Elder Abuse Can Come in Subtle Ways

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

March 15, 2017

As the NYAC Older Adult Committee gears up for an April program on recognizing and responding to elder abuse, it has been struck by the ways (often unconscious) that congregations allow such abuse to continue in their midst. Among them: There is the manipulation that family and other loved ones and friends often participate in when they have access to their loved one’s money. There is asking for donations, when there is a question of a person’s ability to understand her finances. I was ...


Discounted Software for Not-for-profits

Ross Williams

February 23, 2017

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (copy to Pastors), I want to let you know about the opportunity to purchase computer software at steeply discounted prices through a Not-for-profit organization called "TechSoup" (yes, it's a very strange name). In my spare time I handle the accounting for a Not-for-profit charitable organization and last year I purchased QuickBooks for only $19.00 through TechSoup.  Microsoft Office is available for only $29.00. These prices represent savings of hundreds of ...


Annual Audits

Ross Williams

February 21, 2017

Dear Finance Chairs (copy to Pastors and Treasurers) The Finance Committee is responsible for ensuring that all financial books, records and bank accounts undergo an annual audit. This is required by the Book of Discipline, which is the governing document of our denomination (see excerpt at end of e-mail).  Included in the audit (or audited separately) would be the transactions of the church's operating account, Board of Trustees, Pre-school (if controlled by the church), Memorial Funds, ...


Finding a Vital Ministry for “Elders”

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

February 16, 2017

In his book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, Richard Rohr quotes a Native American saying: “No wise person ever wanted to be younger.” In a time and culture where looking good (almost always implying looking younger) is rampant, this statement seems counter intuitive. Yet, when examined, it speaks to a truth we often forget. Appearances or age are not accurate indications of who a person is and what she might have to offer the world. What we know, through faith and ...


NYAC Disaster Response Opportunities

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

Tom Vencuss

February 07, 2017

VIM Long-term Recovery Team - West Virginia - February 18 to 25 Ross Porter is leading an LTR Team to assist with the recovery efforts from recent flooding. The team will be going to Rainelle, West Virginia, and staying at the UMC of Rainelle. They are now in the re-building stage of the disaster. All skill levels are welcome. ERT or Disaster Recovery training is not mandatory. Minimum age for trip is 16 years old.  Cost of trip approx. $200. Cost includes travel to WV, all meals and sleeping ...


Sower: Seeds of Faith

Ross Williams

February 07, 2017

Dear Treasurers, 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.  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. If ...


Free Finance Webinars!!

Ross Williams

February 03, 2017

Dear Treasurers, Finance Chairs and Pastors, Please take advantage of the following free upcoming webinars: Clergy Income Taxes Church Audits Electronic Giving.   They are made possible by your support of the World Service & Conference Benevolences Apportionment Fund.  Details appear below! Sincerely,  Ross Financial Tips for Clergy: Take the Bite Out of Income Taxes! REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR DATE: Monday, February 13, 2017 TIME: 10:00am Central PRESENTER: Rev. Don Joiner, Certified Financial ...


A Statement on Executive Orders

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

January 30, 2017

Dear Friends & Colleagues, A few weeks ago I made my way to New York City for a meeting. As has become my routine, I drove to the White Plains train station to catch my ride. When I pulled into the parking garage, there were plenty of empty spaces The only problem was that each one of them had the same message: “Metered Parking. Permit Only. All others towed.” Six floors of empty spaces and one message: “You can’t park here.”   I didn’t panic because I knew that the seventh floor had an ...


Appointment Announcement

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

January 30, 2017

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton has appointed The Reverend Alpher K. Sylvester as the new Connecticut District Superintendent, effective July 1, 2017.   Rev. Sylvester is currently the pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in St. Albans, New York.  He will succeed the Rev. Ken Kieffer who is completing his eighth year in the Connecticut District. Future appointments and clear openings will be announced on Monday mornings through e-mail and postings on the New York Annual Conference website, ...


Workers' Compensation - Submission Due by February 27th

Ross Williams

January 30, 2017

Dear Church Treasurer and Finance Chair (copy to Pastors), (This communication is also being sent via U.S. mail to ensure receipt) As you may know, the Conference uses an on-line collection system for payroll data, which streamlines the process of issuing accurate bills for Workers' Compensation insurance.  It is now time for churches and church-controlled preschools to report their final 2016 wages by February 27th using this system.  Treasurers have found the system to be very easy to use in ...


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