Bishop Middleton's Easter Message

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton

March 23, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:   Grace and Peace to you in this Easter season. On March 8 and again on March 14, I spent several hours during long layovers in the Zaventem International Airport in Brussels while traveling to and from Sierra Leone. It is a beautiful, modern and serene facility. It is very passenger friendly. All of that changed in a moment on March 22, 2016, when two explosions wreaked unspeakable destruction on innocent people, killing and maiming dozens of women, men and ...


NYAC Mission/Outreach Office Newsletter, Spring 2016

Joseph Ewoodzie

March 21, 2016

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Missionaries Sara Flores Quinones and Douglas Dakin Cook Newsletter from Ecuador

March 18, 2016

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“Washed Clean” by Telling Our Stories

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

March 14, 2016

“I feel clean again.” Who said that?  He is in his nineties and facing major changes in his life. Most of them he did not expect. As loss piled on loss, he began to think differently about life. He did not like what he was thinking, but even so, the thoughts kept coming. Up until this point, he had always been sure of his faith. Now he was thinking his faith was wavering and he did not like that reality. He talked one day, unloading his situation and his reason for wondering if his faith would...


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 ...


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