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

    news stories Tagged “Vital Congregations”

    Accountability groups healing souls in UNY

    May 31, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Asbury First UMC of Rochester is one of the larger congregations in UNY. Over the last year Asbury First UMC has started Class Meeting accountability groups through The Discipleship Project. They have 8 groups from 8-12 members, and 10 commissioned lay Class Leaders, coordinated and led by clergy leader, the Rev. Rachel Dupont. Asbury uses a process that shepherds people through group spiritual formation toward mutual accountability. Their participation and retention rates …more

    Tending to your soul so you can tend to others’ souls

    May 24, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Are you feeling an inkling to become closer to God? Do you feel like your life is like a hamster wheel or are you riddled with anxiety and yearn to feel God’s love deep in your soul? Do you feel a draw to help others feel God’s presence whether it be friends, family, your congregation, or people in your workplace or community? If your answer is …more

    UNY Pastoral Wellness initiative launches

    May 4, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Church leaders have busy lives and many demands. And the past few years have brought about more stress with COVID-19, racial unrest, and denominational uncertainty. Stories of burnout among pastors are everywhere. What can be done to assure that pastors are taking a Sabbath and a day off, taking time regularly to renew their souls? Upper New York (UNY) has developed a Wellness Team to determine what can be done …more

    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

    Reminder regarding New York State required annual training for sexual harassment prevention

    April 11, 2022 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    This is a reminder that every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training on an annual basis. Sexual Harassment Prevention Training New York State Law requires that employers of one or more employees must conduct sexual harassment prevention training for all employees on an annual basis. The employer can decide the timing of the annual training (calendar year, anniversary date, or any …more

    How University UMC is tackling the food insecurity crisis in Syracuse

    March 30, 2022 / By Shannon Hodson / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Syracuse has the highest poverty rate in the country among cities with at least 100,000 residents, and almost half of all children in Syracuse are living in poverty. This makes food security essential in the city of Syracuse. Further complicating the need, the COVID-19 pandemic hit those already in poverty, the hardest. In this environment, University UMC saw the need and enhanced their existing ministry to make an even greater difference. …more

    From attending a Bible study to becoming a pastor

    March 29, 2022 / By Pastor Maryellen Moore, Middleburgh UMC and Warnersville UMC

    Teresa was 10 years old when her mom took her to see Billy Graham. It was an experience she’ll never forget: “I felt the Spirit” for the first time. A few years later her step-father took her to a non-denominational church, where she responded to an alter call, confessed that she believed in Jesus Christ, and, again, she felt the Spirit, this time as though she was …more

    How the 2014 District Days helped us to define the UNY Conference focus

    March 22, 2022 / By The Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, Assistant to the Bishop and UNY Director of Connectional Ministries

    When it comes to seeing ourselves, its often helpful to hear from an outsider. An outsider can have fresh eyes and share observations which are “eye opening,” even startling. For example, in a recent document prepared by the law firm working with the Conference on legal matters, the Upper New York Conference was described as a “flat organization,” with power and authority disbursed among clergy and …more

    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

    With more than 125,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 800 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."