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March 13, 2020 |
By Pastor Lindsey Bell-Kerr   Our public health officials continue to tell us that the best way to safeguard against COVID-19 is to wash your hands and practice social distancing. For those experiencing homelessness, however, both of these practices ...

March 13, 2020 |
By Heather Leslie Hammer Experience the Civil Rights Movement with other United Methodists on a Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) tour November 1-8, 2020. Sponsored by the Retired Clergy Association (RCA), a group of approximately 30 will meet in...

March 13, 2020 |
by Sam Hodges, UMNews Some came wanting a new denomination. Others said they prefer, for now, to keep working within The United Methodist Church. But all who attended the UM-Forward event held here March 6-8 expressed commitment to Gospel-based ...

March 13, 2020 |
By Sam Hodges and Heather Hahn, UMNews A group of United Methodist leaders, including eight bishops, has issued a statement sharing its vision for a global traditionalist denomination focused on evangelism and the “primacy of Scripture.” Among the ...

March 13, 2020 |
by Linda Bloom, UMNS The Rev. Kelly Dahlman-Oeth gained a new appreciation March 8 for the option of livestreaming Sunday worship after needing to be separate from his congregation in Shoreline, Washington. “I’m just delighted by the technology that ...

March 13, 2020 |
Giving to your local church means giving to your local communities. Passing the offering plate in church on Sunday mornings is a physical and symbolic reminder of Jesus’ commitment to ministering to all those around us. When church attendance is ...

March 13, 2020 |
On Tuesday March 11 the National Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a series of 4 simple one page documents to help people in communities across the country help slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We encourage you share these with ...

March 13, 2020 |
 By JB Brayfindley   “Our faith was already designed to work with small groups,” said Rev. George Edd-Bennett pastor at First United Methodist Church of Lodi referring to the historical method of developing Christian disciples through ‘class meetings...

March 13, 2020 |
MARCHA LAMENTS, the irreconcilable positions that have divided our church to the point of schism. Nevertheless, MARCHA welcomes the Protocol of Grace and Reconciliation through Separation as an opportunity for the UMC to move beyond disagreements on ...

March 13, 2020 |
Napa UMW members and other volunteers met Sat, Mar. 7 at Napa United Methodist Church to cut fabric patterns and sew washable menstrual pads for girls and women of all ages who might not otherwise be able to access or afford adequate sanitary ...

March 13, 2020 |
By JB Brayfindley 55 people attended “Messy Church,” at Rancho Cordova United Methodist Church (RCUMC) on Friday, March 6th from 4:40 to 7:00 p.m. The new service was formulated from a unit in the book “Messy Church” by Lucy Moor and Jane Leadbetter....

March 13, 2020 |
IESDG (Inter-Ethnic Strategy and Development Group) requests and urges the Commission on General Conference that the legislation on regionalization coming from Central Conferences, be the first matter to be deliberated in General Conference 2020, ...

March 13, 2020 |
News around the coronavirus (COVID-19) changes daily and it is important to know what is happening in your own community to help stop the spread of the virus.  California-Nevada Conference office has created a listing of county public health ...

March 09, 2020 |
All area churches are invited to a forum and Q &A on the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation. It'll be Sunday, March 22 at 3 PM at Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, 1543 Sunnyvale Ave, Walnut Creek (just off the Treat Blvd. ...

March 07, 2020 |
Out of an abundance of caution, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño and the California-Nevada Conference Human Resources Team have decided that the Conference Center will remain closed through Wednesday March 11.  Conference staff will continue to work ...

March 06, 2020 |
by JB Brayfindley   Saturday, April 18th, 2020 from 11 am to 5 pm is the 14th year of Redding’s Whole Earth and Watershed Festival, an annual community-wide celebration of Earth Day featuring activities, exhibits, live music, films, artists, and ...

March 06, 2020 |
by Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño As Christians we believe that all people should be valued, accounted for and cared for.  In the US one of the fundamental ways to do this is our Census.  Conducted at the end of every decade, makes 2020 a Census year.  ...

March 06, 2020 |
Sacramento Riverside United Methodist Church, (RUMC), needed a new playground for the growing number of families with children joining their faith community. RUMC is located in metro Sacramento and continues to serve the primarily Asian immigrant ...

March 06, 2020 |
by The California-Nevada Conference Puerto Rico Mission Team   Our third year assisting with the recovery from Hurricane Maria brought our mission team to a better healed Puerto Rico.  We were pleased to see recovery progress, but with years still to...

March 06, 2020 |
by Michael Yoshii The California-Nevada Conference Committee on Advocacy & Justice is co-sponsoring a Holy Week Pilgrimage for Liberation to focus on Immigrant Detention Centers in California, and the role of for-profit corporations that run these ...

March 06, 2020 |
from The General Board of Church and Society   H.R.6, The Dream and Promise Act of 2019, is legislation that protects certain immigrants, providing them with the ability to remain in the U.S. and access a pathway to citizenship. Dreamers are ...

March 06, 2020 |
Life is complicated and full of the unknown. When we walk out the door each morning we trust that it will be just another day and sometimes it is.  Sometimes it isn't.  When life happens, not having a plan, not being prepared and not having ...

March 06, 2020 |
If you have ever wondered about the power and impact of local church communities connected in mission, keep reading.... In the summer of 2019 Linda Gates, member of Federated Church in Placerville, CA, challenged church communities in the Great ...

March 06, 2020 |
by Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of The General Board of Global Ministries “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” — Matthew 25:35, NRSV United Methodists ...

March 04, 2020 |
Bishop Minerva Carcaño gathered conference office staff early Wednesday morning and announced a series of pro-active precautions taken to ensure the safety of conference staff, conference leaders and visitors. The office will be closed for the rest ...

March 03, 2020 |
In effort to provide support and information during this novel coronavirus outbreak, The California-Nevada Office of Disaster Response Ministry has compiled an interim list of simple precautions to help stop the virus from spreading, and preparedness...

February 28, 2020 |
By Rev. Jim Doepken During a Special Called Session of the Alaska Conference of The United Methodist Church this weekend, members voted to dissolve their missionary conference status and become a ‘mission district’ within the boundaries of the ...

February 28, 2020 |
by Tikiko Lesuma, Chairperson,CCORR The Conference Commission on Religion and Race is accepting grant applications, for Leadership Training Programs, especially those targeting youth and young adults.  Use additional pages if needed. For 2020, ...

February 28, 2020 |
by 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 ...

February 28, 2020 |
by Connie Hunter, United Methodist Women Social Action Coordinator, California-Nevada Conference Have you heard that the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world? It’s true. Maybe you know that the number of people incarcerated in the US ...

February 28, 2020 |
Astronaut Jose Hernandez grew up in Stockton, CA, the son of migrant farm workers. Like many children growing up today, Jose loved science and dreamed of one day being an astronaut. He pursued his dream with rigor. After earning the necessary ...

February 28, 2020 |
by Lucy Nelson, CalSERVES AmeriCorps VIP 2019 – 2020   Hi, my name is Lucy Nelson and I am an AmeriCorps member serving a term with the CalSERVES Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP) here at the California – Nevada  Conference office. I realized ...

February 28, 2020 |
The Western Jurisdiction Hispanic Latino Council, in partnership with the National Plan for Hispanic Ministries, has translated the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation into Spanish. We believe that providing this and other ...

February 28, 2020 |
by JB Brayfindley “We really haven’t talked about anything like this until now,” said Irene Celedon, administrator at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Sacramento, California. After her staff meeting, emergency protocols were in place for a ...

February 28, 2020 |
At the February 2020 Board Meeting, Africa University leadership honored Los Altos UMC for longtime support of and partnership with students attending AU. California-Nevada Conference Epsicopal Leader and AU Board member Bishop Minerva Carcaño was ...

February 28, 2020 |
The 2020 Western Jurisdiction Conference (WJD) is the quadriennial gathering of United Methodists where Episcopal leaders will be elected, the Western Jurisdiction budget for 2021-2024 will be approved and other legislation will be considered. This ...

February 20, 2020 |
California-Nevada Episcopal Leader Bishop Minerva Carcaño currently serves on Africa University's board of directors. She shared, "We will miss Prof. Kurewa but he will never be far from us for what he taught us about God and being the people of God ...

February 20, 2020 |
United Methodists across the connection will gather the day before General Conference, May 4, 2020, at Hennepin UMC in Minneapolis to hear from keynote speakers and panelists as well as to share in round table discussions devoted to the elimination ...

February 20, 2020 |
by April Buck, Administrative Assistant, FUMC Yuba City Yuba City First United Methodist Church is delighted to introduce you to First Kids, our Sunday morning worship service created with children ages 4-11 in mind. First Kids includes worshiping ...

February 20, 2020 |
Close to two dozen adults and small children gathered at Napa Methodist on Feb. 14 to decorate and fill Valentine’s Day treat bags for distribution to the homeless. “People who find themselves homeless can be fairly confident they will find food in ...

February 20, 2020 |
by Tom Buratovich, member, California-Nevada Committee on Nominations From Sunday, February 9 to 11, the California-Nevada Conference Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development planned, prayed, and thought deeply about the function, task, ...

February 20, 2020 |
Between 1866 and 1882, following the Civil War, the former Methodist Episcopal Church organized the Freedmen’s Aid Society to help educate black people newly freed from slavery. Between 1866 and 1882, the society established more than 70 schools in ...

February 20, 2020 |
by Rev. Heather Leslie Hammer, Byron United Methodist Church On February 23, 2020, Byron United Methodist Church will hear the story of the unique mural which covers the 18-by-20-foot front wall behind the church’s altar. On May 3, 1981 the colorful ...

February 20, 2020 |
by Heather Hahn General Conference organizers have established a think tank to explore different ways for processing legislation at this year’s gathering of The United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking body. The assembly, scheduled May 5-15 in ...

February 20, 2020 |
For the second year in a row the Board of Directors of United Methodist Federal Credit Union, (UMFCU),  donated $5,000 to support disaster relief efforts in the California-Nevada Conference. Ramon Noperi, President/CEO of UMFCU said, "It is a ...

February 20, 2020 |
by Western Jurisdiction UMC | Feb 17, 2020 | Uncategorized We, the First Elected Delegates to General Conference 2020 from the Annual Conferences making up the Western Jurisdiction, appreciate the earnest collaborative work on the Protocol of Grace ...

February 14, 2020 |
Saturday, February 29, 2020: One man from Brooklyn finds himself in a West Texas desert, compelled to witness the cruelty of family separation and child detention on the US southern border. "Witness at Tornillo," a Carbon Trace Production, is a ...

February 13, 2020 |
Chicago, IL – On February 20, 2020, the Connectional Table (CT) will host a live 1.5-hour webinar entitled "Five Things to Know About United States Regional Conference (USRC) before GC 2020." The webinar will address questions and concerns about the ...

February 13, 2020 |
By the Rev. Becky Goodwin, pastor at Grass Valley UMC We all know that interfaith friendships are priceless, and many of us have enjoyed being part of interfaith events. However, I want to make the case for participation in the regular prayer and ...

February 13, 2020 |
It’s time to begin thinking about legislation for our Annual Conference Session, June 12-15, 2020. Please note the guidelines in our conference Standing Rules, Division I. F. 4. found on pages 328-329 of the 2019 Journal : Recommendations, ...

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