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Easter and Holy Week in a Time of Social Distancing

Wednesday, March 24, 2020

12:00 - 1:00 pm Eastern

Leader Marcia McFee


Called to Teach: Basics for Sunday School Teachers of Children

Thursday, March 26, 2020

7:00 – 8:00 PM Eastern

Leader: Debbie Kolacki

Everyone Has a Calling - Ours Is Helping You!


Do You Need Help?


We realize moving to a virtual church is a cultural shift for many churches, and we are here to help. The staff here at PRC has been working diligently to answer all the email questions we have gotten and to monitor the FB page to make sure questions are getting answered. We are doing this work for all churches, members and non-members.


Join the FaceBook page for Church Online people are asking all kinds of questions and resourcing each other.


Visit the Online Church page of PRC’s Online Resource Center

You can find all recorded webinars we have that pertain to online church.



Dear Members of the Metro Association Community,

Grace & Peace to you, from the Risen Christ, who was, who is, and who is to come.

Recently, I heard a story that spoke to my heart.


Pope John XXIII had just convened Vatican II, that historic convocation which led to the spirit of ecumenical concern and cooperation between Catholics and Protestants. He had opened Vatican II with these memorable words: “We will not ask who was right and who was wrong. We will only say: let us be reconciled.”


 That night-- October 11, 1962-- a large and unexpected group of pilgrims made their way to St. Peter's Square and gathered under Pope John XXIII's window. Although he was caught completely by surprise by their appearance, the pope opened his window and delivered what is now referred to as his "moonlight address." Coming as it did, in a moment of great uncertainty in the church and in the world, this speech has come to be remembered and cherished.

Looking down at the friendly crowd that filled the Square, Pope John said, "Dear sons and daughters, I feel your voices! Mine is just one lone voice, but it sums up the voice of the whole world. And here, in fact, all the world is represented tonight. We ask for a great day of peace. My own person counts for nothing—it’s a brother who speaks to you, but all together, (we) give honor to the impressions of this night, which are always our feelings, which now we express before heaven and earth: faith, hope, love, love of God, all aided along the way in the Lord’s holy peace for the work of the good. And so, let us continue to love each other, to look out for each other along the way: to welcome whoever comes close to us, and set aside whatever difficulty it might bring. When you head home, find your children. Hug and kiss your children. And when you find them with tears to dry, give them a good word. Give anyone who suffers a word of comfort. And then, all together, may we always come alive—whether to sing, to breathe, or to cry, but always full of trust in Christ, who helps us and hears us, let us continue along our path.”

Official Call to the Annual Meeting of the Metropolitan Association


Registration and Continental Breakfast Begin at 8:30 AM At the

Garden City Community Church

245 Stewart Avenue – Garden City, New York 11530

Rev. Lynn A. Sullivan, Host Pastor 

You may register online using the following link:

Registration Form also Attached to this Email.


Theme: “Campus of Caring for Churches and Clergy”




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New York State is leading the nation with new laws to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. Governor Cuomo signed legislation that strengthened protections against discrimination and harassment under the New York State Human Rights Law



In March of 2019 PRC began offering web-based training for church leaders and employees that uses church language. We offered this training for both employees and church leadership eight times during the year to 877 people from 292 churches and affiliated religious organizations. People could watch with a group or by themselves. 

In 2020 we will be offering two different training.



Mediation Skills Training Institute


Hosted by The Scarsdale Congregational Church, United Church of Christ

May 4-8, 2020, 8:30am-5:00pm daily

You are invited to attend Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI), sponsored by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center. This is a practical workshop for clergy and other church leaders that teaches participants how to deal more effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. This outstanding inter-denominational training event will be hosted by Scarsdale Congregational Church, UCC in Scarsdale, NY from 8:30am-5:00pm daily on May 4-8, 2020.

Early-birds who register no later than April 3, 2020 can save $200! Tuition is $695 when paid in full by April 3; or $895 after that date. Participants receive a training manual and other materials upon arrival. Cancellations are subject to a $100 non-refundable fee if LMPC is notified at least two weeks prior to the institute, or half of the registration fee otherwise. Enrollment is limited, so we recommend that you register early!

Register either by submitting the form found on the brochure – available at – or online, by going to


*SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! In order to apply for a scholarship please send 200-400 words about why this training would be beneficial for you and your congregation to Rev. Shernell Edney Stilley Associate Conference Minister for Congregational Vitality New York Conference, United Church of Christ.

For more information, send us an email at, call our office at 630-627-0507, or visit the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center website. Thank you!

2020 Events Timeline

January, 2020

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration
Hosted by the Social Justice Committee
Watch for specifics on venue and theme for the gathering

20 Jan 2020

6-8 March, 2020


New York Conference State Youth Event
Watson Homestead, Painted Post
Registration will open on the web site

Boundary Awareness Training and Renewal
Monday, March 9, 2020 9 AM – 4:00 PM
at the Garden City Community Church

9 March, 2020

25 April, 2020

April, 2020

Spring Meeting of the Metro Association
Saturday, April 25, 2020 – 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Hosted by the Garden City Community Church
A Day of Workshops for our "Campus of Caring for our Churches, Clergy and MIDs

May, 2020

New York Women’s Annual Conference
The UCC NY Women’s Conference Retreat is on Thursday, April 30, Friday and Saturday, May 1 & 2, to be held at Watson Homestead Retreat Center, Painted Post, New York. Registration starts on Thursday, April 30 at 4:00 pm.

30 April/ May 1 & 2 2020

June 4-5, 2020

June, 2020

New York Conference Annual Meeting
June 5-6, 2020 in Buffalo at the Hyatt Regency Downtown
Continuing Education Institute – June 4-5, 2020

July, 2020

UCC National Youth Event for youth
in grades 6-12 At Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana
Cost $375
Contact: the Metro Association for more information

July 22-25, 2020

August 1, 2020

August, 2020

August 1, 2020 -Deadline for Submission of
Applications for the Scholarship Fund

December, 2020

Holiday Luncheon for College Youth
With Metro Staff and Youth Committee Members

December, 2020



New York State Youth Event
United Church of Christ

Are you ready for this year’s State Youth Event? We are! The dates are March 6, 7, & 8. As in the past, the event will take place at Watson Homestead in Painted Post, New York. This year's theme is "Good Vibes." This will be a wonderful opportunity for youth and adults from all over the state of New York to get a chance to meet, learn, have fun, and worship together. The weekend is packed with many exciting as well as challenging workshops, and plenty of fun and free time!

We will also have many workshops for you to choose from as well as the ever-popular dance on Saturday night, Bible studies, and creative worship. Bring your musical instruments if you wish. BRING YOUR PILLOW AND SLEEPING BAG or SHEETS FOR YOUR BED- WE DONT WANT ANYONE TO BE COLD... If we have snow there will be plenty of outdoor activities, as well.

Please note these very important points

  • The State Youth Event is for high school students in grades 9 through 12 who are interested in taking part in this exciting weekend. An adult advisor (21 or older) must accompany all youth. Groups attending should plan on one adult for every 7 youth.
  • Do not expect to register at Watson Homestead!All participants (youth and adult) must register online:     (or send in the fully completed & signed registration, covenant, and health history forms with the prepaid fee $160 by March 2, 2020.  When you pay, the conference office will send confirmation of that payment & registration.  Mail forms to SYE, 5575 Thompson Road, Dewitt, NY  13214.
  • Rooms will be pre-assigned by the registrar (each group will be together in the same building). You may request one roommate, if that person also requests you.
  • We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen articles while at Watson! Only personal music devices with ear plugs will be allowed. Bring your phone -- if you think you need it -- but cell connection is not very good at Watson.
  • All advisors are asked to help lead the small groups, and to help chaperone the dance, and late night rooms.
  • No dinner will be served on Friday night! You might want to eat before you arrive.
  • Do not be late!Registration is from 5PM to 6:30PM in the Main Lodge lobby. The kick off starts promptly at 6:30pm, followed by family group activities and workshop sign up at 7:30pm.  Mandatory advisors meeting will be at 7pm in the Elm room. The event ends Sunday at noon.

We know you will enjoy your weekend with us at Watson Homestead. We look forward to seeing you there. Do not forget to send your forms and payment in the mail TODAY! We will respond to you by e-mail once we receive your registration. There is room at the table for you..

Questions: Call the Conference Office 315-446-3073 or email

​See you at Watson Homestead,

The New York State Youth Committee

Important Materials: 

Online registration link: 

State Youth Event Registration Form - download here

State Youth Event Health Form - download here

State Youth Event Youth Covenant - download here


What Are the Foundations of NYE 2020?

Leading up to NYE 2020, the planning team has built upon the original pillars of faith, leadership, service and social justice. Adding community building so that youth might be sustained in their faith beyond NYE and expanding justice to include encounter and reflection, ensures our work comes from a place of solidarity and does not reinforce systems of power and privilege.

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Who's Going to Be There?

Find out who's presenting and performing. Check out the list of NYE Speakers & Artists.

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What Are You Doing July 22-25?

Having a blast at NYE 2020! Registration opens February 1. Mark your calendar, set a reminder, and sign up to receive more information here.

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NYE is made possible by the generous gifts of donors from across the UCC. Click here to give and support our youth.

Text to donate right now!
Text UCCNYE to 41444.



Attention All Association Churches and Members

We are living at a time of escalating fear that is leading to hate.  The most important thing we can do to stop this trend is to not be part of it.  We must do as we are called to do as Christians. It is important to show this video and have discussions at your churches. Please refer to the information in the poster that is also displayed.


Rev. Dr. Anesta Vannoy

Metropolitan Association Disaster Response Chaplain

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