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California-Nevada Ordains First Fijian Elder in the Denomination

7/19/2017
*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   History was made when the Rev. Tikiko Namata Lesuma was ordained and elder during the service of ordination at the 169th session of the California-Nevada Conference.  Lesuma is the first Fijian person to be ordained an elder in The United Methodist Church (UMC).  "It's very humbling.  I feel so blessed and so privileged to be ordained…It's an opportunity to be able to encourage more Fijian folks to come into leadership in our conference, and the broader church," ...

Conference Lay Leader Speaks at California Senior Rally Day

7/19/2017
California-Nevada Conference Lay Leader, Micheal Pope, was one of the keynote speakers at the California Senior Rally Day at the California State Capitol.  Pope is CEO of the Alzheimer's Services of the East Bay (ASEB). To view a highlight video of the event, click here.  

Rainbow Circuit Holds Worship in the Park

7/19/2017
On Sunday, July 16, more than 300 members of the California-Nevada Bay District 5-Rainbow Circuit gathered together in unity for worship, a potluck lunch and fellowship at the Castro Valley Community Park. It was the Circuit's second annual Worship in the Park event. The Circuit is called the Rainbow Circuit because it is one of the most diverse Circuits in the Conference. The Circuit membership consists of eight churches with ten different nationalities in its membership.   The Rev. Rochelle ...

Asbury UMC recognized as "Builders of the Beloved Community"

7/18/2017
At their 40th anniversary gala, Tri-Valley Haven recognized Asbury United Methodist Church as "Builders of the Beloved Community." Asbury UMC and Tri-Valley Haven envision a world without violence and have long history of working together to serve adults who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or homelessness.

King's Beach Retreat Center Director Announced

7/13/2017
The Board of Camping and Retreat Ministries announces the appointment of Lisa Jean Hoefner to the Kings Beach UMC and Retreat Center.  Hoefner is the previous Executive Director of Camping for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.  She, along with Kelly Peterson-Cruse, Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries, and the board will transition this facility into a full retreat center as a part of California-Nevada's Camping and Retreat Ministries.  They hope to provide and explore new ministry ...

Quilt Presentation to CONAM from Trinity UMC Berkeley

7/13/2017
Trinity UMC Berkeley presented four quilts to the four Native American congregations in the California-Nevada Conference during the 2017 Annual Conference Session.  The quilts are in response to the 2016 Annual Conference Session Acts of Repentance to Native peoples and communities in our region. To view the presentation, click here.  

Blessing Box at Gridley United Methodist Church

7/10/2017
The Gridley United Methodist Church has established a Blessing Box located in front of the church. The Blessing Box will be available to those who need emergency food items. The idea for setting up a Blessing Box came from one of our members Jerry Long who saw an article reporting a blessing box at a church in the east. He presented the idea to the church members who thought it would be an example to the Gridley community of the churches commitment to follow Christ's commandment to feed the ...

Endowment Board Annual Grant

6/28/2017
The Endowment Board supports the retired clergy and spouses of the California-Nevada United Methodist Conference with financial resources, education and connections. Since 1891, the organization has provided security and peace of mind for ministers through pension fund contributions, financial relief for churches and social events to keep retirees active and engaged. On June 23, 2017, The Endowment Board presented their annual grant to Board of Pensions and the Retired Clergy Association at ...

Making Partners and Building Bridges at UMC Merced

6/15/2017
The United Methodist Church of Merced is connecting with a movement in the Central Valley called 1 Pueblo 1 Lucha (1 people 1 fight).  After building relationships with leadership to make change in their valley, they are partnering with several Central Valley organizations that have been doing work for years: Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CIVIIC); Faith in Merced, an associate of PICO; Faith in the Valley, a larger umbrella associate of PICO; Immigrant Legal Resource ...

University of LaVerne Baccalaureate Service

6/15/2017
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño recently served as the preacher for the Baccalaureate service for spring commencement at the University of LaVerne. She is pictured with University President Devorah Lieberman (left), and University Chaplain Zandra Wagoner (right).

East Timor Religious Outreach Scholarship Appeal

6/14/2017
East Timor Religious Outreach (ETRO) contributes to Timorese self-determination and development on the micro-level by providing educational opportunities to poor, deserving youth and young adults. Last year, ETRO was able to award $5,000 for educational scholarships to each of California-Nevada Conference's ecumenical partners:  the Protestant Church in East Timor (Igreja Protestante iha Timor Lorosae) headquartered in the capital city of Dili, and the Roman Catholic Salesian Sisters Vocational...

Sacramento Fijian Language Ministry Men Assist in Fixing Roof at Camp Lodestar

6/14/2017
In preparation for the Fijian Youth Annual Camp ‘FJY17’ from July 11 to 14, the men’s group of two churches in Sacramento jumped at a chance to help fix the roof of the Hawks Dorm at Camp Lodestar. A total of eight men from Centennial and Florin UMCs under the guidance of Camp Lodestar manager, Jeff Clark, and the leadership of Joeli Tavaga of Centennial UMC, the men tore down four layers of shingles and insulation from previous fixes to reveal the original pine decking. Some of the men also ...

Bergquist to Preach for Memorial Service

6/9/2017
The Rev. Dr. Greg Bergquist, associate general secretary for the Division of Ordained Ministry at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), will be the preacher for the Memorial Service on Thursday, June 22, at 2 p.m. In his GBHEM role, Bergquist oversees all functions of the division, including the strategic planning for the recruitment and training of United Methodist clergy.   Most recently, Bergquist served as conference superintendent for leadership development for the ...

Hmong Regional Conference

6/8/2017
Hmong United Methodists in California held their first regional conference at Trinity UMC in Sacramento on April 21 and 22. The event was organized by the National Hmong Caucus to strengthen and revitalize Hmong United Methodists to become vital and sustainable congregations. A similar event will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Charlotte, North Carolina.  There were more than 100 people in attendance.  Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño and Central Valley District Superintendent, the Rev. ...

Watsonville First UMC Tithes $200K in Support of Africa University and Conference Mission

6/8/2017
*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   "The saints that have gone before us worked in the church and this is an opportunity for us to give back," says the Rev. Robin Mathews-Johnson, pastor of Watsonville First United Methodist Church (UMC).  Watsonville First UMC is giving more than a tithe (tenth) from the $1.5 million in proceeds they received from the sale of property the church owned.  "The gift has been received by us from the work of the former leaders, and now we're passing it on," says ...

South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership Fundraising Dinner and Auction

5/24/2017
The South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership (SSIP) recently held its annual fundraising dinner and auction. Established in 1970 and located at Bethany Presbyterian Church, the SSIP Food Closet serves families and individuals in need through the distribution of donated and purchased food. Seven Sacramento United Methodist congregations partner with the agency: Centennial, Chinese Community, Florin, Hope, Oak Park, Sacramento Japanese, and Sacramento Wesley.  Event speakers were Lori Sugar, food ...

Battle of the Bands & Adobo Cook-Off

5/18/2017
On Thursday June 1st, from 6pm-9pm at Berkeley UMC, 1710 Carleton, Join the Cal-Nev Philippine Solidarity Task Force in raising support for the 2017 Pastoral Solidarity Visit to the Philippines, with the Battle of the Bands & Adobo Cook-Off. Bands will Battle, while raising funds to support this years solidarity trip, learn about current issues in the Philippines, why delegates are going, and eat and vote for the best Adobo. Battle of the Bands line up: Dirty Boots Digma Salami Rose Joe Louis ...

26th Founding Anniversary of Elko United Methodist Fellowship

5/18/2017
Elko United Methodist Fellowship is celebrating her 26th Founding Anniversary this coming June 11, 2017. The invited guest preacher is the Associate General Secretary and Executive Director of Path 1 of the General Board of Discipleship Rev. Dr. Bener B. Agtarap, He was also the former Conference Superintendent for Congregational Vitality in the California- Nevada Conference. To those who want to celebrate with us, service starts at 10:00am @ 539 Court St. Elko Nevada and you may call 753-5220.

The Dream of Lasting and Just Peace

5/8/2017
By the Rev. Lindsey Kerr   Last Tuesday, April 25, at First Congregational Church of Oakland, I witnessed one of the most inspired social justice events I have seen in a long time. The gathering, “A People’s Movement for Just Peace: Understanding the Root Causes of Armed Conflict in the Philippines”, featured a variety of speakers on tour from the Philippines. They spoke to the national situation of the Philippines, as well as to the ongoing civil war between the Government of the Republic of ...

Central Stockton Hosts Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus in Concert

5/1/2017
The Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus returns to Stockton to perform in the Sanctuary of Central, Sunday, May 7 at 3.00pm. The SGMC was founded in 1984 as a singing group aimed at fostering a sense of community and providing support for Sacramento area gay and lesbian people. Over the past thirty years, the group has become an integral part of the Sacramento arts community as well as a voice for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. The chorus strives for musical excellence and ...

Junktique Sale

4/26/2017
Saturday May 6, 9 am-3 pm, huge garage sale including electronics, books, kitchen ware, jewelry, art, furniture, records and more. Lunch starting at 11:30 am with Minestrone soup, Chili and homemade pies. This is our largest fundraiser of the year. Come and support us. Point Richmond First United Methodist Church, 201 Martina St., Point Richmond.

Justo González, Methodist Historian and Theologian, to Offers Summer Course at PSR

4/26/2017
Renowned Methodist historian and theologian, Rev. Dr. Justo González, will be offering a Summer course on Latino/a perspectives on church and theology. The class will take place at Pacific School of Religion, in Berkeley, CA, from June 12 to 16 and can be taken for both academic credit and CEUs.   A native of Cuba, González is author of more than a hundred books on the history of Christianity, Wesleyan theology, and Latino/a religious experience in the United States. He served as the first ...

Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus

4/23/2017
Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus comes to the Central Valley. "Puttin' on the Glitz" Concert, Sunday May 7th 3pm at Central UMC 3700 Pacific Ave Stockton. Tickets $10 available at the church office or at the door. Students free.

Africa University Vice-Chancellor to Preach for Opening Worship at ACS

4/11/2017
Dr. James H. Salley, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Advancement for Africa University, will preach for the opening worship of the 2017 Annual Conference Session (ACS) on Wednesday morning, June 21.  The ACS offering will benefit Africa University as the school celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The celebratory offering will take place during opening worship. Clergy and laity from churches across the California-Nevada Conference are encouraged to bring, and present their ...

UMC Day with the Fresno Grizzlies

4/11/2017
United Methodist Church Day with the Fresno Grizzlies will take place on June 3 at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and includes a free hat. Proceeds will benefit "Imagine No Malaria." This year there will be auction for a person to throw out the first pitch as well as change the manual scoreboard during the second and fourth innings. A combined UMC choir will sing the national anthem. For an informational flyer with more information, click here.  

Clergy Spouse Fall Conferencing Event

Making new friends, re-connecting with others and learning new things are all part of the upcoming Fall Conferencing event slated for Saturday, November 9 from 10 am to 6 pm at First UMC in Sacramento. Art and food creating activities coupled with workshops on healthy conflict resolutions, how to de-stress, and a mini overview of Bible class. Opportunity to stay overnight with area spouses and carpooling available. Call JB 707-496-2154.

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