Concrete Acts of Love Can Help Caregivers

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

June 22, 2016

“I know I did the right thing, but I cannot stop feeling guilty for doing so.”  Some decisions are not only difficult to make, they are also heartbreaking to make. His wife has advanced dementia and is difficult for anyone to manage, let alone a 90-plus-year-old spouse. She would not allow aides or companions into her home —that was the first option. She would not consider moving to an assisted living facility. She was closed to every available option. So she stayed where she was longer than was...


Marilyn Chan at Susanna Wesley dormitory & Somreth MC in Kampong Thom

June 13, 2016

This message is from our missionary in Cambodia, Marilyn Chan. We 're visiting the Somreth Methodist Church and was there to empower and encourage the students with sermon and worship. We met with most of the girls that stayed at the dormitory but are tight on space because number of students are progressing. We were there all morning of June 5th 2016.


Preparing for Those End-of-Life Decisions

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

May 27, 2016

It has to be one of my least favorite things to do. It also happens to be the most spiritually moving thing to be asked to do. It is a request I’ve heard more than once. This time it began with a phone call. “Jim, could you meet us at the hospital. Mom is doing very poorly and we have decided to remove her from life support. We would so appreciate it if you were there when that happens.” I hurriedly cleaned up, got dressed and headed for the hospital, where I was greeted with a question that, I ...


GC2016 Day 3: Rev. Bill Shillady

May 12, 2016

Nehemiah 8  9And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your ...


GC2016 Day 3: Rev. Bill Shillady

May 12, 2016

Nehemiah 8  9And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your ...


GC2016: First Day - Tim Riss

May 11, 2016

Today was the first day of General Conference. It was full of surprises. The first surprise was the addition of security personnel, the checking of all back-packs, satchels, and purses, and the wanding of everyone entering the building. Nothing like this has ever been seen before. And whenever you left the building, which you have to do to get a meal, you re-entered through the same security. Another surprise was the inability of the Conference to pass the rules. We went two and a half hours ...


GC2016: Getting Connected from the Start

Joanne Utley

May 09, 2016

Check out all these different ways to connect with what’s going on in Portland:   Live Video Stream http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/general-conference-2016-live-video-stream-english  Beginning at 5 p.m. (EDT), Tuesday, May 10. Just remember that the local time in Portland, Oregon, is three hours behind New York. To follow the liturgy for each live-streamed worship service go to: https://gc2016worship.org/.   To Follow the Action Get the Android or iOS version app for your mobile devices at the ...


A Plea for Love

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton

May 02, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the New York Annual Conference,   Grace and peace in the precious name of Jesus Christ!   A statement issued today by 15 pastors and candidates for ministry in the New York Annual Conference who are part of the LGBTQI community brings a new reality to an issue which is on the hearts of many United Methodists. We are not of one mind on this issue.   I am bishop of all United Methodists in the New York Annual Conference, no matter where they stand on this and other ...


Conference Center on the Move

Ross Williams

May 02, 2016

Dear Clergy & Laity of the Annual Conference, Please post this reference sheet where your church secretary and church leaders can refer to it. Our Conference Center will soon be undergoing a renovation that has been years in the planning by our Board of Trustees.  During this time, roughly May 4th through September, we will be relocating to temporary space on the Greenwich / Port Chester border.  The renovation will primarily focus on addressing functional issues with our current ...


Mission Notes from Cagayan Valley, Philippines, Rev. E. Tapia

May 01, 2016

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