Order Eco Palms by 3/29 for Palm Sunday


At last year's  Annual Conference, we supported a petition "To Encourage Local Church Use of Eco-Palms." Order yours by March 29 for delivery in time for Palm Sunday by clicking here>>

NEJ Clergywomen's Consultation: View photos/video


NEJ Clergywomen's Consultation in Lancaster, PA, February 27-March 2, 2011   Nearly 400 clergywomen in attendance PARTICIPATING BISHOPS: Bishop Violet Fisher, Bishop Susan Hassinger, Bishop Peggy Johnson, Bishop Jane Allen Middleton, Bishop Susan Morrison See photos of the event and video of each of the five bishops preaching for Opening Worship.  All are posted online (Additional videos of Marjorie Suchocki, Traci West and Bishop Peggy Johnson are forthcoming) Click here to view videos>> ...

An Online Study Opportunity,The Awkward Season: A Lent Retreat


Offered by the Upper Room through This study is based on the book, The Awkward Season, by Pamela C. Hawkins [Upper Room Books]. The retreat will begin on Wednesday, March 9, and run through Monday, April 25, as participants in small groups engage in personal daily prayer practice; grow deeper in the practice of prayers of intercession; read and discuss Scripture with retreat participants from near and far; and journey through Lent and to Easter together. Participants should plan...

Bishop Park Announces DS Appointments


February 14, 2011 Dear Members of the New York Annual Conference: Greetings in the precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I am delighted to announce the appointments of two new district superintendents effective July 1st: The Rev. Elizabeth J. (Betsy) Ott will serve the New York/Connecticut District following the Rev. Jeannette Bassinger-Ishii who is completing a seven year term. The Rev. St. Clair A. Samuel will serve the Metropolitan District following the Rev. Noel Chin who is ...

Tables I, II & III - will be available on app. Feb 28


Tables I, II & III will be available for local church input on or around Feb 28 and will remain available for about 5 weeks. Watch this website for additional information.

Looking for Artistic Ideas for Your Church?


Visit the Liturgical Arts section of this Web site for great photos of Advent and Christmas altar and church decorations. More photos are available by clicking the sub-navigation in the left column of the Liturgical Arts page. Click here to see how other churches in the Conference make the holidays more festive>>

Fostering Gratitude in A Season of Giving


BY ARNA O’NEILL Children’s Home Kids can be self-centered. It’s normal for them to think first about themselves, despite all of our efforts to help them be more empathetic or appreciative1. The good news, though, is that we can help them broaden their perspectives and see beyond themselves. We can help them think about others, and help them approach life with an attitude of gratitude. Here are a few suggestions for fostering thankfulness in your kids even after Thanksgiving is over: Teach ...

Bishop Park Issues Letter Regarding Hate Crimes


Bishop Park responds to the escalation of hate crimes in America and around the world. Click here to read his letter>>

Sag Harbor UMC Dedication / 200th Anniversary


What a joy it was to attend the November 14 dedication of the new home of the Sag Harbor UMC on the east end of Long Island! It was even more special because the church is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. We have seen God at work in this community, and know that God's grace and guidance will continue to bless this congregation under the leadership of Pastor Tom MacLeod, who was recently approved to become an associate member of the NYAC. Bishop Jeremiah Park and LIE Superintendent ...

"Imagine No Malaria" Has First Release of Funds


The United Methodist Church plans to combat malaria in Africa by using both its own health infrastructure and partnerships with other organizations. To achieve that goal, the denomination will release funds by the end of this year from its “Imagine No Malaria” initiative to the Geneva-based Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Last week, funds were authorized for release to the United Methodist Committee on Relief to help with implementing the campaign in Africa.  Read more about...

Memorial Service for Bishop James K. Mathews, Saturday, 9/25/10


    September 24, 2010   Dear United Methodists of the New York Annual Conference:   You may have heard about the death of Bishop James K. Mathews at age 97 on September 8th.  Bishop Mathews served as the resident bishop of the New York Conference from 1995-1996.  I hope you will keep his wife, Eunice, in your prayers.  It will be my privilege to be present for a memorial service tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, ...

Bishop Park's Letter on Proposed Community Center/Mosque Near Ground Zero


Please click here to read the Bishop's letter>>

Rev. Bill Shillady Officiates Clinton Wedding


The Rev. Bill Shillady, president of NYAC Board of Pensions and Health Benefits, and executive director of United Methodist City Society co-officiated the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky in Rhinebeck, N.Y. on July 31. Bill isn't giving any interviews, but he did say, "It was an honor to be a part of Chelsea and Marc’s big day." Click here to read the story>>

Cash Flow and First Fruits Giving: It Can Happen in Your Church


We are deep into the dog days of summer. Folks are off on vacation. A variety of summer activities has impacted attendance at worship. Along with this reality comes a challenge of which we are by now well aware. When the people do not come, financial support of the church falls off. Dwindling summer cash flow becomes a problem to be reckoned with. The church treasurer prioritizes the bills to be paid. We hope and pray for a mild autumn that will delay having to fire up the furnace, and we cling ...

New Church Starts - Vision Bearer Application Available


New Church Starts The New York Annual Conference is committed to creating new places for new people. As a start, we are planning 30 new faith communities by 2012 (6 in 2010, 12 in 2011 and 12 in 2012). We are looking motivated Christian leaders, lay or clergy, who are passionate about creating a new faith community in order to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. These “Vision Bearers” will be trained over a seven-month period and matched with a mentor who can walk...

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