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Haitian choir concludes New York portion of Northeast tour

8/29/2012
The 32-member Haitian “Chorale Methodiste de Duplan” (Methodist Choir of Duplan, Haiti) gave the final performance of their four-city tour of New York at the Embury Methodist Church in Cambridge (Adirondack District) before an awed crowd of 120. The Cambridge concert was their final appearance in New York before they moved on to perform in New Jersey and Massachusetts prior to returning to Haiti. The previous three nights included...

BMCR works to develop UNY caucus

8/29/2012
An initiative is under way to develop an Upper New York Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) caucus in the Conference. Ampadu The mission of national BMCR is “to raise up prophetic and spiritual leaders who will be advocates for the unique needs of Black people in the United Methodist Church,” according to its website. "BMCR has worked tirelessly for the last...

Acts of Repentance guide stresses healing

8/29/2012
“Repentance by itself makes the repentant feel good. We cannot just apologize. We need to focus on healing relationships. And then we need to realize that the learning is just beginning.” Blenda Smith speaks from experience. The white laywoman from the Upper New York Annual (regional) Conference has served as a director of the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns since 2004. Smith said she has moved from “cluelessness” to awareness,...

Pulaski youth serve Buffalo's inner city

8/29/2012
Thanks to the efforts of 12 members of the Youth Fellowship of the Park United Methodist Church (Northern Flow District) in Pulaski, the Seneca Street UMC (Niagara Frontier District) in Buffalo is now prepared to open their ministry for children by the time school opens in September. The dozen members of the Park UMC recently served the inner city of Buffalo, picking up trash, cleaning rooms, rubber-treating a church roof, coating a gym floor...

Bishop Matthews says 'Thank You' in farewell letter to Conference

8/27/2012
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Marcus Matthews and his wife, Barbara, are saying their final farewell to the Upper New York Annual Conference in a letter of thanks released today from the Bishop’s Office. “While we may never fully and adequately express how much we felt loved throughout the Upper New York Annual Conference, we hope this last letter will at least express just a little of what we feel, about how much we cherish and love each one of you in the Upper New York...

Amherst Media Resource Center to close

8/23/2012
The Amherst Media Resource Center will cease operations effective Sept. 4 and its resources will be transferred to the Media Resource Center in Endicott. The Endicott Center will continue its operations, providing local churches in the Upper New York Annual Conference (UNYAC) access to thousands of media resources, all shipped directly to the local church. The Rev. Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, director of Connectional Ministries, said that a variety of factors have lead to this decision: the...

Auburn Doubledays host UMM Night at the Ballpark on Saturday

8/23/2012
When United Methodists flood Falcon Park in Auburn for the fourth annual United Methodist Men's Night at the Ballpark, they could watch the Auburn Doubledays inch closer to a postseason berth. The family fun night, sponsored by the Finger Lakes District UMM, will start at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 with a tailgate party with complimentary grilled hotdogs by the Finger Lakes District UMM; attendees can bring a dish to pass. The game starts at 7 p.m. when the Auburn Doubledays (the Class A short season...

GBGM's Nuessle to lead mission workshops

8/23/2012
The Rev. Dr. John Edward Nuessle, associate general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM), will lead two interactive mission workshops sponsored by the Conference Global Ministries Team. Each of the two workshops will include a mission fair featuring displays and persons to speak with about a number of mission programs and projects – including some Conference Advance Specials. The workshops will be: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Penn Yan UMC, 168 Main...

Conference Council on Finance and Administration to elect officers

8/22/2012
The Upper New York Annual Conference Council on Finance and Administration (CFA) will elect a new president and a vice president at its next meeting. CFA will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Conference offices in Syracuse. Ted Vickery, who has served as CFA president for the past two years, announced that he will resign as of Oct. 1. His term was set to end in 2016. Vickery made the announcement at the Council's Aug. 11 meeting. Vickery is a member of Faith United Methodist Church...

BOOM Legislation Training Webinar offered

8/21/2012
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) is offering a free webinar on changes in the 2012 Discipline that affectthe work of District Committees on Ordained Ministry (DCOM), Boards of Ordained Ministry (BOOM) and the appointive Cabinet. The free webinar is from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (EDT) on Sept. 12; it is offered in a modular format so participants can log on for the sections that are of interest to them. GBHEM suggests that Annual Conference teams to watch the webinar...

Bishop Matthews presides at Africa conference as two bishops are re-elected

8/21/2012
Bishop Matthews The Africa Central Conference of The United Methodist Church held its 2012 Session Aug. 16-18 in Nairobi, Kenya, with Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Marcus Matthews presiding on behalf of the Council of Bishops. Bishop Matthews was also the guest preacher at the conference session. Bishop Matthews presided over the episcopal elections in which Bishop Daniel Wandabula was re-elected as resident bishop of the...

Don't let aches and pains daunt service to God

8/21/2012
Those who feel that their physical ailments make it difficult to find the energy to be faithful to God may be asking this question: How Can I be a Faithful Christian When My Feet Hurt and My Back Aches? That’s the title of a workshop co-sponsored by the New Hartford and Clinton United Methodist churches along with a grant from the Conference Council on Older Adult Ministries. 2 Corinthians 4:16 says “for this reason we never become discouraged. Even though our physical being is...

Birthday greetings extended to Bishop Mark J. Webb

8/15/2012
Incoming Upper New York Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb turned 48 on Aug. 15. Clergy and laity from across the Annual Conference expressed birthday greetings to Webb, who is one of the youngest bishops in The United Methodist Church. On behalf of the UMC of Cooperstown, I send our best wishes and many happy returns of  the day to our, Bishop Webb. Our prayers are with you as you lead us the Upper New York Conference. - Sundar R. Samuel (Pastor) Happy Birthday to Resident Bishop Mark J....

GBOD offers free webinars

8/14/2012
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

8/14/2012
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: "After prayerful...

Bishop Webb's 12-district tour begins Oct. 5

8/14/2012
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

8/14/2012
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

8/9/2012
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

8/9/2012
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

8/7/2012
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...
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