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Volunteers Needed for Guatemala Mission Trip in July

Medical professional and non-medical volunteers are needed to sign up for the upcoming Volunteers in Mission (VIM) program based in Guatemala this summer. With only the basic number of doctors and nurses signed up so far, the team leaders are asking for more than just the bare minimum of participants be involved in this important medical mission assignment.    There is critical need for volunteers who are willing to do more than medical procedures. There are openings for volunteers who are ...

Watch Video of Katherine Parker, Missionary to Nepal: Visiting Cal-Nev May-June

Katherine Parker, a water micro-biologist serving as a United Methodist missionary in Nepal, will be visiting churches in her home conference, California-Nevada, in May and June. A few weeks ago, Cate Monaghan, the conference's interim communications director, sat down with Katherine for a visit. Watch their conversation here (includes information about when Katherine will be in specific areas and to learn how to arrange a visit.               Katherine was commissioned in 2008 and served in ...

Bishops call for prayers for Judicial Council as it meets this week

For Immediate Release   The Council of Bishops is inviting the people of The United Methodist Church to be in prayer for the Judicial Council, which is in session this week. The Judicial Council will be discussing the constitutionality of matters related to the Special Session of the General Conference held in February.   “In our residential areas, in the midst of voices we have heard around these decisions and for the sake of the whole church, we lift these elected members of the Judicial ...

What is… The Judicial Council?

The United Methodist Judicial Council is meeting this week. Its docket includes a petition to rule on the constitutionality of legislation passed at the 2019 General Conference. But – what is the Judicial Council? Who serves on it? How are the members elected? What are their duties? A quick overview provides answers to these questions and more, in the first video of a new "What is…?" series from United Methodist Communications (UMCom).     Watch “What is… The Judicial Council?” video here.  ...

An Invitation to Tap into ‘Sermon Brainwave’ at The Table

If you spend time in the pulpit, you’re invited to spend a day with members of the Sermon Brainwave podcast team, Matthew Skinner and Karoline Lewis, thinking about how and why you preach.    Two weeks from today, at The Table at Central United Methodist Church in Sacramento, you and your colleagues in ministry will have a chance to consider how sermons that are attentive to biblical passages and their nuances can lead people of faith into rich reflections on God, the gospel, and the contexts in...

Confirmation: A Conversion Call to Personal and Social Holiness

By Fel Cao  Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries and Young People’s Ministry, CA-NV Conference   The Great Northern District hosted the second Bishop's Confirmation Rally of the year on March 30, 2019 at Lake Tahoe United Methodist Church and Retreat Center. Bishop Minerva Carcaño, joined by District Superintendent Rev. Blake Busick and Micheal Pope, Conference Lay Leader, welcomed and engaged the confirmands and their mentors and pastors for an experience of hearing the voice and call of ...

Deadline Nears for Clergy Boundary Training Registration

Clergy of the California-Nevada Annual Conference are to take Clergy Boundary Training once a quadrennium, and registration closes next week (Friday, April 26) for the next course – Clergy Boundary Training 201, being offered May 1, 2019, at Davis United Methodist Church. Prerequisite: Clergy Boundary Training 101, formerly known as Clergy Sexual Ethics Boundary Training. This training will focus on maintaining healthy boundaries with the Internet, social media, finance, attraction, and/or ...

Is There a Doctor in the House? A Nurse?

A California-Nevada Volunteers in Mission (VIM) team that is going to Guatemala in July still is in need of medical professionals and others. As of now, the basic number of doctors and nurses needed for the mission has signed on, but team leaders would prefer to have more than the bare minimum.     In addition, there is a critical need for other volunteers, who could help with things such as interacting with the children and adults of the communities to be visited, assisting the medical team ...

Post-GC Episcopal Visit to FUMC Yuba City: Bishop Calls for Deeper Awareness

By JB Brayfindley  Contributor to Instant Connection    “Christ pulls us into His Body … making space for all of us,” Bishop Minerva Carcaño told members of the Great Northern District attending the sixth of 12 Post-General Conference Episcopal Visits within the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC). “We all believe in Christ.”   The April 9th event was at First United Methodist Church in Yuba City, where the Rev. Dr. Lois Black serves as pastor.    Around 70 people ...

‘Invite, Inspire, and Encourage’ – San Ramon Grace UMC Welcomes Community to GRACE Talks

“Can a small and aging congregation reach out to locals?”   “Can a church in which many of its members have mobility issues serve its community?”   “Can a church with limited resources present new ways of looking at reality to those who are struggling?”   Since his appointment last June, these questions kept arising for Peter Hyun Ho Park, pastor of San Ramon’s Grace United Methodist Church. He wanted his new church to reach out and serve the community in the San Ramon area, so in order to ...

Bike Ride at Fresno Classic Century 2019: A Witness to Faith and Wellness

By Fel Cao Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries and Young People’s Ministry, CA-NV Conference   The stories of Jesus walking from one town or city to another and climbing up a mountain several times may give us inspiration to commit ourselves to a lifestyle of health and wellness. Of course, walking was the primary mode of transportation during Jesus' time, and therefore was a necessity. But if Jesus hadn't been put to death because of injustice and the imperial power that ruled his ...

Churches Host Spirit-Filled Event

Faith and Wesley United Methodist Churches in Sacramento are hosting “Living the Spirit-Filled Life” early next month at Wesley UMC. The purpose of the event is to equip persons and faith communities through the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. It will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “We will gather together in prayer and worship—hearing teachings rooted in Scriptures and brought to life through personal experience; activate and practice spiritual giftings, and grow in ...

Conference Claimants Endowment Board Welcomes New Staff Member

The Conference Claimants Endowment Board (CCEB) has announced an addition to the staff. Marsha Bryan will serve as legacy advisor, spearheading the revival of the board’s Fund Development program. The refocus “harkens back to the days of Harry Shaner, Al Thomas, and John Espie,” according to the press release. Bryan will focus on creating a culture of philanthropy and generating funds to further the mission of The Endowment Board. She comes to CCEB with more than two decades of experience in ...

First UMC, San Leandro Hosts Next Episcopal Visit on Tuesday

Bishop Minerva Carcaño continues her Post-General Conference Episcopal Visits next week. Twelve (12) stops, scattered throughout the California-Nevada Annual Conference, were scheduled during March and April. Next week’s visit, to First United Methodist Church in San Leandro on Tuesday, April 16 (6:30 to 9 p.m.) marks the beginning of the second half of the tour. The bishop will be accompanied by other members of the conference executive team and of the delegation, who will share their ...

Help 'Brake' the Cycle of Poverty in Uganda

Have you ever thought you could educate children in Africa by riding a bicycle or hiking? A group of United Methodist cyclists and hikers have challenged themselves to do just that, and all California-Nevada UM churches are invited along for the ride. The Kumi Benefit Ride/Hike (KBR) is a joint mission venture, spearheaded by Oakland Chinese Community United Methodist Church, Castro Valley UMC, and Wayside UMC to raise funds for Kumi Christian Visionary School (KCVS) in Uganda. The primary ...

Register Now for May NETworX Orientation in Watsonville

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 Watsonville, CA in just a few weeks.   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 approach they can provide ...

Sunshine School’s Anniversary Is Celebrated

Sunshine School will celebrate its 40th year of serving families with preschoolers in Sonoma on April 28. The preschool, located at 109 Patten St., is an Outreach Ministry Program of Sonoma United Methodist Church. Its success “demonstrates how the vision of a few people has blessed generations of students in the Sonoma Valley,” notes Kandi Weider, Los Rios District coordinator of Lay Servant Ministries. The Sonoma Index-tribune highlighted the preschool in a story about the celebration of its ...

Ukiah UMC's 'Attitude of Gratitude' Celebration Is Featured in Press

The Ukiah Daily Journal published a feature on Ukiah United Methodist Church and its spring "Attitude of Gratitude" celebration, this week. The fête will take place this Saturday, April 13, from 5:30 to 10 p.m.  Read article

Church Provides Local-Global Connection Through Art from Gaza

Over the past year, First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Sacramento has opened its doors to local artists and community members as part of the popular 2nd Saturday Art Walk. This month – Saturday, April 13, 4:30-9 p.m. – a special exhibit will connect global to local with Gaza in Color: Stories from Behind the Wall.   The exhibit showcases original works by six Gaza artists. Many of the pieces had to be hand carried to the United States, past the blockade and over border crossings. Despite ...

‘Growing Young’ Opportunity: 30 Churches to Be Selected

The Healthy Church Initiative of the California-Nevada Annual Conference Office of Congregational Development this week announced a partnership with the Fuller Youth Institute to help congregations learn how to “grow young.”   From its detailed research with churches in more than 80 denominations, Growing Young has concluded that there are some essential keys that help congregations reverse decades-long decline and experience new vitality. The Committee on New and Vital Congregations is pleased ...

ACS Hotel Information Updated

The 2019 Annual Conference Session site at www.cnumc.org has been updated with a listing of additional hotels in Modesto you may want to consider, if you’re planning to attend Annual Conference Session in June and have not booked lodging already.    In addition to the Doubletree, where ACS will take place June 19-22, and the Best Western, the California-Nevada Conference has a block of rooms at the Clarion. You may register there using this link.     Download information about the alternate ...

Dates and Locations for District Conferences, Pre-ACS Briefings

District Conferences and Pre-Annual Conference Session Briefings will take place on May 18 and June 1, 2019.     Los Rios District  Date and Time: Saturday, May 18 – from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.    Location: Pinole UMC, 2000 San Pablo Avenue, Pinole, CA 94564  Event Page    Great Northern District  Date and Time: Saturday, May 18, 2019 – from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Location: Loomis UMC, 6414 Brace Road, Loomis, CA 95650  Event Page    Bay District  Date and Time: Saturday, June 1, 2019 – from ...

Episcopal Visits Continue Next Week

Bishop Minerva Carcaño will continue her series of 12 Post-General Conference Episcopal Visits next week, with trips to Epworth United Methodist Church in Berkeley and First UMC of Yuba City. She will be accompanied by other members of the conference executive team and of the delegation, who will share their experiences and perspectives as well.    There will be time devoted to questions and answers.    The bishop has written that these visits will be “times of prayer and seeking God's way ...

Sign up to Learn from Jason Moore

Jason Moore from Midnight Oil Productions (and formerly from Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church) will lead a series of events across the California-Nevada Annual Conference this month and next, sponsored by the conference Office of Congregational Development and its Healthy Church Initiative.    In his Creative Worship workshop, Moore will work with clergy and their teams, focusing on how pastors and worship leaders can develop compelling and inspirational worship each week through dynamic ...

Planning Ahead for Native American Ministries Sunday

Did you know that more than 20,000 Native American people are part of The United Methodist Church? Native American Ministries Sunday celebrates them and directly supports the 157 Native American congregations that are part of the UM denomination. Your special offering on May 5 will help in these churches’ efforts to authentically minister with their communities and will provide scholarships for Native American seminary students. Through gifts shared on this Special Sunday, United Methodist ...

Recently Asked Questions Received by GCFA After the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference

In response to some of the Post-General Conference questions about where our General Church Apportionment dollars go, the GCFA has prepared a Q&A document that will be updated weekly. Download "Recently Asked Questions: Response to Inquiries About Delegate Counts, Cost of the Special Session, Expenditures in Central Conferences, and the Commission on the Way Forward" here.

Central Valley District Bishop's Confirmation Rally

A Place to Hear God's Call On February 16, 2019, Bishop Minerva Carcaño led the Bishop's Confirmation Rally for the Central Valley District at United Japanese Christian Church (UJCC) in Clovis, California. The bishop, together with the Rev. Debra Brady, District Superintendent for the Central Valley District, welcomed the confirmands, mentors, and clergy: A total of about 65 people. Bishop Carcaño led the worship in the morning and gave a message on personal holiness, love, and the call to ...

UMCOR Sunday Is This Weekend

Sunday is UMCOR Sunday (formerly known as "One Great Hour of Sharing"). This Special Sunday supports the overhead costs for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). When there is a disaster, UMCOR is able to respond immediately through its network of trained disaster response teams and local partners.  We hope your worship services on March 31 will have a clear message about the important impact that UMCOR makes in communities such as Paradise, California that must rebuild after a ...

Voice and Vote of Youth and Young Adults

We Have a Place for Them Registration is available online for nomination to the Youth and Young Adult Delegation for the 2019 Annual Conference Session (ACS) of the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church.   Information The youth and young adults’ inclusion and participation in the Annual Conference Session is a radical way to make The United Methodist Church the faith community where young people can grow as disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.   ...

Young People’s Statement Is Now Available for You to Sign

Earlier this month, the youth and young adults of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church generated a statement of support for members of the UMC community “failed” and “harmed” by the recent actions of the General Conference. The three dozen+ persons who signed, including Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño and other youth and young adult leaders along with the young people themselves, also promised, “We will stand by you on the difficult road ahead and we will support and ...

Circuit’s 'Rise Against Hunger' Event Was Big Success

The Pentecost Circuit of the Los Rios District, California-Nevada Annual Conference, had another successful Rise Against Hunger event on Sunday (March 24) at Sacramento’s Japanese United Methodist Church. More than 130 volunteers, ages 5 to 96, from the circuit’s churches – including a Girl Scout troop – participated to put together meals for people without access to food. Rise Against Hunger is an international relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s ...

Greg Bergquist Named Acting Agency Head

Higher Education and Ministry NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The board of directors for the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry announced plans to appoint the Rev. Greg Bergquist [of the California-Nevada Annual Conference] as the agency's acting top executive. Bergquist will take charge after the retirement of the Rev. Kim Cape, who recently shared her intention to retire in June as head of the agency. Bergquist currently leads the agency's Division of Ordained Ministry. Read press ...

Retreat Inspires Connection

By JB Brayfindley President, CA-NV Clergy Spouse Association "When I am by the ocean, I immediately breathe easier–losing stress with each breath," reported Ray Jellison, one attendee at the Clergy Spouse Retreat last weekend at Villa Del Mar Retreat Center in Santa Cruz. More than a dozen clergy spouses from the California-Nevada Annual Conference attended to build connections with each other and to be refreshed spiritually. "It's so wonderful to share, relax, listen, walk, laugh and eat!" ...

The Healthy Church Initiative Announces Spring Workshop 2019

"Creative Worship" and "Guest Readiness" span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Calibri; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">– both featuring Jason Moore     The Healthy Church Initiative of the California-Nevada Annual Conference Office of Congregational Development is pleased to host Jason Moore from Midnight Oil Productions (and formerly from Ginghamsburg United ...

Annual Conference Session Registration Opens

Registration for the 2019 Annual Conference Session (ACS) opened this week with a letter of welcome from Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, in which she announced the theme, "With Jesus in the Boat." The text will be Matthew 8:23-27. The bishop also announced that this year's Annual Conference Offering will go to support the Theological Seminary of the Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma. Read Bishop Carcaño's letter here.   To register to attend ACS, visit "California-Nevada Annual Conference ...

Holy Land Pilgrims to Share Their Stories at April Benefit

The Friends of Wadi Foquin (FoWF) invite you to a benefit dinner on Saturday, April 13 to raise funds to build a guest house in the village of Wadi Foquin, near Bethlehem.   Besides enjoying a Middle Eastern Dinner, you’ll be able to hear from a dozen pilgrims from Northern California who traveled to the “Holy Land” of Israel and Palestine late last year and learn of their transformation and commitment to bring hope to the village.   A powerful new documentary, “Imprisoning a Generation,” will ...

Post-GC Episcopal Visits Continue at Central UMC

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño is making a total of 12 Episcopal Visits throughout the California-Nevada Annual Conference, this month and next, "to inform ... clergy and congregations about the actions of the General Conference and the implications for our conference and denomination." The next visit in the series takes place Monday, March 25, 6:30-9:00 p.m., at Central United Methodist Church in Stockton. In a letter to the conference in February, while the special-called General Conference was ...

Prepare to Celebrate UMCOR Sunday on March 31

United Methodist churches around the world will celebrate UMCOR Sunday (formerly "One Great Hour of Sharing") on March 31 by receiving a special offering. We invite your congregation to give generously so that the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) can continue to be the hands and feet of Christ in the midst of humanitarian and natural disasters, such as the wildfires that decimated the town of Paradise, California in the fall. Connectional giving through offerings such as UMCOR ...

Last-Minute Openings for Saturday’s UMW Bay District Spiritual Retreat

There are still some openings for the Bay District United Methodist Women’s spiritual retreat, “Continuing Our Legacy,” taking place this Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Downs Memorial UMC in Oakland.   Registration will be 8:15-8:45 a.m.   Katherine Parker, UMC Missionary to Nepal, will facilitate “Practicing Resurrection: The Gospel of Mark and Radical Discipleship.” You’re asked to read or listen to the entire Gospel of Mark in one sitting, in preparation. (See flyer for details.)...

Dismaying, Yes; But Not Surprising, Devastating

By Bruce Pettit  Lay Member to Annual Conference    It was called to find “a way forward.” It ended taking “a way backward.”    To find a way a forward, people in disagreement have to compromise and give up something. The progressives yielded – no longer insisting that all pastors must be allowed to perform LG weddings, nor that all conferences must approve LGBTQ clergy.      But the evangelicals yielded on nothing. That is dismaying, indeed. But I find it not surprising, nor am I devastated.   ...

Pages and Marshals Needed

Approximately 12 volunteers are needed who are not voting members of ACS, and who live within commuting distance of Doubletree Hotel in Modesto, to serve as pages and marshals at Annual Conference Session, June 19-22, working during plenary sessions and in legislative committees. It is a very important job, but not strenuous. It entails welcoming people to conference and insuring that they know where they may sit; helping serve at legislative section meetings; distributing and collating written ...

Sign up to Attend Volunteers in Mission Team Leader Training in May

The California-Nevada Annual Conference will offer Volunteers in Mission Team Leader Training on May 18, 2019 in Alamo, California. Designed for prospective team leaders and experienced team leaders alike, the session will include the 2019 update to the conference’s team leader guidelines. Case examples of recent local, national, and international mission trips will be a part of the discussion, and time will be devoted to new and improved mission team practices and materials. Steve Elliott, one...

Western Jurisdiction Leaders Respond to 'This Moment in the Life of Our Church'

The leadership team of the Western Jurisdiction, meeting last week in Portland, Oregon, unanimously adopted a statement to "reaffirm our commitment to a radically hospitable church in two converging ways": As United Methodists, we must resist injustice and insist that the Church repent of the exclusionary principles of the Traditional Plan. Grounded in our Wesleyan heritage, we will foster a new movement to gather the energy of inclusive United Methodists throughout our global connection. The ...

Bishop Carcaño Joins Other SF Faith Leaders in Condemning Attack on New Zealand Mosques

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño has added her name to a statement by San Francisco faith leaders, condemning the horrific attacks on two mosques in New Zealand that killed 49 people and seriously injured at least 20 others.   The statement is being circulated by the San Francisco Interfaith Council through its executive director, Michael G. Pappas.   "As people of faith, we stand in solidarity with the Muslim community in New Zealand, with all our Kiwi friends and with all our Muslim sisters and ...

COB Issues Statement on Voting Fraud Allegations

For Immediate Release March 14, 2019   United Methodist bishops respond to article in The New York Times In response to the New York Times article alleging that improper voting occurred at recent Special Session of General Conference, the Council of Bishops has issued the following statement: “The Council of Bishops has always worked to help the delegates to do their best work, as the legislative body of the church. This means being a voice for fairness. The Council does not plan, host or ...

Cal-Nev Young People Sign Statement of Support

Young people of the California-Nevada Annual Conference gathered at Japanese United Methodist Church in Sacramento last weekend and signed a statement of support for members of the UMC community wounded by the recent actions of General Conference. The conference's Youth and Young Adults Gathering 2019 included workshops related to the special called session of General Conference, along with the opportunity to take part in a solidarity action by signing the statement. Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño ...

Electing Lay Delegates to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences

Even though GC2019 is still very much on our minds and in the news, it’s important to remember that another General Conference is scheduled for May of next year – and it’s at this June’s Annual Conference Session that the delegates who will represent California-Nevada at General Conference, and at the Jurisdictional Conference in July 2020, will be elected. Download information and instructions for nominating and electing lay delegates here.

New Deadline for General Conference Reports, Recommendations, etc.

At its March 5 meeting, the Commission on the Annual Conference Session revised the deadline for submitting reports, recommendations, resolutions, and petitions to the 2020 General Conference that must be considered by the 2019 Annual Conference Session. The change – from April 1 to May 1 – was deemed appropriate due to the late meeting of the Judicial Council. That body will meet April 23-26 in Evanston, Illinois to consider the constitutionality of the legislation passed at the 2019 Special ...

Sign up Now for Los Rios District Basic Lay Servant Training

The Los Rios District of the California-Nevada Annual Conference is offering Basic Lay Servant Training on Saturday, March 30, 2019, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., at Church on the Rock, Antioch United Methodist Church. The Book of Discipline requires each local church to have a Lay Servant.  They are to serve the local church or charge in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. This includes the ...

Video of Post-GC2019 Episcopal Visit to Los Altos UMC Is Available to Download

The Communications Office for the California-Nevada Annual Conference has created a 3-minute highlights video from Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño's Post-General Conference Episcopal Visit to Los Altos United Methodist Church on March 3. Pastors, you may wish to share it with your church on Sunday. + Download video here (Right-click and Save Link As) Footage courtesy of the Los Altos UMC A/V team.

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