Media Resource Center Newsletter
June-July 2018
Welcome to the Upper New York Media Resource Center
If you've never used the Media Resource Center before, I invite you to give us a try. Funded by your Shared Ministry dollars, we can supply you with small group discussion materials, Bible studies, children and youth curriculum, adult curriculum, and a myriad of subjects such as stewardship, evangelism, social Issues and VBS materials, just to name a few. Our quick and easy online ordering is just a click away. You can add things to a "shopping cart", then once submitted, you'll receive an email with your invoice attached. We send your order through the USPS and we'll supply the mail back envelopes and label with instructions on mailing. Your only cost is the postage to return it. Please feel free to search our online catalog below.

If I can assist you in any way, please don't hesitate to give me a call at 315-898-2027 or email me at
What's New?
The Book of Revelation for Dummies - If you’re befuddled by the Book of Revelation in the Bible, don’t fret. Take a look at the basic structure of the Book of Revelation ; its major interpretations; the various perspectives on the Millennial Kingdom mentioned in Revelation 20 ; and how key events shaped John the Apostle and his writing. By doing so, you’ll better understand this final book of the Bible’s New Testament. Book only. Go to our online catalog to order (B1812).
Liking Jesus - We all love the benefits of technology and social media, but even with the incredible upsides, many of us suspect there are unintended negative consequences beyond our control.

In this timely five-session video-based study, New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschel taps in to some of the most up-to-date studies on social media to help us understand how it affects our emotions, our relationships, our attitudes, and our beliefs. He offers real-life examples to reveal the depths to which each of us battles with social media, how it masks our real struggles, and how we can reclaim a Christ-centered life. He encourages us to regain control over our lives by rediscovering the principles real life with Jesus brings: contentment, intimacy, authenticity, compassion, and rest.

Sessions include:

  •   Recovering Contentment
  •   Restoring Intimacy
  •   Revealing Authenticity
  •   Resurrecting Compassion
  •   Replenishing Rest

Click here to preview. Go to our online catalog to order K254=. then choose the component(s) you wish to borrow to add to your shopping cart.
Everybody, Always Video Study: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People - As followers of Christ, there is a question we need to be asking ourselves every day: How do we prove who we are? This doesn't refer to what our driver's licenses say we are, or what our careers suggest about who we are, or who other people tell us we are. Rather, this refers to what Jesus said we should be--and he said that his followers would be identified simply by how they loved people. Love isn't something we just haphazardly fall into; it is someone we become. Jesus wants us to love everybody, always.

In this five-session video study, bestselling author Bob Goff shares some of the stories from his life that have helped him understand what it truly means to love everybody the way Jesus loved them--without fear, insecurity, or restriction.

Following Christ means more than just putting a toe in the water when it comes to loving others. It means grabbing your knees and doing a cannonball. And, as Jesus revealed, it means loving the difficult ones. Everybody, Always, will provide practical steps to help you take that journey.

Sessions include:

  • Love People Where You Are
  • Catch People on the Bounce
  • Don't Play It Safe
  • Look at What's in Your Bucket
  • Love Even the Difficult People

Click here to preview. Go to our online catalog to order (K255=), then choose the component(s) you wish to borrow then add them to your shopping cart.
A reminder to all pastors -
Changing appointments or retiring?
Please make sure that any resources you have signed out at your present appointment are cared for before you move at the end of June. If your present church will still be using them, you may call or email the resource center to have them transferred to another name. If you are planning to continue to use them over the summer at a new appointment, I need to know that too. This is the time of year when things can get misplaced in the moving process and I appreciate your help in making sure the resources are cared for. Contact for an extension or transfer.
Other resources to check
Five creative ways your church can celebrate Independence Day
For most in the United States, Independence Day is a day of fireworks, picnics and fun. How can your church help applaud the birth of our great nation while keeping Christ the center of your celebration?   Click here for s ome suggested guidelines for observing Memorial Day in the context of United Methodist practice .
Methodist History: First Father’s Day at Church
The congregation at Central United Methodist Church in Fairmont, West Va. celebrates Father’s Day in a special way each year. They hear the story of the first Father’s Day service in the U.S., which was held in their town on July 5,1908 after a Methodist church member suggested the idea. Click here to watch video.
June/July dates to remember
June 4 - Conference Office and Media Resource Center closed after Annual Conference
June 24 - Conference Office and Media Resource Center begin summer hours - ( regular hours M-Th, 1/2 day closing at 12:00 on Fridays. Resource Center will be open 8-11:30 a.m. on Fridays).
June 17 - Father's Day
July 2-6 - Media Resource Center closed for vacation
Then followed that beautiful season... Summer.... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
If you have any suggestions for our new format of the Media Resource Center newsletter or have ideas that we may include in the future, I'd love to hear from you. Just drop me a line at .
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