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Albany District Superintendent Brolin Parker resigns for health reasons

8/1/2012
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

7/31/2012
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

7/31/2012
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...

Haitian 'Chorale Methodiste de Duplan' tours the Northeast

7/31/2012
Tent cities are still prevalent across Haiti, even 30 months removed from a 2010 earthquake. Here, children play between rows of tents at Camp Corail, outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose. Nearly 3 million people in Haiti were affected by a 2010 earthquake that wreaked havoc on the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. More than 30 months later and the effects of the natural disaster are still seen in the...

Rev. Robbins' funeral set for Sunday afternoon

7/30/2012
The funeral service for the Rev. Dawn P. Robbins, the late pastor of Hudson Falls United Methodist Church, will be held at 1p.m. Sunday at the church. Rev. Robbins, 55, a full elder in the connection, passed away early Sunday, July 29, 2012 at her home. She has been pastor of Hudson Falls UMC in the Adirondack District since 2010. She leaves behind a young adult daughter, Jo Ann Wood. A native of Boston, Rev. Robbins was commissioned as a probationary elder in 1983 and was ordained as a full...

Clifton Park church has top grads three years in a row

7/30/2012
It looks like Shenendehowa United Methodist Church goes to the head of the class. Or it may be more accurate to say the heads of the class go there. For each of the last three years, there has been a class valedictorian among the Clifton Park (Albany District) church's members. This year, Grace Barkhuff graduated at the top of her class at Shenendehowa High School. Shenendehowa's 2010 valedictorian, Alexandra Neuber, and Lauren Meisel, top graduate in 2011 at Mechanicville High School (eight...

Hudson Falls UMC pastor Rev. Dawn Robbins dies

7/29/2012
The Upper New York Annual Conference regrets to announce the death of the Rev. Dawn P. Robbins, pastor of Hudson Falls United Methodist Church. Rev. Robbins, a full elder in the connection, passed away early Sunday, July 29, 2012 at her home. She has been pastor of Hudson Falls UMC in the Adirondack District since 2010. Resident Bishop Marcus Matthews and Adirondack District Superintendent Bill Mudge expressed their condolences on Rev. Robbins’ death. She leaves behind a young...

UMM B-Mets 'Night at the Ball Game' a defeat and victory

7/26/2012
United Methodists attending the fifth annual United Methodist Night at the Ball Game at the Binghamton Mets suffered a defeat and celebrated a win. Ken Summers In terms of the June 28 ball game, the Binghamton Mets (New York Mets affiliate) fell two runs short of a comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles affiliate). For the missional aspect of the game, Upper New...

Bishop Matthews says farewell: 'We felt loved throughout the Upper New York'

7/26/2012
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Marcus Matthews is expressing his gratitude to the Upper New York Annual Conference for the "support and prayers" that he and his wife, Barbara, have received since he has been the resident bishop in the area. The United Methodist Church has assigned Bishop Matthews to serve the Washington Area, effective Sept. 1. Newly elected Bishop Mark J. Webb is his successor in Upper New York. All nine bishops in the Northeastern Jurisdiction...

Five conferences merge to become two

7/26/2012
The United Methodist conferences in the denomination’s South Central Jurisdiction will have some very different boundaries within the next four years. Delegates at the South Central Jurisdictional Conference on July 20 unanimously approved the merger of the Southwest Texas and Rio Grande annual (regional) conferences and...

Bishop Webb's installation set for Sept. 30

7/24/2012
Bishop Mark J. Webb meets with NEJ delegates and others from Upper New York following the announcement that he has been assigned here. From left, Director of Connectional Ministries Bill Gottschalk-Fielding, Bishop Webb and Conference Lay Leader Scott Johnson; in back are Binghamton District Superintendent Dave Masland and the Rev. Beth Quick. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga. ...

Farewell for Bishop Marcus Matthews is Aug. 4

7/24/2012
  Bishop Marcus Matthews has been assigned to the Washington Area as of Sept. 1. A farewell service is planned for Aug. 4 at First UMC in Liverpool. Here Bishop Matthews hugs Adirondack District Superintendent Bill Mudge after the new episcopal assignments were announced. Photo by Maidstone Mulenga. The Upper New York Annual Conference will say...

NEJ assigns its nine bishops

7/24/2012
The Episcopacy Committee of the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference announced the assignments for its bishops on the morning of July 20. That was when members of the Upper New York Annual Conference learned that a new bishop, Bishop-elect Mark J. Webb, would serve the area. Bishop Marcus Matthews is headed to the Washington Area. Bishop Webb is one of the NEJ Conference's newest bishops along with Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball and Bishop Martin D. McLee. Here are the assignments...

Mark J. Webb named as new bishop of Upper New York Area

7/20/2012
The Upper New York Annual Conference has a new bishop.   Bishop Marcus Matthews consecrates the Rev. Mark J. Webb as a bishop  of The United Methodist Church during the consecration service at  St. Marks UMC in Charleston, W. Va. Bishop Webb was earlier named resident bishop of the Upper New York Area. ...

Upper New York gets new bishop: Mark J. Webb

7/20/2012
Bishop Mark J. Webb and his wife, Jodi Newly elected Bishop Mark J. Webb was this morning assigned as the new episcopal leader of the Upper New York Area. Bishop Marcus Matthews, who served in the Upper New York Area since its inception in 2010, was assigned to the Baltimore-Washington Area. The episcopal areas did not change, and the following assignments were made to them this...

New England DS Martin McLee elected bishop

7/19/2012
The Rev. Martin D. McLee used music to express his feelings about being elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church in the Northeastern Jurisdiction on Thursday morning. Quoting Nina Simone’s If He changed My Name, he said “I told Jesus it would be alright if He changed my name, and on the 21st ballot, He changed my name,” said Bishop-elect McLee. Bishop-elect McLee, who currently serves as superintendent for the Metro Boston Hope District of the New England Annual...

Susquehanna DS Mark J. Webb elected as bishop

7/19/2012
On the 35th ballot, a new record for the NEJ Conference, delegates elected Mark J. Webb bishop of The United Methodist Church. In introducing Bishop-elect Webb, presiding Bishop Jane Allen Middleton said: “You are receiving a gift to the Church. This is a man who loves God deeply and lives that every day of his life. He is a man of marvelous conviction and great gifts; the gift not only to create a vision, but enroll others in that vision.” “Thank you for your...

Jurisdiction amendment sent to the NEJ College of Bishops for study

7/19/2012
A petition to replace the jurisdictional conferences, which exist only in the United States, with the Central Conference structure that exists in the rest of the world, was referred to the NEJ College of Bishops, in order that they form a Task Force to examine the petition and the issues surrounding it. The petition would have to be submitted to General Conference, which next meets in 2016, for action, as it represents a change to the Church Constitution. The petition (which appears...

NEJ budget, apportionments approved

7/19/2012
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ACs asked to consider VIM experience requirement

7/19/2012
The annual conferences’ boards of ordained ministry are asked to consider requiring all candidates to participate in a VIM experience prior to ordination or licensure. That is the heart of a resolution proposed by Greg Forrester, Upper New York Annual Conference’s disaster recovery director, who was speaking in his capacity as the Volunteer in Mission (VIM) Coordinator for the Northeastern Jurisdiction. The resolution, which also urges that clergy candidates be required to raise...
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