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Upcoming Meeting Dates for 2021: 

 

October 2nd, November 6th, December 4th. 

Meeting times 10:00-approximately 11:30 am. 

Until further notice, all meetings will be held virtually on Zoom ONLY for the safety of all. 

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Prison Ministry Service Mission

Now that the fall has begun, it is time to think about calling up your teams and churches and
getting into the mindset of the coming holiday season. Once again, as we continue to live with
covid and as the delta variant still haunts tight communal spaces, we remember those who are so
easily get forgotten.

 

STEPS and INSTRUCTIONS NEEDED to complete project in your congregation

  1. Identify someone at your congregation who can shepherd this project through to completion

  2. Obtain suitable Christmas cards:

Print out cards using the files provided (see instructions included)

NO glitter, stamps, stickers, foil, or anything else added to the cards

If  you are unable to print out cards, you may obtain cards at designated pickup/drop off sites in each district, or at the Conference Office (see separate attachment for details)

  1. Distribute cards to members of your congregation, those at committee meetings, other groups of people you know.  You may want to combine resources and work together with your Mission Link churches

  2. Ask participants to write a brief handwritten note (not just a signature) in the card that shares God’s love and your best wishes.  

Include no specific salutation.  Cards may go to either men or women.  Some may be posted to share with everyone in a housing unit.  

 

Consider if message is appropriate:  Sentiment, humor, and reminders of life outside can “fall flat” to those feeling isolated from friends and loved ones during holidays

 

Don’t know what to say?  Check out some of the suggested greetings for ideas to help you get started.

 

Please follow these correctional facility requirements to ensure cards can be delivered to inmates.

 

  • DO NOT use markers , colored pencils or crayons – ordinary pens and pencils only

(marker ink can be “sniffed”, for example)

 

  • Include NOTHING in the card – use NO GLITTER, STAMPS, STICKERS or FOIL

 

  • If you use envelopes, DO NOT SEAL – institutions will inspect for contraband. 

Some facilities prefer cards with envelopes (white), others prefer without.  

 

  • Sign card using FIRST NAME ONLY - Include no personal identifying info.   No family photos.

 

  1. Arrange for a collection point for cards within your congregation. 
     

  2. Collect and deliver cards  by Monday, NOVEMBER 1 to
    Rev. Matthew Querns

    2300 Crompond Road, 
    Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

 

Wesleyan Justice: Our Heritage, Our Future

Join us in this new initiative, bringing an understanding of a Wesleyan approach to social justice and the heritage of John Wesley to serve those furthest on the margins. We hope to meet with every congregation for an initial session to begin developing projects that blend both mission and justice. 

 

To schedule a trainer to meet with your congregation or leadership team, please e-mail program coordinator Erika Panzarino at churchandsociety@nyac-umc.org. 

 

The CBCS Conference Call in Number is:

641-715-3580  Passcode: 780843#

For more information contact:  churchandsociety@nyac-UMC.com

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Vision Statement

We see strong leaders who develop vital congregations that eagerly make new disciples, actively nurture existing disciples, and passionately advocate for the needs and concerns of all people. 

Mission Statement

We strive to share God's love by creating safe places where we are all accepted and welcomed, connecting the needs of people to the presence of God, and transforming the world through Christ. 

Core Values

The values that drive us are deep love for God and unconditional love for all people. We value collaboration and partnerships that demonstrate God's love to a world that divides and alienates. We value relationships that foster accountability, excellence, and an ability to engage in open, honest, and respectful conversations. We value the hope that we have in Christ that, when discovered, brings us a unity of purpose, a joy that enlivens our spirits, and a peace that surpasses all understanding. 

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