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August 28, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
“Welcome! What a strange time and what a strange way to be together,” stated Los Rios District Superintendent Shinya Goto and emcee for the recent Pre-Annual Conference Session Briefing for Los Rios, Great Northern and Central Valley districts on ...

August 28, 2020 | Admin
The theme for Children's Worship, August 30th is God's Calling. The scripture is Exodus 3:9-12.   This week Jose Pedro Cervantes welcomes kids, the Strathdees sing, Lamb-See-Do and Snappy return, and Mort helps write a song! Join the fun and share ...

August 28, 2020 | Kathy Gilbert
In one hour, four young United Methodist leaders addressed why now is the time for the church to engage in dismantling racism and how each local church can — and must — make a change in the communities where it is serving. Calling out the names of ...

August 28, 2020 | Admin
Editor's Note: Micheal Pope, California-Nevada Conference Lay Leader and AACLL Member at Large, joined with lay leaders across the United Methodist connection to publicly take a stand on dismantling racism.The following is an excerpt of the letter ...

August 28, 2020 | Rev. Dr. Felicisimo Cao,Ellen Dizon,Catherine Morris
At the time of completing this collaborative write up on August 26, 2020 to promote and campaign for Children’s Ministry in the connection of all churches in our California-Nevada Conference, we join the many hearts in sadness and pain in the ...

August 28, 2020 | Admin
The CA-NV Conference United Methodist Women are proud to host a webinar conversation with Rev. Jim Lawson, Jr. and Rev. Phil Lawson about their lives as activists, their insight into today’s events, their hopes for the future and what will be ...

August 28, 2020 | Akiko Miyake-Stoner
 At our last Committee on Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (CUIR) Zoom meeting, a timely resource was shared that we want to pass along to you, our Conference siblings! I believe the World Council of Churches is the largest ...

August 28, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
“Giving is increasing but the way [people] give and how they are inspired is shifting,” stated Rev. Dr. Reggie Nichols, CNUMC Director of Leadership Development, who emceed the final Wednesday Webinar series on August 26, 2020. The discussion ...

August 20, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
“It is so easy to talk about the accomplishments of Bishop Beverly Shamana,” wrote Bishop Grant Hagiya, resident bishop of the Los Angeles area of the United Methodist Church. “The hard part is to do it in one minute or so.” Bishop Shamana will be ...

August 20, 2020 |
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño invites our conference faith family to join with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity (IM4HI) in reaching out to California Governor Gavin Newsom to stop all transfers of people from prisons and jails to ICE.   IM4HI ...

August 20, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
The theme for Children's Worship, August 23rd is God's Protection. The scripture is Exodus 1:22-2:9, the story of baby Moses.  This week, Rev. Mahsea Evans and his daughter greet children and share a special blessing at the end; a Lafayette ...

August 20, 2020 | Sam Hodges
 Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the array of worship services offered by Lovers Lane United Methodist Church included one in American Sign Language. About two dozen people came on a typical Sunday. On March 22, when the Dallas church could no longer ...

August 20, 2020 | Admin
Editor's Note: California-Nevada Director of Disaster Response Sonja Edd- Bennett is your point person for information and assistance and she has been especially busy this early fire season. She is working with those coordinating efforts on the ...

August 20, 2020 | Admin
Editor's note: The General Commission on Religion and Race has developed a new online course that will be available starting September 1. The following includes a brief course description and links to access the course, all accessed from the GCORR ...

August 20, 2020 | Jim Patterson
  United Methodists need to “get off the sidewalks” and engage directly in the campaign for racial equality, said Bishop Joel N. Martinez, during the second of several virtual panel discussions on racism.He cited Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the ...

August 20, 2020 | Admin
Several months ago UMCOR expanded its response in the fight against COVID-19 by launching a new giving campaign entitled “Sheltering in Love.” With all of our help, funds raised have been granted to local communities all around the world.   UMCOR ...

August 20, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
From Bakersfield to Crescent City and Sparks, Nevada, United Methodists seeking innovative and creative ideas for worship and congregational development joined together at the CNUMC Wednesday Webinar on August 19. Panelists Rev. Kathleen McShane, of ...

August 16, 2020 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Bishop John Yambasu was truly one of the great bishops of The United Methodist Church.  I will forever be inspired and encouraged by his strong faith and eternal optimism.  In recent years no one sought to preserve the unity of The UMC as much as he ...

August 13, 2020 | Jan Everhart Hartliff
Members of Central UMC, Stockton have been busy sewing masks. During our August 9 worship service, we dedicated 700 masks for the students, teachers, and staff at Cleveland Elementary School. Central's long partnership with Cleveland dates to 1989 ...

August 13, 2020 | Barbara Dunlap-Berg
Editor's Note:  Elalie Tshipeng Kambaj is an Africa University alumnus and recipient of tuition support from AU and Los Altos UMC United Methodist Women's African Student Education Fund. She received tuition support from 2012-2015 while pursuing a ...

August 13, 2020 | Barbara Dunlap-Berg
When Elisha Friday Ishaya, Allen S.D. Zomonway and Elalie Tshipeng Kambaj graduated from Africa University, they were excited about providing the best health care possible. Then COVID-19 hit. The three graduates had been looking forward to working ...

August 13, 2020 | Rev. Dr. Felicisimo Cao
The Conference Board of Camping and Retreat Ministries in following the protocols, precautions, preparedness and guidelines prepared by the Office of Disaster Response Ministry of the California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church, and ...

August 13, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
The Pentecost Circuit of the Los Rios District will continue to produce Children Worship videos into the Fall and we need volunteers in each area including: Welcome, reading Bible verses, reciting The Lord’s Prayer, giving a brief message, singing, a...

August 13, 2020 | Haniel Garibay
Luke 23:46 Then Jesus called out in a loud voice, "Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit." And when He had said this, He breathed His last.” Breathing, or the lack of it, is a matter of concern for people today, so that in the passage above, it...

August 13, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
“In general, students are a more vulnerable population,” stated Sara Tillema, Director and Campus Minister of CA House at the University of California in Davis. Tillema was one of six panelists invited to discuss the impact of the pandemic on college...

August 13, 2020 | Kathy La Point-Collup
  Clergy Boundary Training, required in our Clergy CEU policy, has moved to online trainings for both Clergy Boundary Training 101 and 201.  101 are for those who haven't had a training with our Annual Conference or the Faith Trust institute ...

August 13, 2020 | Bob McGowan
Sunnyvale Trinity UMC, where I am a member, has been using Zoom to stream its Sunday morning worship service since day one of the pandemic.  The primary reason was that I knew how to use Zoom, as did our Pastor, Jay Parr.  That first Sunday, our ...

August 13, 2020 | Connie Hunter
The California-Nevada Conference United Methodist Women are hosting the second in their series of ZOOM events on 'Interrupting the Cradle to Prison Pipeline' on Saturday, August 15th, 10 am - Noon.   Pastor Holly Hillman and Carl Pinkston are the ...

August 13, 2020 | Sam Hodges
Laurel Heights United Methodist Church went about three months with online worship only, then gathered again in its lovely old Gothic sanctuary, with everyone wearing masks and keeping their distance. But it was one and done for the San Antonio ...

August 12, 2020 | Press Release: United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information
Two new interactive town hall discussions are planned as part of the “Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom” initiative’s town hall series on anti-racism to explore both old and new approaches to organizing for racial justice in church and ...

August 07, 2020 | Jayn Mercado
After she received the request and a special instruction to use unscented detergent and drying sheets, UMW Wayside Vallejo member Karen Hester didn’t waste a moment. She washed, dried, and folded the 92 baby blankets that she and fellow blankeeters ...

August 06, 2020 | Admin
Editor's Note: The following is adapted from a February 2020 Facebook post by UMW Conference President Sally Wentzel. Sally Wentzel, California-Nevada Conference UMW President, Micheal Pope, Conference Lay Leader traveled to St. Louis, MO in ...

August 06, 2020 | Jim Patterson
Technology has provided many answers for pastors trying to stay connected with their members during the coronavirus pandemic. But in some rural or smaller churches, landline telephones and newsletters sent via snail mail continue to play a role. “The...

August 06, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
The Children’s Worship episode for August 9 draws from Matthew 14: 22-29. Join us as Snappy meets Helen, Mort meets Pearl, and kids gets to meet Dan, the Lion. Plus, Rev. Dr. Fel Cao rides a bike and Gordon Barbosa presents a parable on Counting the ...

August 06, 2020 | John Oda
Editor's Note: California-Nevada's Rev. John Oda wrote the following commentary for UMNews about the good work that grants from the Asian American Language Ministry Plan makes possible in this time of COVID-19. A total of $22,000 in grants from the ...

August 06, 2020 | Rick Vance
Like you, I hoped we would be further along in the recovery from COVID-19 by this time. This morning’s report from the Centers for Disease Control, tells me that we are not.  This public-health disaster has deeply affected people around the world.  ...

August 06, 2020 | Admin
The role of chickens during the pandemic? For Pastor Marylee Sheffer the answer might be, “Inspiration and comfort.” The small flock she keeps at the Napa parsonage do occasionally earn mention in her sermons. But it was the threat of COVID-19 and ...

August 06, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
“I think this is a crucial time for the church to really stand up and--not only for the spiritual journey for youth, but also--care for their educational journey,” stated Wesley Hingano, one of seven panelists speaking at the CNUMC Wednesday Webinar ...

August 06, 2020 | Charles White
With a major forest fire just miles away, Susanville UMC’s recently launched HOPE (Helping Other People Eat) Food Pantry leveraged their network of community partners to rapidly equip Lassen County’s evacuation center with the resources they ...

August 06, 2020 |
 With summer activities being impacted by the pandemic, Vacation Bible School, a big part of our Children's Ministries program at First United Methodist Church Santa Rosa, needed a reboot. Children's Ministries Coordinator, Elizabeth Walton, quickly...

July 30, 2020 | Admin
Join California-Nevada Conference United Methodist Women for a special virtual webinar on Interrupting the Cradle to Prison Pipeline on Saturday August 15th from 10a to noon PDT. UMW will feature presenters Pastor Holly Hillman, Burlingame UMC, and ...

July 30, 2020 | Admin
Join Scarritt Bennett Center’s Racial Justice Ministries on August 3rd, 2p CDT/ 11a PDT for, “Back to School in a Pandemic: A Special COVID-19 Discussion," in partnership with Meharry Medical College featuring Dr. James E. K. Hildreth, and moderated ...

July 30, 2020 | Admin
The Pentecost Circuit of Los Rios District have created another fantastic installment of Children's Worship for Sunday August 2, 2020! Children's Worship for Sunday August 2 features a welcome by Rev. Barbara Horikoshi-Firebaugh; Jesus comes alive ...

July 30, 2020 | Rev. Katie Goetz
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in The Daily Journal which is distributed throughout San Mateo County and Northern Santa Clara County and online at smdailyjournal.com.   One of the biggest dilemmas in our COVID-19 reality is whether ...

July 30, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
“We can do these things together,” explained Micheal Pope, CNUMC conference lay leader and recent guest speaker for the Wednesday Webinar on July 29. Pope spoke about ways local churches can serve the needs of older adults. “We don’t have to sit back...

July 25, 2020 | Connie Hunter
Since 1988 when the assets of the Beulah Home property were transferred to the United Methodist Women of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, it was agreed that the income from the permanent fund would be used to award grants to projects or ...

July 23, 2020 | Admin
Editor's Note: Thanks to Rev. Angela Brown, JD, California-Nevada Minister for Community Engagement, Advocacy and Justice and Chair, Order of Deacons, for lifting up the new 2020 Census deadline and the importance of being counted.  There is still ...

July 23, 2020 |
Welcome to Children's Worship for Sunday July 26th! This week's theme is Looking for God's Kingdom and we'll be reflecting on Matthew 13:30-33: The Parable of the Mustard Seed. We'll feature: Pastor Alan has an elephant welcoming children with God's ...

July 23, 2020 | Press Release: United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information
 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Amidst heightened demand, the United Methodist Communications training team has launched a new set of online courses designed to assist those in leadership tasked with creating and maintaining engaging online worship experiences ...

July 23, 2020 | Admin
The Christmas Institute (CI) will be hosting a Community Panel consisting of CI youth, leaders, and pastors on July 26th from 4:30p-5:30p PDT via zoom and you are invited! The panel’s goal is to illuminate how various CI leaders are involved in their...

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