AM 2022 Agenda and News

Annual Meeting News Below is our Agenda and an Opportunity to support the efforts of a NY UCC pastor coming to Annual Meeting. Please note that all files and Reports will be available at Thursday May 8 5:30 Dinner (Board Members) 7:30 Board/Staff Gathering. Friday, May 9 7:30-9:00 Breakfast (Board Members) 9:30-12:00 Conference Board – 9:30 Check-In/Registration Boyd Center Covid-19 Check-in (either proof of vacc or neg PCR Test) 10:00 Vendor Set up Gullen Lounge Child Care Set up – Youth Center 11:30-1:00 Lunch – (Board Members) 1:00-2:00 Budget Hearing- Boyd Center 2:30-4:30 Plenary 1 Auditorium 4:30-5:30 Free Time 4:30-5:30 Choir Rehearsal Auditorium 5:30-7:00 Dinner Dining Hall 7:30-8:15 Opening Worship with Communion Auditorium Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer Preaching 8:30 Lakeside Remembrance of Those we’ve lost to Covid and Other Losses Boathouse Saturday, May 11 7:30-9:00 Breakfast Dining Hall 8:00 New Delegate Orientation Table 9:15-11:30 Plenary 2 Auditorium 10:30-11:00 EKHN Anniversary Celebration CEIR Auditorium 11:00-11:30 EKHN Worship Auditorium 11:30-1:00 Lunch Dining Hall 1:30-3:00 WORKSHOPS: Developing a Church Growth Plan Boathouse Most churches desire to grow but few take the time to develop a plan or a strategy to promote growth. You are invited to come share in a discussion about how to develop a church growth plan that fits your church and the community you are called to serve. The workshop will be led by Rev. Dave Carter, Pastor of McLean Community Church UCC and Moderator of the Susquehanna Association. The Pension Boards: Your Partner for Congregational Vitality and Sustainability Upper Board Rm This session will introduce you to the mission and resources of this vital arm of the UCC and to our emerging vision of dynamic partnerships with congregations and conferences that ensure their vitality and sustainability. Our guiding them for this session and our work every day is “Matters to you…matters to us…impacts the world Presenters: The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Lee: Director, Church Relations and Operations Mr. Joaquin Labour: Director, Grants and Scholarships The Rev. Dr. Paul Ramsey, Philanthropy Officer Go Out in Joy In this session-We will sing (as common sense and health safety concerns allow), we will dance (all mobility and fitness levels welcome), we will ponder deeply, we will envision and we will laugh. This is an interactive workshop. If you are desiring to reconnect with your joy in life, this might be the most wonderful thing you can gift yourself this weekend, going forward in your days. Let us begin begin this journey together; let us Go Out in Joy! Presenter: Martha Gallagher- has been, for over 40 years, sharing her ministry through her songs, stories and in-the-moment inspirations with a joie de vivre, illuminating the happenings of daily life as beautiful gems of the heart and soul for us to remember to recognize, celebrate and cherish. The Adirondack Harper Many of you may recognize her work for UCCNY, creating music videos for use in worship services and for personal practices for Advent 2020 and 2021, as well as Lent 2021 and 2022. She also has created custom contemplative music videos for Annual Meeting and the UCC National Council of Conference Ministers. Check out her website at The Blessing Woman 3:00-5:00 PLAYSHOPS – Variety of Activities including: Face-painting, Animal balloon figures, Kites Cornhole Tournament 5:00-6:00 Choir Rehearsal Auditorium 5:30-7:00 Dinner 7:15-9:15 Plenary 3 Auditorium Celebration of Ministry of Rev. David R Gaewski Release of Vows of Rev. David R Gaewski Celebration of Retiring Moderator Introduction of Transitional Conference Minister Transitions: Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer 9:15 Karaoke and after hours – Ryan & Rev Dave Carter Boathouse Sunday, May 12 7:30-9:00 Breakfast Dining Hall 11:00am Check Out from Housing 9:15-10:00 Plenary 4 Auditorium David Southard Award – Comm. Global Ministries – Gordon Comstock Award Election & Installation of Officers Invitation to 2023 AM 10:05-11:30 Closing Worship with Communion Auditorium Rev. Dr. Marsha Williams, Preaching 11:30 Lunch (box lunch option- fill out FORM to request) Auditorium Pastor Cycling to NY Conference Annual Meeting to Raise Funds for Refugee Resettlement Pastor Andrew Hinman of Faith United Church (PCUSA & UCC) in Oswego, NY and Bristol Hill UCC in Volney, NY, is riding his bike from Oswego, NY to Silver Bay, NY on Lake George as a fundraiser for OWNA Sponsor Circle – Oswego, NY. With the goal of welcoming and walking with an Afghan evacuee family in Oswego, the OWNA Sponsor Circle is embarking on its first fundraising journey. The all-volunteer community circle is looking to fundraise approximately $12,000 to help a family of five to become established members of the Oswego community. “Sponsor a Mile” bike ride- This event will not require you to ride a bike for miles. Rather, you can sponsor Andy Hinman as he cycles over 200 miles from his home to Silver Bay, NY. You can sponsor Andy by the mile or make a lump sum donation to his ride. Andy will begin his journey on Thursday, June 9th. Your donations will help motivate him as he passes along the historic Erie Canal and through the Adirondack Mountains. The online donation platform Zeffy has been chosen to support OWNA Sponsor Circle’s first fundraising event. Donations can be made at: This link is also posted on the “OWNA Sponsor Circle – Oswego NY” Facebook page. By sponsoring Andy and supporting the efforts of the OWNA Sponsor Circle team, you will help bring new hope to our Afghan allies and their families currently being housed at US military bases. Together, we can build new hope with new neighbors. In the event that all of our Afghan allies have been resettled by the time OWNA Sponsor Circle submits its finalized application to the State Department Sponsor Circle Program the OWNA Sponsor Circle will work to resettle other forcibly displaced families (other refugee populations) to Oswego. 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