Mohawk District E-newsletter for Churches and Pastors
October 9, 2019

Thank you, Mohawk District!

Friends in Ministry,
Thanks for your ministry in
God's churches across the Mohawk District. Please pass along this Mohawk District
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Prayer Focus

Week of October 13

District Youth Ministry

Pastor Cory Jones

Additional Prayer Needs:

Pastor Dan Richter (Ava)
health concerns.

Rev. Marilyn Baissa , RE,
undergoing medical care.

Rosemary Johnson and
Rev. Carl Johnson, RE. Rosemary is now
on hospice care.

Barbara Edwards , spouse of Henry Edwards (Poolville)
for health concerns.

Click here for a copy of
the 2019-20 Prayer Calendar
Important Note for Local Pastors Taking COS:

All Local Pastors must take COS-121 and COS-122 BEFORE they will be allowed to take any other classes in the COS system. Each seminary will determine how they are acquiring the information on whether the LP has taken these classes. Some will ask a question on the registration form others while others will be requesting transcripts to accompany any registration for classes.
If an LP needs to obtain a copy of their transcript they can email . I receive a copy of the transcripts for this conference in February of each year. If they contact me at I can email them a copy of this. However if they prefer to get the most updated transcripts they would need to contact GBHEM at the email listed above.

The Book of Discipline states part-time local pastors must complete 2 COS courses per year to make satisfactory progress. You may take as many as your Conference approves. 
Any questions please feel free to contact me.
Thanks for your help in spreading the word.
Betsy O'Flynn
Candidacy, BOM
1050 East Ave, Rochester NY 14607 (mailing)
Pastor Appreciation Month
Send us a short paragraph how you're celebrating Pastor Appreciation Month at your church or a brief anecdote of why your Pastor is the BEST . If we choose your entry, we'll print it in an upcoming edition of the District e-news and put a picture of your Pastor's sweet mug right next to it.

Need some ideas how to honor your Pastor? Check out these tips from

for Youth Fall Event East!
Date/Time: Nov 8; 7 pm - Nov 9, 3 pm
Location: Albany- McKownville UMC
1565 Western Ave., Albany, NY 1203
Districts: Mohawk, Albany, Adirondack and Oneonta
District VIM Coordinator Needed
Dear Friends in Mohawk District,

The District is seeking someone or several someones to serve as Volunteers-In-Mission Coordinators for Mohawk District. Feel free to let us know if you might serve and also go ahead and take the ERT and/or Team Leader Training listed above, if you haven't been trained yet.
Reply to:
Become a Mentor for Others
If you are an ordained elder or LLP completed COS, then you are eligible to become a mentor for others in the candidacy process or licensed and completing their COS. FREE mentor training is provided (and required) for those who would serve as mentors.
Mentor training takes place 1-3 p.m., Tues., Nov. 19,
at the Finger Lakes District Office,
12 North Park St., Suite 11, Seneca Falls, NY 13148.
Call 315-781-0188, or
to register or for additional information.
Equitable Compensation
Applications Due for 2020
If your church is going through a temporary rough patch with finances and needs help to pay your pastor's salary, you can apply for Equitable Compensation Salary Grant. Assistance. Click here for the application .
Send completed applications to the Mohawk District Superintendent by Oct. 29 at: . Make sure you receive confirmation or call the office.
Early Response Team Disaster Training &Team Leader Training
at Clifton Park Nov. 2 and 3
A basic Early Response Team (ERT) disaster training course is offered Sat, Nov. 2, at Shenendehowa UMC, 971 Route 146, Clifton Park (12065). The day will start at 8:30 AM with registration and coffee and will conclude at 5 PM. Course facilitators are Rev. Carl Shepard and Marybeth Ingalls.You will be both blessed well prepared for the field by the end of the day. Required registration available at:
The website provides additional information prior to the registration submission. There is a $25 fee payable in advance. Minimum number of students required to conduct class. The deadline to register is Oct. 15, 2019.
In addition, Mike Block and Marybeth, both from the conference center Mission HUB, will provide a Team Leader Training (TLT) 1 to 5 PM, Sun., Nov. 3, at the same location. This class will help you become not only qualified but also competent to lead an UMVIM team for disaster response, medical missions, youth trips, and even international mission trips. This course also includes fund-raising ideas and a suggested time line for team preparations, especially for large groups taking trips within a year.
Questions? Mike Block or Carl Shepard  
Become a District Safe Sanctuaries Trainer!

Training-of-Trainers Class
(Basic Safe Sanctuary class is a prerequisite)
Oct. 26, 1:30 p.m. – about 4:30 p.m., West Schuyler UMC,
297 Wood Lane, Utica, NY 13502 (Register by 10-19-19) to: , 315-797-1777.

Upper NY's Safe Sanctuaries® Training of Trainers
WHO: Individuals interested in facilitating Upper NY's Safe Sanctuaries Training as part of their District training team and/or for their local church.
WHEN: Saturday, October 26 1:30-4:30 p.m. with lunch provided to those participating in both morning and afternoon sessions. Please make dietary needs known when you register.
PREREQUISITE: Upper NY's 3-hour Safe Sanctuaries Training is a prerequisite for Training of Trainers. This needs to be completed sometime since June 2016 and must be the standard learning station format facilitated by a certified UNY Safe Sanctuaries trainer. This is non-negotiable. There will be a basic class earlier on Oct. 26, if it is needed.
ALSO Members of the District training team must be affirmed by their District Superintendent. Please share your interest with

Advanced Lay Servant course credit and Continuing Education credits for clergy is available. There is no charge as Ministry Shares benevolences from local churches cover the expenses for Safe Sanctuary training.
Pastor Area Connect Groups are for those serving a church as the Pastoral or Deacon Leader

West PAC: 10 a.m., 10-31-19, Christ Church in Sherrill
North PAC: 10 a.m., First Thursday, Boonville UMC 

"Sharing the Blessings" Work Day
at The HUB - Sat. Nov. 9
All are invited to come and share your day and your God-given gifts and talents as we work together on contructing wooden blessing boxes and other Mission HUB projects.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 9, with lunch included. Contact Mark Jones, , 315-749-3700, by Oct. 26th if you can take part.
The UNY United Methodist Men are sponsoring a work day Nov. 9 to create Blessing Boxes, plywood cabinets that provide 24-hour emergency food resources. If you would like to help build the boxes or find out what is involved to house a Blessing Box at your church, contact: Buddy Heit, 315-945-4388, .
Turn This Holiday Season into One of Giving
Learn how to maximize donations through the holidays! Attend the Webinar : Turn This Holiday Season into One of Giving with Servant Keeper and GivePlus, on October 15 at 1 p.m. ET.
General Council on Finance and Administra-tion of the UMC is offering a tool for your church UNDERSTAND ELECTRONIC GIVING: Change, especially when it comes to finances, is never easy within the church. But as technology grows, so does the opportunity to meet your members and community where they are. Read the guide to help you and your church navigate the newness and understand the world of E-giving.
Download the October Issue I of the Bridge, a publication of the UNY Conference (click here ) .
This issue introduces you to the UNY 2020 delegation for General & Jurisdictional Conferences. Learn about their recent meeting plus
fun facts about the delegates. 
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Ladies' Day Out
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 12,
Vernon UMC
The theme is
A Grand New Day
There will be lunch, videos,
Bible Study and a Love Feast.
Guest speaker - Deacon Becky Guthrie
Cost is $5.
Bring chocolate to share.
Call Sharon, 315-762-3210, to register.

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A Gymanfa Ganu
Fall Festival of Song
in the Welsh Tradition
3 p.m., Oct. 13,
Tabernacle Baptist Church,
12 Hopper St, Utica.

Sponsored by St. David's Society.
"tebach" (reception) will follow.
Free will offering received.

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Rummage and Bake Sale
9 am. - 5 p.m., Oct 17-19
Cold Brook UMC  
467 Main Street,
Cold Brook, NY 13325

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Community Blessing and
Healing Service
Salisbury Center UMC
6:30 p.m., Oct. 20

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Annual Fall Rummage & Bake Sale
Fri., Oct.25, 8 p.m.
Sat., Oct.26, 9.a.m. to 3.p.m.
Cleveland United Methodist Church
73 Bridge Street

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Chicken and Biscuit Dinner
5 - 7:00 PM, Sat., Nov. 9
Adults $10  children 5 - 12 $5.
Younger than 5, eat for free.
Menu - chicken and biscuit, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans,
home made applesauce, beverage,
variety of deserts.
Take outs available
Handicap accessible
First United Methodist Church
127 North Prospect Street
Herkimer, New York
Benefits the Youth Campership Program
Questions - Carol (315) 868 - 9160

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Basic Safe Sanctuary Training
9:30 a.m. – about 12:30 p.m.
(Check in from 9 – 9:25 a.m.)
Oct. 26, West Schuyler UMC
297 Wood Lane,
Utica, NY 13502
Register by 10-19-19 to:
Mohawk District
315-797-1777. Send name(s),
church name, email & phone.

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Harvest Dinner
Oct.17th, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
Camden United Methodist
132 Main Street, Camden, NY 13316.
Tickets are $15, take out available.
All proceeds go to local and
global missions.
Presale tickets(315)-245-2600

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Violence Signs, Symptoms and Resources
at Spiritual Leader Lunch and Learn
1 – 3 p.m., Oct. 17,
The Good News Center,
10475 Cosby Manor Road
Utica, NY 13502
RSVP needed by Oct. 11,

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Christmas Carousel
Morning Star UMC
36 Second St., Ilion, NY
November 2
Crafters, gift baskets, bake sale, silent auction. Santa visiting 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch available for purchase
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Homemade soup, sandwiches,
chips, beverage, dessert.
Also ice cream sundaes.
For info., Barbara at 315-894-4520.

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Church Finance Training
  Calling all Treasurers, Financial secretaries, Finance Committee Chairs, Pastors, and anyone contemplating filling one of these roles!!!
Saturday, November 9
9 AM - Noon,Adirondack Community Church, Lake Placid
Saturday, November 9
3 - 6 PM, Saratoga Springs UMC
Please register with Carrie Boyer. Call (518) 480-4866 or send an email to  

To view the flyer click here .

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Mohawk District Office
105 Genesee Street
New Hartford, NY 13413

Please use back entrance (full glass door) for Mohawk District
Office Hours:
Tues., Wed., Thurs., 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m,
Other times by appointment.