<i>The Vision</i> — New Online Versions Now Available


Today we are launching a new format for The Vision, the newspaper of the New York Annual Conference. It will continue to bring you news from around the Conference, but will no longer be mailed in the former printed version. If you prefer a paper version, please feel free to download the file and print it on your home/office printer. Each month The Vision will be available in three versions: High-resolution (large file) for pastors to download and print for their parishioners as appropriate. ...

Flash Flooding in Western NY — Help Needed Now


Dear Friends, Over this past weekend severe flash flooding occurred in the Western NY communities of Gowanda and Silver Creek. The immediate need is for clean-up teams to assist with the debris and mud removal from basements.  Housing and meals are available for volunteers.  Housing is at First UMC - Springville NY  - contact Kyle Kuhn 716-592-7451.   To find out about placement needs contact Rev. Carl Chamberlain (DR coord. for WNY) and 716-434-7385.      The work for right ...

Membership & Nurture Evangelism


By Jerry Zachman, Chair, First UMC, Amityville NY We participated in the July 4th parade with boomwhackers, marchers, flag bearers etc. We gave away cards to 18-34 year olds that will enable them to download music from the Web site for the UMC. We are going to bring coffee to the day laborers at Home Depot once a week. Anyone interested in helping in this ministry please let the committee know. We are asking that you drop off money in the coffee basket on Sundays to help ...

New Church Welcomed into the Connection


"If you so agree, raise two hands and shout, 'Hallelujah!' " With these words, Bishop Jeremiah Park asked the delegates at the 210th session of the New York Annual Conference to vote to accept the charter of the Tian Fu United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 13. Read more >>   by Melissa Hinnen, staff writer for UMCOR communications

Annual Conference Updates Available on


Special Editions of The Vision reporting on Annual Conference June 11, 2009 Update June 12, 2009 Update June 13, 2009 Update

Three United Methodist Churches Say, "Don't Go to Church"


Local Churches Shut Down Sunday Service to Serve the Community Westchester County, New York, June 2nd, 2009-The church has left the building.  And this Sunday, its community will be glad they did.  The United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco, Yorktown United Methodist Church and Trinity-Boscobel United Methodist Church in Buchanan are putting their faith into action by canceling their regular Sunday services to practice very purposeful acts of kindness throughout their communities. Volunteers ...

Find the Bi-Weekly Connectional Ministries E- Newsletter Online


You can view the Connection Ministries E-Newsletter on the New York Annual Conference Web site when it's convenient for you. Click here to go to the E-Newsletter archive.

New Mission and Outreach Ministries Newsletter


You can find the new Mission and Outreach Ministries Newsletter, "Reaching Out" right here on the Web. Click here to view a list of available issues.

Celebrate Nelson Mandela Today July 18, His Birthday

  Resources available to plan 3-pronged event July 11, 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C. — A growing coalition of institutions, grassroots organizations, activists, unions and faith communities including the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS), are planning to celebrate the life, legacy and values of Nelson Mandela on his birthday, July 18. This is a worthwhile observance of a great man’s contributions, not just to South Africa, but to the whole world. The celebration is being ...

Church hanging onto unity despite cracks in the walls

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS The Rev. Dan Bryant (center) leads fellow delegates from the East Ohio Conference in prayer May 17 following a speech by Bishop Bruce Ough in which he said the bishops are not supporting any plan for a split of The United Methodist Church during the denomination's 2016 General Conference in Portland, Ore.   Updates with reaction, more quotes By Kathy L. Gilbert and Sam Hodges May 17, 2016 | PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS) Bishop Bruce Ough acknowledged the pain and anger that...

Commission on a Way Forward Optimistic of Future, Delves into Tough Task

Members of the Commission on a Way Forward hold discussions in small groups during their meeting in Washington, D.C., April 6-8, where they began to consider possible outcomes of the task entrusted to them by General Conference. (Photo by Maidstone Mulenga) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 10, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Members of the Commission on a Way Forward have expressed optimism at reaching consensus on a plan or plans to guide the Council of Bishops in leading The United Methodist Church into ...

Fifteen New Young Adult Missionaries to Serve in United States - See more at:

By Elliott Wright New York, New York, July 30, 2015—Enthusiasm and challenge marked the reception today of 15 new United Methodist young adult missionaries for service in the United States. The new Global Mission Fellows will work for two years in ministries that link faith and justice issues.  The young men and women were commissioned, that is, appointed by the church, in a joy-filled service of worship at the chapel of The Interchurch Center, the current headquarters of the denomination’s ...

NYAC Ordination to Ministry Events

Information for all District Committee on Ordained Ministry Chairs, District Superintendents, and persons who are in the candidacy process as inquiring, exploring, declared candidates for ministry not yet certified or licensed as a Local Pastor. The “Orientation to Ministry” is a conference event and is required by the 2012 Book of Discipline for persons being certified as a candidate for ministry. In response to the Board on Ordained Ministry of the New York Annual Conference is holding two ...

Send a Christmas Card to the Someone Who is Incarcerated

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 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 ...

The remarkable ministry of Rev. Bill James . . .

The Rev. William James, who died at 97, became a well-known figure in Harlem’s community development and in city politics, but his passion for supporting young people in general and African-Americans in particular was felt throughout United Methodist churches. To read a UMNS Report by Linda Bloom, go to:

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