Age Shouldn’t Negate Call to Serve One Another

Jim Stinson, Consultant on Older Adult Ministries

October 20, 2016

I had the privilege of performing the wedding ceremony for my great nephew and his fiancée this past weekend. He was not the first niece or nephew, nor the first great nephew nor great niece who have afforded me such a privilege. Indeed I will have the same privilege for my great niece in November. As weddings tend to do, I was reminded of the passage of time. After all, I met his mother the day she was born and here was her son getting married. I attended her baptism and performed her wedding ...

Newsletter from Marilyn Chan in Cambodia

October 20, 2016

Women's Desk Ministry Newsletter In 2010, a group of four volunteers in mission from Glenn Memorial United Methodist church, Atlanta, GA, led by Ms. Deborah Marlowe came to visit Women’s Desk Ministry in Cambodia. Mrs. Marilyn Chan, a missionary of General Board of Global Ministries and a Women’s Desk Ministry’s coordinator, shared with the group about what are the challenges in Cambodia, especially related to the young generation’s education issue. More... Cambodia Methodist Women We are the...

The Journey Continues... Making An Impression For Change

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton

October 20, 2016

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” —Will Rogers A few weeks ago I was standing on the street corner of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard and 129th Street in Harlem wondering about making a first impression. It was moments before the service of welcome and installation for me as the new bishop of the New York Conference. As I moved among the clergy standing in the processional line, I wondered about how others were feeling about my presence among them, and I was curious...

The View from My Window: Working Hard at “Serving Effortlessly”

David A. Gilmore

October 20, 2016

5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. 7 “Who among you would say to your slave who has just come in from plowing or tending sheep in the field, ‘Come here at once and take your place at the table’? 8 Would you not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, put on your apron and serve me while I eat and drink; later ...

Hurricane Matthew: Report #2 from Eglise Méthodiste d’Haiti

October 18, 2016

To donate online: UMC International Disaster Response Advance #982450 Or, The Methodist Church World Mission Fund   The last week has been very busy with 16-hour working days and hence, we have not had a chance to send out an update on the aftermath of the hurricane until now. The EMH Bishop Gesner Paul was able to make an initial visit to Cayes and Jeremie over the weekend 9th-10th October to take food and other supplies and to assess the extent of need in the communities. The results ...

Explaining Apportionments

Ross Williams

October 10, 2016

Dear Pastors, Treasurers and Finance Chairs, Attached to this email is a document that may be helpful in understanding and/or explaining how Shared Ministry Apportionments are calculated and used by both the Conference and the General Church. Topics included are: Apportionment Basics Calculation (the formula) Apportionment Adjustments Where Does the Money Go? Funds apportioned by the General Church Reporting  One of the most important things to know is that when churches pay apportionments ...

News from Methodist Missionaries/Workers in Haiti

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

October 08, 2016

From: Dr. John and Sharon Harbottle, British Missionaries To: Tom and Wendy Vencuss Matthew Update October 8   News of the damage from Hurricane Matthew has reached you all by now and the pictures in the media we are all seeing are still the only real information available at this stage.  There continues to be no communication with our brothers and sisters in Jeremie and Leon in the far west, but there is some with Cayes on the south coast where virtually all metal sheet roofs were blown off, ...

Letter from Bishop Gesner Paul, Methodist Church of Haiti, Regarding Hurricane Matthew

Disaster Recovery Ministries Team

October 06, 2016

As you know, Haiti has just suffered a severe blow from the monster hurricane Matthew. While broadly speaking Port-au-Prince/Petion-Ville area has been spared, the big South comprised of Cayes, Jeremie, Dame-Marie, Miragoane including Petit-Goave areas have suffered a lot. It is still too early to assess the situation, but according to the news, Cayes and Jeremie have received the full blow of the wind. (click title to read more)

VIM Japan/Philippines 2016

October 05, 2016

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New Payroll Rules - Fair Labor Standards Act

Ross Williams

October 03, 2016

Chances are your church has someone other than the pastor on payroll, so you need to be aware of new Department of Labor (DOL) rules and guidelines that will become effective on December 1, 2016.  The new regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) strengthen overtime and wage protection for workers by raising the salary level for "Exempt" employees from the prior amount of $455 per week ($23,660/year) to $913 per week ($47,476/year).  Churches will therefore want to look carefully at ...

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