Immigration Article

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

June 22, 2018

I will never forget that look.  It was our first Christmas Day with our new daughter.  Elizabeth was 11 months old and it was an exciting time to be a parent.  Her eyes lit up with packages all around her.  The breakfast casserole was in the oven and the coffee was tasting really good on that frigid winter morning.  That’s when the doorbell rang.  Who could it be interrupting our memorable day?   When I answered the door, standing in front of me was a young couple holding a baby wrapped up in a ...

Clergy Benefits & New Appointments

Sally Truglia

June 21, 2018

Greetings! As we celebrate a very successful Annual Conference and prepare for new appointments, it's time to remind everyone about clergy benefits. Comprehensive Protection Plan: Clergy who serve appointments at 100% are automatically enrolled in CPP, which provides long term disability insurance and death benefits.  Churches are billed 3% of the total compensation for CPP.  Total compensation is defined as salary plus either a) 25% of salary for clergy who are provided a parsonage or b) the ...

AC2018: Ordination Sermon - "The Four B's of Transformation"

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

June 13, 2018

Download a PDF copy of this sermon here. AC2018 Ordination Sermon | Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton Mark 3:20-35 (NRSV) 20 and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. 21 When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” 23 And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can ...

AC2018 Opening Worship Sermon: "Take Heart"

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

June 12, 2018

Download a PDF copy of this sermon here. 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 (NRSV) 13 But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. 15 Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. 16 So ...

AC2018: Bishop's Episcopal Address & Sermons

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

June 11, 2018

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton delivered his State of the Church address on June, 8, 2018, at Hofstra University.

Apportionment Remit Address

Diana Moore

May 30, 2018

Dear Pastor, Finance Chair, and Treasurer: This communication is to inform you of a change to our lockbox location. Our vendor has announced plans to close its Staten Island, NY (Uniondale) facility in June 2018. Effective immediately, if you previously used our lockbox to remit payment for Apportionments, Benevolences, and Special Appeals, please discontinue using our current lockbox address and remit payments directly to the new PO Box address below. New York Annual Conference Lockbox 9458 ...

Young Clergy Debt Assistant Program

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

May 29, 2018

Dear Friends & Colleagues of the New York Annual Conference, Grace and peace to you in the name of the risen Christ. One of the wonderful things that I have discovered in my first few months here in New York is the Young Clergy Debt Assistance Program. As many of you know, the dream for this fund was the creation of the late Bishop Martin D. McLee who had a profound desire to provide financial support to clergy aged 40 years or younger serving in the New York Annual Conference. This fund, to ...

Preliminary 2019 Apportionments

Diana Moore

May 22, 2018

Dear Pastors, Treasurers, and Finance Chairs, We have posted preliminary 2019 apportionments to the Conference website at The apportionments were calculated based upon the 2017 data that was submitted via your statistical tables and the 2019 preliminary budget. Final 2019 apportionments will be recalculated using the final approved budget at Annual Conference.  We ask that you review the apportionments for accuracy. If there is an anticipated change in your ...

Church Internal Controls

Ross Williams

May 22, 2018

Dear Treasures, Finance Chairs and Pastors, In this environment of scarce resources for vital ministry it is more important than ever that we protect our churches from financial fraud and administrative lapses.  The financial impact of such situations can often be easily prevented or at least minimized through implementing the controls listed below.  This list is not intended to be all-inclusive and if you have questions on these or other controls, please let me know!   Sincerely,  Ross  The ...

Response to the Way Forward

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

May 05, 2018

As Bishops of The United Methodist Church, we affirm that WE ARE OF ONE HEART in our desire to discern the mind and will of Jesus Christ for our leadership and the church. In the Northeastern Jurisdiction and around the world we experience great diversity of thought and practice within The United Methodist Church. In partnership with Bishops from around the world, we will continue to lead collectively and individually to value and provide room for our diversity as United Methodists. The ...

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