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

    news stories Tagged “Connectional Ministries”

    Creating a bridge and building understanding with faith leaders

    September 22, 2023 / By Kristina Clark, Director of Missional Engagement

    Every month, faith leaders from various traditions come together for a powerful roundtable to discuss justice issues. The group is called InterFaith Works and it’s been meeting for 46 years. There are representatives from the Hindu Community, Islamic Society of Central New York, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Quakers, American Baptist, Episcopal Church, Catholic Church, Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, The United Methodist Church among others. In …more

    Pinwheels spin cash for camp

    September 15, 2023 / By Sarah Walker, Ohio UMC

    The pinwheel spins when the breeze blows. The breeze is a reminder that although you cannot see the air moving, it is always present. Just like the air is always present, so is the Holy Spirit.  Fundraisers are an important way to keep the Ohio United Methodist Church going. We needed funds for our children going to camp. The Sunday school and youth group wanted to do something fun, …more

    Grow New Ministries, Reach New People with Launchpad Fall 2023

    September 8, 2023 / By Rev. Abigail Browka / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Are you ready to embark on an inspiring journey to reach new people, cultivate innovative ministries, or even establish a brand-new church? If so, Launchpad Fall 2023 is the training for you. Launchpad is designed for churches and church planters seeking to create fresh, vibrant spaces for new individuals to find faith and community. This intensive training program spans six insightful sessions that will equip your team with the tools, …more

    It’s a good, good season

    August 21, 2023 / By Daniel J. Bradley, Pastor at Faith Journey UMC

      “Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him. Worship God if you want the best; worship opens doors to all his goodness”. Psalm 34:8-9 (The Message Translation) There is much to be said for living in Central New York. It is the only place I am sure that we …more

    Red Bird shoebox mission 2023

    August 16, 2023 / By Dave Alexander

    The Mission team at Endwell United Methodist Church is again coordinating the collection and delivery of shoeboxes for the Red Bird Mission, located in Beverly, Kentucky.  The Red Bird Missionary Conference is one of three United Methodist missionary conferences in the United States. It is the most comprehensive mission effort of the United Methodist Church, providing outreach and services that minister to the whole person-spiritual, physical, social, and economic. …more

    YOUTH 2023—an incredible experience for Upper New York youth

    August 14, 2023 / By UNY Communications

    Editor’s Note: Many youth from Upper New York attended Youth 2023. Here are some commentaries from youth that attended. Youth 2023 was an event held Tuesday, July 25 through Friday, July 28, by the sandy beaches of Daytona Beach, Florida. Discipleship Ministries sponsored the event, which occurs every four years. This year’s theme was an acronym, BOLD, Being Ourselves, Living Differently. Over the course of the four days, youth and …more

    Operation: Home Repair, a success

    July 27, 2023 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Seventy-three-year-old Shirley Slater has spent over half her life in what was once a humble one-room schoolhouse, nestled in Schoharie County. Despite the house showing signs of wear, Shirley cherishes her home and diligently searches for grants to support its upkeep. After three persistent attempts, her optimism paid off when she recently secured a New York State grant for weatherization. Last spring, during a fierce thunderstorm, one of Shirley's …more

    Oswego: Trinity UMC hosts youth cyclists traveling from Indiana to Maine

    July 1, 2023 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Rev. Steven Eddy, pastor of Oswego: Trinity UMC, received an email earlier this year that was sent to a large group of pastors. It was from Norm Houze, founder, tour director, and on-road supervisor for deCycles, an ecumenical youth and young adult cycling ministry. Rev. Eddy said, “Norm was seeking places for his cyclists to stay on their 1,500-mile bike trip this summer." I thought, "Our church is …more

    Expecting the unexpected guest

    June 28, 2023 / By Daniel J. Bradley, Pastor at Faith Journey UMC

    “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so, we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that bit did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that …more

    Betsy O’Flynn named the 2023 Denman Award for Laity

    June 19, 2023 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    We are pleased to announce that the Conference Leadership Team has selected Betsy O’Flynn, Genesee Valley District Administrative Assistant, as the recipient of this year’s Harry Denman Evangelism Award, an award that honors United Methodists who bring people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. Betsy’s impact extends far beyond the confines of her title. She possesses a remarkable ability to connect with …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."