Shenandehowa United Methodist Church
October 3-4, 2014



ilah walser Meet your new President, Ilah Sisson Walser!

Jan Greiner

Debra Fisher

Melanie Keith

Helen Johnson

Leona Peterson


Our new 2015 Conference officers
distoff – a representative group of District Presidents
2. Mary Poppins “Missionology”

Molly’s email:    mollygolando@yahoo.com
The website of her Haiti mission:  www.flmhaiti.org

Those of us who attended Upper New York Conference UMW’s Annual Meeting in Clifton Springs October 4 were treated to an “out-of-the-box” experience when Molly Golando took the stage!   Her theme was “Make it Happen” and she made it happen with her “Mary Poppins Missionology”,  complete with songs from the movie.  The sanctuary “was alive with the sound of music”  from the Mary Poppins movie as we all sang along.  There was music, there was laughter, and there was a point to it all as Molly made the connections for us.  She demonstrated how Mary Poppins carried with her all the qualities of a courageous “people empowerer”

Mary Poppins “people empowerer”
The 10 Points

Molly gave us 10 things to consider as we are in mission with emphasis on the 7 last words of the church: “We’ve Never Done it That Way Before!”

1.  Identify the problem or need 
2.  Form goals by listening 
3.  Have good resources
4.  Have fun working together 
5.  Think outside the box 
6.  Enjoy each other’s company…Laugh!
7.  Establish good financial priorities
8.  Accept help that comes 
9.  Expect difficulties
10. Work to empower and know when to step out

At the beginning of the morning session, we were each given a strip of paper of a certain colors.  At the close of Molly’s  presentation, she sent us to the fellowship hall where tables were covered with plastic tablecloths of those colors.  We were told to sit at the tables (among new friends so we would get to know women in other districts) that matched the color of our strip of paper.  Each table was instructed to brainstorm possible mission projects, as well as possible fundraisers to fund those projects.

(Annual Meeting attendees, please add corrections/additions by leaving a comment in the box at the bottom of this page)

Mission Projects

Lap robes, soup kitchen, thrift shops, Red Bird Mission, Comfort Zone, scholarships re: Aids Africa, missionaries, health kits, reaching out to neighbors, food banks, food pantries, prayer shawls, arts & crafts for Seniors, reading to children, visiting nursing homes, aid to women veterans, feeding hungry college students, help for teen moms, human trafficking, immigration, Volunteers in Mission, Mission u, CONAM, tutoring students, school back packs, diaper mission, transportation for those who need it, vacation bible school, prison ministries, community gardens, hats for preemies, canteen meals, poptops for Shriners, clothing drive, Delaware Academy School, UMCOR, Be the Church, community meals, gleaning for food banks, sponsor a child, valentines for shut-ins, after school programs, blanket Sunday, counseling center, Utica House, food backpacks for kids in need, being a sub grandparent, service to disabled, grants, Haiti, recycle metal, pick-a-pocket lady, Tree of Life relief, back-to-school free haircuts, free movies, Trunk or Treat on Halloween, pill bottles, baby blankets, refugee housing, bloodmobile, Heifer project, wells in Nigeria.

Fund Raisers

Bottle drive, paper drive, bake sale, bazaar, penny collection, boutique, rummage sale, auction, pumpkin sale, gift wrap sale, knives sale, meal tickets, dinner theater, concert, dinners, calendar sale, food sale, cookbooks, servant-for-the-day, garage sale, junk clean-up, web donations, discount books (kick-back from), basket sale, Christmas cookie sale, Superbowl subs, donate $1 for each pair of shoes in your closet, high tea, fashion show, children’s fun day, golf tournament, garden walk, block party, instructional classes, pony rides, raking leaves, noisy offering during worship service (using metal cans), gift tags for Christmas, community birthday calendars.



It is the desire of the Upper New York Conference United Methodist Women to offer grants to non-profit community and church-based organizations that follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and address the needs of women, children and youth within the boundaries of our conference.  Grants are not to be used for salaries or equipment. Applications must be filled out completely and will be evaluated by the committee. Grant period will be July 1 – June 30.    PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE  APPLICATION Conference Mission Projects .


Mohawk District President, Mandye Dietrich reports that the books collection at Annual Meeting for the Neighborhood House in Utica has been gathered and boxed.  Mandye dropped off the books a few weeks ago. Here’s a picture of the total collection consolidated.

mandye's photo

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