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November 29, 2018 |
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño has prepared a series of special messages to be read during the Sundays of Advent.   A new article will be posted in the Bishop’s Message section of the California-Nevada Conference website at 6 o’clock each Sunday morning, ...

November 29, 2018 |
The San Francisco Chronicle shined a spotlight, this week, on First United Methodist Church of San Jose and one of its pastors, Gerardo Vazquez, for their weekly food ministry to immigrants. Click here to read “Tending the hungry: In San Jose, a ...

November 29, 2018 |
Auburn Senior Fellows, including Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, are responding to the tragedy at the border and the impending budget showdown over border funding by, in part, endorsing a faith leader sign-on letter. You are invited to participate and to ...

November 29, 2018 |
In the wake of the horrific shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pennsylvania, regional districts of the Department of Justice are offering "Active Shooter" trainings to help give congregations some tools to improve members' safety.   The half day ...

November 29, 2018 |
We have created a new section on the website for the California-Nevada Annual Conference, focusing on information and resources to help prepare United Methodists for the special called General Conference, to be held in St. Louis Feb. 23-26, 2019. The...

November 29, 2018 |
An otherwise plain, underused patio at First United Methodist Church of San Leandro has been transformed into a garden space with a Chartres labyrinth in seven colors – a place for prayer, centering, and meditation.   The sacred space will be ...

November 29, 2018 |
The Israel/Palestine Task Force of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church endorsed the Boycott of Puma, at its Nov. 7, 2018 meeting.   Puma sponsors sports teams based in the illegal Israeli Settlements on Palestinian ...

November 28, 2018 |
The Western Jurisdiction Hispanic-Latino Ministry Council drew up a timeline, at its 2018 annual meeting, for working on issues of Advocacy, Leadership Development, and New Communities of Faith – the three issues of its strategic plan. Participants ...

November 22, 2018 |
Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church in Oakland is busily preparing for its 4th Annual Winter Concert, "A Night of Miracles," featuring the Taylor Anointed Praise Choir and a variety of musical guests. This year’s program will be a narrated ...

November 21, 2018 |
The Commission on the Annual Conference Session (ACS) for the California-Nevada Annual Conference set the start date for ACS registration at its Nov. 27, 2018 meeting, and moved forward in other areas of planning, as well.   Registration for the ...

November 21, 2018 |
The California-Nevada Annual Conference was well represented at the San Francisco Interfaith Prayer Breakfast Tuesday morning (Nov. 20). Bishop Carcaño attended, along with Bay District Superintendent Staci Current and other clergy and laity from the...

November 21, 2018 |
Sisters and Brothers,   As we gather round the table of grace in our homes this Thanksgiving, let us remember the victims of the Butte County Camp Fire and other fires throughout the state of California. Let us hold them up to God through prayer and ...

November 21, 2018 |
By Toua Yang Communications Associate CA-NV Conference of The UMC   As Oakland and the surrounding Alameda County area digs in its heels to combat the homeless crisis, many churches in the California-Nevada Conference are involved in doing their ...

November 21, 2018 |
By John M. Kraps p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-stretch: normal;-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); min-height: 13.1px"> My wife and co-pastor, Rev. Rachel Berry, and I are retired pastors from the Cal-Nevada Conference, who live...

November 20, 2018 |
By Cate Monaghan Interim Communications Director CA-NV Conference of The UMC   Heading north on CA-99 from West Sacramento, California on Saturday (Nov. 17), Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, Episcopal leader for the San Francisco Area of The United ...

November 15, 2018 |
The directory of bishops and ordained, licensed, and appointed or assigned ministers is available for download on the Journals page of the conference website. An update will be published on December 1, 2018.   “Those who have not already done so are ...

November 15, 2018 |
Good Afternoon,   In light of the smoke that’s affecting the Sacramento area and that is clearly affecting our Conference Center, we are closing the office for the rest of the day and will remain closed until Monday morning. We hope that this will ...

November 15, 2018 |
United Methodist News Service (UMNS) writers Jim Patterson and Sam Hodges filed a story on Monday (Veterans’ Day) about the California wildfires. In addition to the Camp Fire in Butte County that to date has claimed 48 lives and consumed 135,000 ...

November 15, 2018 |
The delegates from the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church have issued a statement of support for the One Church Plan, one of three proposals advanced by the Commission on a Way Forward that attempt to resolve the denomination’s ...

November 13, 2018 |
What happened in Butte County last week, and its aftermath, is beyond the scope of our imagination. We feel compelled to help – those of us with intact families and homes, warm beds, and safe drinking water – and those of us who remember what not ...

November 13, 2018 |
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño’s formal request for a $10,000 grant to help the California-Nevada Annual Conference meet immediate needs of Camp Fire survivors has been approved by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).   Cathy Earl, UMCOR’s ...

November 08, 2018 |
Friday, November 2, 2018 7:30 p.m.:   As the customary hour of shabbat observance for Congregation Etz Chaim of Merced approached, it became very evident this would not be the usual gathering for prayer, worship, and reading of sacred texts. Cars had...

November 07, 2018 |
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church this week approved a statement from its Immigration Task Force regarding migrant caravans.   The statement was presented by Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, who chairs the task force, during the plenary...

November 07, 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 ...

November 07, 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...

November 05, 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 ...

November 01, 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 ...

November 01, 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 ...

October 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 ...

October 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 ...

October 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...

October 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 ...

October 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 ...

October 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 ...

October 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.   ...

October 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, ...

October 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 ...

October 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 ...

October 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 ...

October 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 ...

October 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. ...

October 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 ...

October 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 ...

October 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? ...

October 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 ...

October 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 ...

October 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 ...

October 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...

October 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 ...

October 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 – ...

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