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Finger Lakes District E-Newsletter   May 8, 2018

Rev. McDowell
Welcome to the Finger Lakes District e-Newsletter! Please share this with church members and staff, teams and organizations. We hope that you will find this an invaluable resource as we work to promote the missions, ministries and events of the Finger Lakes District. If you have something you would like to see included in a future issue of this e-newsletter, send to
May you have a blessed week!
Your friends at the Finger Lakes District Office,
       Rev. Jeffrey McDowell, District Superintendent
            Pam Deckard, Administrative Assistant
Office Hours:  Pam will be working from home Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and in the Seneca Falls Office Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.   You can call the office at any time (315-781-0188).  Or email.  Thank you.
Our Denomination is in pain. Intense debates regarding human sexuality and its expressions in church and society continue. I am sure that most proponents of opposing beliefs think they are defending God. Each team seems to choose select parts of God to defend such as holiness or mercy, but not often both. Some people try to calm their anxiety through posturing, politicking, promoting and policing. Trust is at an all-time low; anger toward sisters and brothers is at an all-time high. Name-calling is common and sins against one another are building up to a total break of relationships. To reconcile with one another would mean we give up defending God, and this is too scary for most people.
There is another way to be. Think of the people you've known who've most strongly shown you the love of Christ. These "gems" accepted you, taught you, modeled for you a way to live without bitterness and strife. They did not judge you, but did gently call you to be your best self. They did not speak poorly of other people to you. They did not equivocate on the truths Jesus taught. They did not assume evil intentions based on actions of other people. They did not draw circles around those who only thought like themselves. They sought first to understand rather than to be understood. They cared enough to pray for you to become all God may intend.
What pains me most is the harmful ways many people speak of fellow Christ-followers. What harms my soul is the lashing out, the assumption of meanness and selfishness in someone else's actions. What is really happening is projection: defending oneself against one's own unpleasant impulses by denying their existence while attributing them to others. When I think this is happening, I take note. A person bashing someone else in front of me will soon be bashing me in front of others. That person needs my prayers because inside they are possibly bashing themselves for God.
There is no painless way forward. Please be informed of the facts through denominational news. Please be in fervent prayer, believing God answers us. Please listen to one another. Please refrain from harmful speaking. Please be like the people who have most shown you the love of Christ. I look forward to being with you at Annual Conference session.

The next edition of this eNewsletter comes out on May 22, 2018.  To submit an item for the newsletter, please have it to the district office by May 17th.   Thank you.
DS Calendar:
(please email or call to make appointment; calendar subject to change!)

Mon. May 8      office hours
Tues. & Wed. May 9, 10      Cabinet
Wed. May 9      evening local church
Thurs. May 10      appointment work
Fri. May 11      Day Off
Sat. May 12      Day Off
Sun. May 13      Preach Alton
Mon. may 14 - 17      Office Daytimes; evening local churches
Sat. May 19      Day Off
Sun. May 20      Day Off
May 22      Right Start Workshop, Manchester UMC
Thur. May 25     Law Enforcement Luncheon at Lyons UMC 

Did you know? 
  1. All pastors are required to attend and participate in all days, hours, and sessions of Annual Conference Session. All lay churches are required to have a lay member from their church attend all days, hours, and sessions. Vacations, trips, weddings, funerals, worship services, etc. take second priority to this "holy conferencing."
  2. All pastors moving or retiring as of July will attend a 'right start' workshop to ensure smooth and caring transitions of leadership for them and our churches.
Regstration for 2018 Summer Programs is now open! Click here to browse all of our 2018 summer programs and to register.  Don't forget to take advantage of our Early Bird ($10 before May 1), Sibling ($20 per camper), and Refer-A-Friend ($40 for the referring friend) Discounts!  We've got big things planned this summer and we want YOU to be part of it!  Register today! If there are any questions, please contact us at (toll free) 855-414-6400 or
2018 Camp and Retreat Ministries spring newsletter available

The most recent Camp and Retreat Ministries (CRM) Xenia News newsletter is now available on the Conference website and

 Click here to read this issue, which includes: a letter from CRM executive assistant Joan Newlon (who shares exciting news), updates from CRM staff, exciting programs taking place this summer, and news from each of the CRM sites.
Bishop Webb announces clergy appointments

Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb has announced new appointments and retirements.  CLICK HERE for the latest appointments.
Introducing the Annual Conference app

The Upper New York Conference is excited to announce that there will be an event app available to use at Annual Conference this year from May 30-June 2 at Onondaga County College's SRC Arena in Syracuse. Now you will have the option to access everything related to Annual Conference right from your phone or tablet instead of thumbing through pages upon pages of materials in your packet. This app will also help streamline the check-in process. Click here to learn more.

The Upper New York (UNY) Communications Ministry Area has recognized that Methodists use as many acronyms as words in conversations and often in written articles. Our policy is to always spell out acronyms first so readers know what we are talking about, but not all publications follow this etiquette. For that reason, we have created the Upper New York Acronym Glossary.

Click here to read the glossary.

Click here to visit our Facebook page-actively engage with fellow Upper New Yorkers about this topic and let us know acronyms we may have missed! 
Laity Banquet   Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Club 86 in Geneva. 
3:30 - 6:30 pm. 86 Avenue East, Geneva, NY 14456   $22 per person.   Reservations to the District Office.
More information to come in later issues of this newsletter.
ESI's (Employee Assistance Group) TotalCare EAP can help
with virtually every area of life.  See flyer (click here) for more information. Or go to: or call: 800-252-4555
What you need to know about 2018 Annual Conference: Getting There 

Unlike the past few years, this year's Annual Conference is not taking place at the Oncenter; it is taking place at Onondaga Community College (OCC) SRC Arena. The Upper New York Conference has you covered. We will be frequently releasing news items related to "What you need to know about the 2018 Annual Conference." Click here to read the first article that explains how to get there and also details about accommodation options.
Finger Lakes District 2018 Equalization Members
The Finger Lakes District is pleased to announced the following 2018 Annual Conference Equalization Members:

Peggy Beckwith
Maureen Berson    
Darrelll Brown
Diana Crouch
Marian Davie
Janice Downey
Theresa Eggleston
Xander Garner
Trish Hansen
Tiffany Kelly
Rhonda Lanni
Joseph Lyons
Maxwell MacKenzie
Pam Marsteiner
Alan McCormick
Judy Neno
Ruth Olschewske
Debra Roher
Ron Salyer
Cliff Steitler
Penny Sutterby
Angie VanDeusen
Amber Walker
Melissa Watkins
Alan Williams
Betty Wright
Jennie Young-        Walczyk

The district office would like to extend a warm thank you to them for their willingness to serve in this capacity. 

STANDING DESKS! John Wesley wrote:"Those who read or write much, should learn to do it standing; otherwise it will impair their health,"
Other Wesley diet and exercise tips include:
  • Drink lots of water; it's the healthiest of all drinks.
  • Avoid coffee and tea; they elevate anxiety.
  • Exercise, preferably walking, is necessary for good health.
  • Cold baths promote circulation.
  • Exercise on an empty stomach.
  • Go to bed at 9 p.m. and rise at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m.
{Wesley's 1747 book, "Primitive Physick: or An Easy and Natural Method of Curing Most Disease."}

Blueprint for Wellness Annual Conference Event Pre-Registration Begins
Wespath Benefits and Investments and The Center for Health has again teamed up with Quest Diagnostics to offer "Blueprint for Wellness," a free health screening program for eligible participants in the Upper New York Conference. Quest Diagnostics will be at the Upper New York Annual Conference event at Onondaga Community College (SRC Arena/Allyn Hall Room A182), on Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1 from 6 to 10 a.m.
Pre-Registration is strongly recommended for the Annual Conference event. You can register for an appointment between now and May 18. Click here to learn more.
A Word from Charles Wesley:
Help us to help each other, Lord,
each other's cross to bear;
let each his friendly aid afford,
and feel another's care.
Touched by the lodestone of thy love
let all our hearts agree;
and ever towards each other move,
and ever move towards thee.

NEW - Intensive Course on Charles Wesley at CRCDS

A week long, in-depth study of Charles Wesley's life and thought taught by the Rev. Dr. John Tyson is being offered June 11 through June 15 at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, 1100 S. Goodman St., Rochester. 
The class will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Cost for clergy and alumni auditing the class is $150 and $300 for others.
Charles "the other Wesley," was a major contributor and shaper of the Wesleyan tradition - in terms of his evangelism, hymns, and the challenges of living a happily married life in the midst of the relentless demands of ministry. This examination Charles' work will be set in the context of his life and times and based on a close reading of important primary and secondary resources. Particular attention will be paid to the on-going relevance of his work for contemporary Christian practitioners in the Wesleyan theological tradition.
Go to the CRCDS website for more information or contact Dr. Tyson directly,
          26th Annual Palestinian Dinner- St. George Macedonian Orthodox Church 5083 Onondaga Rd. (Rte. 173) maps available at Palestinian display table Friday, June 1 at 5:15 PM
Brief program centering on the plight of Palestinian children plus hearing from Rev. Leanne Zeck who travelled to Palestine/Israel with Bishop Webb.
         Reservations: Linda Bergh (315) 492-8507, 116 Edna Rd., Syracuse, NY  13205, or Karen Peterson, (607) 739-3141, 116 Greenridge Dr., Horseheads, NY  14845. 
(Checks for $20.00 made out to "UNY Conference", with Palestinian Dinner" on the memo line/ an additional amount may be designated for the Gary Bergh Scholarship Fund, which enables young adults/ adults to travel to Palestine/ Israel to learn first-hand about peace and justice issues there.) 
Upper New York welcomes Tracy Rickett

The Upper New York (UNY) Conference is pleased to welcome Tracy Rickett as an HR Generalist. Tracy is taking on roles that were once Susan LaTessa's prior to Susan's position change to Director of HR/Benefits. Tracy will be responsible for recruiting, onboarding, updating the employee handbook as needed, writing job descriptions, and coordinating the employee's wellness program. Click here to read more about Tracy.
The latest copy of the Bridge is now available for download. It is available in both color and black & white formats. Click here to select the version you prefer and make copies as necessary. 
As a bi-monthly publication, the Bridge can be used this Sunday or next, whichever is most useful to the local church. The Bridge is a communications tool designed for local churches to stay connected to each other and to the ministries taking place around the Upper New York Conference and The United Methodist Church. The newest volume will be listed at the top of the webpage, with older volumes below. The Bridge is designed to be handed out in worship, as a church bulletin insert, or as a standalone item. If you have questions or are unable to make copies, please contact
Subject: Academic Year 2018-2019 Course of Study, Buffalo, NY Extension School
The Buffalo Course of Study Extension is a program of the United Methodist Church designed to help equip local pastors for the ministry of Jesus! 
The summer session of Course of Study, Buffalo, NY Extension School is being held August 10-11 and September 13-14, 2018.  If you are planning to appoint any new local pastors and they wish to attend, they should have their registration for courses in our hands by June 11 and their tuition paid by June 26. 
Please make new appointees aware of these deadlines.  Registration forms as well as course offerings and student handbook are available online at  Syllabi for courses will be available on the website three months prior to the start of class.
If anyone has any questions or needs clarification, please feel free to contact me at or 716-875-5091 ext 206 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am-3 pm. 

Barb Sercu
COS Staff Support
Announcement: Upper New York Conference 2019 Narrative Budget booklet available 
With Annual Conference right around the corner (May 30-June 2), now is the time to become familiar with the 2019 Conference Budget.

Click here to gain an overview of how Ministry Shares support the Upper New York Budget in a new, dynamic video, starring many youth and adults across the Conference.

Click here to view our updated 2019 Narrative Budget booklet online.

Printed copies of the Narrative Budget booklets are currently available at the United Methodist Center. Contact your District office to request your copy.
Pulpit Supply 

Dear Friends; Below is a list of potential guest preachers available for pulpit supply.  Please contact any of them directly to work out details and dates.  DO YOU know of others?  Email their names to the district office.

RE     Carol Keller, Auburn                315-882-4624   (June-July only)
RE  David Bergner, Rushville  585-526-5379   (short drive/lead time)
LP      Marcia King, Auburn   (H) 315-889-7727; (C) 315-703-4294
LP      Ellen Knight, Lyons     315-945-5557
RE      Sue Walters, Bloomfield  (C) 716-983-5760   
RE    Judy White-Wunder, Penn Yan   (H) 315-694-9064; 
                                           (c) 607-215-5193;
RE   James Carroll, Lyons          315-406-1771;
Lay Pulpit Supply
Bobbie Valentine, Ledyard          315-406-9562
Volume 10, Issue 2, of the Upper New York Advocate focuses on vital congregations and leadership. The theme is "Spiritually planning our way forward." You will learn about the five markers of vitality and churches that are succeeding in those areas. You will find testimonials of pastors who are learning that VitalSigns is an incredible resource. Looking for courses or programs to strengthen your leadership? You will learn about many opportunities in this issue of the Advocate. This issue also points to dozens of resources that can help you on your path to becoming a vital congregation.
Click here for the latest issue of the Advocate on the Conference website; the printed version of this newsletter will be available in your local church. The Advocate is the Conference's ministry magazine. 

The 2018 Upper New York Conference Journal, Vol. I is now available for download as a free PDF and for purchase through online publisher here to download the PDF; click here to purchase it for $6.20 (plus shipping and applicable sales tax) from
Right Start Workshops Scheduled

Because healthy moves are important for the life of the church, clergy and their families, "The Right Start:Beginning Ministry in a New Setting" workshops have been scheduled at six locations across the Upper New York Conference.
Attendance at the workshop is mandatory for all full-time clergy who are moving to a new appointment, retirement or extension ministry. Less than full-time clergy are welcome and encouraged to attend.
CLICK HERE to register online through the following link: 

     Mission u (formerly known as School of Christian Mission) was created by Methodist women in the early-20th century in order to educate women and inspire them to a sense of mission at home and around the world.  The United Methodist Women remain dedicated to the planning and promotion of this program.
     The schools were formed by and for women but over the years the demographic has changed as men, children and youth take advantage of this rich opportunity. In our Upper New York Conference, Mission u is a "cooperative school", sponsored by both Conference United Methodist Women and the churches of our Upper New York Conference.  We welcome women & men and, in the case of the Cazenovia venue, children and youth.
     We offer opportunities for study and fellowship in three different venues, each held on a different weekend in the summer. Each venue has its own special flavor. At Mission u, we grow in understanding of the mission of the church in the current world context as we "learn together for the transformation of the world".  The three studies offered each year cover three aspects: spiritual growth, geographical and social issues.   CLICK HERE for more information. 
Save the Date!  UMM Night at the Ballpark

July 17th for our 39th Annual United Methodist Night at the Ballpark!
Tuesday, July 17th at NBT Bank Stadium, near DestiNY USA and the Regional Transportation Center on the north side of Syracuse. Our opponent is defending Triple A National Champion Durham Bulls, top farm team of the Tampa Bay Rays
Ticket fliers will be sent out shortly with all other information. Stay tuned!
UMM Retreat

We are very excited to be hosting this dynamic retreat at Skylake in Windsor, NY on September 7-8, 2018.
This retreat is open to everyone, of all denominations as well as to women, children, families etc. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone. Thank you so much and may the Lord bless you as you continue to do the Lord's work.   FLYER
In Christ,Sanjay Solomon, (937) 626-5247
Wayne County
Law Enforcement Appreciation Brunch
May 24, 2018
10:00 - 11:30 AM
Lyons United Methodist Church
93 William Street
Lyons, New York 14489
Please call to RSVP
Hope you can join us!
Theme: Acts of Kindness

Organist Wanted

The Dryden United Methodist Church seeks qualified applicant to lead congregational singing, accompany our choir, and provide or coordinate special music for our services.  Proficiency with both organ and piano is desired.  For more information or to apply please contact Secretary Karen English of the Dryden UMC at or (607) 844-9861.
 The Lyons United Methodist Church is offering scholarship money from the Hertzog Scholarship Fund to individuals who are being called into God's ministry. To view the guidelines and instructions on receiving an application, please go to our Website: and click on the Hertzog link. Our deadline for turning in the applications is April 15 but, due to changes that needed to be incorporated, the deadline for 2018 will be May 15.
Is there an individual that visits the seminaries that could present this opportunity to those individuals as well? Your help would be greatly appreciated.
If you have question, please e-mail me at: or to 
In God's service,
Richard Kenville
From Clifton Springs UMC:

Worship Music Coordinator: Play keyboard/piano and organ to accompany worship services year round. Ability to play other instruments preferred. Rehearse with choir weekly. Assist with selecting worship songs and music. Reply with experience and salary requirements to: Staff Parish Relations Committee, Clifton Springs United Methodist Church, 1 E. Main Street, Clifton Springs, NY 14432 or

Church Administrator: Leader in the faith community, by encouraging people to participate in church ministries. Strong relationship and problem solving skills are a must. Ability to communicate effectively and maintain confidences. Computer skills for documents, forms, slides, spreadsheets, databases, email, website, social media, etc.
Duties: Record keeping, management of the office, events, and church calendar, and coordination of Communication within the church. 25 hrs/wk, must be available Sunday mornings. Qualifications:Must embrace United Methodist doctrine and theology. High school diploma required. Associate's or bachelor's degree in related field preferred.  Reply with experience and salary requirements to: Staff Parish Relations Committee, Clifton Springs United Methodist Church, 1 E. Main Street, Clifton Springs, NY 14432 or
Join Port Byron UMC to experience the production of JESUS
We are taking a bus to Lancaster Pa. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018
For a one day trip (8am to 11pm)
We have reserved 50 fifty seats and a comfy tour bus.
on the ride down two rest stops and a lunch break.
Total cost for trip $116 for adults and $86 children under 12
Non-refundable deposit of $60 due by May 1st
2nd payment $30 due by June 1st
3rd final payment $26 due by September 1st. ALL CHECKS MADE OUT TO 'PBUMC"
please send checks to:   Port Byron 1st Methodist
PO Box 344
Port Byron, NY 13140
Phone: April Kurtz 315/776-4051 Ron Mills 315/253-4016
North Rose UMC Vacation Bible School

NRUMC's VBS will be Sunday July 29 - Thursday August 2, 2018 from 6 - 8 pm, ages preschool through those who have just completed fifth grade. The theme of our VBS will be: "Rolling River Ride - Catch The Current Of Christ' Power."
To celebrate and launch our Summer VBS Program, North Rose UMC will be hosting a:"Splash into VBS,' Community Party, Saturday July 28, 2018 from 12 noon - 5 pm. Hot Dogs/Ice Cream/Soft Drinks for refreshments, with games for all ages, A Bounce House, Water Slide, Featured Favorites for kids. Basket Door Prizes, will be given for those who attend. Pre-registration for VBS will also be available on Saturday, for parents/guardians who would like their children to attend VBS, the next evening. 
How Do I connect?

Denominational Website: The United Methodist Church
District Website: Finger Lakes District 
If you would like to subscribe to this e-newsletter, please send your email address to:
Finger Lakes District
of the Upper New York Conference

Rev. Jeffrey McDowell, District Superintendent
Pam Deckard, Administrative Assistant

12 North Park St., Suite 11
Seneca Falls, NY 13148  
Office:  315-781-0188     efax: +1-315-282-2367 
Upper New York Conference, 7481 Henry Clay Blvd, Liverpool, NY 13088
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