Monday Noon Is Deadline for 2018 Tithes, 'Fulfilling Our Commitments'

The deadline for churches to submit 2018 tithes and for making contributions to the Fulfilling Our Commitments/Close the Gap campaign is noon on Monday, January 14. Checks must be physically in the Conference Finance Office by noon Monday in order to be counted as a tithe or donation for 2018. You may make an online donation here.  

Register to Attend 'Discipleship Is Everything' in February

The Office of Congregational Development’s Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) is pleased to host “Discipleship Is Everything,” February 22-23 at the Conference Center in West Sacramento, California. Discipleship is at the heart of the mission of The United Methodist Church. Developing a church-wide discipleship system and process are keys for a church to become vital in mission and ministry.   This two-day event is specifically designed for pastors and teams from local churches. Day One will be ...

A Story of Shelter (2.0)

By the Rev. Alex Joyner District Superintendent, Eastern Shore District of the Virginia Conference The traditional spot of Jesus’ birth is hardly more than a cleft in a rock. The cave beneath the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem preserves the location with a silver star that pilgrims kneel to kiss as they filter through the hot, crowded space that would have served as a stable. But for Joseph and Mary, it was shelter from the night. As we see the devastating images from California in the ...

Are You Ready?

By Diane Knudsen Executive Director of Finance and Administration We only have a few more days to prepare ourselves for the mystery of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Are you and your church bearing witness to a weary world, shining the bright light of hope out the door and into the streets? I’m grateful for all of you and pray you feel the love and support of all of us at the United Methodist Center this Advent season. Our witness includes showing up for each other in a myriad of ways. ...

Attend PSR Immersion Class at GC2019: Earn CEUs

Pacific School of Religion will lead an immersion experience at the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church in February. In addition to PSR students, interested lay and clergy members of the California-Nevada Annual Conference are welcome to attend the class in St. Louis.   The class will include pre-conference meetings that will address the history of the denomination’s position on human sexuality and the ordination of LGBTQI+ clergy (February 8 and 15), ...

Human Relations Day Is Less Than Two Months Away

Human Relations Day is less than two months away and will be here before we know it!   Pastors and churches, please plan to celebrate and give to Human Relations Day on January 20, 2019. United Methodist Communications (UMCom) has new resources to help promote this special Sunday, and activities to educate congregations about why we celebrate Human Relations Day: Human Relations Day is our day to celebrate everyone’s potential to do great things. It’s our day to empower those living on the ...

Korean Association Sends Cal-Nev $5000 for Camp Fire Recovery

The Korean Association of The United Methodist Church (KAUMC) has sent a $5,000 check to the California-Nevada Annual Conference’s disaster response fund, to aid Camp Fire recovery efforts. In a letter to Bishop Minerva Carcaño, signed simply “Members of” the association, the group shared how members’ hearts were broken by the fires in Northern and Southern California and the families “who are still looking for and/or grieving their lost property, their missing friends and family members, their ...

Start the New Year off Right: Attend Jan. 12 Bay District Mission Strategy Event

Bay District clergy and laity, get the New Year off to a great start – attend the Bay District Mission Strategy Event, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at New Vision United Methodist Church in Millbrae, California.   Be energized by this time of inspiring worship and innovative planning, as an intentional growth strategy for the district is launched.   Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño will speak about the vision for the new Bay District, while church growth consultant Jim Griffith will begin ...

Statistician’s Update: Annual Statistical Return

By this time of year, we would normally have started the process of the Annual Statistical Return.  However, as a result of delays at GCFA, we're not able to start – yet!   I hope we will be ready by January 1, 2019, and I will be writing to all churches as soon as possible. Please check our web section at for the latest information.  –Adrian Pell

Western Jurisdiction Newsletter Created for GC2019

The Western Jurisdiction communicators are pooling their talents and resources to curate a contextual digest of the special called session of General Conference in February 2019, in the form of a limited-edition newsletter for the Western Jurisdiction. Because of your interest in conference and district news, you have been included in the subscriber email list. This exclusive newsletter will only have seven editions. On January 6 you'll see the first publication, which will include an Epiphany ...

A Letter from the CA-NV Conference Delegation

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,   As co-chairs of the California-Nevada Conference Delegation, we want to thank you again for the confidence you have placed in our delegation to represent the conference at the special called General Conference 2019 in St. Louis, MO, February 23 to 26, 2019.   Our delegation has been meeting monthly to prepare ourselves for the GC since September of 2017. We have invited caucuses of our conference for conversations to hear their thoughts on the various plans ...

Endowment Board Property Serves as Haven for Camp Fire Survivors

By Jenny Copello Development Coordinator/Executive Asst., The Endowment Board   Beginning November 8, 2018 and lasting 17 long days until its containment on November 25, the Camp Fire destroyed thousands of structures in Paradise, California and surrounding communities. There was major loss, and those who made it out were displaced from their homes, their work, and their lives.   The Endowment Board owns Lakeview Apartments in Chico, and that became a haven and place of solace for survivors.   ...

Christmas Eve Service at Faith UMC to Benefit Camp Fire Survivors

Faith United Methodist Church in Sacramento will remember the survivors of the devastating Camp Fire during its Christmas Eve service this year. The church’s annual Candlelight Communion Service of lessons and carols will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 24. The offering taken during the service will go directly to aid Camp Fire survivors. Faith UMC is located at 3600 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95816, at the corner of J and 36th Streets. For more information contact Rev. Barbara ...

No Late Registrations for Gathering of the Orders

Register now for the Gathering of the Orders! Registration closes on January 7, 2019 and late registrations will not be accepted (this is a change from past years). Your $130 payment also must be received by that date. Please note that unless you are planning to commute, you must complete two registrations. Sign up here to attend (also covers meals). When you have submitted your registration, your confirmation email will include information about registering for hotel accommodations. Please ...

Homeless Persons' Interfaith Memorial Service – San Jose, CA

Come honor the lives of our sisters and brothers who died without homes in Santa Clara County, and bring awareness to the ongoing tragedy of homelessness in our community. Held on the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, the Homeless Persons' Interfaith Memorial service features leaders from the diverse religious traditions of the South Bay (Buddhist, Jain, Muslim, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, Protestant and Catholic).  We will share prayers, readings, songs, and read the names of...

At the Border

By Cate Monaghan Interim Communications Director, CA-NV Conference of The UMC “We are going forth to live lives of love,” Bishop Minerva Carcaño said in her benediction Sunday evening (Dec. 9, 2018), as a packed congregation of Christians, Jews, Muslims, people of other faith traditions – and of no faith tradition – prepared for the next day’s Love Knows No Borders demonstration in San Diego. The ecumenical service dedicated to migrant justice was held at University Christian Church (Disciples...

Making Young Disciples of Jesus Christ Through Confirmation

By Fel Cao Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries and Young People’s Ministry I share the joy of both clergy and lay when we witness the growth of our children and youth as they are engaged in the ministries of the church. We have seen the children moved from children’s Sunday School to camps and Confirmation Classes and into youth and young adult fellowships. Pastors have witnessed in their congregations the children’s journey from baptism to service in the church, community, and the world...

Paradise Revisited

By Sonja Edd-Bennett Director of Disaster Response Ministry, CA-NV Conference   Just slightly more than a month after being evacuated, Pastor Bob Chicou and Administrative Assistant Patty Wall were able to return for 30 minutes to Paradise United Methodist Church to view the property and collect important papers, a laptop, and worship materials. United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Consultant Angela Overstreet and I were allowed to accompany them.   A military escort was required to ...

Press Release Regarding Glide Foundation

  Bishop Minerva G. Carcano has released the following message to the members of the California-Nevada Conference: December 11, 2018 Brothers and Sisters, Thank you for your prayers during this time of discernment in our work with the Glide Foundation. I want to assure you that your conference leadership has worked diligently with me in our efforts to reach a good and faithful place with the leaders of the Glide Foundation Board of Trustees. Unfortunately, it was not possible.   Due to the ...

Holiday ‘Instant Connection’ Schedule

The Instant Connection publication dates for December and January are: December 13 December 20 January 10 January 17 January 24 January 31 There will be no Instant Connection on December 27 and January 3 because of conference office closures during the Christmas-New Year’s holiday period. As a reminder, the deadline for receipt of submittals is 5 p.m. on Friday of the week prior to the week of desired publication in the Instant Connection. For the Dec. 13 issue, the deadline is 5 p.m. this ...

Honoring Our Commitment to Connectionalism

By Kristin Stoneking CFA Chair   Connectionalism is a key dimension to who we are as United Methodists. It fuels our understanding of our relationships and commitments to God, to each other, and to the world. Our connectional structure has undergirded the strong United Methodist response to the Camp Fire, and to disasters around the world. Our denominational boards and agencies – such as the Board of Church and Society that sits directly across from both the Supreme Court and Congress – make ...

TeamWorks Tools for Creating Vital Faith Communities: Spiritual Life of the Leaders

By Mary Nakamura Lay Leader, Los Rios District   On November 17, 2018, in response to the need for disciple-making ministries in the local church, Rev. Dr. Craig Kennet Miller was invited to present “TeamWorks Tools for Creating Vital Faith Communities” to 45 laity and clergy from the three circuits comprising the Greater Sacramento Region of the Los Rios District of the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church.    TeamWorks Tools for Creating Vital Faith Communities contains ...

Volunteer Heroes Upload ‘Camp Fire’ Survivors Data

On Saturday, Dec. 1, around 20 volunteers responded to an appeal by the California-Nevada Conference’s Disaster Response Ministry and showed up at the United Methodist Center in West Sacramento, to lend their data entry skills to the Camp Fire recovery effort. There were supposed to be two shifts – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. – but some volunteers put in an 11 ½-hour day, beginning work at 10:00 and leaving at 9:30 p.m., and then only because a crew showed up to shampoo the carpet in the ...

Wildfire Kits Needed for ‘Camp Fire’ Survivors

By Leslie Carmichael Emergency Response Team Coordinator CA-NV Conference Disaster Response Ministry Butte County announced last week that beginning December 10, they expect to reopen parts of Paradise to allow survivors of the Camp Fire to visit their properties. The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Depot West in Salt Lake City shipped 1,656 cleaning buckets immediately after the fire, to assist people whose homes are intact but that will need cleaning. Now the California-Nevada ...

Submitting Recommendations, Resolutions, and Petitions for 2019 Annual Conference

It’s time to begin thinking about legislation for our Annual Conference Session, June 19-22, 2019, including petitions to the 2020 General Conference. Please note the following guidelines: Recommendations, resolutions and petitions may be brought before the session by councils, boards, commissions, committees or agencies of the Annual Conference; by a local church, through action of its church council, charge/church conference; or by individual lay members of local churches within the Annual ...

UMC Bishops Mourn Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush

WASHINGTON, DC | The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church is mourning the death of the 41st U.S. President, George H. W. Bush. President Bush is the father of 43rd President George W. Bush. George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, are staunch United Methodists. The 41st President died November 30 at his home in Houston. He was 94. His death came fewer than eight months after that of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush. In a letter sent to President George W. Bush, Bishop Ken ...

Love Knows No Borders: A Moral Call for Migrant Justice

El Amor No Conoce Fronteras: Un Llamado de Justicia para Migrantes   The General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) of The United Methodist Church is joining in a National Week of Action for Migrant Justice, organized by the American Friends Service Committee, Dec. 10-18, to stand in solidarity with the migrant exodus and all who seek refuge and asylum in the U.S.    “Together, we are calling on the U.S. to end the detention and deportation of immigrants, respect the human right to migrate and ...

Puerto Rico Bishop Thanks California-Nevada Conference

Bishop Héctor F. Ortíz Vidal of the Puerto Rico Methodist Conference has written to Bishop Minerva Carcaño, extending his gratitude to the people of the California-Nevada Annual Conference for all their support, solidarity, and prayers since Hurricane Maria ravaged his country in September 2017.   Cal-Nev’s 2018 Annual Conference offering went to relief efforts in Puerto Rico and amounted to more than $106,000.   Bishop Ortíz Vidal says the donation will be used to rebuild churches and ...

'Camp Fire' Volunteer Opportunity This Saturday

2018 Advent can begin with the special blessing of having done something to help the victims of the Camp Fire disaster. This Saturday, Dec. 1, the day before the start of the Advent season, volunteers are needed for data entry at the United Methodist Center in West Sacramento.   The information from 1,300 paper intake forms needs to be entered into a computerized record-keeping system. There will be two shifts: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and 2-6 p.m. It’s estimated that 237 volunteer hours will be needed ...

Bishop to Share Series of Advent Messages

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño has prepared a series of special messages to be read during the Sundays of Advent.   A new article will be posted in the Bishop’s Message section of the California-Nevada Conference website at 6 o’clock each Sunday morning, Dec. 2-23. The Advent inspirations will also be emailed to Cal-Nev communication subscribers and shared on social media.   Look for the first Advent message this Sunday at 6 a.m.

Don’t Miss This 'San Francisco Chronicle' Story

The San Francisco Chronicle shined a spotlight, this week, on First United Methodist Church of San Jose and one of its pastors, Gerardo Vazquez, for their weekly food ministry to immigrants. Click here to read “Tending the hungry: In San Jose, a pastor feeds an immigrant community that avoids food banks” by Tara Duggan.

Faith Leader Sign-on Letter Responds to Border Tragedy

Auburn Senior Fellows, including Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, are responding to the tragedy at the border and the impending budget showdown over border funding by, in part, endorsing a faith leader sign-on letter. You are invited to participate and to share this link with your networks.   This is open to all faith leaders. NETWORK Advocates for Social Justice, inspired by Catholic sisters, will deliver the letter on Capitol Hill next week at the most strategic time.   Click here to access the ...

From the CA Council of Churches: Register by Monday for Active Shooter Training

In the wake of the horrific shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pennsylvania, regional districts of the Department of Justice are offering "Active Shooter" trainings to help give congregations some tools to improve members' safety.   The half day seminar will be December 11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Kennedy Learning Center inside the Robert Matsui Federal Courthouse, 501 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.       The deadline for registration is this coming Monday, December 3.   You may bring ...

New Site for 2019 General Conference Information and Resources

We have created a new section on the website for the California-Nevada Annual Conference, focusing on information and resources to help prepare United Methodists for the special called General Conference, to be held in St. Louis Feb. 23-26, 2019. The “2019 Special Session of the General Conference” section will be updated regularly with articles, videos, and commentaries that we think will be helpful toward informing you about the issues under consideration, and promoting awareness and ...

San Leandro’s First UMC Dedicates New Labyrinth This Sunday

An otherwise plain, underused patio at First United Methodist Church of San Leandro has been transformed into a garden space with a Chartres labyrinth in seven colors – a place for prayer, centering, and meditation.   The sacred space will be dedicated and blessed at the end of the 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service this weekend (Dec. 2, 2018) – at around 10:15 a.m.   Church member Betsy Borruso says the labyrinth was the vision of San Leandro First’s pastor, the Rev. Myrna Bernadel-Huey, Borruso ...

Task Force Endorses Boycott

The Israel/Palestine Task Force of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church endorsed the Boycott of Puma, at its Nov. 7, 2018 meeting.   Puma sponsors sports teams based in the illegal Israeli Settlements on Palestinian land in the West Bank, explains task force member Gloria Fearn.   Resolutions of the United Methodist General Conference in opposition to these settlements have been reaffirmed at every General Conference since 2004, Fearn notes. “The 2012 GC ...

WJ Hispanic-Latino Ministry Council Tackles Advocacy Issues

The Western Jurisdiction Hispanic-Latino Ministry Council drew up a timeline, at its 2018 annual meeting, for working on issues of Advocacy, Leadership Development, and New Communities of Faith – the three issues of its strategic plan. Participants from the California-Pacific, Desert Southwest, Mountain Sky, Pacific Northwest and Oregon-Idaho conferences joined colleagues from California-Nevada and representatives of general agencies at the Oct. 8-9 meeting, held at the United Methodist Center ...

Taylor UMC Unveils ‘A Night of Miracles’

Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church in Oakland is busily preparing for its 4th Annual Winter Concert, "A Night of Miracles," featuring the Taylor Anointed Praise Choir and a variety of musical guests. This year’s program will be a narrated musical, designed to inspire audience members to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.   The event is a fundraiser to help support the music ministry of the church through purchase of choir robes, along ...

ACS Commission Charts Course, Looking to June

The Commission on the Annual Conference Session (ACS) for the California-Nevada Annual Conference set the start date for ACS registration at its Nov. 27, 2018 meeting, and moved forward in other areas of planning, as well.   Registration for the annual conference will open Feb. 28, 2019.   Pre-ACS Orientations have been scheduled for May 18 and June 1. Details will be forthcoming.   The emphasis of the June 18-22, 2019 gathering will be on fixing our focus on Jesus, in reference to Matthew ...

Bishop Carcaño and Others Represent Cal-Nev at SF Interfaith Event

The California-Nevada Annual Conference was well represented at the San Francisco Interfaith Prayer Breakfast Tuesday morning (Nov. 20). Bishop Carcaño attended, along with Bay District Superintendent Staci Current and other clergy and laity from the district.   Also in attendance were the Revs. Alex Cambe, Sadie Stone, Harold Gordon, and Angela Brown; Belinda Robinson, and Tyree Johnson.   The breakfast is a staple of Thanksgiving week and each year attracts the city’s most influential ...

From Bishop Carcaño: Next Steps in Our Response to the Butte County Camp Fire Crisis

Sisters and Brothers,   As we gather round the table of grace in our homes this Thanksgiving, let us remember the victims of the Butte County Camp Fire and other fires throughout the state of California. Let us hold them up to God through prayer and let us consider how we might come alongside them to comfort and sustain them.   This past weekend I was able to join a group of our United Methodist leaders who were providing relief to victims of the fire that devastated the community of Paradise, ...

Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner: A Ministry of Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church

By Toua Yang Communications Associate CA-NV Conference of The UMC   As Oakland and the surrounding Alameda County area digs in its heels to combat the homeless crisis, many churches in the California-Nevada Conference are involved in doing their part. As an example, this past Sunday, Nov. 18, Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church held its annual Pre-Thanksgiving Meal event for the homeless – or, as senior pastor, the Rev. Anthony L. Jenkins, Sr. frames it – the unsheltered community.   It’s an...

Sheltering Residents Recovering from Michael – One Family at a Time

By John M. Kraps p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-stretch: normal;-webkit-text-stroke-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); min-height: 13.1px"> My wife and co-pastor, Rev. Rachel Berry, and I are retired pastors from the Cal-Nevada Conference, who live in Champaign, Illinois now, and winter in Venice, Florida. Over the years Rachel kept hoping that one of our children would want to take their children camping, just as we did over the years: visiting Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Yellowstone, etc., in ...

God Is at Work in Paradise Area – and So Is The UMC

By Cate Monaghan Interim Communications Director CA-NV Conference of The UMC   Heading north on CA-99 from West Sacramento, California on Saturday (Nov. 17), Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, Episcopal leader for the San Francisco Area of The United Methodist Church, Jorge Domingues, Director of Connectional Ministries for the California-Nevada Annual Conference, and I saw little evidence, at first, of the inferno that has killed at least 76 people and scattered more than 10,000 households. We could ...

Clergy Directory Update Coming Soon

The directory of bishops and ordained, licensed, and appointed or assigned ministers is available for download on the Journals page of the conference website. An update will be published on December 1, 2018.   “Those who have not already done so are enthusiastically encouraged to review your entry today,” says California-Nevada Conference Secretary Mark Wharff. Submit additions and/or corrections to Database Coordinator Renee Tefft at or 916-374-1584 for inclusion in the ...

Conference Office Closes Due to Smoke

Good Afternoon,   In light of the smoke that’s affecting the Sacramento area and that is clearly affecting our Conference Center, we are closing the office for the rest of the day and will remain closed until Monday morning. We hope that this will help everyone in being safe and caring for their body.    I would ask that you continue to pray for those who are even more affected. I’m praying for all of our staff and for all that you are doing to be supportive of our churches and clergy in the ...

UMNS Covers Northern and Southern California Wildfires Disaster

United Methodist News Service (UMNS) writers Jim Patterson and Sam Hodges filed a story on Monday (Veterans’ Day) about the California wildfires. In addition to the Camp Fire in Butte County that to date has claimed 48 lives and consumed 135,000 acres and nearly 8,000 homes, there have been two deaths in Southern California due to the Woolsey Fire; it and the Hill Fire have swallowed more than 102,000 acres and 432 homes.   The story makes mention of the fact that So Cal was already reeling from...

Western Jurisdiction Delegates Cite Desire for Unity in Their Statement Supporting One Church Plan

The delegates from the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church have issued a statement of support for the One Church Plan, one of three proposals advanced by the Commission on a Way Forward that attempt to resolve the denomination’s decades-old struggle with LGBTQ issues. The Council of Bishops has called a special session of General Conference for February 23-26 in St. Louis to debate the issue.   In their Nov. 14, 2018 statement, the delegates pledge to support the unity of the ...

The Camp Fire: How to Help

What happened in Butte County last week, and its aftermath, is beyond the scope of our imagination. We feel compelled to help – those of us with intact families and homes, warm beds, and safe drinking water – and those of us who remember what not having those things is like. But what can we do?   It may feel impersonal, but making a cash donation is the most helpful thing you can do right now. Giving to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) or to the conference’s Disaster Response ...

UPDATE: UMCOR Grants Cal-Nev $10,000 to Address Camp Fire Needs

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño’s formal request for a $10,000 grant to help the California-Nevada Annual Conference meet immediate needs of Camp Fire survivors has been approved by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).   Cathy Earl, UMCOR’s Director of Disaster Response and U.S. Partner Relations, responded to the request with the following message:   “It is with a mix of gratitude and shared sorrow that we join you in the efforts your conference is making to be hope for those who are ...

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