NYAC Prayer Vigil for General Conference

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton

January 11, 2016

Dear Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Grace and peace to you in this Epiphany season! In May 1000 delegates and thousands of others will gather in Portland, Oregon, for the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, which is held every four years. Many proposals will be offered, many decisions made, many inspirational moments will be streamed across the world and we will be reminded once again that our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the ...

2015 Apportionments

Ross Williams

January 04, 2016

Dear Treasurers and Finance Chairs (cc: to Pastors), Happy New Year!  With the close of another year I hope that you will do all you can to pay 2015 conference apportionments in full.  The cut-off for receiving funds is Tuesday, January 12th   I know how difficult fulfilling this obligation can be.  I’ve been a local church treasurer and finance chair in this conference for almost 30 years.  Many of our churches are challenged by deteriorating buildings, declining attendance, aging populations ...

Immigration Update

Board of Church & Society

January 04, 2016

Immigration News Digest - Monday January 4, 2016   Happy New Year from the NYAC Immigration Task Force! 2016 here we come ready to put faith, justice, and love in action.   Obama Immigration Reform Update: Republican States File Petition Urging Supreme Court To Uphold Injunction 12/29/15   The Texas Attorney General’s Office, working with a 26-state coalition, filed a brief (12/28/15) asking the Supreme Court to uphold a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling blocking President Obama’s Executive ...

New Resources for Lent 2016

Lynda Gomi

January 02, 2016

Lent is just around the corner!  Here are 3 studies in the Resource Library and 3 studies available for free download to consider as you plan for Lent 2016. Order Resource Library items online . The God We Can Know By Rob Fuquay. Explore what Jesus meant when he said "I Am... the Bread of Life; the Light of the World; the Good Shepherd; the True Vine; the Way, the Truth, and the Life; the Resurrection and the Life ." God For Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter ed by Greg ...

Lenten Study Guide

Board of Church & Society

December 29, 2015

Great resource for Lent 2016 now available!

District Superintendent Announcement

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton

December 28, 2015

Dear Beloved Sisters and Brothers: Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ! I am pleased to announce that Reverend Julia Yeon-Hee Yim will be appointed as District Superintendent of the Long Island East District effective July 1, 2016. Rev. Adrienne Brewington will complete her 8-year term as Long Island East District Superintendent in 2016. I know that Rev. Yim will follow the legacy that is left to her with similar zeal and commitment. Rev. Yim has served a variety of churches, ...

IRS Mileage Rate for 2016

Ross Williams

December 21, 2015

Dear Pastors and Treasurers, The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2016 standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business or charitable purposes. Beginning on January 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates will be: 54.0 cents per mile for business miles driven down from 57.5 cents in 2015. This rate represents the maximum rate an organization can reimburse an employee without the reimbursement being treated as taxable income. 14.0 cents per...

Christmas Message from Bishop Middleton

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton

December 18, 2015

Dear Beloved Sisters and Brothers, Grace and peace to you in this season of Christmas! Emmanuel, God with us. “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you – wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in David’s city. He is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10b-11 CEB) We find ourselves today in what some would describe as a wilderness of terror. When these fears paralyze and overwhelm, those who would do harm have already succeeded. The first words in the announcement of ...

IRS Reporting Requirements

Sally Truglia

December 14, 2015

Dear Pastors, Finance Chairs and Treasurers, The end of the year brings the joyous celebrations of the Christmas season and the hope for a peaceful New Year.   Unfortunately it also brings some financial housekeeping issues with which we must all comply.  Listed below are some new reporting requirements and some annual reminders.  1)   2015 W-2 Preparation:  All churches must prepare and distribute W-2 forms for their pastors and their lay staff by January 31.     The value of the ...

Message from Missionary Sun Lae Kim from Mongolia

December 11, 2015

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