E-News from the Valley! Church Events! February 22, 2021
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District Office is open by appt only.

Diversity and Racism Workshop
Wednesday, February 24, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
We know that being able to make space for people to understand and move towards a more diverse and inclusive environment can be tricky and is often riddled with landmines. This is why the Crossroads District Leadership Team (DLT) is inviting you inviting you to join us in a Racism and Diversity Workshop via Zoom on Wednesday, February 24th at 6:30pm.
In this 90-minute Workshop you’ll learn:
·    Why we need a Racism and Diversity Workshop 
·    How to create awareness
·    How to establish empathy
·    The PCIHO (pioneer, champions, influencers, hesitators and obstructers) Model 
·    Unconscious (Implicit) Bias
·    And much more...
Sign up now! Send an email to Anne at Crossroadsdistrict@unyumc.org to get the Zoom link. You will be learning from Rev. Susan Ranous trained with the UNY INR and
D.S. Nola Anderson, certified Diversity and Inclusion Trainer.
This workshop is not about asking people to change their values or core beliefs. Instead, the conversation of racism and diversity is about holding space for difficult but necessary conversations and being open to ideas, perspectives, and experiences outside of your own.
Updated Wedding Guidelines

Guidelines for worship in Upper New York haven’t changed (50% capacity, masks, social distancing), but there are new guidelines for receptions.
The updated guidance for wedding receptions will go into place March 15 and will require the following:
·    Testing for all that attend the event.
·    50% capacity - up to 150 attendees.
·    Must be approved by local health department.
Click here to see all FAQs related to the coronavirus and your church.
Wanted: Church Administrative Assistant
Penn Yan United Methodist Church is seeking an enthusiastic person to staff the church office Monday-Friday, 9 AM-3 PM and ensure its efficient operations in a professional and friendly manner.
The successful candidate must have:
·        A heart for ministry
·        Computer skills
·        Strong communication and time-management skills
·        Creativity and a commitment to the help PYUMC thrive

An application and full job description can be found at our website, www.PennYanUMC.com. Applicants should submit a cover letter and application by February 28 to pastorypyumc@gmail.com or Penn Yan UMC, 166 Main St., Penn Yan, NY 14527.
Kenmore United Methodist Church has an opening for a full time Director of Spiritual Development and Christian Education. 

Click here to find a document containing the job description overview and instructions for application.  

The REPORTS That Need to be DONE ARE:
    Report of the Trustee
   Finance Committee Report
·    2020 Year End Financial Report (your own format)
·    2021 Church Budget (your own format)

ALSO: ALL Clergy & Lay Pastors Need to Do
·    Harassment Prevention
·    FAQ-click here
·    Required NYS Annual Training-click here
·    Boundaries Training-more information here
·    Background Checks- more information here
Upcoming Church Events

Links to Resources for Reopening Your Church
Genesee Valley District
of the Upper New York Conference 
of the United Methodist Church 

Peter Lagueras, District Lay Leader
Rev. Ted Anderson & Rev. David Underwood, District Associates
Betsy O'Flynn, District Adminstrative Assistant
Rev. Vonda J. Fossitt, District Superintendent
MAILING: 1050 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607
PHYSICAL: 1040 East Ave, 2nd Floor, Rochester, NY 14607