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September 01, 2022 | Bishop Sally Dyck
Dear Friends and Members of the California-Nevada Annual Conference:   Greetings to you on this Labor Day weekend!  I have always said that once the alarm clock goes off on the day after Labor Day, the next thing you know, it’s Christmas!    Much ...

September 01, 2022 |
From the beginning, the Methodist movement has focused particular attention on the concerns of workers. Justice, dignity and equality for workers are an integral part of our social teachings and heritage. Methodists have been a part of the labor ...

September 01, 2022 | Admin
Would it surprise you to know that California-Nevada is offering laity training in Hmong, Tongan and Fijian first languages? It shouldn’t. With a conference as culturally diverse as ours, the Leadership Development team, led by Dr. Mary Cheng, ...

September 01, 2022 | Mary Nakamura
On Saturday, August 27, 2022, Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church (SJUMC) and Jan Ken Po Gakko (JKPG), co- sponsored a Children’s Summer Festival “Natsu Matsuri” that was free to the public.   It is estimated that 400 children and their ...

September 01, 2022 | Rev. Tikiko Lesuma
Editor's Note:  There are several trainings for laity coming up!  Find the best one for you below. Basic (In Person @ Wesley UMC Sac) English & Fijian 09/17/2022 (Sat)      9AM 3PM https://calnev-reg.brtapp.com/2022LSMBasicCourseWesleyU...

September 01, 2022 | Admin
Safe Sanctuaries has long been a trusted source of policy and procedural guidance for abuse prevention in the church. First published in 1998, Safe Sanctuaries has guided churches and other affiliated institutions as they implement abuse prevention ...

August 26, 2022 | Sharon Delgado
Submitted by Sharon Delgado   The Climate Justice Ministries task force held its first online meeting on August 17. We had an initial conversation about organizing our conference for the work of climate justice. The following people are serving as ...

August 25, 2022 | Jeanette Dadzie
Africa University and the institution’s arts partner the Zimbabwe College of Music (ZMC), successfully graduated the 14th cohort of the Bachelor of Music Ethnomusicology and the Bachelor of Music in Jazz in Harare at a ceremony held at the ZMC ...

August 25, 2022 | Heather Hahn
Amid a summer of denominational discontent, Council of Bishops President Thomas J. Bickerton called on fellow bishops and church members to begin pivoting The United Methodist Church toward a hope-filled future.  Bickerton also decried what he called...

August 25, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
Located in the Sonoma Valley wine region, The Sonoma County circuit stretches south from Windsor UMC through Santa Rosa to Petaluma UMC and west to Sonoma UMC. The circuit includes several parishes including Rohnert Park’s St. John’s UMC yoked with ...

August 25, 2022 | Patricia Daughtery
Editor's note: The United Methodist Church, through its General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM), supports a community development project in the Palestinian village of Wadi Foquin. The church's involvement began in 2009 with modest fundraising for ...

August 25, 2022 | Admin
Join author Matt Rawle and artist Sarah Duet in conversation with Rachel Billups as they explore the rich symbolism behind the “I am” statements. In Jesus Revealed: The I Am Statements in the Gospel of John, Matt considers each of the images - the ...

August 25, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
 More than four hundred people crowded into the Holy Cross United Methodist Church parking lot on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to watch more than 50 youth dance to Pacific Island music and eat traditional Pacific Islander ...

August 25, 2022 | Admin
California-Nevada United Women in Faith will be meeting in person at Asbury UMC in Livermore on Saturday October 15th from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. PT.  The event will also be live streamed so that people can join virtually. The reflection for the ...

August 18, 2022 | Jim Patterson
When the Rev. Cynthia A. Wilson worked with the Rev. Junius Dotson at Discipleship Ministries, he decided to learn to play the piano. At any time during the day, the piano near her office might ring out. “It might have been lunchtime,” Wilson ...

August 18, 2022 | Admin
Global Ministries and the Korean Methodist Church Mission Board gathered in person for a fruitful 2-day consultation on possibilities for partnership in mission. Leadership from the two organizations discussed potential areas for collaboration and ...

August 18, 2022 | Alan Cook
As students are headed back to college campuses across our conference, Central UMC in Stockton will be part of the welcome for students at University of the Pacific, especially United Methodist students. If you have a student from your church that ...

August 18, 2022 | Sharon Delgado
The California-Nevada Climate Justice Ministries Task Force has had its first meeting and is organizing itself and making plans. To review the 2022 Annual Conference Recommendation calling for this task force to be established, see #7, “...

August 18, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
“I think the fire, especially in the last year and a half, as well as COVID has really pulled our churches together,” states pastor Rebecca Stockdale who serves Portola United Methodist Church and is circuit leader of the High Sierra Circuit. This is...

August 18, 2022 | Admin
Rev. Dr. Rochelle A. Frazier received her Doctor of Ministry degree in Contemplative Practice, Spiritual Renewal and Strategic Leadership from Claremont School of Theology earlier this year and was named as a 2022 Harry Hosier Spirit Award Honoree, ...

August 11, 2022 | Admin
The purpose of the Discipleship Ministries Racial Ethnic Local Church Grants (RELCC) is to provide funding to strengthen the ethnic local church through leadership training, small groups, worship, stewardship, and spiritual formation as they engage ...

August 11, 2022 | Admin
Did you know that California-Nevada has Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr accounts?  All four of our social media streams are a great way for you to get more involved with the life and work of our conference, especially in those in between ...

August 11, 2022 | Steve Elliott
It seems so overwhelming when you lose your home.  Traumatizing in so many ways.  And for the Oak Fire, a widespread extended power cutoff expanded the damage footprint to hundreds more households that struggle to make ends meet anyway.   Our Cal-Nev...

August 04, 2022 | Philippe Kituka Lolonga
Bishops, clergy and laity representing the country’s four episcopal regions of The United Methodist Church gathered recently to celebrate the first 100 years of Methodist mission in Eastern Congo. A century ago, chiefs in what is now the Democratic ...

August 04, 2022 | Admin
After careful consideration, and consultation with the Central Valley District Superintendency Committee, Interim Bishop Sally Dyck has decided to re-locate the Central Valley District Office to the UM Center in West Sacramento effective August 1. ...

August 04, 2022 | Admin
Many among our California-Nevada faith family will be joining commemorations of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings early this month.  Here are just two of the events happening in our region. Making the Unthinkable Impossible: A virtual rally and ...

August 04, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
 Editor's note: Go, Sow, Grow is a prayer initiative that launched early in 2022 in which local churches were invited to pray for one another in order to align our prayers for God's vision of growth and abundance to manifest among us.  As a companion...

August 04, 2022 | Admin
Kandi Weider is well known across California-Nevada for her investment in lay ministries, so when she says she has stepped out of her comfort zone, she is saying something. The life long member of Sonoma UMC and newly minted Lay Leader for the Los ...

August 04, 2022 | Diane Degnan
A 281-page ruling last Friday in the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) bankruptcy proceedings indicates that most of the reorganization plan meets the criteria of bankruptcy law and is constitutional. The ruling approves the United Methodist portion of ...

July 28, 2022 | Sharon Delgado
The California-Nevada Climate Justice Ministries Task Force is making progress in accordance with the annual conference Recommendation mandating its formation. It now includes a diverse group of clergy and laity from around the conference but is ...

July 28, 2022 | CN Committee on Native American Ministry
Editor's note: To read the CONAM interim report on Methodist Involvement in Indian Schools and Indian Missions presented at California-Nevada's 2022 Annual Conference and learn more about the work of the committee click here.  Pope Francis’ much ...

July 28, 2022 | Admin
As the Oak Fire rages, California-Nevada Disaster Response Ministry is organizing relief and recovery for the area. Responding to disasters requires a culture of preparedness.  That is why volunteers across the conference build fire buckets year ...

July 28, 2022 | Jenny Copello,Kristie Olah
 In 2021, The Endowment Board and the Retired Clergy Association were called upon by the family of the late Rev. Jane Schlager and The Table UMC to establish a one-time scholarship in her name to support women in process toward ordination as an elder...

July 28, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
 This week's theme is Greed. This week's scripture is Luke 12:13-21. This week  Rev. Motoe Yamada Foor of Sacramento Japanese UMC Garden Church and director of Children's Worship greets the children; children of SJUMC present a short skit and Rev. ...

July 28, 2022 | Steve Elliott
As if we needed a reminder, we are well into wildfire season. Thousands of evacuees of the Oak Fire in Mariposa County need our prayers and support. Pastor Mark Buenafe of Mariposa UMC reports, “While several outlying communities have been impacted, ...

July 28, 2022 | Press Release: United Methodist Communications Office of Public Information
United Methodist Communications has announced plans for the inaugural United Methodist Podcast-a-thon event to take place on August 2, 2022. The day-long event will showcase eight podcasts from the United Methodist general agencies delivered via ...

July 28, 2022 | Tatiana Dwyer,Betty Gittens
“Many women cannot afford to feed their families. We are blessed that we can sell the eggs and use the proceeds to buy food,” said Pauline Juma from Busia United Women in Faith in Kenya, who has, like many in her circle, received chickens for rearing...

July 28, 2022 | Admin
The newly updated Ministry Resource Guide published by The General Council on Finance and Administration is here! GCFA’s Ministry Resource Guide features special offers, discounts, and programs from vetted ministry partners, designed to help local ...

July 21, 2022 | Conference Commission on Religion and Race
Editor's note: Our Conference Commission on Religion and Race is tasked cares for the functions related to the objectives and scope of the work of the General Commission on Religion and Race, where applicable, and such other responsibilities as the ...

July 21, 2022 | Dr. Mary Cheng
We are excited to announce the upcoming course for Certified Lay Ministry to begin in January 2023. This 5 month course will take participants through all the modules needed to become a Trained/Certified Lay Minister. Registration will begin in the ...

July 21, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
This week's theme is Learning to Pray. This week's scripture is Luke 11:1-13. This week This week: United Methodist pastor Rev. Jae -Kuk Jo of Willow Glen UMC in San Jose, Ca. greets the children and share a message on prayer. Mort gives a special ...

July 21, 2022 | Admin
The Office of Deaconess and Home Missioner invites all laity who are discerning a call to ministry to attend a virtual discernment event taking place on  August 13, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET. This event is for laity in the United Methodist Church who feel ...

July 21, 2022 | Admin
There is still time to register for UWF Mission u August 5-7 at Sparks UMC. Click here for more information.

July 21, 2022 | Dr. Marcia McFee
Friends, we need each other in this work. Well, we need each other... period. But we especially need each other as we continue our work of leading in this moment and offering the hope of a sustaining faith community in the midst of so much turmoil. ...

July 21, 2022 | United Women of Faith Communications Office
Geovania Da Graca Goncalves, 23, will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Africa University in June 2023. She plans to become one of “tomorrow’s leaders of Angola.”  Like many of the United Women in Faith scholars ...

July 14, 2022 | Becky Officer
Greetings to all those in the California Nevada Districts. You have a wonderful opportunity to assist your Older Adults by applying for a Beulah Older Adult Ministry Grant. Please see the application provided for more information. Deadline for the ...

July 14, 2022 | Melissa Lauber
Mary McLeod Bethune’s faith enabled her to create a legacy that speaks through time and space into today’s culture. On July 13, this legacy will be elevated, as a monument to this United Methodist civil rights leader and educator is installed in ...

July 14, 2022 | Admin
The California-Nevada Conference office announces the departure of Toua Yang, Communications Associate, with gratitude for his years of service, expertise, and collegial friendship. His last day in the office was Friday, July 8th. Toua has been well ...

July 14, 2022 | Admin
Rising COVID rates and staffing shortages contributed to the cancellation of Toyon and Lodestar summer camps across California-Nevada for the third straight year. Yet, disappointed campers were not forgotten. In 2021 the conference office of Camping...

July 14, 2022 | JB Brayfindley
This week's theme is Mary and Martha. This week's scripture is Luke 10:38-42. This week United Methodist pastor Rev. David Johnson of Point Pleasant UMC and his children greet us all and shares about a cup or coffee and following Jesus. Mort takes ...

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