Building a Bigger Table

How can we extend unconditional welcome and acceptance in a world increasingly marked by bigotry, fear, and exclusion? How can we create spiritual communities that are big enough for everyone? What is the path forward in days that seem more hostile to diversity? Pastor John Pavlovitz, author of A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community, will address these questions on Sunday, August 19, at Los Altos United Methodist Church as the guest preacher at the 5:00pm ...

Fire Update from Conference Director of Disaster Response as of 7/28

Sonja Edd-Bennett, director of disaster response for the California-Nevada Conference, has the following update as it relates to the fires and our efforts:   Carr Fire (Redding/Shasta) – This is currently the most aggressive and dangerous fire in Northern California. As of 6 a.m. Saturday morning, officials report about 80,000+ acres burning and just over 28,000 people evacuated with no identified date for repopulation. Over 500 homes have burned with many more having been damaged. Though not ...

Centered in Song: The Center For Congregational Song Launch Tour Event

Please join us on September 1, 2018 at El Sobrante UMC, 670 Appian Way, El Sobrante, CA, for a day of celebrating the power and importance of singing together. This event is one of the last of many events during a year-long nationwide tour to celebrate the opening of The Center for Congregational Song (CCS), the resource and outreach arm of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. The leadership will include some of the most skilled and forward-thinking song leaders and composers from ...

Google chips in $1M for homeless services at Trinity UMC in Mountain View

New facility at Hope's Corner will provide case management, food, showers and job training By Kevin Forestieri / Mountain View Voice  Ambitious plans to transform Trinity United Methodist Church into a hub for homeless services will move forward next month, thanks in large part to a $1 million contribution from Mountain View's largest tech company. Google officials announced the company's major financial support, which had been in the works for close to a year and kept secret until this week, ...

Fijian Youth Summer Camp - Let Your Light Shine

This is the third year the Fijian Youth Summer Camp has been held attracting campers from a diverse group of youth in the California-Nevada Conference and beyond.    “FJY18” acronym for Fijian Youth 2018, was held form July 10 to 13 at Camp Lodestar.  This year’s theme was based on Mathew 5:16 “Let you light shine.”   Though run by the Fijian Caucus of the Conference, classes are conducted in English by the speakers.  This year’s speakers include El Camino Real District Superintendent the Rev. ...

First Taulanga U Tongan UMC Welcomes 11 New Members and Baptizes Two Infants

The beginning of the new conference year gave First Taulanga U Tongan United Methodist Church (FTTUMC) of Sacramento much to celebrate. FTTUMC welcomed 11 new members and celebrated the baptism of two babies. In addition to welcoming the people, FTTUMC celebrated their new call as the stewards of the former Oak Park UMC building. FTTUMC and its new members will continue the ministries of Oak Park UMC, including Oak Park Fix-It Café on the 3rd Saturdays of every month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and...

Las Santa Beclaras Circuit Backpack Giveaway Sunday

What began a few years ago as a project of the Watsonville First United Methodist has turned into a backpack giveaway Sunday sponsored by the Las Santa Beclaras Circuit that includes Aptos UMC, Boulder Creek UMC, Gilroy UMC, Hollister UMC, Morgan Hill UMC, and the UMC of Santa Cruz.   Pastor Robin Mathews-Johnson from Watsonville First UMC describes the project:   We gave out about 80 plus backpacks filled with school supplies in August on backpack Sunday last year to children, youth, and some ...

Dixon Pastor Speaks Out Against Newspaper Column from Elected Official Disparaging LGBTQ People

A dozen people typically attend council meetings in Dixon, a small town 30 minutes outside Sacramento. On Tuesday night, some 300 people showed up to speak out against a city official’s newspaper column that celebrated “straight pride" and disparaged LGBTQ people. Councilmember Ted Hickman spoke publicly for the first time on Tuesday about his article in a local Dixon paper. He stopped short of apologizing. Pastor Catharine Morris from Dixon UMC was first to speak out against Hickman at Tuesday ...

Former Cal-Nev young person appointed to fill vacancy in Montana legislature

Emma Kerr-Carpenter won unanimous approval among Yellowstone County commissioners Tuesday to complete the unexpired term of a representative in Montana’s House District 49 seat. Kerr-Carpenter served on the Conference Youth Council from 2003 to 2007 and was elected a delegate to the 2016 Western Jurisdictional Conference.  She was a Mission Intern, now called the Global Mission Fellow program, at the General Board of Global Ministries. Kerr-Carpenter served in Brazil with the Shade and Fresh ...

Endowment Board Expands Ministry with Increased Grants

On June 22, The Endowment Board presented their annual grants to Board of Pensions and the Retired Clergy Association at Annual Conference Session. Board of Pensions accepted a check for $1,700,000 (a $100,000 increase from prior year), and the Retired Clergy Association accepted a check for $111,000 (a $5,000 increase from prior year). “We really wanted to express our commitment to the Conference and fulfill our mission, “ said Executive Director Cory Parish, “We were blessed to be in a place ...

"Testify to Love. Do All The Good You Can!" Annual Conference Session 2018

Collects more than $80,000 for relief efforts of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico *By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   Addressing more than 1,000 attendees, San Francisco Episcopal Area Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño told the 170th session of the California-Nevada Annual Conference: "I believe that God is also showing us that as a conference of The United Methodist Church we have the capacity and ability to be leaders in the church and in the world. Throughout the years, the people called Methodists have ...

"Open the Door!" Art from Within - Community Created Art by the Inmates from the Correctional Facilities of Santa Clara County

"Open the Door! Art from Within" is an exhibition that is running until July 29.  Exhibition times on Wednesdays, July 11, 18, and 25 are from 6 to 9 p.m.  The Los Gatos United Methodist Church is located at 111 Church Street, Los Gatos, CA 95030 ( Presented by the Art and Spirit Program and the Sheriff’s Department of Santa Clara County the art is created by the inmates from the correctional facilities of Santa Clara County. The "Open the Door" project affirms how art enables ...

We need pages and Marshals to serve at Annual Conference Session

Pages and Marshals serve each year at Annual Conference Session, doing the important jobs of distributing approved materials to conference participants, including making certain the conference secretary has copies of any amendments to items (pages) and assisting participants with credentials to be admitted to the bar of the conference session and directing visitors to the visitor's section. All volunteers will be trained on Tuesday evening at 7:30. These are fun jobs that allow you to attend all...

Mission Trip to UMCOR West Depot

See this report on the Sierra Pines UMC website:

Academy for Spiritual Formation in Danville

The Academy for Spiritual Formation will take place in the California-Nevada Conference beginning in July. Revs. George Edd-Bennett and Jennifer Goto discuss the Academy and its benefits. To view the video, click here. For more information about the Academy for Spiritual Formation, click here.

Bishop Carcaño Retreats with Ordinands

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño recently held a daylong retreat with the class to be ordained at the 2018 Annual Conference Session on Friday, June 22.  From left to right: Revs. Vathanak Heang, Jose Ramos, Hae-Jeong Yoon, Sandra Sanders-West, Bishop Carcaño, Jay Parr, Burke Owens, and Michelle Robbins. 

Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry of Merced

Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry of Merced received a grant from the California-Nevada Conference Board of Higher Education & Campus Ministries (CBHECM). They are a radically inclusive, intentional Christian community that welcomes people of all walks of life regardless of religion, race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation and gender identity to promote living an authentic life in God. The mission of Wesley Foundation of Merced is to reach out to students in UC Merced (8000), Merced ...

Missionary Jim Perdue to Speak at Missionary Luncheon & UMW Breakfast

Missionary Jim Perdue will be the principal speaker at this year’s Friday Mission Lunch and Saturday United Methodist Women (UMW) Breakfast at annual conference.  He works with the UMC Global Migration Team on justice and humanitarian issues facing Central American refugees.  Online lunch registration is now open.      Both the noon Friday lunch ($18) and 7 a.m. Saturday breakfast ($23) will be at Greens Market, 953 10th Street, a block from the Modesto DoubleTree where annual conference will be...

United Methodists Engage in Poor People's Campaign

The California-Nevada Annual Conference Committee on Advocacy and Justice invites individuals, churches, and other groups to participate in the nationwide launch of the Poor People's Campaign on May 14.   The Poor People's Campaign is a movement rooted in the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  When King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, diverse groups were organizing the Poor People's Campaign in Washington D.C. to advocate for policy change around the disparity of the rich and ...

Grass Valley UMC Hosts Interfaith Nevada County

Interfaith Nevada County members and friends were seen in a prayerful, joyful march on a sunny Sunday afternoon, April 29, in Grass Valley. Stepping off from the corner of South Church Street and Walsh, they took a stroll around downtown.  They were part of an international day of interfaith marches under the banner "Interfaith March for Peace and Justice," demonstrating religious and spiritual commitments to peace and justice around the world for all people. The march ended with prayer, poetry...

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 ...

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