Team Forming for Puerto Rico Recovery – October 22 to 29
Last chance to apply

Craig Fitzsimmons, recently retired NYAC clergy, will be leading a team to Puerto Rico from October 22 to 29. Cost is $650 and includes all travel, room and board, and project expenses. For additional information and application form please visit the NYAC website ( response) or contact the NYAC Missions office (

  Application (attached) due by Monday, September 20.

Leaders needed

As Florence bears down on the Atlantic coast in what promises to be another catastrophic event, Early Response Teams are readying for a response. As soon as an “all-clear” is received, and an invitation extended to receive teams, NYAC Early Response Teams will be organized and deployed. At this point we are looking for Team Leaders. Assistance is available for qualified and experienced ERT Team Leaders. Please contact Rev. Tom Vencuss ( Continuing information and updates will be provided on the NYAC website.
***All persons seeking to serve on an Early Response Team must have attended the UMCOR ERT training, have a current badge, and receive a background check.
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 available and required
Instructor: Pastor Wendy Vencuss
CT District Puerto Rico Disaster Recovery Information Sessions
You are invited to come learn how you can become a recovery team member or promote and support a recovery team.
Saturday, September 29                                   Sunday, September 30
New Milford UMC                                              Hamden Plains, UMC
9 to 11 AM  (RSVP)                                           3 to 5 PM (RSVP)
Jill Wilson, District Mission Coordinator            Steve Kolitz                          
Early Response Team Basic and Recert Training
Date: October 6    
Time: 9 to 3 for Basic      10 to 1 for Recert class
Location: Conference Center
Cost: $10 which includes background check and badge
Instructors: Rev. Mel Kawakami, Rev. Tom Vencuss, Art Mellor
On-line registration is required
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 is available and required.
Date: October 13
Time: 9 AM to 12 PM
Location: Conference Center Main Meeting Room 
Instructor: Rev. Tom Vencuss

Upcoming “Hulapalooza” Events:
     John Wesley UMC, Brooklyn
     Saturday, November 10, 2018    
     Huntington Cold Spring Harbor UMC, Long Island
     Saturday, December 1, 2018
     Tremont UMC, Bronx
     March 2019
Please contact Wendy Vencuss at for further NYAC Abundant Health Ministry Information.  
There will be a slight change for this year’s Youth Ambassador trip and an opportunity for former YAMS and other older youth.
Older youth/young adults: February 16 to 23, 2019
We will be scheduling a youth disaster response team to the areas affected by Hurricane Florence. Work will include basic home repairs and an opportunity for youth to learn or practice rebuild skills.
YAMS: late June/early July 2019
We will be working with the NYAC Caribbean Mission Partnership to organize a trip to one of the smaller Caribbean islands affected by last year’s storms. The trip will include working on outstanding community needs as well as a cultural youth exchange. More information will be forthcoming.  

Introducing Tymera Jackson
At the request of UMCOR, the Puerto Rico Response Mainland Volunteer Coordination office has been moved to the NYAC Missions office which will coordinate all United Methodist with the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico. In support of this, UMCOR provided funding and we have hired Tymera Jackson to serve as the Mainland Coordinator. Tymera is an administrative professional with over 15 years’ experience in human resources and education within not-for- profit field and private sector. She also worked for the Red Cross during Superstorm Sandy as a Case Manager. We welcome her to the NYAC and the Missions office.  



From the desk of

Tom Vencuss
Coordinator of Mission Ministries

New York Conference

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