Annual Conference 2018

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

December 06, 2017

Dear Friends, I greet you today in the precious name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. I pray that each of you are in eager anticipation of the joy and expectancy that is associated with this Advent & Christmas season. I am writing today to let you know that our Annual Conference Sessions Team is currently working on some exciting plans for the next gathering of our Annual Conference in June, 2018. Our team has been working on plans for the potential of a simultaneous mission experience to take ...

‘Remembering’ Can Help Lessen Fear of Change

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

November 20, 2017

One of the realities of aging is there tends to be more time to reflect and remember than there was when we were younger and busy “building our lives.” Many a conversation with older adults begins with, “I remember when . . .” The supposition often is that we do so, in part, to “wish things were as they used to be.” In such a supposition, we too often miss the importance of remembering or reminiscing. The importance is that it can be a way of assessing the meaning of our lives thus far, and can ...

Gratitude for Baptism

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

November 20, 2017

When I was a pastor there was a ritual that I used at least twice a year. When I first decided to try it, I thought that there would be a limited response. What I discovered was that the reaction was greater than I ever could have imagined. This simple act, to my surprise, met an unrealized need. What I encountered was a level of emotion that I had underestimated. The ritual was “The Re-Affirmation of Baptism.” I used very simple language: “Remember your baptism and be thankful.” I employed a ...

New Church Vendors for Administration

Ross Williams

November 07, 2017

Dear Finance Chairs, Treasurers and Pastors, I wanted to pass along information about two new vendor relationships that GCFA (the national United Methodist Church organization) has developed to work with our local churches.  Since these are new vendors, I am interested in hearing any feedback you may have if you decide to engage them.  I hope all is well with you!  Sincerely,  Ross First:  With the variety of administrative processes handled in local churches each week, Servant Keeper can assist...

Message from Rev. John Calhoun, Coordinator of International Ministries, Kyiv, Ukraine

November 01, 2017

Message from: Rev. John Calhoun Coordinator of International Ministries, Kyiv, Ukraine Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church GBGM Advance #13970Z

NYC Hurricane Evacuee Center is Open and Receiving Applicants

Tom Vencuss

October 30, 2017

NYC Evacuee Service Center update The NYC Evacuee Service Center opened on October 19 and has seen between 50 and 75 families daily. At any one time there may be as many as several hundred people in the small meeting area. While there have been a few families from Texas, Florida, and other areas of the Caribbean, the high majority are from Puerto Rico. The Center is located at  the Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center, 1680 Lexington Avenue, between 105 and 106 streets in Manhattan. There are...

New Resources for Advent 2017

Lynda Gomi

October 24, 2017

Five new studies in the Resource Library for you to consider as you plan for Advent 2017. Order online . All I Want for Christmas: Opening the Gifts of God's Grace By James W. Moore.  What’s on your Christmas list this year? How about the greatest gift of all…God’s gift to us of a Savior? This five-week all-church Advent study helps us think about what we really want for Christmas by reminding us of the amazing, life-changing gifts Christmas has in store for us. Down to Earth By Mike ...

NYC Center Opening for Those Displaced by Recent Hurricanes

Tom Vencuss

October 19, 2017

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 ...

The View from My Window: Focusing Our Performance on Fruitfulness

David A. Gilmore

October 18, 2017

“. . . Yes, give me wisdom and knowledge as I come and go among this people—for who on his own is capable of leading these, your glorious people?” —2 Chronicles 1:10 I, like many of you, enjoy reading. I enjoy reading all kinds of books; however, lately I have found myself being drawn more and more to books that challenge some of my conventional ideas concerning “leadership.” The book I am currently reading is “Owl Sight: Evidence-Based Discernment and the Promise of Organizational ...

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