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GBOD offers free webinars
The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) is offering the following free webinars for congregational leaders. The webinars begin at 6:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time unless otherwise noted.
Register for any of the below and view archived training at www.gbod.org/webinars. Other materials for church leaders are available at www.gbod.org/committee_resources.
Aug. 23: Start Now: Annual Evaluations (For SPRC)
Evaluation is a tool for vital, effective ministry. As the SPRC prepares for charge...
Ted Vickery resigns as Conference CFA president
Ted Vickery, president of the Upper New York Annual Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CFA), has announced that he will resign as chairperson as of Oct. 1. His term on the CFA was set to end in 2016.
Vickery, who has served as president for the past two years, made the announcement at the Council's Aug. 11 meeting. Vickery is a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Schenectady (Albany District).
In a letter to Council members Vickery wrote:
Bishop Webb's 12-district tour begins Oct. 5
The schedule has been finalized for Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb's 12-district tour of the Upper New York Annual Conference in October.
Bishop Webb has said that he hopes to meet as many clergy and laity as possible during the tour, which starts on Oct. 5 at the Shenendehowa United Methodist Church in the Albany District and concludes on Oct. 28 at the Pendleton Center UMC in the Niagara Frontier District.
Bishop Webb's mission for the tour is to hear what is going well in...
CONAM supports Mending Broken Hearts training
Upper New York CONAM members Roselynn Kingsbury, Tamara Gates, Rev. Sue Shields, Kae Wilbert, and Sharon Schmit with Conference leader Sharyl WhiteHawk (center).
In June, the Native American Cultural Center (NACC) of Rochester and Syracuse hosted a training event, Mending Broken Hearts: Healing Unresolved Grief, at the NACC offices in Rochester.
This “train the trainers” program was part of...
Buffalo's Primera Iglesia UMC hosts Gun Buy Back event
During the first four city-wide Gun Buy Back events in Buffalo, nearly 3,000 guns have been turned in.
And the Primera Iglesia UMC in Buffalo (Niagara Frontier District) has been a drop-off site every time.
“This program is vital for the safety and quality of life of Buffalo residents,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown in a press release. “This is an opportunity to get guns out of homes in the city, out of harm’s way and into a safe and secure location. It is...
Lockport's Clinton Street UMC hopes comfort at movie translates to comfort at worship
A drive-in, without the cars.
That was what 35 movie-goers experienced in the parking lot of the Clinton Street United Methodist Church in Lockport (Niagara Frontier District).
The Rev. Cheryl Brown's husband set up a DVD player, video projector and an amplified speaker system to show "We Bought a Zoo" for their inaugural Community Night on Aug. 2. The video was projected onto the church.
"I have always wanted to offer movies to the community," Rev. Brown said. "Our...
Barbara and Bishop Matthews celebrated in farewell ceremony
Barbara Matthews speaks during the farewell celebration ceremony. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga.
Her voice breaking at times. Her smile radiating at other moments. Barbara Matthews took a rare moment on Saturday, Aug. 4, to speak as she joined her husband, Bishop Marcus Matthews, in saying bye to the Upstate New York, where they have been serving since Sept. 1, 2008.
Bishop Matthews, who was assigned in...
Mother follows daughter into ministry
At the end of each service of ordination and commissioning, the late Bishop James Mathews would traditionally ask anyone present who felt the call to ministry to come forward.
On the day the Rev. Judith Humphrey-Fox was ordained a full elder in 1991, the Rev. Nancy Pullen, her mother, was among those who stepped forward.
“I didn’t see it coming,” Rev. Humphrey-Fox said, adding, “I can see now how things came together. I can see (with) the talents and the gifts that she...
Workshops discuss older adult programming, aging issues
NOTE: The Oct. 27 workshop has been cancelled.
Answering the question “Is your church ready for the age wave?" are a pair of Older Adult Ministries (OAM) workshops focusing on aging issues and offering tips as to how develop an intentional OAM in your church.
The first, on Sept. 29, will be held at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church (Adirondack District), Fifth Avenue and Henning Road, Saratoga...
Like a butterfly, Rev. Robbins flies away into eternity
Daughter JoAnn and a family friend watch as butterflies are released at the grave of Rev. Dawn Robbins. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga.
With the release of butterflies at her final resting place in Warrensburg, N.Y., family and friends said farewell to the Rev. Dawn P. Robbins, the late pastor of Hudson Falls United Methodist Church, during a moving ceremony on Sunday (Aug. 5).
Rev. Robbins’ daughter, JoAnn Wood, released the...
Liverpool First UMC hosts 'Women's Day Away'
The Liverpool First United Methodist Church (Crossroads District) is hosting its third “Women’s Day Away” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6, a day of nurturing for your mind, body and your soul.
The event will explore topics such as women of the Bible, women’s health issues and spirituality.
Keynote speakers will be Dr. Cheryl Morrow – who will speak on women’s health issues, and Jennifer Crittenden, president of Women Transcending Boundaries.
Also present will...
James Street UMC partners with SGMWA for gospel sing-along
For Syracuse, a gospel sing-along will be "the beginning of a new thing blessed by God," according to the Rev. Roosevelt Baums.
Rev. Baums, pastor of the James Street United Methodist Church (Crossroads District), was making that proclamation in announcing a new partnership between the church, Dr. Joan Hillsman and the Syracuse Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (SGMWA).
The sing-along will be held at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 in the church sanctuary, 3027 James St.,...
2013 pastor compensation information available
The Discipline directs the Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee (SPPRC) to consult with pastors and staff regarding all aspects of compensation and to then recommend appropriate proposals to the Church Council on an annual basis. These materials are intended to guide the SPPRCs and pastors through this process.
SPPRC chairpersons are receiving hard copies of the information that pertains to the task before them prior to Charge Conferences this fall. This information also can be...
A greeting from Bishop Mark J. Webb
Incoming Bishop Mark J. Webb greets the Upper New York Annual Conference in this brief video message recorded during his first visit to the Area July 30 to Aug. 1. The bishop says he is looking forward to this new ministry; and he thanks outgoing Bishop Marcus Matthews for his leadership.
For youth, adventure is at Letchworth State Park
"Adventure is out there."
That line comes from the movie "Up," and for middle and high school students, the out there is Letchworth State Park.
From Sept. 7-9, Letchworth State Park will be the site of a Christian Youth Adventure Weekend.
The weekend was originally scheduled May 11-15 but was rescheduled to September to accommodate high school proms.
Tim Reed, coordinator of the adventure weekend and youth advisor at Christ United Methodist Church in Amherst (Niagara...
Join Journey for Understanding tour of the Holy Land
Finger Lakes District Superintendent Richard Barton will lead a Journey for Understanding to Israel and Palestine Feb. 14-23, 2013.
This tour with Educational Opportunities will visit sites of biblical interest and the places where Jesus lived and preached and was raised to new life, including Galilee, the Jordan River valley and Jericho, as well as the Dead Sea and sites in Jerusalem and...
Tributes from UNY for Bishop Matthews
Members of the Upper New York Annual Conference were invited to offer an expression of gratitude or tribute to Bishop Marcus Matthews and his wife, Barbara, as they head to the Washington Area.
Bishop Matthews will serve as resident bishop there beginning on Sept. 1. Bishop Mark J. Webb takes over as bishop of the Upper New York Area.
These are the tributes that were received by Communications as of July 31 (some of these appear in a special farewell issue of the Advocate).
Albany District Superintendent Brolin Parker resigns for health reasons
Albany District Superintendent the Rev. Dr. Brolin C. Parker today announced he is resigning to take medical leave as he continues treatment for multiple myeloma.
Dr. Parker made the announcement at the Upper New York Area Extended Cabinet meeting in Syracuse; the Cabinet welcomed incoming Bishop Mark J. Webb, who takes over as the resident bishop on Sept. 1.
In an emotional moment, Dr. Parker informed the Cabinet that he needs to...
Bishop Webb and family visiting Upper New York
Incoming Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb, accompanied by his wife, Jodi, and two sons Tyler and Benjamin, is visiting the Upper New York Annual Conference this week. Bishop Webb is meeting with the Cabinet, the Conference executive staff and the Conference Leadership Team, in addition to touring the Conference and Episcopal Office facilities.
Bishop Webb takes over as the new resident bishop of the Upper New York Area on Sept. 1. Before he was elected at the NEJ Conference two weeks...
Take Health Quotient in August or September to save on 2013 deductible
The Health Quotient is Step 2 of your HealthFlex “Three Steps to Better Wellness.” Taking the Health Quotient between August 1, 2012 and September 30, 2012 will save you money on 2013 health care costs, as well as help you develop a wellness plan for yourself based on your specific health care needs.
The Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits has chosen to maintain the EPO D plan from 2012 into 2013, which will again have a $750 deductible (single coverage) and $1,500...