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Africa University founding father dies at 87

California-Nevada Episcopal Leader Bishop Minerva Carcaño currently serves on Africa University's board of directors. She shared, "We will miss Prof. Kurewa but he will never be far from us for what he taught us about God and being the people of God remains with us.  May the Holy Spirit bring comfort to his family, the AU community and all who knew and loved him." +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Story by Eveline Chikwanalt and Kathy Gilbert The Rev. John Wesley Z. Kurewa, a founding ...

Breaking Barriers 2020: Methodists Unite in the Fight Against Aids

United Methodists across the connection will gather the day before General Conference, May 4, 2020, at Hennepin UMC in Minneapolis to hear from keynote speakers and panelists as well as to share in round table discussions devoted to the elimination of AIDS - the disease and the stigma. California-Nevada Conference Episcopal Leader Bishop Carcaño was among featured speakers last year at the day long conference in Indianapolis, IN, before the 2019 special called session of General Conference. The...

First Kids: Yuba City UMC Designs Worship Just for Kids

by April Buck, Administrative Assistant, FUMC Yuba City Yuba City First United Methodist Church is delighted to introduce you to First Kids, our Sunday morning worship service created with children ages 4-11 in mind. First Kids includes worshiping with music, video, dance and a sermon for children. The service is structured as a warm and safe environment for children to ask questions, share prayers for each other and their families, as well as build Christ centered relationships. Hands on ...

Napa UMC: Valentines Day For Folks Affected by Homelessness

Close to two dozen adults and small children gathered at Napa Methodist on Feb. 14 to decorate and fill Valentine’s Day treat bags for distribution to the homeless. “People who find themselves homeless can be fairly confident they will find food in our city,” explained Liz Marks, event organizer. “But how many of them expect a Valentine treat?” Marks explained that Napa UMC wanted their homeless neighbors to know they were not forgotten on this celebration of love. It took less than an hour for ...

Serve and Be a Part of the Solution

by Tom Buratovich, member, California-Nevada Committee on Nominations From Sunday, February 9 to 11, the California-Nevada Conference Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development planned, prayed, and thought deeply about the function, task, and impact of each committee our Conference operates. It is easy to look at our tapestry of groups and conclude, “We have too many committees!” But we also believe that there is much work to do. Many tasks in many sectors of life require many ...

The Black College Fund: Your Giving Develops Tomorrow's Leaders

Between 1866 and 1882, following the Civil War, the former Methodist Episcopal Church organized the Freedmen’s Aid Society to help educate black people newly freed from slavery. Between 1866 and 1882, the society established more than 70 schools in the U.S. South and Southwest. In 1972, The United Methodist Church established the Black College Fund to provide a constant reliable way to support United Methodist-related historically Black colleges. Today we support more historically Black colleges...

The Story of Byron UMC’s Unique Mural

by Rev. Heather Leslie Hammer, Byron United Methodist Church On February 23, 2020, Byron United Methodist Church will hear the story of the unique mural which covers the 18-by-20-foot front wall behind the church’s altar. On May 3, 1981 the colorful mural was dedicated, depicting the valley to the east of Mt. Diablo, where Byron is located. Joe Sabad commissioned a local Delta artist, Rose Roskin, to paint something appropriate for the inside front wall of the Byron church. Little did she know ...

Think Tank to Look at GC2020 Possibilities

by Heather Hahn General Conference organizers have established a think tank to explore different ways for processing legislation at this year’s gathering of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking body. The assembly, scheduled May 5-15 in Minneapolis, could make decisions about how to split and restructure the international denomination of nearly 13 million members. “This is not a General Conference as usual,” said Kim Simpson, chair of the Commission on the General Conference and a lay ...

UM Federal Credit Union Donates $5,000 to California-Nevada Disaster Relief

For the second year in a row the Board of Directors of United Methodist Federal Credit Union, (UMFCU),  donated $5,000 to support disaster relief efforts in the California-Nevada Conference. Ramon Noperi, President/CEO of UMFCU said, "It is a pleasure and privilege to donate $5,000 to the California-Nevada Conference of the UMC, one of the biggest markets we serve in the Western Jurisdiction. For 73 years, UMFCU continues to grow providing competitive products to its members and increasing new ...

WJ First Elected Delegates agree to legislative goals for General Conference 2020

by Western Jurisdiction UMC | Feb 17, 2020 | Uncategorized We, the First Elected Delegates to General Conference 2020 from the Annual Conferences making up the Western Jurisdiction, appreciate the earnest collaborative work on the Protocol of Grace and Reconciliation through Separation. We are hopeful that it is a connectional path to fulfilling God’s call to mission and ministry. Although we are disappointed with the proposed need to pay for those who wish to leave the denomination, we ...

Film Screening: "Witness at Tornillo" & Sanctuary Rising"

Saturday, February 29, 2020: One man from Brooklyn finds himself in a West Texas desert, compelled to witness the cruelty of family separation and child detention on the US southern border. "Witness at Tornillo," a Carbon Trace Production, is a documentary film that follows Josh Rubin, a border activist who plants himself outside the child detention center in Tornillo, Texas. Rubin draws national attention to the facility and helps to shut it down. Today, Rubin is in Matamoros, Mexico, ...

Connectional Table Offers Live Webinar "Five Things to Know About U.S. Regional Conference before GC 2020"

Chicago, IL – On February 20, 2020, the Connectional Table (CT) will host a live 1.5-hour webinar entitled "Five Things to Know About United States Regional Conference (USRC) before GC 2020." The webinar will address questions and concerns about the URSC legislation that the Connectional Table submitted to General Conference 2020 for consideration. The USRC will comprise the current U.S. jurisdictions and the geographical boundaries congruent with the territory of the U.S. annual conferences.  ...

Stories from CUIR: Praying Beyond My Familiar Christian Way

By the Rev. Becky Goodwin, pastor at Grass Valley UMC We all know that interfaith friendships are priceless, and many of us have enjoyed being part of interfaith events. However, I want to make the case for participation in the regular prayer and worship services of non-Christian traditions. What happens if you show up at the regular service of a non-Christian religion? I will tell two stories about how attending Muslim and Jewish services have strengthened my own faith while enriching my ...

Submitting Recommendations, Resolutions, and Petitions for the 2020 Annual Conference Session

It’s time to begin thinking about legislation for our Annual Conference Session, June 12-15, 2020. Please note the guidelines in our conference Standing Rules, Division I. F. 4. found on pages 328-329 of the 2019 Journal : Recommendations, resolutions and petitions may be brought before the session by councils, boards, commissions, committees, or agencies of the annual conference; by a local church, through action of its administrative board, charge conference, or church conference; or by ...

100-year-old Continues Delicious Fundraising Events

After celebrating her 100th birthday, Myrtle Findley, member of Colfax United Methodist church (CUMC), did not stop her volunteer activities at her local church and continues to host fundraising events in her home. “She told me she forgot she was a hundred,” said Beth Murphy, chair of CUMC’s Nurture, Outreach, Worship and Witness (NOWW) board after a recent meeting where Findley volunteered to host another series of fundraising events in her home. Findley is active on the NOWW board, United ...

Apply Now! UMHEF 2020-2021 Scholarship Deadline March 1

Only two weeks remain! To be considered for a scholarship from UMHEF for the 2020-2021 school year, you must submit an application and supporting documents no later than MARCH 1, 2020.   UMHEF SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS  General Named Endowed Scholarships: This program includes awards of various amounts from named scholarship funds established by various donors. Learn more. United Methodist Dollars for Scholars: This popular program involves matching support from a student's church, UMHEF, ...

GCORR Lenten Resources

 by Tikiko Lesuma, California-Nevada Chairperson for the Conference Commission on Religion and Race The General Commission on Religion and Race was created by The United Methodist Church in 1968 to address the turbulent and exciting unrest, disease, hope and new possibilities unleashed as legalized racial segregation and separation were being dismantled in church and society. Your Conference Commission on Religion and Race wishes to share this Lenten series with you. We encourage your local ...

Rev. Dr. Samuel Hong to Serve as Superintendent of the El Camino Real District

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño announced today that she will be appointing Rev. Dr. Samuel Hong to serve as the Superintendent of the El Camino Real District beginning on July 1, 2020.  Rev. Shinya Goto who is serving the El Camino Real District will be appointed to serve the Los Ríos District following Rev. Schuyler Rhodes who will be retiring.  Rev. Hong comes to his new role after serving in the California-Pacific and California-Nevada Conferences. He is currently the Senior Pastor for the Korean ...

Process for Nomination of Youth and Young Adult Delegates to ACS

The method of selection by nomination and election of youth and young adult delegates to the Annual Conference Session shall be established each year by the Conference Committee on Young People’s Ministry with the approval of the Commission on the Annual Conference Session. (The Lay Equalization Membership, Standing Rules, Division III. Conference Membership, 2019 Conference Journal and Yearbook)   The Conference Committee on Young People’s Ministry is presenting the method of selection by ...

A Request for Prayer from the First Elected Delegates of the Western Jurisdiction

Your Western Jurisdiction First Elected Delegates to General Conference 2020 seek the support of prayer from our members and friends from across the Jurisdiction. We have been hard at work: sharing our hopes and dreams for what our future church may look like, hearing stories from those who have felt silenced by the church, seeking partnerships to enact legislation, and meeting regularly to find our way in an ever-changing landscape of proposals, statements, and legislation. As we start and end ...

Church Planting Academy Launches 2020 Pastor Cohort

  Local pastors from across the California-Nevada connection gathered at Livermore UMC January 27-29 to begin training and engagement as new church planters. The 2020 group of 10 is the second pastor cohort to receive training with the Church Planting Academy.  The first cohort will be recognized and sent out at this year’s California-Nevada Annual Conference session.  Laity will also receive training through the Academy in spring and fall course sessions. Congregational Development Executive ...

Davis UMC Hosts Los Rios District Wide Revival

On Saturday, February 1, pastors and laity of Los Rios District came together at Davis UMC in an annual time of revival set aside solely for inspiration and empowerment. Drawing on the theme of General Conference 2020 “Know That I am God”, the day-long event included worship and leadership development. Cathy Love attended the Revival and shared, "Talk about Spirit-filled! Not just in the preaching and prayers, not just through the speakers and breakout sessions, but across so many of today's ...

Peace With Justice Grant Applications due Feb. 15

Up to $2000.00 is available to UMC churches and organizations for projects that support ADVOCACY AND JUSTICE ACTIONS. We, who call ourselves Methodists, are called to works of justice, to discover the reasons why the homeless are homeless, why the working poor don’t make a living wage, to stand with those who have no voice in our system, to address underlying causes for injustice and to make our world a better place.  Projects must address social justice and advocacy for public policy.  Projects...

Trump's Plan to Annex Wadi Foquin

by Rev. Michael Yoshii, Co-Chair, Order of Elders . Chair, California-Nevada Advocacy & Justice Committee On Tuesday, January 28,  President Donald Trump held a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu to publicly introduce his long awaited “peace plan” for Israel-Palestine.  At the Washington D.C. event,   while platitudes of peace offering were made, a significant part of the plan will support Israeli annexation of illegal Jewish settlements  in Palestinian ...

California-Nevada Annual Conference: Registration Open

Registration for the 172nd Session of the California-Nevada Conference is open and we invite you to visit the Annual Conference Session (ACS) webpage and complete your registration. The ACS 2020 will take place in Modesto, CA, June 12-15, 2020. Please visit the ACS web page often for session updates including agenda, featured speakers, worship leaders, events and much more.

Casting Our Nets: A Gathering of the Orders

California-Nevada held A Gathering of the Orders annual meeting January 28-30 at Asbury UMC in Livermore, California. All clergy including Deacons, Elders and local pastors from across the conference connection came together for a time of worship, workshops and a little bocci ball. The 2020 Gathering theme was 'Casting Our Nets" (John 21: 1-6) which was a natural extension of the 2019 theme "In the Boat with Jesus".  The Planning Team designed the event to help participants look at many ...

Circuit Leaders Gather for Training and Fellowship

Circuit leaders from each of the 5 California-Nevada conference districts gathered at Asbury UMC in Livermore, CA for a time of training and fellowship. The conference covers a wide geographic region and this annual meeting is often the only time circuit leaders across all of the districts come together to worship, exchange ideas and strategize ways to support local churches in their regions. Bishop Minerva Carcaño led the gathering in opening worship and selected the Matthew 4: 12-23 passage ...

Called to Wholeness Pilot Class Completes 360 Assessment

California-Nevada Called to Wholeness pilot class, comprised of 15 elders, has completed an eight-month process of personal and professional assessment and renewal. Participants were recognized during the conference Gathering of the Orders held January 29-30 at Asbury UMC in Livermore, CA. The pilot class participants included Gayle Basten, Central Valley District; George Edd-Bennett, Central Valley District; Mark Buenafe, El Camino Real District; Tom Buratovich, Central Valley District; Katie ...

Los Altos UMC Advent Generosity Fund Makes a Difference

by Rev. Kathi McShane, Los Altos UMC   Every Sunday during the four weeks of Advent, Los Altos UMC (LAUMC), says something like, “We’ve taken a big, courageous step—we’ve set a goal of $150,000 for Advent Generosity. It’s more than we’ve ever raised before, almost twice as much as we raised last year. But we think we can do it.”   The members and friends of LAUMC did it again this year.   By the time the gifts were fully counted, the Advent Generosity offering exceeded our hopes and dreams. ...

Remembering Our Saints, Gifting the Future

by Alice Ann Glenn The Retired Clergy Association [RCA] gives out scholarships each year to those in seminary and Course of Study who are Certified Candidates and meet some other criteria.  The monies to support these scholarships come from RCA putting into the Memorial Scholarship Fund $200 each time one of our clergy, clergy spouse or surviving clergy spouse dies. Individuals and families also donate to this Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of those saints in our Conference who have ...

Changing Lives in Guatemala

Imagine, if you will, never having walked due to a birth deformity; losing a leg to diabetes or other health challenge; or being disabled in a tragic accident, and suddenly the gift of mobility comes into your life.  That was the blessing we offered to during our wheelchair mission to Guatemala in January 2020.  Through the generosity of the Asbury, Lynnewood and San Ramon Valley United Methodist churches, our team traveled to Guatemala to deliver 260 wheelchairs in partnership with the ...

Freedom Flotilla

Gaza, Iran & U.S. Militarism in the Middle East Ret. Col. Ann Wright will speak about Gaza, Iran & ending U.S. militarism in the Middle East on Thursday Feb 6th at 6:30pm at First United Methodist Church in Sacramento.  A Middle Eastern dinner will be served. Donations will be gratefully accepted to aid the “Freedom Flotilla 2020 to Break the Siege on Gaza.” Wright who resigned from the U.S. diplomatic corps in opposition to the U.S. war on Iraq, was on the May, 2010 Gaza flotilla that was ...

Light to the World in Silicon Valley

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to the highest concentration of Asian Americans in the United States, and some cities, like Daly City, Sunnyvale and Cupertino, even having a majority of their residents ethnically Asian. But what challenges do Asian American Christians face working and living in Silicon Valley? Among other issues, one key question is invariably how men and women working in the technology reconcile their religious beliefs with the agnostic and skeptical culture of the Valley. ...

Annual Statistical Return Due February 15th

The time is rapidly approaching by which all local churches and fellowships should submit their annual statistical return - membership, participation and financial information about the church. This is an important process, the results of which are used by the Bishop and the Cabinet in the appointment making process. It also provides a record of the life of our churches - we have records going back many decades! Information regarding the return and submission dates were sent out to all churches ...

California-Nevada Conference: Dedicated to Mission in a Time of Change 100% Apportionments for Third Straight Year

California-Nevada Conference has surpassed 2018 tithe giving by 2.9% in 2019 and has met 100% of its apportionments for the third year in a row. In a time when many members of The United Methodist Church may wonder where the money goes and how the many missions are actually funded, Episcopal leader Bishop Minerva Carcaño and the California-Nevada cabinet leadership organized a conference-wide education and transparency initiative.  Conference and circuit leaders worked with local church pastors ...

Leadership Development Top Priority for Western Jurisdiction Hispanic/Latino Ministry Council

California-Nevada Episcopal Leader Bishop Minerva Carcaño and Executive Director of Connectional Ministries Jorge Domingues welcomed members of the Western Jurisdiction Hispanic Latino Ministry Council (WJHLMC) at the Conference office January 8 and 9 for a time of reflection and planning.   The most important outcome of the gathering was the unanimous prioritization of leadership training for pastors and lay leaders for successful and fruitful engagement with Hispanic/Latino committees.  ...

A Call to Organize for Change

by Hubert Ivery | Pastor, San Francisco, Geneva Avenue UMC Social injustices continue to be pervasive in our society. How can we best confront them? What is the role of the church? In years past, many churches have been content to address the symptoms of these injustices by providing food, safety, prison ministry, relation, shelter, and other such services. Rev. Dr. Clayton Childers, outgoing Director of Conference Relations with the UM Board of Church and Society, developed a power-point ...

Fair Oaks UMC pays Elementary School Lunch Debt

by Dedra Beauchamp Local Church Pays 100% of Local School’s Lunch Debt Each year Fair Oaks United Methodist Church (Fair Oaks UMC) donates the offering received at the Christmas Eve service to one of many outreach ministries that are supported year-round. Ministries range from local homeless support to national disaster relief to international sustainable living campaigns. For 2019 Fair Oaks UMC decided to step out of their comfort zone and step up their Christmas giving from a 1-night ...

The Burgeoning Problem the Housing Gap

by Hubert Ivery The lack of affordable housing is one of the most pressing issues we face in the San Francisco Bay Area. There is a growing gap between available housing and affordable housing. Lack of housing is a moral and ethical problem. It reflects a society’s spiritual commitment to create a healthy and just community for all people. It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure every person has adequate housing. Housing availability hinges on how communities manage land, construction, ...

UMC PRIDE Collective Sponsors First Benefit Concert

by J.B. Brayfindley The Methodist PRIDE Collective (MPC), a group of 13 United Methodist Churches in Northern California, is sponsoring a benefit concert for the Trans & Queer Youth Collective (TQYC) on Saturday, January 25, 2020. The event will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2100 J Street, Sacramento. The event features, not one, but three musical ensembles including the Gay Men’s Chorus, The Sacramento Women’s Chorus and internationally honored ...

Post-Earthquakes: California-Nevada VIM Team Makes 3rd Trip to Puerto Rico

As California-Nevada Conference prepares to dispatch another team of Volunteers in Mission to Puerto Rico, earthquakes and aftershocks continue to rock the island for the second straight day, hampering recovery efforts and further damaging communities working to rebuild after the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017. Tymera Jackson, stateside coordinator of The UMC Puerto Rico volunteer program reports that the leaders of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (MCPR) and Rebuilding Communities ...

GBCS issues statement on escalating violence with Iran

(GBCS) - As people of faith, we condemn the United States’ dangerous aggression towards Iran, including the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the deployment of additional troops to the region. We urge the Administration to step back from the brink of war.  Our faith communities see the futility of war, and its power to dehumanize. We know that human flourishing entails breaking cycles of violence, being courageous peacemakers, and focusing on the root causes of conflict. Violent ...

Bishop Carcaño Statement on UMC Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation

Friends,   Grace and peace to you in this New Year. May Christ our Lord bless you and keep you throughout the days to come.   Early this morning the work of a group of faithful leaders of our United Methodist Church pertaining to the division that we continue to experience over whether LGBTQ+ persons will be fully included in the life and ministry of The UMC was released. While it is not solely the work of the Council of Bishops, it is work that has had the full support and engagement of the ...

Bishop Announces Hiring of Director of Communications

A message from Bishop Minerva Carcaño:    It is with great joy that I announce that Ms. Selby Ewing has accepted our invitation to come among us to serve as our director of communications, effective January 1, 2020.    Selby succeeds our interim director, Cate Monaghan, who has been faithfully serving in the role since 2018. We are grateful for Cate’s ministry and send her forth with blessings.    Selby comes to us with a deep appreciation and understanding of the connectional system of The ...

New Leadership for Growing Young Congregational Cohort

The California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church has severed its ties with Fuller Youth Institute, a branch of Fuller Theological Seminary, over the issue of same-sex marriage. The following communication was sent conference-wide: December 18, 2019    During the fall of 2019, more than 30 of our local churches began a year-long process to learn how to grow younger in partnership with Fuller Theological Seminary. At the outset of this relationship, Bishop Minerva G. Carca...

A 2019 Christmas Letter from the Council of Bishops

On behalf of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Kenneth Carter, president of the council, has issued a Christmas letter focusing on what it means to “walk in the light of the Lord.”    Read the letter online through either of the following links:   2019 Christmas letter (article version)   2019 Christmas letter (PDF version)  

Attend Annual Homeless Persons’ Interfaith Memorial Service on Saturday

You are invited to honor the lives of our sisters and brothers in Santa Clara County who died without homes, by attending the Homeless Persons' Interfaith Memorial service this Saturday in San Jose. Your participation also will help bring awareness to the ongoing tragedy of homelessness in our community.     Held annually on the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, the Homeless Persons' Interfaith Memorial service features leaders from the diverse religious traditions of the South Bay...

Los Rios Schedules Basic Lay Servant Trainings for 1st Qtr. 2020

Are you setting your goals for 2020? Is one of them to increase your service to the church and know more about being United Methodist? (And if not, why not?!)   The Los Rios District will offer Basic Lay Servant Training classes in the first quarter of 2020, beginning in January. The trainings will be held on three different Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at various locations. Cost is $25, which includes lunch.   The classes will utilize the text Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course ...

‘Making Discipleship Matter’ Workshop Scheduled for February

  Churches that form a culture of discipleship and deep small group communities have a proven track record of growth – both in numbers and depth. For that reason, the Healthy Church Initiative welcomes Dr. Phil Maynard to the California-Nevada Annual Conference for a two-day workshop that will help your church experience deep transformation. Dr. Maynard’s system for intentional discipleship has transformed countless churches across the nation.   The workshop will take place Friday, February ...

Don’t Forget: ‘Listening to Your Church’s Voice’ Responses Are Due Dec. 31

The deadline is near for submitting your church’s responses to the three “Listening to Your Church’s Voice” questions: Completed surveys are due December 31, 2019.    Through the district superintendents, the Core Team of the California-Nevada Annual Conference has asked that each local church engage in conversation around the following three prompts, and enter responses online by the end of this year:  How would it be helpful to hold up a mirror for your church to see what is really ...

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