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
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
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
One of the programs I have always wanted to participate in is
. I will be going on
Bishop Webb's Wesley Heritage Tour
February 11-19 in England. I will lead a group from the Finger Lakes
District. 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. Brochures have been in our churches for
some time. You can also go online and see the itinerary and register to
travel with us and learn together. Go to
and put in the tour number
. 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!
District Clergy Day Sept.
17 went well with about half our pastors able to attend. We began our
time with communion together and an encouragement to press on and take
care of ourselves as leaders in tumultuous times. I reviewed Charge
conferences, clergy benefits and expectations, and outlined resources
available to our churches.
Bishop's Retreat for all
clergy is in October. You should consider this top priority if you are
serving a church, though it is not mandated. Learning and fellowship as
clergy is vital. The keynote speaker is Grace Imathu and if you have not
heard her expound and share Bible knowledge, you are in for a treat. I
know it is expensive to attend, but you can apply for Board of Ministry
Continuing Education funds and your church also has an "accountable
reimbursement plan" you can access. If you need more financial
assistance to attend, please email me.
Laity Banquet is set for Sunday Oct. 20th late afternoon.
Choose a ministry group to highlight in your church and write it up for our booklet, one paragraph only.
Submit this by October 10th
to our office. This year's theme is "Serving Christ in the world."
Registration information to be announced next issue. Cost will be $22
per person for the buffet smorgasbord, made out to UNY conference, memo:
FL Laity Banquet.
The next edition of this eNewsletter comes out
on October 8, 2019. To submit an item for the newsletter, please
have it to the district office by October 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)
CLICK HERE 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 through October (always changing)
- 9/25-28 New
Room Conference in
Nashville: "We Worship an
- Sun. 9/29 Worship
Ithaca St. Paul's 200th Anniversary
Celebration @ 10:00 a.m.
- 9/30 Lead new Pastoral Leadership Development Class
District Committee On Ministry
- 10/4-5 Off
- Sun. 10/6 Cornerstone
DS installation service in Olean, NY
@ 4:00 p.m.
Elder's orientation meeting for Charge
- 10/11-12 Off
- 10/15-17 Cabinet meetings
- 10/19 Off
- Sun. 10/20 Preach
Sodus Third @ 10:00 a.m. / Laity
- 10/21 Lead
new Pastoral Leadership Development
- 10/22-24 Bishop's Retreat for Clergy
- 10/25 Off
- 10/26 Cluster Charge Conferences begin
- Sun. 10/27 Preach Yatesville @ 9:00 a.m.
Bishop's Retreat Registration is Open
The 2019 Bishop's Retreat is
October 22-24, 2019 at
the RIT Inn and Conference Center in Rochester, NY. The theme is,
"Biblical Risk Takers" and the keynote speaker is the Rev. Grace Imathiu
Women's Commission Approves GC2020 Legislation
CHICAGO - In their last face-to-face meeting
of the quadrennium, directors of the United Methodist Commission on the
Status and Role of Women finalized and approved legislation for General
Conference 2020 and celebrated the commission's work.
Register now for Pre-retirement seminar
All clergy looking to retire in the next year
should register now for the UNY pre-retirement seminar. Scheduled for
Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Center in
Liverpool, the seminar will highlight and explain benefits available,
including the current pension plan, health insurance options, Social
Security, and information about moving assistance.
Online registration is required
as we will provide clergy-specific retirement projections and also need
to plan for lunch. Spouses of retiring clergy are also invited to
attend. The deadline is Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.
to learn more about the event and to register.
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.
Everyone: Please read this notice
New York State Employers arerequired to provide sexual harassment prevention training.
The deadline is quickly approaching for NYS
employers to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention
training upon hire and on an annual basis-this is a law and
all UNY church employees must complete this training. For this year, the training
must be completed by all current employees and new hires by October 9, 2019.
Once the initial training is complete, the employer can decide the
timing of the annual training (calendar year, anniversary date, or any
other date). Employers are encouraged to track completion of training
through attendance sheets or some other manner for audit purposes.
In addition to the sexual harassment prevention training requirement,
each employer is required to have a sexual harassment prevention policy in place.
This policy should be shared with employees prior to the training. If
you have yet to create a sexual harassment prevention policy,
to learn more.
To learn more about programs that qualify for the sexual harassment training,
If you have any questions regarding the
New York State sexual harassment prevention requirements, please contact
Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist, at 315-898-2017 or
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
2019 Employer Updates
There are two changes that will affect Upper New York churches and employees in the new year.
Effective Dec. 31, New York State's hourly
minimum wage rate is increasing to $11.10. All employers in the Upper
New York Conference must pay non-exempt employees minimum wage
regardless of how many people they employ.
to read more about the wage increase.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, New York State
(NYS) Paid Family Leave is increasing to 55% benefit and 10 weeks for
to learn more about the updates and changes.
If you have any questions, contact Tracy Rickett, Upper New York Conference's Human Resources Generalist, at (315) 898-2017 or
Download the latest issue of the
The latest issue II of the
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.
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 web page, with older volumes below. The
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
Bridge is a bi-monthly publication from September-May and for the months of June-August, the
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,
Videotaping kids at church
Is it okay to videotape kids at church?
According to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998, the short answer is no.
Each person owns their face. No one may use
his or her face (or other individual identifiable characteristic) in any
commercial manner. If the church uses the videos or images to promote
the church or makes them available on the web, then the courts will
likely find that the church used the images in a commercial manner. This
use may create an invasion of the privacy lawsuit for the individuals
whose image appears in the video or photo.
It is okay to photograph or videotape
children in your church if their parents or guardians sign a release
to find these release forms and other resources available on the Upper New York website.
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."
ge from Missional Engagement
a message from Mike Block, UNY Director of Missional Engagement,
regarding how the local church can respond to those affected by
and its aftermath.
Media Resource Center Newsletter
for June/July 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:
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.
Updated CF&A section of the Conference website
Your Conference Council on Finance and
Administration (CF&A) have been working on developing the
CF&A section of our Conference website. Some new arrivals on that
section of the web page include handbooks. The topics covered by
these various handbooks is:
- Clergy Tax
- Finance and Standards
- Clergy Compensation
- Internal Church Audits
- Ministry Shares
- Two-part Handbook with multiple resources
You can locate these handbooks on the Conference website (
), selecting "Finance" under
"Resources" and then selecting Conference Council on Finance and
Administration (on right-hand sidebar), where the handbooks are
located. CF&A takes all tasks seriously and hopes to be a
resource for all. These handbooks are part of that.
We hope to see
you at our Finger Lakes District UMW Annual Fall Meeting at North Rose
UMC (September 28th). The information is on page 10 of the
Angie Gage and I are
Co-Chairs of Program Resources. We have developed a Traveling
Library of the Reading Plan books, that we hope will get the books out
to local UMW units with a two month time frame to have
them before they will be passed on to another UMW unit. There is
no cost for these, just read and return in good condition for the next
set of readers. That information is on page 6.
for Fall 2019 Newsletter
When Churches Neglect Payroll Taxes!!!
The UNY Council on Finance and
Administration (CF&A) wants to share information with you on
requirements for payroll taxes when it comes to church employees. They
have outlined requirements for clergy employees as well as non-clergy
Click here to
read this informative article and avoid the consequences that could
happen if you are not properly filing your employees' payroll
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
Are you passionate about working with youth and adult volunteers to help them grow in their faith?
The Lansing United Methodist Church
(LUMC) Youth Coordinator position is an opportunity to coordinate and
deliver engaging programs for middle and high school youth to foster
their understanding of Christ's love for them and the world. This
academic year, 20 hour/week position may be your opportunity to answer
God's call for you. LUMC is a vibrant and welcoming Christian
community located about seven miles northwest of Ithaca, New York. We
are dedicated to Christian growth and excited about what God is doing in
our midst. Come grow with us!
If you are interested, please send a
letter of interest and resume with three references to: LUMC Search
Committee, 32 Brickyard Road, Lansing, NY 14882. A copy of the job
description can be downloaded from:
. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and position will remain open until it is filled.
Christ UMC Moravia Job openings:
Administrator will provide the administrative and secretarial services
of the church, assisting the pastor in all administrative duties.
will maintain the Church's bank accounts, Pay all invoices that come in,
create and present monthly financial reports for Finance and Church
Council. Report payroll information to payroll company and distribute
paycheck stubs to employees.
Call the church office at: (315) 497-2783
for Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance:
Saturday, September 28 ~ 7:00 pm
WHERE: St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Corner of N. Aurora & E. Court Streets, Ithaca
Free-Will Offering ~ Immigration Sanctuary
St. Paul's Sanctuary Choir & Festival Chimes
The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers
Ithaca Gay Men's Chorus
Opus School of Music
Emily Preston ~ Caleb Bates ~ Andi Merrill
The First Congregational Church of Ithaca
declared in May that it is now a sanctuary church and has pledged to
"provide shelter as needed for any undocumented immigrant who is seeking
sanctuary while the legal challenge to deportation is in process." As
part of the Ithaca Sanctuary Alliance, St. Paul's is committed to
supporting Ithaca's first sanctuary church and all our migrant
neighbors. We celebrate 200 years in our church home and are dedicated
to working toward a world where all have a safe and secure "Place to
CONCERT AT UNITED CHURCH OF PHELPS
On October 20, 2019 the
United Church of Phelps will be having a musical afternoon. The concert
will start at 2:00 pm. We are located at 58 Main St., in Phelps, NY.
The fee is $10 payable at the door, to support ministry of the church.
All of the performers are current or
past members of the United Church of Phelps. There will be bagpipes,
piano solos, organ solos and even an organ/piano duet. You'll also hear
an original composition played on a bass guitar and 7 stringed guitar.
An acoustic guitar will appear in the concert as well. There will be
vocal solos and the UCP Tone Chimers will ring an exciting piece.
We hope to fill the house but can't do
it without YOU! So please come to this wonderfully amazing musical time
of sharing our talents and gifts from God!
Worship Books and other Resources available
from Eunice Tabor. Please contact Eunice at 607-319-0228 (home) or
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