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September 04, 2019 |
Discernment is the practice of listening for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Who calls us to deeper understanding of where love and grace live. It requires that we want what God wants, and from this posture we can cultivate the capacities for ...

September 04, 2019 |
The 2019 Journal for the California-Nevada Annual Conference is available now to download and/or purchase.   To download your copy, click on “Journals” under Resources on the conference website (or download here).   The link to purchase a bound ...

September 04, 2019 |
Introduction  Camping engages people from older generations to younger generations. We have members of our connectional family who are investing their lives in camping. Through camping, they have recognized people’s gifts and graces – and their ...

September 04, 2019 |
There are two position openings at the conference and jurisdiction levels.   The California-Nevada Conference is seeking to fill the director of communications position, while the Western Jurisdiction Mission Cabinet is seeking to fill a new ...

September 04, 2019 |
By Jenny Copello  Development Coordinator, The Endowment Board   The Conference Claimants’ Endowment Board was blessed to receive a legacy gift from the trust of Rev. Mary McCollum (at left), who believed in the work and mission of the organization ...

September 04, 2019 |
As your church is planning mission activities for the coming year, now is a good time to schedule a Mission Handcrafts sale to benefit mission projects in Bolivia, India, Cambodia, and elsewhere. A sale will benefit not only United Methodist Advance ...

September 04, 2019 |
The Mission Volunteer Office of The United Methodist Church is excited to announce the release of its newest project, the Mission Volunteer Video Series. The series, consisting of four sets of videos (11 videos total), is designed to empower, equip, ...

August 29, 2019 |
By Fel Cao  Director of Camping and Retreat Ministries and Young People’s Ministry   I have said several times, “I am a product of camping.” I had my faith conversion experience through youth camping. Camping and retreat led me to become an agent and...

August 29, 2019 |
By JB Brayfindley Communications Assistant   Vertical Play Pen, Leap-of-Faith, and Double-Trouble – all part of the high rope course at Camp Lodestar – were the most popular and challenging activities of the summer for campers. This year 40 campers, ...

August 29, 2019 |
By Tina Heck  Director of Reservations and Communications   United Camps, Conferences & Retreats (UCCR)   Enjoy fall and winter seasons at your United Methodist camping and retreat centers! While Monte Toyon is fairly well booked, there are still ...

August 29, 2019 |
Doors at First United Methodist Church in Sacramento will open on Saturday, September 7 for a performance of Doors Open, an LGBTQ-themed musical that’s based on a song that’s based on The United Methodist Church slogan.    The musical is the ...

August 29, 2019 |
The California-Nevada United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Team Leader Training is being offered Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Los Altos UMC, 655 Magdalena Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94024. UMVIM Team Leader Steve Elliot, a ...

August 27, 2019 |
Church World Service is calling for all people of faith and conscience to tell Congress, “loudly and clearly,” that their constituents want funding for detention, deportation, and border militarization to be cut in favor of “prioritization of human ...

August 27, 2019 |
The Council of Bishops provides leadership for the ecumenical and interreligious ministries of The United Methodist Church. To that end the COB is offering three (3) grants, each in the amount of $1,000, to groups within annual conferences for ...

August 27, 2019 |
The Ecumenical Institute was founded by The World Council of Churches in Switzerland in 1946 as an “ecumenical laboratory,” bringing together students of ecumenism from across the Christian community. The Council of Bishops (COB) is pleased to offer ...

August 26, 2019 |
This year, 240 students from various schools throughout Bakersfield will receive a free “homework kit” through their teachers who are a part of First United Methodist Church in Bakersfield.     “When the teachers pass the kits out to their students, ...

August 26, 2019 |
Los Rios District Lay Servant Ministries will offer two Basic Lay Servant trainings and one on Preaching in 2019. Cost per class is $25 (includes lunch).   Basic Lay Servant Training will be offered Saturday, September 14 at St. Paul's United ...

August 26, 2019 |
Petaluma United Methodist Church will celebrate 78 years at its current location and 170 years as a congregation during its fall kickoff celebration on Sunday, September 8. As part of the festivities the grand officers of The Native Sons of the ...

August 22, 2019 |
The 2019 Evolving Faith Conference will be held October 4 and 5 at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. The two-day event will feature more than 20 inspirational speakers, including Resident Bishop of the San Francisco Area, Minerva G. Carca...

August 22, 2019 |
First United Methodist Church of Reno will host renowned Christian progressive and global activist Brian McLaren for a daylong symposium, Shining Lights on a Guided Path, on Saturday, October 12, 2019.   A former college English teacher and pastor, ...

August 22, 2019 |
By JB Brayfindley  Communications Assistant   "My passion is for our church to stay together," JJ Warren said, while on a speaking tour in the California-Nevada Annual Conference.   The young, openly gay certified candidate for ministry – best known ...

August 22, 2019 |
By JB Brayfindley  Communications Assistant   On Tuesday, August 20 the dreams of many members of Rancho Cordova United Methodist Church were realized, when the church launched its first monthly Peoples’ Pantry Food Bank distribution.    “We have ...

August 21, 2019 |
By Sue Schroeder Larson  Good Samaritan UMC   Ninety people from all over the United States gathered at the Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Cupertino, California August 2-4, 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their high school Youth ...

August 21, 2019 |
The National Hispanic/Latino Caucus for The United Methodist Church and the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, MARCHA (Metodistas Asociados Representando la Causa Hispano Americana, or Association of Methodists Representing the Cause of Hispanic ...

August 21, 2019 |
The Conference Committee on Children and Poverty and its partner, NETworX USA, will host a three-part webinar beginning in September to introduce the NETworX anti-poverty model to congregations and communities all over the California-Nevada Annual ...

August 20, 2019 |
By Cate Monaghan Interim Director of Communications Community United Methodist Church in Lower Lake, CA burned down during the Clayton Wildfire in 2016. Finally, on Sunday, August 11, 2019, ground was broken for a new building.   “Out of the ashes, ...

August 19, 2019 |
For Immediate Release August 19, 2019   HERNDON, VA:  A group of theologically diverse United Methodists met at Floris United Methodist Church in Virginia on Friday and Saturday to continue seeking a way to resolve the impasse on the ordination of ...

August 19, 2019 |
By JB Brayfindley Communications Assistant   “FAITH SERVICE XTREME! is like a weekend Sierra Service Project or a taste of a weekend Volunteers-in-Mission,” according to Rev. Dr. Felicisimo (“Fel”) Cao, California-Nevada Annual Conference Director of...

August 16, 2019 |
A Message from Cal-Nevada Disaster Response Coordinator Sonja Edd-Bennett  As you've likely seen, there are several fires happening around the Conference, with at least two forcing evacuations yesterday.    Patterson Fire – Twitter #PattersonFire – ...

August 13, 2019 |
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) rebuilds have begun for October 2017 Northern California firestorm survivors. This includes destroyed areas in Santa Rosa, Mendocino, Lake, and Napa counties. In Mendocino County, UMCOR is partnering with ...

August 12, 2019 |
"When I went in there, the women were in their beds with sheets over their heads; they wouldn't even get up, and didn't want to talk with anyone," Reverend Anne Schlesinger, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bakersfield, California said ...

August 10, 2019 |
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 10, 2019 Lexington, Ky.: The Commission on the General Conference voted this week to implement new registration and credentialing procedures for General Conference delegates to safeguard against the possibility of ...

August 08, 2019 |
If someone you know exemplifies Courage, Creativity, and Consistency, you may want to nominate that person for the World Methodist Peace Award, sponsored by the World Methodist Council (of which The United Methodist Church is a member). However, you ...

August 08, 2019 |
MARCHA, Methodists Associated Representing the Cause of Hispanic Americans, has issued a statement lamenting the loss of precious lives to hate and violence over the past weekend in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.    “We pray for peace and comfort ...

August 07, 2019 |
Each year, Christians are invited to join in a prayer for peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula. Prepared by the National Council of Churches in Korea and the Korean Christian Federation, the prayer is traditionally prayed on the Sunday ...

August 07, 2019 |
August 6 and 9, 1945 changed the world forever. And in this 74th year since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, all Methodists and people everywhere are urged to pray for world peace.    “We are in prayer for the victims and survivors of ...

August 07, 2019 |
By JB Brayfindley Communications Assistant "We all recognize the disaster at the U.S.- Mexican border," said Doug Treadwell, chair of the Reconciling and Social Justice Committee at First United Methodist Church in Sacramento. In response, his ...

August 07, 2019 |
This Sunday, August 11, Walnut Creek United Methodist Church will mark its 25th anniversary as a Reconciling Congregation. The celebration will begin with worship at 9:30 a.m., featuring JJ Warren as guest preacher, and will be followed by a luncheon...

July 31, 2019 |
JJ Warren, the young, openly gay certified candidate for ministry who delivered an impassioned speech on the floor of the 2019 General Conference, has scheduled appearances at four churches in the California-Nevada Conference in the first two ...

July 29, 2019 |
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño has posted a special message in response to the mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival over the weekend.    “We mourn the deaths of four persons, including the perpetrator, and the injuring of many others,” the bishop ...

July 29, 2019 |
"Never Again" Is NOW By Rev. Roger Morimoto Japanese American Caucus, California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church It’s been more than seven decades since the Japanese in America experienced racism penned by their own President. At ...

July 28, 2019 |
The deadline to apply for a Peace With Justice Grant of up to $2,000 is right around the corner: August 15, 2019. The money is available to United Methodist churches and organizations for projects that support Advocacy and Justice Actions. We, who ...

July 26, 2019 |
By Jenny Copello  Development Coordinator/Exec. Asst., The Endowment Board   At the Friday afternoon plenary at this year’s Annual Conference Session (ACS) of the California-Nevada Conference of The United Methodist Church, Endowment Board trustee ...

July 22, 2019 |
What are you doing ecumenically and inter-religiously? The Committee on Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (CUIR) wants to know! Please take a few minutes to complete this simple survey:     https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9K7QW36    The...

July 22, 2019 |
Valley Faith United Methodist Church in Sunnyvale, California has received a loan from United Methodist Development Fund (UMDF) and is using it to support a building project for the church’s children's ministry.    Valley Faith’s story is the subject...

July 19, 2019 |
For Immediate Release July 19, 2019 Central Conference bishops convene diverse group to address impasse in The United Methodist Church CHICAGO - A group of prominent United Methodists met in Chicago on Friday, July 19, 2019, to seek new ways to ...

July 18, 2019 |
By JB Brayfindley Contributor to Instant Connection "I think that it is important for people of faith to take a stand that is consistent with the values that we learn from the Gospels, from Jesus, and from our faith traditions," said Sharon Delgado,...

July 18, 2019 |
This week UM News reporter Jim Patterson profiled a California-Nevada Annual Conference deacon, Rev. Mike Friedrich, who has a "secret life" as a comic book writer of renown. An excerpt of the story, which also features a quote by Rev. Michael Yoshii...

July 17, 2019 |
As a “Just Peace Philippines” congregation, First United Methodist Church of Richmond offers at least one Sunday sermon per year on the human rights situation in the Philippines. On June 23, Nikki Salde-Azzam of Buena Vista UMC in Alameda, a member ...

July 16, 2019 |
By Diane Knudsen Executive Director of Finance and Administration, CA-NV Annual Conference Did you know our churches calculate their own tithe amount each month, based on that month’s church income? Churches send their tithe checks to the conference...

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