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'Out of the Ashes': Community UMC in Lower Lake Breaks Ground

By Cate Monaghan Interim Director of Communications Community United Methodist Church in Lower Lake, CA burned down during the Clayton Wildfire in 2016. Finally, on Sunday, August 11, 2019, ground was broken for a new building.   “Out of the ashes, we will rise” proclaimed a banner as Great Northern District Superintendent Blake Busick, Pastor John Pavoni, and Lake County Supervisor Moke Simon led the groundbreaking ceremony.    The main church building, the parsonage, and the classroom ...

Press Release: Diverse Group of United Methodists Explores Separation

For Immediate Release August 19, 2019   HERNDON, VA:  A group of theologically diverse United Methodists met at Floris United Methodist Church in Virginia on Friday and Saturday to continue seeking a way to resolve the impasse on the ordination of LGBTQ members and the blessing of same-gender marriages in the denomination. Organized by bishops from Central Conferences, the meeting was attended by Tom Berlin and Junius Dotson, representing Centrists; Jan Lawrence and Randall Miller [of the ...

September 'Faith Service Xtreme!' Youth Event: An Opportunity for Hands-on Service

By JB Brayfindley Communications Assistant   “FAITH SERVICE XTREME! is like a weekend Sierra Service Project or a taste of a weekend Volunteers-in-Mission,” according to Rev. Dr. Felicisimo (“Fel”) Cao, California-Nevada Annual Conference Director of Camping and Young People’s Ministry.   In previous years the event was titled “Faith Xtreme,” but recently its title was amended by the Conference Council on Young People’s Ministry to include the word “service.”   “The intention is to provide a ...

Fires Force Evacuations Within Cal-Nevada Conference

A Message from Cal-Nevada Disaster Response Coordinator Sonja Edd-Bennett  As you've likely seen, there are several fires happening around the Conference, with at least two forcing evacuations yesterday.    Patterson Fire – Twitter #PattersonFire – started off Patterson Road, south of Placerville, in El Dorado County near Diamond Springs in rural, but populated, area.  CalFire reports at 7 a.m. Friday 8/16/19 – fire at 35 acres; containment 40%.   Crews will continue working through the day: ...

Rebuilds Start After 2017 Northern California Firestorm

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) rebuilds have begun for October 2017 Northern California firestorm survivors. This includes destroyed areas in Santa Rosa, Mendocino, Lake, and Napa counties. In Mendocino County, UMCOR is partnering with Hope Crisis Response Network to rebuild homes, beginning in Redwood Valley and Potter Valley.     Steve Elliot, who has been providing United Methodist Volunteer in Mission (UMVIM) training, assembled the first volunteer rebuilding team. They spent ...

Wesley Bakersfield UMC Protests Detention Center

"When I went in there, the women were in their beds with sheets over their heads; they wouldn't even get up, and didn't want to talk with anyone," Reverend Anne Schlesinger, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bakersfield, California said after visiting the Mesa Verde Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention Center. "The stories that come out of there are horrible." Wesley UMC is located just 4.4 miles from the detention center, less than a 10-minute drive away. The church ...

General Conference Commission Takes Action Following Task Force Review

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 10, 2019 Lexington, Ky.: The Commission on the General Conference voted this week to implement new registration and credentialing procedures for General Conference delegates to safeguard against the possibility of unauthorized voting. The Commission made the decision based on the results of an independent investigation into allegations of voting improprieties at the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. A task force was convened to oversee the ...

Final Call for 2019 Peace Award Nominees

If someone you know exemplifies Courage, Creativity, and Consistency, you may want to nominate that person for the World Methodist Peace Award, sponsored by the World Methodist Council (of which The United Methodist Church is a member). However, you must act now: Applications submitted by August 20 will be considered for this year. Any application received after August 20 will be reviewed later for consideration in 2020.    Please note that all supporting documents must be included.    The ...

MARCHA Laments Violence in Texas, Ohio

MARCHA, Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans, has issued a statement lamenting the loss of precious lives to hate and violence over the past weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.    “We pray for peace and comfort for the families and communities mourning these senseless tragedies,” the statement reads.    “We are alarmed by how the evils of white supremacy, racism and xenophobia continue to spread through all levels of our nation and society, and the lack of ...

Pray for the Peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula This Sunday (Aug. 11)

Each year, Christians are invited to join in a prayer for peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula. Prepared by the National Council of Churches in Korea and the Korean Christian Federation, the prayer is traditionally prayed on the Sunday before 15 August every year – which in 2019 is this Sunday, August 11.    The 15th of August, celebrated as Liberation Day in both North and South Korea, marks the date in 1945 when Korea won independence from Japanese colonial oppression, yet ...

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 6 and 9, 1945 changed the world forever. And in this 74th year since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, all Methodists and people everywhere are urged to pray for world peace.    “We are in prayer for the victims and survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” said World Methodist Council General Secretary, Bishop Ivan Abrahams, “and we pray that peace will come to this broken world where nuclear weapons cease to exist, rather than be proliferated, which remains a constant and serious ...

Sacramento UMC Joins Hands With Local Organizations For Border Relief Efforts

By JB Brayfindley Communications Assistant "We all recognize the disaster at the U.S.- Mexican border," said Doug Treadwell, chair of the Reconciling and Social Justice Committee at First United Methodist Church in Sacramento. In response, his committee assisted more than 60 people from various organizations to come together on Saturday, August 3 for a hygiene kit assembly party at First UMC. "Through the generosity of Sacramento area United Methodists, Placer Women Dems, RATT Pack, ...

Walnut Creek UMC Marks Reconciling Anniversary, Extends Invitation to Hear JJ Warren

This Sunday, August 11, Walnut Creek United Methodist Church will mark its 25th anniversary as a Reconciling Congregation. The celebration will begin with worship at 9:30 a.m., featuring JJ Warren as guest preacher, and will be followed by a luncheon at 11:15 am.   Warren, a 2019 graduate of Sarah Lawrence College just outside New York City, will be attending Boston University School of Theology in the fall. He is a certified candidate for ministry in The United Methodist Church and has worked ...

JJ Warren Preaching Tour Comes to California

JJ Warren, the young, openly gay certified candidate for ministry who delivered an impassioned speech on the floor of the 2019 General Conference, has scheduled appearances at four churches in the California-Nevada Conference in the first two weekends in August. He is on a preaching tour titled, "Forward Together: Reclaiming Our Church Through Radical Love," encouraging churches to "move forward toward God's unconditional love," prior to beginning his studies at Boston University School of ...

Bishop Carcaño Responds to Mass Shooting in Gilroy, Calls for Gun Control

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño has posted a special message in response to the mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival over the weekend.    “We mourn the deaths of four persons, including the perpetrator, and the injuring of many others,” the bishop writes, adding that prayers have been extended “from as far as Cuba.”  Pastor Hwapyoung Kang was able to determine that all members of Gilroy United Methodist Church apparently escaped harm in the tragedy, the bishop reports.   She concludes: “Let us ...

Cal-Nevada Japanese American UMC Caucus Responds to UM Immigration Task Force Call for Action

"Never Again" Is NOW By Rev. Roger Morimoto Japanese American Caucus, California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church It’s been more than seven decades since the Japanese in America experienced racism penned by their own President. At that time 120,000 were forced into camps with barbed wire and guard towers because of their race. It mattered not that many were born in America, or that no crimes had been committed. The land of the free, indeed! We turned this injustice into a ...

Deadline Is Near to Apply for Peace With Justice Grants

The deadline to apply for a Peace With Justice Grant of up to $2,000 is right around the corner: August 15, 2019. The money is available to United Methodist churches and organizations for projects that support Advocacy and Justice Actions. We, who call ourselves Methodists, are called to works of justice: To discover why the homeless are homeless and why the working poor don’t make a living wage, to stand with those who have no voice in our system, to address underlying causes of injustice, and...

Gratitude in Action – Endowment Board Expands Ministry with Increased Gift

By Jenny Copello  Development Coordinator/Exec. Asst., The Endowment Board   At the Friday afternoon plenary at this year’s Annual Conference Session (ACS) of the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church, Endowment Board trustee Rev. Michael Yoshii presented the board’s annual grants to the Board of Pensions and Retired Clergy Association. Board of Pensions accepted a check for $1,800,000 (a $200,000 increase since 2017), and the Retired Clergy Association accepted a check for...

CUIR Launches Survey of Ecumenical, Inter-religious Activity

What are you doing ecumenically and inter-religiously? The Committee on Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (CUIR) wants to know! Please take a few minutes to complete this simple survey:     https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9K7QW36    The survey results will help the committee know how to better serve the conference and how to celebrate and learn from already established ecumenical and inter-religious relationships. It also will help Bishop Carcaño know where her presence might be ...

UMDF Loan Helps Valley Faith UMC Grow Children’s Ministry

Valley Faith United Methodist Church in Sunnyvale, California has received a loan from United Methodist Development Fund (UMDF) and is using it to support a building project for the church’s children's ministry.    Valley Faith’s story is the subject of an article on the UMDF website, and of a 3-minute video.   Read “The Right Fit.”   Watch video about the project here.   

'New Way Forward' Group Is Formed

For Immediate Release July 19, 2019 Central Conference bishops convene diverse group to address impasse in The United Methodist Church CHICAGO - A group of prominent United Methodists met in Chicago on Friday, July 19, 2019, to seek new ways to address the impasse regarding full inclusion of LGBTQ persons in The United Methodist Church. This meeting was called by Central Conference bishops for the purpose of creating space for open and frank conversation where all parties could  dialogue and ...

UMC Churches Support International Vigil

By JB Brayfindley Contributor to Instant Connection "I think that it is important for people of faith to take a stand that is consistent with the values that we learn from the Gospels, from Jesus, and from our faith traditions," said Sharon Delgado, a retired United Methodist pastor from Nevada City, while standing alongside other protestors on Friday, July 12 during Lights For Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, at the Yuba City County Jail in Marysville, California – the last ...

The 'Secret Life' of a Cal-Nev Deacon

This week UM News reporter Jim Patterson profiled a California-Nevada Annual Conference deacon, Rev. Mike Friedrich, who has a "secret life" as a comic book writer of renown. An excerpt of the story, which also features a quote by Rev. Michael Yoshii and photos by Cal-Nev's own Paul ("Spud") Hilton, follows. Deacon went from superheroes to God By Jim Patterson July 15, 2019 | UM News For a United Methodist deacon, the Rev. Mike Friedrich has a whole bunch of crime and violence in his past. ...

Richmond Church Hears Philippines Human Rights Message

As a “Just Peace Philippines” congregation, First United Methodist Church of Richmond offers at least one Sunday sermon per year on the human rights situation in the Philippines. On June 23, Nikki Salde-Azzam of Buena Vista UMC in Alameda, a member of the California-Nevada Annual Conference's Philippines Solidarity Task Force, preached at FUMC Richmond and shared the story of Elijah (from 1 Kings 19:1-15a), calling attention to how it parallels the experiences of Filipino human rights advocates....

Church Tithing through June

By Diane Knudsen Executive Director of Finance and Administration, CA-NV Annual Conference Did you know our churches calculate their own tithe amount each month, based on that month’s church income? Churches send their tithe checks to the conference office within the first two weeks of the following month. Apportionment statements are printed and mailed to every church on the 15th of the following month. You can find a current list of tithes by church every month at www.cnumc.org/financeadmini...

Mission Handcrafts Project Takes in Nearly $2k at This Year's ACS

The Mission Handcrafts project reports gross sales of $1,904 during the 2019 California-Nevada Annual Conference Session (ACS). The amount to be sent to mission projects from that sale is $1,106, making a total of  $110,372 raised to date for projects around the world. As a result of the sale at Annual Conference, Advance Special 00430A in Bolivia will receive $330; $289 was raised to support the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) India projects of the Davis United Methodist Church;...

San Francisco UMCs Poise for ICE Raids This Weekend

United Methodist churches in San Francisco are on alert in the face of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids reportedly planned for this weekend. UM News quotes the Associated Press as saying the immigration sweep would target 10 major cities, including San Francisco.    “We have now learned that ICE will be conducting raids in multiple cities, including ... Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco,” Bishop Minerva G. ...

California-Nevada Hosts Spanish Language Bootcamp for Western Jurisdiction / Plantación y Crecimiento de Congregaciones Hispano-Latinas

Planting, growing, and developing congregations in the Hispanic-Latino community is critical for The United Methodist Church. As Spanish-speaking populations continue to grow across the western United States, developing great leaders and teams in our new and existing congregations is key to reaching these communities with the love and grace of Jesus Christ.    With that imperative in mind, the California-Nevada Annual Conference will host a Spanish Language Bootcamp for the entire Western ...

Legislation Enacted at 2019 Annual Conference Session

The people of the California-Nevada Annual Conference acted to “reject and condemn” the Traditional Plan approved at this year's Special Called General Conference, when the 2019 Annual Conference Session was held June 19-22 in Modesto, California.    The Traditional Plan not only retained language in The Book of Discipline prohibiting LGBTQI+ individuals from ordination or marriage in the church, but also imposed harsh penalties on clergy who defy those restrictions.   Item 18, “Resolution on ...

Panel Focuses on Trans Asylum Seekers

“We don’t have to deal with ICE,” they say, but there's a long list of other roadblocks that confront Trans Asylum Seekers and their sponsors. During a recent panel discussion at First United Methodist Church in Sacramento, sponsors fielded questions about what it takes to assist asylum seekers once they are in the United States.  "Sometimes they just need a ride to the doctor, to the store, to a court appointment," said one sponsor, who encouraged attendees to commit to accompaniment if they'...

Peace With Justice Grant Applications Are Due in August

August 15, 2019 is the deadline to apply for a Peace With Justice Grant. Up to $2,000 is available to United Methodist churches and organizations for projects that support Advocacy and Justice Actions. We, who call ourselves Methodists, are called to works of justice, to discover the reasons that the homeless are homeless, why the working poor don’t make a living wage, to stand with those who have no voice in our system, to address underlying causes for injustice, and to make our world a better...

United Methodists Called to Action on Behalf of Migrants

Declaring, “We cannot be silent in this hour. The voice and actions of The United Methodist Church must be heard and experienced in this moment,” three agency general secretaries have joined Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, chair of the denomination’s Immigration Task Force, in calling United Methodists to action on behalf of migrants – including those who have sought Sanctuary in UM churches.   The Call to Action was released at 10 a.m. PDT today (July 9, 2019) and details several steps people can ...

Application Deadline Nears for Foundation Executive Director Position

The California-Nevada United Methodist Foundation has set an August 1, 2019 deadline to receive applications for the position of executive director.   The foundation’s board of directors announced the retirement of Foundation Executive Director Susan Peters, effective at the end of the 2019 calendar year, in mid-June.   Peters has served in that capacity for 10 years and has guided the foundation’s growth from management of $31.5 million in assets to more than $70 million in assets, according ...

Cal-Nev Decision Not to Withhold Draws National Attention

The July 1 statement by the California-Nevada Conference Extended Cabinet, rejecting disaffiliation and non-payment of apportionments, has drawn the attention of United Methodist News.     In a July 3 story titled “California-Nevada says no to withholding funds, disaffiliation,” UM News reporter Kathy Gilbert writes:     Citing Romans 12:1-5 and John Wesley’s view “On Schism,” the California-Nevada Conference Cabinet said disaffiliation of the Western Jurisdiction from The United Methodist ...

GBCS, Bishop Carcaño Join IIC in Protesting Fines by Trump Administration

The General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) has joined the Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) in protesting the Trump administration’s just-announced strategy of exacting fines of up to $799 per day from immigrants who ignore deportation orders – as well as from those, including faith leaders, who offer them sanctuary while they fight deportation.   Calling the administration plan an “unjust bully tactic,” GBCS Director of Civil and Human Rights Rev. Jeania Ree V. Moore said information ...

Throng of UMs Joins Bishop to Participate in SF Pride Parade

More than 200 United Methodists from around the Bay Area joined Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño in marching in the SF Pride parade, Sunday, June 30, in San Francisco.    “It was a wonderful day,” said Rev. Staci Current, District Superintendent for the Bay District that includes San Francisco (shown here serving Communion, to the left of Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño). “We had worship, including Communion, on the street prior to the parade. The love was palpable.” “It was a very empowering day,” agreed ...

Disaffiliation & Non-Payment of Apportionments Statement of the Extended Cabinet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 1, 2019   Disaffiliation & Non-Payment of Apportionments Statement of the Extended Cabinet of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church     “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the ...

Consent Calendar Posted

The 2019 Consent Calendar has been posted on the California-Nevada Annual Conference Session 2019 site. It is the first item under Quick Links (on the right-hand side of the page).

Updated ACS Agenda Posted

The Agenda for Annual Conference Session has been updated and the revised edition has been posted on the conference website. The mobile application (app) has been updated as well. View Updated Agenda.   If you are registered to attend ACS you should have received an email this week from the app’s service provider, CrowdCompass, and another from the conference communications team, with information about how to download the app and use it to best effect. It is not necessary to attend ACS in order ...

Updated Version of Proposed Conference Legislation Posted

Conference Secretary Mark Wharff has elected to post an updated pre-ACS version of Recommendations, Resolutions, and Petitions that he’s calling Compilation 2.1.   Compilation 2.1 includes a fresh edition of Item 1 (with budget columns in landscape format), Item 2 (Committee on Nominations and Connectional Leadership Development Report of Nominations), and additional updates. Clicking on an item in the Table of Contents will take you directly to that page. (Note: On Page 2 of the Table of ...

Praise Team, Choir from St. Luke’s UMC, Richmond to Lead Worship at ACS

The praise team and choir from St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Richmond, California will lead worship for the 171st Session of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, meeting June 19-22 in Modesto.   The singers and musicians are under the leadership of Seru (at right, on piano) and Emi (directing choir in main photo) Vatuwaqa.   St. Luke’s offers both Tongan and Fijian Sunday services. The Rev. Ofa Uepi has served as pastor of St. Luke's since 2017 and also is a member of the choir.  

Ordination Procession for Clergy

NOTE: TIMES HAVE BEEN CORRECTED Elders, deacons, licensed local pastors under appointment, provisional members commissioned towards the elder or deacon track, and associate members are requested to walk in the Ordination Procession. Meet, robed and ready to go, in the Arbor Theater at 7:10 p.m. on Friday night, June 21. Those being commissioned, ordained, or recognized are to meet for pictures, robed and ready, at 6:30 p.m. in the Arbor Theater. Dress is as follows:   Elders: Wear a robe with...

Annual Conference Session 101

By JB Brayfindley  Contributor to Instant Connection    Okay, so you’re going to Annual Conference Session this year and maybe it’s your first year (or your 30th!) and you are already lost.     No fear! These three Q & A’s can help you find your way.    1. How do I bypass the lon-n-n-n-g Wednesday morning Registration line?  You can check in on Tuesday evening between 6 and 8 p.m. at the front lobby of the convention center to pick up your badge! Yup, register then and you can just walk into ...

Missionary Katherine Parker to Keynote Thursday Mission Lunch at ACS

United Methodist Church missionary Katherine Parker will be the keynote speaker at the Mission Lunch at this year’s Annual Conference Session in Modesto, taking place at noon on Thursday, June 20 at Greens on Tenth. The lunch will celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Global Ministries.    The restaurant is located about a block from the DoubleTree Hotel, the site for ACS.    In addition to Parker’s address, the event will include greetings from Global Missionaries personnel and presentation of ...

Foundation Announces Retirement of Top Exec

The Board of Directors of the California-Nevada United Methodist Foundation has announced the retirement of Foundation Executive Director Susan Peters, effective at the end of the 2019 calendar year.    Peters has served in that capacity for 10 years and has guided the foundation’s growth from management of $31.5 million in assets to more than $70 million in assets, according to Rev. Lori Sawdon, president of the board of directors.    Read retirement announcement letter here.    A search for ...

UMs Turn out in Huge Numbers for SacPride Parade

Around 180 United Methodists from 11 churches were expected to take part in Saturday's Sacramento Pride Parade. Instead, more than 300 UMs, representing 15 churches, participated "to let people know we are inclusive and loving congregations,” as Doug Treadwell put it. Treadwell, chair of the Welcoming Team at First United Methodist Church in Sacramento, coordinated the UM churches' participation. Read June 6 story, UMCs Unite for Sacramento Pride Parade. In photos below: UM organizing team ...

East Timor Appeal Is Underway

The annual scholarship appeal from East Timor Religious Outreach (ETRO) is underway. In 2018, donations to provide education opportunities for poor Timorese young people from small, remote, and poorly-served areas enabled the organization to donate $6,000 to both the Salesian Sisters Vocational School for Girls (located in the rural mountain village of Venilale) and the Protestant Church in East Timor, Igreja Protestante iha Timor Lorosae, or IPTL (headquartered in Dili).    Your tax-deductible ...

Fire Season Advances as California Rebuilds

United Methodist News reporter Jim Patterson is following the story as California prepares for another wildfire season. He talked with Great Northern District Superintendent Blake Busick and Rev. Lindsey Bell-Kerr of the California-Nevada Conference for his report.  By Jim Patterson  June 5, 2019 | UM News   Calm prevails as fire season approaches California, probably because it’s been unseasonably rainy this year, said a United Methodist clergyman who lost his house to fire in 2017.   “I don’t...

Laity and Clergy Nominees for 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences

By Mark Wharff   Conference secretary   Eleven laypersons and three clergy members have been nominated to represent the California-Nevada Annual Conference as delegates to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.     The online nomination process for lay delegates was open from March 14 through May 10. During that period, six women and five men, ranging in age from 20 to 72, were nominated.     Nominating ballots were sent to eligible clergy members May 1, and the nominating period for ...

Now Available: ‘Compilation 2’ of ACS Proposed Legislation and Reports; Statistical Tables

The second compilation of Recommendations, Resolutions, and Petitions for the 2019 Annual Conference Session, the second compilation of Reports, and the 2018 Statistical Tables are now available to download from the conference website. The second compilation of "Reports" includes the Conference Statistician's Report and the Treasurer's Report.    Compilation 2 of “Recommendations …" includes all the proposed legislation that was included in the first version, but it has been updated to include ...

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