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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news stories Tagged “Vital Congregations”

    Members stepping into leadership roles at Carthage UMC

    March 21, 2022 / By Rev. Fran Hemstreet, Carthage UMC pastor

    Worship planning had been part of the Administrative Council monthly agenda for years. When the pandemic started in 2020, the worship team began to meet separately from the Council. The members became more active in helping to plan worship services with the Certified Lay Minister. Doing services over Zoom and Facebook was a challenge. The Carthage UMC church family includes two people whose secular work requires digital expertise, and the …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

    Developing the Intentional Discipleship System at Panama UMC

    March 14, 2022 / By Tory Irgang, Growth and Vision Team Leader, Panama UMC

    “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching to obey everything that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20 As the foundation of our Christian faith, this verse has compelled followers 2,000 years with the same urgency that fueled the disciples who heard it commanded by Jesus himself. At the Panama …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

    United Methodists extend BSA charters through June 2022

    February 16, 2022 / By UNY Communications / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    United Methodist leaders have reached an agreement with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to extend existing UMC-sponsored Scouting charters through June 30, 2022 to provide for uninterrupted ministry with young people through Scouting. The charters were previously extended to March 31, 2022 as legal proceedings continue in the BSA's bankruptcy case, particularly as the trial for confirmation has now been postponed until March 9, 2022. Churches do not need to take any action to …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

    How Endwell UMC lives out the mission of the United Methodist Church Part II

    February 1, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Editor's Note:  We recently highlighted how Endwell UMC works to feed the hunger through its mobile food pantry and its Monday night dinners. Click here to read that story.Below, we feature how Endwell UMC lives out the mission of the United Methodist Church by serving children, multicultural communities, and communities outside of their local area Endwell Preschool Endwell UMC has offered a Preschool to the community …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."