2018 Annual Meeting

Come join us at the 180th Annual Meeting of the United Methodist City Society

Dear Friends,

We invite you to our 180th Annual Meeting hosted by the Iglesia Evangélica de Co-op City United Methodist Church on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 3:30pm.  The United Methodist City Society is your partner in mission and ministry in the Metropolitan region. All congregations from the Long Island East, Long Island West, Metropolitan and the New York-Connecticut districts are the members of the Society.  Each church is entitled to be present and to vote during the meeting.  The  election of the Board of Directors for the coming year will require your vote.  The registration link and form is attached.  You can register on-line through the link.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “WE ARE THE LIGHT OF CHRIST TO THE WORLD.  LET IT SHINE!”

Matthew 5:14-16 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
14 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

We will share how the UMCS, Anchor House, the United Methodist Center of Far Rockaway, and Camp Olmsted have been the light this past year!

Our featured speaker is the Rev. Gilford Monrose.  He is the Director of the Faith Based & Clergy Initiatives for Eric Adams, the Brooklyn Borough President.  Rev. Monrose was ordained to the ministry in 2005 in the Seventh Day Adventist denomination, where he continues to show great and unyielding love for his church, the Mount Zion Church of God in Brooklyn. Pastor Gil’s need to give in a capacity beyond himself, goes beyond the four walls of the church, and has motivated him to serve locally and beyond, to create, as well as partner, with many organizations. Pastor Gil works with various elected officials and community leaders as a moral voice and spiritual counsel on issues affecting the community at large.  He is a bridgebuilder. Pastor Gil’s dedication to save youth from gun violence and gangs prompted him to become the founding President of the 67th Precinct Clergy Council, which serves as a liaison between the police and the community. He is a graduate of the New York Police Department Citizen Academy, as well as the FBI Citizen Academy. Mr. Monrose has traveled extensively across the United States, and has partnered with groups across the Caribbean. Africa, Brazil, Moscow, England, and Israel, as a guest speaker to youth, and likewise adults, empowering them to become active in their communities, and to be responsible citizens of the world.  I am so grateful for his willingness to come and share with us.

Come and hear how the UMCS is finding ways to provide new ministry to communities and not just to church buildings. 

Please come and see the Co-Op City church building and meet the new pastor, The Rev. Dr. Arnaldo Sanchez Orta.

Below you will find a flyer with active links to RSVP, or if you prefer, you can click here: https://goo.gl/forms/JtvLWaPC9yUHViRo1  or you can complete the fillable form and return via email to Dmarinez@umcitysociety.org. Please fill out a registration form for each person attending. You can send the registration form back to the Society if you cannot use the link.  (475 Riverside Drive, Room 1922, New York, NY 10115)

There is no cost to attend. However, we would appreciate an RSVP so that Co-op City can prepare for a reception following the meeting.

I look forward to our meeting at the Iglesia Evangélica de Co-op City at 3:30 PM on Sunday, November 11, 2018.  It is located at 2350 Palmer Ave, Bronx, NY 10475.   

I hope you can be present. We will also honor Mr. Grant from Far Rockaway, who is retiring, for his many years of leading the Far Rockaway Mission.

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Bill Shillady

William M. James Family Memorial Scholarship Program

 Rev. Dr. William M. James Family Memorial


475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1922 . New York, NY 10115 Tel: (212) 870-3084 Fax: (212) 870-3091

Dear Friends in Christ,

Enclosed, please find a copy of the application form for the Rev. Dr. William M. James Family Memorial Scholarship Fund established by the generosity of his friends after his passing in 2013.  Dr. James had hoped that this scholarship would encourage young people who aspire to be agents for the transformation of the world.

Limited funds are available for those persons who will be attending an accredited institution of higher education, have leadership potential, and some level of financial need. 

They must be recommended by their pastor, a lay person who is a leader in their local church, and a teacher or professor

All candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Membership in a church in the New York Annual Conference;
  • Enrollment in a program at an accredited college or university approved by the Scholarship Committee;
  • Full time student for the academic year 2019 – 2020.

The Scholarship Committee will NOT review applications from persons who:

  • Are not members of churches in the New York Annual Conference;
  • Are pursuing additional advanced degrees (i.e. second master’s degree or doctoral degree);
  • Are not pursuing programs that will lead to a degree or certificate;
  • Do not submit the application by the deadline.

The scholarship application deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year is May 10th, 2019 at 12 Noon, if hand delivered or emailed. The application must be postmarked by May 9th, 2019 if using the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx or UPS.  Complete applications can be emailed to bshillady@umcitysociety.org

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. All reference letters must come by separate cover and be mailed separately. Emails are acceptable for these references. (Your application will not be denied if we do not receive a reference letter by the deadline from your pastor, church lay leader or teacher or professor as long as we have their contact information.)

Feel free to contact me by email at bshillady@umcitysociety.org or by phone at (212) 870-3084, if you have any questions or need any further information concerning the Scholarship Fund.          

In God’s love, joy and humor,

Reverend Dr. William S. Shillady

Member of the committee



Click Above to download and complete the application electronically.