Oneonta District 
 of the Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church
June 16th, 2022 Oneonta District UMC News for you
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Nancy's Notes # 46

“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.”
               Philippians 1:3-11, NRSV
 
Dear Friends,
     I thank God for the opportunity for us to be in ministry together these past 2 years. While the realities of the pandemic and overseeing 100 churches have created many challenges and have prevented me from getting to know more of you than I have, God has been faithful through it all. There have been joyous times, and heart-wrenching times. I’ve had to tell churches and pastors news they didn’t want to hear, and there were instances of anger, confusion, sadness, disappointment, etc. I have had the joy of presenting pastors with their licenses to preach, meaning that they were going from laity to clergy, and we rejoiced together. We’ve strategized together. We’ve grieved together. We’ve laughed and cried together. We’ve made tough decisions together. 
     Verse 7 above says that you hold me in your heart. That can also be translated, “I hold you in my heart.” That’s what I want to say. I have SO enjoyed serving to and with the good people of the Oneonta and Binghamton Districts these last 2 years. I hold you in my heart and am grateful to God and Bishop Webb for giving me this opportunity. I am also grateful for your patience and graciousness with me! 
      I commend Bob Kolvik-Campbell to you and know that you will be blessed by him and be a blessing to him, as you have been to me. 
     “And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)
                  Thanking God for you,
                 Nancy
Welcome! to our New Pastors
 
  • Howard (Russ) Underwood as a full-time local pastor to Worcester UMC and Richmondville UMC effective April 6, 2022

  • Ejaz Abid as a Part-time Local Pastor to Sherburne UMC - Effective July 1, 2022

Farewell! Pastors who are leaving
 
  • Rev. Dana Horrell - Retiring from Cooperstown UMC - Effective July 1, 2022
Six ways we can observe Juneteenth
On June 19, 1865, two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, federal troops under the command of Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas. They brought a life-changing message for the estimated quarter-of-a-million slaves in the state: “All slaves are free” and entitled to payment for their labor.
 
This important day in history became known as Freedom Day, or Juneteenth, now a U.S. federal holiday.

Juneteenth be a time when people of Christian faith—especially white Christians—should recommit to, evoke, stand on, and live out the promises of God to deliver all people everywhere from bondage and oppression.
 
Click here to learn more about Juneteenth and learn six ways we can observe Juneteenth.
NEW NEWS
New BSA Relationship Agreement Information-
Tonight June 16th at 7:30 pm

The United Methodist Church and Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have mutually developed and agreed to a new relationship agreement govern the relationship between local UMC congregations and BSA troops and packs. 
 
To help orient congregational scouting leaders, an information webinar will be held this Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend this meeting, a video link and FAQ will be made available following the meeting. Local BSA Council leadership is also being oriented to the new agreement and they will be receiving the same information you will receive.
 
You must register for this webinar. Click here for details and registration link.
Supporting the marginalized and oppressed at Breezewood truck stop
Chaplain Bruce Maxwell is a deacon in the UNY Conference, serving the Susquehanna Conference. His ministry setting is unique—it’s at Breezewood truck stop. Many individuals have found Christ at Breezewood through Bruce’s encouragement.
 
Bruce recently shared a story of Billy, who had a hard upbringing and has struggled with drug addiction. Through reading the Bible and learning more about Jesus, Billy has made progress—he is staying out of bars and living cleaner.
 
Click here to read Bruce’s full story about Billy.
Africa University class of 2022 graduation
Africa University graduates from Mozambique are using their education to enrich churches and communities. 

Described as “the School of Dreams in the Valley of Hope,” Africa University opened in 1992 with just under 50 students from various African countries. This year, 746 students graduated on June 11 as the United Methodist university celebrates 30 years of leadership transformation in Africa.
 
Click here to watch the inspiring ceremony.
 
Click here to read about how recent graduates are sharing their gifts.
Find wholeness and balance with Enneagram

In a recent Get your Spirit in Shape episode, Suzanne Stabile, a longtime United Methodist, best-selling author and known international as the Enneagram Master, shares how she uses the Enneagram o feel closer to God. She explains how Enneagram wisdom can be a tool to achieve balance and wholeness in our lives.
 
Click here to view or download the episode featuring Suzanne.
News Revisited
REMINDER: Bishop Webb to offer virtual conversation with UNY laity on Tues. June 21 at 6:30 pm
 
 
Upper New York (UNY) Area Resident Bishop, Mark J. Webb, had planned on in-person meetings with UNY laity this month, but these meetings had to be canceled due to expressed concerns related to the COVID pandemic.
 
To create an opportunity for these conversations to be held, Bishop Webb will be hosting a live webinar on Vimeo on Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m.
 
During this webinar, Bishop Webb will address recent denominational developments and discuss the importance of keeping focused on the mission of the Church. The webinar will include a time for questions and answers.
 
Individuals are invited to send questions in advance, along with their name and church, for Bishop Webb to address by emailing them to news@unyumc.org by June 17. An opportunity to submit questions during the webinar will be available through a chat function.
 
Click here on June 21 to join this webinar.  
UMPH extending permission to use resources for online worship
 
 Nashville, TN – The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) is extending full permission to all churches for use of UMPH copyrighted worship materials. Due to the extraordinary challenges faced by churches and others, UMPH (Cokesbury and Abingdon Press) is assuring easy access to essential worship aids and use of the Common English Bible for online worship and studies. Read the full article: click here.
The copyright page in the 1992 United Methodist Book of Worship grants permission as follows: 
“United Methodist congregations may reproduce for worship or educational purposes any item from The United Methodist Book of Worship for one-time use, as in a bulletin, special program, or lesson resource, provided that the copyright notice and acknowledgement is included in the reproduction.”  
Each worship service is a one-time use. Therefore, churches are free to reproduce the liturgical text as needed (with the exception of the copyrighted service music on pages 173-223).
Further, during the COVID-19 crisis, UMPH is waiving the need to ask permission to livestream and/or record worship services which read, perform, or display liturgical text from the UM Book of Worship. UMPH encourages churches to utilize streaming licenses from OneLicense or CCLI to stream copyrighted service music from The United Methodist Hymnal. Many items appear in the UM Hymnal by permission of the copyright holders and UMPH cannot grant blanket permission to use their intellectual property.
GCFA Adds Neighbor® Storage As Newest Ministry Partner
 
Nashville, TN – The General Council on Finance and Administration—UMC Support (GCFA) Connectional Relations Team is pleased to report that Neighbor®, a self storage marketplace, has become a vetted ministry partner with GCFA. This is a program for churches to lease unused space like classrooms, or meeting spaces to provide safe, convenient, and affordable storage to the communities in which they are located. Connecting with Neighbor®, churches can become a “host” for any unused space for people to reserve – for just a month, or longer, as the needs of the church or the renter dictate. 
 
Churches can set their own rental prices for space, and Neighbor® provides host churches with up to $1,000,000 personal liability insurance.
 
Kellie Schmeal, Relationship Director at GCFA said, “We are constantly looking for ways to help United Methodist churches and affiliated organizations raise funds to support all the ministries they are involved in. Adding Neighbor® to our list of ministry partners helps us do that.”
 
"Neighbor’s® platform allows churches and members to generate income on their unused space ‒ basements, garages, parking lots, and more," said Joseph Woodbury, CEO and co-founder of Neighbor®. "We're excited to join hands with GCFA to help spread the word to potential hosts for our renters. We couldn't be more grateful for this opportunity." 
 
To learn more about the Neighbor® program, visit https://www.gcfa.org/partners/neighbor. To learn more about the GCFA Ministry Partner program, visit the GCFA Partner page: https://www.gcfa.org/partners, or contact the Connectional Relations team at ConnectionalRelations@gcfa.org or 615-369-3393.
 
Are you looking for a fun activity to help folks in need?
 
Mission Central HUB at the Conference center is looking for donations you can collect in your community and also for volunteers to come into the HUB for various projects.
 
What do we do here you ask? We help folks in need when a natural disaster strikes their community. The HUB helps train and coordinate ERT (early response teams) and collects UMCOR supplies and kits. Mission Central HUB donates the supplies to organizations (Red Cross, fire departments, churches) in communities affected by a natural disaster. These items are often used by ERT as well. We not only help locally, but nation wide. Many UMCOR kits we receive are delivered to the Mission Central HUB in Mechanicsburg, PA. then distributed to folks in need. Or sometimes to Sager Brown, LA. Our main warehouse...nothing goes to waste! All is needed. Items not UMCOR approved are donated to local non-profits. Without you the HUB would not exist.
 
Projects for volunteers are but not limited to:
·    Verification of UMCOR approved supplies
·    Preparing for shipment
·    Counting of supplies
·    General needs that might arise in the HUB.
 
Please consider volunteering at Mission Central HUB! The need is now and everyday. Large groups, small groups, folks of all ages welcome even if just a few people are a big help. Contact Marybeth Ingalls at the Upper NY Mission Central HUB. She will be happy to set up a time for you or your group to volunteer for a few hours.
 
Please follow us on Face book. For more information visit our website.
 
Upper New York Conference
Mission Volunteer Coordinator
7481 Henry Clay Blvd., Liverpool, N.Y. 13088
1-315-898-2064
1-315-372-0285
Explore Volunteers-in-Mission opportunities

Volunteers-in-Mission (VIM) is one way United Methodists offer their skills and talents for Christian Service at home or abroad on short-term assignments in areas affected by disasters and hardships. A missionary movement of the United Methodist Church, VIM sends short term volunteer teams into areas of need to work on construction and spiritual formation projects.
 
To read more, click here.
Peace with Justice
Support the UNY Taskforce on Peace with Justice
Affected by a third year of COVID-19, the Upper New York (UNY) Taskforce on Peace with Justice in Palestine/ Israel is not able to host their annual dinner—a dinner that supports the Gary Bergh scholarship.
 
Even though the dinner cannot happen, the Taskforce invites all people in the UNY Conference churches and friends who long for Palestinian peace with justice to join in an “imagined” Palestinian dinner with a donation in any amount in support of the Gary Bergh Scholarship so that, once again, young and “not-so-young” may respond to the Palestinian invitation to “come and see.”
 
Tax-deductible donations should be checks made out to “UNYAC” with “Gary Bergh Scholarship” on the memo line by July 30. Please mail to: Linda Bergh, 116 Edna Road, Syracuse, NY 13205 or Karen Peterson, 116 Greenridge Drive, Horseheads, NY. 14845. 
 
This 27th Palestinian Dinner (imagined) is in honor of Leah Mae Carlisle who, in 2005, responded to the dinner speaker, well-known American Palestinian pastor, Alex Awad, to “come and see.”
 
Click here to learn more about the annual Palestinian dinners and Leah Mae’s work with the Taskforce.
Common Table Podcast episode features the Peace with Justice in Palestine/Israel Taskforce
From the Social Holiness Team of the Upper New York (UNY) Conference, The Common Table podcast reaches out to voices that have been quieted by culture and privilege. The UNY Social Holiness Team hopes that this podcast will inform, educate, and inspire the ministries of justice in your community of faith.
 
In the May 10, 2022, podcast, you can learn more about the Peace with Justice in Palestine/Israel ministry with the Rev. Alex Awad.
 
Click here to listen to this informative and eye-opening podcast and to find out ways you can participate in this ministry.
Local District News & Happenings
NEW- 6-Week Class - Taught by Pastor Paul –
(At Sidney UMC/On Zoom)

Week # 1 – Tuesday – July 12th – 4:30 pm
Week # 2 – Tuesday – July 19th – 4:30 pm
Week # 3 – Tuesday – July 26th – 4:30 pm
Week # 4 – Tuesday – August 2nd – 4:30 pm
NO STUDY (VBS) – Tuesday – August 9th – 4:30 pm
Week # 5 – Tuesday – August 16th – 4:30 pm
Week # 6 – Tuesday – August 23rd – 4:30 pm
 
(Books available in Sidney UMC Church Office)

(Contact Pastor Paul W. for more info - winkel70@hotmail.com or 315-329-4071)
Join The Mosaic for a mission trip this summer!
The Schoharie Mosaic Cooperative Ministry is gearing up for another fantastic mission trip this summer. We are heading to Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop, Maine for the week of August 15-20, 2022.  Mechuwana has a well organized workcamp program where teams of volunteers come and get paired with work projects in the community. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, regardless of experience or skill. Scholarships will be available to cover the costs. Please prayerfully consider if this is an opportunity to put your faith into action helping those in need. To learn more about Camp Mechuwana visit their website at http://www.mechuwana.org.  
We are enthusiastic about coming together for the purpose of ministry and mission in Christ!  
Please sign up if you already know you are going AND share this trip with interested folks in your congregations and communities so we can continue with our planning strategy.
Training & Education Opportunities
Leadership Academy begins July 15

Registration for the 2022/2023 Adventurers Leadership Academy is now open. Join Rev. Dr. Michael Beck Michael Beck during this year-long immersion into Fresh Expressions.
 
Churches - consider sponsoring a layperson from your congregation to attend. 
 
Flyer: Click here
Tending to your soul so you can tend to others’ souls
Are you feeling an inkling to become closer to God? Do you feel like your life is like a hamster wheel or are you riddled with anxiety and yearn to feel God’s love deep in your soul? Or do you feel a draw to help others feel God’s presence whether it be friends, family, your congregation, or people in your workplace or community?
 
If any of these questions apply to you, then you should highly consider attending the Tending the Soul program training in spiritual direction.
 
This powerful training is available to clergy and laity, whether you are Methodist or not—it takes place over two years, consisting of six four-day retreats. The next training begins Nov. 14, 2022.
 
Click here for a glimpse of the most recent training that was completed last week and the lives that were transformed.
 
If you have any questions or are ready to register for the next program, contact Rev. Nancy Dibelius at nancyd@unyumc.org.
Click here for a list of upcoming Safe Sanctuaries Courses.

Registration is open one month prior to each class.

For more information on Safe Sanctuaries, and on background checks, click here.  
Lay Servant Ministry
Oneonta District Lay Servant Courses

Pastor Paul Winkelman will be teaching the Preaching course for our distict. He has proposed having the course in July or possibly wait until the fall. Let us know your thoughts, your interest, your availability! And please let others know about this opportunity. Email Cathy Honrath ( Oneonta District Lay Servant Ministry Chair at chonrath@gmail.com

Stay tuned, other courses are being lined up.
Clergy Education
Course of Study Information
If you are registering for a COS class at GBHEM – you will need to list the name and email of your COS registrar. 
That information is as follows:
Betsy O’Flynn, candidacy@unyumc.org
UMC Clergy Education Offering Courses for Credit
  
ClergyEducation.com is a resource for clergy and church leaders, offering CEUs accepted by most United Methodist annual conferences.

Click here for a complete catalogue of recorded courses.

Click here for a list of all upcoming courses
Camp and Retreat Ministry (CRM)
Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center Summer Camp-
a place to unwind

Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center is unique in that it offers programming for both the special needs community ages 18-65 as well as school-aged children. While sessions for both groups used to happen concurrently, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in three weeks of camp devoted to the special needs community (July 4-July 22) and three weeks of camp devoted to school-aged children and youth (July 24-Aug. 12). Sky Lake staff decided on this model to protect the immunocompromised individuals with special needs as many children under the age of 18 may not be vaccinated.
 
The camps for children and youth will be offered based on age group. Sky Lake used this model last year for the first time and it worked terrifically.
 
Click here to learn more about how summer camp at Sky Lake can be just the place your child needs.
UNY Job Postings
The following job openings are posted on the Upper New York website...
1) Director of Missional Engagement for the HUB
2) Reservations Specialist for Casowasco Camp & Retreat Center
3) Part-time year round Maintenance Assistant at Skye Farm Camp and Retreat Center
4) Full-time seasonal Food Service Manager at Skye Farm Camp and Retreat Center

If you are interested in applying, please apply online through our website. Please contact Tracy Rickett with any questions. Thank you.
 
Resources
Start the day with Debbie
 
The Adirondack and Albany District Superintendent, Debbie Earthrowl shares a devotion via Facebook Live at 7:30 AM every Monday through Saturday. The devotions are also posted on her Facebook page and the Adirondack District Facebook page, so you can tune in at any time. I personally find this an inspirational way to start the day. I trust you will, as well. To view, click here: https://www.facebook.com/debbie.earthrowl
or
Learn from the comfort of your couch!
 
United Methodist Communications offers a variety of free webinars to help you enhance your marketing and communications skills as well as to keep you informed about the latest resources and church initiatives. Click here to find upcoming as well as archived webinars.
United Methodist Communications Offering Free Resources for Fall Outreach
 
Fall is the perfect time to invite people back to church and celebrate back-to-school time with customized banners, yard signs, sandwich board signs, postcards, invitation cards and more. Click here to view the resources and order using coupon code UMCFA22 for $300 worth of free resources!
Markers of a vital congregation

In Upper New York, we consider five factors as markers of a vital congregation.
 
Can you guess what they are?
 
Ten-year-old Savannah knows!
Click here to watch a fun video of her explaining these markers.
New church trustees and SPRC resources
New materials and webinar recordings room April 26 and 28, 2022 were developed for churches in the Southern Tier Region, which consists of the Cornerstone, Mountain View, Binghamton, and Oneonta Districts. District Superintendents the Rev. Suzanne Block, the Rev. Dr. Jeff McDowell, and the Rev. Nancy Adams led the sessions.
 
One webinar was related to church trustees with included resources and the other webinar was related to staff-parish-relations committees with included resources.
 
Click here to watch these helpful recordings and access the useful resources. 
Scriptural reflections for mental health

How many of the following symptoms have you ever personally encountered?
Depression… anxiety… inability to concentrate… mood changes… trouble relating to people… low energy… feeling hostile towards others… excessive worry… feeling unable to cope with stress… excessive drug or alcohol consumption…
 
Scripturally speaking, we are never invited to hide our mental hurts from God or from sharing in community. In fact, the scriptures cited in this article encourage us to recognize that which ails us and to share our burdens with God and community.
 
To read more, click here
Crash courses in youth ministry
 
New Youth Ministry eBooks designed with the Youth Worker in mind.
 
Each eBook is loaded with practical tips and basic wisdom that you can read today and put into practice tomorrow! If you are a part-time or no-time (amazing volunteer!) youth worker, these crash courses are especially for you. Click here to learn more and download for FREE
Focusing on discipleship
The mission of the United Methodist Church is creating disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. So, what is a disciple?
 
The Upper New York Conference has updated our website to better highlight the focus of our Conference—the tab for “our focus” is on our homepage— https://www.unyumc.org. In this section we list six characteristics that define a disciple of Jesus Christ. Click here to read “Our Focus.”
 
Another great resource to learn more about creating disciples is the See all the People website, which is a movement to “stop fixing our church and start seeing all the people Christ calls us to reach.” #Seealllthepeople has dozens of resources on creating intentional discipleship systems and methods of building relationships.
 
Click here to learn more about the #SeeallthePeople movement and watch their four-minute video that defines a “disciple.”
Step by step process for developing an Intentional Discipleship Plan
 
The Northern Flow District has created training resources for congregations and persons to walk through a “step-by-step” process for developing an Intentional Discipleship Plan.

Click here for steps 1 and 2 of the training; follow the guidance of the video trainers, use the provided PowerPoints and the resources (links) to enable your church and team to develop and implement your congregation’s Intentional Discipleship Plan.
 
Additional training steps will be provided over time. Imagine what God will do as more and more churches develop their process for Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World!
Do you have questions? United Methodist Communications has answers.

Can I be confirmed online? Is it ever appropriate to place the Advent Wreath on the Lord’s Table? What's the United Methodist position on rebaptism? Can a lay servant wear a robe in the pulpit? What countries have United Methodist churches? Do apportionments help pay for church camps? How do you get to heaven?
 
These are only a handful of the thousands of questions received by Ask The UMC, a ministry of United Methodist Communications, the information service for all things United Methodist.
 
To read more, click here
Supporting the humanitarian response in Ukraine

The General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church is deeply troubled by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the ominous implications it has for escalating tensions between Russia and Western nations. They join many Christian leaders and organizations worldwide in deploring the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, and they ardently pray for a redirection of military action toward diplomatic measures to resolve grievances.
 
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the humanitarian relief arm of Global Ministries, is in communication with partners in the region and actively exploring the coordination of humanitarian response in Ukraine. You can support UMCOR’s international disaster response efforts by writing a check to the Upper New York Conference with either Advance #982450/Ukraine or UMCOR/Ukraine written in the memo line.
 
Send checks to UNYAC, 7481 Henry Clay Blvd., Liverpool, NY 13088.
 
Click here to read more about this response from Roland Fernandes, the General Secretary of Global Ministries and UMCOR.
Other giving opportunities in response to the war in Ukraine

Individuals can give directly to the Ukrainian people through local church offerings by writing a check to the Upper New York Conference with Advance #14053A in the memo line of the checks. These checks can either be placed in an offering plate or sent directly to the Conference office at 7481 Henry Clay Blvd., Liverpool, NY 13088.
 
The Ukraine UMC has created a crisis committee that will oversee all the global support that is coming in through UMCOR’s Advance #14053A “Eurasia In Mission Together - Ukraine and Moldova.” The money channeled through this Advance fund will go to the Ukraine UMC church account and decisions on how this will be used will be considered by the crisis committee, which includes pastors as well as lay leaders. 
 
UMCOR also offers other opportunities for more specific giving to Ukrainian refugees in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania. You can designate giving by stating it is for "Ukrainian Refugee support" to the following Advance numbers.
 
·    Hungary In Mission Together (Advance # 00175A)
·    Poland In Mission Together (Advance # 00408A) 
·    Romania In Mission Together (Advance #00211A)
·    Slovakia In Mission Together (Advance # 00236A)
 
Donations for Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia should be mailed directly to UMCOR Mission Together Advances at 458 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.
 
FAQs about giving for Ukraine: click here
United Methodists stand with Ukraine

United Methodists across the globe condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine and stand in solidarity with those experiencing violence, displacement and suffering in the midst of war. Learn more about the ways United Methodist prayers, aid and witness are being directed to Ukraine.
 
To read more, click here.
Holy Land Trip 2023
Holy Land Trip 2023
The clergy team of Syracuse United Methodist Ministries (Revs. Andy Anderson, B.J. Norrix, Jee Hae Song, and Alicia Wood) invite you to join them on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Feb. 14 – Feb. 24, 2023.
 
You will explore, learn, and fellowship as you visit Caesarea, the Sea of Galilee, Cana, Nazareth, Samaria, Jacob's Well, the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and much more. The cost of the trip starts at $3,448, leaving from JFK, New York. There is also an option to extend your trip through Jordan for an additional cost.
 
You are encouraged to register immediately with only $100. Register by April 14 ($125 off), May 14 ($100 off), June 14 ($75 off), July 14 ($50 off), August 14 ($25 off). Brochures with more details and registration forms are available. Please contact Pastors B.J.: bjnorrix@gmail.com, 315-726-2815 (cell); Andy: andmcand@hotmail.com, 917-723-0901 (cell); Alicia: pastoraliciawood@gmail.com, 315-450-1632 (cell); or Jee Hae: jeehaesong611@gmail.com, 404-825-8025 (cell), for a brochure, online registration link, if you have any questions, or need more information.
 
There will also be an informational session on May 3 at Erwin First United Methodist Church that you can attend in-person or via Zoom.
 
Click here for more information.
The Media Resource Center is a free lending library supported through your Ministry Share dollars. There are a multitude of DVD studies, curriculum, and support materials for your use. Resources are available to help with small group studies, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, church-wide studies, and special events. Click here for the online ordering catalog. Please allow for a timely response as the Resource Center is staffed on a part-time basis.
 
Each month, the Media Resource Center publishes a newsletter with updates and study suggestions.
News To Know
Bishop Webb announces clergy appointments

Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb and the Upper New York Conference announce interim appointments and four retirements pending approval of clergy session. View the full list of changes here.
Mask mandate guidelines
At this stage of the pandemic, the impact of COVID across the Conference varies by county. To determine how your church can continue to keep participants safe, please consult the CDC website for recommendations.
2022 Annual Conference has been postponed until Oct. 6-8 and will now be virtual
 
This news item was released April 21 by the Upper New York Conference office.
 
The Sessions Committee of the Upper New York Conference gathered by Zoom on the morning of Thursday, April 21 to discuss growing concerns about the uptick in COVID-19 cases in Upstate New York and throughout the United States.
 
Annual Conference will be postponed to Oct. 6-8 and it will be a virtual gathering. The plan is to use the same technology that was used at the 2021 virtual Annual Conference gathering, which was relatively well received.
 
Anyone who has already registered for the planned in-person Annual Conference gathering will receive full refunds. The processing of refunds will start immediately but could take a couple of weeks to complete. If you made a hotel reservation, you should contact the hotel directly to cancel.
 
To read the full article, click here.
Disaffiliating from the UNY Conference and the UMC

During the Upper New York (UNY) Annual Conference held virtually in June of 2021, the body passed Resolution UNYAC2021.7 which created a Study Commission to examine the readiness in the UNYUMC for the Implementation of the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation.
 
Last fall, the UNY Study Commission issued surveys to clergy and congregations in the UNY Conference about the Protocol. Despite there only being a 30 percent response rate, some congregations and clergy did report that if the Protocol passes, they will leave the United Methodist Church. Click here to read the survey report.
 
Earlier this month, the Global Methodist Church announced that it will launch on May 1, 2022. Click here to read the announcement.
 
Given these changes, the Conference Board of Trustees anticipated there would be congregations who might now desire to explore disaffiliation.
 
Click here to read an article that outlines the disaffiliation process.

NYS HERO Act

On March 18, 2022, the NYS Department of Labor updated its NY HERO Act website to confirm the designation of COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health under the HERO Act ended. Private sector employers are no longer required to implement their workforce safety plans. No more health screens! 
 
While this is great news, there are other obligations the NY HERO Act (NY Labor Law Section 218-b) that remain even when no designation is in effect. These obligations include creating an airborne infectious disease exposure prevention plan, giving a copy of the plan to employees within 30 days after its creation, giving a copy of the plan to any new employees when they are hired, posting the plan in each work site so employees can view it, and updating the plan as necessary.
 
Any questions about the NYS HERO Act obligations can be addressed to Upper New York Conference Director of Human Resources/Benefits, Susan Latessa at susanlatessa@unyumc.org or 315-898-2002.
Don't Wait, Get Your Federal Tax Exemption Letter! 
 
You can visit www.umgroupruling.org to get started.

Reminder: Sexual Harassment training mandatory

New York State required sexual harassment annual training prevention reminder
 
New York State Law requires that employers who have at least one or more employees must conduct sexual harassment prevention training for all employees on a yearly basis. The timing of when to hold the yearly training is up to the employer as long as it is completed annually. A notice of the employer’s sexual harassment policy must be provided to all employees during this time and the employer should maintain records of the training for audit purposes.
 
Safe Sanctuaries training does not exempt churches from the New York State sexual harassment prevention training requirements.
 
Click here to learn more about what’s required in the training, how to create a sexual harassment policy if you haven’t already, and free training opportunities offered by New York City that satisfy the state’s requirements.
 
If you have questions, you can contact Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist in the Conference Office at (315) 898-2017 or via email at tracyrickett@unyumc.org
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On the Calendar !

On the Conference calendar




June 17: BSA information webinar at 7:30 p.m. - DETAILS
 
June 18: Casowasco Trail walk/run - DETAILS
 
June 19: Juneteenth - DETAILS
 
June 21: Bishop Webb laity webinar at 6:30 p.m. - DETAILS

June 28: John Wesley's birthday (1703)
 
July 1: Denman Award Nomination Deadline - DETAILS

July 4: Independence Day - Conference office closed
UNYAC Contact Information
  UNY Conference Office Address:
 The Upper New York Conference :United Methodist Center
    7481 Henry Clay Blvd. Liverpool, N.Y. 13088

Phone: 315-898-2000 Toll Free: (same) 1-855-424-7878    
 
Denominational Website: The United Methodist Church
How to get help from UNY Conference for...
 Regular needs or questions, contact the Conference (315) 898-2000 or email: info@unyumc.org and leave a message including what assistance you are seeking and it will be given to the right person to respond to you. Technical or creative needs such as online Bible studies/meetings, live streaming worship, or online giving
Oneonta District Contact Information
Attention Please- Oneonta District Office UMC Mailing address - until further notice:

Please mail all (snail mail) correspondence to the following Address:

Oneonta District Office UMC
C/O Teresa Wood
28 Orchard St.
Oneonta, NY 13820
"Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by... living the gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God's love with our neighbors in all places."    
 
Your Partners in Ministry at the Oneonta District Office

Rev. Nancy Adams - District Superintendent - NancyAdams@unyumc.org
Teresa Wood, - Minister of Administration- Oneontadistrict@unyumc.org
Rev. George Gallandorm- District Associate - GeorgeGallandorm@unyumc.org
Anna Buell,- District Lay Leader - abuell@hotmail.com
Cathy Honrath- District Lay Servant Director- chonrath@gmail.com
Phone: (607) 441-5102 Fax: (607) 353-1034 Email: OneontaDistrict@unyumc.org

(Physical address) Oneonta District Office 64 Chestnut St. Oneonta, NY 13820