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Hands4NY, Rochester's Native American Cultural Center receive $4,500 in grants
Two ministries from the Upper New York Annual Conference (UNYAC) have been awarded grants from the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) totaling $4,500.
The Native American Cultural Center in Rochester and Hands4NY are two of the 22 Peace with Justice ministries from around the world that are sharing in $60,000 in funding. The grants are awarded in conjunction with the denomination’s Peace with Justice Sunday, which witnesses to God's demand for a faithful, just,...
Groups endorse Sung Ho Lee for bishop
The Rev. Dr. Sung Ho Lee, district superintendent of the Mohawk District, has been endorsed by the National Association of Korean-American United Methodists and the National Federation of Asian American United Methodists (NFAAUM) for episcopal office.
Three bishops will be elected during the 2012 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference set for July in Charleston, W.Va.
"It is a great honor and privilege to be endorsed as an episcopal candidate by the community of the Asian...
Apply for Native American Ministries Sunday grant
The Upper New York Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) is now accepting Native American Ministries Sunday grant applications.
The grants are intended to benefit Native Americans within the Annual Conference (Book of Discipline, ¶654). Funds can be used for Native American missions, ministries and communities to support native churches, community outreach, leadership training, education, and cultural survival projects.
These grants, which do not require...
Versailles UMC helps 'Change the World'
We asked churches that participated in events May 19-20 to tell us about what they did to Change the World.
The Versailles United Methodist Church, south of Buffalo (Niagara Frontier District), took on a highway cleanup project.
The 13 to 15 volunteers cleaned an area from Main Street to Versailles Road, a distance of about 1.5 miles. Afterward, the church offered a free lunch.
This was the first time Versailles UMC participated in this type of event, said the Rev. Dawn Quesenberry,...
23 UMC ministers to be ordained, commissioned, welcomed on June 2
During the Upper New York Annual Conference Session, 23 ministers will be ordained, commissioned or welcomed. Area Resident Bishop Marcus Matthews (center) recently met with some of these clergy members at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center. Photo by Beth DiCocco
A total of 23 United Methodist Church (UMC) ministers will be ordained, commissioned and celebrated on Saturday, June 2, during the 2012 Session...
Four churches had the drive to Change the World
The Rev. Craig Buelow, left, and the Rev. Stephen Crowell get ready to sprinkle Mr. Carey's new red car on May 20 during the Change the World service at Delevan Town Park. Photo by Eric Comstock.
The 8 a.m. sun is shining brightly in a brilliant blue sky. A light breeze rustles the leaves of the large maple trees that cast their cooling shadows over the Delevan Town Park lawn. A gentle slope leading down...
VIM mobile shower trailer nears completion; still needs prayers, funds
Pictured above is the mobile shower facility, showing the depth of the unit. For more photos on the progress, visit St. Paul's UMC's website. Photo courtesy St. Paul's UMC.
On June 9, a six-stall mobile shower facility for Volunteers in Mission (VIM) could roll out of Oneida.
On June 10 it could roll into Earlville for a Walk-A-Thon raising funds for the trailer.
On June 11 it could be in Middleburgh for a...
Building vital congregations: Johnson asks laity to build relationships
Conference Lay Leader Scott Johnson speaks at the May 19 Pre-Conference Briefing. Photo by Matt Williams.
For a time of centering during the afternoon laity session at the Pre-Conference Briefing, Upper New York Annual Conference Lay Leader Scott Johnson reminded the attendees why they were there.
“Let’s take a second to breathe, and remember why we are truly here,” Johnson said, before reading...
First-time attendees urged to 'be engaged' at Annual Conference
Scott Johnson offered a primer on how Annual Conference works and how those attending for the first time can best fulfill their role. Photo by Matt Williams
By definition, Annual Conference happens every year, but that doesn't mean that all the members have been through it before.
As part of the Pre-Conference Briefing on May 19, there were four workshops offered for laity – including an orientation for...
Discover who you are at the Conference Camp & Retreat Centers
Associate Director of Camp & Retreat Ministries Mike Huber presented a workshop for laity during the Pre-Conference Briefing. Photo by Matt Williams.
Whether you have two children or six children, you love them equally.
That was the message imparted by Mike Huber, associate director of Camp & Retreat Ministries for the Upper New York Annual Conference.
Giving an analogy of the camp and retreat centers...
Workshop challenges laity to 'own your Methodist roots'
Workshops for laity following the Pre-Conference Briefing included a session on the newly renamed Lay Servant Ministries (formerly Lay Speaking Ministries). Photo by Matt Williams.
Carmen F.S. Vianese, director of Lay Servant Ministries, challenged the laity in her workshop to “own their Methodist roots,” and remember that the Methodist movement “was a Jesus-centered and laity-led.”
Understanding the 'dynamics of gender-specific groups'
United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men were the topic of a laity workshop May 19. Photo by Matt Williams.
“Men and woman are wired differently, and that is not always a bad thing.”
Those words were spoken by Upper New York Annual Conference (UNYAC) United Methodist Men (UMM) President Buddy Heit during “UMM/UMW: the Dynamics of Gender-Specific Groups,” one of the four...
Budget, brief reports wrap up Pre-Con morning
Conference Treasurer Sherri Mackey answers questions regardind the budget. Photo by Matt Williams
The morning at the Pre-Conference Briefing on May 19 was rounded out by brief reports from the Council on Finance & Administration, which discussed the budget, a report by Nominations and Leadership Development, an Equitable Compensation report, and a report from the Board of Pensions and Health...
Four projects highlight Conference Leadership Team presentation
Since June 19, 2010, the Conference Leadership Team (CLT) has been tasked with and working on discerning, discovering and helping the Upper New York Annual Conference (UNYAC) commit to a path of ministry.
During their presentation at the Pre-Conference Briefing at the War Memorial, Syracuse, members of the CLT outlined that path of ministry, highlighting four areas of ministry focus over the next quadrennium.
The CLT is “involved in a multitude of ministries,” said Scott Johnson,...
DS Mudge preaches at Pre-Conference Briefing
Some 1,000 members of the Upper New York Annual Conference were registered to attend the Pre-Conference Briefing at the War Memorial in Syracuse.
Adirondack District Superintendent William Mudge offers a prayer during the Pre-Conference Briefing Opening Worship. Photo by Christian Vischi
They were gathered around tables with centerpieces of rocks and soil...
2012 Upper New York retirees honored
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Marcus Matthews welcomed this year's class of retirees, easily identified among their families and friends by their corsages and boutonnieres of yellow roses, to the annual retirement banquet, saying:
“Good afternoon, beautiful people. You look so beautiful.”
About 130 people attended the luncheon, which was hosted by the Board of Pension and Health Benefits and the Board of Ordained Ministry. Gathering May 19 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool the...
Answering questions about 2012 Session
Most of the questions posed during the District Informational Days have been answered. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section was updated today with answers about Plentiful Harvest, pensions, health benefits and Africa University.
Pension and Health Benefits FAQ's
Plentiful Harvest FAQ's
Africa University FAQ's
Yes, you can get your can to Annual Conference
Since June 2011, the churches of the Upper New York Annual Conference have been working on the HANDS4NY campaign to feed 1 million people in one year.
We are asking everyone attending this year’s Annual Conference Session to bring a canned food item for donation during the HANDS4NY presentation on June 1.
We have made arrangements for these donations to be given to the Interreligious Food Consortium of CNY (www.ifccny.org).
The IFC is an umbrella agency for more than 70 food...
2012 retirees to be honored at banquet Friday
The Upper New York Annual Conference’s annual Retirement Banquet will be on Friday, May 18, at the Holiday Inn, Liverpool. There are 21 honorees in this year’s class.
The annual event honoring retiring clergy is hosted by the Board of Pension and Health Benefits and the Board of Ordained Ministry.
The 2012 honorees are:
K. Gordon Brownlow
Bishop offers encouragement to 2012 clergy candidates
Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Marcus Matthews speaks with the candidates for commissioning and ordination May 16 at Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center in Moravia.
One is expecting her first child in November. Another became a mother in her 50s.
There's a married couple and a certified EMT.
One has a son studying for the ministry. Another is learning to play the dulcimer.
A former church building...