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

    news stories Tagged “Communications”

    Conference property insurance update

    November 29, 2023 / By Pastor Jack Keating, UNY Board of Trustees

    As we prepare for the upcoming annual renewal of our Conference-wide insurance program with Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, we face an entirely different insurance climate than probably at any time in anyone’s memory.   “Unfortunately, most, if not all, Upper New York (UNY) churches have already received information from Brotherhood Mutual about significant deductible increases for the coming year without a proper explanation. As Chair of …more

    From the desk of Bishop Héctor- Council of Bishops Fall 2023 meeting

    November 15, 2023 / By Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." Hebrews 10:23  Dear United Methodists in Upper New York,  Grace and peace of our Savior, Jesus Christ, be with you. Over the past three weeks, I had the opportunity to experience our United Methodist connection in varied ways.   Trip to Cambodia and Manila  First, in mid-October, I traveled to Cambodia …more

    Statement from the Council of Bishops on Hamas/Israel war: “Give Peace a Chance”

    November 10, 2023 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's note: This letter was published by The United Methodist Council of Bishops on Nov. 10, 2023 and shared with United Methodists of Upper New York. “Give Peace A Chance” Christ’s true disciples must work for peace: build it and not just keep it; live it and not just aspire for it. If Christ is our peace, then peace must be imperative (Resolution 6129: The United Methodist …more

    Prayers from the pumpkin patch

    November 6, 2023 / By Rev. Elizabeth J. Stewart, retired Upper New York Pastor

    So, what does a retired pastor do during the early fall days? How about sitting in a pumpkin patch for five weeks for about nine hours a day? A most glorious time to spend with the Lord!       Twelve years ago, I retired from “active ministry” and, with my husband, moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It didn’t take long for …more

    Our ministry shares at work for all of God’s creation

    November 6, 2023 / By Rev. Corey Turnpenny, Church in the Wild

    Editor's Note: The Rev. Corey Turnpenny spoke at the LEAD Conference in Asheville, NC. The LEAD Conference was founded in 2011 in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference in response to leaders of young adult ministries in The United Methodist Church desire to be more effective leaders in ministry with young adults. They're modeled around TED style talks about new and creative ways to engage in young adult ministry …more

    Rocks changing shape at Webb Mills UMC

    November 2, 2023 / By Eric Coon, Webb Mills UMC

    Every Sunday morning, you can expect to find about two dozen faithful members worshipping inside Webb Mills United Methodist Church, but total membership exceeds 100. Like many churches, many members don’t attend regularly. Some migrate south for the fall and winter months, others are “taking a break,” and some only come back for major holidays. Regardless, Webb Mills UMC is considered their home church. The church has …more

    NOMADS lend helping hands at Asbury Retreat Center

    October 30, 2023 / By Rev. Sue Russell, Asbury Retreat Center Director

    Nomads On a Mission Active in Divine Service, more commonly referred to as NOMADS, recently spent three weeks at Asbury Retreat Center. The NOMADS are volunteers with the mission of rebuilding lives, homes, and facilities with God’s love and their hands. Volunteers from across New York and Pennsylvania spent Oct. 2-19 at Asbury. The retired, or close to retired participants, enjoy traveling across the United States in an …more

    Virtual retreats offer space for UNY women and beyond to find space and build connections

    October 26, 2023 / By Krystal Cole, Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women

    Doing something new can be scary. But the Upper New York Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) is full of people ready and willing to try something. We weren’t sure it was even achievable to hold a retreat for women over Zoom.  The mere mention of the word “Zoom” for some people can elicit an internal eye roll, or perhaps …more

    Remembering Bishop Thomas B. Stockton

    October 20, 2023 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Retired Bishop Thomas B. Stockton of Winston-Salem, NC died on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at the age of 93. Bishop Stockton was elected to the episcopacy on July 12, 1988. He was assigned to the Richmond Area, which encompasses the Virginia Annual Conference. He retired in 1996. He also served as Bishop in Residence at High Point University.     He was born on July 26, 1930, in Winston Salem, NC. After receiving an A.B. …more

    Korean-American faith leaders celebrate spirituality

    October 19, 2023 / By Rev. Jee Hae Song, St. Paul's United Methodist Church and Warners United Methodist Church

    In the beginning of October, 304 clergy and laity attended the Special Session of National Association of the Korean American United Methodists (KAUM) in Northbrook, IL. Four of those clergy attendees were from Upper New York (UNY).  The Rev. Yohan Moon (Clarence Center UMC); the Rev. Sung Jun Park (Homer UMC); the Rev. Jin Kook Lee (Henrietta: Faith UMC and Korean Mission of Rochester UMC); and I all attended, representing …more

    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 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."