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Register Now for April Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice Conference

By Rev. Neal Christie Assistant General Secretary, Education and Leadership Formation General Board of Church and Society Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice will gather in Washington, D.C., April 5-8, 2019 for its 17th Annual Conference. Registration for the conference is now open – and our sponsors need your help to amplify and promote this important advocacy training event!   This year’s theme is “Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World – #GoodTrouble.” The theme...

A Service of Commissioning, Word and Table for Those Attending GC2019

Pacific School of Religion (PSR) will host a Service of Commissioning, Word and Table on Friday, Feb. 15, on behalf of those planning to attend the upcoming special called General Conference of The United Methodist Church in St. Louis.   The service will take place in PSR’s Chapel of the Great Commission, beginning at noon. Pacific School of Religion is the oldest Protestant seminary on the West Coast and a longtime trainer of UMC leaders. Clergy, lay leaders, alums, and supporters of full ...

Fair Oaks UMC Seeks to Mitigate Effects of Government Shutdown

The current partial shutdown of the federal government is the longest on record, underway for nearly five weeks now, and with no end in view. Federal employees constitute those in the first wave of impact, bearing the initial financial brunt of the shutdown – although its ripple effect extends well beyond those workers, touching all aspects of the economy.   United Methodist churches are responding to the crisis. Read Jim Patterson’s story, Furloughed government workers turn to the church, here....

Registration Ends Soon for February Early Response Team Training

“In the hours and days after disaster, those who survive are looking for anything to give them hope. ERTs can provide the kind of immediate response that restores hope, builds faith, and encourages those who are looking to their neighbor for support.” — Rev. Tom Hazelwood, assistant general secretary, UMCOR Would you like to be one of those hope-giving, faith-building encouragers? You can be! Register to take part in an Early Response Team (ERT) Training at the West Sacramento office of the ...

Sales at ACS Boost Donations from Mission Handcrafts Project

Since 1994 the Mission Handcrafts Project has provided $108,889 in support for Advance Specials and other missions around the world. Last year alone, the project raised $3,735 for missions and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), with 31% of it coming from sales at the California-Nevada Annual Conference Session (ACS) and the rest from sales at local Cal-Nev churches. Items sold by Mission Handcrafts come primarily from countries where United Methodist missionaries are working, and...

Biographies Added to GC2019 Site

The 2019 General Conference Delegation page has been updated with biographical information for some of the members of the California-Nevada delegation. (We’re awaiting bios from the others and will include them as they’re received.) The page includes names, designations, photos and contact information for all the delegates, however. You’ll find it on the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference site, which is accessible through a direct link located on the right side of the home page, ...

Bishop’s Group Gets a Scare at McAllen, Texas Border

Rev. Jorge Domingues, Director of Connectional Ministries for the California-Nevada Annual Conference, was “randomly selected for further questions” while visiting the US-Mexico border at McAllen, Texas with Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño this week. “It was a routine thing, but I had the opportunity to see the CBP [Customs and Border Patrol] from inside,” he reports. “Nice officers trying to help people with problems on their visas who were really scared … But it was a temporary scare to the rest of...

UMCOR West Seeks Volunteers for Spring and Summer 2019

By Rev. Brian Diggs Associate Director, UMCOR West   Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, the UMCOR West Office and Depot seeks to be a vital part of the work and vision of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. As a member of UMCOR’s Relief Supplies division, UMCOR West builds, shelves, and distributes relief supplies to areas in the United States that have been affected by natural disasters.    2018 proved to be a busy year as UMCOR West addressed floods, hurricanes, and most ...

Bishop Carcaño and Korean Caucus Discuss ‘A Way Forward’ for UMC

Members of the Korean Caucus of the California-Nevada Annual Conference met with Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño and other conference leaders in December for a two-hour dialogue about the direction of The United Methodist Church, and the plans for A Way Forward to be considered at a special called session of General Conference next month. The gathering was one of many “intentional, faithful conversations” conference leadership has been having about the issue. It took place at Contra Costa UMC in ...

February 15: The Deadline to Apply for a Peace with Justice Grant

Up to $2,000 is available to United Methodist churches and organizations for projects that support Advocacy and Justice Actions, but the Feb. 15, 2019 deadline is fast approaching. Don’t miss this opportunity to further your church’s justice work! Methodists are called to works of justice – to discover the reasons why the homeless are homeless and why the working poor don’t make a living wage, to stand with those who have no voice in our system, to address underlying causes for injustice, and ...

Konevets Quartet Returns to El Sobrante UMC for Feb. 13 Concert

El Sobrante United Methodist Church invites you to an evening of wonderful Russian music beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, when the Konevets Quartet presents its annual program at the church.   Tickets are $15 at the door. The Konevets Quartet is an all-male a cappella vocal quartet from St. Petersburg, Russia. Their program includes a mixture of Russian sacred, medieval, folk, and regimental music in the rich tradition of Russian choral music and the male chamber choir.   Part of ...

Bishops Urge UMs to Join in Observing Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Cal-Nev’s Rev. Hubert Ivery to Lead Workshop The United Methodist Council of Bishops is urging United Methodists to join in observing the global Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, organized by the World Council of Churches, Jan. 18-25. This year’s theme is “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue ...” It is inspired by Deuteronomy 16:18-20. Here in California-Nevada, observances have been planned by the North State Ecumenical Conference, to include a workshop on racism led by the Rev. ...

CFA Says Thank You for Financial Commitments

The Rev. Kristin Stoneking has a message to the California-Nevada Conference as the 2018 ledgers are closed.  

Bishop Carcaño Counters ‘Crisis’ Narrative With Her ‘Prophetic Voice’

“The bishop conveys these critically important ideas … in the kind of simple but powerful way that stays with listeners and deters them from giving up – a very real danger as the conflict stretches into months and then years.” – Ray Kirstein The request was this: “It would be invaluable” for Bishop Minerva Carcaño to lend her “prophetic voice … to counter the ‘crisis’ narrative as it is being promoted by this administration.” It came from Ray Kirstein, the producer of State of Belief, the ...

Meet Your Delegates to GC2019

Get to know the delegates who will represent you next month at the special called 2019 General Conference of The United Methodist Church! We have created a 2019 General Conference Delegation page with delegate names, designations, and photos, located on the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference site. (There is a direct link to the 2019 General Conference site on the right side of the home page, directly under Bishop’s Message.) We will continue to update the Delegation page in coming ...

‘ThinkHR’: New Resource for Churches

Church Mutual Insurance Company and its affiliate, Church and Casualty, is providing all participating churches with access to a cloud-based platform called ThinkHR that will help churches and annual conference agencies with their Human Resource needs.    Most churches have a need for experts who can offer them advice on how to deal with employees, but few have lay members with the needed expertise. ThinkHR offers integrated HR resources and training, supported by live HR experts, that can fill ...

Clergy Boundary Training Reminder

Clergy of the California-Nevada Annual Conference are to take Clergy Boundary Training once a quadrennium. Classes for the first half of 2019 have been announced: April (date to be determined) – Clergy Boundary 101 Training, as a part of the Continuing Education Event to be held at Kings Beach UMC. May 1, 2019 – Clergy Boundary Training 201, at Davis UMC in Davis May 23, 2019 – Clergy Boundary Training 201, at Asbury UMC in Livermore June 5 – Clergy Boundary 101 Training, at Pinole UMC in ...

Feb. 15 Is Deadline to Apply for Peace With Justice Grants

Up to $2,000.00 is available to UMC churches and organizations for projects that support Advocacy and Justice Actions. We, who call ourselves Methodists, are called to works of justice, to discover the reasons why the homeless are homeless, why the working poor don’t make a living wage, to stand with those who have no voice in our system, to address underlying causes for injustice, and to make our world a better place. Projects must address social justice and advocacy for public policy. The ...

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 ...

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