Discounted Software for Not-for-profits

Ross Williams

February 04, 2016

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 I just purchased QuickBooks 2015 for $19.00.  Microsoft Office is available for only $29.00.  These prices represent savings of hundreds of dollars if you were to ...


Free Money for Ministry - Healthcare Refunds

Ross Williams

February 03, 2016

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (copy to Pastors), You may or may not be aware that churches are entitled to refunds if they have incurred costs related to Healthcare for their employees. We did this at my church and received a refund of about $2,000 for just a single year. One church in our Conference recently received a refund of $15,356.     The Affordable Care Act offers refunds of up to 25% of healthcare premiums paid by faith-based and not-for-profit entities on behalf of their ...


Sowers: Seeds of Faith and Finance

Ross Williams

February 01, 2016

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.  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 interested, please...


Thank you!

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton

February 01, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the New York Annual Conference,   Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ!   Thank you to all who participated in our commitment to be part of the worldwide United Methodist General Conference prayer vigil. I am pleased to report that during the twenty-four-hours of January 30, thousands throughout the New York Annual Conference were praying. Our prayers are a significant part as we join with the other 130 conferences in providing the spiritual support ...


Frontlines: NY & CT Sandy Recovery Updates - Jan 2016

Disaster Recovery Team

January 28, 2016

Message from Tom Vencuss, Sandy Disaster Recovery Coordinator:  New Year’s is always an interesting time. It is a time to both look backward and look forward – to what was, what is, and what can be. In many ways, that is where the NYAC Sandy Recovery Ministry is. The past year brought us both celebrations and challenges. The celebration is the more than 100 families who were assisted in their recovery through volunteer rebuild, direct assistance, Disaster Case Management, and Spiritual and ...


Thank you!

Ross Williams

January 28, 2016

Dear Pastors, Finance Chairs and Treasurers, I would like to take this opportunity to say "thanks" for your tremendous commitment in honoring the work of our connectional church.  As a former church treasurer, finance chair and stewardship chair I am very aware of what it means for a church to pay their conference apportionments.  It is not a trivial accomplishment, especially in what have been challenging economic times.  We ended the year collecting 88.4% of all apportionments, which is two ...


New Director of Congregational Development and Revitalization Announced

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton

January 25, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the New York Conference,   Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ!   I am pleased to announce that I will appoint Rev. David A. Gilmore as the New York Conference’s director of congregational development and revitalization on July 1, 2016. Rev. Gilmore currently serves the Centennial United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Mo. – a congregation that has added more than 300 new members under his pastoral leadership.  He is a graduate of Ottawa University ...


Immigration News - Supreme Court Takes Up Obama’s Immigration Plan

Board of Church & Society

January 20, 2016

The Supreme Court will take on the immigration debate! Will the DAPA program be declared legal?


Workers' Compensation - Response Needed by February 12th

Ross Williams

January 15, 2016

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 2015 wages by February 12th using this system. Treasurers have found the system to be very easy to use in ...


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