Be wary about emails that "just don't sound right"

Barbara Eastman

February 15, 2019

A topic of conversation at the conference center recently has been about "impersonated" emails that frankly, just don't sound right. No one from the conference is going to ask you to go out and buy something for them and reimburse you the next day. If you get a message from any of us asking you to do something that we wouldn't normally ask you to do, please give us a call. Our direct phone numbers are here: https://www.nyac.com/conferencestaff  Other email issues that crop up on a regular basis:...


Surrendering to Power, Presence of God

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

February 12, 2019

One of my favorite “go to” illustrations is a piece from John R. Aurelio’s book, “Fables for God’s People.”  It is called, “The Thimble.” One day, after a hard day’s work, a thimble got to thinking about itself.  “I’m really rather remarkable,” he said. “As a matter of fact, I do believe that I’m the greatest thing there is!”  “Not so!” said the bucket. “You are no more than a thimble. I am many times your size. I am the greatest thing there is!”  “Not quite!” said the barrel. “You are no more ...


Trusting in Possibility of “Water Walking”

David A. Gilmore

February 12, 2019

span style="color: #001320">“Come,” [Jesus] said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” – Matthew 14:29-31   So, what will YOU be doing during the special session of the General Conference later this month? As I have traveled across the breadth and depth of...


CT District February Newsletter

CT District

February 07, 2019

Volume 2 February 2019   January 2019 Connecticut District Newsletter The Connecticut District hopes not only to inform you but also to empower you to be thriving, kingdom-advancing, impact-making disciples of Jesus Christ. Although we are at different locations, this newsletter intends to help you stay connected to your neighboring pastors, laity, and churches. Let us know via email or phone how the newsletter can be more helpful and resourceful to you and your ministries.  Naming Contest...


Here is the February 2019 Edition of the NY/CT CONNECTOR Newsletter

NYCT District

January 31, 2019

Hello everyone! Here is the February 2019 Edition of the NY/CT CONNECTOR Newsletter.  2-february2019-ny-ct_connector.pdf     The deadline for the next edition of the CONNECTOR is Friday, February 15, 2019. Will you be participating in any type of mission events in the coming month?  Do you have any big anniversary celebrations happening?  Any other events or activities you'd like to share with your fellow NY/CT churches?  Please let us know! Please send your articles and photos to umcconnector...


Church Audit Webinar

Ross Williams

January 25, 2019

Dear Church Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, This is just a reminder that there is a free upcoming webinar on how to perform a church audit.   See below for details and the link to register. Sincerely,  Ross Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:30PM Central Standard Time! The Church Audit: You Can Do This! Every congregation needs to do a church audit, but it doesn’t have to be a big expense or an insurmountable obstacle. There is a great Local Church Audit Guide and related FAQ available that ...


Workers' Compensation Submission Due by February 28th

Ross Williams

January 18, 2019

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Preschools (copy to Pastors), (This communication is also being sent via U.S. mail to ensure receipt) As you may know, the Conference uses an on-line collection system for payroll data, which streamlines the process of issuing accurate bills for Workers' Compensation insurance. It is now time for churches and church-controlled schools, nurseries and day camps to report their final 2018 wages by February 28th using this system. Treasurers have found the system ...


Thank You!

Ross Williams

January 17, 2019

Dear Pastors, Church Council Chairs, Finance Chairs, and Treasurers, I would like to take this opportunity to say "thanks" for your tremendous commitment in honoring the work of our connectional church.  As a former church treasurer, finance chair and stewardship chair I am keenly aware of what it means for a church to pay their conference apportionments.  It is not a trivial accomplishment, especially in what have been challenging economic times.  We ended the 2018 year collecting 87% of ...


2019 Catskill Hudson District Day Apart

CH District

January 14, 2019

Dear Clergy AND Laity, Please take some time from your busy lives and join us for our 2019 Catskill Hudson District Day Apart.  It will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Catskill UMC, which is located at 40 Woodland Avenue in Catskill, NY.  The session begins at 9AM, and ends at 3:30PM.  The theme of the day will be "The Grace of Doors". Doors are an integral part of our lives every day.  Some stick, some open easily.  Some bring to mind special - or painful - memories.  Some are ...


2019 Catskill Hudson District Leader to Leader Training is Here!

CH District

January 14, 2019

To all Clergy AND Laity: The 2019 Leader to Leader training for the Catskill Hudson district is coming soon, and here is what you need to know! The same programs will be given on 2 separate days, so you can choose the location or date that is most convenient for you.  The locations and dates are as follows: On Saturday, February 2, 2019, the meeting will take place at the Margaretville UMC, located at 55 Church Street in Margaretville, NY.                                            OR On ...


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