Call to Observe Global Migration Sunday, December 3


Watch videos about this worldwide crisis: "The Migrant" and "Who Are the Migrants?" Brothers and Sisters of The United Methodist Church, Grace and peace to you in the compassionate name of our Lord Christ Jesus. I write to you on behalf of our Council of Bishops to invite you to observe Global Migration Sunday on December 3, 2017. This is the first Sunday of the season of Advent, a time when we remember the coming birth of the Christ Child who was himself a migrant. From Asia through Europe ...

NYC Center Opening for Those Displaced by Recent Hurricanes


Friends,   Please find the attached announcement from the New York City Mayor’s Office and pass it on to your respective constituencies and communities.   The NYAC will be working with NYDIS (New York Disaster Interfaith Services) as part of this effort seeking to assist with short-term housing, emotional and spiritual care for the victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. This includes displaced individuals and families from Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other ...

UMCOR Grants Assist Hurricane Relief Efforts


The United Methodist response to the devastating 2017 hurricane season is getting a boost through new grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief. During their Oct. 12-14 meeting, directors of the denomination’s Board of Global Ministries and UMCOR approved more than $7 million in grants for hurricane and other disaster-relief work and $1.86 million for global health projects.

Bishop Bickerton Preaches at Global Missionaries Commissioning


Newly commissioned Global Missionaries with representatives from the Board of Directors of Global Ministries, including NYAC Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton. PHOTO: CYNTHIA MACK View the service from October 12, 2017 on YouTube. The bishop's message begins at about 13 minutes into the service. By Ivy Couch* Seven Global Missionaries began their journeys of service in mission following their commissioning on October 12, 2017. The service was held before a full sanctuary in Grace United Methodist ...

NYAC Recovery Update - ERT Teams forming for Texas and Florida


The NYAC has deployed its first team to Rockport, Texas, and will be sending a second December 2 to 9. Bishop Bickerton and Tom Vencuss met with members of the Caribbean Mission Partnership and the NYAC Hispanic Council to provide updates from UMCOR and to begin discussing long-term plans for an NYAC response to Puerto Rico and the other areas of the Caribbean impacted by Irma and Maria.

UMCOR - Standing in Solidarity with Puerto Rico


Standing in Solidarity with Puerto Rico The 2017 hurricane season caused Puerto Rico unprecedented levels of destruction, devastating the lives of millions of people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless and displaced. The initial response has been slow for Puerto Rico as its food, fuel, and supplies are dependent on shipments from its air and sea ports, most of which have been severely damaged. The island’s ports and airports are slowly reopening though, allowing much-needed aid to make ...

Bishop Calls for Hurricane Maria Response


Dear Friends and Colleagues, Just a few days ago as Hurricane Maria was bearing down on the islands of the Caribbean, I reached out to you offering prayers on behalf of those who stood in its path and those with families and connections in the affected areas to stay strong, keep the faith, know that you are thought of, prayed for, and loved. As we have now witnessed the destruction and loss of life in Mexico as a result of the earthquake and the destruction of both Irma and Maria and face the ...

NYAC Disaster Response Updates


The New York Conference Disaster Response Office continues to be in contact with UMCOR, Conference Disaster Response and VIM Coordinators, and other domestic and international partners as we develop a plan for effective response to the effects of recent hurricanes and the earthquakes in Mexico. We have established collection sites for clean-up and health kits, are offering both ERT basic and recertification classes, and are organizing Early Response Teams. What can you do to assist these ...

UMCOR Responds to Current Disasters


UMCOR Responds to Current Disasters This page will be regularly updated with information on how UMCOR is responding to hurricane Maria. Please visit UMCOR’s Facebook for additional content. UMCOR Responds to Hurricane Maria Friday, September 22, 2017 With the passing of the storm, hurricane Maria left Puerto Rico with severe damage to homes, power lines, and widespread flooding. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Maria is the "most devastating storm to hit the island this century, if not in...

Bishop's Message of Hope and Comfort to Those Affected by Hurricane Maria and the Earthquake in Mexico


Dear Friends and Colleagues, My heart is heavy this morning as I write this note to you.  The past two days I have watched the morning news and been stunned by the developing story of yet another massive hurricane bearing down on Puerto Rico and the numerous Caribbean islands in that region.  My own sense of fear has been heightened as buildings have collapsed and lives have been altered forever as a result of another massive earthquake in Mexico.  These are places that you call home. These are...

Alpher Sylvester Installed as Connecticut DS


Bishop Bickerton, right, and members of the cabinet lays hands on as they pray for Rev. Dr. Alpher Sylvester during his installation as Connecticut District superintendent. View the photo gallery here. BY JOANNE UTLEY Editor, The Vision In a spirit-filled service marked by uplifting music and exuberant preaching, Rev. Dr. Alpher Sylvester was officially installed as superintendent of the Connecticut District on September 10. The Nichols UMC in Trumbull, Conn., was filled to capacity to ...

Current US and Worldwide Disaster Response


The New York Conference Disaster Response Office has been in contact with UMCOR as we continue to monitor the effects of disasters around the country and the world to make plans for an appropriate response. At this point we are in a position of "waiting" - but that does not mean one of inactivity. UMCOR is working with local Disaster Response Coordinators to identify and prepare Early Response Teams for future deployment, identifying volunteer housing, and preparing a database of supplies and ...

NY Conf Flood Bucket/Cleaning Kits Drop-Off Locations


The following churches are accepting flood buckets/cleaning kits:   Bayport, NY UMC M-Tu-Th-Fri 10am-2pm; Special arrangements, please call 631-472-0770 or e-mail: Bronx, Calvary UMC Tu-Th-Fri, 9am-1pm Brooklyn, NY, Sheepshead Bay UMC, Call to make arrangements with Pastor Cundy  347-553-3300 Croton-on-Hudson, NY, Asbury UMC Call Pastor Melissa at 646-241-7746 Hicksville, NY UMC 9:30 to 11 AM  10/14, 11/11, 12/9 or by arrangement: Ellen Giuffrida ...

Faith Helped Clinton Grieve, Look to Future Optimistically


Hillary Rodham Clinton responds to a question from Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli during a conversation on faith and politics at Riverside Church September 7. The event was a benefit for Camp Olmsted. Photo by Dave Cross View the video of the event here and a photo gallery here. By Joanne S. Utley Communications Coordinator, New York Conference Resist. Insist. Persist. Enlist. That was the message that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shared in a conversation about her faith and...

Church Partnership with Hardware = Cleaning Buckets


By Neal Bowes Written for the Youth Worker Collective Giving teens a way to get their hands dirty in response to disasters like Hurricane Harvey is absolutely essential.  Far too often churches relegate the hands-on helping to the adults and miss the power of harnessing the passion of students.   What do you do?  How do we help channel our students in our churches to make a difference in the lives of those recovering from this tragedy?  One word: UMCOR. The United Methodist Committee on Relief ...

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