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Posts by Joanne Utley

Gary and Jackie Wilkie describe work that needs to be completed in the parsonage in Prattsville, N.Y., two years after the community was ravaged by Hurricane Irene.

2 Years After Irene: Catskills Slowly Recovering

In the two years since flash floods spawned by Hurricane Irene ripped across the Catskills, the churches in hard-hit towns like Prattsville and Margaretville have played vital roles in the... Read More

The walls of Eric Buggie’s practice room are being covered with copies of the hymns he has written for Hamden Plains UMC, Hamden, Conn.

Lenten Mission Bringing Forth 40 New Hymns

While many people are devoting more time to prayer and reflection during Lent, Eric Buggie will be spending additional hours at the piano. Buggie, who is the music director at... Read More

“Surviving Hurricane Sandy” support group deals with the hurricane remnants that are not as visible as this gutted home.

NY “Surviving Sandy” Groups Help Heal Invisible Scars

While homes damaged in Hurricane Sandy are being repaired and renovated on Long Island, N.Y., homeowners and their families must also deal with the psychological damage the disaster may... Read More

Hurricane Sandy Relief: Volunteers Come From Near and Far

Volunteer teams from other areas of New York and out-of-state continue to help in the New York Annual Conference relief effort. Here are thoughts from three teams about their work... Read More

Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes talks with Newtown area clergy about their pastoral leadership following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Photo by Joanne S. Utley

Pastor Tells Newtown: MLK’s Words of Hope “Needed More Than Ever”

On the eve of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Rev. Dr. James Forbes told grieving residents of Newtown, Conn., that Rev. King’s words of healing and nonviolence “are... Read More

Memorial of candles, flowers, stuffed animals, and cards for the children and 6 adults who died at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012. An IAUMC photo by Arthur McClanahan

Newtown UMC Coping in Aftermath of School Shootings

Newtown United Methodist Church has a passionate history of reaching out in mission to the world, but now it finds that the world’s attention and caring is riveted on... Read More

Photo by Adam Rubin | Jay Horwitz, Matt Harvey, Jeff Wilpon and Dave Howard were among the Mets employees on hand serving hot meals at the United Methodist Center in Far Rockaway on Tuesday. The soup kitchen feeds the area needy throughout the year, in part through unsold food delivered from Citi Field after games.

NY Mets serve up lunch at United Methodist mission

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey donned a pair of blue latex gloves for a workout yesterday – serving up Thanksgiving side dishes instead of 92 mile-per-hour fastballs at the United Methodist Center in... Read More

Powerless Far Rockaway Mission Continues to Serve

The United Methodist Center in the Far Rockaway section of Queens, continues to keeps its doors open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily despite the continued lack of electricity,... Read More

Rev. Jeff Wells, in green, checks in with one of his youth group members and her friends in front of the teen’s storm-damaged home in Massapequa, N.Y. on November 3.

Picking up the Pieces: Comfort, Demo, Food and Water

New York City Associate Pastor Vicki Flippin reports: The Church of the Village and friends walked up food and water to the Lower East Side housing projects! Our... Read More

Fifteen ambulances transported Hurricane Sandy evacuees from Far Rockaway, Queens, to the Bethel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Croton-on-Hudson.

Care for Evacuees, Disaster Personnel

Fifteen nursing home residents from Far Rockaway, Queens, have found a temporary respite from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy at Methodist-affiliated Bethel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. Read More

Parsonage Becomes Shelter; Gas Woes May Slow Help

The Community United Methodist Church is without power like much of its Massapequa, N.Y., neighborhood, but two families in the congregation have found shelter at the parsonage with Pastor... Read More