Message from Rev. John Calhoun Mission Advocate, Northeastern Jurisdiction

March 11, 2016

Dearest friends in Christ,   Greetings and peace to you all!  I pray that you and your families and loved ones are well.  Here in New York, the winter weather is quickly receding, and already little buds of flowers are appearing in the moist, warming soil.  We give thanks to God for the coming spring, and for the season of resurrection that awaits us in these next weeks.  May your hearts be filled with hope and joyful expectation, as we await the celebration of Jesus' victory over sin and death,...

Annual Audits

Ross Williams

March 02, 2016

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 (see excerpt at end of e-mail).  Included in the audit would be the transactions of the Church's operating account, Trustees, pre-school (if controlled by the church), Memorial Fund, Endowment Fund, Mission & Outreach Ministries, UMW, UMM, etc.  The person(s) or committee ...

Reminder: Free Financial Seminar at YOUR Church

Ross Williams

February 29, 2016

Dear Finance and Stewardship Chairs (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 churches totaling over $5.4 million. I hope you will take Ed Ruppmann up on his offer to come to your church! Sincerely,  Ross   Please see the information below on an important program being led by Ed Ruppmann.  I am ...

Free / Discounted Turbo-Tax Software

Ross Williams

February 25, 2016

The General Council on Finance and Administration has negotiated discounts for Turbo-Tax software for our denomination. I did the taxes for my two college-age girls using the on-line free version and it worked very well.  It allows you to prepare, print and electronically file Federal and State returns (probably Local as well).  For returns that are more complicated than summer work for college students, you can purchase the full version of the software at discounted rates as low as $24.99. The ...

Resources for Black History Month

Lynda Gomi

February 18, 2016

Celebrate Black History Month 2016 with resources from the Resource Library like the ones below.  Order Resource Library items online. Don't forget the Lenten Study Guide prepared by the NYAC Board of Church & Society for Dr. James Cone’s book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree.  Download the Study Guide. Embraced by God: Celebrating Who and Whose You Are By Babbie Mason. Delve deeper into a love relationship with God and discover the height, depth and breadth of His great love and ...

A College Education for Prisoners

Board of Church & Society

February 16, 2016

This New York Times editorial gives a good history of the struggle to provide educational opportunities for prisoners and the good results that come from such education.

Community Can Help Ease Personal Transitions

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

February 15, 2016

They were childhood friends. They have been married for more than 60 years, and have never been separated in all those years. That was until a few weeks ago when her dementia advanced to the stage where she was no longer safe in their home, and required more care than her husband or family could provide. She is now in a dementia care setting, often angry and bewildered that her husband and children “just dumped me here.” She does not comprehend why they made the decision, which was made in ...

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 ...

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