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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...

Part time Job Opportunity: Director of Children and Youth Ministries at Evergreen Valley UMC

12/5/2016
Director of Children and Youth Ministries (Evergreen Valley United Methodist Church) We seek a person who will generate new ideas and programs and who values a team concept of ministry. Candidate must possess excellent organizational, communication, teaching, administrative and computer skills. A college degree (BA or BS) and background in education or youth/children ministry is preferable but not required. Candidate must pass a background check upon hiring. Two personal and two professional ...

Bergquist Named Associate General Secretary for Division of Ordained Ministry, GBHEM

11/22/2016
Friends,   After much prayer and consultation our brother and colleague in ministry, the Rev. Greg Bergquist, conference superintendent for leadership development for the California-Nevada Annual Conference, has been named associate general secretary for the Division of Ordained Ministry at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) effective January 2017. While we will greatly miss Greg on our Cabinet and in our ministries across the California-Nevada Conference, I believe you ...

ACS 2017 Theme Selected

11/15/2016
By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   After a prayerful and discerning process, the California-Nevada Conference Commission on the Annual Conference Session has chosen "Testify to Love: Your Story Matters" as the theme for the 2017 Annual Conference Session.  Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño met for the first time with the group that consists of more than 20 persons, both clergy and laity, from across the annual conference.  After much sharing, Bishop Carcaño invited the Commission to discern a theme for the ...

27 College Students Awarded Scholarships

11/9/2016
United Methodist Student Day is November 27.  This is one of the six Special Sundays of the denomination.  It is observed on the last Sunday of November and furnishes scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist-related and other accredited colleges and universities.  Twenty-Seven college students from the California-Nevada Conference have been awarded scholarships through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) totaling more than $40,000.  For a complete ...

Pioneer UMC Auburn and the Conference Tithe

11/9/2016
Pioneer UMC in Auburn anticipates being at 100 percent of their 2016 conference tithe by the end of December.  "This represents an amazing transformation," says the Rev. Dave Samelson, Great Northern District Superintendent. Three years ago Pioneer UMC was severely in the red financially and unable to pay practically any of their conference tithe.  "The church also had to move from their pastor being full-time to three-fourths time," says Samelson.    Samelson says, "The church had a long and ...

Israel/Palestine Task Force Launches Website

11/3/2016
The Israel/Palestine Task Force (IP Task Force) has launched a new website <> and welcomes visitors. “Our goal is to more broadly inform the Conference about our work and encourage individual and congregational involvement,” states Yvonne Turner, IP Task Force Chair. “We also want to serve as a resource.” The site highlights IP Task Force work areas, links to more information, and suggested actions. Currently, the No Way to Treat a Child project invites readers to add their name to a letter to ...

Western Jurisdiction Bishops send letter to President Obama in support of Standing Rock Sioux Nation

10/28/2016
The following letter was sent to President Barack Obama by the Bishops of the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church expressing opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and support for the Standing Rock Sioux Nation.  October 25, 2016 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama: We, the bishops of the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, write in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and all who bear ...

Bishop Carcaño's Message About the Conference Tithe

10/27/2016
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house. And thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need…… Then all nations will count you happy, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.  Malachi 3:10, 12   Brothers and Sisters,   Grace and peace to you in the name of Christ Jesus.  What a joy it is to be in ministry with you!  You are a...

California-Nevada Conference Campus Ministry Grant Applications Available

10/19/2016
The Cal Nevada Annual Conference Committee on Higher Education and Campus Ministry has released the 2017 Campus Ministry Grant applications.  These grants are made available through our Annual Conference operating budget to minister to college students.  Past recipients have included our Wesley Foundations, local churches that reach out to local campuses, and college campuses focused on student spiritual needs. The grant application consists of a request form, click here, and financial ...

Benefit Concert with Bobby Jo Valentine Sat. Oct 22.

10/14/2016
Bethany UMC invites you all to a free benefit concert with Bobby Jo Valentine on Saturday Oct 22, 2016 at Bethany United Methodist Church at 7pm in San Francisco. Bobby Jo is an award winning singer and songwriter and has become well known in our Cal-Nev Conference. Join us for a night of music, light refreshments, and fellowship. A free will offering will be taken to support the San Francisco Night Ministry, which serves the homeless of San Francisco every night of the year, by having pastors ...

Lynnewood UMC Pleasanton Celebrates Jubilee

10/2/2016
The Reverends Staci Current and former pastors, Darrell Darling, Jeff Kunkel, John Emerson, Paul Henshaw, Kim Risedorph, and Gary Grundman, will join with the Lynnewood UMC congregation to celebrate the church's 50th anniversary the weekend of October 1-2, 2016. World Communion services at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. culminate a Jubilee Year with events including a benefit concert for Open Heart Kitchen with Jim and Jean Strathdee (January), a "Happening" with 60s fashion show and music (July), Heritage...

Bishop Carcaño's Installation Service Sermon Video Available

9/29/2016
Clergy and laity from across the California-Nevada Conference gathered last Saturday at St. Paul's UMC in Manteca for the Installation Service for Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño. Bishop Carcaño preached "Bound by Love" based on Philippians 4:10-20.  To view the sermon, click here.  

Bishop Carcaño Reception This Sunday in South Reno

9/26/2016
A reception for Bishop Carcaño will also take place this Sunday, October 2, at South Reno UMC, 200 De Spain Lane, Reno, NV, at 2 p.m. Another reception will be held on Saturday, November 19, at Los Altos UMC, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos, CA, at 2 p.m.   For Bishop Carcaño's bio, click here.

SJUMC hosts benefit concert as a fundraiser for Stop Hunger Now

9/25/2016
The Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church (SJUMC), a member of the Pentecost Circuit, is proud to announce a free benefit concert on September 25, 2016 by the ACC Guitar Ensemble. All donations received at this benefit concert will be applied to fundraising efforts that SJUMC has planned in order to host a Stop Hunger Now meal packaging event next year during Lent. This will be the third year that the church has adopted Stop Hunger Now as one of its mission projects. The seven-member group...

Installation Offering to Benefit Conference Disaster Relief Fund

9/21/2016
The offering during the Installation Service for Bishop Minerva Carcaño will benefit the California-Nevada Conference Disaster Relief Fund.   This fund has allowed the Conference to meet immediate needs until UMCOR grants arrive, and to meet needs not covered with those grants. The fund has provided assistance during recent fires, as well as earthquakes, and other disasters. Persons, or churches, wishing to donate who will not be present on Saturday can make checks payable to "California-Nevada...

Sebastopol UMC Commemorates 150 Years of Service

9/21/2016
It was a glorious warm day at Sebastopol UMC on September 18, when the Rev. Schuyler Rhodes, Bridges District Superintendent, challenged the church to envision the future for another 150 years. He preached from 1 Peter 3:8-12 on the subject, "Blessings," which was followed with a church potluck.        According to the West Sonoma county Historical Society the church is "the only continuous owner of the same Main Street property in Sebastopol since 1867."       There have been 32 pastors and ...

Installation Offering to Benefit Conference Disaster Relief Fund

9/20/2016
The offering during the Installation Service for Bishop Minerva Carcaño will benefit the California-Nevada Conference Disaster Relief Fund.   This fund has allowed the Conference to meet immediate needs until UMCOR grants arrive, and to meet needs not covered with those grants. The fund has provided assistance during recent fires, as well as earthquakes, and other disasters. Persons, or churches, wishing to donate who will not be present on Saturday can make checks payable to "California-Nevada...

Video Interview with Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño

9/20/2016
Dr. Larry Hygh, Jr., California-Nevada Conference director of communications, recently sat down with Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño who began as the Conference's Episcopal leader on September 1.  To watch the interview, click here.  

Fiji Church Officials Visit the Conference Center

9/15/2016
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño and the California-Nevada Conference Cabinet welcome the Rev. Dr. Epineri Vakadewavosa, General Secretary of the Methodist Church in Fiji, and Vakatawa Isei Daveta , Chair of the Council of Vakatawas.  

New Pastor's Orientation

9/15/2016
Forty new pastors from around the annual conference are gathered for New Pastor's Orientation. The two day event includes a Disciple Making workshop by the Rev. Dr. Phil Maynard, and informational sessions on the conference's strategic direction, lay ministry, communications, young people's ministry, administrative nuts and bolts, financial stewardship, new places for new people, and culture of innovation and collaboration.  

PSR Opens for 150th Year of Classes

9/15/2016
As the Pacific School of Religion (PSR) opens its 150th year of classes, United Methodist students gather for the first meeting of the 2016-2017 academic year at the seminary.  The United Methodist Church has had a formal relationship with the seminary since its early beginnings, and PSR today, continues to train a significant percentage of clergy and lay leaders in the California-Nevada Conference. Since its founding in 1866, PSR has served as a multi-denominational Christian seminary. ...

A Message from Bishop Carcaño on 9/11

9/11/2016
On this day as we remember 9/11, let us continue to pray for the victims, the perpetrators of this human atrocity, and for all their families.  Even after 15 years since New York City experienced this tragedy and the US and even the world shook under its impact, we feel the pain of needless death.  As people of Christian faith we do know, however, that there are no easy answers to moments like 9/11.   What we experienced in this country on 9/11 happens all over the world all too often.  Human ...

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño Presented Doctor of Divinity at CST

9/8/2016
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño was presented a Doctor of Divinity degree honoris causa during Claremont School of Theology’s (CST) 2016 Convocation celebrating the new school year and highlighting their commitment to interreligious work and creating a difference for the world. For the full convocation story, click here. To watch the convocation, click here. To read CST President, Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Kuan's, remarks, click here.  

Missionary Marilyn Chan Itinerating in October

9/8/2016
Missionary Marilyn Chan, who is a member of Stockton Central UMC serving in Cambodia, will be on itineration in the California-Nevada Annual Conference Oct. 11 to 23, and then again Nov. 22 to Dec. 7. If interested in a visit, contact Howard Parker, the Conference Secretary of Global Ministries, at howard.parker@gmail.com.   Marilyn Chan coordinates the ministries for women of the Methodist Mission in Cambodia, including the women's livelihood program that is pictured in the photo by Paul ...

SUMU New Ministry Grant Application Deadline November 1

9/7/2016
Rev. Neal Harrell & Joseph Archer are the Co-Chairs for SUMU’s New Ministry Grant Application Process. SUMU invites churches in the Sacramento region to apply for new ministry grants on a rolling basis. The next deadline for reviewing new ministry grant applications is November 1, 2016. Grant applications can be completed online at http://sumuchurches.org. As a mission extension society, SUMU does not make grants to established churches for construction, improvements, or repairs. SUMU grants are...

Bishop Carcaño Assigns Bishop Brown Interim Senior Pastor of Glide

9/4/2016
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, resident bishop of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, has assigned recently retired Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. as the senior interim pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco.   “There is no better person to lead Glide as its Interim Senior Pastor in this time of transition than Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr.  He knows and loves Glide and truly values the transformative ministry that Glide has been devoted to over these many years.  Bishop ...

84th Annual Wesley Aki Matsuri Fall Festival

9/1/2016
Wesley United Methodist Church, San Jose, annual Aki Matsuri festival will celebrate the coming of the fall season. Experience a modern twist of a Japanese festival with new and traditional foods, a variety of entertainment and activities, and one-of-a-kind shopping. Aki Matsuri (Fall Festival) is on Saturday, October 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the heart of San Jose’s Japantown at 566 N. 5th Street.   Parking will be available to our visitors at the Wesley 6th Street parking lot, down 5th ...

Installation and Receptions Set for Bishop Carcaño

9/1/2016
An Installation Service, and reception dates, have been set for Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño.  Bishop Carcaño begins today as the resident bishop of the California-Nevada Annual Conference.  An Installation Service will take place on Saturday, September 24, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul's UMC, Manteca, CA.  The church is located at 910 East North Street, Manteca, CA.   Persons are encouraged to carpool because of limited parking. Childcare is available for 6 months to 5th grade. For childcare, RSVP to ...

Multicity Gathers to Explore Ministry in a Multifaceted World

8/25/2016
By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   More than 120 pastors and church leaders from across the California-Nevada Annual Conference recently gathered at Saint Paul United Methodist Church (UMC) in Fremont for the Multicity Conference.  "Laity and clergy can come together and be informed and equipped to do God's work," said the Rev. Samuel Yun, convener for the annual conference's Leadership Development mission focus area.  "Before we can change the world, we have to change ourselves."   The one-day event ...

Daniel Charles Damon honored as Fellow by The Hymn Society

8/3/2016
Redlands, California. Daniel Charles Damon has been honored by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada (The HSUSC) at its annual conference in Redlands, California, July 17-21, 2016, by being named a Fellow of The Hymn Society. This award, the highest honor given by the organization, was conferred because of Damon’s work as a hymn-text writer, hymn-tune composer, editor, and teacher, as well as his significant contributions to The HSUSC.   Born in Rapid City, South Dakota, Damon ...

Spanish Language Basic Lay Servant Class

7/28/2016
Please inform friends, colleagues, new United Methodists and others who speak Spanish that there is a lay servant class just for them! It will be held on 2 Saturdays in August so that all 10 hours can be taught. The class will be held at New Creation Church in the sanctuary lounge. The address is 1675 Winchester Blvd. Campbell CA 95008.. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday August 13th and August 20th. Attendance at both days is necessary to receive a completion ...

Palestinian Partners to Visit California-Nevada Conference

7/26/2016
Two leaders from the Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin will visit the California-Nevada Conference from July 26 to August 16 for an education and fundraising speaking tour.    Ata Manasra is the coordinator of the Wadi Foquin (Narjes) Community Development  Project, and Adel Hroub is the youth coordinator for the project. Venues for their speaking tour will include:  South Hayward UMC, San Ramon Valley UMC, Lynnewood UMC in Pleasanton, St. Mark's UMC in Sacramento, First UMC Redding, the ...

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