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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Older Adult Ministry”

    Upper New York Annual Conference postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

    April 21, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The Sessions Committee of the Upper New York Conference gathered by Zoom on the morning of Thursday, April 21 to discuss growing concerns about the uptick in COVID-19 cases in Upstate New York and throughout the United States. Members of the Committee shared both their own perspectives and what they have been hearing from others regarding the comfort level of gathering more than a thousand United Methodist from across Upper New …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: NEJ Bishops issue message of vision and recommitment

    March 18, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's note: The following note was sent on behalf of Bishop Webb to the Upper New York Conference on March 18, 2022.  Bishop Mark J. Webb and the rest of the Northeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops has issued a ten-minute video sharing their vision of recommitment and hope even in these times of fear, illness, division, grief, greed, and unbridled abuses of power. Click here to see this moving …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: General Conference postponed until 2024

    March 4, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The following note was sent by Bishop Mark J. Webb to the Upper New York Conference on March 4, 2022. When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your comfort delights my soul. (Psalm 94.19) Dear Sisters and Brothers of The Upper New York Conference, The Commission on the General Conference has announced that the 2020 General Conference of the United Methodist Church rescheduled for Aug. 29 - Sept. 6, 2022, will not be held. Instead, …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: Praying for Ukraine this Lenten season

    March 2, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The following was sent to the Upper New York Conference on March 2, 2022 from Bishop Mark J. Webb. Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Many of us in congregations throughout Upper New York will hear the words of “An Invitation to the Observance of Lenten Discipline.” Some of those words in that invitation are as follows: “I invite you, therefore, in the …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: Ukraine Crisis

    February 24, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    The following note was sent by Bishop Mark J. Webb to the Upper New York Conference on Feb. 24, 2022. As the world watches the Russian military aggression and invasion within Ukraine, we as United Methodist followers of Christ reaffirm the truth that “we deplore war and urge the peaceful settlement of all disputes among nations."  I invite you to join with me in offering prayers of protection, peace, and …more

    Delayed Enforcement of Direct Bill Arrearage Policy Extended to Dec. 31, 2022

    February 22, 2022 / By Susan Latessa, Director of HR/Benefits / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Understanding the struggle faced by many congregations, the Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits (CBOPHB) had voted to delay enforcement of the direct bill arrearage policy that went into effect Jan. 1, 2020, for years 2020 and 2021. The CBOPHB has approved to continue the delayed enforcement through Dec. 31, 2022, recognizing that there are churches that are still struggling financially. In 2020, most churches were able to continue making their monthly direct bill payments, which …more

    Seeking nominations for 2022 Harry Denman Evangelism awards

    February 15, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Note: The deadline for submissions has been extended through July 1, 2022. Nominations are open for the 2022 Harry Denman Evangelism Awards. The award honors United Methodists in each Conference whose exceptional evangelism brings people into a life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ. Each year, Annual Conferences join the Foundation for Evangelism in recognizing one youth, one clergy member, and one lay person in each Conference. The 2021 recipients in the Upper New …more

    What the end of the NY state mask mandate means for local churches

    February 10, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    On Feb. 15, NYS Commissioner of Health extended the Hero Act through March 17, 2022. Click here to read more. Governor Hochul lifted the mask mandate for all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons effective Feb. 10. This means businesses are no longer required to mandate that all persons in their facilities wear face masks. Pastors and other local church leaders are now asking what this means for their churches, particularly as it relates to worship …more

    From the Desk of Bishop Webb: Bishop Appoints Interim District Superintendent

    January 25, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's note: The following information was shared with the Upper New York Conference on Jan. 25, 2022. Bishop Mark J. Webb announces that he has appointed the Rev. Ted Anderson as an interim District Superintendent assigned to the Genesee Valley District, effective immediately. The current District Superintendent, the Rev. Vonda Fossitt has begun a six (6) month medical leave to care for her physical health and to have a season of …more

    Rev. Dr. Sherri Rood and Rev. Bob Kolvik-Campbell to become District Superintendents

    January 17, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Upper New York Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new District Superintendents. The Rev. Dr. Sherri Rood, pastor at Penfield United Methodist Church, will be appointed to the Southern Tier Region and assigned as Superintendent of the Mountain View District.                       …more



    With more than 134,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 85 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."