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Cal-Nev UMW Gathers for Annual Celebration

11/7/2018
The California-Nevada chapter of United Methodist Women (UMW) gathered for its annual celebration Oct. 20, 2018 at Campbell UMC, with national UMW President Shannon Priddy as keynote speaker. Officers were elected at the business meeting, including first-time officers for the Cal-Nev Annual Conference’s newly created fifth district, the Bay District, that came into being in July of last year.   The following is a report on the keynote address, by UMW member Bonnie Holmes of San Jose.     Keynote...

Cal-Nev's Emily Allen Featured in Student Day Campaign

11/7/2018
Did you notice the graphic above? It features California-Nevada’s own Emily Allen, Agenda Chair for Annual Conference Session and one of our first electeds to General Conference. Her testimony is a powerful one! Right now, there are UMC young people – who might not have had the resources to attend a school of their choice, or, for some, any school at all – who’ve been sent by you into the world God loves, because of your giving to United Methodist Student Day. When you give generously on Nov. ...

Bishop Carter Calls on Fellow Bishops to Trust in God to Lead UMC

11/5/2018
Monday, November 05, 2018                                                                        For Immediate Release   St. Simon Island, GA – Council of Bishops President Bishop Ken Carter this morning urged fellow bishops to call upon God to help The United Methodist Church to move forward during this time when the church finds itself in unfamiliar territory. In his presidential address at the opening plenary of the Council of Bishops November meeting at Epworth by the Sea, Bishop Carter...

California-Nevada Extended Cabinet Gives Its Support to 'One Church' Plan

11/1/2018
  A Statement of the Extended Cabinet of the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church   November 1, 2018             We, the bishop and extended cabinet of the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church, have gathered in worship and prayer, seeking to discern the will of God and to give expression to such discernment as we consider the paths that lie before our beloved United Methodist Church.  In our discipleship with all the challenges we face, we turn to ...

Clergy to Be ‘Called to Wholeness’ in 2019

11/1/2018
Clergy in the California-Nevada Annual Conference will begin 2019 by being Called to Wholeness.   This new experience, developed by a task force from the Board of Ordained Ministry and Cabinet, including Bishop Minerva Carcaño, is to be an eight-month process of personal and professional assessment and renewal. For deacons and elders, it will commence on the five-year anniversary of their full connection and ordination; and for licensed local pastors, on the fifth anniversary of receiving their ...

Fulfilling Our Commitments to Mission and Ministry: A Third Quarter Update

10/31/2018
By Diane Knudsen Executive Director of Finance and Administration   Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus! I’m grateful to all churches that faithfully tithe 10% of their operating income every month. The number of churches tithing at 10% or more has increased every year since the California-Nevada Annual Conference replaced the apportionment calculation with the tithe. In 2013, the Annual Conference Session adopted the tithe, recognizing its theological significance as one of John Wesley’s ...

Hope Crisis Response Network Salutes First UMC of Santa Rosa

10/31/2018
Hope Crisis Response Network in Middletown (Lake County) is featuring a team of volunteers from First United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa, in a story on its website and Facebook page. “They are always a great team!” says Valerie Cox, Community Outreach Specialist for Hope.   Read the story here.   This week a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) team sponsored by Los Altos UMC and led by Leslie Carmichael is in Middletown, to continue the work on one of the houses under construction ...

Sharing Hope in Kern Valley

10/31/2018
More than two years after losing their home in the Erskine Fire, last week a Kern Valley couple was finally able to see a brand-new dwelling start to take shape on their land.   “June 2016 changed the landscape of our valley,” said Justin Powers, who chairs the Kern Valley Long Term Recovery Group, at the official groundbreaking Oct. 22nd. “We lost 285 homes and the journey from there has been a long and arduous one.”   The recovery group was formed almost immediately after the fire had eaten ...

St. Paul’s UMC in Vacaville Hosts Sustainable Solano Workshops

10/31/2018
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Vacaville will be Sustainable Solano’s next demonstration “urban food forest” installation site. Three free public workshops will be offered in the yard of the church: this Saturday, Nov. 3; Sat. Nov. 10; and Sat. Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each of the dates.   The focus this Saturday will be on laying the foundation for the food forest with the basics of permaculture design, including making berms, diverting roof water, and planting trees. The ...

Cal-Aggie Fundraiser Has 1960s Flavor

10/25/2018
Cal Aggie Christian Association’s annual fundraiser for CA House at UC Davis, next week, will have a 1960s flavor, featuring the Beatles tribute band, “RevolutionBeat!”   Appropriately called “A Little Help from Our Friends,” the event will raise funds to support CA House’s student programs and services, and facility improvements to the Multifaith Living Community (MLC).   Supporters of the MLC and fans of The Beatles alike are invited to enjoy a pub atmosphere including live music, dancing, ...

Conference Director of Communications Sought

10/24/2018
The California-Nevada Annual Conference is advertising nationally, seeking to fill the Director of Communications position.   Key responsibilities include: Work closely with the bishop for understanding of the context of the ministry and mission of the California-Nevada Conference;  Develop a clear communications strategy that will fulfill the communications purpose, including relevant marketing strategies;  Work collaboratively with the CORE Team of the conference to determine communications ...

Don’t Miss ‘Exploring Your Ministry Style’ with Jim Griffith

10/24/2018
Pastoral leaders – don’t miss the opportunity to attend the November workshop “Exploring Your Ministry Style,” sponsored by the California-Nevada Annual Conference Office of Congregational Development. Sign up now, while registration remains open.   The one-and-a-half-day workshop (it begins at 9 a.m. on the first day and ends at noon on day two) is being offered at two locations, at different times in the same week: Great Northern, Los Rios, and Central Valley Districts – Nov. 13 & 14, 2018: ...

Fulfilling Our Commitments to Mission and Ministry

10/24/2018
A Call from Our Bishop and Lay Leader to the people of the California-Nevada Annual Conference   It’s a case of good news – and challenging news, according to Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño and the Lay Leader for the California-Nevada Annual Conference, Micheal Pope.   The good news, they report, is that conference tithing is up, overall. The challenging news is that, according to Council on Finance and Administration projections, it still will fall short of what will enable Cal-Nevada to fulfill its...

Aloha Spirit at Orland Federated

10/23/2018
A luau is a way of giving and showing thanks to the community, says Pastor Latulala Toetu'u of Orland’s Federated Church. On Sept. 22nd, the church chose this traditional means to express kinship, in an event that also contributed significantly to the work of the church.   Some 143 guests were transported to the South Pacific for the evening, to enjoy the fruits of several months of preparation. A 14-member planning committee began work in May, assembling and creating decorations, and arranging ...

Blessing of the Animals Service in Sunnyvale

10/23/2018
All creatures – great and small – were welcome at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sunnyvale, California on Sunday (Oct. 21), but although a python and turtle were expected, the traditional Blessing of the Animals service “went to the dogs,” as Music Director Lea McGowan put it. Humankind’s best friend was well represented, as five dog owners brought their pets to be blessed by Trinity’s pastor, the Rev. Jay Parr. A Certificate of Blessing, reading, “… presented with thanksgiving for [name]” ...

Conference Reps Help Sparks Celebrate

10/23/2018
California-Nevada Annual Conference Lay Leader Micheal Pope and Executive Director of Leadership Development Gere Reist preached on The Priesthood of All Believers, Sunday (Oct. 21) at Sparks United Methodist Church in Sparks, Nevada.   There at the invitation of the church’s pastor, the Rev. Lee Neish, the conference representatives were able to help celebrate signs of vitality at Sparks UMC – such as the re-launch of a church youth group, and the addition of a second service, made necessary by...

Judicial Council Hearings Video Available

10/22/2018
The United Methodist Judicial Council partnered with United Methodist Communications to livestream the three oral hearings held during the opening day of the Council’s fall meeting at the Placid Hotel in Zürich, Switzerland.   The hearings were conducted 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 23, but because of the time difference aired live overnight in the Pacific time zone: 11:30 p.m. Oct. 22 to 8:00 a.m. Oct. 23, PDT.   If you were unable to watch live, recordings of the hearings will remain available on ...

Mission Opportunity: 2019 Trip to Sierra Leone

10/22/2018
Campbell United Methodist Church has scheduled a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) trip to Sierra Leone for January 2019 that is open to anyone within the California-Nevada Annual Conference.   The trip will take place Jan. 17-30, 2019. Its purpose is to meet with local United Methodist communities in Sierra Leone, learn about their history and culture, and build relationships with them through visitation, worship, and fellowship. Team members will also explore mission opportunities...

Spring-Summer Mission Opportunities at UMCOR West

10/22/2018
The United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR) western office in Salt Lake City, Utah will mark its 10th anniversary on June 1, 2019.   Over the past 10 years UMCOR Depot West has received mission groups and volunteers from every single state in the West and has even welcomed groups from as far away as Iowa, Texas, and Maryland. UMCOR’s Relief Supply ministry (which includes UMCOR Sager Brown in Baldwin, Louisiana, along with affiliated warehouses in six other states) relies on volunteers to...

Cal-Nev Clergy and Laity Train to ‘Do No Harm’

10/18/2018
“Many of us brought pain, grief, and disappointment with us to San Antonio,” said the Rev. Kristie Olah, referring to the 2018 Do No Harm conference of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW), that came just a week after the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings.   In the context of the hearings and “this important season of telling our stories as part of #Me Too,” Olah said, “It was good to hear stories from United Methodists across the connection. Gathered were lay and ...

Early Response Team Training Scheduled for November

10/18/2018
In the wake of disastrous wildfires within the California-Nevada Annual Conference, the devastation wreaked by Hurricanes Maria and Florence and, more recently, Hurricane Michael – among other natural disasters – are you feeling led to get involved? Even as we await the go-ahead from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to assist the Southeast, there’s something you can do very soon.   An Early Response Team (ERT) training has been scheduled for Saturday, November 17, 2018, 8:30 a.m....

Strengthening Our Connection

10/18/2018
By Sonja Edd-Bennett Director, CA-NV Annual Conference Disaster Response Ministry   The California-Nevada Annual Conference recently participated in a milestone event: a summit for United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM), Conference Disaster Response Coordinators (CDRC), and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Held October 8-11 at the beautiful Alton L. Collins Retreat Center just outside Portland, Oregon, it was the first ever UMVIM/CDRC/UMCOR meeting of the Western ...

NETworX Really WorX, According to One Young Mother

10/17/2018
You’ve probably shaken your head at some point, wondering sadly if there’s really anything that can be done about systemic poverty. Perhaps you’ve heard of a program called NETworX but have dismissed it as “just another thing someone’s trying.” Or maybe you’ve even thought about taking the training, but haven’t been motivated to do so yet.   Perhaps the following will inspire you.   Maria, a young mother, is a "Champion" in the Carson City, Nevada NETworX program. (Champions are people who want ...

Be ‘Hands of Hope’ with Middletown Fire Recovery Trip

10/11/2018
In 2015, four lives lost; 1,300 homes destroyed; 76,000 acres burned. In 2018, another devastating fire.   Where is hope in the midst of seasons of despair?   In the case of Middletown, California, hope has come in the form of Hope City, created by several area churches and affiliated with the Hope Crisis Response Network. The mission: to help rebuild homes in a community of high unemployment, that has a 25-percent local poverty rate, and where approximately 45-percent of the population is ...

Colfax UMC Celebrates 150 Years of ‘Loving, Joyful’ Witness

10/11/2018
By Cate Monaghan Interim Communications Director CA-NV Annual Conference of The UMC   Sunday, October 7, 2018 was radiant with golden sunshine in California’s gold country, while an occasional soft breeze stirred branches not yet ready to flaunt fall colors.   At Colfax United Methodist Church, it was a day of celebration. Not a golden anniversary, not even a platinum jubilee, but a sesquicentennial, marking 150 years of ministry.   I was told that it is, in a sense, the oldest church in town. ...

Join 2019 Mission Trip to Puerto Rico

10/11/2018
By Leslie Carmichael UMVIM Team Leader Los Altos UMC   Hurricane Maria, one of the most powerful hurricanes in history, devastated the Island of Puerto Rico in 2017. Aware that recovery would be long and challenging, members of the California-Nevada Annual Conference contributed an astonishing $80,000-plus to aid that recovery, by giving to The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (MCPR) through this year’s Annual Conference Offering.   We would like to continue to help. One way is by joining our ...

The Table and Pastor Dew-Hiersoux Receive Coveted Grant

10/11/2018
The Table at Central United Methodist Church and co-pastor the Rev. Linda Dew-Hiersoux have been awarded a Lilly Endowment 2018 National Clergy Renewal Program Grant. The $50,000 grant – the maximum for which congregations were eligible to apply – will allow the Sacramento, California pastor to explore the intersection of art and congregational growth over a three-month period in the fall of 2019, while providing support to the church in her absence.   The Center for Pastoral Excellence at ...

UMCOR Is at Work as Hurricane Michael Assails Gulf Coast

10/11/2018
Here are some stats on the historic Hurricane Michael. pic.twitter.com/OWd39Gl5xQ — NWS Tallahassee (@NWSTallahassee) October 11, 2018 The Southeast is getting hammered again as Hurricane Michael, now a tropical storm, is producing flash flooding across portions of North Carolina and south-central Virginia. Tropical storm-force wind gusts were occurring over portions of northeast South Carolina and eastern North Carolina at 11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time today, according to the National ...

Hispanic/Latino Community Outreach Resource Fair, Oct 20, in Selma

10/10/2018
Marcha-West, in partnership with First United Methodist Church in Selma, California, is hosting a resource fair “to empower … local communities and the Hispanic/Latino population to make smarter and healthier choices” for their families.   With a DJ, Zumba demonstration and other entertainment, and a raffle, the Hispanic/Latino Community Outreach Resource Fair will include information about health care, immigration, safety, personal finances, education, and job training. Lunch will be provided. ...

‘Everybody Sing!’ at Grass Valley UMC This Month

10/9/2018
Grass Valley United Methodist Church will host “Everybody Sing! A Musical Day with Jim and Strathdee” on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.   A “spirited congregational sing-along for all ages” in the morning will feature songs of faith, hope, compassion, and justice, along with music for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. After lunch, the focus will be on choir anthems with an emphasis on the coming season.   A $5 donation will cover expenses.   Call the church office at 530-272-1946 ...

‘Craig Who?’ An Interview

10/4/2018
Just three months into his new role as Executive Director of Congregational Development for the California-Nevada Annual Conference, The Rev. Craig S. Brown says he doesn’t mind at all if your reaction to hearing his name is – and continues to be – “Craig who?” It’s the churches he wants to be front and center, he told me, when we sat down to get acquainted. A transcript of our conversation follows, edited slightly for readability. – Instant Connection editor     Instant Connection: The Office ...

Merced Students Debate Human Relationships in the #MeToo Era

10/2/2018
Merced College students examined the momentous topic of sexual assault and violence toward women in the #MeToo era, when they gathered for Wesley Club on Thursday, September 27. They also discussed the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of committing a sexual assault when he was in high school and of other aggressive sexual conduct.   At Wesley Club students spend the first half of the meeting sharing their life issues and challenges, ...

Bishop Alsted Says Division Is No Reason for Church Split

9/27/2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS) — Bishop Christian Alsted of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal Area doesn’t see the current debate over homosexuality as a reason for the church to split. He feels the church is able to continue God’s mission, even amid disagreement. Alsted spoke with United Methodist News as part of “Seeing a Way Forward,” a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.  Watch Bishop Alsted videos   Louisiana Area Bishop ...

Children Impacted by Fires Are Empowered at Unique Day Camp

9/27/2018
The wildfires of October 2017 had a dramatic impact on the entire region. Dozens of lives were lost; thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed, as were crops; and countless families were displaced as the Northern California firestorm – as the 250 fires came to be known – cut a swath across some 245,00 acres in six counties.   Among the most affected were the children. And in order for children to rebound from trauma and continue to grow and thrive, they require safe spaces and ...

Deadline to Apply for Ecumenical Grants Is Less Than Three Weeks Away

9/27/2018
There is still time – but not a lot of it! – to apply for an Ecumenical Grant of up to $2000 from The Advocacy and Justice Committee of the California-Nevada Annual Conference.  The committee has a small budget available to support ecumenical and interfaith social justice advocacy initiatives that 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 ...

Is There a Doctor in the House? Guatemala Mazatenango Medical Needs You!

9/27/2018
The Guatemala Mazatenango Medical mission is looking for licensed medical personnel, specifically doctors and pharmacists, to join the team for its July 2019 mission. Last year the mission was not able to fully field a team, due to the departure of some valuable physicians.   A working knowledge of Spanish is welcome but not required, as translators are available.   There are some openings for non-medical personnel, as well.   The Guatemala Mazatenango Medical mission has been underway for more ...

Global Young People Adopt Unity Statement Declaring Love for Church

9/26/2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Sept. 26, 2018 | Discipleship Ministries | – United Methodist youth and young adults attending the Global Young People’s Convocation (GYPC) adopted a Statement of Unity declaring their love of the church, “the unity it offers and how it welcomes all people, regardless of who they are and what they do in life.”   The unity statement was drafted by GYPC delegates during a gathering of UM youth, young adults and adult workers from all over the world in Johannesburg, South Africa, ...

African Bishops Won’t Support Call for Dissolution of UMC

9/25/2018
FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE - Bishops in Africa have resolved not to support any proposed legislation that calls for splitting The United Methodist Church over the issue of human sexuality, according to a statement released on Monday, September 24, 2018.   “We do not support any legislation that calls for the dissolution of The United Methodist Church. We uphold our values as a connectional and worldwide church committed to ‘Making disciples of Jesus Christ, for the transformation of the world’,” the...

New Ministries for Young People: The Table in Sacramento Is Awarded $15k Grant

9/25/2018
The Table at Central United Methodist Church in Sacramento is one of only 12 churches chosen to receive a $15,000 grant as part of a year-long partnership with the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. The grant will help the churches research and design new forms of youth ministry “that take theology and young people seriously.”   The Institute’s Log College Project is an initiative that aims toward a deeper understanding of faithful and innovative forms of youth ...

A Hand UP, Not a Handout

9/24/2018
NETworX Orientation Set for November Generational poverty doesn’t have to be something we simply accept – nor should we accept it, as Christians! Some United Methodist churches are taking a unique approach to tackling this issue, and you can join them by attending an orientation in Auburn, CA in November.   Most churches provide some form of assistance to poor hardworking families, but the NETworX program teaches congregation members to actually befriend and walk with the poor. Through this ...

Campus Ministries Swing Into Fall

9/23/2018
The school year has started and that means California-Nevada Annual Conference Campus Ministries are in full swing. The Conference supports eight active Campus Ministries, and many local churches are engaged in ministry to college students at nearby universities. This is an important time in the lives of our students, and colleges and universities provide United Methodists with a rich opportunity to make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world. See what’s happening at the Cal ...

During Hispanic Heritage Month, UM Communications Announces Latino Advertising Support Initiative

9/19/2018
United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2018   Nashville, Tennessee – This fall, The United Methodist Church is deepening its involvement in Hispanic and Latino communities in a concentrated way. The advertising campaign “The United Methodist Church: Your faith. Your culture. Your place.” specifically targets Hispanic and Latino seekers – those who identify themselves as spiritual, socially conscious and seeking meaning in their lives, ...

Memorial UMC in Clovis 'Lives Its Mission Through Generosity'

9/19/2018
Being a nurturing, supportive community is important to members of Memorial United Methodist Church in Clovis, California, and they don’t let distance limit their outreach.   The congregation’s two-year-old missions ministry “Friends of the United Methodist University of Liberia” (FUMUL), recently provided $30,000 worth of educational and medical equipment for the institution - located 7,000 miles away.   The donations, given just before the start of the fall semester, include 41 desktop ...

Planning for 2019 ACS Is Underway

9/19/2018
The Commission on the Annual Conference Session has begun its work of preparation for the 2019 session, with the Rev. Gary Pope-Sears (left) taking the helm as new commission chair.   At the group’s fall meeting this week, Pope-Sears facilitated a discussion about the feedback concerning this year’s ACS that was gathered through the Evaluations form, and leaders responsible for the various components of the session offered their reflections – along with early ideas for refinements.   The 2019 ...

Pages and Marshals

9/18/2018
By the Rev. Anne Schlesinger   My responsibility at the Annual Conference Session (ACS) each year is the pages and marshals. At the Sept. 18, 2018 meeting of the Commission on the Annual Conference Session, one of our tasks was to review the feedback from the June ACS. By and large the feedback was positive, but there were some valid questions about the role of pages and marshals that I’ll be happy to address.   Before I get started, however, I want to say that I am always looking for ways to ...

Bishop Carcaño to Keynote HIV/AIDS Conference in October

9/17/2018
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, Episcopal Leader of the San Francisco Area, will be one of the keynote speakers at Breaking Barriers HIV and AIDS Ministry Conference, Oct. 25-27 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, IN. She will preach at the opening worship Thur. Oct. 25 at 8:30 p.m. Scholarships – covering registration and/or lodging – are available and should be applied for before registering. If you’re interested in attending and need financial assistance, please apply for a ...

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Sept 15-Oct 15

9/17/2018
Blessed as we are with diversity in the California-Nevada Annual Conference, it’s especially appropriate that we celebrate the rich cultural contributions of our Hispanic/Latino members during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15).   Although certainly a time when many Hispanic/Latino people remember their traditions and acclaim their families’ countries of origin and their independences, this special month is also a time for congregations that are predominantly of other ethnicities to enrich...

Interim Director of Communications

9/17/2018
The Human Resources Team for the California-Nevada Annual Conference has named an interim communications director following the departure of Dr. Larry Hygh, Jr., Conference Director of Communications since 2013. Larry left the position Aug. 31 to become Senior Communications Manager for the Black AIDS Institute.   Cate Monaghan, who served in the communications office from 2006 through 2012, rejoined the Conference Sept. 12 to function as interim director while a search for Larry’s permanent ...

New Book of Discipline Errata Includes Changes Related to Paragraph 50

9/17/2018
A new edition of the Book of Discipline 2016 Errata is now available and includes changes to paragraphs 408.3, 410, and 422. These changes were tied to a constitutional amendment on Paragraph 50 of the Constitution that was passed by the 2016 General Conference and subsequently ratified by the members of the annual conferences. The ratified amendment was published in the Errata in May 2018, but the paragraph changes were not included at that time.   The 2016 General Conference approved three ...

Oct 15 Is the Deadline to Apply for Cal-Nev Ecumenical Grants

9/17/2018
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 which funding is sought must ...

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