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April 02, 2020 |
Shelter in place (SIP) guidelines are now in place through April 30th, and in some counties of the Bay District through May 3. Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño strongly urges our entire faith family across Nevada and California to continue sheltering in ...

April 02, 2020 |
By JB Brayfindley   Although the services may be pre-recorded, the worship service is viewed ‘live.’ The music, the prayers, the liturgy are familiar. The time is the same as the typical Sunday morning worship. However, the place is different. ...

April 02, 2020 |
By Michael Yoshii A continue concern for human rights ministry in the Philippines has been the targeting of pastors and lay members engaged in support of the poor and marginalized.  Recently United Methodist pastors in the Philippines have been ...

April 02, 2020 |
Wednesday Webinar April 8, 4p-5:15p PDT Click here to register. Join California-Nevada Executive Director of Finance and Administration Diane Knudsen for a deep dive into the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and a discussion...

April 02, 2020 |
A Letter to the United Methodist Clergy of the Western Jurisdiction The United Methodist Church From the College of Bishops Beloved Servants of Christ, We write, as your episcopal leaders, in these unprecedented days of social change due to the ...

March 27, 2020 |
Nashville, TN – The Board of Directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) met by Conference Call on March 27 to discuss general Church apportionments for 2021. It is the Disciplinary responsibility of GCFA to present a ...

March 27, 2020 |
California-Nevada Lay Leader Micheal Pope delivers a heartfelt message as we navigate this time of coronavirus - COVID-19 together. 

March 27, 2020 |
Nashville, March, 2020 – The outbreak of COVID-19 in the US and the resulting cancellation of group gatherings has led many United Methodist churches to plan online virtual worship experiences.   To assure that local churches have the resources they ...

March 26, 2020 |
By JB Brayfindley The brown paper bags have a square label emblazoned with the words, “Take Out Church” and sit in rows on a table awaiting delivery for this Saturday, March 29, 2020. Rose Steelman, office assistant at United Methodist Church of the...

March 26, 2020 |
March 27, 2020   Friends, Recently President Donald Trump shared his thoughts about wanting to have churches return to their sanctuaries on Easter Sunday.  I agreed with him that it “would be a wonderful thing.”  As a person of Christian faith, I ...

March 26, 2020 |
By John Coleman, UMNews Much of the annual meeting of the African American caucus of The United Methodist Church focused on major changes being proposed to the now-delayed General Conference, as well as the views of black church leaders.   During ...

March 26, 2020 |
As churches around the California-Nevada connection prepare to navigate their third Sunday out of the sanctuary, pastors and laity are skilling up and having learning and successes around online worship.  Here are some reports from churches across ...

March 26, 2020 |
March 22, 2020 GCORR denounces the U.S. President’s racist language to describe the Coronavirus as “The Chinese Virus.” Not only does this unapologetic use of xenophobia and racial terror create physical, emotional, and economic harm to persons of ...

March 26, 2020 |
Google Meet Google Fans. Meet Meet, Google's latest but not-so-new flagship offering for audio and video conferencing.  Those of you familiar with Google's peer-to-peer video platform, Hangouts, will certainly appreciate the interface upgrade as Meet...

March 26, 2020 |
By Akiko Miyake-Stoner, Pastor, Clovis United Japanese Christian UMC This week was supposed to be the National Workshop on Christian Unity, but like most other major events, was cancelled due to COVID-19.  Instead, UMEIT (United Methodist Ecumenical...

March 26, 2020 |
Conference communication directors in the Western Jurisdiction are know for their close knit collaboration. As we navigate  adaptations in the time of coronavirus - COVID-19, communicators are working together to support local churches across the ...

March 25, 2020 |
( click on the video to hear Bishop Carcaño's message)   Bishop Minerva Carcaño joins the United Methodist Church and the Council of Bishops in asking all United Methodists to join people of faith in a day of prayer this afternoon, March 25, asking ...

March 20, 2020 |
Episcopal leader of the California-Nevada Conference and Chairperson of the United Methodist Immigration Task Force, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, joined leaders as a signatory to a letter sponsored by the ACLU of California, the San Fransisco Marin ...

March 20, 2020 |
By JB Brayfindley   Around the California-Nevada Annual conference, churches are finding ways to meet needs of their congregations and communities.   “In all of this craziness, may love be shown, may Christ be known, and may God be praised!” said ...

March 20, 2020 |
On Thursday March 19 Governor Gavin Newsom has ordered Californians to stay home in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.  Although this order has not yet come for our family in Nevada, we urge all across the California-Nevada connection to ...

March 18, 2020 |
Greetings California-Nevada Conference Family, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño decided that, in accord and compliance with directives from California state and county government officials and public health offices in our region, and in consultation with ...

March 18, 2020 |
Greetings Friends, As instruction to ‘shelter in place’ continues to come from counties across California and Nevada, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño shares a special video message with our faith families across the connection requesting that church ...

March 17, 2020 |
The Directors of Communications of the Conferences in the Western Jurisdiction work closely together.  My colleague in the Desert Southwest Conference, Christina Dillabough, has organized what seems to be a wonderful webinar for this coming ...

March 14, 2020 |
Preparedness and prevention are important buzzwords in this time of coronavirus and Nevada's Governor Sisolak continues to take a series of pro-active moves to help the state's residents stay safe. On Thursday March 12th the governor declared a ...

March 14, 2020 |
  Los Altos UMC has created a special worship experience for this Sunday, March 15 in an effort to help people across the California-Nevada faith family connect with each other and with God. The in-person gathering restrictions imposed to stem the ...

March 13, 2020 |
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has recommended that all gatherings across the state of over 250 people be postponed or canceled and is requiring the following conditions for meetings with below 250. Nevertheless, as the situation ...

March 13, 2020 |
The news regarding the pandemic Coronavirus has brought much uncertainty and fear into our lives, making it hard to think about future plans, including summer camp plans. We recognize that many of our members and communities are struggling while ...

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 ...

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