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April 22, 2021 | Rev. Dr. Felicisimo Cao
Note from Rev. Dr. Felicisimo Cao, the Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries and Young People’s Ministry for the California-Nevada Conference and staff resource for the Task Force on Children’s Ministry, Conference Committee on Young People’s ...

April 22, 2021 | Admin
In a week that has seen more gun violence but also a step toward justice in the guilty rulings of the George Floyd murder case, leaders from our California-Nevada Committee on Religion & Race (CCORR)  offers a steadfast word of encouragement, and a ...

April 22, 2021 | Admin
This week's theme is: The Lord is My Shepherd  The scripture is: Psalm 23 This week Margie Shunk of St. Mark's UMC welcomes children with Sam and talks about shepherding and how much God loves us; Lamb-see-do is excited to read Psalm 23--all about ...

April 22, 2021 | Admin
If you are wondering how to honor Earth Day 2021, Global Ministries has you covered with a series of multi media resources grounded in our Wesleyan tradition. The Rev. Jenny Phillips, Senior Technical Advisor for Environmental Sustainability at ...

April 22, 2021 | Admin
Easter Hill UMC joined with The One Accord Project, The Garden of Peace Ministries and the Contra Costa Department of Health Services to host a mobile COVID -19 vaccine clinic on April 7th. The church opened its doors in an effort to get vaccines in...

April 22, 2021 | Jorge Domingues
The Conference Committee on Mission Service is excited to announce the assignment of Steve Elliott as the new United Methodist Volunteer in Mission (UMVIM) Coordinator for the California-Nevada Conference.  In this role, Steve will coordinate our ...

April 22, 2021 | Admin
UCLA Labor Studies is offering a free online course that will be streamed live on their Facebook page. The course is titled Nonviolence & Social Change, and features instructors Rev. James Lawson Jr. and Kent Wong. Classes are streamed live on ...

April 22, 2021 | John Oda
On May 25, 2020 George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed by a white police officer in the city of Minneapolis. Mr. Floyd was initially stopped by the police because a store clerk alleged that he had passed a counterfeit $20 bill. By now all ...

April 22, 2021 | JB Brayfindley
“Nobody wants to be here decrying what is going on—declaring a climate emergency,” stated Pastor Mary Westfall, board member of the Sacramento Area Congregations Together (SacAct) and Executive Director for the regional Presbyterian Churches in North...

April 17, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Editor's Note:  The LA Times featured the following OP-Ed by Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño on April 16th as the Biden administration announced it would keep the cap on refugees to the Trump era policy of 15,000, effectively breaking its promise to raise ...

April 17, 2021 | Admin
The Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) came together to create two very special videos that honor Derrick Rainbow. The videos are especially designed for use in worship services this Sunday, April 18th, when the whole of the United ...

April 17, 2021 | Linda Bloom
The United Methodist Church’s top court will not rule in advance on the constitutionality of proposed legislation that would provide a way for some to separate from the denomination. In Memorandum 1407, the Judicial Council declined jurisdiction in ...

April 15, 2021 | Admin
Beyond Diversity is a new report released by the Barna Group in partnership with Dr. Michael Emerson and the Racial Justice and Unity Center and funded by the Lily Endowment. The report is an in-depth study of attitudes, beliefs and experiences ...

April 15, 2021 | JB Brayfindley
“What a helpful tool to help assess the effectiveness of Children and Youth Ministries in our conference,” stated Joni Cisowski, Family Minister at First UMC Modesto and newest member of the conference Children Ministry Task Force, a ministry area of...

April 15, 2021 | Admin
This week's theme is Earth Day The scripture is Psalm 24:1. This week Rev. Karen Stoffers-Pugh of Fresno Wesley UMC welcomes and blesses the children; Jim and Jean Strathdee share a special song as lots of animals “Dance To The Spirit”; Lamb-see-do ...

April 15, 2021 | Jim Patterson
United Methodists Julian Kim and Peter Lee didn’t see their lives represented in Hollywood films, so they did it themselves. “Happy Cleaners,” an independent film set in the diverse Flushing neighborhood in Queens, New York, is about a Korean ...

April 15, 2021 | JB Brayfindley
“I wore my mask even when I preached,” stated George Beckman, Great Northern District Lay Leader and worship leader at an in person worship on Easter, April 5, 2021 at Placer Hills UMC in Meadow Vista, California. Beckman is a Certified Lay Minister ...

April 08, 2021 | Admin
The United Methodist Church will officially celebrate Native American Ministries Sunday on April 18th, and encourages your congregation to celebrate any Sunday in April and to donate to Native American Ministries as often as you would like throughout...

April 08, 2021 | Admin
Son of a former California-Nevada clergy member, Rob Bonta was recently tapped by California Governor Gavin Newsom to be the state's next Attorney General.  Bonta comes to the administration to fill the role vacated by Xavier Becerra, who was tapped ...

April 08, 2021 | Will Ebeler
April is National Volunteer Appreciation month, and one of the ways we can appreciate volunteers is by making sure that we are providing the support volunteers need on a day-to-day basis. The Conference Volunteers in Mission and Disaster Response ...

April 08, 2021 | Admin
This week's theme is: Jesus Knows You The scripture is: John 20:10-16 This week Margie Shunk from St. Mark’s UMC greets the children with a jelly bean poem; pastor Lindsey Bell-Kerr of Christ UMC in Santa Rosa shares a message about Jesus’ love for ...

April 08, 2021 | Admin
Debra "JB" Brayfindley is known to many throughout the California-Nevada Conference, and even if you haven't met JB, you will recognize her voice through the countless articles she has written that lift up the work of local churches in mission with ...

April 08, 2021 | Rev. Angela Brown, JD
The Order of Deacons of the California-Nevada Annual Conference cordially invites you to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Order. Due to the postponements of General Conference 2020, the general celebration will be held via ZOOM through ...

April 08, 2021 | JB Brayfindley
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a series of articles on how UM churches in our conference are implementing Circles and NETworX initiatives and continuing to thwart poverty—especially during this pandemic.  New Feature: behind the scenes with JB:...

April 08, 2021 | Admin
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are all called to love God and each other. As members of the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, we do that through acts of justice, community outreach, and personal practices of devotion. In April’s ...

April 04, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño shares a message for Easter Sunday grounded in Mark 16:1-8 in which she invites us to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, even as we find ourselves in a time of both terror and amazement. Click here to hear the message. ...

April 04, 2021 | Admin
This week's theme is the Easter Story. The scripture is Mark 16:1-8. This week Rev. Dr. George Edd-Bennett welcomes and blesses the children; Lamb-see-do reads the Bible verses and Momoko describes the emotions of Easter; and Mort, well, Mort joins...

April 03, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño shares a message for Holy Saturday of Holy Week grounded in Mark 15:42-47 in which she invites us to sit in silence and wonder with her if the grief will ever pass. Click here to hear the message. You may also read the ...

April 02, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño shares a message for Good Friday of Holy Week grounded in Mark 15:25-37 in which she invites us to wonder with her what it might have been like to be at the foot of the cross when Jesus died. Click here to hear the message....

April 01, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño shares a message for Maundy Thursday of Holy Week grounded in Mark 14:12-25 in which she invites us to wonder with her what it might have felt like to have been fed by Jesus. Click here to hear the message. You may also ...

April 01, 2021 | Admin
Holy Week was a busy time for everyone and Holy Week 2021 was no exception. Yet, Bishop Minerva G, Carcaño invited us to pause and wonder what it must have been like to journey with Jesus this final week of his earthly life.  Bishop Minerva shared ...

April 01, 2021 | Rev. Angela Brown, JD
The Order of Deacons of the California-Nevada Annual Conference cordially invites you to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Order. Due to the postponements of General Conference 2020, the general celebration will be held via ZOOM through ...

April 01, 2021 | JB Brayfindley
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of articles on how UM churches in our conference are implementing Circles and NETworX initiatives and continuing to thwart poverty—especially during this pandemic.   “This is so much different than all the...

April 01, 2021 | Dan Curran,Christopher Plummer
United Methodist Committee on Relief Grant to Help Asylum Seekers Find Pathway to Safety Church World Service’s “Leading with Welcome” Program Receives $1.1 Million UMCOR Grant to Support Efforts to Rebuild Humane Immigration System   Atlanta, Ga. ...

March 30, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño shares a message for Tuesday of Holy Week grounded in Mark 11:15-18 in which she invites us to wonder with her - what moved people then, and may move people now, to conspire against God's holy work of love, justice and ...

March 29, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño invites us to wonder what the travelers to Jerusalem must have experienced as we journey together this Holy Week.  Click here to hear Bishop's reflection. You may also read the text of Bishop Minerva's message here:   ...

March 28, 2021 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño shares a message for Palm Sunday grounded in Mark 11:1-11. Bishop invites us to wonder about the events of that day, as Jesus made his way into Jerusalem, through the eyes of a young donkey that had never been ridden.  ...

March 28, 2021 | Admin
On Monday March 22nd Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño and Conference Lay Leader Micheal Pope convened a group of conference clergy to discuss the surge in violence against Asian Americans happening in their communities. They listened as people shared ...

March 25, 2021 | Dedra Beauchamp
The churches of the Living Waters Circuit, part of the Los Rios District, will hold a joint Maundy Thursday service via Zoom on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7pm PDT. Host churches include Fair Oaks UMC, UMC of Rancho Cordova, St. Mark’s UMC, Rio Linda...

March 25, 2021 | California Nevada Committee on Native American Ministries
In years before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee on Native American Ministries received special offerings from an average of 167 churches from across the California Nevada conference. These offerings allowed CONAM to support our three Native ...

March 25, 2021 | Barbara Dunlap-Berg
Growing up in the Midwest, Joyce D. Sohl learned several important lessons: Think for yourself. Accept all. Always try to do your best. Prepare to be able to support yourself. Those values would serve her well later in life as a pioneer for women’s ...

March 25, 2021 | Admin
This week's theme is King Jesus The Scripture is Mark 11:1-11 This week Rev. Lindsey Bell-Kerr's dog Oscar welcomes and blesses the children with a palm branch from Santa Rosa Christ Church; Momoko from Sacramento Japanese UMC returns to share about...

March 25, 2021 | Rev. Josephine Whitley-Fields
Black clergywomen are pioneers of The United Methodist Church who have answered the call to make disciples for the transformation of the world. They have had a positive impact on churches and communities, with spiritual, numerical and financial ...

March 25, 2021 | Admin
Editor's Note: The following FEMA Advisory was released on March 24th, 2021. In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease ...

March 25, 2021 | Shari Sandoval
Editors Note:  UMC Support and the Connectional Relations team are part of the General Council of Finance and Administration (GCFA) which work to partner with organizations to create purchasing power for local churches and other UMC entities. ...

March 25, 2021 | Sam Hodges
A judge has ruled for Southern Methodist University over the South Central Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church in a lawsuit over who controls the Dallas school. The jurisdictional conference sued SMU in December 2019, soon after ...

March 25, 2021 | Linda Bloom
General Conference is the only body that can set denominational budget and apportionment guidelines for The United Methodist Church. That legal requirement, found in Paragraph 806 of the Book of Discipline, applies even when extraordinary ...

March 25, 2021 | Hubert Ivery
When it comes to addressing social justice issues in our communities, churches can have a huge impact. We don’t seem to know just how powerful and impactful we can be. We can follow in Jesus’ footsteps in addressing our day’s social ills in the ...

March 25, 2021 | JB Brayfindley
The March 24, 2021 4:00 p.m. zoom webinar was the last of a series of Wednesday Webinars for the California Nevada UMC. This event was opened up to the Western Jurisdiction and included 123 participants from Seattle, Washington to Scottsdale, Arizona...

March 25, 2021 | Rev. Katie Ladd
As the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church continues its “Where Love Lives” campaign this month, the Greater Northwest Area of The UMC will explore our LGBTQ+ siblings’ call to ministry in a denomination where, by and large, they are ...

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