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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

    news stories Tagged “Ministry Shares”

    Conference announces revised 2016 spending plan

    February 24, 2016 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Upper New York Conference Leadership Team (CLT) and the Conference Council on Finance & Administration (CF&A) released a letter earlier this week detailing changes to the Conference’s 2016 spending plan. According to the letter, “the guiding principle in making these decisions was, ‘What cuts will have the least direct impact on the ministry of the local church?’” Click here to read the …more

    CLT and CFA announce changes to 2016 spending plan

    February 22, 2016 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor’s note: The following letter was released by the Conference Leadership Team and the Conference Council on Finance and Administration on Feb. 22.  Sisters and brothers in Christ, We want to share some challenges, concerns, and, by the grace of God, opportunities for our Conference in the area of financial stewardship. As we finalized the total of Conference Ministry Shares collected in 2015 from local churches, we became aware …more

    GBGM missionary the Rev. Doug Childress shares update from Estonia

    October 27, 2015 / By the Rev. Douglas R. Childress

    Greetings from Estonia! Kulli and I wanted to send out a news update on happenings related to our work as missionaries. To begin with, we arrived in Estonia a little over a month ago and have been busy with mundane tasks, such as getting our children registered for school, dealing with customs related to our recently arrived belongings, and applying for my living permit (an Estonian “Green …more

    UNY Media Resource Center releases VBS survey results

    October 13, 2015 / By Diane Miner

    First, thank you to those who took the time to fill out the online survey with feedback on your Vacation Bible School (VBS) program this year. Below are the aggregated results from the survey along with some of my own suggestions. Survey participants were divided evenly between those who purchased and those who borrowed the program kits. Most churches tend to use either Group or Cokesbury for their program. I …more

    UNY asked to fill shoe boxes for Red Bird Mission

    October 9, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    When you think about filling shoeboxes around Thanksgiving, Samaritan’s Purse’s ministry probably comes to mind. But there is a stateside ministry that also needs your supplies: Red Bird Mission. The Red Bird Mission and Clinic in Beverly, Ky., has provided ministries in the Appalachian Mountains region since 1921. Today, the need remains critical in this isolated, rural, distressed area. Chronic poverty, lack of jobs, poor housing, and …more

    GBGM missionaries make a difference in Israel and Palestine

    October 2, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

      General Board of Global Ministries Missionaries the Rev. Alex Awad and his wife, Brenda, have volunteered in Israel/Palestine for the past 26 years. The couple recently returned to the Upper New York Conference – the couple served as peace and justice educators in upstate New York from 1990 to 1991 – to share their experience through the years in Israel/Palestine. Both teachers from Georgia, the two have dedicated their time …more

    Furniture program in Troy continues, in part, due to RON MOT grant

    September 28, 2015 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    What do these groups of people have in common? Families who have lost their home to a fire Women leaving a violent situation People who were homeless and have found a place to live People who have been released following time served in jail Anyone starting out in a new home So, what’s the common thread? These individuals usually lack a furnished place to live. Through various means, …more

    Seneca Street UMC: A haven in Buffalo

    September 1, 2015 / By Kathleen Rubino / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Though jobs left the area during the Rust Belt Era – and with it many people – one part of Buffalo has a neighbor that will always be there: the Seneca Street United Methodist Church. As the congregation dwindled from several hundred to a dozen, the Rev. Brian Rotach, pastor at the Seneca Street UMC, said the congregation felt called to connect to the area’s children. The church …more

    NFC update: Where we are on the journey to realizing our vision

    August 25, 2015 / By the Rev. Dave Masland / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Our mission as United Methodists is always to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. And, in Upper New York, we believe one of the most effective ways to do that is to plant new faith communities! When the Upper New York Conference formed a few years ago, we committed ourselves to creating a planting culture where laity and clergy across the Conference would feel free …more

    Your ministry shares at work: the Conference Benefits Office

    August 12, 2014 / By Beth DiCocco / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    From helping newly retired pastors move to their new homes to assisting churches that are trying to negotiate state and federal employment laws, the work of the Upper New York Benefits Office is wide ranging and complex.Vicki Putney The office's work is critically important to both active and retired clergy – and this vital ministry is one of the many supported by ministry share dollars. "The ministry shares …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."