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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 ...

November 07, 2018 |
Did you notice the graphic above? It features California-Nevada’s own Emily Allen, Agenda Chair for Annual Conference Session and one of our first electeds to General Conference. Her testimony is a powerful one! Right now, there are UMC young people...

November 05, 2018 |
Monday, November 05, 2018                                                                        For Immediate Release   St. Simon Island, GA – Council of Bishops President Bishop Ken Carter this morning urged fellow bishops to call upon God to ...

November 01, 2018 |
  A Statement of the Extended Cabinet of the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church   November 1, 2018             We, the bishop and extended cabinet of the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church, have ...

November 01, 2018 |
Clergy in the California-Nevada Annual Conference will begin 2019 by being Called to Wholeness.   This new experience, developed by a task force from the Board of Ordained Ministry and Cabinet, including Bishop Minerva Carcaño, is to be an ...

October 31, 2018 |
By Diane Knudsen Executive Director of Finance and Administration   Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus! I’m grateful to all churches that faithfully tithe 10% of their operating income every month. The number of churches tithing at 10% or more ...

October 31, 2018 |
Hope Crisis Response Network in Middletown (Lake County) is featuring a team of volunteers from First United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa, in a story on its website and Facebook page. “They are always a great team!” says Valerie Cox, Community ...

October 31, 2018 |
More than two years after losing their home in the Erskine Fire, last week a Kern Valley couple was finally able to see a brand-new dwelling start to take shape on their land.   “June 2016 changed the landscape of our valley,” said Justin Powers, who...

October 31, 2018 |
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Vacaville will be Sustainable Solano’s next demonstration “urban food forest” installation site. Three free public workshops will be offered in the yard of the church: this Saturday, Nov. 3; Sat. Nov. 10; and ...

October 25, 2018 |
Cal Aggie Christian Association’s annual fundraiser for CA House at UC Davis, next week, will have a 1960s flavor, featuring the Beatles tribute band, “RevolutionBeat!”   Appropriately called “A Little Help from Our Friends,” the event will raise ...

October 24, 2018 |
The California-Nevada Annual Conference is advertising nationally, seeking to fill the Director of Communications position.   Key responsibilities include: Work closely with the bishop for understanding of the context of the ministry and mission of ...

October 24, 2018 |
Pastoral leaders – don’t miss the opportunity to attend the November workshop “Exploring Your Ministry Style,” sponsored by the California-Nevada Annual Conference Office of Congregational Development. Sign up now, while registration remains open.   ...

October 24, 2018 |
A Call from Our Bishop and Lay Leader to the people of the California-Nevada Annual Conference   It’s a case of good news – and challenging news, according to Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño and the Lay Leader for the California-Nevada Annual Conference, ...

October 23, 2018 |
A luau is a way of giving and showing thanks to the community, says Pastor Latulala Toetu'u of Orland’s Federated Church. On Sept. 22nd, the church chose this traditional means to express kinship, in an event that also contributed significantly to ...

October 23, 2018 |
All creatures – great and small – were welcome at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sunnyvale, California on Sunday (Oct. 21), but although a python and turtle were expected, the traditional Blessing of the Animals service “went to the dogs,” as ...

October 23, 2018 |
California-Nevada Annual Conference Lay Leader Micheal Pope and Executive Director of Leadership Development Gere Reist preached on The Priesthood of All Believers, Sunday (Oct. 21) at Sparks United Methodist Church in Sparks, Nevada.   There at the ...

October 22, 2018 |
The United Methodist Judicial Council partnered with United Methodist Communications to livestream the three oral hearings held during the opening day of the Council’s fall meeting at the Placid Hotel in Zürich, Switzerland.   The hearings were ...

October 22, 2018 |
Campbell United Methodist Church has scheduled a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) trip to Sierra Leone for January 2019 that is open to anyone within the California-Nevada Annual Conference.   The trip will take place Jan. 17-30, 2019. ...

October 22, 2018 |
The United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR) western office in Salt Lake City, Utah will mark its 10th anniversary on June 1, 2019.   Over the past 10 years UMCOR Depot West has received mission groups and volunteers from every single state in ...

October 18, 2018 |
“Many of us brought pain, grief, and disappointment with us to San Antonio,” said the Rev. Kristie Olah, referring to the 2018 Do No Harm conference of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW), that came just a week after the ...

October 18, 2018 |
In the wake of disastrous wildfires within the California-Nevada Annual Conference, the devastation wreaked by Hurricanes Maria and Florence and, more recently, Hurricane Michael – among other natural disasters – are you feeling led to get involved? ...

October 18, 2018 |
By Sonja Edd-Bennett Director, CA-NV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministry   The California-Nevada Annual Conference recently participated in a milestone event: a summit for United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM), Conference Disaster ...

October 17, 2018 |
You’ve probably shaken your head at some point, wondering sadly if there’s really anything that can be done about systemic poverty. Perhaps you’ve heard of a program called NETworX but have dismissed it as “just another thing someone’s trying.” Or ...

October 11, 2018 |
In 2015, four lives lost; 1,300 homes destroyed; 76,000 acres burned. In 2018, another devastating fire.   Where is hope in the midst of seasons of despair?   In the case of Middletown, California, hope has come in the form of Hope City, created by ...

October 11, 2018 |
By Cate Monaghan Interim Communications Director CA-NV Annual Conference of The UMC   Sunday, October 7, 2018 was radiant with golden sunshine in California’s gold country, while an occasional soft breeze stirred branches not yet ready to flaunt fall...

October 11, 2018 |
By Leslie Carmichael UMVIM Team Leader Los Altos UMC   Hurricane Maria, one of the most powerful hurricanes in history, devastated the Island of Puerto Rico in 2017. Aware that recovery would be long and challenging, members of the California-Nevada ...

October 11, 2018 |
The Table at Central United Methodist Church and co-pastor the Rev. Linda Dew-Hiersoux have been awarded a Lilly Endowment 2018 National Clergy Renewal Program Grant. The $50,000 grant – the maximum for which congregations were eligible to apply – ...

October 11, 2018 |
Here are some stats on the historic Hurricane Michael. pic.twitter.com/OWd39Gl5xQ — NWS Tallahassee (@NWSTallahassee) October 11, 2018 The Southeast is getting hammered again as Hurricane Michael, now a tropical storm, is producing flash flooding ...

October 10, 2018 |
Marcha-West, in partnership with First United Methodist Church in Selma, California, is hosting a resource fair “to empower … local communities and the Hispanic/Latino population to make smarter and healthier choices” for their families.   With a DJ,...

October 09, 2018 |
Grass Valley United Methodist Church will host “Everybody Sing! A Musical Day with Jim and Strathdee” on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.   A “spirited congregational sing-along for all ages” in the morning will feature songs of faith, ...

October 04, 2018 |
Just three months into his new role as Executive Director of Congregational Development for the California-Nevada Annual Conference, The Rev. Craig S. Brown says he doesn’t mind at all if your reaction to hearing his name is – and continues to be – “...

October 02, 2018 |
Merced College students examined the momentous topic of sexual assault and violence toward women in the #MeToo era, when they gathered for Wesley Club on Thursday, September 27. They also discussed the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court justice ...

September 27, 2018 |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area doesn’t see the current debate over homosexuality as a reason for the church to split. He feels the church is able to continue God’s mission, even amid ...

September 27, 2018 |
The wildfires of October 2017 had a dramatic impact on the entire region. Dozens of lives were lost; thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed, as were crops; and countless families were displaced as the Northern California firestorm – as the ...

September 27, 2018 |
There is still time – but not a lot of it! – to apply for an Ecumenical Grant of up to $2000 from The Advocacy and Justice Committee of the California-Nevada Annual Conference.  The committee has a small budget available to support ecumenical and ...

September 27, 2018 |
The Guatemala Mazatenango Medical mission is looking for licensed medical personnel, specifically doctors and pharmacists, to join the team for its July 2019 mission. Last year the mission was not able to fully field a team, due to the departure of ...

September 26, 2018 |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Sept. 26, 2018 | Discipleship Ministries | – United Methodist youth and young adults attending the Global Young People’s Convocation (GYPC) adopted a Statement of Unity declaring their love of the church, “the unity it offers and how...

September 25, 2018 |
FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE - Bishops in Africa have resolved not to support any proposed legislation that calls for splitting The United Methodist Church over the issue of human sexuality, according to a statement released on Monday, September 24, 2018. ...

September 25, 2018 |
The Table at Central United Methodist Church in Sacramento is one of only 12 churches chosen to receive a $15,000 grant as part of a year-long partnership with the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. The grant will help ...

September 24, 2018 |
NETworX Orientation Set for November Generational poverty doesn’t have to be something we simply accept – nor should we accept it, as Christians! Some United Methodist churches are taking a unique approach to tackling this issue, and you can join ...

September 23, 2018 |
The school year has started and that means California-Nevada Annual Conference Campus Ministries are in full swing. The Conference supports eight active Campus Ministries, and many local churches are engaged in ministry to college students at nearby ...

September 19, 2018 |
United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2018   Nashville, Tennessee – This fall, The United Methodist Church is deepening its involvement in Hispanic and Latino communities in a concentrated ...

September 19, 2018 |
Being a nurturing, supportive community is important to members of Memorial United Methodist Church in Clovis, California, and they don’t let distance limit their outreach.   The congregation’s two-year-old missions ministry “Friends of the United ...

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