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

April 17, 2017

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

Bishop Bickerton: "Be Still & Know" Good Advice for Lent

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

March 15, 2017

I recently read an article in the New York Times by Amy Krouse Rosenthal entitled, “You May Want to Marry My Husband.”  In that article, the well-known author of children’s books reveals that she is in the final stages of ovarian cancer.  With each paragraph, Rosenthal paints a beautiful picture of the loving relationship she shares with her husband and the direction she is taking with the remaining days of her life.  The diagnosis of her cancer came quickly and unexpectedly. Plans had to ...

Elder Abuse Can Come in Subtle Ways

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

March 15, 2017

As the NYAC Older Adult Committee gears up for an April program on recognizing and responding to elder abuse, it has been struck by the ways (often unconscious) that congregations allow such abuse to continue in their midst. Among them: There is the manipulation that family and other loved ones and friends often participate in when they have access to their loved one’s money. There is asking for donations, when there is a question of a person’s ability to understand her finances. I was ...

The View from My Window: Too Tired to Try These 40 Days?

David A. Gilmore

March 15, 2017

During this season of Lent will we try or are we too tired? • Will we try to live right and holy, or are we too tired? • Will we try to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourself, or are we too tired? • Will we try to move beyond personal wants and minister to community needs, or are we too tired? • Will we try to look past the past. . . giving thanks for the right now no matter how “rocky” right now might be, or are we too tired? • Will we try ...

Dorcas Ewoodzie, Global Mission Fellow

March 14, 2017

Dorcas Ewoodzie, Global Mission Fellow in Kenya, is currently supported by two churches in our conference: Diamond Hill and Islip. See the links below for two interesting reports she sent. Report-on-AACC-7th-Theological-Institute-2016-Dorcas.pdf Site-Visit-Kaaga-Biotensive-Agricultural-Training-Center-Dorcas.pdf  

Discounted Software for Not-for-profits

Ross Williams

February 23, 2017

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (copy to Pastors), I want to let you know about the opportunity to purchase computer software at steeply discounted prices through a Not-for-profit organization called "TechSoup" (yes, it's a very strange name). In my spare time I handle the accounting for a Not-for-profit charitable organization and last year I purchased QuickBooks for only $19.00 through TechSoup.  Microsoft Office is available for only $29.00. These prices represent savings of hundreds of ...

Annual Audits

Ross Williams

February 21, 2017

Dear Finance Chairs (copy to Pastors and Treasurers) The Finance Committee is responsible for ensuring that all financial books, records and bank accounts undergo an annual audit. This is required by the Book of Discipline, which is the governing document of our denomination (see excerpt at end of e-mail).  Included in the audit (or audited separately) would be the transactions of the church's operating account, Board of Trustees, Pre-school (if controlled by the church), Memorial Funds, ...

Finding a Vital Ministry for “Elders”

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

February 16, 2017

In his book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, Richard Rohr quotes a Native American saying: “No wise person ever wanted to be younger.” In a time and culture where looking good (almost always implying looking younger) is rampant, this statement seems counter intuitive. Yet, when examined, it speaks to a truth we often forget. Appearances or age are not accurate indications of who a person is and what she might have to offer the world. What we know, through faith and ...

NYAC Disaster Response Opportunities

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

Tom Vencuss

February 07, 2017

VIM Long-term Recovery Team - West Virginia - February 18 to 25 Ross Porter is leading an LTR Team to assist with the recovery efforts from recent flooding. The team will be going to Rainelle, West Virginia, and staying at the UMC of Rainelle. They are now in the re-building stage of the disaster. All skill levels are welcome. ERT or Disaster Recovery training is not mandatory. Minimum age for trip is 16 years old.  Cost of trip approx. $200. Cost includes travel to WV, all meals and sleeping ...

Sower: Seeds of Faith

Ross Williams

February 07, 2017

Dear Treasurers, Finance and Stewardship Chairs (cc: to Pastors), Please see the information below on an important program being led by Ed Ruppmann.  I am very supportive of this program, which has many benefits and no costs to our member churches or parishioners.  There is no selling of anything here, either at the meeting or at any other time - just free advice from an experienced financial planner who is committed to his faith and assisting the people and churches of the Conference. If ...

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