New Team Forming for Puerto Rico Recovery – October 22
Craig Fitzsimmons, recently retired NYAC clergy, will be leading a team to Puerto Rico from October 22 to 29. For additional information or an application form contact the NYAC Missions office (
This past year, NYAC teams have responded to Texas (3), Florida (1), and Puerto Rico (5).  Additional teams are scheduled for August (Bishop and Cabinet) and October (Christ and Park Avenue Churches). 
Please see the following videos from the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico  and the June NYAC rebuild team

Early Response Team Training – August 25
While not necessary to serve on a recovery team to Puerto Rico, the ERT class is the basic training required for disaster response deployment. Our next class:

  • ERT Basic (those needing to recert are welcome to attend as well)
  • August 25  9 AM to 4 PM
  • New Milford UMC    68 Danbury Road, New Milford, CT
  • Cost: $10 to include background check and badging
  • Lunch will be provided with thanks to the New Milford Church
  • On-line registration will be available shortly and required
  • Instructor: Art Mellor

Mission/Disaster Response Team Leader Training – October 13
Whether leading a group in an overseas mission, early response, or a long-term recovery team, a first and critical part is qualified and experienced team leadership. If you are interested in learning more about leading a team or would like lead a future team this is for you. If you consider yourself experienced as a team leader we would like your input as well. Others can learn from your experiences. An on-line registration form will be available and required.
Date: October 13
Time: 9 AM to 1 PM
Location: Conference Center Main Meeting Room 
On-line registration will be available shortly and required
Disaster Emotional and Spiritual Care Training
Date: September 22
Time: 9 AM to 1 PM
Location: Centerport (LI) UMC
Please see the NYAC website for more information
On-line registration will be available and required
Abundant Health – “Hulapaloozas”
“Hulapalooza” is a fun way to promote and engage local churches in “Abundant Health ministries.” Upcoming Hulapalooza events include:

  • Huntington/Cold Spring Harbor UMC – October 6
  • John Wesley (Bklyn) UMC – November 10
  • Tremont (Bronx) UMC – March 16, 2019

Please visit the NYAC website for more information or to schedule a Hulapalooza through your church. 

Global Ministries
If you are planning an overseas mission journey in the coming year please advise the Missions office so that we may publicize and support your effort.  


From the desk of

Tom Vencuss
Coordinator of Mission Ministries

New York Conference

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