Messages from Our Bishop

Bishop Middleton's Easter Message

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March 23, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:   Grace and Peace to you in this Easter season. On March 8 and again on March 14, I spent several hours during long layovers in the Zaventem International Airport in Brussels while traveling to and from Sierra Leone. It is a beautiful, modern and serene facility. It is very passenger friendly. All of that changed in a moment on March 22, 2016, when two explosions wreaked unspeakable destruction on innocent people, killing and maiming dozens of women, men and ...

Thank you!

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February 01, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the New York Annual Conference,   Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ!   Thank you to all who participated in our commitment to be part of the worldwide United Methodist General Conference prayer vigil. I am pleased to report that during the twenty-four-hours of January 30, thousands throughout the New York Annual Conference were praying. Our prayers are a significant part as we join with the other 130 conferences in providing the spiritual support ...

New Director of Congregational Development and Revitalization Announced

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January 25, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the New York Conference,   Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ!   I am pleased to announce that I will appoint Rev. David A. Gilmore as the New York Conference’s director of congregational development and revitalization on July 1, 2016. Rev. Gilmore currently serves the Centennial United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Mo. – a congregation that has added more than 300 new members under his pastoral leadership.  He is a graduate of Ottawa University ...

NYAC Prayer Vigil for General Conference

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January 11, 2016

Dear Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Grace and peace to you in this Epiphany season! In May 1000 delegates and thousands of others will gather in Portland, Oregon, for the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, which is held every four years. Many proposals will be offered, many decisions made, many inspirational moments will be streamed across the world and we will be reminded once again that our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the ...

Christmas Message from Bishop Middleton

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December 18, 2015

Dear Beloved Sisters and Brothers, Grace and peace to you in this season of Christmas! Emmanuel, God with us. “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you – wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10b-11 CEB) We find ourselves today in what some would describe as a wilderness of terror. When these fears paralyze and overwhelm, those who would do harm have already succeeded. The first words in the announcement of ...

Prayer Vigil - December 3

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December 03, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Once again our nation grieves as we experience the tragic massacre of innocent people, this time during a holiday party in San Bernardino, California. Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones and those who are recovering from injuries. We of the New York Annual Conference are invited to join Bishop Minerva Carcaño and the members of the California Pacific Conference in a time of prayerful remembrance during a Prayer Vigil at 9 p.m. ...

Our hearts are broken as we mourn the tragic deaths in Charleston, SC

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June 19, 2015

  Grace and peace in the name of our risen Christ! Our hearts are broken as we mourn the tragic deaths of nine members of the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Charleston, South Carolina, including the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was a dedicated pastor and a state senator. This cowardly, brutal act, committed as Christians gathered for worship and prayer, is a violation of all that we hold sacred. We cry out, “How long, Oh Lord?” as yet again innocent persons are the victims ...

Dancing with the Spirit: Conference as a Means of Grace

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May 29, 2015

“Dancing with the Spirit: Conference as a Means of Grace.” Are you ready to dance? Are you ready to have your heart strangely warmed? Our 216th session of annual conference is days away! We’ll begin worship with gathering music at 1 p.m. on June 10.

New Director of Connectional Ministries Announced

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May 18, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Greetings in the name of the Risen and Ascended Christ! With great joy I announce to you that the Rev. Matthew T. Curry will assume the position of Director of Connectional Ministries on July 1, 2015! Matt emerged as the top candidate in a two-month search process that featured several excellent candidates for this important position. I look forward to working with Matt as a member of the Extended Cabinet. He is a capable administrator, an enthusiastic team player ...

Conference Secretary Announcement

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May 05, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the New York Annual Conference,   Grace and peace to you! It is with great joy that I share some very good news!   After consultation with the District Superintendents, I will present Margaret Howe for election as Conference Secretary at our upcoming Annual Conference session. I can’t imagine a more qualified person for this position, or a person more committed to the mission and ministry of the United Methodist Church.   Margaret has served the church ...

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