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California-Nevada Ordains First Fijian Elder in the Denomination

7/19/2017
*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   History was made when the Rev. Tikiko Namata Lesuma was ordained and elder during the service of ordination at the 169th session of the California-Nevada Conference.  Lesuma is the first Fijian person to be ordained an elder in The United Methodist Church (UMC).  "It's very humbling.  I feel so blessed and so privileged to be ordained…It's an opportunity to be able to encourage more Fijian folks to come into leadership in our conference, and the broader church," ...

Conference Lay Leader Speaks at California Senior Rally Day

7/19/2017
California-Nevada Conference Lay Leader, Micheal Pope, was one of the keynote speakers at the California Senior Rally Day at the California State Capitol.  Pope is CEO of the Alzheimer's Services of the East Bay (ASEB). To view a highlight video of the event, click here.  

Rainbow Circuit Holds Worship in the Park

7/19/2017
On Sunday, July 16, more than 300 members of the California-Nevada Bay District 5-Rainbow Circuit gathered together in unity for worship, a potluck lunch and fellowship at the Castro Valley Community Park. It was the Circuit's second annual Worship in the Park event. The Circuit is called the Rainbow Circuit because it is one of the most diverse Circuits in the Conference. The Circuit membership consists of eight churches with ten different nationalities in its membership.   The Rev. Rochelle ...

Asbury UMC recognized as "Builders of the Beloved Community"

7/18/2017
At their 40th anniversary gala, Tri-Valley Haven recognized Asbury United Methodist Church as "Builders of the Beloved Community." Asbury UMC and Tri-Valley Haven envision a world without violence and have long history of working together to serve adults who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or homelessness.

King's Beach Retreat Center Director Announced

7/13/2017
The Board of Camping and Retreat Ministries announces the appointment of Lisa Jean Hoefner to the Kings Beach UMC and Retreat Center.  Hoefner is the previous Executive Director of Camping for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.  She, along with Kelly Peterson-Cruse, Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries, and the board will transition this facility into a full retreat center as a part of California-Nevada's Camping and Retreat Ministries.  They hope to provide and explore new ministry ...

Quilt Presentation to CONAM from Trinity UMC Berkeley

7/13/2017
Trinity UMC Berkeley presented four quilts to the four Native American congregations in the California-Nevada Conference during the 2017 Annual Conference Session.  The quilts are in response to the 2016 Annual Conference Session Acts of Repentance to Native peoples and communities in our region. To view the presentation, click here.  

Blessing Box at Gridley United Methodist Church

7/10/2017
The Gridley United Methodist Church has established a Blessing Box located in front of the church. The Blessing Box will be available to those who need emergency food items. The idea for setting up a Blessing Box came from one of our members Jerry Long who saw an article reporting a blessing box at a church in the east. He presented the idea to the church members who thought it would be an example to the Gridley community of the churches commitment to follow Christ's commandment to feed the ...

Endowment Board Annual Grant

6/28/2017
The Endowment Board supports the retired clergy and spouses of the California-Nevada United Methodist Conference with financial resources, education and connections. Since 1891, the organization has provided security and peace of mind for ministers through pension fund contributions, financial relief for churches and social events to keep retirees active and engaged. On June 23, 2017, The Endowment Board presented their annual grant to Board of Pensions and the Retired Clergy Association at ...

Making Partners and Building Bridges at UMC Merced

6/15/2017
The United Methodist Church of Merced is connecting with a movement in the Central Valley called 1 Pueblo 1 Lucha (1 people 1 fight).  After building relationships with leadership to make change in their valley, they are partnering with several Central Valley organizations that have been doing work for years: Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CIVIIC); Faith in Merced, an associate of PICO; Faith in the Valley, a larger umbrella associate of PICO; Immigrant Legal Resource ...

University of LaVerne Baccalaureate Service

6/15/2017
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño recently served as the preacher for the Baccalaureate service for spring commencement at the University of LaVerne. She is pictured with University President Devorah Lieberman (left), and University Chaplain Zandra Wagoner (right).

East Timor Religious Outreach Scholarship Appeal

6/14/2017
East Timor Religious Outreach (ETRO) contributes to Timorese self-determination and development on the micro-level by providing educational opportunities to poor, deserving youth and young adults. Last year, ETRO was able to award $5,000 for educational scholarships to each of California-Nevada Conference's ecumenical partners:  the Protestant Church in East Timor (Igreja Protestante iha Timor Lorosae) headquartered in the capital city of Dili, and the Roman Catholic Salesian Sisters Vocational...

Sacramento Fijian Language Ministry Men Assist in Fixing Roof at Camp Lodestar

6/14/2017
In preparation for the Fijian Youth Annual Camp ‘FJY17’ from July 11 to 14, the men’s group of two churches in Sacramento jumped at a chance to help fix the roof of the Hawks Dorm at Camp Lodestar. A total of eight men from Centennial and Florin UMCs under the guidance of Camp Lodestar manager, Jeff Clark, and the leadership of Joeli Tavaga of Centennial UMC, the men tore down four layers of shingles and insulation from previous fixes to reveal the original pine decking. Some of the men also ...

Bergquist to Preach for Memorial Service

6/9/2017
The Rev. Dr. Greg Bergquist, associate general secretary for the Division of Ordained Ministry at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), will be the preacher for the Memorial Service on Thursday, June 22, at 2 p.m. In his GBHEM role, Bergquist oversees all functions of the division, including the strategic planning for the recruitment and training of United Methodist clergy.   Most recently, Bergquist served as conference superintendent for leadership development for the ...

Hmong Regional Conference

6/8/2017
Hmong United Methodists in California held their first regional conference at Trinity UMC in Sacramento on April 21 and 22. The event was organized by the National Hmong Caucus to strengthen and revitalize Hmong United Methodists to become vital and sustainable congregations. A similar event will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Charlotte, North Carolina.  There were more than 100 people in attendance.  Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño and Central Valley District Superintendent, the Rev. ...

Watsonville First UMC Tithes $200K in Support of Africa University and Conference Mission

6/8/2017
*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   "The saints that have gone before us worked in the church and this is an opportunity for us to give back," says the Rev. Robin Mathews-Johnson, pastor of Watsonville First United Methodist Church (UMC).  Watsonville First UMC is giving more than a tithe (tenth) from the $1.5 million in proceeds they received from the sale of property the church owned.  "The gift has been received by us from the work of the former leaders, and now we're passing it on," says ...

South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership Fundraising Dinner and Auction

5/24/2017
The South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership (SSIP) recently held its annual fundraising dinner and auction. Established in 1970 and located at Bethany Presbyterian Church, the SSIP Food Closet serves families and individuals in need through the distribution of donated and purchased food. Seven Sacramento United Methodist congregations partner with the agency: Centennial, Chinese Community, Florin, Hope, Oak Park, Sacramento Japanese, and Sacramento Wesley.  Event speakers were Lori Sugar, food ...

Battle of the Bands & Adobo Cook-Off

5/18/2017
On Thursday June 1st, from 6pm-9pm at Berkeley UMC, 1710 Carleton, Join the Cal-Nev Philippine Solidarity Task Force in raising support for the 2017 Pastoral Solidarity Visit to the Philippines, with the Battle of the Bands & Adobo Cook-Off. Bands will Battle, while raising funds to support this years solidarity trip, learn about current issues in the Philippines, why delegates are going, and eat and vote for the best Adobo. Battle of the Bands line up: Dirty Boots Digma Salami Rose Joe Louis ...

26th Founding Anniversary of Elko United Methodist Fellowship

5/18/2017
Elko United Methodist Fellowship is celebrating her 26th Founding Anniversary this coming June 11, 2017. The invited guest preacher is the Associate General Secretary and Executive Director of Path 1 of the General Board of Discipleship Rev. Dr. Bener B. Agtarap, He was also the former Conference Superintendent for Congregational Vitality in the California- Nevada Conference. To those who want to celebrate with us, service starts at 10:00am @ 539 Court St. Elko Nevada and you may call 753-5220.

The Dream of Lasting and Just Peace

5/8/2017
By the Rev. Lindsey Kerr   Last Tuesday, April 25, at First Congregational Church of Oakland, I witnessed one of the most inspired social justice events I have seen in a long time. The gathering, “A People’s Movement for Just Peace: Understanding the Root Causes of Armed Conflict in the Philippines”, featured a variety of speakers on tour from the Philippines. They spoke to the national situation of the Philippines, as well as to the ongoing civil war between the Government of the Republic of ...

Central Stockton Hosts Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus in Concert

5/1/2017
The Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus returns to Stockton to perform in the Sanctuary of Central, Sunday, May 7 at 3.00pm. The SGMC was founded in 1984 as a singing group aimed at fostering a sense of community and providing support for Sacramento area gay and lesbian people. Over the past thirty years, the group has become an integral part of the Sacramento arts community as well as a voice for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. The chorus strives for musical excellence and ...

Junktique Sale

4/26/2017
Saturday May 6, 9 am-3 pm, huge garage sale including electronics, books, kitchen ware, jewelry, art, furniture, records and more. Lunch starting at 11:30 am with Minestrone soup, Chili and homemade pies. This is our largest fundraiser of the year. Come and support us. Point Richmond First United Methodist Church, 201 Martina St., Point Richmond.

Justo González, Methodist Historian and Theologian, to Offers Summer Course at PSR

4/26/2017
Renowned Methodist historian and theologian, Rev. Dr. Justo González, will be offering a Summer course on Latino/a perspectives on church and theology. The class will take place at Pacific School of Religion, in Berkeley, CA, from June 12 to 16 and can be taken for both academic credit and CEUs.   A native of Cuba, González is author of more than a hundred books on the history of Christianity, Wesleyan theology, and Latino/a religious experience in the United States. He served as the first ...

Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus

4/23/2017
Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus comes to the Central Valley. "Puttin' on the Glitz" Concert, Sunday May 7th 3pm at Central UMC 3700 Pacific Ave Stockton. Tickets $10 available at the church office or at the door. Students free.

Africa University Vice-Chancellor to Preach for Opening Worship at ACS

4/11/2017
Dr. James H. Salley, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Advancement for Africa University, will preach for the opening worship of the 2017 Annual Conference Session (ACS) on Wednesday morning, June 21.  The ACS offering will benefit Africa University as the school celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The celebratory offering will take place during opening worship. Clergy and laity from churches across the California-Nevada Conference are encouraged to bring, and present their ...

UMC Day with the Fresno Grizzlies

4/11/2017
United Methodist Church Day with the Fresno Grizzlies will take place on June 3 at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and includes a free hat. Proceeds will benefit "Imagine No Malaria." This year there will be auction for a person to throw out the first pitch as well as change the manual scoreboard during the second and fourth innings. A combined UMC choir will sing the national anthem. For an informational flyer with more information, click here.  

CNN Series Finding Jesus featuring Bishop Carcaño

3/1/2017
Season two of the hit series "Finding Jesus" featuring Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño will premiere this Sunday, March 5, on CNN.  The six-part series brings to life Jesus’ ministry and journey throughout the ancient world and reveals fascinating new insights using the latest state-of-the-art scientific techniques and archaeological research.  This season the show will explore: The Childhood Home of Jesus; The Tomb of King Herod; The Bones of St. Peter; Relics Believed To Shed Truth About Doubting ...

Message from the Conference Scouting Ministry Coordinator

3/1/2017
Boy Scout units have been (and are) sponsored by a number of United Methodist Churches (or affiliate groups like United Methodist Men). The United Methodist Church has been one of the largest sponsors of Boy Scout Units.  Rules have changed in the Boy Scouts in the last few years, which allows sponsors greater flexibility in creating units that align with their goals.  Since June 2015, a Boy Scout unit can have adult leadership who are gay. As of January 2017, transgendered boys are allowed into...

NETworX: Walking With the Poor

3/1/2017
Over the past seven years a very different model has been developed for elevating people out of poverty.  The California-Nevada Conference Committee on Children and poverty has worked diligently to introduce the NETworX model to churches in the Conference.  In 2016 at the National Conference of UMC a resolution was introduced and adopted endorsing NETworX.  In brief, the model is anchored in developing intentional friendships across class lines by surrounding poor families with two to four ...

Religion and Race Executive to Keynote Annual Conference Session

3/1/2017
By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   Erin M. Hawkins, General Secretary for the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Annual Conference Session to be held June 21 to 24 at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame.    This year's annual conference theme is "Testify to Love: Your Story Matters." Hawkins says, "Jesus used stories to bring people together, to create a deeper understanding around the bond of our common humanity. Indeed, we are all connected and our ...

Musical Variety Concert

2/28/2017
Musical Variety Concert – From pop to Bach , both vocal and instrumental. Featuring some of the Peninsula’s best musical artists like Kathleen Nelson, Lynnelle Bilsey, & Bill Alley (Crystal Springs UMC musical director). An afternoon of fun on Sunday March 19 at 3:00 PM. Suggested Donation $20 to benefit LifeMoves. Reception follows. Crystal Springs UMC, 2145 Bunker Hill Dr., San Mateo. Call 650-345-2381. LifeMoves is a group that supports homeless families in San Mateo County..

Lake County/San Jose Flooding

2/24/2017
California-Nevada Conference officials are in contact with churches and officials on the ground in Lake County and San Jose about the recent flooding, and the Conference's response to the natural disaster.  They are also in contact with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Alum Rock UMC in San Jose is standing by at the invitation of the Red Cross in case the need to shelter evacuees extends into next week.United Methodists and other ecumenical and community partners in Lake County...

Fijian Minister Installed

2/23/2017
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño recently welcomed the Rev. Sekove Veisa, Deaconess Litia Vulase Veisa, and the Chairman of the Council Vakatawas, Alifereti Malo.    An installation service recently took place for Rev. Veisa who is serving half time as a conference resource person for Fijian ministry, and half time on the pastoral staff of First UMC in Santa Rosa.  Rev. Veisa will also resource the Council of Vakatawas and the various Fijian ministries in the conference.    He is ordained as a ...

Oroville Dam Update as of 2/15 (morning)

2/15/2017
Following the lifting of the evacuation at 2 p.m. Tuesday, all three United Methodist evacuation centers (Sutter UMC, Chico Trinity UMC, and Roseville First UMC) shifted from active, to standby mode.  Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea announced that the evacuation order was lifted and that it was safe to return; however, there remains "an evacuation warning" that considers the possibility that there could be future changes in the situation.   With rain expected later this week, all three ...

Oroville Dam Evacuations

2/13/2017
The Rev. David Samelson, Great Northern District Superintendent, has been in contact with pastors from the two circuits affected by the Oroville Dam evacuation.    Eight churches in the Great Northern District have been affected by the evacuation order.  In the Butte Circuit: Biggs UMC, Gridley UMC, and First UMC Oroville, and five churches in the Yuba City/Marysville Circuit:  First UMC Marysville and Marysville Hmong, First UMC Yuba City, Grace UMC Yuba City, and Love Korean UMC Yuba City.   ...

Immigration Workshop - Sanctuary, Advocacy, and Education on Legislation

2/10/2017
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS - TRUMPING THE SYSTEM Sponsored by The Immigration Task Force of California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church   WHEN:  February 20, 2017   WHERE:  EPWORTH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - 1953 HOPKINS ST., Berkeley, CA.94707   TIME: 9:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M.   TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE                   AGENDA      9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Registration 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Invocation and Speaker - Bishop Minerva Carcano “Why are immigration issues important...

Northern California Churches Help Resettle Refugee Families

2/8/2017
*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   "As Christians, we are called to love one another, to welcome one another, and to care for one another…We are called to do this even when, especially when, that is hard," says Jessie Tientcheu, a member of The Table at Central United Methodist Church (The Table) in Sacramento.  The Table has worked with a local Sacramento organization, Opening Doors, a Church World Service affiliate, to help resettle two refugee families in the Sacramento area.    Tientcheu, whose ...

Bishop Carcaño Stands in Solidarity with Imam on National Day of Solidarity

2/3/2017
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño stood in solidarity with Imam Dr. Mohamed Abdul-Azeez of the Tarbiya Institute in Roseville, CA.  Their meeting was part of a national interfaith movement of action that took place across the nation in solidarity with refugee and Muslim communities around noontime Jummah prayer.   With more than 30 United Methodist clergy and laypeople, Bishop Carcaño attended the prayer service and presented Imam Azeez with a letter of solidarity and a fruit basket.  She gave remarks ...

Conference Leadership Gathers to Explore Foundational Goals

2/3/2017
*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr. Leadership from across the California-Nevada Conference recently gathered for a retreat with Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño to begin the quadrennium exploring the Conference's foundational goals and denominational focus areas.  "As leaders of the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church we gather knowing that we are here to lead God's people on the journey ahead," says Bishop Carcaño.    Bishop Carcaño led the opening worship and preached from Acts ...

Global Mission Fellow Works With Jubilee Initiative to Combat Predatory Lending

1/24/2017
By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   "I was born and raised a Methodist and had this feeling from when I was little that I wanted to do something cool when I grew up," says Margaret "Maggie" Lohmeyer.  That "something cool" for Lohmeyer is being a Global Mission Fellow of the General Board of Global Ministries working as a field coordinator for the Jubilee Initiative in the Bridges District.    Lohmeyer says she felt a "call to mission" back in 2013 after traveling with her church on a mission trip to ...

Finance Faire in Chico

1/19/2017
Aldersgate UMC in Chico will hold a Finance Faire on Saturday, February 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Speaker for the event will be: Diane Knudsen, Conference Treasurer; Susan Peters, UM Foundation; Cory Parish United Methodist Endowment Board; Rev. John Dodson, Capital Campaign Consultant; and, Ted Ramirez from the United Methodist Credit Union. Workshops will include: day to day finances; investments; and estate planning.  Cost is $10 and includes lunch.  Check can be made payable to "AUMC"...

Bishop Carcaño's National Sanctuary Statement

1/17/2017
National Sanctuary Press Conference, January 17, 2017        Statement of Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño   Thank you for the opportunity to be with you on this morning.  I want to share that United Methodists stand firmly with our immigrant brothers and sisters who continue to face the harsh treatment that the U.S. has given them for far too long while they labor in our fields, care for our elderly, build and clean our homes, and serve us at the tables of our favorite restaurants.    With other ...

Draft Guidance on Prohibiting Free Samples of Tobacco Products

1/17/2017
for the use of all UMC advocacy and justice members, all members of CA/NV UMC, and both youth and pastor education. Draft Guidance on Prohibiting Free Samples of Tobacco Products The FDA recently issued a draft guidance, The Prohibition of Distributing Free Samples of Tobacco Products, for public comment. When finalized, this guidance will help tobacco product manufacturers, distributors, and retailers understand—and comply with—the prohibition of distributing free samples of tobacco products. ...

Christmas Day Blanket Give Away

1/12/2017
On Christmas day Laurel UMC went out in streets of Oakland to give away more than 60 blankets to the homeless. In addition, the youth sang carols and the Laurel choir sang the "Hallelujah Chorus." Throughout the month of December, the congregations collected blankets and felt that it was fitting to pass them out on Christmas day. The youth also gave up their annual gift giving party and used those funds to purchase more blankets.  "We want to make sure that even on holidays the hands and feet ...

Director, Alton L. Collins Retreat Center

1/11/2017
The Camp and Retreat Ministry of the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church is seeking a new member for our team to serve as the director for the Alton L. Collins Retreat Center, located just southeast of Portland, Oregon.  We require: a commitment to our mission of “Creating quality environments of Christian hospitality and learning,” familiarity with United Methodist polity, experience with camp and retreat ministry, experience in leading a staff in working together, and a ...

Gathering of Orders to Feature Bishop Carcaño and PSR President

1/5/2017
The Gathering of the Orders will take place January 17 to 19 at Mt. Hermon. Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño will be the preacher on opening night and the Communion Celebrant at the Thursday morning Communion Service. Bishop Carcaño will also be available for individual meetings and hosting a group at each meal. The Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, President of the Pacific School of Religion (PSR), will be the key note presenter on Wednesday, and Thursday morning, using Biblical and theological disciplines...

Greater Sacramento young people gives back to homeless youth!

1/4/2017
Each year we, the churches of the Greater Sacramento area, gather together in celebration of Jesus Christ birth and through fellowship and fun/games reflect on the wonderful grace of God given to us throughout the year. This year as we thought about how grateful we were this holiday, we joined in the fun and showed how much we appreciated what we had by bringing donations of new or barely used winter-ware items to help the homeless youth of Sacramento, CA. So as the youth and volunteers were ...

Scholarships for Seminarians

1/4/2017
The California Nevada Board of Ordained Ministry in conjunction with The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, The Texas Methodist Foundation, and the Lily Foundation are offering three scholarships for seminarians.    Criteria for scholarship recipients: * United Methodist enrolled certified candidate for ministry (elder or deacon) * Demonstrated merit, progress, and commitment in the candidacy process * MDIV student enrolled at one ...

PSR Mentoring and Internship Program

12/20/2016
The Pacific School of religion (PSR), a radically inclusive seminary dedicated to social justice, has been given the incredible opportunity, beginning in March 2017, to coordinate a first-time mentoring & internship program for college-age- (18-23) emerging leaders who are first-and second-generation immigrants and may be considering a path toward pastoral ministry in service to immigrant and non-immigrant communities throughout California, with a focus on the Central Valley. This innovative ...

Sending Forth Service for Rev. Brian Adkins

12/15/2016
Friends and colleagues of the Rev. Brian Adkins are invited to be present to lay hands on him, and send him forth with love and prayer as he prepares to serve on the United Methodist Commission on a Way Forward. Adkins is one of 32 persons selected by the Council of Bishops for the group charged with bridging the denomination’s deep divisions around LGBTQI people.  This music-filled, local sending forth will take place at Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins Street, Berkeley, on ...

Interim Conference Superintendent for Leadership Development Named

12/9/2016
December 9, 2016   Friends,   Grace and peace to you during this season of Advent as we anticipate the birth of the Christ Child.  This Sunday we light the pink candle on the Advent wreath; a candle that stands for joy.  It is the shepherds’ candle because the shepherds received a message of great joy.    It is with great joy that I announce that the Rev. L. Fitzgerald "Gere" Reist, II has accepted our invitation to come among us to serve as our interim conference superintendent for leadership...

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