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 a useful resource as we work to promote the
missions, ministries and events of the Finger Lakes District. If you
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May you have a blessed week!
Your friends at the Finger Lakes District Office,
Rev. Jeffrey McDowell,
Please contact the office via email (above) or phone (315-781-0188) and your messages will be responded to.
From Superintendent Jeff McDowell
often wonder what church I want to attend on a Sunday. For the first
time in my 30 years of ministry, I am not tied to one church on Sundays
and with Barbara, I enjoy traveling and worshipping in many different
places. You should try it! Some are large sanctuaries, and some are
small; some ornate and some plain. Some sermons are long and some quite
short. Some churches have children and some don't.
What church do I want to attend? A real one. I have studied and worked
to understand the trends of church growth. I know the power of hymns on
the organ, a fully robed choir and traditional liturgy; I have
experienced the blessing of praise teams and multi-media worship. Some
congregations are folksy and some are formal on Sundays.
all the forms of worship and kinds of buildings are secondary. What I
want is a church where people really care I am there, because we are
siblings in God's family. Where I want to go is a place people love
Jesus and worship to express their love. What I want is a place where
being a stranger lasts 5 minutes and being a family member 5 years. I
really don't care so much about the form of worship or the type of
building or the style of music. I just want a real church where people
automatically care about all people and express it with love. Is your
church real? Tell me about it, we just might come there.
Come with me on Bishop Webb's Wesley Heritage Tour February 11-19 in
England. I invite you to come with me and the clergy and laity across
the conference as we visit key sites where John Wesley, the founder of
the Methodist movement traveled, preached and was used by God to form a
movement of the Holy Spirit. You can also go online and see the
itinerary and register to travel with us and learn together. Go to
eo.travel and put in the tour number HE20, MY Host
. I believe this tour will be both
sightseeing and a spiritual renewal for all who attend. Pray and
consider coming with me, and when you register send me an email and let
me know. I look forward to our time together!
The next edition of this eNewsletter comes out
on November 5, 2019. To submit an item for the newsletter, please
have it to the district office by November 1. Thank you.
CLUSTER CHARGE CONFERENCES 2019
OCT. 26 CORTLAND FIRST UMC (
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
OCT. 26 LANSING UMC (2:00 pm - 5:30 pm)
NOV. 2 WOLCOTT: FAITH UMC (
9:00 am - 12:30 pm)
NOV. 2 GENEVA FIRST UMC (
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm)
NOV. 16 PENN YAN FIRST UMC (
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
NOV. 23 AUBURN UMC (9:00 am - 12:30 pm)
TO SEE WHERE YOUR CHURCH IS ASSIGNED
It's that Time of Year again
In preparation for the upcoming Church/Charge Conferences, the following information is now available:
Charge Conference forms are all located on the following page click here: 2019-2020 Charge Conference forms.
There is a downloadable/printable forms check list to help ensure that
each church is on track to completing the forms necessary for their
Church/Charge Conference on time. Many of the forms need to be submitted to the District Office two weeks prior to your scheduled Charge Conference.
Other forms, such as the annual audit, have later deadlines. Questions
can be directed to your District Office or as noted on the forms
The 2020 Clergy Compensation Package
information has been e-mailed to the Staff Parish Pastor Relations
Committee (SPPRC) chairs for those churches which have provided contact
information. Pastors have been emailed the materials and local church
treasurers have been advised where to obtain the basic information
contained in the packet. The United Methodist
Discipline directs the SPPRC to consult with pastor and staff
regarding all aspects of compensation and to then recommend appropriate
proposals to the Church Council on an annual basis.
Information and forms, including the
Salary Report Form and benefit cost information for 2020, can be on the
2020 Pastor's Compensation. Questions
about completing the compensation form can be directed either to your
District Office or to the Benefits Office.
Thank you for your attention to these important administrative ministries of your local church!
DS Calendar (always changing)
10/22-24 Bishop's Retreat for Clergy
Charge Conferences @
Sun. 10/27 Preach Yatesville @ 9:00 a.m.
10/29, 30, 31 Office Pastoral conversations
Cluster Charge Conferences @ Auburn and Geneva
Preach at Fleming Federated 9:00 a.m.
Branchport and Milo Center Charge Conferences
Lead new Pastoral Leadership Development Class
11/4-6 At Garrett Seminary for recruitment
District Committee on Ministry
Lay Servant Retreat begins
11/12-14 Cabinet meetings
11/16 Cluster Charge Conferences @ Penn Yan
11/17 Preach at Dryden @ 10:30
11/18 Office or Off
11/19 Mentor Training
11/23 Cluster Charge Conferences @ Wolcott
DS Available to Preach or Lead Worship at your church:
Jan. 26 Ovid Federated Church: Annual Meeting
SHARED MINISTRIES REPORT
Dear Friends in Christ,
Below is a link to a list of our district
churches and where they stand in paying our shared ministries. This is
meant to encourage all of us to do our part, and to not let this
commitment of "sharing" lag too far behind in any calendar year. I
always encourage church leaders to pay monthly so your income and
expenditure sheets are more accurately reflecting a balance. Use this
list carefully, not to judge one another but to know the realities of
our struggles and uphold one another in prayer, as members of the body
of Christ. -DS McDowell-
Equitable Compensation Application for January-June 2020 available
September 23, 2019 / By UNY Communications
The Commission on Equitable Compensation
has issued guidelines and application forms for salary grants to local
churches for the period January 1 to June 30, 2020. Salary
grants are available only to churches with a pastor under full time
To apply for salary assistance from the
Equitable Compensation Fund, applicants should review the policies and
procedures in the application document for guidance, and then complete
the application according to the directions provided by the
October 29, 2019
that there have been changes made to the applications and more
information is required to be submitted with your application to be
considered complete. Please read through the application thoroughly and
provide all required documentation. Lack of required information could
result in the denial of your application.
Submit the appropriate application, along with the required documents to your District Superintendent by
October 29, 2019.
NOTE: The application is set up as a
template. To add text, tab through the document to each box and
start typing. Once completed, save the document to your computer as
"[your church name] January 2020." The Commission
anticipates notifying churches of its determination by mid-December.
From our Team Leader for Lay Servant Ministries:
I'm so excited to share with you all the
details of the Finger Lakes District Lay Servant Ministries Fall
Retreat at Casowasco! Please share this information with your
friends and church families. All are welcome! First timers
and youth have the opportunity to request a scholarship for the weekend
registration. You can register online using the link in the
brochure or by sending the brochure to Paula Aiken, registrar. See
Lay Servant Retreat * Leading Public Prayer
What: Advanced Lay Servant Retreat - Leading Public Prayer
: Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center, 158 Casowasco Drive, Moravia, NY 13118
Friday, November 8 at 5pm - Sunday, November 10 at 2pm
Who: Youth & Adults, Laity & Clergy
Cost: $210 with linens, 6 meals;
$200 no linens, 6 meals;
$100 commuter, 6 meals
Do you long to say, "It's my joy to lead
in prayer," even though you hope you aren't called upon to do it?
Leading public prayer can be daunting. You are invited to learn ways of
leading prayer and to craft prayers and prayer experiences that are
faithful, careful, creative and beautiful. Let the God of imagination
grab hold of our prayer lives so that you can lead others into the
presence of God in deep and meaningful ways.
Leading Public Prayer
led by Lucina Hallagan and Pastor Della Ludwig
We look forward to this prayer journey with you.
Please register by October 24. You are asked to purchase and read the entire book before the retreat.
Shaping the Prayers of the People, the art of intercession
, by Samuel Wells & Abigail Kocher. ISBN 9780802870971
Optional helpful materials:
Contemplative by Design, by Gerrie L. Grimsley and Jane J. Young. ISBN9780835899697
Praying with Mandalas, a Colorful, Contemplative Practice by Rev. Sharon Seyfarth Garner. ISBN9780835816342
Online registration link
Payment is due at registration. Send check written to UNYAC to:
515 W. Dryden Rd.
Freeville, NY 13068
Youth and 1st time retreat participants
are eligible to apply for a partial scholarship. Contact Jennie
Young-Walczyk for scholarship information. PHONE: 603-667-8273 EMAIL:
Registration and Scholarship Application Deadline: October 24.
Finger Lakes Lay Servant Ministries Team
Jennie Young-Walczyk, Team Leader
Safe Sanctuaries Training Opportunities
A Safe Sanctuaries basic 2-hour training and Training of Trainers opportunity has been planned for October 26 in the Mohawk District. CLICK HERE for flyer and more information.
Another opportunity at Kenmore UMC in the Niagara Frontier District. Scheduled for Saturday, November 9th. CLICK HERE for flyer and more information.
A word from Wesley's Journal, In Bristol, October 1758
Fri. 25.-I rode to Cowbridge, and
preached at three in the afternoon, in the new assembly room. I observed
no trifler there, though there were several of the better rank. About
six I preached in a green court at Llanmaes, to a company of right old
simple Christians. I could not get from them so soon as I designed; so
that we did not reach Fonmon till near nine.
Sat. 26.-One undertook to guide me the
nearest way into the main road; but in five or six miles he lost his
way, so that for some time we wandered upon the mountains. About noon,
however, we got into the road, and an hour and half after to 1'yle.
Before we left it I spoke a few words to the woman of the house. She
seemed quite struck. How few words suffice, when God applies them to the
I knew not where to go at Neath; but, as
we entered the town, a man fixed his eyes upon me (though he had never
seen me before) and said, ' Sir, that is the house where the preachers
put up their horses.' I had been there only a few minutes when another
came in and said, ' Sir, Mrs. Morgan expects you. I will show you the
way.' To Mrs. Morgan's we went, and were as cordially received as if she
had known us twenty years. It was market-day; so I preached about five
in the room, a large, commodious place. I believe most that were present
(several of whom were backsliders) felt that God was there.
Download the latest issue of the
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is now available for download. It is available in both color and black & white formats.
select the version you prefer and make copies as necessary. This issue
focuses on ways to celebrate Pentecost at home and also informs readers
about the meaning of Peace with Justice Sunday.
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tool designed for local churches to stay connected to each other and to
the ministries taking place around the Upper New York Conference and
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of the web page, with older volumes below. The
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Bridge is published during the week prior to the third Sunday of the month.
Red Bird Mission - Shoeboxes
Aloquin Church at 2760 State Rte 5
& 20, Stanley, NY 14561 is a drop off location for the shoeboxes.
Last day to drop off at Aloquin is Nov. 20 (FIRM DATE!) Please contact
Dave Mott at 585-526-6713.
Another Drop off location is Christ UMC
Church in Moravia, 36 Church St, Moravia, NY 13118.
Contact Jerry Hall, (315) 515-9866.
shoe box items for adults and children,
DID YOU KNOW?
United Methodists have Four Areas of
Focus which helps churches use their resources effectively as they live
out God's vision for the church.
Focus 1: Overcoming Poverty Together
Christ calls us to be in ministry with
the poor and marginalized. Our emphasis is on "with" - standing with
those who are regarded as "the least of these," listening to them,
understanding their needs and aspirations, and working with them to
achieve their goals. It also means addressing the causes of poverty and
responding in ways that lift up individuals and communities. United
Methodists believe working side by side with those striving to improve
their situation is more effective long term than top-down charity.
Stay tuned for foci 2, 3, 4 in future newsletters or go to umc.org.
Disaster Training Opportunity
"We have scheduled another basic Early Response Team (ERT) disaster training course to be held November 2nd
in Clifton Park, NY near Schenectady. It is scheduled to start at
8:30 AM with registration and coffee and concluding at 5 PM. The
course will be facilitated by Rev. Carl Shepard and Marybeth (Beth)
Ingalls. Both are experienced in disaster relief and are approved
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) ERT Trainers.
Guarantee you will be blessed by these two people and well prepared for
the field by the end of the day. If you are able to attend, please
. The website provides additional information prior to the registration submission.
In addition, Mike Block and Marybeth, both from the conference center Mission HUB, will hold a Team Leader Training (TLT) on Nov. 3
from 1 PM to 5 PM at the same location. This class will help you
become not only qualified but also competent to lead an UMVIM team for
disaster response, medical missions, youth trips, and even international
mission trips. This course also includes fund raising ideas and a
suggested time line for team preparations, especially for large groups
taking trips within a year."
The Upper NY Local Pastors Licensing School for 2020 is as follows:
Date: April 19-25, 2020
Location: Camp Casowasco, Moravia, NY
Arrival time: Welcoming will begin at 4:15 on the 19th, dinner will be served at 5:30
On-line registration availability will be set up at the appropriate time.
If interpreter is required please inform me as soon as possible.
Media Resource Center Newsletter
for October 2019
If you've never used the Media Resource
Center before, I invite you to give us a try. Funded by your Shared
Ministry dollars, we can supply you with small group discussion
materials, Bible studies, children and youth curriculum, adult
curriculum, and a myriad of subjects such as stewardship, evangelism,
social issues and VBS materials, just to name a few. Our quick and easy
online ordering is just a click away. You can add things to a "shopping
cart", then once submitted, you'll receive an email with your invoice
attached. We send your order through the USPS and we'll supply the mail
back envelopes and label with instructions on mailing. Your only cost is
the postage to return it. Please feel free to search our online catalog
below. ONLINE RESOURCE CATALOG
If I can assist you in any way, please don't hesitate to give me a call at 315-898-2027 or email me at:
Note for Local Pastors:
All Local Pastors must take COS-121 and
COS-122 BEFORE they will be allowed to take any other classes in the COS
system. Each seminary will determine how they are acquiring the
information on whether the LP has taken these classes. Some will
ask a question on the registration form others while others will be
requesting transcripts to accompany any registration for classes.
If an LP needs to obtain a copy of their transcript they can email
. I receive a copy of the transcripts for this conference in February of each year. If they contact me at
I can email them a copy of this. However if they prefer to get the most
updated transcripts they would need to contact GBHEM at the email
The Book of Discipline states part-time
local pastors must complete 2 COS courses per year to make satisfactory
progress. You may take as many as your Conference approves.
Any questions please feel free to contact me.
Thanks for your help in spreading the word.
1050 East Ave, Rochester NY 14607 (mailing)
Tending the Soul is a program
designed to train individuals in Missional Spiritual Direction and
Congregational Formation. The two-year training program offers learning
and formational experiences in classroom and small group settings.
Along with one-on-one soul care in a more
formal spiritual direction setting, this training moves participants
toward a posture of spiritual direction within the wider context of the
neighborhood of one's work, travel, and life in community.
The program will be held at Sky Lake Camp and Retreat Center and will begin in November 2019.
(link to brochure) for more details about the program.
If there are changes in the names, addresses, phone numbers, and
e-mail addresses for you, and/or any of your committee chairs, please contact the
district office with the changes. Thank you
Safe Sanctuaries Minimum Standards
The Minimum Standards have been
established by the Upper New York Annual Conference for all ministries.
They are not inspirational, but set minimum standards to protect
children, youth, and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
Without exception, these standards apply to all local churches/charges,
district and annual conference ministries, and those who serve
within. Click here for more information.
to go to UNYAC safe sanctuary information.
Background Checks - will be conducted every two years.
to learn more about
background checks and for information on the Trusted
Employees services, a corporate partner of Church Mutual.
Suicide Prevention Event
: A Documentary and Movement spreading hope and preventing suicide
: Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ 4:00pm.
: Manchester UMC, 12 State St., Manchester NY
- On average, there are 129 suicides per day. (asfp.org)
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the world for those aged 15-24 years. (save.org)
- 1 in 100,000 children ages 10 to 14 die by suicide each year. (NIMH)
- 7 in 100,000 youth ages 15 to 19 die by suicide each year. (NIMH)
Effective December 31, 2019, New York
State minimum wage will increase to $11.80/hour. Employers in the
Upper New York Conference, regardless of number of employees, must pay
non-exempt employees minimum wage. The minimum wage will continue to
increase annually until it meets $12.50/hour on December 31, 2020.
Future increases after 2020, will be determined by the NYS Director of
Budget in consultation with the NYS Commissioner of Labor and will be
announced on or before October 1 each year.
An updated NYS Minimum Wage poster must
be posted at your work site for your employees to see by December 31,
2019. Once it is available, the Conference office will post it on our
Church Employer webpage under Employment Law Compliance and Posters
If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist, at 315-898-2017 or
Group Ruling on Tax Status
United Methodist Churches are classified as 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.
Your church may need to prove this
status to various organizations. They will be looking for your tax ID
and a copy of the Group Ruling Letter. General Conference on Finance and
Administration (GCFA) has automated the process for obtaining this
to request a copy for your church
from the legal department of GCFA. You will need to provide your
church's name, address, Employer Identification Number (EIN), and
approximate charger date.
Contact GCFA Legal Services Department at
with additional questions.
CCRM Retreat Opportunities
As we transition here at Casowasco into
our retreat season, we are looking for new opportunities and new ways to
partner with local churches. We are looking to offer the Mt. Tabor
Cabins at a very affordable rate for youth groups which desire an
outdoor, rustic retreat experience. Click below for a flyer detailing
pricing, facility information, and program offerings. Mt. Tabor Rental Flyer
Wayne County Sudden Loss Resource Network
What is a sudden and/or traumatic loss?
death by suicide, drug overdose resulting in death, fatal
car/ATV/snowmobile accident, drowning, homicide, medical related death.
Resources can include but are not limited to: 1:1 conversations, telephone conversations, information and referral, problem solving and practical assistance.
For more information, contact: Suzanne Catholdi, Coordinator
Operated by Wayne County, Department of Mental Health
Syracuse Crunch UMC Night
Tickets are now available for the UMC
Nights at the Syracuse Crunch. Tickets are $17 each (savings of up
to $10 off Box Office rate). There is no limit to the number of
tickets you can purchase. Tickets are available at
. You may also contact Mark Hayes at the Crunch office at 315-937-9501 or email him at
. Please be sure to use PROMO CODE unyumc to receive the discounted price.
Saturday, November 16, at 7 pm vs. Cleveland Monsters
Saturday, January 11, at 7 pm vs. Rochester Americans
FAMILY STYLE ALL YOU CAN EAT
Saturday, November 2
Seatings: 4:30, 5:30 or 6:30 *
Take-outs available at 5:00
Pre-Sale Tickets: Adults - $10, Kids 6-12 - $7.00, Kids 5 & Under - Free
Tickets at door are $1.00 more ($11.00 and $8.00)
Tickets available at Lyons United Methodist Church, 93 William St.
Christmas Shoppe & Bazaar 2-7 *
Crafts, baked goods, candy & more
Finger Lakes District
of the Upper New York Conference
Rev. Jeffrey McDowell
12 North Park St., Suite 11
Seneca Falls, NY 13148
Office: 315-781-0188 efax: +1-315-282-2367