Mission Ministry News

Hurricane Dorian Update:  UMCOR International Disaster Response (IDR) has deployed a person to the Bahamas to meet with church leadership and do an initial assessment of the situation. When this is completed, a more comprehensive plan will be available including, possibly, the deployment of volunteers. As the Bahamas remain in an emergency and early assessment phase no volunteer teams are being received. Bishop Bickerton, the NYAC Missions office, and our Caribbean Mission Partnership remain in contact and monitor the situation as well. All ERT and recovery volunteers are reminded that there are on-going efforts in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, the Carolinas, and Puerto Rico. For more information please contact the NYAC Missions Office (

Disaster Response Forums – Fall 2019 – Hold the Dates
The NYAC Missions and Disaster Response office has scheduled two more  “Disaster Response Forums”:

Workshops will include Early Response Team training (basic and recert), Disaster Care Teams, Team Leader training, CPR/First Aid, Connecting Neighbors, and others depending upon the location.   
Online registration is required.   

Appalachia Service Project Information Sharing

The need to eradicate substandard housing is ever-present. Even calls to revitalize coal consumption haven't helped put people back to work because of automation and coal companies' preference of mountain-top removal for extraction. They are producing much more coal with far fewer workers while bringing catastrophic destruction to thousands of miles of landscape and polluting with water supply.
ASP believes that being imbued by God with dignity and worth, every person deserves a warm, safe, dry home. ASP is a grace-based home repair ministry who accepts and serves people right where they are, just the way they are. This year, they received and dispatched 14, 900 volunteers into 25 counties within Central Appalachia. We replaced roofs, repaired foundations, rebuilt walls, all within the context building relationships with the homeowners.

Neal Bowes, ASP's Director of Spiritual Programs, will hold an information session at the Conference Center on Tuesday, October 22, from 12-1:30PM.  A light lunch will be provided, and Neal will answer any questions you may have.  There is no cost for this event, but registrations are requested so that we may plan well for the meal.

Education/Training/Networking Opportunities

CrossRoads Anti-Racism Training
: October 30, 31 & November 1
Days/times:  Oct 30 - 9a-6p
                       Oct 31 - 9a-6p
                       Nov 1 - 9a-12p
     The Center at Mariandale 
      299 North Highland Avenue 
      Ossining, NY 10562


  • Attendance cost is $150.00 for registrants who are United Methodist from another conference. CCORR leadership is more than willing to work with you and your conference to find funding as needed. Information about the deposit is the same as in the previous bullet point, with $100 of the deposit refunded to you.
  • Attendance cost is $250.00 for registrants who are not affiliated with the United Methodist Church. We encourage all who want to participate in our trainings to register, however please note that Non-UMC affiliates will have to pay the full registration fee. 
  •  Without hesitation, please reach out to Rev. Sheila Beckford at to discuss any hardship situations or concerns you may have. 

     All must be present the entire time to receive credit for the training. A summary will be forwarded to the Cabinet. 
     Contact Sheila Beckford at if your plans to attend change, as we have to pay for no-shows.
Click here to register.


Exploration 2019: November 1-3
Exploration creates sacred space for young adults, ages 18-26, to be in meaningful fellowshippassionate worshiptheological reflection, and practical workshops as they discern whether God’s call on their life is to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church and what faithful steps they can take in response.
For more information and to register, click here.

Be a more vibrant church!  Help everyone listen for God’s call
Imagine what church would be like if everyone used their unique gifts to serve.  How would your church be more missional, more vibrant, and more alive?  God calls each of us all the time to use our gifts to benefit the kingdom – but how can you make sure the people in your church are listening?
Online courses from the Timothy Circle can help!  These online courses are hosted at and help churches, camps, and campus ministries create an environment that fosters call awareness.  A second course teaches adults how to mentor young people listening for and pursuing a call. 
How much would you pay to have someone championing call in your setting, and adults who could mentor young people?  Courses are 3 weeks long, and cost just $45. Encourage laypeople in your church to take a step forward in bringing God’s kingdom here on Earth.  Enroll in a course at

MOSAIX 4th National Multiethnic Church Conference, 
November 5-7 in Dallas TX

HOPE FOR ALL (not just some)...   

Lay Servant Class: Living Our United Methodist Beliefs?
November 9 & 23, 2019

Explore our Methodist heritage of message, mission & struggle with
Jerry Eyster, Certified Lay Speaker
     This class is certified by the GBOD as an Advanced Lay Servant Ministry Class with the full three-year certification credit for all Lay Servants. It also is one of the five Advanced Classes that are required to become a Certified Lay Speaker.

For more information and to register, please click here.

NY Justice for Our Neighbors
20th Anniversary Gala


SAVE THE DATE!  On October 17 JFON is celebrating 20 years of providing free legal services to indigent immigrants.  Join us as we recognize volunteers, hear remarks from Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Jake Halpern (who penned the New York Times graphic series "Welcome to the New World"), and enjoy musical excerpts from the cantata Manos Indocumentadas (Undocumented Hands).   For more information, click here  

United Methodist Men's Annual Retreat

Hearts on Fire for God

Saturday, October 26, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Memorial UMC, 250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains NY 10605

Guest Speakers:
Rev. John T. Simmons, Jr. - Brooks Memorial UMC
Rev. Matt Curry, NYAC Director of Connectional Ministries

For more information and to register, please click here.


Laity Convocation: Leading Courageously

November 16, 2019
Tarrytown House Estates

Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Jacqui King, from Discipleship Ministries

This event is not just for laity - clergy are invited and encouraged to attend as well.

For more information and to register, please click here


Cornerstone Community Church in Norwalk, CT is seeking a Music/Choir Director to lead an adult choir, bell choir, and accompanies the congregation on Sunday Worship and special services.  This is a paid position and requires approximately 12 hours per week.  If you have the gift of music and want to share your talent, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Abel at


October 17: JFON 20th Anniversary Gala
October 22: ASP Information Sharing with Neal Bowes
October 26: Conference UMM Annual Retreat
November 9 & 23: Lay Servant Ministry Course - Living Our United Methodist Beliefs
November 16: Laity Convocation

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We strive to share God’s love by creating safe places where all are accepted and welcomed, connecting the needs of people to the presence of God, and transforming the world through Christ.

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