The official app of the 2016 California-Nevada Annual Conference Session is now available.  The app will aid participants in organizing and planning their activities while in attendance throughout the week of June 22 to 25. The app includes: daily schedules, meal event times and locations, access to social media, e-documents, live streaming, and resources to aid participants. To download the app on Apple devices, click here. To download the app on Android devices, click here.  

Concord UMC Pedals for Mission

Concord, Calif.— Eighty-four-year-old Jim McGuire considers a 30-mile bike ride as just a “warm up.”  For 41 years he has led Concord United Methodist Church’s bike-a-thon benefitting Heifer International projects.  His “Peddle for Heifer” event raises close to $8,000 annually from pledges for riders. (Read more)  

East Timor Scholarship Appeal

The Rev. John Chamberlin, National Coordinator for the East Timor Religious Outreach (ETRO), issuing an appeal to the annual conference to provide educational scholarships for young, impoverished students, through the Protestant Church in East Timor (Igreja Protestante iha Timor Lorosae) headquartered in Dili, and the Roman Catholic Salesian Girls School located in the rural mountain village of Venilale.  Last year's appeal resulted in ETRO being able to award $3,400 to each of the ecumenical ...

Alum Rock UMC Receives a Reminder

As a church, Alum Rock UMC made the decision that the LGBTQI community was welcome to be part of the “church family” in 1999. This wasn’t really new to most of us in the church, but it was the first time we made a public statement about it. By the way, when we say “welcome”, we mean welcome to join us in every way – from visitor to volunteer to lay person to lay leader to clergy. And, we mean welcome just as you are – be the person God created you to be – no need to change anything for us. We’re...

Peace With Justice Sunday is May 22

Rev Sandy Gess of Park Presidio UMC-San Francisco receives on behalf of the congregation the Certificate of Recognition from Assemblymember David Chiu, 17th Assembly District (Assistant Speaker pro Tempore), for honoring victims of AIDS at a week of community events in remembrance of HIV/AIDS and looking forward for World AIDS Day .  In the background is a four-panel block from the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.  The Certificate reads: "This certificate is presented to Park Presidio United ...

California-Nevada Fact Finding Trip to Kidapawan

A Response of Solidarity and Support to Acts of Justice and Mercy: A Report by the International Fact-Finding Team of the California-Nevada Annual Conference   We, the members of The California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church’s Fact-Finding Team, moved by a desire for mercy and justice and inspired by our connectional church, traveled on a pastoral trip to Kidapawan and Arakan from April 22 to 24th, 2016. While there, we interviewed people who participated in the ...

Hindi Ministry Outreach

After returning from Fiji, Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. wanted to reach out to the Hindi speaking community in the Bridges and Central Valley Districts. The Rev. Dr. Immanuel Reuben, and his wife Grace Reuben were invited, and visited the California-Nevada Conference to help engage with the Hindi speaking community and understand their needs.     In 21 days, Reuben visited 10 homes, preached at eight United Methodist Churches, and conducted three home prayers reaching more than 150 people.   "We...

Issues Facing The United Methodist Church

Every four years, The United Methodist Church holds a worldwide General Conference to update the denomination’s policies and its positions on current social issues. The next General Conference is this May in Portland, Oregon, and our California-Nevada Annual Conference will send six voting delegates. Delegation co-chair Emily Allen is giving two presentations in local churches about General Conference. Come hear about the hot-button issues coming before General Conference, from LGBT equality to ...

Dr. Lisa Allen to Lead Worship at ACS This Year

The Rev. Dr. Lisa Allen, assistant professor of worship and music at Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, has been named worship planner and leader for the 2016 California-Nevada Annual Conference Session.   She is an elder in the North Georgia Annual Conference. Prior to joining the faculty at ITC in 2005, where she teaches courses on Christian music and worship, Dr. Allen was an associate pastor of worship and evangelism at a local United Methodist Church.   She also was a...

Book Barn

On Sunday, March 20, a special Little Free Library was unveiled at Tatum’s Garden in Salinas, CA.  This Little Free Library was the dream project of Patti Munoz and several other members of First United Methodist Church of Pacific Grove, CA after hearing Amanda Bakker speak at the church’s Faith Retreat.  Amanda is the creator of Tatum’s Garden, a fully-inclusive and accessible playground in the area.  A group from the church visited the Garden.  When they returned to church they began talking ...

Kumi Benefit Ride – A Cycling Fundraiser

Chinese Community UMC Oakland, together with Wayside UMC of Vallejo, is hosting an event on April 30. A team of cyclists have challenged themselves to ride 100km (approximately 62 miles) to raise funds for their mission partner in Uganda, Kumi Christian Visionary School (KCVS), now in its third year of operation, serving some of the most vulnerable children in the village. This year’s fundraising goal is $30,000, which will be used to purchase additional land and perimeter fencing for security,...

Bishop Brown Asks Prayers for the Philippines

April 4, 2016  Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ, "Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord." (Psalm 130:1b) We have a longstanding mission relationship with our brothers and sisters in the Philippines. On April 1, a United Methodist Church compound started giving sanctuary to farmers and indigenous people after a protest for food relief was violently disrupted. Three protesters were killed and more than 100 injured when police forces fired on the crowd on a major highway in front of a ...

Accepting nominees for Bishop Melvin Talbert Award

Individuals and churches are invited to submit a letter regarding their nominees for this year's Bishop Melvin Talbert Award. The California-Nevada Annual Conference Commission on Religion and Race makes this award annually to a person within the conference who best exemplifies a proactive stance in addressing, and working toward dismantling, racism in the church and society.  Submissions should be sent to Rev. Barbara Horikoshi-Firebaugh, Chairperson; c/o Faith United Methodist Church, 3600 J ...

Global AIDS Fund event will educate, inspire the church

PORTLAND, Oregon – Leaders will gather to discuss current realities regarding HIV and AIDS at “AIDS is not over! Global issues and the church,” a free, United Methodist Global AIDS Fund-sponsored event on May 9 in Portland, Oregon. Delegates and non-delegates attending the 2016 General Conference of The United Methodist Church are invited to be a part of the conference. At least 37 million people are living with AIDS, half of which are women. There are 13.3 million children living as orphans due...

Conference Disaster Response Fund Provides Trailer for Butte Fire Response Efforts

A California-Nevada Conference grant from the Conference Disaster Fund has provided a trailer in Mountain Ranch Park to aid in the Butte Fire response. One of the services taking place in the trailer is crisis counseling for fire survivors. The trailer also as the long term recovery center providing case management and other needed services to the community. The trailer has three rooms, for an office, counseling and small group/ committee meetings. The Conference applied for, and received, a ...

Bishop's Award for ACS 2016

Each year Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr. awards a Bishop's Award to a layperson, or laypersons, that have demonstrated outstanding service both in their local church and beyond the local church.  Service beyond the local church may be in the annual conference, the general church, the local community or beyond.  He invites lay and clergy of the California-Nevada Conference to lift up people deserving this recognition. Deadline for submission is March 31 and should include a short narrative on how ...

New Missionary from San Jose Vietnamese UMC

New missionary Joshua Doan from the San Jose Vietnamese United Methodist Church, who is to serve in Malaysia, will be available May 23 to 28 to visit California-Nevada churches.  He will be in the San Jose area Monday to Thursday, May 23 to 26, and in the San Joaquin Valley, Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28.  A visit can be arranged through Howard Parker, Conference Secretary of Global Ministries, Malaysia in 2002 became host to some 200,000 Vietnamese young adult ...

Circuit partners with human trafficking organization at Super Bowl 50

*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   More than 1.1 million people descended upon the San Francisco Bay Area for Super Bowl 50 and its festivities.  The Super Bowl's golden anniversary game was played in Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium.  One circuit partnered with an agency to free victims of human trafficking, and bring justice to sex buyers, and traffickers, who use the festivities surrounding the Super Bowl for this practice of modern-day slavery.      The City Circuit, a group of six United Methodists ...

Youth Worker's Retreat

The 7th Annual Youth Worker's Retreat was held February 4th and 5th at the Waller Center in San Francisco.  There were 25 participants who spent time in reflection and conversation with Sam Halverson, author of "One Body - Integrating Teenagers into Your Congregations."  They also had a session on "hot topics" using the expertise and ideas of the youth workers in attendance.  The group will do a three month "check-in" luncheon to see what progress has been made with their ideas and new ...

New Climate Justice Action Network

The Climate Justice Action Network is a newly-created network of United Methodists linking faith and action in response to climate change.  It is one of several action networks connected with the Western Methodist Justice Movement.  This network originated as a project of the Advocacy and Justice Committee of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, through an Ecumenical Agencies Grant given to Earth Justice Ministries to establish this network.  The Coordinator of the newly-created Climate ...

Former Conference Youth Director Gerald (Jerry) Wrenn Passes

Gerald Emmett Wrenn Jan. 21, 1952 - Jan. 31, 2016 Resident of Hayward   Wrenn served as the California-Nevada Conference Youth Director from 1990 to 1994. Jerry grew up in Castro Valley, living the typical life of the Bay Area post-war baby boom generation: Little League, Boy Scouts, Sunday School, Giants baseball, developing a life-long love of super hero comics and baseball memorabilia. He held a variety of jobs over the years but most enjoyed his work with children and youth as a youth ...

Hindi Speaking Ministry Outreach

A Hindi speaking ministry outreach will take place from February 9 to 29 when the Rev Dr. Immanuel Reuben, and his wife Devki Rubaiammal Reuben, will be arriving from Fiji. Rev. Reuben is scheduled to preach, do home visits, and attend meetings with key leaders in the Sacramento, Galt, Tracy, Fremont, Hayward and Salinas area. Here are his major speaking events: -        Feb 13 at 5:30 p.m. Robin Philip’s Sacramento, CA – fellowship and dinner -        Feb 14 at 10 a.m.– Galt UMC – Worship and...

Missionary Katherine Parker Itinerating this Spring

Missionary Katherine Parker, who serves in Nepal on behalf of the annual conference, will be available this spring to visit California-Nevada churches, Global Ministries has now announced.  Her dates itinerating will be April 19 through May 3, and May 22 through June 26.  While her Sunday mornings are already committed to supporting churches, there are other opportunities for a visit that can be arranged through Howard Parker, Conference Secretary of Global Ministries, ...

Pacific School of Religion Welcome Filipe Maia

Pacific School of Religion (PSR) welcomes Filipe Maia to the seminary’s faculty as its new Assistant Professor of United Methodist Studies and Leadership. Maia will begin teaching in Fall 2016.   Maia is currently completing his doctoral degree at Harvard Divinity School where he has focused his studies on Latin American liberation theology, contemporary finance, and temporality. His published works include a Portuguese translation of two important texts: John Wesley’s 1774 essay “Thoughts Upon ...

GBHEM Scholarship Applications Available

Each year, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) offers scholarships for university and college students. GBHEM Loans and Scholarships administers over 70 scholarship programs with one general application. Funding comes from Special Sunday offerings (United Methodist Student Day, World Communion Sunday, and Native American Ministries Sunday); wills and annuities; and other special donations/gifts. Minimum eligibility requirements include: - Applicant must be an ACTIVE, full ...

Case Managers American Canyon

On December 28, the Rev. Linda Caldwell, Conference Superintendent for Mission Collaboration hosted an appreciation lunch for Mariana Hernandez, Debbie Catz, and Matt Pope as they prepare to close down the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) office at First UMC Napa for the American Canyon Earth Quake response.  Their office is shut down on December 31 and the files have been passed on to the Conference Center in West Sacramento for storage. "We are thankful for their hard work and ...

End Human Trafficking Event

The California-Nevada Conference United Methodist Women (UMW), along with Mary Elizabeth Inn, Gum Moon Women’s Residence and the California-Nevada Human Trafficking Coalition will host a campaign to "End Human Trafficking" on Saturday, January 30, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The group will start at Mary Elizabeth Inn (1040 Bush St., San Francisco) at 9:30 a.m. They are asking participants to bring an umbrella to be decorated for a march from the Mary Elizabeth Inn (MEI) to Gum Moon (940 ...

Fresno Area Circuit Begins New Year with Stop Hunger Now

Eight congregations of the Fresno/Clovis area circuit came together on January 9 to start the New Year with a Stop Hunger Now meal packing event. Hosted at Memorial UMC in Clovis, the other congregations participating were: United Japanese Christian Church, Oakhurst New Community UMC, Fresno Korean UM Fellowship, Fresno Christian UM Fellowship, Wesley UMC, St. Mark's UMC, and Grace UMC. Some scouts from local troops joined too. This was their first time doing the event as a circuit and their ...

Cutoff Date for 2015 Tithes is January 15

The cutoff date for 2015 Tithes is Friday, January 15.  Checks need to be in the Conference Office in West Sacramento by noon on Friday, January 15, 2016.  The mailing address is P.O. Box 980250, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0250.  The physical address is 1350 Halyard, West Sacramento, CA 95691.  For more information, contact Diane Knudsen, Treasurer and Director of Administration,, or (916) 374-1520.   

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