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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “New Faith Communities”

    Minimum wage, salary, and arrearage policy changes for 2020

    December 4, 2019 / By Susan Latessa, Director of Human Resources/Benefits / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Greetings! Your Conference staff sincerely hopes that you are well and receiving the blessings that the Season of Advent brings to us as followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Enclosed you will find your monthly billing statement along with important information pertaining to the new minimum wage and salary requirements and a new direct bill arrearage policy. Information on both items are detailed below. Minimum wage/salary requirements …more

    Conference Office closed

    December 2, 2019 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Due to the inclement weather, the Conference Office in Liverpool will be closed today, Dec. 2. It is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, Dec. 3. …more

    NYS Minimum Wage and Minimum 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

    “New Places for New People” campaign update

    October 8, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    “New Places for New People” is an Upper New York Conference campaign to raise funds for existing and new New Faith Communities. This campaign began last spring and gained a lot of momentum at the Upper New York Annual Conference in June. It’s not too late to become a “New Places for New People” Partner. The original deadline was November 1, 2019 and it has been …more

    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

    Upper New York makes “New Places for New People” a priority

    April 30, 2019 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    New Faith Communities (NFCs), are one of the best ways to introduce people to God in fresh new ways—sometimes in public settings like cafes, outdoor settings, and even laundromats; other times in peoples’ homes. New Faith Communities welcome people who may not initially be comfortable in the “church” setting. Additionally, NFCs help ethnic-minorities connect to God through building groups of people from a similar cultural …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

    Upper New York New Faith Communities to be featured on podcast

    July 17, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    Reports from the Spiritual Frontier is a Path1-sponsored podcast that tells the stories of the day-to-day lives of the pioneers who are innovating radically New Faith Communities on the spiritual margins of our country. You will encounter the stories of the new church God is planting in the midst of our country’s changing religious landscape, told in the voices of the people who are actually doing the …more

    Conference website status

    August 14, 2017 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    As we are sure you have noticed, we’ve had some significant issues with the Conference website over the last week or so. The good news is that we have a restored version of the Conference website that we can work with. The bad news is that several months updates, changes, and additions to the website were lost in the process.   What this means is we are having …more

    Church on the Island: Worshipping God outdoors in the summer

    August 2, 2016 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Strolling along Rt. 48 in Baldwinsville, NY, just before 8 a.m., on a summer Sunday morning, few sounds are heard. The traffic is very light. Shops are not yet open. Once you reach the lock on the scenic Seneca River, a small sign directs you to Church on the Island. It simply reads “CHURCH ON THE ISLAND SUN. 8 AM.” Adults and children of all age ranges, carrying lawn chairs, …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."