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Puerto Rico Response – UMCOR Advance Response Team

11/17/2017

We have seen the photos of destruction in Puerto Rico. We have read the statistics of homes and businesses affected. We have heard the complaints of delayed services and neglected persons and communities. What we don’t hear about often enough are the positive things that are happening in this recovery effort.


#GivingTuesday is Coming November 28!

11/16/2017

On November 28, you are invited to come together with thousands of United Methodists to support the work of Advance missionaries and projects on UMC #GivingTuesday. Connect your passion with God’s mission as you give to a world in need through your prayers, presence, gifts, and service. Now is a great time to start thinking about where you want your UMC #GivingTuesday gift to go. Visit UMCmission.org/give and select from more than 600 UMC-related projects and more than 300 United Methodist ...


Protecting Your Congregation When the Unthinkable Happens

11/14/2017

United Methodist Insurance, in an effort to help you provide a safe haven for your ministries, provides the following guidance from the Department of Homeland Security and Ready.gov in the event of an active shooter on the premises. Click here to access a downloadable pamphlet from the Department of Homeland Security. Your local law enforcement organization may also have information for your particular area.     In the event of an active shooter at your church, here is what you should do:  RUN...


Nov. 12-18: NYAC Week of Prayer for "Way Forward"

11/11/2017

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton invites you to join him in a special week of prayer for the work of the Commission on the Way Forward starting Sunday, November 12. Throughout 2017, each of the United Methodist Church conferences around the world, have been praying during a designated week for the discernment, work, mission and members of the commission. He asks that on Sunday, all members of the New York Conference join together in prayer, and that each of the districts cover the six other days of...


Bishops uphold values of mission, unity, space, contextuality in interim report on Way Forward’s work

11/9/2017

The press release on the report that the Council of Bishops received from the Commission on a Way Forward.


5 years later, Sandy cleanup continues

11/3/2017

“It’s about relationships and a ministry of care. It’s showing up and being there and letting people know they’re not alone.” – Rev. Tom Vencuss


NYAC's Trapp Named GC2020 Worship & Music Director

11/3/2017

Raymond Trapp United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information www.umcpresscenter.org NASHVILLE, Tennessee: Raymond Trapp, Director of Music at Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church in Brooklyn, New York, and New York Annual Conference Music Director for the past five years, has been named Worship and Music Director for the 2020 United Methodist General Conference by the Commission on the General Conference. “Raymond will be responsible for developing the overall worship and ...


The cure for today’s drug crisis: Community

11/3/2017

Rev. Dr. Stephen Bauman, senior pastor at Christ Church United Methodist in Manhattan, offers a perspective on the opioid epidemic in one of his "Faith Matters" reflections.


NYC Hurricane Evacuee Center is Open and Receiving Applicants

10/30/2017

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.


Marking 5th Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

10/27/2017

This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy striking the tri-state area. Rev. Tom Vencuss takes a look back.


Journeys of Paul Cruise with Bishop Bickerton

10/24/2017

Anyone who has dreamed about walking in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul will have the opportunity during a special cruise in October 2018 with Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton. The bishop will host the nine-day journey aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Jewel of the Seas,” in conjunction with Educational Opportunities Tours. Beginning and ending in Rome, the October 14-25 trip includes stops in Taormina and Pompeii, Italy; Mykonos, Santorini, Athens, and Corinth, Greece; and Ephesus, Turkey. There is also ...


Send a Christmas Card to the Incarcerated

10/24/2017

Join in our simple social justice project that your whole Church – from Sunday School to Quilt Group, can do! Download Christmas cards in various designs. (Here's a tip:  print the cards on cardstock or 28lb. paper if your printer/copier doesn't take cardstock.....you get two to a page!) Not sure what to write?  Here are some Suggested greetings for the cards. Plan when you will do this:  coffee hour?  Council meetings?  Sunday School?  Prayer groups, book clubs, committee meetings?  We have ...


Call to Observe Global Migration Sunday, December 3

10/23/2017

Watch videos about this worldwide crisis: "The Migrant" and "Who Are the Migrants?" Brothers and Sisters of The United Methodist Church, Grace and peace to you in the compassionate name of our Lord Christ Jesus. I write to you on behalf of our Council of Bishops to invite you to observe Global Migration Sunday on December 3, 2017. This is the first Sunday of the season of Advent, a time when we remember the coming birth of the Christ Child who was himself a migrant. From Asia through Europe ...


UMCOR Grants Assist Hurricane Relief Efforts

10/18/2017

The United Methodist response to the devastating 2017 hurricane season is getting a boost through new grants from the United Methodist Committee on Relief. During their Oct. 12-14 meeting, directors of the denomination’s Board of Global Ministries and UMCOR approved more than $7 million in grants for hurricane and other disaster-relief work and $1.86 million for global health projects.


Bishop Bickerton Preaches at Global Missionaries Commissioning

10/17/2017

Newly commissioned Global Missionaries with representatives from the Board of Directors of Global Ministries, including NYAC Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton. PHOTO: CYNTHIA MACK View the service from October 12, 2017 on YouTube. The bishop's message begins at about 13 minutes into the service. By Ivy Couch* Seven Global Missionaries began their journeys of service in mission following their commissioning on October 12, 2017. The service was held before a full sanctuary in Grace United Methodist ...


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