PSR Mentoring and Internship Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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   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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

A Conversation with Bishop Karen Oliveto

*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   "I think of myself as one who has responded faithfully to God's call in my life, which has been affirmed by my brothers and sisters," said Bishop Karen Phyllis Oliveto upon her consecration as a bishop in The United Methodist Church (UMC). "I have always seen my life as a life of service. I'm trying to follow the path God has placed for me."   Bishop Oliveto says, "We are a people rooted in God's grace.  In the days to come may we model grace in all our ...

California-Nevada Ecumenical Grants Deadline August 22

August 22 is the deadline to apply for California-Nevada Ecumenical Grants. The Advocacy and Justice Committee has a small budget available to support ecumenical and interfaith social justice advocacy initiatives.    Ecumenical or interfaith organizations may apply for Ecumenical Grants if they meet the following criteria: Such organizations must include meaningful participation by one or more United Methodist churches, committees, or task forces as well as other faith communities. The project ...

Tongan Luau at Sonora United Methodist Church

Sonora United Methodist Church will host a Tongan Luau from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30; the family-friendly event includes entertainment, dancing and a tropical feast of roast pig, teriyaki chicken, sweet and sour port, sweet potatoes, salads, desserts and coconut-pineapple-mango punch; event will be held at the Parish Hall of St Patrick's Catholic Church, 127 W. Jackson Street, Sonora; tickets are $20 adults, $10 children, free for children younger than 5; tickets are available at the door ...

Bishop Minerva Carcaño Assigned to the California-Nevada Conference

Bishop Minerva Carcaño has been assigned the California Nevada-Conference (San Francisco Episcopal Area) to be the resident bishop beginning September 1. Bishop Carcaño has served the California-Pacific Conference the past four years.  For Bishop Carcaño’s bio, click here.   Other assignments in the Western Jurisdiction are:   Alaska Conference – Bishop Elaine Stanovsky California-Pacific Conference – Bishop Grant Hagiya Desert Southwest Conference – Bishop Robert Hoshibata Oregon-Idaho ...

Erskine Fire Update

The latest is an update for the Erskine Fire as of June 29 at 9:30 a.m. The fire is 46,684 acres and is 60 percent contained. There are more than 1,700 firefighters fighting the fire. There are no evacuations in place and residents can return to their homes with ID for proof of residency. Kern County’s Office of Emergency Services’ transition center is open to support the needs of recently evacuated residents who are now returning to their homes.   United Methodists are responding as follows: ...

Luau for Sonora United Methodist Church

The Sonora United Methodist Church is hosting a Tongan Luau on Saturday, July 30th, from 5 - 8 pm. This is a family event with entertainment, dancing and a tropical feast. The dinner will include roast pig, teriyaki chicken, sweet and sour pork, sweet potatoes, salads, desserts and coconut-pineapple-mango punch. The Luau will be held at the Parish Hall of St Patrick’s Catholic Church, 127 W. Jackson Street, Sonora. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children, free for children under the age of ...

Alum Rock UMC Invited to County of Santa Clara Supervisors Meeting

Alum Rock UMC’s Pride leader was invited by Supervisor Ken Yeager to offer the invocation at the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors meeting on June 21, 2016. Supervisor Yeager contacted the church after we published a letter regarding the continued theft and vandalism of our Pride flags on campus. We’d like to share our invocation message with all: Board of Supervisors Meeting Invocation June 21, 2016 The philosopher and theologian Dr. Cornell West said, "justice is love in public." I ...

Oliveto Episcopal Nominee from California-Nevada Conference

The Rev. Dr. Karen Oliveto, senior pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco, is the Episcopal nominee from the California-Nevada Annual Conference to the Western Jurisdiction Conference.

Samelson to Serve Dual Appointment Beginning July 1

Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. will appoint the Rev. Dave Samelson to a dual appointment beginning July 1.  Samelson, who is currently the District Superintendent for Great Northern District and Dean of the Cabinet, will co-pastor the Point Pleasant UMC in Elk Grove where he will work alongside the church’s long-time pastor the Rev. Neal Harrell.   Bishop Brown says, “When a pastor serves a long time in a community, the change of clergy can be challenging.” He added, “Pastor Neal Harrell has ...

Golden Gate Radio Orchestra 18th Anniversary Concert

THE GOLDEN GATE RADIO ORCHESTRA - Presents their 18th Anniversary Concert of Music from the Great American Songbook on June 26 at 3:00 PM. Vocals: Eric Ribeiro, Heather Otte. Maestro: Steven Reading. Selections include: “Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered,” “More Than You Know,” “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” Free Refreshments. Tickets: $15. Call 650-871-7464. Crystal Springs UMC, 2145 Bunker Hill Dr., San Mateo.

Bishop Brown and Faith Leaders on Capitol Hill to Discuss Sentencing Reform

Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. and other faith leaders met yesterday with United States Senator for Nevada, Dean Heller (R) in his Capitol Hill office seeking his support for sentencing reform. Photographed, from left to right, Rabbi Ethan Bair, Temple Sinai, Reno, Senator Heller, Rev. Neal Anderson, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Reno, and Bishop Brown.  

Bishop Brown's Father-In-Law Passes in Baltimore

  Mr. Oather M. Jones, Sr. (Pictured on the left) Bishop and Mrs. Warner H. Brown, Jr. are saddened to announce the death of Minnie’s father, Mr. Oather M. Jones, Sr. on June 9, 2016 in Baltimore, MD.  He was 94 years old.  Funeral services for Mr. Jones will be held on Friday, June 17, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 2201 Garrison Blvd., Baltimore, MD.   Condolences may be sent to the family at 2126 East Hoffman Street, Baltimore, MD 21213.   Bishop and Mrs. Brown thank you for ...

BUMC holds 2nd annual Walk-a-Thon for Backpackpalooza

On May 21st, men, women and children came out to walk/run for backpacks at the Burlingame H.S. track and field. On this beautiful spring morning 40 participants each walked/ran an average of 4 miles and raised $3,500 for Backpackpalooza. These funds will give us a jump start in preparing us for our 11th annual backpack giveaway and party for underserved children in the community.

Jurisdictional Nominating Pool

When the Western Jurisdictional Conference convenes next month, its nominating committee will select people to serve as the jurisdiction's representatives on the denomination's general boards and agencies for the next quadrennium. Agencies include the Connectional Table; General Boards of Church & Society, Discipleship, Global Ministries, Higher Education & Ministry, and Pensions & Health Benefits; General Commissions on Communications, Religion & Race, and the Status and Role of Women; the ...


The official app of the 2016 California-Nevada Annual Conference Session is now available.  The app will aid participants in organizing and planning their activities while in attendance throughout the week of June 22 to 25. The app includes: daily schedules, meal event times and locations, access to social media, e-documents, live streaming, and resources to aid participants. To download the app on Apple devices, click here. To download the app on Android devices, click here.  

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