October 2023: News, Updates & Resources

Selah: A Young Adults Retreat

Earlier this month, our NYI Young Adults had the opportunity to practice ‘Presence over Production’ at our second annual young adult's retreat, Selah.

Several young adult groups from across the Metro NY District gathered together from October 13th - 15th at Pinebrook Retreat Center in East Stroudsberg, PATrue to this years' theme, this retreat was an intentional time to pause the daily grind and pursue the presence of God in an intimate, no-frills setting. 

Pastor Andrea Sawtelle (Young Adult/Next-Gen Pastor from Immanuel Church in Lansdale, PA) was our guest speaker for the weekend; inviting us to accept the Lord’s invitation into His rest. By the end of the weekend, the group left feeling renewed and reenergized to live out God’s purpose in their lives back at home. 

We are beyond thankful for what the Lord has done and is continuing to do with our district’s young adults. Please continue to keep them in your prayers, and stay tuned for the announcement for next year’s retreat! If you have any questions on how to get connected with more events like this, feel free to reach out to Rev. Tito Rivera ([email protected]) or Rev. Chris Balbi ([email protected]).

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Nazarene Benefits USA (NBUSA) has simplified and expanded the benefit we contribute to the accounts of Nazarene 403(b) participants, so you could receive a match of up to $2,500 annually. That’s $2,500 which, with earnings and contributions from you and your employer, could grow into a substantial retirement nest egg.

We will explain how the match works in a live one-hour Zoom workshop called The Path to Retire Well. NBUSA Executive Director Kevin P. Gilmore will share details and answer questions. 

The workshop will be presented on four dates, each at noon Central time. To register, just select the date below that works best for you: 


Now’s the time to get on a secure path to retirement with valuable financial resources from Nazarene Benefits USA. If you have questions or need assistance with registering, please contact us at [email protected] or at 888-888-4656.

Pastor Sam introduced a District-wide call to prayer earlier this year, and has renewed his request to carry us through April 2024.

Join in this focused prayer initiative in your own congregations, daily prayers, and regional clergy gatherings this fall.

Our last clergy gathering will be held via Zoom, November 15th at 7PM. Thank you to The Bridge, Butler COTN, and First Community Church for hosting each of our regional gatherings over the past month.

We look forward to offering more opportunities to join together for prayer in January! Be sure to keep an eye on the link below and social media for updates as they become available.

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It's That Time Again...

We are looking forward to meeting in person once again for this upcoming District Assembly, April 18-20th, 2024 at the Hilton Parsippany New Jersey!

Each January we begin the season of annual reporting in preparation for District Assembly. We are asking pastors and churches to be aware and plan accordingly for the following timeline; please be on the lookout for more information in the coming months:

  • January 15, 2024 | Last day to receive 2023 allocation payments (must be postmarked by January 10th)
  • February 12, 2024 | Training for Pastors and Leaders on APR
  • February 15, 2024 | Open APR and District Assembly registration for delegates, pastors, and guests
  • February 25, 2024 | Deadline for local church Annual Meetings
  • February 29, 2024 | Close APR
  • 1st week in April | Delegate/Pastor Training

Musicians Needed!

If you or someone you know is a talented musician, and is willing to travel within the Metro NY District, please email Susan Magnuson and let her know. Many churches on our district are in need of musicians to assist in their Sunday services and we would love to be a resource for connecting those individuals. Please know that stipends may or may not be available and is based on the discretion and financial ability of the church in need.

We celebrate Rev. Dr. Eustace McDonald, pastor of East New York COTN since 1989, for his 50 years of ministry. Thank you, and Lorna, for your faithful service as part of the Metro New York District!

Congratulations to Bronx Bethany COTN on their 59th anniversary! We are grateful for the lives you impact every day in and around the Metro area.

Congratulations to First Community COTN on 30 years of dedicated service to the White Plains community!

November 15 | Virtual Clergy Prayer Gathering

October 9 - November 27 | From Diversity to Belonging

November 3 - 5 | The Calling weekend

December 9 | Pastor's Christmas Gathering

January 1 | Annual Reporting (APR) Begins

March 7 - 9, 2024 | Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy Conference

April 18 - 20 | District Assembly

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