Cal-Nev Philippine Solidarity Task Force Protests Human Rights Activist Deportation

Lay person Nikki Salde addresses the crowd at SFO (photo credit Kira Salde-Azzam) By Rev. Lindsey Kerr   The immigrant who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the immigrant as yourself, for you were immigrants in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. – Leviticus 19: 34   “Our faith calls us to action,” Nikki Salde declared into a microphone in a crowded SFO terminal. Salde, a member of Buena Vista United Methodist Church, was one of many Filipino ...

St. Mark’s Sacramento Builds “Tiny House”

*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   “God wants our brothers and sisters on the streets housed, He (God) got this done,” says Jeff Adams, a layperson at St. Mark’s UMC Sacramento, about the church’s completion of the construction of a “tiny house.”  Adams says, “I am in no way a construction guy. Going in, I had no idea how we were going to raise the funds and pull off the technical build of a house…Somehow, someway when we needed funds, or expert volunteers, they just showed up.”   St. Mark’s partnered...

Cal-Nev Awarded $1.3 Million Grant from UMCOR for Wildfire Recovery

The United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) has awarded the California-Nevada Conference a $1.3 million grant to support recovery from the 2017 wildfires that devastated parts of northern California. “The grant not only provides much needed resources to survivors and communities of the October Fires, the project is also designed to continue strengthening disaster readiness and response efforts within the Conference, said Sonja Edd-Bennett, Director of Conference Disaster Response Ministry. ...

Alternative Spring Break with SSP

The Rev. Laura Steed, a licensed local pastor serving as the Associate Multifaith Chaplain at the University of the Pacific (UOP), partnered with Robbie Frederiksen, the Youth and Young Adult Director at Central UMC in Stockton, CA, to take a group of 10 students to San Diego for a week-long service learning trip called Alternative Spring Break with the Sierra Service Project. Rev. Steed applied for and received two grants, one from the California-Nevada Conference Board of Higher Education and ...

Bay Area UMVIM Team Travels to Puerto Rico

Anxious to help with the recovery, a team of seventeen from five Bay Area United Methodist Churches (Los Altos, St. Paul’s, San Ramon Valley, Asbury and Lynnewood) traveled to Puerto Rico in mid-March.  Stationed at a Methodist Women’s retreat center on the South Coast in Patillas with electric power supplied by generators, they worked on two homes in a nearby town, Maunabo. The Annual Conference Session offering this year will benefit United Methodist work in Puerto Rico. (Read more)

DACA Scholarship

The Immigration Task Force of the California-Nevada Annual Conference will award a $500 scholarship to a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student who is pursuing a higher education.  The deadline for application is May 1, and the guidelines are as follows:           -        Must be active in a United Methodist Church in the California-Nevada Annual Conference;           -        G.P.A. 3.0 or higher;           -        A Graduating Senior or already in college majoring in ...

Jubilee Initiative Informational Meeting

Jubilee Initiative will be hosting a meeting at Centennial UMC on April 14th to share more information about JI and how you can support the ministry in your church. The meeting will begin at 10 am and go until 1 PM with a lite lunch served. Please RSVP to Maggie Lohmeyer at so we can plan accordingly.

Churches Contribute $10K to Global Migration

California-Nevada Conference churches collectively contributed more than $10,000 on Global Migration Sunday.  Churches that contributed to the December offering include: Almaden Hills UMC, San Jose Asbury UMC, Livermore Community UMC, Fall River Mills Creekside UMC, Sutter Creek Epworth UMC, Berkeley First UMC, Arcata First UMC, Pacific Grove First UMC, Watsonville Foothills UMC, Cameron Park Ione UMC, Ione Los Altos UMC, Los Altos Merced UMC, Merced Pioneer UMC, Auburn St. Andrews UMC, ...

Historic “Little Church on the Hill” Hosts First Easter Sunrise Service in 30 Years

People of all faiths are invited to attend     OAKHURST, CA.  The historic, “Little Church on the Hill” will be host to its first Easter Sunrise Service in more than 30 years.  Sunday, April 1st at 7:00am, all people are invited to celebrate Easter, which marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Christian faith.   Over the years after its restoration, the Little Church on the Hill has been host to weddings, baptisms, memorials and numerous Veteran celebrations.  However, according to ...

Immigration Task Force gathers with volunteer interim coordinator

The California-Nevada Conference Immigration Task Force recently gathered at the Conference Center in West Sacramento to plan its advocacy and training work.  The task force is working with a volunteer interim coordinator.    Rolland (Rolly) Loomis will serve as the volunteer interim coordinator for the Immigration Task Force through June of this year.  Loomis has been a pastor in local churches in the Desert Southwest Conference and a missionary in The United Methodist Church.  He has worked ...

Sacramento Japanese UMC Celebrating 125th

This year Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church (SJUMC) will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of the original church on Sunday, April 22, 2018, starting with worship services at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Christ, Honoring Our Legacy, Cultivating Our Future”.   Former ministers and their families have been invited.  We are excited to celebrate this occasion with group photo and a special luncheon.   The theme of this celebration is “Rooted in you to remember those faithful...

Annual Conference 2018 Theme Announced and Offering to Benefit Puerto Rico

*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   The California-Nevada Conference Commission on the Annual Conference Session has chosen “Testify to Love: Do All the Good You Can” as the theme for the 2018 Annual Conference Session.    "The gathering of the people called United Methodists is always a joyful and spirited time.  As we gather for our 2018 Annual Conference Session it will be good to be in the Central Valley District.  Our brothers and sisters in this district are hard-working, faithful disciples of ...

Pentecost Circuit packages 18,500 meals with Rise Against Hunger

  Hosted by Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church (SJUMC), Pentecost Circuit members packaged 18,500 meals at their Rise Against Hunger packing event on March 4.  This was the 4th year for this Lenten project.  Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food and other life-changing aid to people in developing nations. Founded in 1998 their goal is to end hunger in the world by 2030.  To visit their ...

The Swan Dreams Project with Aesha Ash at the Waller Center

Join us at the Waller Center (1525 Waller St. San Francisco, CA 94117) for a workshop with Aesha Ash on March 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. Aesha will be assisted by Lauren Graves who will be providing creative movement activities while Aesha offers ballet in smaller groups. This is not a formal ballet class, but Aesha will do a mini intro to ballet. The class will be for grades K-5. Class time will run form 2 PM- 4:30 PM. Doors will open at 1:30 PM for students to register. The class will be donation ...

Immigration Day

By Jayne Muraki Rasmussen, Lay Leader, SJUMC   On Saturday, February 17, the Sacramento Japanese UMC (SJUMC) hosted immigration day, a workshop sponsored by the Sacramento Pentecost Circuit and the South Sacramento UMC Coalition.  A combined group of fifty-two people came to hear immigration attorney Thomas Spaniolo speak about the latest information on the changing environment of immigration in the United States.  The English language session at 10 a.m. was followed by a hosted lunch at noon, ...

Leadership Spotlight - Jim Frey

The Leadership Mission Focus Area will begin spotlighting leaders throughout the California-Nevada Annual Conference. The goal of "Leadership Spotlight" is to show who we are, "normal everyday people with a calling from God, to do God's work, in God's world." To nominate someone, a project, or mission, contact the Rev. Scott Gessford,  Jim Frey receives joy and pleasure from serving God and The United Methodist Church in Yreka and the Great Northern District of the ...

Lenten Series – 40 Days in the Desert

DACA recipient Ana Laura Mendoza and intern at Frontera Wesley Foundation in Tuscon, AZ, has created a Lenten series, "40 Days in the Desert." Frontera Wesley is the Wesley Foundation that serves the University of Arizona and the Pima County Community College network of campuses. To view the videos in English, click here. To view the videos in Spanish, click here. To receive the daily photos follow @Frontera_Wesley on Instagram, “Frontera Wesley - Tucson” on Facebook (or to receive the daily ...

Gathering of the Orders 2019

Save the Date for Gathering of the Orders and the Association of Local Pastors and Associate Members January 29-31. 2019 at a location to be determined.

Disaster Response Director Named for California-Nevada Conference

*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   Sonja R. Edd-Bennett has been named the Director of the California-Nevada Conference Disaster Response Ministry.  This is a new position for the annual conference being funded with a grant from the United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR).  In this role Edd-Bennett's primary function will be to represent and equip conference engagement with long term recovery groups in communities impacted by disasters, to increase the capacity of the conference to respond to ...

Leadership Spotlight-Jaelin Brun

Jaelin is a member of Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco and has been selected to be a part of the Western Jurisdictional (WJ) Delegation to The Global Young People’s Convocation.   The Global Young People’s Convocation (GYPC) is the global event of United Methodist young people. It is held once every four years for the purpose of: -        Celebrating the mission and vitality of young people in the United Methodist Church -        Raising the joys and concerns of young people from the global ...

Clergy Boundary Training 101 and 201

Clergy Boundary Training 101 will be offered on April 10, 2018 at Elk Grove UMC--see registrations for more information and to register. Clergy Boundary Training 201 will be offered on April 26, 2018 at Elk Grove UMC--see registrations for more information and to register

General and Jurisdictional Apportionments Paid 100% in 2017

*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   For the first time in recent memory, the California-Nevada Conference paid 100 percent of its 2017 General Church (denominational) and Western Jurisdiction apportionments.    "The people of the California-Nevada Conference have responded to God’s abundant grace through their giving.  They have done so, faithfully and sacrificially.  My heart rejoices in the good work that has brought us thus far," says Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, resident bishop. She added, "The ...

Early Response Team Mission Trip to Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria, one of the most powerful hurricanes in history, devastated the Island of Puerto Rico.  The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (MCPR) has issued an invitation for teams to assist them with recovery and rebuilding.  An Early Response Team Mission Trip has been planned for March 17 to 24. The group is going to assist with the near-term damage mitigation.  The specific assignment will be made closer to the time of the trip, but persons can assume it will likely include tarping, ...

Christmas Eve Worship with Homeless for Alum Rock UMC

Christmas Eve Evening Worship is a regular service for Alum Rock UMC every year. But, because this year it’s on Sunday—we decided to have Sunday morning worship at St James Park in downtown San Jose.   So on Christmas Eve, Alum Rock UMC celebrated Christ's birth in a way that we believe truly honored the Savior to come: by spending time with the hungry, cold and homeless. Throughout advent, we gathered supplies to create 'blessing bags' that we dedicated to one of our influential members that ...

Korean Clergy Family Retreat

The Korean clergy family retreat as held December 25 to 27 at Zephyr Point Conference Center at Lake Tahoe. The speaker was Sukhan Jung, professor of counseling psychology at the United Graduated School of Theology Yonsei University in South Korea. He lectured on two subjects, "The Prevention and Healing of an Adult Child" and "The Stress Management and Mental Health of Clergy." In attendance were 15 clergy families with 67 people participating. For nine years, every Christmas season, they have...

Used Book Sale

Sonoma United Methodist Church will be having a Used Book Sale. Paperback books $1 and Hardback books $2. Friday, January 19, 2018, 9 am-2 pm; Saturday, January 20, 2018, 9 am-2 pm; Sunday, January 21, 2018, 9 am - 12noon. The church is located at 109 Patten Street, one block south of the historic Sonoma Plaza. Coming and see some great finds and enjoy a day in Sonoma where: "The Love in the air"

Christmas Day Meal for Homeless - Roseville UMC

The First United Methodist Church of Roseville will be providing a Christmas Day Meal on Monday, December 25, as part of our Helping Hands Feeding Program which has been preparing a meal each Monday for 36 years. We expect to serve 200 - 240 meals on Christmas Day and would appreciate volunteers to help serve the homeless, and donations of food for this meal. Sign up to volunteer by calling Kathleen Mirtoni at 916-782-2450.

Homeless Persons' Interfaith Memorial Service

Rev. Andrew Bear (ATEM) is organizing the fourth annual Homeless Persons' Interfaith Memorial Service. Held on the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, the Homeless Persons' Interfaith Memorial service will feature leaders from Silicon Valley's diverse religious traditions (Buddhist, Jain, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Wiccan, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, Protestant and Catholic). They will share prayers, readings, songs, and chants, and read the names of persons who died without a home in ...

Bishop Presented with Original Artwork

Chuck Snyder (center) from Florin UMC in Sacramento presented Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño (right) with an original art piece.  Snyder's carved wood art piece is based on The United Methodist Church's mission statement. The Rev. Gail Chiew (left), Florin's pastor, was also present. He is the surviving spouse of the Rev. Linda Snyder.  

Los Altos UMC Offers a Reflective Advent Service

Los Altos United Methodist Church invites those not feeling the holiday “cheer” to The Longest Night: a Service of Solace on Monday, December 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Come find a space of peace, reflection, and comfort in this busy and sometimes difficult season. Those who are grieving and those who are feeling overwhelmed, tired, anxious, or stressed may find this service particularly welcome, but all are invited to experience an hour of candlelit prayer, meditation, music, and a ...

Three Rivers Circuit coordinates Adopt A Family Program

The Adopt-a-Family Christmas Program has made a joyful Christmas a reality for about many local families in need every year since 2002 thanks to the Family Intervention Team (FIT) Foundation. Since 2010, local United Methodist Churches in the Three Rivers Circuit have matched families in need with donors willing to provide. This year, 53 families will be served through this program, which have already been identified and referred through county agencies, departments, and schools. Each year, ...

Grass Valley UMC Hosts Interfaith Gathering

In our troubled times, people of many faiths, and people of no particular religious tradition, wonder how to address their concerns together. The churches of "Interfaith Nevada County" (aka "INC"), inspired by a proposal from the Ba 'hai Community, came up with a way to gather and share their hopes in prayer for a whole day. People of all kinds joined in a day of prayer for World Unity and Peace, on Saturday October 21, at Grass Valley United Methodist Church. The vigil began at 7 a.m. with ...

UMW of Roseville Award Pins

The UMW of Roseville awarded pins to three women in our congregation on Sunday, Nov. 12th, in recognition for their work with women, children and the homeless. Women being recognized were: Debbie Thompson, for the multitudes of prayer shawls she has made for the Prayer Shawl Ministry; Cathie Wierbick, for her longtime work with The Gathering Inn, The Monday Feeding Program and the Lending Program; and Chris Handley, for spearheading Vacation Bible School this year, Sunday School, the Finance ...

Yoga Revolution

Need to burn off some Thanksgiving calories and support your church and community? Join Chasity Jones (US-2 GMF Seattle, WA) for a Vinyasa flow class for all ages and levels! Bring your own mat if possible! We will have a yoga class and then have a discussion afterwards about her work in Seattle, WA with Faith Action Network. Maggie Lohmeyer will also be discussing the mission of the Waller Center in our local community. Admission is donation based. All donations will go towards supporting ...

Jubilee Initiative on Briefing Panel at California Capitol

Maggie Lohmeyer (pictured far left), field coordinator for the Jubilee Initiative participated in a panel for a legislative briefing at the California State Capitol.  The briefing, sponsored by the Center for Responsible Lending and Assemblymember Ash Kalra, was entitled "The State of Small Dollar Lending in California." This was the second session and focused on efforts to provide alternatives to high-cost predatory lending.  The first session focused on how small dollar lending has become ...

Guest Speaker: Erin Pettengill; Missionary, Mom, Nurse and Author

The First United Methodist Church of Roseville is honored to host Erin Pettengill to speak at our Sunday Service on November 5, 2017. Erin is the Author of "Termites Ate My Couch", and is currently serving in Central Africa. During her talk on Sunday November 5th, Erin will be speaking on Finding Joy in the Midst of Trials based on Romans 15:12. Don't miss the opportunity to hear Erin's stories come to life. Please join us at 109 Washington Blvd, Roseville, CA. Invite your friends! Worship ...

Turlock First UMC Works with Santa Rosa Fire Relief

Turlock First UMC rallied together October 15 for the Redwood Empire Food Bank. Redwood Empire Food Bank were receiving donations of perishable and nonperishable food items that required preparation and cooking facilities. However, they were in dire need of nonperishable foods that required no cooking or preparation. Local resources were depleted. First UMC Turlock received $4,000 worth of donations in one hour.  They were able to purchase water, Gatorade, protein bars, jerky, trail mixes, and a...

"Building an Inclusive Church" Workshop at Walnut Creek UMC

A “Building an Inclusive Church workshop” is planned for Saturday, October 28th at Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, from 8:30 to 5 pm. Our workshop facilitator is the Rev. Dr. Israel Alvaran, Reconciling Ministries Network Western Regional Organizer. The free workshop helps congregations become Reconciling Churches, welcoming LBGTQ and all others into the full life of the church. Come learn the basic steps to building an inclusive community in your church. Register at

A Ministry of Sewing at McKinleyville UMC of the Joyful Healer

Sometimes, someone leaves a lasting impression on your soul, and when that person leaves this earth, they leave behind a legacy that others can only try to fill.   This was the case of one such member of the McKinleyville United Methodist Church of the Joyful Healer. Teri Hawkins was a long time member who felt the need 3 years ago to show faith in action in a way that used her particular gifts and talents. She was a masterful seamstress/tailor and found the organization “Little Dresses for ...

Bishop Carcaño Convenes Prison Ministry Consultation

*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   "Our prison system cages people for long periods of time, like a human zoo, and tears them apart from their innocent children," says Pastor Holly Hillman. "So the question a church can ask itself is, 'What are we here to be and do?" Hillman recently helped to plan and was one of the leaders for the Bishop's Consultation on Prison Ministry within the California-Nevada Conference.    The purpose of the consultation, held at the Conference Center in West Sacramento, ...

Update on Wadi Foquin Speaking Tour and Capitol Hill Briefing

Thanks to the generosity of several United Methodist churches and community organizations in Northern California, more than $8,000 was raised during a September speaking tour for a guest house project in the Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin to boost tourism and help offset agricultural losses due to encroachment by an illegal Israeli settlement onto its land. Since it was initially established in 1985, the settlement of Betar Illit and its accompanying outpost settlement, Hadar Betar, have ...

CCUIR Seeks Information

The Conference Committee on Christian Unity and Inter-religious Relationships is rejuvenating and looking for fresh connections! We want to know what exciting things have been going on ecumenically and interfaith-wise in our Conference! Please share your best practices, bridge-building events, heart-warming connections, etc with us! Email your photos and a brief description to Akiko Miyake-Stoner ( We look forward to hearing from you!

Brentwood UMC Celebrates 150th

Brentwood UMC recently celebrated its 150th church anniversary with Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño preaching from the theme, "Rooted and Grounded in Love," based on Ephesians 3:14-21.  For more information about the 150th celebration, history, and the church's ministries, click here.  

Rebuilding Connections Between Religious Communities In Davis

Rabbi Greg Wolfe, Imam Amam Shahin, and the Rev. Brandon Austin of Davis UMC explain their interfaith walk and meal happening in Davis on Sunday. The trio did an interview yesterday on "Insight" with Beth Ruyak on Capital Public Radio.  An interfaith meeting in Davis this weekend connects Christian, Jewish and Islamic leaders as the religious communities face conflict. This past summer, Imam Ammar Shahin raised controversy in a sermon last summer. The three explain their interfaith walk and meal...

Donate to Wildfires

For churches wishing to donate through the California-Nevada Conference for immediate relief for the fires, and immediate needs of future disasters, make checks payable to "California-Nevada Annual Conference," and write "CN Disaster Response" in the memo line.  Churches can add their donation in with their tithing form and annotate in the area as "other designated giving."    Mail checks to the California-Nevada Conference Center, P.O. Box 980250, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0250. This helps the ...

Korean Caucus Mission Dinner and Youth Retreat

In late September, the Korean caucus held a mission dinner for a new church being planted at San Francisco Korean UMC. Each year, the Korean caucus has been having a mission dinner, and two congregations have been planted (New Creation UMC and Jesus Love UMC) in the California-Nevada Annual Conference. In the past this dinner has raised $20,000.  The Rev. Staci Current, Bay District Superintendent, preached for the worship service. Music was led by the Korean caucus clergy and their spouses. ...

Fire Updates

Fire Update 10/17/17 as of 10:30 a.m. Bishop Carcaño Visits Sonoma Circuit Today we met with about 20 leaders from the Sonoma Circuit who shared their stories of evacuations, fear and a deep desire to serve others.  We learned that 80% of our Sonoma church had evacuated.  On Sunday morning those who had gathered for worship had looked around and realized that only the poor had stayed.  Poverty is a sure deterrent to being able to easily move out of the way of the danger of natural disasters.(...

A Blessing of the Animals

The First United Methodist Church of Roseville will be holding "A Blessing of the Animals" on Sunday, October 8, 2017. The event will be held in the church parking lot next to the church located at 109 Washington Blvd, Roseville, CA. (corner of Church St. & Washington Blvd) Bring your pet OR a photo of your pet. Our pets are a blessing to us...join us in blessing them!

Rooted in Resistance: Cal-Nev Philippine Solidarity Task Force Report Backs

The Cal-Nev Philippine Solidarity Task Force has two upcoming report backs from their recent trip in July. The first will be at Park Presidio United Methodist Church (4301 Geary Blvd, San Francisco) on October 8th, 2017 at 11 AM. The next opportunity will be a youth report back to take place at the Waller Center (1525 Waller St., San Francisco) from 4-6 PM. Join us to hear more about what's currently happening in the Philippines with martial law, extra-judicial killings, the war on drugs and ...

Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry accepting Campus Ministry Grant Applications

The Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry is accepting grant applications for 2018 Campus Ministries. Funded by the Annual Conference, the Board currently administers grants to support Campus Ministries at seven northern California universities. The Board also provides support to circuits or congregations looking to expand their presence on love university campuses. For information and applications, contact Patty Bartscher at, or 650-922-3889

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