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July 02, 2020 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
I pray you are staying safe and well, though we know that a growing number of members of the California-Nevada Conference have contracted COVID-19.  Let us continue to pray for one another and all God’s children everywhere, that this pandemic may ...

July 02, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
Local United Methodist churches across the California Nevada Annual conference are opening virtual doors to children who are interested in attending Summer Vacation Bible School online. Some programs are free, some provide scholarships and others ...

July 02, 2020 |
By Heather Hahn July 1, 2020 | UM News   Methodism’s founder wanted to minister with Native Americans and abolish slavery. But decades after John Wesley’s death, a Methodist bishop was a slaveholder and a Methodist clergyman was responsible for one ...

July 02, 2020 | Admin
The California-Nevada Conference has been monitoring the COVID-19 data for the counties in our area. As of June 29, 2020, there has been a sharp increase of new confirmed cases in California for the last 2 weeks, and in Nevada for the last week. [1] ...

July 02, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
Dr. Reginald T.W. Nichols began his new position as the Director of Leadership Development and received a warm virtual welcome during the July 1st  CNUMC Wednesday Webinar. Attendance spanned across the conference from Bakersfield to Sparks, Nevada. ...

June 26, 2020 | Adrian Pell
It's a little early in the year to be talking about the Annual Statistical Return - but 2020 is unusual, so here goes! 2020 has seen many changes in the patterns of worship across the conference - buildings closed, online worship, text services, and...

June 25, 2020 | Sam Hodges
An unflinching, hour-long “Service of Lament, Repentance, Communion and Commitment” went online June 24, putting The United Methodist Church on record as committed to a renewed push against racism. “The Council of Bishops and every church agency ...

June 25, 2020 |
Editor's Note:  Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño will be live at 11a pdt so be sure to tune in! We’re all seeing and reading about the racial tension that has swept across our nation. We’ve been cooped up for months. Our routines have been upended. These...

June 25, 2020 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño,Lupe Rentaria Salome
Editor's Note:  Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño and Lupe Rentaria Salome partnered on a recent op-ed on the most urgent social needs of this time. The article was published by CalMatters, a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom committed to explaining California...

June 25, 2020 | Staff Writer | GBHEM
When the United Methodist Black Clergywomen’s Caucus met for the first time in 1987, there were almost no women of color to represent their voices in religious higher education. Dr. Angella P. Current-Felder, then the executive director of the ...

June 25, 2020 |
The Pentecost Circuit of Los Rios District and Debra 'JB' Brayfindley have been busy creating new segments for their children's video worship series, simply titled "Children's Worship"  This Sunday's video features a new kids' version of a Jim ...

June 25, 2020 | Staff Writer | UMW
Finding Peace in an Anxious World Spiritual Growth Mission Study: 2020 Finding Peace in an Anxious World, the 2020 Spiritual Growth Study by staff of the Urban Village Church, uses the book of Proverbs and “The Serenity Prayer” as a guide to help ...

June 25, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
Rev. Blake Busick, Superintendent of the Great Northern District and Superintendent Rev. Debra Brady of the Central Valley District oversaw the implementation of in-person worship protocols in eight California-Nevada United Methodist churches in ...

June 25, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
“I find it increasingly challenging as an African American man to take in these new bits of information—these new traumas that show and highlight the violence upon African American people,” stated Rev. Hubert Ivery, pastor of Geneva Avenue UMC in San...

June 18, 2020 | Admin
People graduating in the time of COVID-19 have overcome many hurdles and are missing traditional celebrations that honor their milestone moments. Click here to view a short video that features some of our California-Nevada Conference graduates and ...

June 18, 2020 | Press release: General Secretaries Table The United Methodist Church
Nashville, Tennessee: Along with leaders across the church, the General Secretaries of the boards and agencies of The United Methodist Church mark this moment as a time to recommit to urgent action to dismantle racism in the United States and in the ...

June 18, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
“The major message we tried to send is whether you are coming back to the building or not is not a spiritual test,” said Rev. Dr. Lois Black, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Yuba City. “Our ability to be together is a gift ...We care more ...

June 18, 2020 | Hubert Ivery
Webinar: Covid-19:  Impact on Incarcerated Children & Youth Friday, June 19, 2020 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.   Sponsored by Advocacy & Justice Committee Task Force on Criminalization of Children & Youth For the last few weeks, we have seen many people ...

June 18, 2020 |
Sometimes news of freedom travels slowly and often to always it takes more than a signed policy to affect societal change. California-Nevada Conference lay leader Micheal Pope brings a Juneteenth word, encouraging friends and families to take a ...

June 18, 2020 |
The five jurisdictional United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) offices are entering a new phase of collaboration with a new website. The website address, www.umvim.org, will include resources from all five jurisdictions in one place. Some of ...

June 18, 2020 | Press Release: United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information
Nashville, Tennessee: United Methodist Church leaders will launch a plan of action to galvanize church members and others to actively stand against racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd and protests across the U.S.  The “Dismantling Racism:...

June 11, 2020 | Admin
On Monday, June 8, several hundred people gathered at Easter Hill UMC in Richmond, CA on a beautiful, sunny, windless afternoon. In less than a week the Youth Solidarity Project organized “March for Black Lives”. The organizers asked to use Easter ...

June 11, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño welcomed more than 400 clergy and layperson attending the Special Edition of the California-Nevada Annual Conference Wednesday Webinars from 4:00-5:15 p.m. on June 10. The webinar released a draft of comprehensive protocol ...

June 11, 2020 | Fel Cao
Our Conference Committee on Young People's Ministry created a sub-committee, called, 'CARDS for Confirmation Team." Our CARDS for Confirmation Team intends to connect, pray, support and congratulate your confirmands this year 2020. We are very much ...

June 11, 2020 | Admin
The California-Nevada Conference staff, together with lay and clergy leadership across the UMC connection, have been working to develop a set of guidelines that will help local churches re-launch in-person worship and gatherings. Re-Launch In-Person ...

June 11, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
Editor's note: The Methodist PRIDE Collective (MPC) is a collective of UMC local churches in the California-Nevada conference. Current participating churches include Davis UMC, Elk Grove UMC, Fair Oaks UMC, First UMC of Roseville, First UMC of ...

June 11, 2020 | Falamao Samate
​Act 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  Where is Tehachapi in California?  That was the question that came to my...

June 04, 2020 | Fel Cao
THE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE CHANGEMAKERS: Voices of Hope   “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they ...

June 04, 2020 | Admin
The Pentecost Circuit of Los Rios District and Debra 'JB' Brayfindley have developed a children's video worship series   Click here to access the second installment of the series for this Sunday, June 7. Click here to read about how the series came...

June 04, 2020 | Admin
By Melissa Cancio Manuel, Henry Josh Pablo, III, Hannah Lee Pablo, JR Dizon, Kayla Cape, Victor Jake Manuel We stand with the marginalized; we mourn with them, we pray for them, and we will fight for them. Silence is not an option. Neutrality is not...

June 04, 2020 | Admin
Pastor Anthony Jenkins of Taylor Memorial UMC knows how critical having access to healthy food is for families, especially in this time of pandemic when many folks are simply going without.    Oakland is a diverse community outside of San Fransisco ...

June 04, 2020 | Admin
Editor's note: The following is excerpted from a letter written by Mark Harrison, Director of Peace with Justice, General Board of Church and Society   "A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great." — Proverbs 18:16, NIV...

June 04, 2020 | Admin
Pastors across the UMC connection are always busy, yet they have been especially busy with the additional task of producing weekly online worship services which often includ video taping, editorial, and sharing several live elements within each ...

June 04, 2020 | Admin
by Western Jurisdiction UMC | May 29, 2020   On May 26, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church announced new dates for the 2020 Jurisdictional Conferences in the United States that were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ...

June 04, 2020 | Admin
...And know that I am God. The theme for the 172nd annual gathering of California-Nevada Conference annual is appropriate in all times, and perhaps never more pertinent than in this time of pandemic. Plans for the rescheduled California-Nevada ...

June 04, 2020 | Admin
Annual Conferenceof 2019 established the Task Force on Criminalization of Children & Youth, whose task was to examine the ways in which our systems treat children and youth of color in disproportionately punitive ways as compared with white children,...

June 04, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
“What was surprising was our Bible studies,” said Robbie Frederiksen of Central United Methodist Church, Stockton. Robbie Frederiksen works with students on the Delta Wesley and University of the Pacific campuses as the youth and young adult director...

May 29, 2020 | Admin
Bishop Carcaño names our cruelty, particularly toward African American men and boys, from historic legal slavery to modern day slavery, encompassing unjust policing practices, modern day lynching and economic injustice that traps people of color in ...

May 28, 2020 | John Oda
May 27, 2020 | SAN FRANCISCO (UM News)   The tradition of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month was initially an idea from a Chinese American congressional staffer named Jeanie Jew back in the 1970s. She approached U.S. Rep. Frank ...

May 28, 2020 | Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
May 28, 2020 Beloved Pastors, Lay Ministers and Lay Members of the Churches of the California-Nevada Conference, I pray you are safe and well.  Your conference and district staff members join me in sending you our support and love.  We are here for ...

May 28, 2020 | Aileen Marble
Last month, the Patterson Federated Church came together with two other churches in the San-Joaquin Circuit of the Central Valley District, FUMC Modesto and FUMC Turlock, to collect items to be used in activity bags for 34 homeless children and ...

May 28, 2020 | Kim Smith
Every Sunday during worship at Mt. Tamalpais UMC church members bring food for the Food Bank offering; the youth and children collect the various cans and bags from people in the pews as they come up to the altar for the children’s story.  The ...

May 28, 2020 | Admin
by Rev. Tikiko Lesuma, Chairperson, CCORR The Conference Commission on Religion & Race invites members of the California-Nevada Conference to submit names of those who have worked to build bridges to all ethnic groups and persons. Nominees ought be...

May 28, 2020 | Admin
Editor's Note: California-Nevada Conference staff are busy putting the finishing touches on a comprehensive protocol of guidelines that will help our local churches begin to re-open their buildings. What follows is a summary of those guidelines, ...

May 28, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
“Consider these questions when you want to help,” said Sonja Edd-Bennett, California-Nevada Annual Conference Director of Disaster Response. During the CNUMC Wednesday webinar on May 27 at 4:00 p.m. Edd-Bennett emphasized planning to respond by ...

May 28, 2020 | Admin
Wesley UMC Bakersfield is using technology to stay together while staying safe and what began as a weekly worship service has branched out to include a noon time prayer gathering enjoyed by dozens of folks each day, as well as a children's reading ...

May 26, 2020 | Admin
 On Saturday, May 16, two members of Nevada City UMC travelled to Chico, armed with clothing, food supplies, $300 of gift cards, and, more importantly, the financial and moral support of their Pastor, David Niu and several other church members. They...

May 21, 2020 | Admin
People throughout our Conference connection have been impacted by the many ripples and consequences of COVID-19. The challenges we face in our everyday lives have become more complex and at times insurmountable.   The faith family of Fale Maama ...

May 21, 2020 | JB Brayfindley
“Praise God!” exclaimed Rev. Motoe Yamada Foor, pastor at Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, in response to pieces coming together on a Sacramento Pentecost Circuit video project. “We are so excited to offer this to our local congregations ...

May 21, 2020 | Admin
On May 5 El Camino Real District Superintendent Shinya Goto reached out to the El Camino Real family with a request to support a district wide fundraiser for undocumented families whose income sources evaporated as a result of the pandemic in what ...

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