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Registration deadline is Saturday for Imagine What's NEXT!

9/11/2012
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

9/11/2012
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

9/11/2012
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

9/10/2012
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. Northern Flow...

Bishop Webb to lead opening worship at retreat

9/6/2012
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...

Casowasco hosts third annual UMM retreat

9/4/2012
The Upper New York United Methodist Men will hold their third annual weekend gathering Sept. 21-23 at the Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia; UMM has been meeting there for 66 years. The guest speaker will be Greg Arnold of the General Commission on United Methodist Men and founder and publisher of Live Bold magazine. He will be teaching four principles that can transform marriages, ignite church growth, strengthen parenting and empower leaders. Following...

Clifton Springs UMC hosts day of Christian education workshops

9/4/2012
Christian educators from across the Upper New York Annual Conference will present Planting Seeds of Faith workshops on Oct. 27. Hosted at the Clifton Springs United Methodist Church (Finger Lakes District), participants will get to attend two half-day workshops. The offerings include: Creative worship for families – This workshop answers "What might worship look like if we had a gathering where kids bring their parents?" Led By David Black. Finding room for everybody:...

Equitable Compensation application for January - June 2013 now available

8/30/2012
The Commission on Equitable Compensation has issued guidelines and an application form for salary grants to local churches for January through June 2013.  To apply for salary assistance from the Equitable Compensation Fund, applicants should review the policies and procedures in the application document for guidelines, and then complete the application by the Oct. 1, 2012 deadline according to the directions provided. The Commission anticipates notifying churches of the commission’s...

AU Vice Chancellor challenges African communicators

8/30/2012
Fanuel Tagwira, the vice chancellor of Africa University, has challenged African United Methodists to use multiple channels of communications to reach various audiences. Tagwira issued the challenge on Aug. 27 in his keynote address to the African Communicators Workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe. The training is being conducted by the United Methodist Communications Central Conference Director of Communication Tafadzwa Mudambanuki and Upper New York Area Director of Communications the Rev. Maidstone...

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...
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