UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST My Thoughts I have no words to convey how honored and humbled I am to begin serving as your Transitional Conference Minister. I am grateful for the confidence you and the Board of Directors have placed in me and I promise to give my all to the work and ministry of the New York Conference. As we learn to live and navigate with Covid lurking in our midst, our church doors are reopening, face-to-face meetings and gatherings are resuming, and we are all trying to figure out what the new “normal” looks like. One of my first tasks will be to hear from all of you about your hopes, dreams, and desires for the future of our conference. We are entering this new era together, and while we have a terrific staff and team at the helm, we don’t have all the good ideas. Many of those reside among you, in our pulpits, pews and communities. We want to hear them! If you attended the Annual Meeting, then you witnessed the kickoff our Capital Campaign, “Today…Tomorrow…Together.” This is not just a catchy slogan. This is the theme that will guide us over this two-year transition period. As the United Church of Christ in New York, what is God calling us to do Today? Where is God leading us for Tomorrow? And how can we get there Together? These are the conversations I’m interested in having. In the coming weeks and months Moderator Judy VanKennen and I scheduling meetings with the leadership of every association, as well as setting up opportunities for Zoom conversations to chat, dream and chart a way forward. Please make every effort to join us in the conversations. Yes, change is on the horizon, but with the Divine Spirit’s leading, It does not yet appear what God will do in the life of the New York Conference. To God be the Glory! Rev. Dr. Marsha Williams Transitional Conference Minister New York Conference email@example.com ANNUAL MEETING 2022 Held June 10-12, 2022 at Silver Bay on Lake George “Family Reunion: Release, Rest, Rejoice!” It was a pleasure being able to connect again in person! We will be sharing highlights from the weekend soon. Full announcement for Annual Meeting 2023 in Buffalo, New York to come. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Ryan Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org Welcome to Silver Bay They’re Here! Our German guests arriving at the airport. Pastor Andrew Hinman made it! Pastor Andrew Hinman of Faith United Church (PCUSA & UCC) made it! Read about AndyBike here REMEMBRANCE During the Annual Meeting, we took time to pause, reflect, and remember all of those who we hold dear to us that have transitioned in the last year or more. It is important for us all to allow for space to mourn, and to know that we are not alone in our moments of sorrow. In Memoriam Sueli Gaewsky Sueli Alves (da Costa) Gaewsky Sueli was born on January 22, 1961, in the town of Bom Sucesso in the Brazilian state of Paraná. She was the youngest child ofPedro Alves da Costa and SebastianaSimões Pato da Costa. Full Text 2022 Craigville Theological Colloquy: July 11-15, Cape Cod, Massachusetts There are a few spaces still available at the beautiful Craigville Retreat Center on Cape Cod for the ecumenical Craigville Theological Colloquy. Theme: “Sacred Spaces, Sacred Times: Into the Future” Speakers include: Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, keynoter and author of Remove the Pews: Spiritual Possibilities for Sacred Spaces; Mr. Darius Coombs, education leader for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe; Rev. Dr. Harry Serio, who will speak on Celtic Spirituality; Rev. Andy Lang, who will discuss spirituality in Puritan New England. Includes lodging and meals, access to Craigville Beach, two field trips on Cape Cod, worship, Bible reflections, meditation, and fellowship. To register and for more information, click here: www.craigvillecolloquy.com/?page_id=25 Button PRC FREE WEBINARS How Churches Can Help Alleviate Mental Health Stigmas and Support Those in Need Thursday, June 23, 2022 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST Leader – Molly W. Blancke, MPA Button The Space Between: The Emerging Church in a Post-Pandemic World Registration is now open for a major United Church of Christ summit “to imagine a church alive and vital in the world.” It will be held Sept. 19-21, online and in-person in St. Louis. Read More… NY UCC Conference Connection What’s Happening at Your Local Church? Do you have an item of news that you would like to share throughout the New York Conference? Please email email@example.com and send the details – preferably with links and pictures! Please note that the New York Conference may not publish all submissions received. Keeping in Touch and Staying Safe Your conference staff is available to you on Wednesdays for Virtual Office Hours from 11am – 12 noon at zoom.us/j/422208515 We are here to listen, to have you bounce ideas off of us, to ask for specific resources, to pray and perhaps even to laugh together. All are invited. PRIDE MONTH! Support the New York Conference Amazon Smile Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the New York Conference of United Church of Christ whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Click to sign up: Amazon Smile Donate Directly Contribute to the New York Conference of the United Church of Christ today with an online contribution. Join us in ministry: Donate Directly New York Conference | United Church of Christ P.O. Box 487 Syracuse, New York 13209 315-446-3073 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.uccny.org THANK YOU! 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