on our delegation felt a deep gratitude to all …more

    Laity “move” through many topics during AC2019 session

    June 5, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    The more than two-hour Laity Session during the 2019 Upper New York Annual Conference session covered a plethora of topics – from the service of United Methodist Women to the work of UNY young people and a statement from United Methodist conference lay leaders regarding new peace and unity. Laity session began with an address from Bishop Webb, who thanked all lay members for attending AC session as well as for …more

    Upper New York hosts first Awards Dinner at AC2019

    June 5, 2019 / By Kathleen Christiansen

    About 100 UNY Conference staff, award recipients, and honored guests gathered Wednesday evening for the inaugural Upper New York Conference 2019 Awards Dinner during AC session. The event put a spotlight on those who “don’t seek the limelight” but serve “quietly, unassumingly, and selflessly.” “In particular, I am eager and privileged to welcome our honorees and their guests this evening,” said Assistant to …more

    Christ in the City offers hope

    June 5, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    For the past three years, the Syracuse United Methodist Churches has hosted a worship service called, “Christ in the City,” the afternoon before the Upper New York Annual (UNY) Annual Conference session begins. Held at Columbus Circle, only a few blocks from the Oncenter in Syracuse, where the Annual Conference is typically held, this service includes music, praise and worship, a message, and testimonies of faith. This year, …more



    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."