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Two from UNY recognized for giving to Africa University
The Rev. Warren Covell is a quiet, humble person, according to Shirley Byers.
So Byers, chair of the African University Scholarship Task Force, asked Rev. Covell to give a presentation for their recent meeting as a way of guaranteeing he would be there to accept the recognition.
When he learned that Byers was going to present him with recognition from The Richard E. "Dick" Reeves Legacy Society, his reaction says it all:
"He said, 'I will be brief if you will,'" Byers...
Colgate Rochester Crozer to inaugurate President McMickle
The Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School will hold a series of inaugural events on Oct. 16-17 honoring its 12th president, the Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, who became president of CRCDS in January.
Rev. McMickle, who had served assenior pastor of the Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, will be familiar to many in the Upper New York Annual Conference as the guest preacher at the 2012 Annual Conference Session in Syracuse. Click here to see a video of his sermon from the June 1...
Syracuse Westside Urban Mission to celebrate Gonzalez
There will be a Service of Installation for Olga Gonzalez, the church and community worker at the Syracuse Westside Urban Mission (SWUM), at 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at Brown Memorial UMC, 228 Davis St. in Syracuse (Crossroads District).
Gonzalez began at the mission on July 1. SWUM at Brown Memorial UMC was founded 12 years ago to address the needs of its struggling neighborhood. Click here to read more about Gonzalez and SWUM.
There will be a reception following the service. Parking is...
Lights, camera, action: New ministry to debut in mall theater
The Pennsylvania Avenue United Methodist Church in Pine City (Mountain View District) is getting ready for the world premiere of its new faith community, Fresh Start Mall Campus, which will open on Sept. 23 at the Arnot Mall cinemas.
That's right, it's church on the big screen. The Penn. Ave. UMC will conduct a service with live music and the message from its Saturday evening service projected onscreen in the movie theater.
The idea behind having a church service in a movie theater is simple...
Begin planning now to apply for New York Landmarks Conservancy grants
Window restoration at the Cooperstown UMC (Oneonta District) was performed as part of a Sacred Sites grant the church received. Submitted photo
If your church is in need of funds for repair costs, a Sacred Sites Fund or a Robert W. Wilson Sacred Sites Challenge grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy could be the answer to your prayers.
The Conservancy’s grant program is celebrating its 25th...
UNYAC members invited to welcome Bishop Devadhar to Boston Area
Members of the Upper New York Annual Conference are invited to join fellow United Methodists in Worcester, Mass. for a Welcome Service and Reception for Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar as he begins ministry in the Boston Area after serving eight years in the Greater New Jersey Area.
The service will begin with worship at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 Main St., Worcester. For directions, click here.
Before Bishop Devadhar was elected to the episcopacy at...
Seneca Street UMC is 125 years old, and going strong
In 1994, the Rev. Brian Rotach was sent to Seneca Street United Methodist Church in Buffalo (Niagara Frontier District) to help the congregation through closing the church.
"He was supposed to take them through the grieving process," said his wife, Cheryl Bird. Then he met the congregation: "A feisty bunch of widows – 13 widows and one gentleman, and they had no intention of closing the church."
"Just because they didn't have any money, it wasn't going to stop...
Two pastors make a global connection during summer exchange
The Rev. David Flavell (front left in the red tie) spent six weeks this summer at Calvary United Methodist Church in Latham as part of pastoral exchange with Calvary pastor the Rev. Robert Kolvik-Campbell, who served Rev. Flavell's five-point charge in Hexham, northern England. Photo courtesy of Rev. Flavell.
The Church is a global entity, said the Rev. Robert Kolvik-Campbell; but that...
Vision realized for UNY pastor with opening of new studio in Glens Falls
Fifteen years ago the Rev. Meredith Vanderminden was in seminary and she had a vision. It wasn't a crystal-clear or even a complete picture, but she knew she was supposed to do something with art.
She wasn't necessarily restless, but after a decade and a half she decided it was time to act.
"I had no idea how it was going to take shape," she said, "but...
Rev. Richard Weihing appointed as Albany District Superintendent
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb has appointed the Rev. Richard Weihing as a Conference Superintendent, assigned to the Albany District of the Upper New York Annual Conference, effective Oct. 15.
The installation service for the new district superintendent has been set for 4 p.m. on Nov. 18 at McKownville United Methodist Church (1565 Western Ave., Albany).
Rev. Weihing has served as lead pastor of the Queensbury United Methodist Church in the Adirondack District since...
Candidates for commissioning, ordination must contact BOOM registrar
Individuals seeking to be part of the commissioning, ordination or change in membership process for the 2013 session of the Upper New York Annual Conference must contact Board of Ordained Ministry Registrar, the Rev. Beth Benham, by Sept. 30.
Email Rev. Benham at firstname.lastname@example.org with your specific intentions: i.e. commissioning as elder or deacon, ordination as elder or deacon, associate membership, recognition of orders and/or change in membership.
Click the link to see the 2012-13...
Conference Commission on Archives & History seeks volunteers
It’s Sunday, Sept. 9, and I’ve just finished reading the Sept. 7 meditation from The Upper Room, with the title A Christ Carrier. My thoughts immediately went to Saturday’s Archives & History Commission meeting.
We met at the offices for the Albany and Adirondack districts in Saratoga Springs, which is the location for the archives of the former Troy and Wyoming conferences.
At the meeting, a lot of time was spent talking about the importance of having an Archives and...
Rev. Judson hopes arrest is catalyst for leaving a better world to live in
One retired United Methodist pastor is so concerned about the ecology of Seneca Lake that he chained himself to the gate of a gas storage facility. And he earned a date in court.
Finger Lakes LPG Storage, LLC – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inergy Midstream, LLC – is planning to construct a multi-cycle liquid petroleum gas (LPG) underground storage system in the town of Reading, just north of Watkins Glen (Mountain View District), according to a Draft Supplemental Environmental...
Medical missionaries to Zimbabwe tell their story
Learn about the ministry and work of Dr. Emmanuel and Mrs. Florence Mefor, medical missionaries commissioned by GBGM and currently serving at Mutambara Mission Hospital in rural Zimbabwe, when they speak at churches across the Upper New York Area Sept. 13-18.
Originally from Nigeria, the Mefors have served there as well as in Mozambique and Zimbabwe. They have supporting churches in our Conference; they have hosted mission teams from our Conference at Mutambara Mission Center, most recently in...
Benefits Office seeks participation in brief survey
The Upper New York Benefits Office is looking to develop additional wellness tools and is asking clergy and conference staff to participate in a brief survey about the importance of wellness is in your life.
The UNY Wellness Survey asks what programs you are currently using, and what types of programs you thinkmay be beneficial to you in the future.
The goal of the Benefits Office is to develop additional programs that will add to the HealthFlex toolbox and be available to all persons...
Registration deadline is Saturday for Imagine What's NEXT!
College students and pastors can join 600 of their peers Nov. 9-11 in St. Louis for Imagine What's NEXT!, an event geared to encourage participants as they plan their faith walk.
This new United Methodist event aims to challenge and inspire participants through speakers, worship, creative engagement and small-group discussion.
Imagine What's NEXT! will feature worship with the band Gungor and preachers Rev. Rudy Rasmus and Bishop Sally Dyck....
Join us for Bishop Webb's Installation Service
Please join hundreds of other members of the Upper New York Annual Conference at the installation service for Bishop Mark J. Webb at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, at Hendricks Chapel on the Syracuse University campus.
The service will be streamed live on the Conference website.Following the worship service, there will be a reception on the quad; both are open to all.Bishop Webb was elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church on July 19 during the 2012 NEJ Conference in Charleston, W.Va. He...
Informational meetings planned for Medicare-eligible participants
Participants of the Upper New York Health Care Program (HealthFlex) – who are currently enrolled in the Medicare Companion Plan or who will turn 65 within the next six months – are invited to attend a meeting about the new plan, which is effective Jan. 1, 2013.
A representative from AmWINS, the company that will administer the new plan, will present information about the company, its customer care center, and the benefit plan itself...
Mission Possible Thrift Store proves worthy of its name
The aptly named Mission Possible Thrift Store marked another milestone on Sept. 8 with a dedication of the building, which is now owned by the Redwood United Methodist Church (Northern Flow District).
The thrift store opened on Dec. 13, 2005, and expanded to this location on the community's Main Street in November 2007. The thrift store was a tenant in the building; now, this is the mission's permanent home. Redwood, a community of about 600, is 30 miles north of Watertown.
Bishop Webb to lead opening worship at retreat
The Bishop's Retreat is about a month away, and Upper New York Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is urging clergy to join him in for three days of Renewing the Soil … Renewing the Soul at the Catskill resort Honor's Haven.
The retreat, which is designed as a time of respite for pastors, will be from Monday to Wednesday, Oct. 8-10; registration is requested by Sept. 14.
"The time we spend caring for our own spiritual lives and relationships is vital to the health and vitality of the...