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2020 Gathering of the Orders Workshops

The planning team for the 2020 Gathering of the Orders is seeking clergy interested in leading 60- or 90-minute workshops. Gathering of the Orders will take place Jan. 28-30 at Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore, California under the theme “Casting Our Nets,” based on John 21:1-6. Workshops are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 29. If you would like to lead a workshop please contact Rev. Ken Schoon,, or Rev. Jacey Pickens-Jones, jacey.johnsonpickensjones...

Church of the Mountains Anniversary Receives Press Attention

By Cate Monaghan  Interim Director of Communications The Church of the Mountains United Methodist Church in Truckee, California celebrated its sesquicentennial (150 years) on September 29, an event that garnered press attention. The Sierra Sun newspaper reported on the milestone (October 4 edition, page 9), quoting Rev. Donna Farrell, pastor, as saying “We want the next 150 years to be 150 years of total inclusion of all people.”   Church of the Mountains is in the final stages of becoming ...

Volunteers Being Recruited for Fiji UMVIM trip

A team of volunteers is being assembled for a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) trip to Temple Methodist Church in Nasinu, Fiji (near Suva) to assist with the construction of a new worship sanctuary.   The date for the trip has not been set.   Interested? Here’s what you need to know:   The building frame is a typical commercial structure of red iron, rebar-reinforced, formed concrete, and concrete block construction, with a metal roof, and interior framing and flooring of wood, ...

Support UM Men, Scouting Ministry 'Give Day' on Mon. Oct. 21

The General Commission on United Methodist Men is expanding its mission to enable all men and all youth to have an on-growing relationship with Jesus Christ. The biggest challenge however, is that the funding needed for both men’s and scouting exceeds income projections. Give Day will be observed on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 and represents a one-day gifting opportunity for new and current supporters to provide financial support for men’s and scouting ministries throughout all levels of The United ...

Shasta County Interfaith Forum Prepares for Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

By Tara Macy Cal-Nev Committee on Christian Unity and Interreligious Relations The Shasta County Interfaith Forum, based in Redding, California, is a local organization consisting of congregations of faiths as varied as Ba’hai, Buddhist, Mormon, Methodist, Catholic, Sikh, Islam, and Quaker, to name just a few. It exists to promote understanding and appreciation of religious diversity in the community and to work together for the benefit of the local area. The forum supports local events such as...

Inspirational Memoir on Healing and Faith Is Released

How one woman recovered –and found new ways to thrive – after a devastating accident caused a traumatic brain injury is the core of an inspirational memoir just released that already is garnering critical acclaim.   The book is Sleep, Pray, Heal: A Path to Wholeness and Wellbeing, by Rev. Donna Fado Ivery of the California-Nevada Conference of the United Methodist Church. A book launch was held on Saturday evening (Oct. 12) at Book Passage Bookstore and Cafe in Corte Madera, California. Fado ...

2020 ACS Theme Set, Conference to Move Back to Sac in 2021

By Cate Monaghan Interim Director of Communications The Commission on the Annual Conference Session has resolved to adopt the theme chosen for the 2020 General Conference, “And Know That I Am God,” taken from Psalm 46, as the theme for the 2020 gathering of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. The unanimous decision was made at the commission’s October 10 meeting.    The commission, chaired by Rev. Gary Pope-Sears, welcomed three new members: Kim Hines, ...

Utilities’ Proactive Power Shutoffs Heighten Memories of Devastating 2017 Wildfires

By Cate Monaghan  Interim Director of Communications, CA-NV Conference of The UMC  It was two years ago this week that a series of 250 wildfires erupted in Northern California and spread so quickly – owing to severe fire weather, or “red flag,” conditions – that each had swallowed up from 1,000 to 20,000 acres within a single day. The Northern California firestorm, North Bay Fires, and Wine Country Fires would consume some 245,000 acres, claim 44 lives, and destroy nearly 9,000 structures ...

Joyful Healer Celebrates 20 Years of Ministry on the North Coast

By JB Brayfindley  Communications Assistant    One of the results of the United Methodist Church New Church Development effort under Bishop Melvin G. Talbert more than 20 years ago is the United Methodist Church of the Joyful Healer (UMCJH) in McKinleyville, recently celebrating two decades of ministry. More than 60 people attended a special worship service on Sunday, September 8, 2019 recognizing 20 years of ministry for the church. Guest pastor Kathryn Dunning from Eureka UMC performed six ...

CA House Campus Ministry Begins New Year at UC Davis

By Sara Tillema  Director and Campus Minister, CA House    The new academic year is in full swing at CA House (Cal Aggie Christian Association), United Methodist-affiliated campus ministry at UC Davis. Welcome Week has brought a flurry of retreats, dinners, and mixers, and along with it an influx of university students ready to dive into the 2019-2020 program year.     On the first day of school, September 25th, students gathered in the Great Hall at CA House for our first Open Table Multifaith ...

Davis UMC Supports 'CA House' Campus Ministry at UC Davis

The Reverends John Moore, Kristin Stoneking, Maggie McNaught’ and Clay Ballard are some of the names that come to mind when one reminisces about previous campus ministers at the University of California at Davis. This fall and next spring, the current director and campus minister at Cal Aggie (CA) Christian Association, Sara Tillema; her spouse and PhD candidate Aron Tillema; John Knight; and Davis United Methodist Church pastor, Rev. Brandon Austin are facilitating a Bible study at Davis UMC. ...

Cal-Nev Contingent Attends Leadership Institute in Leawood

More than 30 people from the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church attended last week’s Leadership Institute at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Among them were the conference’s executive director of Connectional Ministries, Rev. Jorge Domingues, and General and Jurisdiction Conference delegates Rebecca Bernstein, Elizabeth Brick, Randall Miller, Gayle Shearman, and Kristin Stoneking.   The annual event drew some 2,500 people from around the country, including...

Last Chance: Register Now to Attend ‘Shining Lights’ Symposium with Brian McLaren

Time is running out to register for Shining Lights on a Guided Path, taking place on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Reno-Sparks Convention Center, with breakout sessions at various locations in the two cities. The daylong symposium featuring renowned Christian progressive and global activist Brian McLaren is hosted by First United Methodist Church of Reno.   A former college English teacher and pastor, McLaren is an Auburn Senior Fellow, the author of more than a dozen books, and a leader in Convergence, ...

Attend Doors Open Musical at Lynnewood UMC

Doors Open, an LGBTQ-themed musical, will be performed at Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Avenue in Pleasanton, Sunday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. The musical is the brainchild of playwright-composer Mark Teagle, who created it after wrestling with the subject of LGBTQ community with reference to the UMC slogan of "Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors." For more information contact Lynnewood UMC at (925)846-0221.  Download flyer here.  

Course for Lay Servants Offered in Bay District This Month

The two-part course using the text, "Lay Servants as Christian Transformational Leaders," is scheduled for two Saturdays, October 26 and November 16, 2019. The sessions will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hope United Methodist Church, 115 El Campo Drive, in South San Francisco. Lunch is provided. Bay District Lay Servant Ministry Coordinator, Dee Anne Paron, will serve as the course leader. The course is a guide for Lay Servants seeking to be more empowered to lead their congregation ...

Part 5 in Series: Korean Joint Youth Retreat, Monte Toyon Camp

This article, focusing on Korean Youth Retreat and Monte Toyon Camp, concludes a series on Cal-Nevada Annual Conference camps. Corrected 10/9/19 By JB Brayfindley Communications Assistant Korean Youth Retreat Gives Opportunity to Renew Faith The Korean Caucus of the California-Nevada Annual Conference held its annual Summer Joint Youth Retreat (Unity Retreat) July 28-31 at Old Oak Ranch in Sonora. Coming from 12 Korean United Methodist churches, 121 youth and 53 college volunteers joined ...

Come Dream with Us! An Invitation to Lead in the California-Nevada Conference

By Lee Neish  Vice chair, Cmte. on Nominations and Connectional Leadership Development  Our denomination is facing challenges unprecedented in our lifetime. The need for listening, learning spiritual leaders – both lay and clergy – across our annual conference has never been greater. How we chart our course over the next four years will greatly determine the effectiveness of our mission to empower congregations to make disciples of Jesus Christ, and to transform lives in local and global ...

Part 4: Fijian Caucus Youth Camp Speakers Reflect on 'Call to Me' Theme

(Continuing a series on California-Nevada Annual Conference camps.) By JB Brayfindley  Communications Assistant   The Fijian Caucus Youth Camp (FCYC) is the brainchild of the California-Nevada Conference’s Fijian Caucus, which organized the first one in 2016. It was held that year at Silver Spur Christian Camp. This summer, the fourth annual edition of the FCYC took place at Camp Lodestar in Wilseyville. Thirty-nine campers, representing five United Methodist churches in Sacramento, Palo Alto,...

You May Continue to Give to Annual Conference Offering

Even though an Annual Conference Offering was taken at Annual Conference Session (ACS) in June, it doesn’t mean that the ability to give – as a church or as an individual – ended there. You still may donate online to support the urgent and long-term development needs of Davuilevu Theological College in Fiji.   Visit the 2019 ACS page on the conference website and click on 2019 Annual Conference Offering for information and resources about Davuilevu, including bulletin inserts.  

2019 Moon Lectures: Provocative, Progressive, Enlightening

By JB Brayfindley  Communications Assistant   This fall, on each second Friday of the month, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Sacramento is hosting a four-part lecture series to showcase contemporary insights from dynamic speakers and progressive Christian authors and community leaders. The series kicked off on September 13 with Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, acclaimed filmmaker, advocate, and leading voice on immigration issues. More than 250 people attended the ...

Registration Has Opened for New Clergy Boundary Trainings

Clergy of the California-Nevada Annual Conference are to take Clergy Boundary Training once a quadrennium. Registration is open now for classes scheduled in the remainder of 2019 and the first half of 2020.     November 18, 2019 – Clergy Boundary Training 101, at the Conference Center, 1350 Halyard Dr., West Sacramento, CA 95691.    May 13, 2020 – Clergy Boundary Training 101, at Pinole UMC, 2000 San Pablo Ave., Pinole, CA 94564.    June 11, 2020 – Clergy Boundary Training 201, at St. Paul’s ...

Cal-Nev Retired Clergy Association Is Anything but Retiring!

By Carolee Catterall Chair, RCA Pastoral Response Team Despite what images its name may conjure up, the California-Nevada Conference Retired Clergy Association is a dynamic group! The retired clergy of our conference are continuing to be an active and contributing part of our shared ministry, and the association – thanks in large part to the Endowment Board – is able to serve retired clergy and spouses in many and varied ways. One of our committees is Relational Care and in the same category ...

Black Leaders Meet to Discuss Future of The UMC

Council of Bishops For Immediate Release September 22, 2019 CHICAGO - Dozens of key African-American laity, clergy, and episcopal leaders met in Chicago on Thursday and Friday to discern and map out the future of the Black Church in The United Methodist Church as a prelude to the 2020 General Conference. Organized by the Ebony Bishops and facilitated by the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), the meeting brought together leaders of the different constituencies of the Black Church...

New Task Force Launches Forums Series with Presentation on Militarism, Global Climate, Migration

On Wednesday, October 2 at noon, the newly created Task Force on Criminalization of Children & Youth will host a presentation by Nick Buxton titled, “Whose Security? Militarism and the Global Climate and Migration Crises.”   The presentation, based on Buxton’s book, The Secure and the Dispossessed, will share how the military-industrial complex and corporate interests share a common vision to address global climate and migration crises. Unfortunately, according the Buxton, this vision is ...

Compassion Week Expands in Los Altos

Volunteers will extend compassion to their neighbors and serve the community through 100 projects in the San Francisco Bay Area during Compassion Week 2019, September 30-October 6. Up to 3,500 people are expected to give their time throughout the week to complete vital acts of service and social justice that enable individuals and families to build a stronger and more empathetic community. Numerous volunteer opportunities are still available and open to all regardless of age or faith. ...

Conference Core Team Listens for Voices of Churches

The Core Team of the California-Nevada Annual Conference is seeking input from each local church, to help develop a Vision and Strategic Plan for the conference for the 2021-24 Quadrennium.   District superintendents are communicating with each of their churches, asking that they engage in conversation around three prompts and enter responses online by the end of this year.    Each DS is providing directions for how they would like their churches to engage with the process.   At the core of the ...

Conference Welcomes New Pastors

By JB Brayfindley  Communications Assistant    Lunch with the district superintendents and Zoom conferencing with California-Nevada Conference Lay Leader Micheal Pope and Core Team Chair Kathi McShane were two of the many activities on the agenda at New Pastor Orientation, hosted at the conference center in West Sacramento on September 10.   Eighteen pastors attended – three of them, transfers from another conference. Included in the group were certified lay ministers, local pastors, and ...

General Secretary Extends Thanks to Cal-Nevada

General Secretary Thomas Kemper of the General Board of Global Ministries (at right) has written Bishop Minerva Carcaño, thanking her for affording him time during this year’s Annual Conference Session to recognize the anniversary of 200 years of United Methodist mission.   He also thanks the bishop for “graciously including the commissioning of new missionaries,” noting that Hesed Soriano Lim found it to be “very meaningful” to begin her mission service by being blessed by the Cal-Nevada ...

Noteworthy Community Event: 100 Men Campaign

The Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center is inviting all area men to take a stand against domestic violence by participating in the 100 Men Campaign rally, Thursday, Oct. 3 at noon on the steps of Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento.   Rev. Faith Whitmore, a retired elder in the California-Nevada Annual Conference, is CEO of the Family Justice Center.    “Through greater awareness of this issue and by advocating for violence prevention at the community level, men from all walks of life are ...

PSR, Lynnewood UMC Launch Progressive Faith Lecture Series

Next month Lynnewood United Methodist Church will begin a new partnership with Pacific School of Religion (PSR), seeking to advance progressive religious values and thought in Pleasanton, California through a series of lectures – one of which includes an interactive singing workshop.   The inaugural lecture in the series, “I Can Hear My Neighbor Crying: Sounding Theology, Resounding Social Change,” will be given by professor Sharon Fennema and feature an interactive singing workshop. It will ...

Western Jurisdiction to Host ‘Fresh United Methodism’ Summit in November

What will the future of The United Methodist Church look like in the coming years? Who is shaping that vision, and what are the most important values?   From November 14 to 16, 2019, the Western Jurisdiction (WJ) Mission Cabinet is hosting a Fresh United Methodism Summit consisting of the WJ Leadership Team, WJ Workgroup Leaders, 2020 General Conference delegates from the WJ, and other emerging leaders. Beginning with reports from each Annual Conference and several WJ workgroups, attendees will ...

A New Thing: New Church Start Academy 2020

Doing "what we’ve always done” may or may not be working, but it’s easy. Breaking out of that pattern requires boldness and vision – and it’s scary. But when God calls us to something new, God also empowers us to do it.    You may be one of those persons God is calling to plant a new church or to start a new one right where you are. If that’s the case, the Committee on New and Vital Congregations (CNVC) wants to partner with you – because the work of starting new things in a local church ...

10th Annual Kumi Benefit Dinner: Oct. 4 at Chinese Community UMC, Oakland

On October 4, Chinese Community United Methodist Church in Oakland will celebrate 10 years of support for Kumi Christian Visionary School, the primary school built in the village of Kumi, Uganda through a unique partnership with a Christian NGO. To mark the occasion and advance this ministry, the church invites everyone to experience a delectable eight-course Chinese banquet and hear stories of:  how this grass-roots mission began;  the building process;  navigating the "unpaved roads” of ...

California-Nevada UM Foundation Hires New Chief Exec

The California-Nevada United Methodist Foundation has hired a new executive director. The Foundation Board of Directors reports that David Malloy (left) has been tapped to succeed Susan Peters (at right, below), who in June announced her retirement after 10 years of service, effective at the end of 2019.   Malloy is a fourth generation United Methodist and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he received a bachelor's degree in communications with a public relations ...

‘Shining Lights’ with Brian McLaren Is Just One Month Away: Register Now!

An important event, Shining Lights on a Guided Path: A Day with Brian McLaren, takes place in just one month (October 12, 2019) at Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Nevada.   The daylong symposium keynoted by the renowned Christian progressive, author, and global activist will also feature breakout sessions with innovative regional religious and community leaders, including:   the Rev. Kim Montenegro (shown at right) – a United Methodist pastor, church planter, and trainer in cross-cultural re...

2019 Directory of Clergy Uploaded to Website

The Directory of Clergy, updated as of Sept. 10, 2019, has been uploaded to the California-Nevada Annual Conference website.   You’ll find it on the Journals page, located under Resources. You also may access it by simply entering in the search window of your web browser.  

Apply Now for California-Nevada Ecumenical Grants

October 15 Deadline  The Advocacy and Justice Committee of the California-Nevada Annual Conference has a small budget available to support ecumenical and interfaith social justice advocacy initiatives. Ecumenical or interfaith organizations may apply for Ecumenical Grants if they meet the following criteria:     Such organizations must include meaningful participation by one or more United Methodist churches, committees, or task forces as well as other faith communities.   The project for...

Asian Camps Focus on Asian Heritages, Social Justice Issues Relevant to Youth: Part 3 of series

By JB Brayfindley Communications Assistant   The National Japanese American United Methodist Caucus (NJAUMC) Asian American Summer Camp (AC), in its 45th year history of empowering and inspirational ministry, has developed a reputation amongst its participants as a family-like community, yielding lifelong relationships and faithful servants of God.   Begun in 1974 under the direction of the Reverends Peter Chen and Harry Marakami, Asian Camp has a tradition of creating programs that address ...

Ecumenical Event: Padre Melo of Honduras to Speak on Migration

St. Francis Pathways for Justice Ministry is working with St. Ignatius and other local churches to bring Father Ismael Moreno Coto of Honduras to speak in Sacramento. A Jesuit priest popularly known as Padre Melo, he will be in the U.S. as a conference keynote speaker at Gonzaga University, and then will visit California.    Padre Melo holds a master’s degree in philosophy and another in theology, and in 2015 received Norway’s Rafto Award for Human Rights and Freedom of Expression. In 2002 he ...

Mission u 2019 Studies Radical Discipleship – Then and Now

More than 50 women from the California-Nevada Annual Conference (CNUMC) attended The United Methodist Church Mission u 2019 three-day conference August 16-18 at South Reno United Methodist Church. The Reverend Craig Dale of South Reno UMC and General Board of Global Ministries missionary Katherine Parker, who serves with the United Mission to Nepal, were two of many speakers featured during the event.   Open to members and non-members of the United Methodist Women (UMW), Mission u is an ...

Mountain Sky Conference Seeks Chief Financial Officer

The Mountain Sky Conference of The United Methodist Church, headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado, has posted a position opening for a chief financial officer (CFO).   According to the position description, the Chief Financial Officer is responsible for transformational mission that includes, but is not limited to, vision casting, as well as developing, managing, and maintaining an integrated plan for/effective control of, all accounting and financial operations of the Mountain Sky ...

Protecting Right to Boycott: Advocacy and Justice Urges Action

By Patricia Daugherty  Co-chair, Israel-Palestine Task Force, CA-NV Annual Conference   Members of the Advocacy and Justice Committee have issued a statement addressed to federal representatives within the boundaries of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, urging their support of House Resolution 496, “Affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.”    ...

2019 Discernment Retreat Is at Kings Beach in October

Discernment is the practice of listening for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Who calls us to deeper understanding of where love and grace live. It requires that we want what God wants, and from this posture we can cultivate the capacities for listening deeply to that holy desire.   The 2019 Discernment Retreat, taking place October 25-27 at Lake Tahoe United Methodist Church and Retreat Center, is designed to lead you into a deeper understanding and practice of discernment. Over time and with ...

2019 Journal Is Available

The 2019 Journal for the California-Nevada Annual Conference is available now to download and/or purchase.   To download your copy, click on “Journals” under Resources on the conference website (or download here).   The link to purchase a bound edition through Amazon is on that same page, or you may order here.   Conference Secretary Mark Wharff reports the Directory of Clergy will be available mid-month.   Please address any questions, comments, or recommendations to him at Mark.Wharff@cnumc.or...

Cal-Nev Camps Build Relationships, Ignite Personal and Social Holiness: Part 2

Introduction  Camping engages people from older generations to younger generations. We have members of our connectional family who are investing their lives in camping. Through camping, they have recognized people’s gifts and graces – and their investment of time, energy, and money cannot be underestimated.   This year, I was able to go to Shasta Camp for the first time. It is a very good location, designed for tent and RV camping, and has great hiking trails. I will come back next year for sure...

Conference and Jurisdiction Positions Open

There are two position openings at the conference and jurisdiction levels.   The California-Nevada Conference is seeking to fill the director of communications position, while the Western Jurisdiction Mission Cabinet is seeking to fill a new position, project manager/organizer.   According to the position overview for the director of communications position, the successful applicant will be responsible for:   Leading the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church in ...

Gratitude in Action: Endowment Board Receives Legacy Gift

By Jenny Copello  Development Coordinator, The Endowment Board   The Conference Claimants’ Endowment Board was blessed to receive a legacy gift from the trust of Rev. Mary McCollum (at left), who believed in the work and mission of the organization so deeply that she wanted to continue to support the retirees and spouses even beyond her earthly life.   Thanks to the sound investment of the funds by The Endowment Board, the trust generated quarterly income payments to Rev. McCollum that more than...

It’s Time to Plan for a Mission Handcrafts Sale

As your church is planning mission activities for the coming year, now is a good time to schedule a Mission Handcrafts sale to benefit mission projects in Bolivia, India, Cambodia, and elsewhere. A sale will benefit not only United Methodist Advance Specials, but also will provide income for the producers of craft items and will support the local economy in some developing countries.   In addition, a sale offers an opportunity for fellowship among members of a sponsoring church. It can also be a...

New Resource: Mission Volunteer Video Series

The Mission Volunteer Office of The United Methodist Church is excited to announce the release of its newest project, the Mission Volunteer Video Series. The series, consisting of four sets of videos (11 videos total), is designed to empower, equip, and resource individuals and couples who are interested in long-term service by engaging in God’s mission in the world. Being released over the next few weeks, the series will cover program information, training topics, and more; each video will ...

Cal-Nev Camps Build Relationships, Ignite Personal and Social Holiness: Part 1

By Fel Cao  Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries and Young People’s Ministry   I have said several times, “I am a product of camping.” I had my faith conversion experience through youth camping. Camping and retreat led me to become an agent and advocate of justice and peace.   I believe Jesus lived a life of camping as he moved from one town to another with his followers! It is really interesting how Jesus encamped with the disciples and engaged them in prayer – and how, as much as Peter ...

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