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December 19, 2018 |
By Diane Knudsen Executive Director of Finance and Administration We only have a few more days to prepare ourselves for the mystery of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Are you and your church bearing witness to a weary world, shining the bright ...

December 19, 2018 |
Pacific School of Religion will lead an immersion experience at the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in February. In addition to PSR students, interested lay and clergy members of the California-Nevada ...

December 19, 2018 |
Human Relations Day is less than two months away and will be here before we know it!   Pastors and churches, please plan to celebrate and give to Human Relations Day on January 20, 2019. United Methodist Communications (UMCom) has new resources to ...

December 19, 2018 |
The Korean Association of The United Methodist Church (KAUMC) has sent a $5,000 check to the California-Nevada Annual Conference’s disaster response fund, to aid Camp Fire recovery efforts. In a letter to Bishop Minerva Carcaño, signed simply “...

December 19, 2018 |
Bay District clergy and laity, get the New Year off to a great start – attend the Bay District Mission Strategy Event, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at New Vision United Methodist Church in Millbrae, California.   Be energized by this time ...

December 19, 2018 |
By this time of year, we would normally have started the process of the Annual Statistical Return.  However, as a result of delays at GCFA, we're not able to start – yet!   I hope we will be ready by January 1, 2019, and I will be writing to all ...

December 19, 2018 |
The Western Jurisdiction communicators are pooling their talents and resources to curate a contextual digest of the special called session of General Conference in February 2019, in the form of a limited-edition newsletter for the Western ...

December 18, 2018 |
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   As co-chairs of the California-Nevada Conference Delegation, we want to thank you again for the confidence you have placed in our delegation to represent the conference at the special called General Conference 2019 ...

December 18, 2018 |
By Jenny Copello Development Coordinator/Executive Asst., The Endowment Board   Beginning November 8, 2018 and lasting 17 long days until its containment on November 25, the Camp Fire destroyed thousands of structures in Paradise, California and ...

December 17, 2018 |
Faith United Methodist Church in Sacramento will remember the survivors of the devastating Camp Fire during its Christmas Eve service this year. The church’s annual Candlelight Communion Service of lessons and carols will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, ...

December 17, 2018 |
Register now for the Gathering of the Orders! Registration closes on January 7, 2019 and late registrations will not be accepted (this is a change from past years). Your $130 payment also must be received by that date. Please note that unless you ...

December 14, 2018 |
Come honor the lives of our sisters and brothers who died without homes in Santa Clara County, and bring awareness to the ongoing tragedy of homelessness in our community. Held on the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, the Homeless ...

December 13, 2018 |
By Cate Monaghan Interim Communications Director, CA-NV Conference of The UMC “We are going forth to live lives of love,” Bishop Minerva Carcaño said in her benediction Sunday evening (Dec. 9, 2018), as a packed congregation of Christians, Jews, ...

December 13, 2018 |
By Fel Cao Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries and Young People’s Ministry I share the joy of both clergy and lay when we witness the growth of our children and youth as they are engaged in the ministries of the church. We have seen the ...

December 13, 2018 |
By Sonja Edd-Bennett Director of Disaster Response Ministry, CA-NV Conference   Just slightly more than a month after being evacuated, Pastor Bob Chicou and Administrative Assistant Patty Wall were able to return for 30 minutes to Paradise United ...

December 11, 2018 |
  Bishop Minerva G. Carcano has released the following message to the members of the California-Nevada Conference: December 11, 2018 Brothers and Sisters, Thank you for your prayers during this time of discernment in our work with the Glide ...

December 06, 2018 |
The Instant Connection publication dates for December and January are: December 13 December 20 January 10 January 17 January 24 January 31 There will be no Instant Connection on December 27 and January 3 because of conference office closures during...

December 06, 2018 |
By Kristin Stoneking CFA Chair   Connectionalism is a key dimension to who we are as United Methodists. It fuels our understanding of our relationships and commitments to God, to each other, and to the world. Our connectional structure has ...

December 06, 2018 |
By Mary Nakamura Lay Leader, Los Rios District   On November 17, 2018, in response to the need for disciple-making ministries in the local church, Rev. Dr. Craig Kennet Miller was invited to present “TeamWorks Tools for Creating Vital Faith ...

December 06, 2018 |
On Saturday, Dec. 1, around 20 volunteers responded to an appeal by the California-Nevada Conference’s Disaster Response Ministry and showed up at the United Methodist Center in West Sacramento, to lend their data entry skills to the Camp Fire ...

December 06, 2018 |
By Leslie Carmichael Emergency Response Team Coordinator CA-NV Conference Disaster Response Ministry Butte County announced last week that beginning December 10, they expect to reopen parts of Paradise to allow survivors of the Camp Fire to visit ...

December 05, 2018 |
It’s time to begin thinking about legislation for our Annual Conference Session, June 19-22, 2019, including petitions to the 2020 General Conference. Please note the following guidelines: Recommendations, resolutions and petitions may be brought ...

December 04, 2018 |
WASHINGTON, DC | The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church is mourning the death of the 41st U.S. President, George H. W. Bush. President Bush is the father of 43rd President George W. Bush. George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, are ...

December 03, 2018 |
El Amor No Conoce Fronteras: Un Llamado de Justicia para Migrantes   The General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church is joining in a National Week of Action for Migrant Justice, organized by the American Friends Service ...

December 03, 2018 |
Bishop Héctor F. Ortíz Vidal of the Puerto Rico Methodist Conference has written to Bishop Minerva Carcaño, extending his gratitude to the people of the California-Nevada Annual Conference for all their support, solidarity, and prayers since ...

November 29, 2018 |
2018 Advent can begin with the special blessing of having done something to help the victims of the Camp Fire disaster. This Saturday, Dec. 1, the day before the start of the Advent season, volunteers are needed for data entry at the United Methodist...

November 29, 2018 |
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño has prepared a series of special messages to be read during the Sundays of Advent.   A new article will be posted in the Bishop’s Message section of the California-Nevada Conference website at 6 o’clock each Sunday morning, ...

November 29, 2018 |
The San Francisco Chronicle shined a spotlight, this week, on First United Methodist Church of San Jose and one of its pastors, Gerardo Vazquez, for their weekly food ministry to immigrants. Click here to read “Tending the hungry: In San Jose, a ...

November 29, 2018 |
Auburn Senior Fellows, including Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, are responding to the tragedy at the border and the impending budget showdown over border funding by, in part, endorsing a faith leader sign-on letter. You are invited to participate and to ...

November 29, 2018 |
In the wake of the horrific shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pennsylvania, regional districts of the Department of Justice are offering "Active Shooter" trainings to help give congregations some tools to improve members' safety.   The half day ...

November 29, 2018 |
We have created a new section on the website for the California-Nevada Annual Conference, focusing on information and resources to help prepare United Methodists for the special called General Conference, to be held in St. Louis Feb. 23-26, 2019. The...

November 29, 2018 |
An otherwise plain, underused patio at First United Methodist Church of San Leandro has been transformed into a garden space with a Chartres labyrinth in seven colors – a place for prayer, centering, and meditation.   The sacred space will be ...

November 29, 2018 |
The Israel/Palestine Task Force of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church endorsed the Boycott of Puma, at its Nov. 7, 2018 meeting.   Puma sponsors sports teams based in the illegal Israeli Settlements on Palestinian ...

November 28, 2018 |
The Western Jurisdiction Hispanic-Latino Ministry Council drew up a timeline, at its 2018 annual meeting, for working on issues of Advocacy, Leadership Development, and New Communities of Faith – the three issues of its strategic plan. Participants ...

November 22, 2018 |
Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church in Oakland is busily preparing for its 4th Annual Winter Concert, "A Night of Miracles," featuring the Taylor Anointed Praise Choir and a variety of musical guests. This year’s program will be a narrated ...

November 21, 2018 |
The Commission on the Annual Conference Session (ACS) for the California-Nevada Annual Conference set the start date for ACS registration at its Nov. 27, 2018 meeting, and moved forward in other areas of planning, as well.   Registration for the ...

November 21, 2018 |
The California-Nevada Annual Conference was well represented at the San Francisco Interfaith Prayer Breakfast Tuesday morning (Nov. 20). Bishop Carcaño attended, along with Bay District Superintendent Staci Current and other clergy and laity from the...

November 21, 2018 |
Sisters and Brothers,   As we gather round the table of grace in our homes this Thanksgiving, let us remember the victims of the Butte County Camp Fire and other fires throughout the state of California. Let us hold them up to God through prayer and ...

November 21, 2018 |
By Toua Yang Communications Associate CA-NV Conference of The UMC   As Oakland and the surrounding Alameda County area digs in its heels to combat the homeless crisis, many churches in the California-Nevada Conference are involved in doing their ...

November 21, 2018 |
By John M. Kraps p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-stretch: normal;-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); min-height: 13.1px"> My wife and co-pastor, Rev. Rachel Berry, and I are retired pastors from the Cal-Nevada Conference, who live...

November 20, 2018 |
By Cate Monaghan Interim Communications Director CA-NV Conference of The UMC   Heading north on CA-99 from West Sacramento, California on Saturday (Nov. 17), Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, Episcopal leader for the San Francisco Area of The United ...

November 15, 2018 |
The directory of bishops and ordained, licensed, and appointed or assigned ministers is available for download on the Journals page of the conference website. An update will be published on December 1, 2018.   “Those who have not already done so are ...

November 15, 2018 |
Good Afternoon,   In light of the smoke that’s affecting the Sacramento area and that is clearly affecting our Conference Center, we are closing the office for the rest of the day and will remain closed until Monday morning. We hope that this will ...

November 15, 2018 |
United Methodist News Service (UMNS) writers Jim Patterson and Sam Hodges filed a story on Monday (Veterans’ Day) about the California wildfires. In addition to the Camp Fire in Butte County that to date has claimed 48 lives and consumed 135,000 ...

November 15, 2018 |
The delegates from the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church have issued a statement of support for the One Church Plan, one of three proposals advanced by the Commission on a Way Forward that attempt to resolve the denomination’s ...

November 13, 2018 |
What happened in Butte County last week, and its aftermath, is beyond the scope of our imagination. We feel compelled to help – those of us with intact families and homes, warm beds, and safe drinking water – and those of us who remember what not ...

November 13, 2018 |
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño’s formal request for a $10,000 grant to help the California-Nevada Annual Conference meet immediate needs of Camp Fire survivors has been approved by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).   Cathy Earl, UMCOR’s ...

November 08, 2018 |
Friday, November 2, 2018 7:30 p.m.:   As the customary hour of shabbat observance for Congregation Etz Chaim of Merced approached, it became very evident this would not be the usual gathering for prayer, worship, and reading of sacred texts. Cars had...

November 07, 2018 |
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church this week approved a statement from its Immigration Task Force regarding migrant caravans.   The statement was presented by Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, who chairs the task force, during the plenary...

November 07, 2018 |
The California-Nevada chapter of United Methodist Women (UMW) gathered for its annual celebration Oct. 20, 2018 at Campbell UMC, with national UMW President Shannon Priddy as keynote speaker. Officers were elected at the business meeting, including ...

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