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April 23, 2020 |
The Rev. Brad Bennett points to a patch on the snow-covered ground and says, “My spot’s right there.” The “spot” is Bennett’s plot in a tiny cemetery on family farmland near Jane Lew, West Virginia, where he plans one day to rest in peace next to his...

April 23, 2020 | Leslie Carmichael
The Waller Center, an urban retreat and community center based in San Francisco and managed by the Board of Camping and Retreat Ministries of the California-Nevada Conference, was suddenly empty as user groups cancelled their reservations for ...

April 23, 2020 |
On April 1st the California-Nevada conference began hosting weekly webinars every Wednesday at 4p PDT.  The webinars are designed to bring folks across the conference together to learn new skills that will both help us adapt to life in this time of ...

April 16, 2020 |
East Bay Formosan gives a great example of what can be done even though we are not gathering on Sunday in the sanctuary. What is your church doing in the community during this time of shelter in place?  Please send us your stories! By Peri Chen, ...

April 16, 2020 |
The following is an op-ed written by Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño along with fellow Bishops across California in conjunction with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity and is excerpted from The Sun, a San Bernardino newspaper, a part of the ...

April 16, 2020 | Fel Cao
"and when Jacob saw them, he said, “This is God’s camp!” So, he called that place Mahanaim." (Genesis 32:2)   I asked myself, "What is our theology of comfort in the ministry of camping and retreat in this COVID-19 pandemic?" I brought up the word ...

April 16, 2020 |
By Dawn Blundell, Pastor, Epworth UMC Epworth UMC plays a very active role in serving folks in need in our Northern Nevada community. Through Epworth Community Food Pantry, Fallon Daily Bread, we are able to provide food, clothing, care, and ...

April 16, 2020 |
 The following is excerpted from a letter sent by The Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell, Executive Secretary of Native American and Indigenous Ministries, General Board of Global Ministries and Allyson Potts, Executive Director, Loans and Scholarships, ...

April 16, 2020 |
By Cory Paine, Pastor, Community Methodist Church and California-Nevada Relief Disaster Case Manager   This project was an outreach to the children at home during the Covid 19 situation. We organized an Easter Bunny drive by with the assistance of a ...

April 14, 2020 |
In this time of COVID-19 we continue to shelter in place. To help care for the health and well-being of our faith families in California and Nevada the California-Nevada Annual Conference Session for 2020 has been rescheduled from June and will meet ...

April 10, 2020 |
Westpath has provided a spanish translation of the CARES Act summary. Actualización sobre el COVID-19 Ley CARES —Resumen de Impacto Potencial para la UMC Visión general El viernes 27 de marzo de 2020, la Cámara de Representantes acompañó al ...

April 10, 2020 |
By Ron Dunn, Pastor, Newcastle UMC   How can we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? Easter in Exile How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? How can we sing our Easter “alleluias” all by ourselves? How can we make our way to the empty ...

April 09, 2020 |
By Sadie Stone, Pastor Bethany UMC On March 16, 2020 the Mayor of San Francisco, announced that we were to shelter in place and only essential personal should continue to go to work. The order went on to note that the homeless population was exempt ...

April 09, 2020 |
By JB Brayfindley   “Cameras, sound bytes … we’ve had to gear up to do this,” said Rev. Dr. Lois Black, pastor at First United Methodist Church in Yuba City. Black is no stranger to adapting to new things and has often encouraged her congregation ...

April 09, 2020 |
By UM News communicators April 8, 2020 | UM News United Methodists in Africa and the Philippines are fighting COVID-19 by making personal protective gear, raising awareness in rural areas and busy cities and breaking down myths. And they are using ...

April 02, 2020 |
By Michael Yoshii In the midst of a season of holy days: Jewish Passover, Christian Holy Week, Muslim Ramadan, Buddhist Hanamatsuri, interfaith leaders will gather for an online vigil calling  for an end to for-profit prisons and detention centers ...

April 02, 2020 |
This Holy Week will be one we may all remember most especially given this time of finding new ways to connect and overcome social isolation. Our Bishop, Minerva G. Carcaño is finding new ways to gather our conference faith family in this time and we ...

April 02, 2020 |
By JB Brayfindley   Asking members to touch a coffee table in their home to recall Jesus knocking over tables in the Temple or asking families to unlock a door in their home to reflect on how the Resurrection story ‘unlocks’ hope, are both examples ...

April 02, 2020 |
By  Jean Hawxhurst   Three of the main ecumenical organizations in the United States of America have come together this Easter to promote a unified witness to our shared faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Bishop Teresa Jefferson Snorton is ...

April 02, 2020 |
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,   We write you today sending love and power in the name of Jesus Christ.    In the roles we play within our California Nevada Conference community, we have had the opportunity to witness your great strength and ...

April 02, 2020 |
By JB Brayfindley “Even before the stay at home order, people who could and did attend weekly Lenten activities wanted a kit to use at home daily,” said Dedra Beauchamp, administrative assistant at Fair Oaks United Methodist Church. “The kits were ...

April 02, 2020 |
District Superintendent Shinya Goto and his wife Jennifer, like many of us, are working from home and homeschooling their children. Recently he reached out to pastors in El Camino Real District to see how pastors with kids were balancing work and ...

April 02, 2020 |
By Heather Hahn The Rev. Joseph Echols Lowery, a United Methodist pastor who loved to preach and was never afraid to speak truth to power, died at his home in Atlanta on March 27. He was 98.   Lowery walked with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and ...

April 02, 2020 |
Shelter in place (SIP) guidelines are now in place through April 30th, and in some counties of the Bay District through May 3. Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño strongly urges our entire faith family across Nevada and California to continue sheltering in ...

April 02, 2020 |
By JB Brayfindley   Although the services may be pre-recorded, the worship service is viewed ‘live.’ The music, the prayers, the liturgy are familiar. The time is the same as the typical Sunday morning worship. However, the place is different. ...

April 02, 2020 |
By Michael Yoshii A continue concern for human rights ministry in the Philippines has been the targeting of pastors and lay members engaged in support of the poor and marginalized.  Recently United Methodist pastors in the Philippines have been ...

April 02, 2020 |
Wednesday Webinar April 8, 4p-5:15p PDT Click here to register. Join California-Nevada Executive Director of Finance and Administration Diane Knudsen for a deep dive into the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and a discussion...

April 02, 2020 |
A Letter to the United Methodist Clergy of the Western Jurisdiction The United Methodist Church From the College of Bishops Beloved Servants of Christ, We write, as your episcopal leaders, in these unprecedented days of social change due to the ...

March 27, 2020 |
Nashville, TN – The Board of Directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) met by Conference Call on March 27 to discuss general Church apportionments for 2021. It is the Disciplinary responsibility of GCFA to present a ...

March 27, 2020 |
California-Nevada Lay Leader Micheal Pope delivers a heartfelt message as we navigate this time of coronavirus - COVID-19 together. 

March 27, 2020 |
Nashville, March, 2020 – The outbreak of COVID-19 in the US and the resulting cancellation of group gatherings has led many United Methodist churches to plan online virtual worship experiences.   To assure that local churches have the resources they ...

March 26, 2020 |
By JB Brayfindley The brown paper bags have a square label emblazoned with the words, “Take Out Church” and sit in rows on a table awaiting delivery for this Saturday, March 29, 2020. Rose Steelman, office assistant at United Methodist Church of the...

March 26, 2020 |
March 27, 2020   Friends, Recently President Donald Trump shared his thoughts about wanting to have churches return to their sanctuaries on Easter Sunday.  I agreed with him that it “would be a wonderful thing.”  As a person of Christian faith, I ...

March 26, 2020 |
By John Coleman, UMNews Much of the annual meeting of the African American caucus of The United Methodist Church focused on major changes being proposed to the now-delayed General Conference, as well as the views of black church leaders.   During ...

March 26, 2020 |
As churches around the California-Nevada connection prepare to navigate their third Sunday out of the sanctuary, pastors and laity are skilling up and having learning and successes around online worship.  Here are some reports from churches across ...

March 26, 2020 |
March 22, 2020 GCORR denounces the U.S. President’s racist language to describe the Coronavirus as “The Chinese Virus.” Not only does this unapologetic use of xenophobia and racial terror create physical, emotional, and economic harm to persons of ...

March 26, 2020 |
Google Meet Google Fans. Meet Meet, Google's latest but not-so-new flagship offering for audio and video conferencing.  Those of you familiar with Google's peer-to-peer video platform, Hangouts, will certainly appreciate the interface upgrade as Meet...

March 26, 2020 |
By Akiko Miyake-Stoner, Pastor, Clovis United Japanese Christian UMC This week was supposed to be the National Workshop on Christian Unity, but like most other major events, was cancelled due to COVID-19.  Instead, UMEIT (United Methodist Ecumenical...

March 26, 2020 |
Conference communication directors in the Western Jurisdiction are know for their close knit collaboration. As we navigate  adaptations in the time of coronavirus - COVID-19, communicators are working together to support local churches across the ...

March 25, 2020 |
( click on the video to hear Bishop Carcaño's message)   Bishop Minerva Carcaño joins the United Methodist Church and the Council of Bishops in asking all United Methodists to join people of faith in a day of prayer this afternoon, March 25, asking ...

March 20, 2020 |
Episcopal leader of the California-Nevada Conference and Chairperson of the United Methodist Immigration Task Force, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, joined leaders as a signatory to a letter sponsored by the ACLU of California, the San Fransisco Marin ...

March 20, 2020 |
By JB Brayfindley   Around the California-Nevada Annual conference, churches are finding ways to meet needs of their congregations and communities.   “In all of this craziness, may love be shown, may Christ be known, and may God be praised!” said ...

March 20, 2020 |
On Thursday March 19 Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered Californians to stay home in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.  Although this order has not yet come for our family in Nevada, we urge all across the California-Nevada connection to ...

March 18, 2020 |
Greetings California-Nevada Conference Family, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño decided that, in accord and compliance with directives from California state and county government officials and public health offices in our region, and in consultation with ...

March 18, 2020 |
Greetings Friends, As instruction to ‘shelter in place’ continues to come from counties across California and Nevada, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño shares a special video message with our faith families across the connection requesting that church ...

March 17, 2020 |
The Directors of Communications of the Conferences in the Western Jurisdiction work closely together.  My colleague in the Desert Southwest Conference, Christina Dillabough, has organized what seems to be a wonderful webinar for this coming ...

March 14, 2020 |
Preparedness and prevention are important buzzwords in this time of coronavirus and Nevada's Governor Sisolak continues to take a series of pro-active moves to help the state's residents stay safe. On Thursday March 12th the governor declared a ...

March 14, 2020 |
  Los Altos UMC has created a special worship experience for this Sunday, March 15 in an effort to help people across the California-Nevada faith family connect with each other and with God. The in-person gathering restrictions imposed to stem the ...

March 13, 2020 |
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has recommended that all gatherings across the state of over 250 people be postponed or canceled and is requiring the following conditions for meetings with below 250. Nevertheless, as the situation ...

March 13, 2020 |
The news regarding the pandemic Coronavirus has brought much uncertainty and fear into our lives, making it hard to think about future plans, including summer camp plans. We recognize that many of our members and communities are struggling while ...

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