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May 05, 2022 |
It is a complex time within The United Methodist Church and given our history, that says a lot. As we try and keep abreast of the latest updates from Judicial Council, The Council of Bishops, our own jurisdiction and conferences, perhaps it is a ...

May 05, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
In California-Nevada we are fond of claiming that we are the most diverse conference in the US UMC.  Yet, how well do we know our neighbors? Considering this, our Conference Committee on Religion and Race brought a proposal to the communications ...

May 05, 2022 | Kristen Caldwell
For those who may feel called to become an episcopal leader – or those who may know someone who feels called to leadership – the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church’s Committee on Episcopacy is ready to engage with those discerning ...

April 28, 2022 | Admin
Global tensions are dramatically rising from the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine. At the forefront of these tensions is the heightened alert toward nuclear weapon use. For many born in the last few decades, this is the first time in their lives ...

April 28, 2022 | Heather Hahn
After long wishing that United Methodists could remain together in one body, Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey acknowledged that the time has come when some will break away. “Every part of the body is important to the whole,” Harvey preached April 25 ...

April 28, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
Note from JB: Mort got to meet Rev. Kevin Johnson, the Children’s Ministries Director of the UMC Board of Discipleship in a webinar that we were featured in! Mort had fun but he got hungry, too and I had to peel a banana for him during the webinar… ...

April 28, 2022 | UMNews Staff
 World Press Freedom Day is Tuesday, May 3, 2022, a day of support for and awareness of the importance of freedom of the press.  For The United Methodist Church, World Press Freedom Day provides an opportunity to celebrate United Methodist News, the ...

April 28, 2022 |
Heritage Sunday shall be observed on Aldersgate Day (May 24), or the Sunday preceding that date (this year it is May 22). The day provides an opportunity for reflection on heritage, celebration of where the Church has been, how it understands itself ...

April 28, 2022 | Admin
May 1st is Native American Ministries Sunday and we encourage everyone across our faith family in California-Nevada to give generously to support Native American ministries across our conference and throughout the US.  But why wait until May 1st? ...

April 28, 2022 | Admin
The California-Nevada conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women will host a panel discussion webinar on Saturday May 7th at 10 AM to examine what is COSROW's role in the United Methodist Church. Panelists will unpack the history of both ...

April 28, 2022 | Admin
California-Nevada 2022 District Conferences will be held virtually on May 25th, so save the date! The day will begin at 7 p.m. with a shared worship with all 5 districts, and then move to individual district meetings. Be sure to check your email ...

April 28, 2022 | Kathy Gilbert
DeLaris Johnson Risher doesn’t look, act or talk like a trailblazing, fearless woman — but she is. In 1952, she and Leila Robinson Dabbs, both Black women, quietly integrated Scarritt College for Christian Workers in Nashville, Tennessee, two years ...

April 28, 2022 |
The General Commission on United Methodist Men (GCUMM) is introducing a “modern way” of doing men’s ministry. Greg Arnold, General Secretary & CEO, said we are approaching men’s and scouting ministry with a much larger and more modern vision. The ...

April 28, 2022 | Steve Elliott
Note: This is the second of three articles about current wildfire recovery involvement by the Cal-Nev Conference. For more information, contact Steve Elliott, Disaster Response Coordinator, at UMVIMCoordinator@calnevumc.org. Click here to access the ...

April 21, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
This week's theme is Jesus is Risen!  The scripture is John 20:19-23 This week: Deacon Cheryl Gärlick shares a pop up book story with the children; Rev. Quentisha Davis Wiles of Pittsburg UMC recites the Lord's Prayer with her daughter; and Rev. Rod...

April 21, 2022 | Heather Hahn
When does a resolution related to LGBTQ people count as aspirational and when does it condone violations of church law? The United Methodist Church’s top court released two decisions related to such resolutions along with two other rulings April 19. ...

April 21, 2022 | Rev. Kevin Johnson
Every church is looking for creative ways to be inclusive of children and their families. Finding ways to offer intergenerational worship over the past few years has allowed pastors, worship leaders, and children and family ministries leaders to ...

April 21, 2022 |
First UMC of Lodi is working with a ministry statement to guide their work in this season. It reads, "When the Holy Spirit is leading the church, We come to life in love", and the social media hashtag they have chosen is #hopeisfoundhere. So it ...

April 21, 2022 |
Since 1989, United Methodist congregations have observed the third Sunday after Easter as Native American Ministries Sunday. The purpose is to elevate and support the contributions and voices of Native/Indigenous people in our church. A special ...

April 21, 2022 | Admin
Ezekial 11:19 …then I’ll give them a united heart, placing a new spirit within them… The Western Jurisdiction held its Spring Leadership Meetings from March 29 through April 2, 2022, in Des Moines, Washington. During the several days of open ...

April 21, 2022 | Admin
Laity across California-Nevada will gather virtually on April 30th for a time of celebration and strategic planning to deepen mission engagement and impact as well as to strengthen clergy - lay collaboration. All laity who are district, circuit or ...

April 21, 2022 | Admin
It is time to register for California-Nevada UWF Mission u 2022! This year, Mission u will be meeting in 2 locations with 2 different sets of dates. The first Mission u will be held at Monte Toyon, Aptos, CA  from June 3-5, 2022, and the second will...

April 21, 2022 | Dr. Mary Cheng
Laity Equipped and Transformed to Serve the Church and World   Is God calling you to deeper faith and service? Is the Spirit stirring your heart to seek something more? Are the needs of the world crying for your attention? How will you be equipped to...

April 21, 2022 | Admin
The California-Nevada conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women will host a panel discussion webinar on Saturday May 7th at 10a to examine what it means to be a woman and serve in The United Methodist Church.  Panelists will unpack the ...

April 21, 2022 | Pastora Robin Mathews-Johnson
We invite you to join us for an in-person discussion with Mike Slaughter, Founder & Chief Strategist of PASSIONATE CHURCHES, LLC, former UMC pastor of Ginghamsburg Church, and a member of the Connectional Table,* as we discuss ministry in a post- ...

April 21, 2022 | Rev. Dr Maidstone Mulenga
In the wake of disruptions and postponements due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the more than 100 bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet once again in a virtual gathering April 25 to April 29, 2022, to discuss the future course of the ...

April 21, 2022 | Admin
Native American Ministries Sunday serves to remind United Methodists of the gifts and contributions made by Native Americans to our society and in our communities. With more than 20,000 Native Americans within the denomination, this Special Sunday ...

April 21, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
Who Made That? is a video series designed by JB Brayfindley for children of all ages. Each episode explores the inventors behind everyday items with Mort, the snail, and Lamb See Do. This segment features Native Americans and Indigenous people  who ...

April 21, 2022 | Steve Elliott
Note: This is the first of three articles about how the Cal-Nev Conference is participating in wildfire recovery. For more information, contact Steve Elliott, Coordinator of the Disaster Response Ministry at UMVIMCoordinator@calnevumc.org. 2021 was ...

April 20, 2022 | Rev. Darren Stephen Cowdrey
It’s that time again!  Time to start looking at this summer’s camping opportunities!  I know what you’re thinking… what about the pandemic.  You’re right.  We are still working our way out of this difficult time but we feel that by summer we’ll be ...

April 20, 2022 | Rev. Darren Stephen Cowdrey
This year we've set a goal of having a delegation of 40 youth and young adults at Annual Conference this year.  We’re looking for churches to nominate these young people.  We’re seeing this delegation as a pathway toward conference activity and ...

April 17, 2022 | Bishop Sally Dyck
Editor's Note: California-Nevada Interim Bishop Sally Dyck shares an Easter reflection. Click here to access the video recording of the reflection. Early in the morning of the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to ...

April 15, 2022 | Rev. Samuel Hong
 “They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.” (Mark 15:21, NRSV) The disciples had all run away, when Jesus was walking up the hill with the heavy ...

April 14, 2022 | Rev. Mike Harrell
 I will have to die for this, I fear There's rage and terror and there's sickness here I fight because I have to I fight for us to know the truth Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on the first day of Passover was not an act of joyful celebration but an act...

April 14, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
Here is the link for our Easter Children’s Worship! The Pentecost and Resurrection Circuits have been delighted to support this special ministry for children in our conference. Thank you, too, for the donations from each church and our Children ...

April 14, 2022 | Rev. Blake Busick
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes (1 Corinthians 11:26).   The eating of the bread and the drinking of the cup have been instituted by Christ to be a proclamation of his death. His ...

April 14, 2022 | Rev. Dr. Kristen Stoneking
The stations of the cross originated in Jerusalem along the Via Dolorosa. It leads persons along the path that Jesus walked toward his crucifixion. And yet, I do not believe that Jesus came into this world to die. I believe he came into this world to...

April 14, 2022 | Devin Long
Editor's Note: Sunday May 1st is Native American Sunday, a day in which churches across the connection will take up a special offering to support ministry with Native American people. Click here to learn more about this special Sunday and how you can...

April 13, 2022 | Rev. Mike Harrell
 I will have to die for this, I fear There's rage and terror and there's sickness here I fight because I have to I fight for us to know the truth Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on the first day of Passover was not an act of joyful celebration but an act...

April 10, 2022 | Rev. Mike Harrell
 I will have to die for this, I fear There's rage and terror and there's sickness here I fight because I have to I fight for us to know the truth Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on the first day of Passover was not an act of joyful celebration but an act...

April 08, 2022 | Admin
Pastors in the Bay district have come together and give voice to a Stations of the Cross video presentation for Holy Week and we are thrilled to be able to share it with our conference family. The video is comprised of 15 separate videos with ...

April 08, 2022 | Admin
 Registration for the 2022 California-Nevada Annual Conference Session has officially opened.   We will be meeting, in-person, June 10-13, 2022 at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center in Sacramento, utilizing the same spaces as ACS 2021.  ...

April 07, 2022 | Gayle Watkins
The Linden United Methodist Church will be celebrating the 100th Birthday of its Sanctuary buidling on May 1, 2022.  The church was actually founded in 1852 and worship was held in varous places until the present Sanctuary with adjoining Sunday ...

April 07, 2022 |
The National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU) is an opportunity for Christians to gather for ecumenical worship, networking and training on topics relevant to Christianity in the United States.  It also includes the annual United Methodist ...

April 07, 2022 | Rev. Motoe Yamada Foor
Bishop Wilbur Choy will be honored in a second memorial on April 23rd at 2pm in the Sacramento area.  The official memorial service was held on March 12, 2022 at the First UMC in Seattle (https://youtu.be/SkQCbYYh4e8), but we also wanted to offer a ...

April 07, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
The theme this week is Jesus Condemned. This week the scripture is John 19: 16-22   This week: Margie Shunk from St. Mark's United Methodist Street greets and shares a special message of love plus a closing song; Mort learns more about resistance --...

April 07, 2022 |
GCORR has created this PDF downloadable resource to assist both clergy and lay preachers to attend faithfully to the biblical text while engaging Intercultural Competency (ICC) as a value and skill set. The resource format is decidedly exegetical. ...

April 07, 2022 |
Editor's Note: Meghan Starick is a member of Sparks UMC, Sparks, NV, and will be graduating from high school this year. Meghan shared her poem with us late last week, before the mass shootings in downtown Sacramento occurred. Her words are a stark ...

April 07, 2022 | Admin
Pastor Charles White and Susanville UMC will be hosting a free virtual 8-week study on human sexuality entitled Are God's Arms Big Enough for Me? based on the book Still Stace: My Gay Christian Coming-of-Age Story by Stace Chomiak. The study will be...

April 07, 2022 | Jenny Copello
The observance of Good Friday as a commemoration of the crucifixion can be traced back to the 4th Century in Jerusalem. On this day, Christians recall the Passion of Jesus Christ – his arrest, trials, torture, crucifixion, and burial on the first ...

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