New Certified Lay Ministry (LM) Course Approved

The CA-NV Annual Conference Certified Lay Ministry Program (LM) has approved a blended course that utilizes on-line learning through and classroom learning on Second Saturday training days to complete the requirements for Certified Lay Ministry training.   The LM Blended Course, allows students to work from the comfort of their own homes to complete modules 1-4 and then attend four additional courses, Deeper into the Bible, Preaching and Preaching Practicum, and Lay Pastoral ...

Endowment Board Annual Stewardship Report

The Endowment Board would like to thank donors for their contributions in the fiscal year 2016 to 2017. Through gifts, the Endowment Board has granted over $44 million to the Board of Pensions (BOP), and the Retired Clergy Association (RCA) to provide healthcare subsidies, Pre-1982 pension service years funding, and RCA membership, services, and programs for the retirees and their spouses of the California-Nevada Conference.      In fiscal year 2016 – 2017, the Endowment Board provided:   BOP: -...

Palestinian partner to visit Northern California UMC churches this month

Ata Manasra from the Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin, in the West Bank, will visit the California-Nevada Annual Conference September 10 to 20 for an educational and fundraising speaking tour. Manasra is the coordinator of the Narjes community development project, a unique Muslim-Christian partnership supported by the General Board of Global Ministries that assists with economic initiatives, and other efforts to help make life sustainable while resisting the Israeli military occupation. He ...

DACA Call to Action

A Call to Action to The United Methodist Churches in the U.S. September 4, 2017   We have learned that President Trump is considering rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) which presently provides undocumented immigrant young people employment authorization.  Under DACA young people are able to obtain social security cards, work and go to school.  Since DACA’s inception in June 2012, almost 800,000 young people have received its benefits.  Many other young people who ...

Board of Pensions Launches New Website and E-newsletter

  The Board of Pensions has launched a new web site to communicate their services and news to the clergy, churches, and lay people of the California-Nevada Conference.  It can be found at The web site features pages devoted to pensions, health insurance plans, wellness programs, church resources, frequently used forms, retired clergy resources, news articles, and more.  Other links and resources include The UM Foundation, The Conference Claimants Endowment Board, the Retired ...

Branching Out 2017…Summer Camps

By Kelly Peterson-Cruse   California-Nevada’s summer camping season is over, but the blessings and impact will last far beyond closing campfire and worship.  Camping and Retreat Ministries “branched out” in new and exciting ways this season.   We partnered with our ethnic camping programs, and two of them were held out our own Camp Lodestar.  As well, our conference camping program provided outreach to churches that usually haven’t attended our camps in the past.  These partnerships included ...

Summer Learning Cafe

  First United Methodist Church of Vallejo hosted a Summer Learning Cafe where many community children and youth came to join with children of the church. Mornings began with breakfast and conversation about the body and nutrition. There were also sessions on anti-bullying, and self-affirmation sessions presented by Vallejo Police, plus classes in music, art, HulaHoops, kite-making and chess.  The student's lunch was provided by the Vallejo Unified School District. During the afternoon sessions,...

Missionary Ken Cruz to Itinerate

Missionary Ken Cruz, who is from The Philippines and serves in Cambodia, will be on itineration this fall in the Conference.  He is available to visit church groups October 25 to November 5.  “Ken is charming, charismatic, and makes an engaging presentation about his work in community health and agricultural development,” according to Howard Parker, Conference Secretary of Global Ministries. Missionary Cruz will be preaching at supporting churches on the two Sunday mornings that he is here, ...

We are All God's Children

Some folks who are young at heart came up during the Children's Moment one Sunday recently when there were no children in church. They participated and answered questions as their 6 year old selves. From left to right - Chris Handley, Children's Moments Leader, Pamela Woicicki, Don Harris, Paul Woicicki, Cliff Williams, John Handley and Kathleen Mirtoni. Thanks to the UMM of Roseville who had decided to do this at their last meeting and others who jointed to make a very meaningful, fun, and ...

Cabinet Retreats in Yosemite

Our Cabinet went on retreat on August 3rd-6th for spiritual formation and team building, and to think strategically as we prepare for our work for the coming conference year.  We retreated to Yosemite National Park and were reminded of our Creator God who has blessed us with the magnificent beauty of Creation.    We also visited Mariposa United Methodist Church and had the opportunity to consult with Pastor Allison Byerley about the Detwiler fire.  We are so grateful for Pastor Byerley’s ...

#RememberOakCreek on Saturday

Five years ago this Saturday, a white supremacist opened fire inside a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, WI, taking the lives of six people. Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño says, "As Christians, we are called to love all God’s children and grieve when one suffers.  The memory of Oak Creek reminds us that our work of building God’s beloved community is not yet done.  May we join others in remembering Oak Creek, and may our remembering stir our hearts to loving our neighbor, truly loving with the very love ...

The Endowment Board Donates $500 In Honor of Newly Retired Board President

The Endowment Board bid farewell to Board President the Rev. Dr. Tony Ubalde at their annual meeting on Saturday, June 3. Rev. Dr. Ubalde served as a trustee for 15 years. “We are very grateful for Tony’s dedication over the years,” says Executive Director, Cory Parish, “his spectacular leadership has benefitted not only our organization, but the hundreds of retired clergy and their spouses that we support. We cannot thank him enough for his efforts during his tenure with The Endowment Board.” ...

California-Nevada Ordains First Fijian Elder in the Denomination

*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   History was made when the Rev. Tikiko Namata Lesuma was ordained and elder during the service of ordination at the 169th session of the California-Nevada Conference.  Lesuma is the first Fijian person to be ordained an elder in The United Methodist Church (UMC).  "It's very humbling.  I feel so blessed and so privileged to be ordained…It's an opportunity to be able to encourage more Fijian folks to come into leadership in our conference, and the broader church," ...

Conference Lay Leader Speaks at California Senior Rally Day

California-Nevada Conference Lay Leader, Micheal Pope, was one of the keynote speakers at the California Senior Rally Day at the California State Capitol.  Pope is CEO of the Alzheimer's Services of the East Bay (ASEB). To view a highlight video of the event, click here.  

Rainbow Circuit Holds Worship in the Park

On Sunday, July 16, more than 300 members of the California-Nevada Bay District 5-Rainbow Circuit gathered together in unity for worship, a potluck lunch and fellowship at the Castro Valley Community Park. It was the Circuit's second annual Worship in the Park event. The Circuit is called the Rainbow Circuit because it is one of the most diverse Circuits in the Conference. The Circuit membership consists of eight churches with ten different nationalities in its membership.   The Rev. Rochelle ...

Asbury UMC recognized as "Builders of the Beloved Community"

At their 40th anniversary gala, Tri-Valley Haven recognized Asbury United Methodist Church as "Builders of the Beloved Community." Asbury UMC and Tri-Valley Haven envision a world without violence and have long history of working together to serve adults who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or homelessness.

King's Beach Retreat Center Director Announced

The Board of Camping and Retreat Ministries announces the appointment of Lisa Jean Hoefner to the Kings Beach UMC and Retreat Center.  Hoefner is the previous Executive Director of Camping for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.  She, along with Kelly Peterson-Cruse, Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries, and the board will transition this facility into a full retreat center as a part of California-Nevada's Camping and Retreat Ministries.  They hope to provide and explore new ministry ...

Quilt Presentation to CONAM from Trinity UMC Berkeley

Trinity UMC Berkeley presented four quilts to the four Native American congregations in the California-Nevada Conference during the 2017 Annual Conference Session.  The quilts are in response to the 2016 Annual Conference Session Acts of Repentance to Native peoples and communities in our region. To view the presentation, click here.  

Blessing Box at Gridley United Methodist Church

The Gridley United Methodist Church has established a Blessing Box located in front of the church. The Blessing Box will be available to those who need emergency food items. The idea for setting up a Blessing Box came from one of our members Jerry Long who saw an article reporting a blessing box at a church in the east. He presented the idea to the church members who thought it would be an example to the Gridley community of the churches commitment to follow Christ's commandment to feed the ...

Endowment Board Annual Grant

The Endowment Board supports the retired clergy and spouses of the California-Nevada United Methodist Conference with financial resources, education and connections. Since 1891, the organization has provided security and peace of mind for ministers through pension fund contributions, financial relief for churches and social events to keep retirees active and engaged. On June 23, 2017, The Endowment Board presented their annual grant to Board of Pensions and the Retired Clergy Association at ...

Making Partners and Building Bridges at UMC Merced

The United Methodist Church of Merced is connecting with a movement in the Central Valley called 1 Pueblo 1 Lucha (1 people 1 fight).  After building relationships with leadership to make change in their valley, they are partnering with several Central Valley organizations that have been doing work for years: Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CIVIIC); Faith in Merced, an associate of PICO; Faith in the Valley, a larger umbrella associate of PICO; Immigrant Legal Resource ...

University of LaVerne Baccalaureate Service

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño recently served as the preacher for the Baccalaureate service for spring commencement at the University of LaVerne. She is pictured with University President Devorah Lieberman (left), and University Chaplain Zandra Wagoner (right).

East Timor Religious Outreach Scholarship Appeal

East Timor Religious Outreach (ETRO) contributes to Timorese self-determination and development on the micro-level by providing educational opportunities to poor, deserving youth and young adults. Last year, ETRO was able to award $5,000 for educational scholarships to each of California-Nevada Conference's ecumenical partners:  the Protestant Church in East Timor (Igreja Protestante iha Timor Lorosae) headquartered in the capital city of Dili, and the Roman Catholic Salesian Sisters Vocational...

Sacramento Fijian Language Ministry Men Assist in Fixing Roof at Camp Lodestar

In preparation for the Fijian Youth Annual Camp ‘FJY17’ from July 11 to 14, the men’s group of two churches in Sacramento jumped at a chance to help fix the roof of the Hawks Dorm at Camp Lodestar. A total of eight men from Centennial and Florin UMCs under the guidance of Camp Lodestar manager, Jeff Clark, and the leadership of Joeli Tavaga of Centennial UMC, the men tore down four layers of shingles and insulation from previous fixes to reveal the original pine decking. Some of the men also ...

Bergquist to Preach for Memorial Service

The Rev. Dr. Greg Bergquist, associate general secretary for the Division of Ordained Ministry at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), will be the preacher for the Memorial Service on Thursday, June 22, at 2 p.m. In his GBHEM role, Bergquist oversees all functions of the division, including the strategic planning for the recruitment and training of United Methodist clergy.   Most recently, Bergquist served as conference superintendent for leadership development for the ...

Hmong Regional Conference

Hmong United Methodists in California held their first regional conference at Trinity UMC in Sacramento on April 21 and 22. The event was organized by the National Hmong Caucus to strengthen and revitalize Hmong United Methodists to become vital and sustainable congregations. A similar event will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Charlotte, North Carolina.  There were more than 100 people in attendance.  Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño and Central Valley District Superintendent, the Rev. ...

Watsonville First UMC Tithes $200K in Support of Africa University and Conference Mission

*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   "The saints that have gone before us worked in the church and this is an opportunity for us to give back," says the Rev. Robin Mathews-Johnson, pastor of Watsonville First United Methodist Church (UMC).  Watsonville First UMC is giving more than a tithe (tenth) from the $1.5 million in proceeds they received from the sale of property the church owned.  "The gift has been received by us from the work of the former leaders, and now we're passing it on," says ...

South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership Fundraising Dinner and Auction

The South Sacramento Interfaith Partnership (SSIP) recently held its annual fundraising dinner and auction. Established in 1970 and located at Bethany Presbyterian Church, the SSIP Food Closet serves families and individuals in need through the distribution of donated and purchased food. Seven Sacramento United Methodist congregations partner with the agency: Centennial, Chinese Community, Florin, Hope, Oak Park, Sacramento Japanese, and Sacramento Wesley.  Event speakers were Lori Sugar, food ...

Battle of the Bands & Adobo Cook-Off

On Thursday June 1st, from 6pm-9pm at Berkeley UMC, 1710 Carleton, Join the Cal-Nev Philippine Solidarity Task Force in raising support for the 2017 Pastoral Solidarity Visit to the Philippines, with the Battle of the Bands & Adobo Cook-Off. Bands will Battle, while raising funds to support this years solidarity trip, learn about current issues in the Philippines, why delegates are going, and eat and vote for the best Adobo. Battle of the Bands line up: Dirty Boots Digma Salami Rose Joe Louis ...

26th Founding Anniversary of Elko United Methodist Fellowship

Elko United Methodist Fellowship is celebrating her 26th Founding Anniversary this coming June 11, 2017. The invited guest preacher is the Associate General Secretary and Executive Director of Path 1 of the General Board of Discipleship Rev. Dr. Bener B. Agtarap, He was also the former Conference Superintendent for Congregational Vitality in the California- Nevada Conference. To those who want to celebrate with us, service starts at 10:00am @ 539 Court St. Elko Nevada and you may call 753-5220.

The Dream of Lasting and Just Peace

By the Rev. Lindsey Kerr   Last Tuesday, April 25, at First Congregational Church of Oakland, I witnessed one of the most inspired social justice events I have seen in a long time. The gathering, “A People’s Movement for Just Peace: Understanding the Root Causes of Armed Conflict in the Philippines”, featured a variety of speakers on tour from the Philippines. They spoke to the national situation of the Philippines, as well as to the ongoing civil war between the Government of the Republic of ...

Central Stockton Hosts Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus in Concert

The Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus returns to Stockton to perform in the Sanctuary of Central, Sunday, May 7 at 3.00pm. The SGMC was founded in 1984 as a singing group aimed at fostering a sense of community and providing support for Sacramento area gay and lesbian people. Over the past thirty years, the group has become an integral part of the Sacramento arts community as well as a voice for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. The chorus strives for musical excellence and ...

Junktique Sale

Saturday May 6, 9 am-3 pm, huge garage sale including electronics, books, kitchen ware, jewelry, art, furniture, records and more. Lunch starting at 11:30 am with Minestrone soup, Chili and homemade pies. This is our largest fundraiser of the year. Come and support us. Point Richmond First United Methodist Church, 201 Martina St., Point Richmond.

Justo González, Methodist Historian and Theologian, to Offers Summer Course at PSR

Renowned Methodist historian and theologian, Rev. Dr. Justo González, will be offering a Summer course on Latino/a perspectives on church and theology. The class will take place at Pacific School of Religion, in Berkeley, CA, from June 12 to 16 and can be taken for both academic credit and CEUs.   A native of Cuba, González is author of more than a hundred books on the history of Christianity, Wesleyan theology, and Latino/a religious experience in the United States. He served as the first ...

Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus

Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus comes to the Central Valley. "Puttin' on the Glitz" Concert, Sunday May 7th 3pm at Central UMC 3700 Pacific Ave Stockton. Tickets $10 available at the church office or at the door. Students free.

Africa University Vice-Chancellor to Preach for Opening Worship at ACS

Dr. James H. Salley, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Advancement for Africa University, will preach for the opening worship of the 2017 Annual Conference Session (ACS) on Wednesday morning, June 21.  The ACS offering will benefit Africa University as the school celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The celebratory offering will take place during opening worship. Clergy and laity from churches across the California-Nevada Conference are encouraged to bring, and present their ...

UMC Day with the Fresno Grizzlies

United Methodist Church Day with the Fresno Grizzlies will take place on June 3 at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and includes a free hat. Proceeds will benefit "Imagine No Malaria." This year there will be auction for a person to throw out the first pitch as well as change the manual scoreboard during the second and fourth innings. A combined UMC choir will sing the national anthem. For an informational flyer with more information, click here.  

CNN Series Finding Jesus featuring Bishop Carcaño

Season two of the hit series "Finding Jesus" featuring Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño will premiere this Sunday, March 5, on CNN.  The six-part series brings to life Jesus’ ministry and journey throughout the ancient world and reveals fascinating new insights using the latest state-of-the-art scientific techniques and archaeological research.  This season the show will explore: The Childhood Home of Jesus; The Tomb of King Herod; The Bones of St. Peter; Relics Believed To Shed Truth About Doubting ...

Message from the Conference Scouting Ministry Coordinator

Boy Scout units have been (and are) sponsored by a number of United Methodist Churches (or affiliate groups like United Methodist Men). The United Methodist Church has been one of the largest sponsors of Boy Scout Units.  Rules have changed in the Boy Scouts in the last few years, which allows sponsors greater flexibility in creating units that align with their goals.  Since June 2015, a Boy Scout unit can have adult leadership who are gay. As of January 2017, transgendered boys are allowed into...

NETworX: Walking With the Poor

Over the past seven years a very different model has been developed for elevating people out of poverty.  The California-Nevada Conference Committee on Children and poverty has worked diligently to introduce the NETworX model to churches in the Conference.  In 2016 at the National Conference of UMC a resolution was introduced and adopted endorsing NETworX.  In brief, the model is anchored in developing intentional friendships across class lines by surrounding poor families with two to four ...

Religion and Race Executive to Keynote Annual Conference Session

By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   Erin M. Hawkins, General Secretary for the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), will be the keynote speaker for the 2017 Annual Conference Session to be held June 21 to 24 at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame.    This year's annual conference theme is "Testify to Love: Your Story Matters." Hawkins says, "Jesus used stories to bring people together, to create a deeper understanding around the bond of our common humanity. Indeed, we are all connected and our ...

Musical Variety Concert

Musical Variety Concert – From pop to Bach , both vocal and instrumental. Featuring some of the Peninsula’s best musical artists like Kathleen Nelson, Lynnelle Bilsey, & Bill Alley (Crystal Springs UMC musical director). An afternoon of fun on Sunday March 19 at 3:00 PM. Suggested Donation $20 to benefit LifeMoves. Reception follows. Crystal Springs UMC, 2145 Bunker Hill Dr., San Mateo. Call 650-345-2381. LifeMoves is a group that supports homeless families in San Mateo County..

Lake County/San Jose Flooding

California-Nevada Conference officials are in contact with churches and officials on the ground in Lake County and San Jose about the recent flooding, and the Conference's response to the natural disaster.  They are also in contact with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Alum Rock UMC in San Jose is standing by at the invitation of the Red Cross in case the need to shelter evacuees extends into next week.United Methodists and other ecumenical and community partners in Lake County...

Fijian Minister Installed

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño recently welcomed the Rev. Sekove Veisa, Deaconess Litia Vulase Veisa, and the Chairman of the Council Vakatawas, Alifereti Malo.    An installation service recently took place for Rev. Veisa who is serving half time as a conference resource person for Fijian ministry, and half time on the pastoral staff of First UMC in Santa Rosa.  Rev. Veisa will also resource the Council of Vakatawas and the various Fijian ministries in the conference.    He is ordained as a ...

Oroville Dam Update as of 2/15 (morning)

Following the lifting of the evacuation at 2 p.m. Tuesday, all three United Methodist evacuation centers (Sutter UMC, Chico Trinity UMC, and Roseville First UMC) shifted from active, to standby mode.  Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea announced that the evacuation order was lifted and that it was safe to return; however, there remains "an evacuation warning" that considers the possibility that there could be future changes in the situation.   With rain expected later this week, all three ...

Oroville Dam Evacuations

The Rev. David Samelson, Great Northern District Superintendent, has been in contact with pastors from the two circuits affected by the Oroville Dam evacuation.    Eight churches in the Great Northern District have been affected by the evacuation order.  In the Butte Circuit: Biggs UMC, Gridley UMC, and First UMC Oroville, and five churches in the Yuba City/Marysville Circuit:  First UMC Marysville and Marysville Hmong, First UMC Yuba City, Grace UMC Yuba City, and Love Korean UMC Yuba City.   ...

Immigration Workshop - Sanctuary, Advocacy, and Education on Legislation

FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS - TRUMPING THE SYSTEM Sponsored by The Immigration Task Force of California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church   WHEN:  February 20, 2017   WHERE:  EPWORTH UNITED METHODIST CHURCH - 1953 HOPKINS ST., Berkeley, CA.94707   TIME: 9:00 A.M. TO 3:00 P.M.   TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE                   AGENDA      9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Registration 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Invocation and Speaker - Bishop Minerva Carcano “Why are immigration issues important...

Northern California Churches Help Resettle Refugee Families

*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr.   "As Christians, we are called to love one another, to welcome one another, and to care for one another…We are called to do this even when, especially when, that is hard," says Jessie Tientcheu, a member of The Table at Central United Methodist Church (The Table) in Sacramento.  The Table has worked with a local Sacramento organization, Opening Doors, a Church World Service affiliate, to help resettle two refugee families in the Sacramento area.    Tientcheu, whose ...

Bishop Carcaño Stands in Solidarity with Imam on National Day of Solidarity

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño stood in solidarity with Imam Dr. Mohamed Abdul-Azeez of the Tarbiya Institute in Roseville, CA.  Their meeting was part of a national interfaith movement of action that took place across the nation in solidarity with refugee and Muslim communities around noontime Jummah prayer.   With more than 30 United Methodist clergy and laypeople, Bishop Carcaño attended the prayer service and presented Imam Azeez with a letter of solidarity and a fruit basket.  She gave remarks ...

Conference Leadership Gathers to Explore Foundational Goals

*By Dr. Larry R. Hygh, Jr. Leadership from across the California-Nevada Conference recently gathered for a retreat with Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño to begin the quadrennium exploring the Conference's foundational goals and denominational focus areas.  "As leaders of the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church we gather knowing that we are here to lead God's people on the journey ahead," says Bishop Carcaño.    Bishop Carcaño led the opening worship and preached from Acts ...

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