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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Connectional Ministries”

    NYS wage and salary increases

    November 14, 2019 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    State and federal laws establish minimum wages for non-exempt employees and minimum salary levels for some exempt employees. Non-exempt employees must receive at least the higher of the state or federal hourly minimum wage for hours worked. Exempt employees must receive at least the higher of the state or federal salary levels.    New York State Minimum Wage Increase for Non-Exempt Employees Effective December 31, 2019, New York State minimum wage …more

    Chenango Bridge UMC hosts Night to Shine

    February 15, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Proms are often imprinted on people’s hearts for the rest of their lives, but some individuals aren’t fortunate enough to know what it feels like to attend a prom. This is especially true among the special needs’ community. However, the Tim Tebow Foundation has made the dream of a prom possible for those who are differently abled. Started four years ago, the Tim Tebow Foundation …more

    New York United Methodist Bishops make statement on Reproductive Health Act

    January 31, 2019 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s Note: The following statement was released on January 31, 2019, by New York Area Resident Bishop, Thomas J. Bickerton, and Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, about the Reproductive Health Act that was signed into New York State law in January. Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ! The conversation about abortion has dominated the media over the last few days. In …more

    District trainings in the coming months

    January 15, 2019 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Many Districts across the Upper New York (UNY) Conference have some great leadership training opportunities in the coming months. Below are some of the trainings taking place ordered by the dates that they are being offered. Mohawk District Mountain View District Finger Lakes District Crossroads District Adirondack District Niagara Frontier District Cornerstone District Binghamton District Mohawk District Mohawk District Leadership Summit Jan. 26, 2019 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. First UMC 105 Genesee …more

    Celebrating friendship at East Rochester United Methodist Church

    November 13, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Smiles, handshakes, and hugs greet you as you enter the basement of the East Rochester United Methodist Church. Four years ago, this basement was transformed into one of Heritage Christian Services’ (HCS) 29 Day Centers in the Rochester-Buffalo area for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At a Nov. 9 Thanksgiving celebration, gratitude was expressed by both the day program enrollees and staff for the partnership that the Rev. Todd Goddard, …more

    UNY completes a successful medical mission trip in Vieques, Puerto Rico: Article 3 of 3

    November 6, 2018 / By Ryan Bennett

    Editor’s Note: Click here and here to learn more about this mission trip team by reading previous articles. Hello, my name is Ryan Bennett, and the mission trip to Vieques, Puerto Rico in September is the first mission trip I’ve ever been on. It was pretty much everything I could have asked for, considering we went to a place that got slammed by Hurricane Maria. …more

    Do No Harm urges The UMC to lead in combating sin of sexual misconduct

    October 30, 2018 / By Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Connectional Ministries

    “I have a dream that the United Methodist Church will be the leading prophetic voice in combating sexual misconduct.” Bishop Sharma Lewis (Virginia Conference) shared this vision during worship the last day of the “Do No Harm” sexual ethics training event sponsored by the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (https://www.gcsrw.org/DNH2018.aspx) and held earlier this month in San …more

    Baldwinsville First welcomes 600 community children to their annual trunk-or-treat

    October 29, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Sunday Oct. 28 was rainy and cold in Central NY, but that did not stop Baldwinsville First United Methodist Church from putting on an awesome trick-or-treating alternative event. For nearly a decade, Baldwinsville First UMC has put on a trunk-or-treat event and has welcomed the community to come to the church for trick-or-treating at decorated car trunks in their parking lot. When the weather calls for rain, they simply change plans …more

    Building relationships and strengthening faith through Workcamp 2018

    August 16, 2018 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This past July, Central New York United Methodists were both on the supporting end and receiving end of amazing ecumenical mission work – Syracuse Workcamp 2018. This mission work involved over 300 youth from all over the country of several different denominational backgrounds coming together to work on repairs needed in 54 homes in Syracuse.  How did Syracuse Workcamp 2018 come about? Syracuse Workcamp 2018 came out of a partnership between Onondaga Hill Presbyterian …more

    Partnering with Friends in Uganda

    August 8, 2018 / By Pastor Bob Schooley, Centerville UMC / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    You know what it’s like to see a friend you haven’t seen in a year, don’t you? It’s a moment of great joy, when time stands still. Stepping out of the airport in Entebbe – 7,000 miles away -- there stood our friend Musumba (Pastor) Fred Muyimbwa, welcoming us, as he always does. This was our 16th journey to Uganda since 2006. Friends, our …more



    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."