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Finger Lakes District E-Newsletter   October 23, 2018

WELCOME FRIENDS !
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 a useful 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 FingerLakesDistrict@unyumc.org
May you have a blessed week!
Your friends at the Finger Lakes District Office,
       Rev. Jeffrey McDowell, District Superintendent
            Pam Deckard, Administrative Assistant

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Office Hours: 
Vicki Swanson plans for provide office coverage 
October 25 9am-2pm; October 29 8:30 am-2pm; November 1 9am-2pm; November 5 8:30 am-2pm; November 7 9am-2pm. She will also have access to email, which will be checked periodically.
You may also call the office at any time (315-781-0188) to leave a message.  Thank you. 
The next edition of this eNewsletter comes out on November 6, 2018.  To submit an item for the newsletter, please have it to the district office by November 2.   Thank you.
DS NOTES: October 23, 2018
 
Dear Friends and members of the Finger Lakes Churches:
 
Grace and peace as only Christ can give, be yours today!
 
     I attended the Bishop's presentation on the Way Forward for our denomination last Sunday at the Liverpool UMC. It was very informative and we had a number of clergy and laity in attendance. All of you who are interested in the direction of the church should take the time to inform yourself of the varied plans which will be proposed at a specially called General Conference in St. Louis in February. Pastors and lay leaders have a responsibility to provide their churches with information sources such as the United Methodist news service, and official United Methodist websites. Umc.org and umcprays.org are excellent sources.        The presenting issue in February is our stances on human sexuality, specifically related to the definition of marriage, Christian teaching on homosexuality, and ordination requirements. But there are underlying issues related to how we do theology and devise our social stances which contribute to the presenting issues and how we treat one another.
I have always loved the gospel of John. In John chapter 17, Jesus prays for the church of all time. His prayer for unity, as He and God the Father are in unity, promises this result: a powerful witness to "the world." Without unity the world will not see evidence that Jesus Christ is Lord. What will our unity look like before, during and after this special session of General Conference? I think of the teachings of Paul on the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience and kindness. I think of the grade school emphases on respect and responsibility. I think of the basics of our Christian ethic: love for all people, justice over sacrifice and humility instead of selfish pride. A holy boldness is needed when standing for our convictions but I pray our convictions relate more to God and less to our primitive egos which are always clamoring to be "right." I pray for you and for our church, that we would become more God's church and less our church.
    We do not know what will happen in February, but we can certainly influence the outcomes. May we all work to not break relationships with each other in the body of Christ. May the fruit of the Spirit be present in our thoughts, words and actions. May we trust in God to lead and guide us as a church struggling to find unity through Christ. May this be the result of our work: Christ in us, the hope of glory.

-Jeff McDowell

Worship for our Clergy and their families is taking place Wednesday Nov. 7 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium at 12 North Park Street, second floor. A powerful praise team will lead us in worship and I will preach a word of encouragement, celebrate communion and offer anointing prayers. Plan to join me!

Also ... as we continue in Charge Conference season, please plan to take part in our combine worship experiences.  The theme is "holy boldness"! 
District Superintendent available to preach and/or lead worship

The DS is available to preach and/or lead worship on the Sundays noted below. These opportunities are an opportunity for the DS to worship with you and, if desired, to provide the message (as opposed to providing vacation pulpit supply). Other days of the week are possible as well with an inquiry. Please send a request to both Pam Deckard at fingerlakesdistrict@unyumc.org and Jeff McDowell at jeffmcdowell@unyumc.org.

In 2019: avail. On 1/13; 2/3; 3/10; 3/17; 3/31; 4/28; 5/5; 5/19; 6/2; 6/23. 
Safe Sanctuaries Training: 

Seneca Castle will be hosting a Safe Sanctuaries training on the 27th from 1-4. Please email the church, senecacastleumc@gmail.com
Clergy (& Family) Worship Event!

Wednesday November 7 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
12 North Park Street, Seneca Falls, in 2nd floor auditorium.

Praise team leading music; DS McDowell Preaching on "Christ in YOU, the Hope of Glory!"

We will praise God, hear the Word, celebrate what God is doing, and offer prayers for one another and for the larger church.  Communion will be celebrated and anointing with oil will be offered.

And YOU don't have to lead it, Pastors!
Alleluia.  Please plan to attend.
Dear Church LeadersDid you know October is Pastor Appreciation Month?  Please find ways to recognize, thank God for, and celebrate the ministry of your Pastor this month!
Application for Equitable Compensation Salary Support Now Available

     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, 2019. Salary grants are available only to churches with a pastor under full time appointment. 
     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 November 2, 2018 deadline.

Click here for policies and application forms.  
Bishop Webb offering fall gatherings for A Way Forward

This fall, Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb is hosting six gatherings around the Conference in preparation for Special Session of General Conference to talk about Commission on a Way Forward for The United Methodist Church.
 
The regional gatherings will include a presentation of the plan and process of General Conference, a time to remember our mission, and worship and prayer. Click here to find the dates and times when Bishop Webb will be in your area.

The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in all four official languages of the General Conference: English, French, Portuguese, and Swahili. The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Subject to final copy editing, the report will be printed in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) in November. Click here to read a statement from the moderators of the Commission and the President of the Council of Bishops on the release of the report as well as access to the report in all languages.
Church Charge Conference Schedule  (updated as of 10/23)

WE WILL WORSHIP TOGETHER AT ALL CHARGE CONFERENCES.  PLEASE COME WITH ALL YOUR CHURCH LEADERS TO BOTH THE COMBINED WORSHIP TIMES AND THE INDIVIDUAL CHARGE CONFERENCE TIME ASSIGNED TO YOUR CHURCH.
 

When: Sun. Nov. 18, 2018
Where: Wolcott:Faith UMC
Time: 2:15pm - 5:45pm
 
2:15pm Session:
Amazing Grace (Butler, Countryside, Victory)
Red Creek-Westbury
Clyde
Sodus 3rd
North Rose
 
3:30pm Worship
 
4:45pm Session:
Wolcott: Faith
Rose
Sodus Point
Sterling
Newark: Emmanuel


When: Fri. Nov 30
Where: Seneca Falls
Time: 7:00 pm
Seneca Falls
Geneva
 
When: Sun. Dec. 2, 2018
Where: Auburn UMC
Time: 2:15pm - 5:45pm
 
2:15pm Session:
Tyre
Mottville: St. Andrews
Port Byron
Weedsport
New Hope: Midlakes
Trumansburg
 
3:30pm Worship
 
4:45pm Session:
Cayuga
Ledyard
Moravia: Christ Church
Auburn
Ithaca: St. Paul's

Save the date for Order of Elders Gathering

Elders, mark your calendars and save the date for the Order of Elders
Gathering with the theme, "Leading with a Heart of Peace." Join Bishop Webb as he welcomes Bishop Grant Hagiya from the California-Pacific Annual Conference. The event will be held Dec. 6 from 10-3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. All elders are expected to attend. Additional details and registration info will be released soon.
Click here for more information.  
Christian Transformation Leadership!
Attached you will find the brochure for our Fall Retreat that the Fingerlakes Lay Servant Ministries Team is very excited to share with you. Please share it with your congregations and anyone you know who wants to take a weekend away at beautiful Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center to learn about Christian Transformational Leadership. Our guest speaker will be Marc Brown, who is the Director of Connectional Ministries for the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church as well as co-author of the book we will be using.

Why transforming Christian leadership?

The United Methodist Church has stated that "the mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." If this goal is to be fulfilled, the church needs Christian transformational leaders. This course offers a framework for understanding how lay servants can be Christian transformational leaders in their congregations, in their workplaces, and in the world.

Join others as we learn the three disciplines of Christian transformational leadership and the four qualities of Christian transformational leaders. This weekend retreat is sure to be life changing - don't miss it!

Partial scholarships are available for Lay Servants in the Finger Lakes District through the District Block Grant. Please contact me for more information.

Finger Lakes Lay Servant Ministries Team
Jennie Young-Walczyk, Team Leader, 603.667.8273
Native American Festivals


November 11 Canandaigua Treaty Celebration. 12 noon - 9 pm, Courthouse lawn, Canandaigua and Elementary School
Red Bird Mission 2018

Click Here for SHOEBOX information for Red Bird 2018.  Please consider being part of this vital mission.  If you have any questions, please let us know, you can contact the Endwell UMC at 607-754-5735 or Dave Alexander at 607-743-8955.

FINGER LAKES DISTRICT COLLECTION POINTS:
Aloquin-Flint Church 
2760 State Route 5 & 20 
Stanley, NY 14561
Please contact David Mott, 585-526-6713 to set up drop off time prior to November 17.

Christ Church of Locke & Moravia
36 Church Street 
Moravia NY 13118
YOUTH GATHERING AT CENTENARY UMC, BATH
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm 

Neighboring Mountain View District will be holding a Youth Gathering this fall and invites all FINGER LAKES DISTRICT YOUTH to participate!  The theme will be:  
LOVE: Digging deep,branching out

Click here for details and a registration form.  
Golden Bucket Award
 
The Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church Mission Central HUB is announcing the Golden Bucket Award to the District that donates the most UMCOR Cleaning Kits!

Monthly recognition will be shared throughout the conference with a certificate to be displayed at the District Office. The District that collected the most UMCOR Cleaning Kits throughout the period will be awarded the prestigious Golden Bucket Award!

This award starts on October 1st, 2018 and runs till May 25th, 2019. The Golden Bucket will be awarded at the 2019 Annual Conference.

It is important to follow the UMCOR Cleaning Kit last updated May 2018 (see below).  Any questions please contact Mike Block.

Click here for a list of UMCOR certified supplies used in cleaning kits and click here for your closest drop-off location. 

If you or a few friends can help assemble kits in the very near future at the UNY Mission Central HUB, please contact Mike Block at (315) 898-2066 or mikeblock@unyumc.org
FINGER LAKES DISTRICT CHURCHES PARTICIPATING IN FLOOD BUCKET MINISTRY 

As of 10/18/2018, these churches have contributed flood buckets and/or needed dollars to the UNY Hub: 
Amazing Grace Parish - 5 buckets & $142 
Clyde - 5 buckets 
Fleming Federated - 25 buckets
Freeville - $556 
Newark First - $100 
Penn Yan Cluster - 48 buckets
Red Creek - $98 
Seneca Falls - 1 bucket 


There is still space for YOU at one of our fall, winter, or spring gatherings - explore the opportunities available at our Camp & Retreat Centers. Head to www.campsandretreats.org for more information or to sign up/register, contact the site directly, or contact the CRM Central Office at 315-898-2026 with any questions.
 
Asbury:
January 4-6, 2019: Youth Winter Retreat (Youth & their Adult Leader(s))
 
Casowasco:
December 7-9: Retreat: Be Still {a silent retreat} (Adults) **Note: Date Correction**
December 30-January 1, 2019: Retreat: Camp Echo (Ages 7-18)
January 25-27, 2019: SOLID: Youth Retreat (Youth & their Adult Leader(s))
March 1-3, 2019: Women's Chocolate Getaway (Women)
April 11-14, 2019: Quilt by Faith: Spring (Women)
May 12, 2019: Mother's Day Brunch (Families & Adults)
 
Sky Lake:
November 8-10: Leadership: L.E.A.D. (Leadership Enrichment & Development) (Adults)
January 3-5, 2019: Special Needs Winter Retreat (Ages 18+ with Special Needs)
January 18-21, 2019: Family Winter Weekend (Families & Adults)
February 15-18, 2019: Family Winter Weekend II (Families & Adults)
April 5-7, 2019: Church Family Getaway (Families & Adults)

Pastors and the Sacraments, and Weddings and funerals:

All pastors may perform the sacraments of communion and baptism in their local church. Ordained Elders may perform them outside the confines of their local church if there is cause for this. 

Funerals may be performed by anyone, including lay speakers and lay servants.  

Weddings may be performed by local pastors in the context of their church building and congregation's members, but not outside of those boundaries. Ordained Elders may perform weddings any place, with appropriate reason and coordination with local clergy so as not to impose on the work of other pastors. All pastors are responsible to provide pre-marriage counseling for couples seeking marriage. Anyone who is or is planning to become a pastor may not be certified by an online service for the purpose of performing a wedding. We do not recognize online certifications or ordinations for these purposes. No clergy are allowed to perform weddings or "hold unions" for same gender couples and none can be performed by anyone within our church buildings. This stance is up for reconsideration by our General Conference in February of 2019.
Did You Know?

Your church has beliefs and stances we have agreed upon, called "Social Principles" which are a great study for your small groups. They are found in our Book of Discipline but can be ordered and studied through Cokesbury book store.
Conversations for an Engaged Community
Free & Open to the Public at Forest Home Chapel. 

The Chapel begins a series of community lectures addressing broad topics of social justice, the environment, politics, and the arts. Talks will be held on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., will be about 50 minutes long, and will be followed by questions and discussion.

Click here to see a description of upcoming events. 

Forest Home Chapel, 224 Forest Home Drive, Ithaca, NY  14850. www.foresthomechapelumc.org.

For questions about the event, including handicap access, contact Wendy Millroy at millroyw@gmail.com


Please Note:

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  
Trombone Choir Christmas Concert by Bones East
1 p.m. December 2, 2018
Christ United Methodist Church of Locke and Moravia
36 Church Street
Moravia, NY 13118
 
CUMC of Locke and Moravia will host a Bones East (trombone ensemble) Christmas Concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 2d. This trombone extravaganza will offer those who attend an exciting and memorable experience. A free will offering can be made to help support youth summer camp programs offered by the Upper New York Conference of the Methodist Church. Refreshments will be served after the concert. The concert will feature traditional Christmas music. Bones East was founded in the early 1980's by Howard Kelley and is comprised of 15-20 of Central New York's finest professional, amateur and student trombone players.  


Red Bird Mission Work Camp
Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2019

Red Bird Work Camp is a work opportunity for volunteers in mission. Work Camp strives to provide home repair for low-income community residents and maintenance for Mission buildings and grounds. Some examples of work projects are small room additions, painting, building porches or ramps, and grounds keeping. On a very limited basis, light duty work is available. Fees ($400 total) cover the cost of each person's application, lodging, meals, and materials used. It does not include the cost of transportation or expenses on travel days.
 
Work camp provides an opportunity to serve, to be successful in the giving of your time and to experience the joy of being in ministry with others. In addition to providing mission opportunities, Red Bird strives to provide an atmosphere where participants grow spiritually and gain a personal understanding of mission. Evenings are spent in Christian fellowship and learning about the diverse ministries of Red Bird Mission.
 
Team Leaders: Donna & Roger Cullen  Email: unyvim@unyumc.org
 
Link to register is http://bit.ly/2019RedBird
Looking for a Local Mission to be Involved With?

Interested parties who want to schlep out muddy basements and do other home repairs in the Finger Lakes or Mountainview Districts should call the "Lodi flood phone" which will coordinate helpers coming in.  That number is: 585-319-7227.  Pastor Charlie Valentine is involved as District ERT and Roger Cullen is there as VIM coordinator for the conference.  Recent flooding in Seneca County and throughout Pennsylvania has caused a shortage of UMCOR flood buckets within the Upper New York Conference. (see next article)
DEACON'S RETREAT
Be the Bridge (and Mind the Gaps)
November 7-8, 2018

Where: Upper NY Conference Center, 7481 Henry Clay Blvd.
            Liverpool, NY
 
When:   Check-in opens at 10:30 on November 7, 2018
               Departure at 3:00 on November 8, 2018
 
Leaders: Drs. Margaret Ann Crain and Jack Seymour (co-authors of A Deacon's Heart)
 
Session Topics: A Deacon is Called and Sent
            Who Are We?
            Compassion and Justice
            The Identity of a Deacon
            What is the Church? An Ecclesiology that Favors Deacons
            Envisioning a Ministry that Fulfills Leading the Church in the
 In-between Times
                        Living and Serving as a Deacon in the World
                        Let Us Be Bread
 
Cost: $55/person; includes lunch on the 7th and 8th and dinner on the 7th
Lodging arrangements are the responsibility of the participant. The Upper NY Conference has negotiated special rates at the Staybridge Suites in Liverpool; participants who choose to reserve a room at the Staybridge should indicate they are part of the   Conference program.
 
Registration: All registrations will be processed on-line. Click here: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=eroqakuab&oeidk=a07efop0bnd5ec972ae to register.

     Margaret Ann Crain is professor emerita of Christian education at Garrett-Evangelical, having become a member of the faculty in 1998. Crain served churches as a Christian educator in Missouri and North Georgia for 20 years before joining the faculty at Garrett-Evangelical.
     An ordained deacon of The United Methodist Church in full connection with the Northern Illinois Conference, Margaret Ann's contributions to the academy and the Church have made her one of the most well-known and well-respected scholar practitioners in her field. She also worked tirelessly to make Garrett-Evangelical a center for training, supporting, and nurturing Deacons within the UMC.
     Jack Seymour is professor emerita of Religious Education at Garrett-Evangelical, having joined the faculty in 1988, later serving as academic dean and vice-president for academic affairs from 1996-2006, director of the joint Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University PhD program from 1992-1996, and director of the Garrett-Evangelical PhD program from 2009-2012. Jack has published numerous articles and is the author and co-author of a number of books, including his most recent publications, Teaching the Way of Jesus: Educating Christians for Faithful Living (Abingdon, 2014) and Teaching Biblical Faith: Leading Small Group Bible Studies (Abingdon, 2015). As dean of the seminary, he supported the deacon program creatively and constantly which helped to grow it into a favorite place for students who are called to the order of deacon.
UNY General Conference Delegation

The Upper New York (UNY) delegation that will attend the Special Session of General Conference in 2019 from Feb. 23-26 will be gathering at the United Methodist Center in Liverpool, NY on Oct. 27. Click here to learn more about the UNY delegates. If you would like time to meet with the UNY delegation before the Special Session, please contact the Rev. Bill Allen at billallen@bpumc.com to schedule a time during their Oct. 27 meeting.     
General Conference Special Sessions Registration Fees Reduced 

Thanks to a $450,000 grant from United Methodist Communications (UMCom) and budget reductions identified by the General Council of Finance and Administration (GCFA) and General Conference staff, there will be no registration fees for the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference.

The Commission on the General Conference voted this week to rescind the registration fees after United Methodist Communications agreed to provide $450,000 to cover communication-related needs outside the scope of their responsibility that would normally come from the General Conference budget. Click here to learn more.
UNY Media Resource Center

Don't forget to order your fall and Advent/Christmas resources early!

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.
 
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 karencampolieto@unyumc.org.
 
Click here for the Media Resource Center Newsletter for October.  
Ways to Connect with the UNY Conference
The Conference Communications staff have a number of ways to share information throughout Upper New York. Here are a few of them:
 
UNY Notes are simple text-based emails that will immediately alert you to important news and events of the Upper New York Conference. UNY Notes are targeted email blasts in nine categories from which to choose: From the Desk of Bishop Webb, Alerts, Prayer Concerns, Announcements, Missions, Justice, Camp & Retreat, Young People and Death Notices. If you prefer fewer emails, remember that all of the week's UNY Notes are included in the 
Weekly Digest, published on Wednesdays. Click here to subscribe to UNY Notes and here to subscribe to Weekly Digest.
 
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. 

You're also encouraged to "like" Upper New York Conference on
Facebook. Here you'll find pictures, short videos, questions from fun to serious, the latest news from the Conference and ways to try to engage with our followers. These posts will appear in your news feed along with posts from your other Facebook friends.
You may follow Upper New York on Instagram to see pictures and short videos from around the Conference. Posts will appear in your news feed along with everyone else you follow on Instagram.
 
So stay connected and up-to-date with your friends and churches from throughout the Conference!
How to use VitalSigns

We introduced you to VitalSigns, a platform that can help your church to track key indicators and uncover important insights. Click here to watch a video that shows you just how easy this program is to use. 
 
Track data, gain insight, and help your church with VitalSigns
The VitalSigns dashboard is a tool that allows churches to track church growth indicators, such as weekly worship attendance, professions of faith, small group participation, missional participation, and financial giving. It is a deeper level of insight, support, and accountability that tracks and trends vital information in an easy-to-understand dashboard.
 
The General Council on Finance and Administration pays for this software through General Church apportionment's - which the Upper New York Conference paid in full in 2016. The UNY Conference began using VitalSigns about 18 months ago, and so far, 38 UNY churches have signed up. Click here to learn how VitalSigns can help your church.
 
For more information about the VitalSigns tool, free to all United Methodist churches, contact Aaron Bouwens, Upper New York Conference Director of Vital Congregations at AaronBouwens@unyumc.org

Disaster Preparedness 

You can't prevent disaster. But you can prepare. United Methodist Insurance has created a comprehensive, robust handbook on Emergency Preparedness for Natural Disasters and Extreme Weather for Churches. 
                                                  Click here to download the eBook
The Upper New York United Methodist Historical Society was organized by the Upper New York Commission on Archives and History to promote and preserve Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren history within the bounds of Upper New York Conference.  Its mission is to Preserve the PAST; Inform the FUTURE.  
New York State Employers required to adopt a sexual harassment policy and training
Due to a new law, every employer in New York State is required to establish and distribute a sexual harassment prevention policy. The policy can be distributed in writing or electronically.  Employers are encouraged to have employees acknowledge receipt of the policy, and to post a copy of the policy where employees can easily access it.  
Every employer is also required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training by October 9, 2019. This is an annual requirement as part of the new regulations.
Additional resources for sexual harassment training will be shared once that information has been gathered. 
Click here for more details on New York State's Sexual Harassment regulations.
If you have any questions regarding New York state's sexual harassment requirements, please contact Tracy Rickett, Upper New York Conference's Human Resources Generalist at (315) 898-2017 or TracyRickett@unyumc.org.

Counseling available for all of our appointed Clergy, part time and full time, and some paid church staff...

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: www.theEAP.com or call: 800-252-4555
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 Communications@unyumc.org

Greetings, UMW members,


CLICK HERE for the Fall 2018 Newsletter.

CLICK HERE for the Winter 2018 Newsletter.
 
Any questions can be directed to President Mary Anjo 315 573-0553.
                                                                        Subject: From the Desk of Bishop Webb: Imagine no Racism engagement


Dear Imagine No Racism Group Participants,

I am grateful to each of you for your participation in Upper New York's Imagine No Racism ministry. You are engaging in the urgent work of addressing racism in ourselves, our Church, and in our communities. This is holy work that we join our sisters and brothers throughout the Northeast Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church in doing. Thank you.

CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF BISHOP WEBB'S LETTER

CLICK HERE for a list of District Advocates.
Continuing Education Requirements for Clergy
 
Attention:  All clergy under appointment or assignment are required to complete 2 CEUs (20 contact hours) per year or accumulative 8 CEUs (80 contacts hours) per quadrennium and will provide documentation to the District Superintendent, unless enrolled and attending Course of Study or Seminary Degree Program.
 
COS Information
Our registrar is continuing to receive registrations with 2015, 2016 & 2017 dates on them. Please a make sure you are using the most updated form.  You can download the correct form HERE

Workshop and Conference Sponsored by the Voyagers
For Leaders and Coaches: Clergy, Educators, Therapists
Location: Buffalo, New York Area

The Voyagers are a gathering of clergy and church leaders exploring Bowen family systems theory and its application to congregations and leadership by Rabbi Edwin Friedman. We believe that the factual approach of Murray Bowen that underlies his theory and the creative and imaginative use of theory by Edwin Friedman provide a unique understanding of human functioning for life, leadership, coaching, and ministry.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - Bowen Theory Introduction and Application
Location: Westin Hotel, Buffalo    Time and Cost: TBA

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - Conference with Dr. Michael Kerr
Theme - Bowen Theory's Secrets: The Hidden Life of Families
Location: Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, NY
               Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM     Cost: TBA

For information and registration, contact Rev. Robert Spilman, rcspilman@roadrunner.com
phone:  716-479-7933
363 Darwin Drive, Amherst, NY 14226
Benton United Methodist Church

2395 Havens Corners Rd
Penn Yan, NY 14527

Will be celebrating 225 years of continuous worship and service to the community throughout October. Congratulations!
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: fingerlakesdistrict@unyumc.org
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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