Reminder - Free in-person Finance Seminars

Reminder - Free in-person Finance Seminars


Ross Williams

2/17/2015

Just a quick reminder that Ed Ruppmann is setting up dates now for spring sessions of this free program.

All you need to do is to send Ed an e-mail saying "We're Interested" and he will reach out to you.

His e-mail address is edrupp50@gmail.com

 

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

Please see the information below on an important program being led by Ed Ruppmann. I am very supportive of this program, which has many benefits and no costs to our member churches or parishioners. To be clear, 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.

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 them get back on solid financial ground. We will come to the church, conduct an in-depth financial planning session and make recommendations for how participants can strengthen their financial position. We offer no products or services where we directly or indireclty 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, Betsy Ott, former pastor of Lake Ronkonkoma UMC and Park Ave. UMC says 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"

We have had a very successful year in 2014 with this program and I thought I would give you a brief recap of what we accomplished.

  • Conducted 13 seminars at the following churches: 1 Bayport UMC, NY, 2 Katonah UMC, NY, 3 Hyde Park UMC, NY 4 Hampton Bays UMC – NY, 5 Bethel UMC – Staten Island, NY, 6 Hempstead UMC –NY, 7 New Rochelle UMC - NY, 8 Bay Shore UMC - NY, 9 New Milford UMC – CT, 10 Woodbury UMC – CT, 11 John Wesley UMC – Brooklyn, NY, 12 Cornwall UMC – NY, 13 Westbury UMC – NY,
  • Educated over 250 church members about their finances and about fundamentals stewardship concepts so that they can become better stewards and disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • Received 40 free will offerings totaling $14,700 to date from those who took advantage of the financial planning program last year. These funds go directly to the churches that participated in the program.
  • Generated $100,000 in bequests as we asked families to consider leaving something to their church in their will.
  • No cost for these seminars as it is part of the Frontier Foundation and Connectional Ministries education program.
  • Overall since 2006, bequests now total $5.5 million.
  • Free will offerings now total $110,000 up 14% from last year.
  • Educated over 1400 people since 2006.
  • We already have 2 seminars scheduled for this year. St. Paul’s UMC, Middleton, NY Feb. 21 at 4PM – 7PM and Epworth UMC, Bronx, NY March 1st in the AM.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM. WE ARE SCHEDULING EARLY SPRING EDUCATION PROGRAMS BEGINNING IN MARCH – JUNE, 2015.

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