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

9/26/2019
(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

9/26/2019
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

9/25/2019
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

9/25/2019
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!

9/23/2019
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

9/23/2019
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

9/23/2019
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

9/19/2019
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

9/19/2019
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

9/19/2019
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

9/19/2019
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

9/19/2019
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

9/19/2019
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

9/18/2019
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

9/18/2019
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

9/18/2019
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

9/17/2019
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!

9/12/2019
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

9/12/2019
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 cnumc.org/journals in the search window of your web browser.  

Apply Now for California-Nevada Ecumenical Grants

9/12/2019
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

9/12/2019
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

9/12/2019
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

9/12/2019
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

9/12/2019
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

9/11/2019
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

9/4/2019
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

9/4/2019
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

9/4/2019
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

9/4/2019
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

9/4/2019
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

9/4/2019
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

9/4/2019
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

8/29/2019
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 ...

Camp Lodestar: A Week of Peace Focus for Youth

8/29/2019
By JB Brayfindley Communications Assistant   Vertical Play Pen, Leap-of-Faith, and Double-Trouble – all part of the high rope course at Camp Lodestar – were the most popular and challenging activities of the summer for campers. This year 40 campers, grades three through nine, attended the July 14-20 camp. There were also 10 campers in 10th and 11th grades who were Leaders in Training (LIT) and were paired with a counselor to act as a leader and mini counselor for their assigned cabins. (Last ...

Camps Aren’t Only for Summer!

8/29/2019
By Tina Heck  Director of Reservations and Communications   United Camps, Conferences & Retreats (UCCR)   Enjoy fall and winter seasons at your United Methodist camping and retreat centers! While Monte Toyon is fairly well booked, there are still some weekend dates available – and Camp Lodestar has plenty of weekends in October and November available for your youth group, Scouts, or crafting, music, quilting, or choir retreat. Or perhaps a family reunion in the beautiful Sierra foothills this ...

Musical 'Doors Open' Comes to Sacramento

8/29/2019
Doors at First United Methodist Church in Sacramento will open on Saturday, September 7 for a performance of Doors Open, an LGBTQ-themed musical that’s based on a song that’s based on The United Methodist Church slogan.    The musical is the brainchild of playwright-composer Mark Teagle, who created it for churches that are wrestling with the subject of LGBTQ community. The Sept. 7 performance is sponsored by the Methodist Pride Collective (made up of members of several local United Methodist ...

UMVIM Team Leader Training Scheduled for October

8/29/2019
The California-Nevada United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Team Leader Training is being offered Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Los Altos UMC, 655 Magdalena Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94024. UMVIM Team Leader Steve Elliot, a veteran of many trips, will facilitate.    UMVIM Teams can serve close to home or travel to faraway destinations around the globe to work with host communities. They address a wide variety of needs such as disaster recovery, medical, justice, ...

‘Families Belong Together’: Church World Service Calls for Loud Voices

8/27/2019
Church World Service is calling for all people of faith and conscience to tell Congress, “loudly and clearly,” that their constituents want funding for detention, deportation, and border militarization to be cut in favor of “prioritization of human needs, community-based, non-restrictive alternatives to detention, and relief and support to communities.”  The “Families Belong Together” campaign comes as Congress considers the level of funding for border control for fiscal year 2020. It calls ...

Council of Bishops Offers Grants for 2020 Local Ecumenical and Interreligious Ministries

8/27/2019
The Council of Bishops provides leadership for the ecumenical and interreligious ministries of The United Methodist Church. To that end the COB is offering three (3) grants, each in the amount of $1,000, to groups within annual conferences for special projects designed to strengthen ecumenical and/or interreligious relationships.   Preference will be given to groups within annual conferences that have been elected to lead in Christian unity and interreligious relationships. Projects selected ...

Council of Bishops Offers Scholarship for Bossey Program

8/27/2019
The Ecumenical Institute was founded by The World Council of Churches in Switzerland in 1946 as an “ecumenical laboratory,” bringing together students of ecumenism from across the Christian community. The Council of Bishops (COB) is pleased to offer an annual scholarship to one student to participate in the “Complementary Certificate in Ecumenical Studies” (CC) through Bossey in conjunction with the University of Geneva.   A total amount of $10,000 will be sent to Bossey on behalf of the chosen ...

First United Methodist in Bakersfield Partners with Teachers in Title I Schools

8/26/2019
This year, 240 students from various schools throughout Bakersfield will receive a free “homework kit” through their teachers who are a part of First United Methodist Church in Bakersfield.     “When the teachers pass the kits out to their students, the students will know that somewhere in Bakersfield there are many 'church folks' who care about them,” says Julie Vawter, director of administrative services at First UMC. “In addition, the teachers receive a $50 gift card to GW School Supply store...

Los Rios Lay Servant Ministries Training 2019

8/26/2019
Los Rios District Lay Servant Ministries will offer two Basic Lay Servant trainings and one on Preaching in 2019. Cost per class is $25 (includes lunch).   Basic Lay Servant Training will be offered Saturday, September 14 at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Vacaville with Akasha Fakava as instructor – and on Saturday, September 21 at First UMC, Sacramento with Rev. Matthew Pearson as instructor.   The Lay Servant Ministries Preaching class will be offered on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at ...

Petaluma UMC Fall Kickoff Celebration to Feature Dedication of Plaque by Native Sons of the Golden West

8/26/2019
Petaluma United Methodist Church will celebrate 78 years at its current location and 170 years as a congregation during its fall kickoff celebration on Sunday, September 8. As part of the festivities the grand officers of The Native Sons of the Golden West will present the pastor, Rev. Eric S. Dale (at right), with an historic plaque recognizing the congregation as one of the oldest in Petaluma and a living part of California history.   Dedication of the historic plaque will take place at 11:30 ...

Bishop Carcaño to Speak at Evolving Faith Conference

8/22/2019
The 2019 Evolving Faith Conference will be held October 4 and 5 at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. The two-day event will feature more than 20 inspirational speakers, including Resident Bishop of the San Francisco Area, Minerva G. Carcaño (below). Held in the Magness Arena of the Ritchie Center on the college campus, the conference starts on Friday at 7 a.m. for registration and concludes at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are available online. Visit the Evolving Faith Conference 2019 ...

First UMC Reno Brings in Brian McLaren for ‘Shining Lights’ Symposium

8/22/2019
First United Methodist Church of Reno will host renowned Christian progressive and global activist Brian McLaren for a daylong symposium, Shining Lights on a Guided Path, on Saturday, October 12, 2019.   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, a mobilizing collective rooted in a just and generous Christian spirituality. This event will focus primarily on the ideas presented in his book, ...

JJ Warren Discusses Inclusivity with Cal-Nev Churches

8/22/2019
By JB Brayfindley  Communications Assistant   "My passion is for our church to stay together," JJ Warren said, while on a speaking tour in the California-Nevada Annual Conference.   The young, openly gay certified candidate for ministry – best known for the ardent speech he delivered on the floor of the 2019 General Conference – spoke at a worship service during Walnut Creek UMC"s celebration of its 25th anniversary as a Reconciling Congregation (RC) this month, and, "He shared hope," according ...

Rancho Cordova UMC Opens New Food Bank Distribution

8/22/2019
By JB Brayfindley  Communications Assistant   On Tuesday, August 20 the dreams of many members of Rancho Cordova United Methodist Church were realized, when the church launched its first monthly Peoples’ Pantry Food Bank distribution.    “We have always had a heart for service to the community and have frequently felt that we couldn't accomplish as much as we would wish,” said Rev. Elizabeth Brick, the church’s pastor (at right).    “The heart and soul behind The Peoples’ Pantry came from the ...

Good Samaritan UMC Youth Fellowship Group Celebrates 50th Anniversary

8/21/2019
By Sue Schroeder Larson  Good Samaritan UMC   Ninety people from all over the United States gathered at the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Cupertino, California August 2-4, 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their high school Youth Fellowship (YF). These YFers – all now adults in their 60s – rejoiced in the opportunity to reconnect, sing, give thanks, worship, and cherish memories as they created new ones.     Their youth leader, Ernie Bringas, arrived at the church in 1969 and...

MARCHA Wraps up 48th Annual Meeting

8/21/2019
The National Hispanic/Latino Caucus for The United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, MARCHA (Metodistas Asociados Representando la Causa Hispano Americana, or Association of Methodists Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans) held its 48th annual meeting August 1-4 in Philadelphia under the theme, “The Extraordinary Power of God: Tesoros en Vasos de Barro” – Treasures in Vessels of Clay. The intended message: That while as humans we are fallible and prone to ...

Three-Part Fall 2019 Webinar Introduces Churches to NETworX Anti-Poverty Model

8/21/2019
The Conference Committee on Children and Poverty and its partner, NETworX USA, will host a three-part webinar beginning in September to introduce the NETworX anti-poverty model to congregations and communities all over the California-Nevada Annual Conference. The webinar series is sponsored by the United Methodist Rural Advocates and offers participants CEUs, as well as a better understanding of holistic poverty and working with families.    The series will be offered on Sept. 12, Oct. 3, and ...

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