Free Financial Seminar at YOUR Church

Free Financial Seminar at YOUR Church


Ross Williams

8/24/2016

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs, Stewardship Chairs and Trustees (cc: to Pastors),

This is just a quick reminder of the program below, which has achieved very significant results in terms of strengthening the financial condition of our churches.  Since it began, this program has resulted in new bequests to our churches totaling over $5.5 million.   I am very supportive of this program, which has many benefits  to our member churches or parishioners.  There is no selling of anything here, either at the meeting or at any other time - just free advice from an experienced financial planner who is committed to his faith and assisting the people and churches of the Conference.  There is no cost for these seminars as they are funded as part of the Frontier Foundation and Connectional Ministries' education program.

I hope you will take Ed Ruppmann up on his offer to come to your church!

If interested, please contact Ed directly at either edrupp50@gmail.com or 516-364-1151.

Sincerely,  Ross

From Ed:

We have created a program called Sower: Seeds of Faith & Finance.  The program is designed to reach out directly to the members of your church to help ensure they are on solid financial ground.  We will come to the church, conduct an in-depth financial planning session and make recommendations on how participants can strengthen their financial position.  We offer no products or services where we directly or indirectly are paid a commission.  We have found that once the congregation is educated, they are empowered to ensure personal financial wellness and, in turn, are often able to increase support of their church.

The program has a proven track record of success.  District Superintendent, Rev. Betsy Ott, former pastor of Lake Ronkonkoma UMC and Park Ave. UMC said the following:

"Your program is the most positive thing going on in this conference relating to stewardship that I've seen in a long time."  You're doing a wonderful job.  FYI our giving here has gone up in the past year and we are increasing in the number of pledgers.  There is a much better sense of stewardship as a way of life and of the need for stability in giving so the church has stability in funding ministries.  Blessings, Betsy"

So far we have made good progress in 2016 with this program. Here is a brief recap of what we have accomplished. 

1.    Generated $1,750,000 in bequests since 2012 as we asked families to consider leaving something to their church in their will.

2.    Overall since 2006, bequests now total $5.5 million.

3.    Free will offerings totaled $128,400, up 10.7% from last year.  These funds go directly to the churches that participate in the program.

4.    Educated over 1,800 people since 2006 about how to be better stewards of their resources.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM.  WE ARE SCHEDULING EARLY FALL EDUCATION PROGRAMS BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER 2016.  

WE WILL BE HAPPY TO MEET WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF YOUR CHURCH TO EXPLAIN THE PROGRAM IN GREATER DETAIL.  

SIMPLY SEND ME AN E-MAIL AND SAY "I'M INTERESTED.”   I CAN BE CONTACTED AT EDRUPP50@GMAIL.COM OR AT 516-364-1151.

Thanks Very Much,    Ed Ruppmann