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Africa U. students become mission interns
War in Liberia robbed Christian Zigbuo of his parents and three siblings and turned him into a refugee when he was 10 years old.
His life was turned around by United Methodists who helped him obtain an education as a child in Côte d’Ivoire and as an adult at Africa University.
On June 9, Zigbuo was one of the 400 graduates from United Methodist-related Africa University. He is also getting a chance to give back to all who have helped him as one of four Africa University graduates...
Small church puts focus on feeding 'bodies, souls, and spirits'
"Have you ever felt guilty because the world is so full of serious needs and you can only do so much to meet them?"
That is a question the Rev. Judy Humphrey-Fox posed to the congregation of the First United Methodist Church in Lake Luzerne (Adirondack District), where she serves as pastor quarter time.
"The church has a real heart for wanting to help people around us," Rev. Humphrey-Fox said, but "there are so many things that come across a pastor's desk ... so many...
Walkathon raises over $4,000 for shower trailer
A June 9 Walkathon in Earlville was a cooperative effort that raised more than $4,000 to help support the mobile shower trailer for VIM volunteers. Photo courtesy of Joelle Faulks.
Pooling resources was the key to a successful fundraiser for a mobile shower trailer, said Joelle Faulks.
Faulks was one of the organizers of a Walkathon held on June 10 in Earlville (Mohawk District) that raised more than...
GCSRW General Secretary to step down
M. Garlinda Burton will step down as the General Secretary of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW) effective Dec. 31. Burton decided not to move from Nashville to GCSRW headquarters in Chicago.
Burton will step down for personal reasons, deciding not relocate from Nashville to the GCSRW Headquarters in Chicago.
"I love GCSRW, and the opportunity to serve the Church has been wonderful," Burton said. "My decision not to relocate is personal; Nashville is...
NEJ 10-day devotional begins July 11
Two members of the Upper New York Annual Conference helped prepare a devotional written by Northeastern Jurisdictional laity in "preparation for, contemplation of and participation in" the NEJ Conference. The conference takes place July 18-20, in Charleston, W.Va.
The delegates to the NEJ Conference are charged with electing three new bishops. There are two episcopal candidates from Upper New York: the Rev. Darryl Barrow, Crossroads DS, and the Rev. Sung Ho Lee, Mohawk DS.
Final Reminder: Blueprint for Wellness Screening
This is a final reminder for those interested in receiving the $100 HealthCash* from Virgin HealthMiles that you have until July 31, 2012 to obtain the Blueprint for Wellness Screening at your local Quest lab. Click here for appointment registration instructions.
In order to receive the HealthCash, you must be signed up to Virgin HealthMiles as of the date of your lab screening. You can register by logging into your HealthFlex/WebMD account and clicking on the Virgin...
Tioga County churches honored for flood service
The members of the First United Methodist Church in Apalachin and Nichols United Methodist Church (Binghamton District) were among the community members and officials in Tioga County honored for their service during last year's flooding.
Assemblyman Gary Finch, R-123rd District, and Assemblyman Christopher Friend, R-District 137 (now 124th District), hosted a recognition and awards ceremony on June 26 at Tioga Opportunities Inc. in Owego.
Nichols UMC was awarded a citation. Apalachin First...
Small church uses big screens to attract members
One small church has added two large-screen TVs to its sanctuary, and it's made a big difference in worship there.
The technology expresses the "small church family philosophy in more contemporary way," said the Rev. Lawrence Eastlack, pastor of the Oakfield United Methodist Church (Niagara Frontier District).
Oakfield UMC added two 60" flat-screen TVs to its more than 100-year-old building about six months ago. The new audio/video system has become an integral part of worship...
Barrow, Lee among 19 vying for 3 NEJ bishop positions
Two Upper New York Annual Conference (UNYAC) district superintendents are among the 19 official candidates in the 2012 Northeastern Jurisdiction (NEJ) Conference episcopal elections that will take place July 18-20 in Charleston, W. Va.
There are 44 announced candidates in the United States for the 11 open positions for bishops in three jurisdictions: Northeastern, Southeastern and South...
Dr. Thomas Wolfe elected University Senate president
The Rev. Dr. Thomas V. Wolfe, senior vice president and dean of the Division of Student Affairs at Syracuse University, has been elected president of the University Senate of The United Methodist Church for the next four years.
Dr. Wolfe, who is a full elder in the Upper New York Annual Conference, will lead the 25-member body that determines which schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for affiliation with The United Methodist Church.
Senate members, who...
Bishop Matthews remembers Bishop Kelly as a trailblazer
United Methodist Bishop Leontine Turpeau Current Kelly preaches during an evening worship in College Park, Ga., in 2004. A UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose.
Leontine Turpeau Current Kelly is being remembered as a trailblazer, a spiritual mother, a bearer for women of color in leadership and a gift to The United Methodist Church. She died at age 92 on June 28.
Being elected as the first African-American...
Churches respond to 700 miles of destruction
Winds of up to 91 miles per hour ripped off the roof of Washington Center United Methodist Church near Columbia City, Ind. Photo courtesy of David Michel
Challenged by a swath of severe summer storms and sweltering temperatures, United Methodists immediately opened their churches as cooling/relief centers and went to work removing debris.
According to accuweather.com, a “super derecho” of...
Growing Through Grief Camp offered for children
Losing someone you love is painful. Adults often have more experience with the grieving process, while youth may not know how to articulate their feelings of sadness.
One camp in Sayre, Pa., will provide middle and high school students with a healthy outlet for grief – free of charge.
The Waverly United Methodist Church (Binghamton District) and the Church of the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Sayre, Pa., are sponsoring Growing Through Grief, a grief camp for children and youth who have...
2012 AC anthems available for download
The 2012 Session of the Upper New York Annual Conference (UNYAC) featured two original anthems composed by Sam Pellman, a Leonard C. Ferguson professor of music at Hamilton College in Clinton.
Here We Are, Lord was the anthem presented by the Crossroads District Choir for the opening worship service on May 31; It's a Good Day was the anthem the choir performed for the Service of Ordination on June 2.
Choirs in the UNYAC have a limited licensed to print as many copies as they require free...
Pension board reviewing health-care rules
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in the cases challenging the national health care reform legislation (the Affordable Care Act (ACA)), ruling the ACA’s minimum essential coverage provision - the individual mandate - to be constitutional.
The “individual mandate” requires every American (with few limited exceptions) to purchase and maintain health insurance coverage. The Court upheld the mandate as a tax, under the U.S. Congress’ very broad power to tax....
Bishop Matthews applauds court's decision on health care
Click here to download the official statement of Resident Bishop Marcus Matthews.
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Marcus Matthews is applauding today's decision by the Supreme Court to uphold President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Bishop Matthews said the decision supports The United Methodist Church's stance that health care is a basic right as outlined in the Book of Discipline – the denominational law of...
United Methodist Women's new status brings changes
The United Methodist Women are on their own.
On May 1, the General Conference voted overwhelmingly (889 to 20) to approve taking UMW out from under the administrative auspices of the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries.
Under the new structure, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2013, the Women’s Division will be known as United Methodist Women Inc., a nonprofit...
Church's health plan earns Healthy Lifestyles award
The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) Center for Health was honored with the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Platinum Award, the highest award, by the National Business Group on Health. The award was announced during the group's annual leadership summit June 27 in New York City.
The award comes one day before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold President Barak Obama's Affordable Care Act, legislation that is designed to ensure that most Americans have access to...
Binghamton Mets host United Methodist Night at the Ball Game
More than 500 tickets were sold within the first two months for the fifth annual United Methodist Night at the Ball Game at the Binghamton Mets.
The game against the Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles affiliate) starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, with the National Anthem performed by the Endwell United Methodist Church choir.
All of the proceeds from ticket sales will support three mission projects: $300 will go to the Society of St. Andrew for hunger relief; $300 will go to The Upper Room...
St. Johnsville UMC awarded $1,500 grant
The St. Johnsville United Methodist Church (Mohawk District) has become the fifth United Methodist church in the Upper New York Annual Conference within the past five years to receive a grant through the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites program.
The church – located halfway between Utica and Schenectady – was awarded a $1,500 matching grant for masonry restoration.
The Conservancy’s award-winning Sacred Sites Program is celebrating its 25th anniversary...