UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST My Thoughts Joy and Sorrow Tears and laughter. Joy and sorrow. So often we see these as either/or options. At our Annual Meeting we experienced it all, and sometimes simultaneously. As we began planning early in the year, we recognized how heavy life has been for many of us over the past 3 years. As the theme came into being, it was our dream that during the three short days together we could truly Release all the losses we have endured, find Rest and relaxation, and also reclaim our joy – and truly Rejoice! It seemed like a tall order, especially as the recent weeks unfolded and sorrow seemed to hang over any well laid plans that could possibly lead to joy. Throughout the weekend, we held sorrow and joy in a very sacred way. Friday evening a candlelight service of remembrance at lakeside was held. Saturday we attended workshops that were both insightful and joyful, took boat rides, rested in rocking chairs, played corn hole, and flew kites. Saturday evening we released our Conference Minister, Rev. David Gaewski from his ministerial vows with the UCCNY, sobbed tearfully as our Ministry Staff bid him farewell and highlighted moments of shared ministry with him, and the Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer shared a heartfelt message on “transitions.” As we closed the night, we rekindled our joy with the magic of karaoke! In the space of 24 hours, we had experienced every emotion I thought possible. And it was good – and right – and just what we needed. Sunday morning the Rev. Dr. Marsha Williams preached and knocked it out of the ballpark! She reminded us that the prescription we need right now is to immerse ourselves in praise! It is the strongest medicine we can take. In the next few days after arriving back home, my eyes were drawn to trees along the road that were populated with 50% dead branches and the other portion in beautiful green foliage. I was reminded how joy and sorrow intermingle, and if we allow ourselves to embrace it, how rich and full our faith can be. As I moved to my very neglected flower garden the next day, my eyes were drawn to branches that used to bear beautiful roses, which were now barren with nothing but very large thorns! As I began very carefully to clip away the dead branches, I discovered hidden underneath was lots of beautiful new growth, full of rose buds! This photo was taken halfway through the process. I wanted an image to remind me that we can hold joy and sorrow at the same time. I honor the older branches that had to be pruned, recognizing the great beauty they have given. I also look forward to the new growth and anticipate amazing roses and the new growth yet to come. The image speaks of our conference as well. May we honor all the shared ministries of the past years, as we look forward to new growth and new vitality in the years to come. Your Moderator, Rev. Judy VanKennen Rev. Judy VanKennen Emmanuel Congregational UCC, Pastor New York Conference UCC Board, Moderator ANNUAL MEETING 2022 Held June 10-12, 2022 at Silver Bay on Lake George “Family Reunion: Release, Rest, Rejoice!” WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU! Please take our brief feedback survey to help us prepare quality Annual Meeting events for you! Stay anonymous if you’d like- Open to all (if you attended this year or not!) MOST APPRECIATED! FEEDBACK SURVEY REWIND! ~REWIND~ Click above to see full listing of videos and connect to business meeting details from the Annual Meeting. You may also visit www.uccny.org/annualmeeting Full announcement for Annual Meeting 2023 in Buffalo, New York to come. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Ryan Henderson at email@example.com ~ CONGRATULATIONS ~ Dr. Gordon F. Comstock Award: was presented by the Commission on Global Church to two doctors – Lito Guiterrez and Liz Zausmer, for their volunteer work in assisting the medical clinics in Honduras, and also for work on diversity and inclusion in Buffalo, New York. David Southard Award: was given to a congregation for outstanding mission work was awarded to the Hollis Avenue Congregational Church for their work in providing food for people in their community If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Ryan Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org CAPITAL CAMPAIGN VIDEO Today…Tomorrow…Together Capital Campaign Rev. Dr. Marsha Williams Transitional Conference Minister Preaching on “A Prescription for Praise” A Harp Benediction from Martha Gallagher The Blessing Woman and UCC NY Member www.theblessingwoman.com 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. 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